Top 11 Reasons to Use Social Media in Business

Over the past few years, to say social media has exploded would be an understatement. Members of social media sites have discovered it's the easiest way to find, learn about, and share information that directly influences their purchasing decisions. It is this reason alone that every business should be on multiple social media sites in an effort to reach as many people as possible.

Below are the top 11 reasons to use social media in business:

  1. Build relationships – personal and professional; connect with all types of people – past and present coworkers, current clients, prospects, vendors, competitors, and marketing professionals to build your network
  2. Share your blog posts; share interesting and useful articles, other blogs, webinars, podcasts, presentations, and poll / survey results with your fan base
  3. Gather valuable information – research similar products / services, competitors, prospects, marketing tips, blog ideas, create your own poll / survey – the amount of information available is endless
  4. Join a social network of like-minded individuals or start a new interest group where you can further brand your product / service, build relationships, and share ideas and information
  5. Stay current with the latest trends – write a blog or join a discussion on a trending topic; become aware of new social media sites that might fit the needs of your business
  6. Land a great new job – using your new connections on various social media sites, you can get the inside scoop on companies that are hiring, as well as resume and interview tips
  7. Discover a new passion in life, become a volunteer, or start a fundraising event
  8. Get found by prospects by using inbound marketing tactics – spread the word about your product / service through social media sites; to form a complete marketing plan, combine this with outbound techniques (interruptive marketing)
  9. Build business reputation and brand – constantly add value to all your posts and become a trustworthy leader in your industry; to quote Bob Burg, "All things being equal, people will do business with and refer business to those people they know, like, and trust."
  10. Build a marketing department inexpensively – for start-ups, employing inbound marketing tactics is a cheap way to start marketing your product / service; most social media sites are free to join, while others have a minimal monthly or annual fee
  11. Help increase conversion rates – use social media and inbound marketing to steer more organic traffic to your website and convert more leads into sales; the average conversion rate is 2.3%, but varies by industries according to ClickZ, Marketing News & Expert Advice, http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/1691779/benchmarking-average-conversion-rate .

I recommend choosing a useful of sites to manage and start getting your feet wet. Not every social media site available will be right for you or your business and it would overwhelming to try them all. For example, consistently maintaining a blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages, a YouTube channel, as well as a Twitter account might be a great place to start. Depending on the type of business, a Pinterest, Tumblr, or Flickr account might or may not be worthwhile, but obviously they are great certain brands.

If you need help getting started, there are countless different types of resources. I have used the An Hour a Day book series on Facebook Marketing, Twitter Marketing, and Social Media Marketing. They address each entity in a step-by-step fashion that is very user-friendly. I also find Hubspot to be extremely helpful. They are continuously publishing user guides that contain valuable information, tips, and tricks. Lastly, when creating your profile on the various social media sites that best fit your marketing plan, it's a good idea to connect with other marketers to check out what they are doing to boost business.

Do you have a tip or trick to share with newcomers to social media? Share it with us; you are more than welcome to post questions and / or comments here!

Choosing Ringbearer Gifts Does Not Have to Be A Bear

The significance of wedding rings is best illustrated in people's fear of losing them. There are people who boast of having never removed their wedding ring since their wedding day, though this is sometimes due to changes to their weight since they said, "I do." But really, how important are wedding rings? Moreover, how many times have we heard of what a nightmare it is to lose your ring? We hear stories of people losing their rings in the labyrinth of pipes underneath the kitchen sink. Then, there was the movie "American Wedding," in which wacky Steve Stiffler accidentally feeds the bride's wedding ring to a dog. Clearly, wedding rings are very important. Consequently, even though the ringbearer is one of the shortest members of the bridal party, his is the task of the tallest order. So, when you choose ringbearer gifts, keep in mind the critical role that your ringbearer plays.

The Ringbearer
The use of ringbearers is fairly modern. They tend to be young brothers or nephews of the bride or groom, and usually range in age from 5 to 10. In weddings that are formal, the ringbearer, or pageboy, has one of two different functions. First, the ringbearer might carry the bridal party's rings on a huge white satin pillow. Boys will be boys, and almost anything could happen during his waddle down the aisle. Usually, the best man himself secures the rings, or thread is used to attach the rings onto the ringbearer's pillow.

