9. DiggDigg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. If you, as a business, can spread some a.) funny b.) interesting or 3.) surprising content and get some peeps to “digg” it, you’re set. The hardest part with Digg is growing your presence on the site to gain any ground to stand on for votes. So, start now. Build a presence. Make some connections and the better your content is, the more votes you’ll get. And people just might end up talking about you – or better yet - at your website.
8. YouTubeYouTube is a video sharing site and we all know that. But people spend thousands of minutes mindlessly watching funny, informative and entertaining video clips everyday. If you don’t have any video content related to your business, shoot 6 cute puppies playing in a field and title it “Cute Puppies Playing by [insert business name here]”. Anything with cute puppies rolling around is gonna get a buttload of views (so put your logo in the upper right corner and a link to your site and see what happens.)
7. FlickrWith a Flickr account you can share photos and videos, join and create groups, connect with other members and share information. It’s a classic and well worth your time. ‘Nuff said.
6. Posterousis the “dead simplest place to post everything.” Just email them. So, posterous claims it’s fame by offering a blogging platform with no strings attached. Simply email what you want to post, attach images, video, audio, etc. and you’re done. Lots of really hip people are on posterous, and you probably should be too.
5. NingNing lets you join and create new social networks for your interest and passions. This is great for your niche (or obscure) business – you can create a niche (or obscure) network and join with all the other obscure weirdos into your craft in one place. It’s easy to use, lots of people are already members and it’s a great way to introduce a lot of people to what you’re all about.
4. LinkedInThis is where you get to be professional. Create a business page, encourage all employees to join LinkedIn and provide links to your business, create relevant groups, share them and connect with LinkedIn’s gigantic network of experience professionals. LinkedIn ranks pretty well for business names too.
3. FacebookTried and true. Looking at Facebook with our SEO-tinted glasses wouldn’t get it a #3 on our list, but from a social networking standpoint and brand awareness angle it rocks. Whether you’re big or small, get yourself a Facebook page, start encouraging fans, offer special Fans-only coupons, advertise on Facebook and the largest social network online just might jump on your business’ band wagon.
2. KontainKontain is new, just learning to crawl and trying really hard to get up and walk. He falls down sometimes and may even face-plant onto the carpet, but he sure is trying. In my personal (and professional) opinion this site is awesome. If you have images to share (especially artsy, crafty, or some too-cool-for-words) get ‘em up on Kontain. People here love to share stories with imagery and it’s a great network of individuals wanting to support one another. You’ll get a lot of views and followed links (score!) and might just find a new wave of traffic to your website.
1. TwitterYou’re not on Twitter? Who are you? Miley Cyrus? Ok, so everyone… besides Miley Cyrus… is on Twitter. If you are, great. But, if by chance you’re not, get there. And once you’re there do something. Be interesting, funny and entertaining (wait, have I said that before?) and engage with people. Offer customer service responses, special deals, new industry information, whatever ya got. PS – offering people free/cheap sh*t works every time. So do it now. So, Just Do It. I think some famous brand might have said that one time? I don't know, but the time for social media really is now. These guys lasted through 2009 to prove themselves, so make them work for you in 2010.
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