Blogging May 20, 2009

Getting Social

Today, Mike’s giving a presentation on using social networking to market your business – and instead of giving him handouts to pass out, we thought we’d use one of our own social networking tools to share some info with a broader audience.

If you’re looking to get started in the world of social networking, but feeling a bit lost, here are a few tools that can get you going:

So you want to: Find A Blog

Resource: Technorati
What it is: Technorati allows you to search “the blogosphere” for blogs and articles that are related to your industry, product or service.

So you want to:  Find a Forum

Resource: Google
What it is: There’s no central search engine for forums, but if you use Google to search for “[YourProductOrService] and Forum”, you’re likely to find what you need.

So you want to: Start Twittering

Resource: “Use Twitter For Your Business The Right Way” from Twittip
What it is: There might not be a secret recipe for Twitter success, but this article will get you on the right path.

So you want to: Start Your Own Blog

Resource: “Should You Start A Business Blog” from Entrepreneur
What it is: Should you start a blog for your business?  What do you need to get started?  What should you write?

What it is: Google’s free blog hosting service.

What it is: A popular blog host with both free and paid options.

What it is: An elegant blogging solution with both free and paid options.

So you want to: Learn More About Social Media

What it is: Chris Brogan has a great social media blog that covers most of what you need to know to become a social media marketing guru.

What it is: Another good social media marketing blog.

Resource: “Social Media Marketing Tactics” from Seomoz
What it is: An impressively thorough article about how you can use 30 different social media sites to market your business.

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