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How Good Are Social Networking Sites For Your Business?

Think social networking and names like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, and Linkedin come to mind. Since social networking became an online norm there has been no dearth of opportunities and no limitations to possibilities. The initial wave of social networking came in the form of connecting with old and new friends, colleagues and people located in different geographical locations. But it didn't take long for corporate enterprises to see business opportunities within the trend and soon it also became a buzzing place for people to explore business ventures and ideas.

  • Companies have a lot to gain through social networking websites by making them a platform to establish their presence before millions and millions of people on a global level and that too without any initial investment at their end. Here are some benefits businesses stand to gain:.
  • Effective communication with existing customers and market audience at the same time being accessible to a large audience.
  • Business promotion before a global audience surpassing all geographical boundaries and time differences.
  • Employee recruitment from a pool of talented personals. Conducting effective market research by interacting with target market on a personal level.
  • Cost effective marketing for small scale businesses with limited financial resources by placing them before global markets with millions and millions of people from across the world.

Social networking websites enable business owners to connect directly with the end users be they existing clients, potential customers or probable employees. Therefore the information that is passed on is relevant and way more effective than other channels of communication. Because these sites are based on human interactions and relationships, the bond formed is stronger and the impact is much more powerful.

Audiences often do not make a choice based on the cheapest or the best manufacturer of the product. Rather they are much more comfortable purchasing products from a company they trust and can identify with. For instance, Nokia rules the roost even in the heat of new players entering the market and offering products at cheaper rates. This is because it is one of the oldest companies in the market and has established the trust of audiences. Same can be true for any business. Therefore establishing a good social relationship becomes a necessity altogether.

However while attempting to establish a good social relationship; companies need to be pretty careful about their mechanisms and mannerisms. People do not really like to be bombarded with sales pitches and blatant marketing tactics. Rather they prefer to be engaged in a relevant conversation that holds some value for them as well. The trick to effective marketing is to never let people know you are marketing!

There are a several ways by which you can use social networking websites. Here is how: Websites like Linkedin allows you to update your contacts and services that your business has on offer. By posting regular updates about your business you can generate more leads and clients. You can also promote any event and ask for any assistance in planning the event altogether. You can notify your audiences about all recent happenings and event within your company on a personal level apart from posting press releases and updating news on your website. You can monitor feedbacks from clients on a direct level and be rest assured they are as relevant as can beProfessional web site design is important but as important is internet promotion of the same. And whet better than social networking websites to start with.

About the Author:

Maneet Puri is the managing head of LeXolution IT Services, a top class web development company that offers powerful web solutions and a host of website maintenance services to its clients. He is a professional web designer & developer turned entrepreneur.

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