Another function of the ringbearer is to carry the bride's train, if it is lengthy.

The Basics
Whether the ringbearer totes the rings or holds the train, make him feel special through your choice of ringbearer gifts. For example, consider what your ringbearer likes. Here are some ringbearer gifts that might ring well with him.

Ring Bearer Fun Box Gift: This is decorated to look like a Ringbearer's tuxedo. Inside it is fun games, cookies, and candies.

Ringbearer Baseball Cap: This will remind the boy that he was in the starting lineup of the wedding ceremony.

Space Magic Cookie Pot: This is a bouquet that is packed with cookies and candies. What kid says no to sweets?

Ringbearer Activity Tote Bag: This is a fabric bag with several gift items inside.

Personalized Gifts
Aside from the obvious height difference, kids and adults are not too different from each other. Like adults, kids want to feel special, too. Personalized ringbearer gifts help you do just that. Here are a few personalized ringbearer gifts to consider.

Personalized Baseball: This will make any little leaguer feel like a big leaguer. The ball is mounted on a walnut-finish stand.

Ringbearer T-shirt: This will let your mini lord of the rings remember the special day. How could he not with his name is printed on the shirt?

Personalized Silver Plated Yo-Yo: Give a new twist to the old toy! Each time your ringbearer uses this ringbearer gift, he will remember his walk down the aisle.

Being the ringbearer in a wedding can be daunting for any youngster. Help your ringbearer enjoy the task by giving him a well-thought out ringbearer gift. Carefully chosen ringbearer gifts will make your wedding day one that will always ring a bell in your little ringbearer's mind.

Internet Marketing – Explore This Method Of Marketing For Instant Results!

Marketing has included new methods in its wake, with Internet becoming available all over the world; marketing through Internet has become one of the best ways to get instant increase in sales of your products.

Why Internet Marketing?

There are many ways you can make your product reach the targeted customer base. However, you require to have a lot of money, and each campaigns takes some time to come into existence. There are other problems related to this type of marketing, people you want to reach should have a media receiving set of some time so that your marketing campaign is seen or heard one way or other. However, with computers reaching almost every home and office in the world, there is no better way than to reach the targeted audience directly.

This is where internet marketing becomes important, since the media is a different one, your marketing concept cannot be the same you used through other media. With internet there has to be a more personalized approach to marketing and making the buyer interested in product is also equivalent to attracting a potential customer. This has led to several different types of Internet marketing strategies.

What are the different internet marketing strategies?

There has been an emergence through trial and error of numerous internet marketing strategies, which changed the way world uses Internet and there has been an increase in number of people who are earning through marketing regularly on the Internet. The different types of internet marketing strategies are the email marketing, banner marketing, content marketing, search engine marketing, affiliate marketing, etc.

All these methods are used singly or together by companies trying to increase their customers. Affiliate marketing has allowed people earn their livelihood by carving out a share out of profits of the company for themselves; affiliate marketing can be done through emails, placing banner ads on websites, placing buttons, links in articles, etc. of the products they intend marketing.

Content marketing too, has become very famous not with the companies themselves only, but also among the customers who like to be informed about the products in a more details way, and also like to be educated about the benefits of using the product. This type of internet marketing has caught up in a big way and people like to be in sync with their information more and more.

Banner and email marketing are different internet marketing strategies again; email tends to reach the potential customer in his mail box, whereas banners reach only those who visit your website. Both the types have proven to be effective ways of internet marketing, through times.

Internet marketing is a billion dollar industry today, you can hire experts in this field and can start reaching thousands of potential customers within no time, this is the reason, even the most established of business houses are going in for this option while continuing with the traditional marketing options.

There is no limit or no rules how Internet marketing should be done, art about this marketing is how well you can turn a potential customer into a permanent customer.

But I Don’t Feel Like Working Out!

Do most people actually feel like exercising? Think about it. Who do you know actually loves to work-out as often as they can? Probably not many because if most people felt that way there wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic.

