How can blogging help you sell?


Do you want to know how blogging can help you sell?

Are you sceptical if it will work in your business niche/sector/industry?

Are you trying to figure out if you should start a blog?

Then read on…..

While on holiday in Thailand I saw this article pop up in my Flipboard.

7 Dynamic Ways Businesses can Blog for SEO, Brand-Building, and Thought Leadership

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What is social business?


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Do you want to know what social business is?

Do you want to know how it will change business in the future?

I believe there is no such thing as “Social Media”. It is just a phrase to describe the current state of the internet.

I believe social business is the future of business. Social business will be the way business is done in the future and eventually what we know currently as social business will just become “business”.

I have come up with my definition of Social Business.

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How to embed a tweet button in your blog


Have you ever wanted to embed a tweet button into your blog post?

Rather than tweet a link to the whole article, have you ever wanted to tweet just a quote or snippet?

In a previous post I explained how to get people to share your content through social networks. This article will help you to make it easier to get people to share parts of your content rather than just the traditional way and sharing the whole article.

Below is an example of a tweet button that I embedded into a previous post. This tweet button was designed to give readers a chance to tweet the quote that I had listed in the post.

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Example of a tweetable quote with tweet button embedded into the post

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Why you don’t need to buy any social software


(Until you read this post)

If my last post on why I wish social was NOT in my job title didn’t stir up enough controversy – then this one might!

“Invest in social culture before social technology”  

In this post I will explain the harsh question you need to ask yourself before you decide to spend a pound, euro or dollar on any social media related software. And while you’re at it, hold the head count for any staff to work on social media as well.

Social is a not about the technology, it is about a cultural shift to create a more honest, open, transparent way of doing business.

“No one can sell you a tool to fix your culture”  

To clarify my definition of software in relation to this post I am talking about a company trying to sell you a tool do something with social: monitoring, responses, collaboration tools etc. I am not including free software such as WordPress, Hoot suite etc.

You can achieve so much without spending a penny. If you have a plan which builds a strategy for using free social tools closely aligned to your core business objectives, then you could achieve more than any other “social strategy” which could easily cost hundreds of thousands or more.

So what if you have 100,000 likes on Facebook. Who cares if you’ve got 100,000 followers on Twitter. Neither of these translate into anything your CEO cares about.

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How to write your first blog


I have spent the past week sunning myself around a pool, high in the Italian hills of Giaole in Chainti, Tuscany.

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For the last 30 years I have been convinced that I cannot hold my breath under water with out holding my nose. During the first day around the pool I was embarrassingly trying to explain to my friends why I can’t hold my breath. Someone said just give it ago. So I did. After two attempts, surprise surprise, I managed to do it. The best thing was, I didn’t  drown! Seeing how happy I was at my new found skill, my friends jokingly said that I should blog about it! So here I am.

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What is social media?


Social Media means so many things to so many people,  I thought I would add my 2 cents.

I want to start by agreeing with Gary Vaynerchuk in saying that there is no such thing as “social media”. Social media is just a term to describe the current state of the internet. Just in the same way web 2.0 was the phrase a few years back. This is explained in more detail in the video below.

Watch on YouTube > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8Ino97rEfM

I believe the term social media will disappear and people will talk about “social business” instead. Eventually the word social will be dropped and the ideas and methodology in social will just be part of the way people do “business”.

The Wikipedia definition is:

Social media includes web- and mobile-based technologies which are used to turn communication into interactive dialogue among organizations, communities, and individuals. Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as “a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.” When the technologies are in place, social media is ubiquitously accessible, and enabled by scalable communication techniques

Social media, in my eyes is a mind set not a tool set. It is not just Facebook or Twitter, it is a whole new way of looking at the world of business and a whole new way of operating in it. A company needs to make it part of their culture and not just their strategy.

Today the majority of businesses are just trying to use it to force marketing communications down people’s throats as if it were a TV commercial. They don’t get it and they are missing a trick. Social media is an opportunity for you to communicate with the people who touch your business and give them a service currently reserved for royalty and rock stars.

Social media has the opportunity to touch so many different parts of business: sales, R&D, customer service, public relations, to name but a few. I cannot think of any part of a business which could not make use of social media in some way. Whatever part of a business you are involved in, you could use social to communicate better and to work more effectively as a team. Even if you work alone, you can use the social web to learn how other people in your industry do things and to help you develop your approach and find other people who you can work with.

If you remember one thing from this post, make it this:

“It is not about having a social media strategy, it is about aligning social to your business strategy”

If you want to figure out what you should be doing with social media,  go to see your CEO and ask him what his or her top three priorities are and then go ask a few “social media” companies how they can help you achieve them.  If you cannot see a correlation between what you want to achieve and what they want to sell you, then find someone else to talk to. It might help you to read my post on What is the future of social media.

And just incase any of you don’t believe me about how important social media is, check out this presentation below.

View on SlideShare > > http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/2005829#

I agree with almost everything said. I believe that you should not be looking to just create a social media strategy. You should be looking to align social to your business strategy. Instead of thinking what can I do with social media,  you should thinking about how social media can help you do something you are already trying to do – just in a better way.

I think the people who make the most of social media will be those people who figure out how to utilise social media data to build mutually beneficial relationships with the people who touch their businesses. I share some more thoughts on what I think the future holds for social media here.

Your turn

What do you think social media is? Is there anything you would like to add to this article? Do you agree with how I have defined social media?

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