Heather Nolte notified the StartupNation community last week about Facebook’s new offering of vanity URLs (Facebook.com/YourNameHere) for individuals and businesses. Check out her post: Facebook Vanity Username…Get Yours June 13th 12:01am!. Although any individual and many businesses were afforded the opportunity to secure personalized URLs from June 13th, business pages with fewer than 1000 fans [...]Continue Reading
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Just wanted to send a quick reminder to everyone regarding the use of vanity usernames on Facebook. As of June 13th at 12:01am EDT you will be able to create a vanity username for your Facebook profile or fan page. Image via CrunchBase This is TERRIFIC NEWS and will undoubtedly help with SEO ranking, name [...]Continue Reading
The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet. According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media. Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and brands on their profiles/blogs. With those kinds of numbers, chances are they are talking about you, your competitors, and your industry. Why not join the conversation?
Time constraints. Steep learning curve. Lack of “social” skills. These are just a few of the excuses I’ve heard for not implementing a social media strategy. They are all legitimate and worth consideration. After all, first impressions count. I would never suggest jumping into social media when you know you won’t have the time or resources to make the strategy successful. It will not only fail, but could tarnish your brand as well. However, as with most things, there is a way to outsource your social media efforts. With the right partner, this type of relationship can give your brand a presence in social media, help you overcome the learning curve, and even teach you a thing or two about being “social.” One possible partner for your journey into social media is MomForce.com.
MomForce.com was founded in late 2008 as a partnership between Jessica Smith and Care.com. Jessica saw the partnership as an opportunity to blend her personal brand as Chief Mom Officer for Wishpot.com and popular blog JessicaKnows.com with Care.com’s professional brand of being a leader in the care provider referral industry. The goal of MomForce is to help entrepreneurs and companies enter social media by matching them with social media savvy moms that often have previous career experience with marketing. Jessica explains further, “While our tagline is ‘Reach Moms. With Moms.’ I think companies will find a lot of these moms have impressive experience that reaches beyond the mom market.” The process behind MomForce is designed to be simple and painless for both the companies and the moms looking for virtual work opportunities. Once moms submit their profiles, complete with resumes outlining previous marketing experience, companies are then able to search the database for candidates that fit their desired skill set. The moms are then hired as independent contractors which save companies the expense of additional overhead and employee costs. This creates the perfect win/win situation, flexible hours for moms and lower costs for companies.
MomForce is a good example of the many creative options available for time-strapped entrepreneurs to join in on the social media bandwagon. While I feel that social media is done best in-house, I do think alternatives like this are better than nothing. Social media marketing is here to stay and will only get bigger and better in the years to come. Entrepreneurs have two choices, to either get on the bus or get run over.
The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet. According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media. Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and [...]Continue Reading
I guess my husband and I always had in the back of our heads that we would have kids, so that when we were old and grey we would have someone to push around our wheelchairs, or at least extricate our Rascal scooters when they get hopelessly wedged between oddly out-of-date pieces of furniture. I also had [...]Continue Reading
I have written on social applications before, but just read this book and it made me re think how we approach technology. From Amazon: Imagine an almost instantaneous communication system that would allow people and governments all over the world to send and receive messages about politics, war, illness, and family events. The government has tried [...]Continue Reading
Twitter. It’s ridiculous, right? The distractions of visiting a website to provide updates to your “followers” about where you are and what you’re doing. Sounds like such a waste of time! But alas, I beg to differ. From what I’m learning, it’s one of a variety of really effective vehicles to achieve business goals. Developing [...]Continue Reading
I’m not a techno-phobe; I don’t fear technology. I hate it. Or it hates me. Either, or. Yesterday I read about Web 3.0, which was a little disturbing to me, since, until recently, I thought that Wikipedia was a book for witches and am still unable to switch my Facebook profile from French language-mode. Oh, and I [...]Continue Reading
Don’t get me wrong. I love to network. I love to go do the face-to-face with clients and customers. I love beatin’ the streets, hittin’ the pavement, knockin’ on doors, etc. But, when it comes to all these social networks, I’m hopelessly, helplessly lost. Just about every day, I have a friend… or a customer… [...]Continue Reading
Just reading a post on “is social marketing for the young” and I have to wonder… I hesitate to say if it’s generational or not, bc I might be on the line at age 35. But someone asked me today if I twitter or tweet — and I just had to laugh. I opt for [...]Continue Reading
If you haven’t read about it already, Facebook is breaking new ground with their "Beacon" feature that associates purchases with purchases and creates member endorsements alongside ads. Here’s a press release that describes the service: http://www.facebook.com/business/?beacon What do you think of this? getting on your "privacy" nerves? a good service to consumers trying to [...]Continue Reading
I got a notice last week for my 30th high school reunion. (Please keep the age jokes to yourself…) I’m not sure if I’m going to go. I live 5 hours worth of air travel away, and have important meetings already scheduled on the same day. Beyond that, I’m not sure how I really feel about it. [...]Continue Reading