Why being active in social media?

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Nowadays everyone has a Facebook account, a Twitter account, a Linkedin Profile, a Blog, a Google+ circle and so on.

We are all about being online social and be knwon by the higest possible number of People, to be famous and recognized by others, obioussely in Internet. Photo of vacations, parties with friends, photo Album of our children, Icons buttons or emotiocons. But most of all, we are all active in Internet Groups and Forum, sharing our personal thoughts within Folks we don’t even know that do the same with us.

It is a huge consumption of our time being “wasted” to build unuseful Relations and no sense online connetions. To the opposite, there is the reality, a real life made of relations with real People with whom we often not spend enought time.
Without going in the pyscological and phylosofical meaning of this phenomenon, I would like to Analyse the effect that it brings to our professional lives.

In this senario, you might think it is obvious that People spend a large amount of time to build their online reputation also on a professional level, which is way more important than private. Instead, only a minority of People think about putting the same effort into their professional virtual lives. Especially entrepreneurs or young professional still with an carrier to build, should invest at least 80% of their time and money in online visibility, because that is simply the future.

Being iSocial is a new made-up term to express how important is it to be there, on web or Internet, and to be active and social. Interacting, creating content, posting, starting discussions, blogging, having a Website, it is all about being THERE in the net and marking your presence in web.  If you still have any doubt about it, These are the numbers of Internet today

To give you an idea, These are numbers from Facebook:

864 million daily active users on average for September 2014

703 million mobile daily active users on average for September 2014

1.35 billion monthly active users as of September 30, 2014

1.12 billion mobile monthly active users as of September 30, 2014

Approximately 82.2% of our daily active users are outside the US and Canada

More important: Facebook’s latest self-reported statistics say that the average user spends 55 minutes a day on the site, which implies nearly 30 hours a month. Basically we spend more time on Facebook than in the Bathroom!

And that is only Facebook…I don’t have to explain more why is so crucial to be there nowadays. In Addition there are LinkedIn, Twitter and not less important Youtube, plus millions of alternatives and more specific online platforms.

What I struggle to understand is why many Company, professional, or free lancer aren’t yet. Or maybe they are but do not interact or feed their pages, which is even worse! I have clearly said it is mandatory to be there, but it is also mandatory to be there good, strong and powerful. Your iSocial life has to be a Support or your Job or carrer, not a disadvantage.

 

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My coach is me, and the YouTube videos

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Kenyan Julius Yego yesterday (Aug. 26) secured a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in javelin after learning how to throw on YouTube! Yes, he almost entirely self-taught how to throw watching the tutoral Videos of Jan Zelezny and Andreas Thorkildsen, both of whom won Olympic and world titles.! (complete article is here ). Now, why is that so important for us in Marketing? Because it shows once again how online Tools are becoming more and more imporant and crucial in our lives.

I’m always amazed when I read such things. The power of digital new technologies and digital tools is really changing everything all around us, even without us realizing it. The way we communicate is transitioning from verbal to written, liking it or not. The way we exist it not only physical but also virtual, even if we don’t have online profiles, there are a lot of info of ourselves in internet anyway. Even NOT having an online kind of form tells something about us.

How companies cope with this transitioning? It is crucial their presence on the web to create a strong online visibility. And what is the key there? Providing interesting contents. Network is not only to promote products but also to create the brand awareness. As well we have to establish our brand off line as we have to dominate it online.

How do we implement a new brand online?

ONLINE VISIBILITY It is not only about creating a website and various social media profiles – That is the mandatory – It is creating the expertise in the specific market that will put our brand to be the first. Being the first source of information when it comes to that products is what makes people think it is we are “the expert”. Thinking what and where the customer would look for our products and providing content to full fill their need.

– INTERACTIVITY Maintain and create as many interactions as possible, dedicating resources only to be there on the time when customers need. Use online chat, twitter comments, LinkedIn forum, email fast answering, whatever it takes. Never forget: “Consumers rule” Jeff Bezos – CEO Amazon.

CONTENT RELEASES. Never leave too long customers without contents and information. Follow the positive momentum and softly but frequently repeat the selling proposition within communications, in the same time maintaining the relation with the prospect/customers.

GOOD COPY-WRITING. Content such as posts and articles need to be simply written , clear and effective. A content must conduct the customer through a message long enough to win all possible objections and rejections. A short copy does not provide information but is it manly promotional and it does not work anymore. High importance has a catchy Headline that attracts immediately users to stop and read the article. Only at the end of the page, insert a call to Action.

Easy no? See you next time!