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Google+ and the social tendencies of today

The biggest challenge we still face with Social Media (as South African SMME’s) is the fact that it is, well, so social. Clients and colleagues alike complain (time-and-time again) that their Social Media Networking strategies are too time consuming. I believe we need to cultivate a culture of focused activity. We need to find create a plan that will empower us to implement social networking activities without the risk of getting lost in the rabbit holes.

According to Mashable Google+ is now open and available to everyone. No invitation required! Yay? Well, not really. For us local folk, this adds just another online networking platform that needs to be maintained, managed and fed with current, relevant and up to date information. Even more time needed.

Let me be clear. This problem is not a Google creation – it is of our own design and making. We need to manage our time more effeciently if we hope to create sustainable online strategies. So the million-dollar (or rand in our case) question – can it be done?

Yes.

Here’s how:

  1. Plan ahead. If you know where you are going, you can (pre)-create some of your input and use an automated publishing tool (i.e. HootSuite) to make your life a whole lot easier! The added advantage of using an automated publishing tool, means that you hardly ever run the risk of getting caught up in the online intrigues of loves lost and found or the latest company gossip.
  2. Dedicated time. First thing in the morning or in the afternoons before you get ready to punch out, put time aside to interact with your online communities.
  3. Pick and stick. As tempting as it is to create a profile on every new social networking platform that springs up, it is impossible (and unnecessary) to maintain this level of engagement. Review the platforms that you are most interested in (this typically should be driven by where your preferred market congregates) and focus your energy here. Quality versus quantity as the saying goes.

So, despite having a blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube profile – will I create a Google+ account. Probably. But I have always been more curious than is good for me ;)

Diva, done and dusted!

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What to write on the www

So, the topic has been talked, written, discussed, blogged and case-studied to death but I still want to put some thoughts down on paper (well in pixels if you want to nit-pick).

Writing for the web is a broad concept these days. We no longer think only of our business websites when we talk about the www – we have to consider social media platforms, blogs, the websites, video sites and news sites. We have to write well and make relevant contributions whether we have 140 characters on Twitter or unlimited paragraphs on WordPress. Writing for the world-wide-web has become an increasingly difficult task but there is hope.

Let’s put some sound building blocks in place and then see if we can build a strategy from there.

1. Tell people the why, what, how, when and where of your company BUT don’t overburden your website or Facebook page with flowery language, endless bits of history, or your personal pedigree. If WHAT you offer is extraordinary and worthwhile, it doesn’t really matter whether you started your company in your garage 6 years ago or with only 1 client…. I have to categorically state that I love reading about the history of companies on their site. I adore clever copy and I relish creative communication strategies that poke their tongue at you. BUT, let’s be sensible, your website / blog / micro-blog / social media platform has a point to make, BEST you make it.

2. Decide what your point is. Do you want to make a creative statement, add visual appeal, stand apart from the crowd, grow your bottom-line etc. When I consult, the answer to these questions determine what type of strategy we create for our clients. Every strategy will be unique, simply because every client’s focus is different.

3. Have you done your research? More specifically – have you bothered with KEYWORD research?? Many of our clients come to us with online content that never introduces any of the keywords that will attract more virtual feet. Using the right keywords, sensibly (please)  will make it much easier for your content to create an interest.

4. Take your platform into consideration. Blogs are different from Social Media / Networking sites etc etc etc. I always recommend that you use one or two platforms well rather than trying to use all of them in the same way.

Let’s sum it up this way. Write politely but make your point. Don’t underestimate the value of keywords. Make sure you decide what exactly the underlying tone and message of your content will be and then get on to the big w and write. What’s the worst that could happen? Someone might actually read what you have to say ;)

Diva, over and out.