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On Social Media, Participate, Don't Push

Tip of the Day for Sept. 13, 2011:
When marketing on social media platforms, always keep in mind the 80/20 rule. You should spend 80% of your time sharing, answering questions and interacting with others and only 20% of your time promoting your small business. Stick to this rule and you'll be seen as a true participant, not a pushy sales-person.
Post type: question
9/13/11 at 7:47 am
Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day
Member Since: 9/9/11
Posts: 120
Manta Media Inc.
Columbus, OH
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Most people think that when they have a mass forum or social network it’s all about sending a blast to them with and offer and then they wonder why they cannot sell anything. Social media is not the place sell direct it’s a place to share ideas and knowledge and relationship building and when people get to know you and trust you then they will open up to what you have to offer. The internet today has become a place where people are bombarded with ads and this turns people off. So my suggestion is instead of trying to sell something start a forum about your product or service how it helps people and solves a problem go into other forums and add value and try to help others that’s what it’s all about and never put money first. I am open to this discussion from all who read this discussion to add something of value to help others within Manta network..remember knowledge is power only when used correctly.
9/13/11 at 8:10 am
Troy Williams
President / CEO
Member Since: 7/23/11
Posts: 34
Verified Safe LLC
Lebanon
I think a sixth tip could be --- "Know your market." If your market it local, then be sure to connect to your market in ways other than Social Media. Social Media is a big game; it's a world wide game, of course. But if you're a local business, looking for local customers or clients, focus on your pond, not the ocean.
9/13/11 at 8:50 am
Tom Turner
Secretary/Treasurer
Member Since: 9/30/10
Posts: 1
United Shippers Alliance
Dublin, OH
I agree. Use communities like this to answer questions to help other business owners. Share your knowledge and expertise. Developing business contacts is another important part to marketing yourself. Those relationships you develop can come in handy later.

Pat Tuure
Visit me at www.OTWebDesigns.com
9/13/11 at 8:59 am
Patrick Tuure
Owner
Member Since: 11/25/10
Posts: 360
Ot Web Designs LLC
Columbus, OH
[color=rgb(37, 37, 37)][font=Arial] [/font][/color][color=rgb(37, 37, 37)]Greetings to all, I am new here to Manta and when I found the site I felt it would be one of the best places to do some social networking. So far I believe my feelings to have been correct. I do want to say to you Troy, that I think you are absolutely correct in that "people are bombarded with ads and this turns people off." Although I am an Account Executive, and my job is in the sales industry, my number one purpose for being here on Manta is not to "bombard" others with my sales pitches. My purpose is to get connected with the small business community, to see what it is that small businesses are looking for in regard to advertising in a cost effective manner.


Also, as I said previously, I am extremely new to this social networking site and I wish not to offend or annoy anyone at all with my sales pitch, as it would not benefit other prospective clientele or myself. I like the suggestion that you gave about starting a forum, so that I can show what I have to offer and how it can benefit and company. My dilemma in doing that however, is I'm not really sure how to start a forum of my own. Any advice for an Account Executive new to Manta would be greatly appreciated as I want to do this the right way and not be one of those overly egotistical sales people that even I can't stand to be around.

Thank you all in advance
Georgia Fraser- AE [/color]
Last edited by Georgia Fraser on Sep 13, 2011 at 11:20 am, edited 1 time in total.
9/13/11 at 9:14 am
Georgia Fraser
Financial Consultant/Account Executive
Member Since: 9/13/11
Posts: 5
Central Payment
Tallahassee
Hi Georgia,

Welcome to Manta! I absolutely love it here. The other business owners here have been great!
Just click on the 'Latest Posts' tab at the top of the forum and scroll through the posts until you find one that interests you and you can give advice on. Then read the questions and posts and put in your two cents worth. You'll develop contacts in no time. I've found the majority of business owners on Manta have been quite informative, knowledgeable and helpful in their posts.
If you want to start your own post, ask a question and ask for others opinions about it.

Pat Tuure
Visit me at www.OTWebDesigns.com
9/13/11 at 10:07 am
Patrick Tuure
Owner
Member Since: 11/25/10
Posts: 360
Ot Web Designs LLC
Columbus, OH
Thank you Pat,
Here's a quick question for you that I just thought of when I came back to read the thread. When posting why is it that I see HTML code after I've submitted a reply? does everyone else see the HTML code when they read my reply? or is it only me who sees it?
9/13/11 at 11:24 am
Georgia Fraser
Financial Consultant/Account Executive
Member Since: 9/13/11
Posts: 5
Central Payment
Tallahassee
Hi Georgia,

The HTML code in your reply usually happens when the text of your reply has been copied and pasted from Microsoft Word or Outlook. The system tries to format the text in the style the programs have set. I'll edit it out for you.

Also, as Pat said, welcome to Connect! As you become more familiar with the forum, let me know if you have any questions about Connect or Manta. :)

Anna
9/13/11 at 11:36 am
Anna Harper-Hess
Admin
Member Since: 3/10/11
Posts: 730
Manta
Columbus, OH
Manta Staff

Hi Georgia,

Due to a technical glitch, I am unable to edit the code out of your original post; we'd have to delete it and reenter it in order to remove the code. Going forward, as long as you enter in plain text you shouldn't see this error when you post.

I'm sorry I can't remove it! Let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks,
Anna
9/13/11 at 12:01 pm
Anna Harper-Hess
Admin
Member Since: 3/10/11
Posts: 730
Manta
Columbus, OH
Manta Staff

It's quite alright thank you though for trying.
9/13/11 at 12:14 pm
Georgia Fraser
Financial Consultant/Account Executive
Member Since: 9/13/11
Posts: 5
Central Payment
Tallahassee