As I write this, even I’m putting off the inevitable. I have to work-out. I’m a Personal Trainer. Shouldn’t I be counting down the seconds until I get to hurt and sweat to the classic rock channel and my dumbbells? Nope. I have spent the last hour or so lollygagging around the couple of sites I tend to frequent, posting a few status updates and commenting “great pic” here and there while working up the motivation to get moving! I have a holiday party to attend tonight and I can promise you…the food will probably be pretty good. So how can I take my love of fabulous cuisine and my obvious Sunday morning laziness and somehow use this combo to get me up off the sofa and into the work-out room? Well I’ll tell ya….

I’ve been fat and I’ve been fit and I promise you that fit feels better! I just typed a paragraph or so about my own vulnerabilities above to let you know that I relate to your lack of desire to exercise. We aren’t that different from each other. I live in the same fast world with the same fast food and email vs. snail mail and instant gratification benefits as everyone else. The only problem with this is that permanent and healthy weight-loss and weight-management take time, perseverance and yep, hard work.

I know what happens when we put important tasks off. They either never get done or if they eventually do, there is usually a hefty late penalty. It’s no different with our bodies. To develop and keep a fit physique, consistency is the key. To stay consistent, we have to change our minds.

The truth is that the next hour or so WILL go by regardless of what I choose to do within that time. The last hour is over and I chose to sit on the computer. Now even though I really did more productive things other than post silly stuff online, the fact remains that there is still a work-out to be done. I will have calories to burn off for later. I have a metabolism to speed up for the indulgences I will partake in tonight. I can choose to sit here for the rest of the afternoon and not get my strength training session in and I probably still won’t put on any significant weight from tonight’s foods. The reason for this is that while most often I would prefer not to work-out, I do it anyway because I ALWAYS feel a sense of pride, joy and power by the end of that hour of exercise than I would feel by not doing it. I feel AMAZING when I finish an exercise session. Did it happen overnight? NO! I had to make myself continue to experience it for a good long time until I realized the power behind a regular fitness routine. The result is a faster metabolism which burns my calories for me while I do nothing at all. In real estate, they would call this cash flow from a rental property. The investing, rehabs and negotiations are done yet the pay goes on. Brilliant!

Think about where you are right now. Do you have any regrets over the things you didn’t do? Have you noticed any negative circumstances in your life that could have been kept small and insignificant if only you had tackled them sooner? What about any goals you would have accomplished had you acted sooner (or at all)? When you take a moment and honestly think about any of these regrets, are you convinced that if you only had the chance to make a different decision you would have done it and then you would have everything you’ve ever wanted by now? How much would you give to change the outcome of any of the scenarios I just mentioned?

It’s been 2 hours since my last paragraph. In that time, I worked-out AND prepared all the vegetables needed for my few days worth of healthy salads. I’ll be honest here. I absolutely didn’t feel like doing ANY of that. It’s time consuming and labor intensive as far as I’m concerned. Given that thought process, here’s another one which is equally true. I just finished my work-out and prepared my lean and nutrient dense post exercise replenishment not just for today, but for the next several days to come. It was labor intensive, but I FEEL AMAZING! The hard work is done and I’ll reap the benefits of 2 hours worth of work for the next few days! The technical term for this is delayed gratification. Let’s say it together. DELAYED GRATIFICATION. It’s a way of life we don’t experience much of these days and I believe it’s why our bodies suffer from malnutrition and limited physical capabilities.

You see, most of us don’t feel like doing a lot of the things we need to do and I’m no different. The only way to experience the other side of this particular coin is to just do it. Whatever it is. With exercise, the more often you muster up the strength to get it done, the more you’ll understand the rewards. Don’t get me wrong, you still may want to put it off, however, you’ll have a valid sense of what you’re missing out on if you do. You’ll get how powerful it feels to spend that hour or so doing what you’ll feel proud of rather than nothing at all, which you could easily regret much longer than a measly hour, possibly the rest of your life. This way of thinking creates pride and a healthy self-esteem. It also helps to abolish any feelings of restriction since when we take care of ourselves the majority of the time, we can enjoy our indulgences without guilt.

Well, now that I’ve done the hard work, I’m gonna relax. As I had mentioned earlier, it’s Sunday. The only day of the week that I don’t have to be something to someone. The day that’s reserved all for me. Rather than spending all of it vegging, I gave myself the best gift I could….peace of mind from good work well done. I took that hour, doubled it and now I feel free!

So what about you? What did you get from this?

Wishing you a lifetime of smart choices and self-pride!