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Small BusinessFollowing up on supporting Small Business for 2012, I would like to give a shout out to my friend J Gary Dewberry at My Cyber Talk.  If you haven’t taken a look at this blog, go now and read through some of his posts.  Thoughtful and written in near poetry form, mycybermap ranges on multiple topics, but focuses on small business and economic and personal growth.

Keep the love going and give a shout out to someone you follow or someone new you find on your social networks.

stars in galaxyBusiness competition for customers is at a premium today, so it’s critical to stay on the cutting edge of new trends and technologies, except one.  There is a huge trend toward using texting slang and atrocious grammar when posting on business related sites and blogs.  As small business owners, putting on a polished on-line appearance can create opportunities and increase the respect we receive as a group.  One of the primary attractions of freelance work is the ability to work in sweats or jeans, but no one on-line needs to know how casual your dress is.  Projecting  an on-line persona that is pin-striped suit sharp every day makes your business look larger and more globally oriented.

I was inspired to write this post after reading several months of painful statements on major social networking sites.  Many requests for work seem as though they are made by 13 year olds to their friends.  Browse some of the posts and comments on LinkedIn by people seeking jobs or freelance work.  The websites and portfolios of these individuals show their talent, but their communication skills are below high school level.

As small business owners (freelancers this means you), let’s make a group commitment to always use proper grammar and spelling in all business posts.  This means on your business Facebook page, business Twitter page and any other sites where you refer to your business, seek referrals or post as your business.  Use all the tools at your disposal; Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, spell check, and if necessary, translation tools from Google and Yahoo for other languages.

Reach for the stars in 2012.

Previously I wrote here about the need for social media to be managed correctly so that it will be a tool and not just another frustration.

Now I want to introduce two new social engagement tools that can be used to increase exposure to blogs, videos and networks.  They are helpful in broadening your subscriber base.  First up is Crowdbooster, a site that can provide analytics of your Facebook and Twitter accounts and also allow you to schedule posts to your Twitter feed for when you may be busy.

Next is Empire Avenue, this is both a social connection tool and a game as you create yourself or your business a company and buy and sell stock.  Your social activities on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and YouTube gain you stock points and money.  The more you grow, the more others take note and buy your shares and endorse you.  The down side: do not start this site if you cannot regularly post and interact, even for a few minutes a day.  One day’s missed activity can tank your shares.

The fun part is that you can register as a person or business so your activity reflects your goals; fun or networking.  You meet like minded people as the interests are a prominent area on the profile of each.  And getting to play stock market with no real money at stake is great fun.

Come join Techsnoop on these sites, we are listed under DKemp Designs.

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