Growing any Business with Social Media – Skills2Money

I’m hoping that if you’ve gotten this far into the Skills2Money series I don’t really have to explain why social media can be of value to you in marketing your business online.

For those of you who are new here, the Skill2Money is a series that I began about 2 months ago to help small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and freelancers use the power of the web to market their businesses using social media.

That said, here’s what social media can do:
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10 Powerful Twitter Tools The Pros Use + a Bonus

There are a lot of Twitter tools out there and when you’re new to social media, you just don’t know what to use. If you want to manage your Twitter account the right way, you want to be using the best tools. In this article I’ve put together 10 tools that I’ve seen my Twitter mentors using.

(update: if you just want to download the bonus scroll to the bottom)

Plus I’ve also added a bonus that will help you hack twitter and get the best results with little effort.

Bit.lyBit.ly

bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. We are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web. When you sign up for bit.ly you can see all the stats in your dashboard from all your tweets, you can manage multiple accounts also. As an added bonus, you can even create your own custom short domain to match your brand.

Some of the online celebrities using bit.ly are: Darren Rowse, Mari Smith, and Joast de Valk.

Paper.li

paper.li

Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

It’s a great tool to drive traffic to those site that are mentioned on the paper.li (like your followers or people you follow), and in most cases they’ll be thankful you’ve shared their tweets.
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Hot Links Friday: Facebook, Instagram, Extra Money with Social Media…

calls-to-actionI know some of you been begin for the Hot Links Friday post, my bad guys too much stuff going on, [no no no Wilson, no excuses please–you say]. And I agree with you, so here they are.

20 ways to promote your Facebook page

Okay, so you have a Facebook page locked & loaded, but you’re not sure why nobody is liking your page. Problem solved. Justin Wise posted a great article to help you spread the word 20 different ways. This should help increase conversion and growth of your Facebook page.

How to: Use your Social Media Skills to Earn Extra Money

Even with all those professionals, who call themselves “social media experts or gurus”, there’s still demand for social media services. If you have some skills, but you haven’t monetized them, this short post can give you a head-start to start earning an extra income on the side.

How to Use Instagram to Tell the Story of Your Business

When I first bought an iPhone I used it to make phone calls, text and browse the web a lot, then Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ showed up and my eyeballs were glued to it (Hey don’t look at me like I’m the only one doing it). Anyways, these other applications have taught me more ways to leverage the web and make tons of connections. Now there’s a new tool you can use, it’s Instagram, and this post explains 5 tactics for brands to leverage Instagram.

Are you ready to be a Social Business? 10 tips for a Zoom Start!

You know you want to be a social business, but you’re not sure if your business really needs to be social. Pam Moore wrote down ten questions that I believe every business should be asking themselves before they jump in the social bandwagon.

Facebook “Lists” and The New “subscribe” Button Explained

Facebook and Google are going at it as we speak for the best features in a social network, it seems. It’s obvious that Google is no contender yet. Everything Google odes from now on seems like Facebook has to go and make their own version of it. I think Facebook is scared, I mean where is the originality? Anyway, Francisco broke these two new features apart, and shared his thoughts about why they might not be as popular as we might think they’ll be.

Location-Based Marketing: What’s in it for me?

How does a business get started with a location-based marketing campaign? In this post Mike Schneider and Aaron Strout made a simple list for businesses that are interested in doing it themselves. Once you get started people can really dig in and reap the benefits using services like Foursquare, Yelp, Scvngr, and Gowalla.

How to Choose the Perfect Topic for your Next Blog & How to Find a Great Domain Name for a New Blog and Set it Up in 15 Minutes

One of my favorite blogs to follow is thinktraffic.net because of all their epic shit they put on the web. Corbett Barr and his team really know how to build a thriving audience, and this new challenge is going to change a lot of people’s lives. They’re literally taking everyone from their hand and walking them step-by-step to success. In 15 minutes you have a domain picked out and your blog hosting set up ready to go.

There you go, another week of Hot Links Friday. I know that you won’t read all of these, but I’m sure that you’ll click on the one that most interests you. Whichever you decide to read, you’ll learn something useful that you can maybe apply next week to your business online.

How to Use Twitter in a Real Life Business Scenario

Earlier this week I received an from a reader asking me if I could explain how to use twitter for her business.

I figured that more than one person is probably asking themselves the same question, so why not share it with all of you. So in this post I’m going to explain how powerful a tool social media can be for improving the sales process.

The Situation

Say one day one of your sales reps or yourself is returning a call to a lead you get from your website lead generator. Now if by any chance you couldn’t reach that person on the phone, so you leave a voicemail just saying you’re following up on their requests.

Now this could be the end of the conversation.

But later you find out (because you monitor your @reply tweets) that this prospect was unhappy with the voicemail that was on his inbox.

For example: @theprospect: “I just heard the voicemail @yourbusiness just left me and they said….” really? Who does that?
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