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Which Social Media Is Right for You?


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“Which Social Media Is Right for You?” by Joan Y. Edwards

I know. I know. I’ve thrown so many Social Media possibilities out at you: Facebook, GooglePlus+, Glogster, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter. You might be confused. There are others that I didn’t include yet. I put a little information about blogging below. I may add a separate post for Blogging and Goodreads later. I added the signup page link for Goodreads now. Guess what! You can’t do them all. Nor should you do them all. Relax. Here is a little information and a few questions to help you decide which social media is right for you.

Which social media do you believe will get you the most new connections and good prospects for your business, service, or product? Which one will help you be better known across the internet? All of the tools below can create a good following of new people. Which is right for you?

  1. Blogging – Many bloggers create a good following. In the references, I put articles written by Anne R. Allen and Jane Friedman discussing whether a writer should or shouldn’t have a blog.  Personally, I use my blog for my major focus for marketing. I use the other social media to spread the word about my blog, my books, and my workshops. When you sell your book, your publisher may require you to have a blog. WordPress or Blogger are two simple platforms to use for a blog. Don’t blog any information or material you wish to have published by a publisher. Make sure your blog and each blog post has your copyright information on it.
  2. Facebook Author or Company Pages – can create a good following, with links for special deals, links to websites, blogs, information, pictures, videos with links, special events.
  3. Glogster If you like to make a collection of different formats, Glogster might be for you.
  4. Goodreads lists your published books and reviews, lists books you read. You can do giveaways.
  5. GooglePlus+ can be a message with a link, with a picture, with a video, with a slideshow. You can interact with businesses, friends, family, organizations, people with the same skills and profession as you. You can organize them in circles of any name you choose: family, friends, writers, illustrators, lawyers, editors, agents, and/or plumbers.
  6. LinkedIn can connect you with professionals you already know online and/or in person. You can upload resumes and list your skills and expertise. You can check out possible employers. You can start or join groups with same interests as you. You can also find out events related to your skills or profession.
  7. Pinterest gives you a place to post messages with a picture attached. If you don’t have a picture or image for your post, Pinterest might not be the best one for you.
  8. Twitter with its short 140 character tweets and retweets. Tweets can be words or links to webpages, blogs, images, videos, sales, books, products, etc.
  9. Websites can provide visitors but usually you don’t have any way to interact with them unless you do a newsletter and have them sign up on your website. Adding a blog or guest book on your website can help this.

Before you decide, here are more questions to help you make a good decision:

  1. What is your marketing goal? WikiHow says this should be your first decision. I say choose two or three social media that seem to fit your needs. Then focus on one main one, and one minor one.
  2. How much time do you have to spend on it? Specify a certain amount of time and limit it to that. Time is money. Leave time for your job, your family, your friends.  If you’re a writer, do your major writing project first, then do your social media.
  3. What will you get out of it?
  4. Which one is calling you? Which one do you like? If one intimidates you, leave it alone for now. Do the ones that your inner self says, “I can do that.”
  5. If you need more directions, look at the blog posts in my series, to help you get started.

Good luck to you.

Here are links to my social media posts:

  1. Joan Y. Edwards. “Collect Images for Fun and Research – Use Pinterest:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/collect-images-for-fun-and-research-use-pinterest/
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “Facebook: The Pros, Cons, and How to’s:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/facebook-the-pros-cons-and-how-tos/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “How to Use Glogster – A Personal Electronic Poster Maker:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/how-to-use-glogster-a-personal-electronic-poster-maker/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “9 Reasons to Use Google Plus+:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/9-reasons-to-use-google-plus/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards.”Seven Advantages of Using Twitter:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/seven-advantages-of-using-twitter/
  6. Joan Y. Edwards. “Ten Reasons to Use LinkedIn:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/ten-reasons-to-use-linkedin/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Which Social Media Is Right for You?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/which-social-media-is-right-for-you/

I hope this article has given you a few ideas to help you decide which social media, if any, is right for you. There are more references at the bottom. Please feel free to ask a question or leave a comment below, be sure to sign your first and last name.

