A lot of people have been talking about social media for quite a while now. You keep hearing about Twitter and LinkedIn. You may have your own Facebook account, and even browsed through Pinterest. You can see how some of it would be interesting. But still, is there anything in all of that stuff for your company? Can social media do anything for you and your customers? [Read more…]
If you’re on Facebook — hmmm, does that leave anyone out? — you’re already familiar with the new “timeline” feature. Love it or hate it? Using it already, or avoiding it like the plague? No matter what you think of it, your option of whether or not to use it will soon be history.
Facebook announced today that the timeline will soon be mandatory on everyone’s profile. Yep, even yours. As they put it…
Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.
Sales are built on trust and relationships. If we believe something does what we want and the price is right, we’ll buy it. On the other hand, if we don’t think the ingredients are safe or we just don’t believe it’s going to work, we won’t buy. And if we don’t like or trust the person selling it or representing it in a commercial, we almost certainly won’t buy. Trust is big.
To address this reality, companies often rely on trusted celebrities or word of mouth to increase sales. If we hear someone we trust say they like a product, we transfer our trust from that person to the product. A big company might be lying just to increase sales. But would Mom? The guy next door who knows cars inside out? Beyonce? No way they’d lie. We believe them, and we therefore believe in the products they recommend.
That’s where blogging and social media can come into play.
Social media can give Newfoundland and Labrador companies a world of new opportunity.
Marketing strategies have stated for as far back as any of us can remember that the key to long-term success is the building of stable relationships. People like to buy from people they like. Companies like to buy from companies that not only deliver the products and service they need, but also reduce their risks. The more peace of mind a supplier can deliver, the greater piece of market share they can expect to win.
Social media helps NL companies build relationships
This importance of relationships has always been a great challenge to any small business trying to enter new markets. Imagine a company from Newfoundland showing up in a new city or country, bringing with it no known reputation, no local customers, and no local established presence. From that starting point it would try to convince potential clients to trust them over local suppliers that had been earning their trust for years. Many of those suppliers would have sales reps who would be on a first-name basis with their buyers and who would regularly be seen at the baseball park or in a grocery store or church. While it can be done, it’s hard to work against competitors with that level of relationship to build trust and confidence with prospects who have never heard of you. Happily, social media makes it possible to start building relationships and reputations in markets anywhere in the world. even while still sitting at a computer in Newfoundland and Labrador. [Read more…]
I’ve spent days and days on Twitter trying to talk to all sorts of people, and they either don’t answer or just don’t want to help.
I’ve had my resume up on LinkedIn for months, and not one person has even asked for an interview.
Social media can be fun, but it’s no way to get a job.
It’ll never work for me. I suck at social media.
If you’ve heard any of those thoughts floating around your head lately, it’s time to toss them out. Social media can indeed help you find work, but like anything in life, you’ve got to do things well if you want to see results.
Here are three reasons social media isn’t getting you a job yet, and how to turn things around: [Read more…]