Using social media without spending – wasting? – hours on it every day?
There is no doubt that, when done correctly, using social media can widen your circles of connection but one of the keys is to be there regularly so people can get to know you. Here are some ways I use to make the connection. Just try one each lunchtime. Do the same one each day for a week or do something different every day. But whatever you do you will be making new connections one the web every day.
Here are 10 really simple tips:
- respond to some group posts on Facebook.
- comment on a blog – people often put links to their new blog posts on their Facebook groups so you could spring off from there.
- update your own Facebook business pages
- respond to some tweets
- search twitter for something of interest, perhaps a radio programme you heard last night, and connect with some of the people who are chatting about it.
- check out your Google Reader or other Reader for the latest articles on websites that you follow, and comment on them if appropriate
- update your status on LinkedIn
- check out your LinkedIn groups and respond to some posts
- use Buffer app to store up some interesting posts for later.
Whatever you do, do it consciously and with meaning. Really take an interest in what you are reading and make your comments meaningful rather than just “great post”. If you are responding to a group post, click on the profile for the person you are responding to. What do they do? What are they interested in? Is there anything you might like to connect with there.
It’s all about building your network and your credibility on-line. Do it genuinely and you will make genuine and lasting contacts.