Posts Tagged ‘social networking’

why incorporate facebook into your overall marketing strategy?

October 25th, 2010

As published in Whole Foods Magazine October 25, 2010

With a FaceBook here and a FaceBook there, here a FaceBook there a FaceBook everywhere a FaceBook … yes, if Old MacDonald was around, he, too, would be on FaceBook. But why? Why the rage? Why is everyone on FaceBook and why would a business be on FaceBook?

Lets start by looking at the basic numbers*:

  • There are over 500 million ACTIVE users (these are people that have returned to the site in the last 30 days).
  • 50% of users log in on any given day.
  • Approximately 150,000,000 users are located in the United States.
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on FaceBook (collectively).
  • Over 700,000 businesses have a “FaceBook Page.”
  • Over 70 translations of FaceBook are available globally.
  • Average user has 130 friends (think of word of mouth).

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4 frequently asked questions about LinkedIn

July 19th, 2010

In June of this year, LinkedIn topped 70 million users worldwide. But, what does this really mean?  Why have a LinkedIn profile and how can it help in business?  These are typically great questions and often asked by many individuals who have not yet grasped the idea of online marketing and using Social Media as a means to build business and create connections with potential customers.  Here are a few common questions about LinkedIn and how to benefit from using this powerful Social Media Platform.

Q. I already have a profile on LinkedIn, but don’t really see any advantage or how it can benefit my business.

A. The key to anything we do online is to be active.  LinkedIn gives you the ability to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd in several ways. » Read more: 4 frequently asked questions about LinkedIn

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5 simple steps to protect yourself from hackers on facebook

May 21st, 2010

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for some time now but things just seem to keep getting in the way.  So its time to stop procrastinating as I have no excuses left and I just need to do it!

We read so much these days about the benefits of building a following of friends on the social platforms, like LinkedIn, Twitter and FaceBook just to name a few. And by the way, these are probably the most popular platforms out there and you can add MySpace to the popularity list.  Yes, there are so many benefits to using these networks to connect with family and friends and for businesses the opportunities are endless.

What we do not hear about are the potential dangers that lurk in the dark corners of some of these platforms and today specifically, I want to address the privacy issues and risks we all assume by creating a profile on FaceBook.

Last week a friend of mine who uses FaceBook strictly to stay in touch with her friends and family had her account hacked.  Quite frankly, I don’t know how it happens, but it did happen. Her identity was stolen and somehow the hackers also » Read more: 5 simple steps to protect yourself from hackers on facebook

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