What are some ways that a new start-up or small business can use social networks to grow their business?

Every big company is on Facebook and Twitter (etc). What are some ways that a small business owner use the power of these social networks to help get their business off of the ground and growing (without paying "consulting firms" a fortune to manage a free Facebook page)?

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    Coley, you're instincts are correct that you can take advantage of social networking sites to build your business without hiring a consultant. The beauty of these tools is that they are free (at least for now) and work best when used by real people who are using them to connect with other like-minded real people. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


    Start a fan page. This article by Katie Hellmuth Martin will walk you through how it's done:


    Spread the word about your Facebook page. Talk about your new page at every opportunity. Include it as part of your email signature. Link to it on your company's website. Send out an online newsletter to your customer list announcing the new page, perhaps offering a coupon or some other promotion to those who visit and do something like leave a comment on your Facebook wall. Tell all your personal friends on Facebook about your business's new page and invite them to become fans.

    Encourage people to share your content. Consider posting things your fans might want to share on their walls; each time that happens, it will send more visitors back to your page. I posted a slideshow on the world's ugliest buildings from Travel + Leisure's page on my Facebook wall because it was amusing. That's just the kind of thing that gets people talking and going to check out the rest of Travel + Leisure's page.

    Make it useful or fun to visit your page. If you sell gourmet foods, offer recipes on the page. If you sell athletic gear, post advice about fitness and nutrition. Better yet, create a program for people wanting to monitor their diet or exercise routine; they'll need to return to the page every time they update it. If you're an interior designer, publish before and after shots of rooms you've furnished. Make it interactive by asking people to vote on ideas to complete a room. You get the idea.


    At first, using Twitter feels a lot like talking into a empty room. But if you use Twitter properly, you will soon be having conversations with customers, potential customers, the media and all kinds of people that can be helpful to your business. This guide for Twitter - http://business.twitter.com/twitter101 - written for the company by Twitter expert Sarah Milstein (co-author of The Twitter Book), gives way smarter advice than I could ever give you. Pay particular attention to the case studies and the best practices.

    One thing about social media -- people using it love to give and read advice about ways to do it better. Start reading blogs like Mashable.com and Ducttapemarketing.com, and follow industry leaders like Chris Brogan (www.chrisbrogan.com).

    Source(s): The Twitter Book - by Sarah Milstein and Tim O'Reilly Twitter for Business - http://business.twitter.com/twitter101 How to make a facebook fan page - by Katie Hellmuth Martin http://thatitgirl.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-to-make... Mashable.com Ducttapemarketing.com Chrisbrogan.com
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When you have time browse topic of your business here and answer questions as I do to help drive traffic to my website.

    Or enter niche words in social networks related to your business. If you are selling baking goods comment in recipes that you have tried or like, or offer one. Try news or forum comment sections, even word press articles have comment sections you can nutrally advertize your business while offering nice to know information.

    You can put your website link or business name in your comment. Don't go over board on advertising for it could be spamed. You see my link is in my profile here on yahoo answers and I did not add it here in these paragraphs. so I can just help give information I know for free while getting back links to my business site and costumers to my location offering on a neutral basis. Free yet helpful to attract the right people who want what you offer. Try it!

  • Johnna
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    make posters of the business that your are working at.

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