Instead of using lead generation companies , social media is a great tool to generate your own leads. This article covers some major social media blunders you may want to avoid when using social media as a lead generation channel.
10 Social Networking BlundersEdit Article | Posted: Aug 29, 2010
Social networking sites are here to stay. They are among the most popular destinations on the web. And even though they can be extremely annoying at times, there is one inescapable fact: there is a 100 million-strong army of people who use the most popular of these sites.
However, sitting in your room in front of your laptop, being connected to so many people, it's easy to forget that whatever you say is out there, and will stay out there to be read by people, for a long time. Think about it.
When did you last see someone posting an embarrassing picture, or someone else saying something irritating in their status update? It could be you, the next time. Don't become that person...
1.Add old friends and then forget about them
This is the biggest social networking crime of them all. How many times has it happened? You haven't seen someone for 20 years; you vaguely recognise their name but not their face. They add you as a friend and then after you accept them, you never hear from them again. If this was how you were going to treat them, why bother in the first place?
2.Adding people you don't even know
If you're a woman, and just maybe you have the kind of looks and bikini bod that could cut it on Miami's South Beach, you're probably used to the term ‘creep'... And meeting them online. Okay, maybe not everyone has a figure like that. Adding strangers is like that annoying chap at a party who slaps everyone on the back as if they were old pals, when in actual fact he has no friends, largely because of this habit.
3.Update your status when you're on sick leave
How many times have we seen it? Someone calls in sick in the morning and then updates their status minute-by-minute, documenting a day of ice cream, pizza and video games. Get dressed and get to work you lazy hoodwink, or else you'll probably be fired. And it'll be your own fault for adding your boss to be your friend.
4.Write on a wall instead of communicating privately
The driving force behind the success of the most successful social networking site out there is... vanity. People love the idea that others are watching what they're doing. Tell me this: for what reason would you invite someone to a private party by writing on their wall, other than to show off to all the people on their friends list who you don't want to come? It just makes you look like an ass, so don't do it.
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Pay With a TweetPosted by Curt Finch at 2:05 PM
There's a new currency system out there – Pay With a Tweet. Instead of paying money for a service or product, you can pay by tweeting about it, thereby giving the provider exposure. On the flip side, you can offer something to consumers in exchange for their tweeting about you. It's an interesting system created by a couple of guys in New York City. There are a few rules – no inappropriate language in your tweet, for example – but otherwise, it seems like a straightforward way to build social media buzz.
These guys are not the only ones trying to make money from Twitter. TwitPub is a service that allows content providers who keep their tweets private to sell premium subscriptions to those who want to become followers. Magpie provides an advertising platform for marketing campaigns of all sizes.
Twitter is clearly popular, which naturally incents entrepreneurs to seek ways to profit from it.
Which of these things do you think will work?
Curt has a book out on Amazon and elsewhere.
What an innovative way to generate leads...who need lead generation companies anymore!