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Tips To Getting Started In Social Networking

Social networking is a valuable tool for small companies. Maintaining active profiles on social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr lets businesses connect more easily with potential clients and customers than ever before. In order to be successful in today’s market, it is crucial that businesses maintain an active online presence through social networking. As you start building your company’s social media profiles, keep the following tips in mind so that your business will get as much benefit out of its social media presence as possible.

Start With A Good Logo

Your company needs an eye-catching, simple logo that will get the attention of potential customers.

For example, Facebook’s logo is simple, and includes the company’s entire name. Although your company might never be as popular as this social networking giant, with the help of a solid logo, you will expand your client base.

Include All Contact Information

Make sure that all of your company’s social networking profiles contain all the information customers need in order to be able to contact you. If any of your company’s contact information changes, make sure that you update your profile information right away. You do not want to miss out on a client because of outdated info.

Always Be Professional

Although the environment of social networking can encourage informal interactions between customers and company representatives, you should always strive to be professional. Avoid profanity, offensive language, and inappropriate humor so that you do not alienate any potential customers.

Respond Proactively To Customer Complaints And Criticism

If a customer or client criticizes you on a social media profile, respond quickly and courteously to their post. If possible, respond publicly to the negative feedback. You want other potential customers to see how seriously you take customer complaints. They will trust you more if they believe you are truly professional. Of course, if a customer or client posts anything offensive, you should feel free to delete it.

Pictures Showcase Your Offerings

Consider posting pictures of your offerings or pictures of completed projects. Customers will appreciate being able to see the quality of your work. Additionally, social media lets users share photos, so you can increase your company’s internet exposure.

Never Spam Your Contacts

While you should let customers, friends, and fans know about your company’s special promotions or offerings, keep the number of messages you send them to a minimum. If you spam your social network contacts, you could lose future sales.

Your Social Networking Profiles Should Benefit Customers

Your customers should benefit from connecting with you online. Consider offering a special sale only for those individuals who have become fans of your company. This will encourage people to remain your contacts so that they do not miss out on any future special offers.

Make Sure You Follow All Website Rules

Although companies have a great deal of freedom in what they can post on their profile, there are still rules. Failing to follow these rules could get your company’s profile removed from a social networking website. Make sure that you fully read each website’s terms of use so that you know what is and is not allowed.

Keep On Top Of Spam

Having spam on your profile makes your company look unprofessional. Once you establish your accounts, make sure that you monitor each one for spam. Try to moderate customer comments daily so that any spam is quickly removed.

Have Fun And Be Social

Although you should always be courteous and professional, you should feel free to have some fun. Social media is all about socializing, so do not be afraid to chat with your contacts. Posting the occasional funny video can make your company seem fun and approachable. Social media can help you make a genuine connection with your customers. Your company should take advantage of this technology. By following these tips, your social networking experience will be beneficial to your business.

Author:- Sarah Tucker is a content contributor for www.makemoneyfast.org and writes about ways for stay at home moms to create income in their spare time.

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  • Reseller Hosting

    June 20, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Hi, Bilal!

    I guess one of the most important thing is customer and client relations.

    Its very hard to keep good communications with clients on social media sites, for that professionalism is really important.

    Reply
    • Bilal Ahmad

      June 21, 2011, 1:32 am

      Exactly and Web 2 is all about interaction and companies can get a lot from it.

      Reply
      • Reseller Hosting

        June 21, 2011, 9:07 am

        Like we can say relations is life. 🙂

        Reply
  • Shiva @ Blogging Ideas

    June 20, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Hi Bilal,
    Businesses can get a lot profits if they can properly make use of the valuable opportunities that social networking offers. By maintaining a well furnished profile at Twitter and Facebook can help them to get through to a large user base that Twitter, Facebook and other social network offers.

    Reply
    • Bilal Ahmad

      June 21, 2011, 1:28 am

      Shiva@ Exactly i do agree.

      Reply

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