Before you rush to join the huddled masses though, make sure you know what you're trying to accomplish with social media, so you can measure your success or lack of it and hone your outreach accordingly.
So what should you be monitoring/doing to make the most of your social media push?
- Wall posts
The more people who interact with your wall posts, the more visible and potentially viral, a post becomes. You should aim to both react to relevant posts in your business newsfeed and get your wall posts featured in other influential newsfeeds.
- Look for relevant questions about you/your company/industry
- Reply to requests for information and support about your industry
- Monitor for complaints and feedback
- Look out for competitor mentions
- Follow influencers (find who they are via Wefollow)
Where possible say thank you, retweet, save to favourites, reply and connect with your potential clients.
- Check LinkedIn Answers at least once a week
- Join relevant groups and contribute to their discussion groups
This tool is still primarily friend to those selling B2B, but everyone needs to network so don't rule it out if you're not in that space.
- Search keywords, product names etc to see what people are saying about your brand
- Ripples let you see your posts spread across Google+ who's sharing and influencing?
- Use the social analytic reports to measure +1's
- Watch out for new tools that Google+ adds around analytics
The jury is still out, but love it or hate it Google+ has a following and your potential customers are likely to be part of it.
- Use tools such as PinReach and PinPuff to view engagement and influence levels
- Use it to build a community around your brand
- Ask for repins (add a price tag to your pins and a link back to your website)
- Add your website link to pins to boost your SEO
As the newest, yet fastest growing social media site people you can benefit from showcasing the personality behind your brand.
- Track relevant blog articles
- Read the comments and jump in if you have something valuable to add
- Do any of the articles written about you link back to your website?
Blogs are here to stay and now that RSS feeders condense what people choose to read, the opportunity for pinpointing your ideal customer or target market, is huge.
As ever, knowing who your customers are and which social media tools they use will help you to build the right presence in the right place.
Happy tweeting, pinning, liking etc. etc. etc.