As a way to celebrate my 50,000 reads (only 402 views to go), I’ll do a Hangout to “How to Make Your Blog Zing” and field questions from participants. We can only have 10 people in a Hangout at a time. It’s free. Those unable to join the hangout can view it on YouTube a few hours later. Leave a comment below if you’d like to join me. It’ll be on the first Monday after I reach 50,000 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It looks like it’ll be in the next two weeks. Connect with me on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/108439424078672286967. I’ll send you an invitation, be sure and tell me you want to join the hangout.

Giveaway – When I reach 50,000 views, a lucky winner will receive — a free 1/2 hour personal consultation by phone or computer on Making Your Blog Zing. I’ll analyze the lucky winner’s blog and make suggestions on how to improve what he’s already doing;  give tips on how to organize his time; and most importantly, answer questions he has about his blog.

Connect with me. I’d be honored.
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Celebrate you today.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

References

  1. Anne R. Allen.  “Is it Really Time for Authors to Stop Blogging?” http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2013/03/is-it-really-time-for-authors-to-stop.html
  2. Ellie Mirman. “30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore:” http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/34180/30-Terrible-Pieces-of-Social-Media-Advice-You-Should-Ignore.aspx
  3. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/emig45ffhe/myth-1-social-news-aggregators-are-dead/
  4. Finance Magazine. “What skills do you need to become a professional blogger?” http://www.financemagazineonline.com/2012/02/what-skills-do-you-need-to-become.html
  5. IT World Answers. “How Do I Blend Facebook, Twitter, and Google-Plus:” http://www.itworld.com/answers/topic/internet/question/how-do-i-blend-facebook-twitter-and-google-plus
  6. Janet Friedman. “It’s Time for Many Experienced Writers to Stop Blogging:” http://janefriedman.com/2013/03/15/its-time-for-many-experienced-writers-to-stop-blogging/
  7. Jennifer Lonoff Schiff. “6 Tips to Build Your Social Media Strategy:” http://www.cio.com/article/732975/6_Tips_to_Build_Your_Social_Media_Strategy
  8. Kasper Mikiewicz. Better Way to Add Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Any Other External Scripts:” https://coderwall.com/p/27jmwq
  9. Simon Kuper. Prezi. “How to Choose Your Soap Box: Picking the Right Social Media:” http://prezi.com/lh1jrt0sjufj/how-to-choose-your-soap-box-picking-the-right-social-media-platforms/
  10. “How Social Media Improved Writing:” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/9083e598-90ee-11e2-a456-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ROjIcL2p
  11. WikiHow. “4 Ways to Select a Social Media Monitoring Tool:” http://www.wikihow.com/Select-a-Social-Media-Monitoring-Tool
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11 Responses

  1. Joan,
    You are on top of things–all things social media that is.. Good for you! Right now, I make contact with my blog, yahoo groups, emails, and person-to-person contact. Other social media will be added, I’m sure. Thanks for always putting good information out for your readers to consider. Very helpful! This is a very solid series–like a rock.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. You are welcome for the information. When we know more of the facts, we can make a better decision. I feel that everyone’s needs are different. Everyone doesn’t need all the same thing. I’m glad you believe my information is helpful. Celebrate you and the sincere connections you make with others.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  2. You’ve done it again. Informative, wonderful stuff and just what we needed, well perhaps I should say, I needed. Thanks a ton!

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    • Dear Sandra,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe this is informative, wonderful stuff and just what you needed. You are welcome.

      Celebrate your gift of asking questions
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  3. Great post from a great lady. Thanks!

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    • Dear Sharon,
      Thank you for writing. Thank you for the compliment. Aw Shuckins! You say the nicest things.

      Celebrate you and your gift of encouraging others
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  4. I am always amazed at the depth of your offerings, Joan. Thanks for all these detailed gems of info!

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. You’re welcome for the information. I’m glad that you feel that I give you detailed gems in my posts. What a nice thing to say!

      Celebrate you and your gift of making me and others feel appreciated
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards.

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  5. […] Which Social Media Is Right for You? (joanyedwards.wordpress.com) […]

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    • Dear Kimberley Vassal Insurance,
      Thanks for posting a link to my blog about Which Social Media Is Right for You? I enjoyed your video about Utilizing Social Media as a Business Tool. Thanks for sharing with the world.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  6. I agree with Linda, you rock! 🙂

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