Consumer technology is moving so quickly that it seems as soon small business owners master the latest, greatest thing, there is another one that outdates it. One of 2015’s biggest trends on social media and video viewing is Periscope, the live-streaming broadcast tool that is owned by Twitter. Everyone from Tyra Banks to Arnold Schwarzenegger has a Periscope account – but what about small businesses? Is Periscope a tool that is really necessary or helpful? Let’s take a closer look.
Setting up social media accounts is an easy way to reach a target audience for a low price. It only takes a few minutes to sign up for a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account – but maintaining it is another story. To make the most of all of your business social media accounts, be sure you are using these helpful tools:
Consumers like leaders to be available to the public eye. A BRANDFog survey found that 82 percent of consumers trust a company more if its leadership engages on social media and 77 percent said leadership’s social media presence makes them more likely to buy. It’s clear that consumers want leaders to be online – but what about the inherent “fishbowl” risks of social media?
When the Google search engine first hit computer screens, it was unlike anything that had been seen before when it came to indexing the world’s information. The way Google Search looked back then and the way it looks today are worlds apart, of course, and the original search engine look seems archaic by today’s standards.
While there are many articles out there telling you what to do with social media, it’s just as important to understand what not to do. We take inspiration from a few companies that have fallen flat on their faces when it comes to using social media.
USAirways Gets Inappropriate
Last year, after some back and forth tweeting with a disgruntled USAirways customer, the person managing the social media account sent a graphic and offensive image that was seen around the world.
Producing content online is a really smart way to garner attention for your personal brand and your small business. By providing your expert input on issues that impact your industry, you are establishing yourself as credible and making an impression on potential future customers. Being found in a search engine is important but perhaps even more powerful is having others do your advertising for you by way of online word-of-mouth recommendations. By simply sharing something you wrote or produced, these third-parties are adding to your clout and your place as an expert in your field.
Life is full of challenges and sometimes we can lose perspective (and enthusiasm). A lack of belief in ourselves and what we can accomplish can stand in the way of long-term success. Instead of shying away from our potential, we have to embrace it. All of us have the ability to tap our own knowledge and resources to develop ideas that lead to innovative improvements to everyday life. All you need is a little faith and the right set of tools.
So I would like to take this opportunity to impress on each and every one of you just how important it is to take your life seriously, because you do matter. In spite of all our technology, connectedness and influence rankings, I still firmly believe that technology will never be able to replace a human touch and personal relationships. What chat rooms, social media networks, Facebook and the rest of the social media universe really do is allow us to communicate more easily, but the one thing this technology all too often doesn’t show is our feelings.
Lately I’ve focused on individuals who build influence through the effective use of social media. Today I’ll talk about how Intel sets the standard for corporate social media excellence, using all manner of social media to engage its audience, inform, educate and build the brand. If you think Intel is just a nuts and bolts company, you’ll be surprised at how seriously they take the intangible world of social media engagement. I’d like to introduce you to a personal friend of mine, and one reason behind this success, Intel’s global social media strategist, Ekaterina Walter. Under her leadership, Intel has seen an astonishing 10% to 12% monthly fan base growth. Her principles for Facebook engagement include original content, not just automated, and original videos, not just YouTube links.
These people are using today’s social media tools to change the world for the better, and proving along the way that one person does matter and one person can be significant. I have met so many incredible people on the web, but only a small fragment of them are getting noticed by these list makers or measurement companies. They are not stars of the social web, but they are people who made changes, people who noticed others and people who will make you feel significant every step of the way.
These two words can change your mood, change your mind, and have the power to change lives and the world world if we understand and leverage them in the right way”