Social networking is an online community resource for individuals and businesses to come together in specific forums of “like” interests, industries, groups and platforms to share ideas, tools and networking opportunities. Networking groups meet in person, at an event or seminar, at meetings or in online communities. Online networking social groups are a popular way for business owners to communicate together for an ultimate goal — growth of business. Many have used these online tools (which are separate from their informational website); in promoting their business. Some of these tools include blogs, chat forums, established profiles in multiple social media portals, online groups, video blogs, slideshows and more.
A business owner needs to consider which Social Networking tools to use and which will be most efficient for the growth of their business while advertizing of their product or services.
THINGS TO CONSIDER IN TODAY’S MARKET
Every business should have some sort of “virtual” business card website. A website gives a prospect the ability to view information about your company to determine if they want to do business with you. The minimum amount of information contained in a website should include company branding, list and description of services, products offered, brief summary of your company in mission statement or history, contact information and should be easy to use. The site must be easy to read and navigate. The website is a brief snap shot of what you can offer your target customer and reasons why your company is the organization they should select. Be careful not to speak badly about your competitors here — the language must be specific to not harm the image of an organization, rather to show your best skill sets.
Develop realistic milestones and corporate policies for maintaining content on the social platforms. It is best to incorporate a 3rd party management platform to manage the social sites as well. There are a hand full of great tools available. The key is finding the right social platform to match your business needs.