I'm all for it... Social media.

Discussion in 'Time Out' started by Ash Norman, Jun 11, 2013.

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  1. Ash Norman

    Ash Norman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    But does anyone else think the platforms are losing they're way, or some of bigger businesses advertising on them are?

    I think networking is possibly one of the best ways to obtain new business. You don't just walk up to someone you've just met and try and sell them something so why do companies feel the need to do it on these platforms.

    Since i've joined this forum (about 2 hours ago) I've seen more conversations and networking on here, than I have on any of the social media platforms.

    Here's my views.

    Facebook - As a business on their, I think it is great. As a user I have that many things thrown in my face while i'm speaking to friends I lose interest.

    LinkedIn - The professional social network... Where nobody socialises. Constant selling. I tend to just use it as an online diary of contacts.

    Twitter - In all fairness, i'm new to twitter but it seems to be ok. It's good to see a bit of banter between businesses and I only see what is relevant to me because I have followed them.

    But what ever happened to a normal conversation on these sites? I don't know if sometimes businesses forget that real people are on the end of their post and they're not just a number for their statistics.

    Any views?

    p.s. Not sure if this is in the right thread. Apologies if it is.
     
    Posted: Jun 11, 2013 By: Ash Norman Member since: Jun 11, 2013
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  2. hassel67

    hassel67 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I guess you are following a right path by using social media for business promotion. It is the full proof method now a days and is the most successful method.
     
    Posted: Jun 17, 2013 By: hassel67 Member since: Mar 29, 2013
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  3. boogie32

    boogie32 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I have a hard time seeing facebook as a place to conduct business. It just seems, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, there is generally some drama playing out with family or friends. It gets in the way of the business side of things so I try to keep all networking off of facebook.
     
    Posted: Jun 22, 2013 By: boogie32 Member since: Jun 18, 2013
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  4. RedEvo

    RedEvo UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I've blogged on this subject and when I run social media courses it's one of the points I make very strongly. If you haven't got time to engage, if you haven't got time to add value, if you only want to tell people how great your are, stay away from social media.

    Many businesses struggle with the whole concept of social media, which is strange. As you've said you don't go straight into selling mode when you go to a networking event - or if you do you'll soon be the person everyone is trying to avoid - so why do the same with social media?

    We're lucky, we use UKBF etc to "socialise" with people we don't know so the social platforms aren't an alien concept to us, many simply don't get it.

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    Posted: Jun 23, 2013 By: RedEvo Member since: May 12, 2007
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  5. anjali_talking

    anjali_talking UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I guess you are going into right way. You need to engage with your all social media networks. Social media can't give you the immediate result but it may take some times. Using Twitter and LinkedIn you will get some really good results in future (I'm not sure about Facebook)
     
    Posted: Jun 29, 2013 By: anjali_talking Member since: Jun 11, 2013
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  6. hassel67

    hassel67 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Friend of mine has used facebook and it is also helpful. If you want to use facebook for promotion then i would suggest you to remain calm and do promotion activities with some delay. Now a days facebook has done a lot of work to increase security from spammers.
     
    Posted: Jul 1, 2013 By: hassel67 Member since: Mar 29, 2013
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  7. Stocker

    Stocker UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I think each social platform has its own target audience! Obviously they all have a little bit of cross over. Facebook is good for B2C and Twitter / Linkedin are good for B2B. Google + not found its feet yet.
     
    Posted: Jul 1, 2013 By: Stocker Member since: Jul 1, 2013
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  8. hassel67

    hassel67 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I think it depends on us that how do we manage to use facebook as B2B. There are so many user who are using facebook for B2B and it is not complicated if we follow some basic things. Facebook guidelines are helpful and after reading those guidelines one can use facebook as B2B.
     
    Posted: Jul 2, 2013 By: hassel67 Member since: Mar 29, 2013
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  9. Ash Norman

    Ash Norman UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Great points guys!

    Glad i'm not the only one that feels that way RedEvo.

    More interaction and engaging posts will help promote your brand more than your products I think, it seems to work well that way and I'm sure the sales follow for the businesses that get it right.
     
    Posted: Jul 2, 2013 By: Ash Norman Member since: Jun 11, 2013
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  10. hassel67

    hassel67 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    You are welcome and we do help you anytime you require. But be careful when sing social media because now a days restrictions and security is very high. Good luck for future.
     
    Posted: Jul 8, 2013 By: hassel67 Member since: Mar 29, 2013
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