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When Small Business folks find out I’m “in social media” I usually get one of 3 questions…

  1. How do I make a Facebook page?
  2. Is my Facebook page setup up correctly?
  3. What should I do on Facebook (or Twitter)?

So here you go, all the steps to getting started including answers to the most commonly asked questions – in one help-link-packed downloadable presentation. It’s even downloadable & editable for Pros free (Creative Commons)

Link for mobile: http://bit.ly/SocialMedia101SMBs

I hope this helps!
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Richard A. Bouchez | Social Media Specialist | New Media Production Richard Bouchez is a certified Inbound Marketing professional specializing in Social Media Marketing & New Media content development. Richard’s web, audio & video work has been honored with Emmy, Promax & CBA awards.

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The same reasons that make Twitter so popular are those that make describing twitter problematic.

While that might not makes sense at first glance, once you realize that  Twitter has no real product direction or single “primary use” you may begin to realize just how difficult it is to describe (and figure out) Twitter’s relevance as a businesses tool.

Here’s a parallel challenge:

  • Come up with one blanket statement that clearly describes what our existing land line phone systom does.

Why is that a challenge? Well, in your description you will have had to include all uses of consumer land line phones such as fax transmission, internet connections, VOIP phone line connections, 911 ermergency services, automated home alarm warning services, etc. So, that being said, please consider the technology of Twitter just as complex.

That’s all great, but WTF is Twitter?

The direct answer: Twitter is whatever you can make of it.

That’s probably disappointing, but its absolutely the reason people say things like “I’m still figuring Twitter out” or “trying to get used to Twitter” or “I don’t get it.” The unfortunate fact is, once you create your account you are stuck trying figure out what to do with little to no direction and that takes time most people don’t have. Fortunately there are a lot of folks, like myself, willing to spend way too much time writing stuff like this and trying to help out:-)

10 things you can do with Twitter (for free):

  1. Connect with fans using Twitter by offering relevant information.
  2. Provide updates on your product for active Twitter users (millions & growing).
  3. Improve your website by posting updated information to your site via Twitter (RSS) fed widget.
  4. Offer scheduled information to anyone interested. May included daily, weekly or random information to customers which could include specials, coupons,
  5. Follow experts in many industries for fresh information as it happens.
  6. Post last minute deals, specials, emergency information, etc. to customers or other interested parties (because users choose to follow you we can assume they are “interested”).
  7. Update any RSS capable reader or product connected to the internet.
  8. Get found in real-time keyword searches. *Google, Bing and other search engines are adding Twitter search results to their own first page results and further integration is ongoing.
  9. Have your “tweet” reposted in the streams of organizations followed by tens, hundreds, thousands or even millions of passionate people.
  10. Publicly comment on anything.

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First and foremost, because the simple act of posting information on Twitter significantly increases the chances of being found in search engines and because using Twitter as one of your marketing channels makes for a great introduction to using Twitter.

What did I miss? Got more ways to use Twitter? Do you disagree? Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

If you like this explanation, please link to it in your blog posts > Twitter

Good luck,

@richardbouchez

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Small Business Week In Chicago

City Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely invites you to her Tweet Up for Small Business Week in Chicago.

When:
Wednesday, May 26th at 5:30pm Where:
ING Direct Cafe
21 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Workshop:
5:30 – 6:00pm – One of the great secrets to social media marketing
A 60 second video that will change your business.

6:00pm – 6:30pm -Operating lean and efficiently. All you need to change your personal and business finances are “The Plan and $1.”

Social media is the wave of the future towards helping expand and grow your business.

Get started today by attending this FREE event.

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Join us at our FREE 9th annual Small Business Expo on Friday, July 16, 2010 at UIC Forum (Halsted & Roosevelt) from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Over 30 workshops, network with other small business owners.

Are you looking to exhibit or sponsor event?

*Information from:

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Stephanie Neely Treasurer Contact: Public Affairs

(312) 744-8122

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Chicago City Treasurer  Small Business Expo UpdateSpring is a very busy season for our Small Business Programs. We hope you can join us for one of our great contests or events including The Small Business Plan Contest, The “One-Hour-Mentor” Program and Small Business Expo. Happy Spring!

2010 Business Plan Contest to End Soon

Just a reminder that the deadline to enter your 2-page business plan template into consideration for the 2010 Business Plan Competition has been extended to Friday, April 9th.  Enter for you chance to share in $10,000 in prizes.
Deadline April 9th – Enter today!
Any questions call 312-960-0324.

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Congratulations to our 2010 Elevator Pitch Winner “Second Act” Thank you to all of our outstanding contestants. Please consider entering our Business Plan Competition (see box above)

Small Business Expo

The 2010 Small Business Expo will be held on Friday, July 16th at the U.I.C. Forum. Join us for one of the best networking days in Chicago with over 130 exhibitors, 30 FREE Small Business Workshops, and 2,000 attendees. Sponsors, Exhibitors, and attendeess can find more information at FREE SMALL BUSINESS EXPO.

