Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Social Media strategies for Growing Online Network

Here are a few strategies that you can use to enhance your online connections: 

1. Be clear about the kind of connections that you want to establish using social media. You might be interested in meeting other women working in your profession, or women interested in losing weight, or those seeking certain types of hobbies of interest to you.
2. Get in the conversation and be an active participant on your wall and page. Instead of waiting to see who is talking about what is interesting to you, lead the discussion by posting question of interest on your feed.
3. Expand your view of social media. It is hard for some of us to make the leap and accept the idea of using this resource as a resource for making friends. Try it. I've made 14 new (non-virtual) friends using social media.
4. Explore all that social media has to offer. Don't stop at Twitter and Facebook. LinkedIn, for example, is a site for professionals in a wide range of fields to find networking opportunities. And there are many more sites. There are blogs for every possible topic that interests you. Blog writers are usually happy to interact and respond to your questions and comments. And, if by chance there isn't a blog about a topic of interest to you, start your own!
And if you're new to social media or you're just looking for a place to start expanding your social media presence, give Social Media Girlfriends a look. It's a good jumping-off point and a great organization that has thought of smart ways to engage their audience and to serve women online.

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