Over the next few weeks, we will be posting blogs specific to the most popular social networks. This week, we'd like to introduce you to the world of social networking and the platforms you could consider trying.
In an increasingly digital world, not having an online presence can be detrimental to your business activities. But with so many social media platforms to choose from, how do you choose where to spend your time and how do you make the most of it?
Facebook was founded in 2004 and is the largest social network. In December 2011, Facebook announced they had 845 million active users globally – but only 20% of users were in the USA and Canada. It’s estimated that Facebook users spend, on average, 7 hours on Facebook every month.
Facebook pages can be incredibly useful for engaging customers and many businesses use it as a customer relationship management tool.
Twitter is a growing social network with approximately 140 million active users tweeting 340 million messages per day. It serves as a micro-blogging platform and has a 140 character limit.
Twitter is particularly useful if you want to increase brand awareness.
Launched in 2011, Google+ has 1 million users in the UK, although its estimated people only spend 3 minutes a month on the site. Despite this, developers predict the popularity of Google+ will grow significantly.
Google+ business pages could contribute to your SEO tactics so it’s well worth your while setting up a page.
Also known as the “Facebook for businesses”, LinkedIn is a networking site for business professionals. It’s claimed they have over 150 million members, with 8 million of those based in the UK.
Your profile is similar to a CV, detailing your job history, skills and experience. It allows you to network with other professionals and could be ideal for networking if you work in a B2B environment.
Pinterest is a relatively new social network site. It encompasses the idea of the traditional pin board and takes it to the digital age. You can ‘pin’ digital images you like or images that inspire you and share them with other people. It's particularly useful in increasing brand awareness.
Similar to Pinterest is the more established Tumblr, a microblogging site. It allows you to share and search for images easily. According to Mashable, there were over 38,000 posts on Tumblr per minute in 2011. Tumblr has over 20,400,000 million posts and 50 million blogs to date.
Stumble Upon is particularly useful for finding new websites and interesting content, so it’s worth including your blog or website for additional traffic. In October 2011, Stumble Upon announced they had hit 20 million members.
We’ll be releasing Part 2: What is Facebook? next week, so please check back again soon!
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