The “One- Hour- Mentor” Program for Chicago Small Business Chicago business leaders come together 4 times a year to help Chicago small business owners to brainstorm and problem solve. Workshops fill fast – NEXT One Hour Mentor May 26th at 10am.

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There are less than 10 days to enter the City Treasurer’s 2010 Business Plan Competition. Submit your two page executive summary by April 5th, for your chance to share in $10,000 in prizes and be featured in the media. Visit www.chicagocitytreasurer.com BUSINESSCONTEST.

Winners will be announced at the Small Business Expo, July 16th at the UIC Forum.

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Will we see you at the top in Chicago business?

The 2010 Business Elevator Pitch Contest entry deadline is 3/18!

Can you write a: 30 pitch that clearly sells and explains your business?

Enter your :30 script:

http://chicagocitytreasurer.com/events/elevatorspeechvideo2.htm

More information:

http://www.chicagocitytreasurer.com/events/elevatorspeech.htm

Expert feedback – winner gets cash and a free booth at the City Treasurer’s Small Business Expo, Friday, July 16th at the UIC Forum.

Get on the doors are closing!

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5 Traffic Driving Twitter Tactics for Mother’s Day (or any holiday)

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What?!? NO CALENDAR???

Perhaps this will help inspire you to create one! Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’ve run across some very creative tie-ins from Twitter contests to blog posts! Now, it may be too late (or not) for you to jump on the Mom’s Day bandwagon, but I thought I’d share in hopes of seeing some creative promotions for June which, by the way, is National Safety Month, Adopt a Cat month, National Iced Tea month, Turkey Lovers Month and a bunch of other holidays!

1. Clever Tie-in Content

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Of course these easily carry over to Facebook and other social networks as well! Please share if you have, or have seen, any great social media strategies that are “calendar” or promotion based in the comments and feel free to comment on these too!

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facebook design business cardI had so much fun putting together Create Amazing Mind Blowing Business Cards NOW! I couldn’t resist doing another! This time around I’m adding a Social Media Twist to business cards and even including ideas for promoting your mobile initiatives! So, if you don’t already promote your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. efforts on business cards separate from your standard traditional BLAH business cards, let’s get you moving!

Now there aren’t a ton of social media business cards out there so bare with me as I try to walk you through ideas for creating your own social media cards using business card designs and images I’ve dug up from the web.

Already got great business cards? Please add your ideas to the comments or email me pics your amazing business cards and I’ll post them here! Seriously, you’ll find mine at the bottom and I’ll add yours too!

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social media redirects on business cardA couple quick things to note about social media cards in-particular. Simple to remember URLs, like the ones used on the card above, are extremely important! If you’ve gone to the trouble of registering the same name across all of your social networks, good for you! It’ll help keep your card clutter free or let you pack in as many social networks as possible! Like this >

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Now THIS is a GREAT idea! Order "Post-it" notes with your Twitter link on them and stick them on your out going products and packages!
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Ok, maybe it's not "amazing" but it is well done and practical!

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Great design for social media! Especially if you blog!
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Well, this is actually a virtual business card that would make an incredible real, multi-page, business card!
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Clearly this is a book and not a business card, but what a great idea for a vertical design! Do you offer information to your Linkedin connections? This would be a great way to showcase it!
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I don't think this is actually a business card, but it could be!
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Show off your best tweets or business info with a Twitter knock-off! This MS word knock-off is pretty clever!
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Here's a clever Google search biz card, what about Twitter search or Facebook "friend me" cards?
great business card design for highlighting WIFI and mobile use
Offer FREE WIFI? Talk about PERFECT! I'd add copy asking free WIFI users to friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! This cut out would make any WIFI ad memorable!

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Picture this: What if this card had a picture of a cell phone on it with your text/sms code? That extended design element would grab attention if it was the phone antennae! Twitter & Facebook info could go right there on the back!

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Your Social Networks would stand out on the top layer with your traditional info beneath!
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Cloud computing anyone? Wi-fi? This is too easy, and the list goes on!
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If you have unique product, or you’re an SEO company with a huge set of… uh… “confidence” then this is the card for you!

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Offer deals on Twitter? Promote them, your mobile coupons or links to your web discount pages just like this!

Hope you enjoyed this post and run out to your printer (figure of speech) with some great ideas!

Good luck!

@richardbouchez

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Who has the best Elevator Speech in Chicago? Free booth at 2010 Small Business Expo and – $500 cash to winner

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Who has the best Elevator Speech in Chicago?

Free booth at 2010 Small Business Expo and – $500 cash to winner

The Chicago City Treasurer’s Office has announced the kick off for the 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest. Two keys to success in business are a great business plan – and a great elevator speech.

What is an elevator speech? A clear and concise summary of: 30 seconds or less – of your business and why your service or product is important.

