By Tam Jackson on April 9th, 2013 | 404452 comments on this postHow+to+find+time+for+social+media%3A+Tips+and+motivation+for+getting+started+and+being+consistent2013-04-09+12%3A23%3A29Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D40445
Finding the time for social media is one of the hardest things, I often hear business owners say. You know that you have to find the time for social media because it is important for your business, but you just want to find the simplest, smartest way to get it going, then be consistent and get it right. I hear you.
“Everything worth doing is worth doing well.” This is so true. Why bother if it is just going to be another time-waster or worse yet, your money goes down the drain? I have yet to experience any time or money wasting, though it is enticing to sit flicking through YouTube channels and spend hours trawling for interesting content — business-related or not.
You started your business because you have a passion for it and you believe that you are darn good at it. Right? (Your answer here should be a big yes!) That’s the first step to getting your mind around fitting it all into your busy schedule. (read more…)
By Amber Wallor on January 11th, 2013 | 362683 comments on this postGetting+started+with+Pinterest+for+business2013-01-11+12%3A48%3A44Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D36268
There’s no doubt that Pinterest is generating considerable amounts of referral traffic for businesses. Many people were using Pinterest for business by finding ways around the settings meant for personal users, but now Pinterest is officially opened up to the business world. This is a great opportunity for brands that have been waiting to join to get involved with Pinterest.
Already have a Pinterest account that you’ve been using for business? Here’s how to convert yours: Log on to the network’s business page, where you will be prompted to convert your personal account to business by following the steps outlined below:
- Choose your business type. Here you can choose from Professional, Public Figure, Media, Brand, Retailer, Online Marketplace, Local Business, Institution/Non‐Profit and Other. Since you will be in the section with all of your profile settings, this is a good opportunity for you to take a look at your profile description to make sure that it accurately states what you do and includes great keywords surrounding your business.
By Jeremy Epstein on December 7th, 2012 | 345831 comment on this post10+essential+elements+of+social+media+governance2012-12-07+12%3A51%3A39Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D34583
In our personal lives, we talk about things like security and privacy all the time. Last week’s uproar on Facebook is only the latest example.
But most large enterprises seem to be missing the boat … by a nautical mile.
According to the Altimeter Group, “almost two-thirds of companies … say that social media is a significant or critical risk to their brand reputation.”
And Forrester Research tells us that 64% of large companies “have no social media policy in place, or if they do, they lack tools to sufficiently enforce and support the policy.”
Why is this?
In the rush for engagement, conversation and reach, critical issues that protect the integrity of the brand like security, risk and compliance can get left by the wayside.
Gary Vaynerchuk explains why small-business owners need to stop debating social media and start using it
By Brooke Howell on May 22nd, 2012 | 2538814 comments on this postGary+Vaynerchuk+explains+why+small-business+owners+need+to+stop+debating+social+media+and+start+using+it2012-05-22+14%3A33%3A45Brooke+Howellhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D25388
Vaynerchuk illustrated the necessity of this message when he asked the nearly full ballroom of attendees, “How many of you think Twitter is stupid?” and half of them raised their hands. Then similar numbers raised their hands to say they once thought cellphones and the Internet itself were stupid, but all admitted they use both today.
The arguments people are having about social media today are the same ones they had about those now-ubiquitous developments just 10 to 15 years ago, Vaynerchuk said. And arguing instead of getting on board is just a waste of time, he said. “Innovation doesn’t care about anyone,” it just flows on and will run you over if you don’t jump on and ride the wave. (read more…)