ENTER the Elevator Pitch Contest now and win $500 cash from Crowdspring and a free exhibitor booth ($350 minimum value) at the City Treasurer’s Small Business Expo on July 16th, 2010. http://www.crowdspring.com/project/2282789_city-of-chicago-elevator-pitch/details/

The Treasurer’s Office will partner with Chicago technology leader crowdSPRING this year and entries will be taken online. 1. Click the City Logo asking for business plans at www.crowdspring.com 2. Create a Username and Password – hit the “Participate Now link” 3. Submit

See the winning 2009 submission– “Chicago Chocolate Tours” at http://chicagocitytreasurer.com/events/elevatorspeechvideo1.htm

Take an elevator ride with City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and see a 45 second explanation of the contest.

http://chicagocitytreasurer.com/events/elevatorspeechvideo2.htm

Treasurer Neely adds, “Our mission is to help Chicago small business and we are proud to add the element of an elevator pitch contest to our existing business plan competition to stress the fundamentals of business success.”

About the City Treasurer’s Small Business Programs – 2-2-1

2-2-1: Two Contests – Two Free Workshop Events – 1 Great Expo

  • Elevator Speech Contest – ongoing
  • The Business Plan Competition —ongoing – $10,000 in prizes
  • Free Business Mentor Workshops —with Chicago business leaders
  • Free Business Plan Workshops (Every Wednesday in March)
  • Small Business Expo 2010, Friday, July 16 at the UIC Forum.

Full details posted on www.chicagocitytreasurer.com

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Time on Facebook and Twitter soars! Blogs lead the pack and FB is king!

Global consumers spent more than five and half hours on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in Dec. 2009, an 82% increase from the same time last year according to Nielsen. Social networks and blogs led mediums in terms of ave. time spent in Dec., followed by online games and instant messaging. With 206.9 million unique visitors, Facebook was the No. 1 global social networking destination in Dec. 2009 and 67% of global social media users visited the site during the month. Time spent on Facebook has also been on the rise, with global users spending nearly six hours per month on the site. While the U.S. had the largest number of social media users, Australia actually led in terms of ave. time spent on social media sites.

Average Time Spent per Person on Social Media Sites – December 2009
Country       Unique Audience (000)   Time per Person (hh:mm:ss)
United States        142,052      6:09:13
Japan                     46,558       2:50:21
Brazil                     31,345       4:33:10
United Kingdom      29,129      6:07:54
Germany                28,057       4:11:45
France                    26,786       4:04:39
Spain                     19,456       5:30:55
Italy                       18,256       6:00:07
Australia                  9,895        6:52:28
Switzerland              2,451        3:54:34
Source: The Nielsen Co.

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WTF is Twitter?

…and why would (I) my business use it?WTF is Twitter? dark men classic t shirt

The same reasons that make Twitter so popular are those that make describing twitter problematic.

While that might not makes sense at first glance, once you realize that  Twitter has no real product direction or single “primary use” you may begin to realize just how difficult it is to describe (and figure out) Twitter’s relevance as a businesses tool.

Here’s a parallel challenge:

  • Come up with one blanket statement that clearly describes what our existing land line phone systom does.

Why is that a challenge? Well, in your description you will have had to include all uses of consumer land line phones such as fax transmission, internet connections, VOIP phone line connections, 911 ermergency services, automated home alarm warning services, etc. So, that being said, please consider the technology of Twitter just as complex.

That’s all great, but WTF is Twitter?

The direct answer: Twitter is whatever you can make of it.

That’s probably disappointing, but its absolutely the reason people say things like “I’m still figuring Twitter out” or “trying to get used to Twitter” or “I don’t get it.” The unfortunate fact is, once you create your account you are stuck trying figure out what to do with little to no direction and that takes time most people don’t have. Fortunately there are a lot of folks, like myself, willing to spend way too much time writing stuff like this and trying to help out:-)

10 things you can do with Twitter (for free):

  1. Connect with fans using Twitter by offering relevant information.
  2. Provide updates on your product for active Twitter users (millions & growing).
  3. Improve your website by posting updated information to your site via Twitter (RSS) fed widget.
  4. Offer scheduled information to anyone interested. May included daily, weekly or random information to customers which could include specials, coupons,
  5. Follow experts in many industries for fresh information as it happens.
  6. Post last minute deals, specials, emergency information, etc. to customers or other interested parties (because users choose to follow you we can assume they are “interested”).
  7. Update any RSS capable reader or product connected to the internet.
  8. Get found in real-time keyword searches. *Google, Bing and other search engines are adding Twitter search results to their own first page results and further integration is ongoing.
  9. Have your “tweet” reposted in the streams of organizations followed by tens, hundreds, thousands or even millions of passionate people.
  10. Publicly comment on anything.

So why use Twitter?Social Profile Business Card tfl 2.0 vertblank bak profilecard

First and foremost, because the simple act of posting information on Twitter significantly increases the chances of being found in search engines and because using Twitter as one of your marketing channels makes for a great introduction to using Twitter.

What did I miss? Got more ways to use Twitter? Do you disagree? Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

If you like this explanation, please link to it in your blog posts > Twitter

Good luck,

@richardbouchez

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