Getting Lost on Social Media: Social Networking Tips!

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Getting Lost on Social Media: Social Networking Tips! –by Pedro de Lemos

ocial media is one of the most important business communication developments in a long
time, but it´s also one of the biggest sources of distraction and is often a time suck for
otherwise productive business owners.

Learning to manage your own social networking time will help you leverage all those great
benefits and help you get rid of those unwanted side effects.

Here are some social networking tips to get you going Know What You Want to Do

Before you log into another social network, make sure you have a very clear idea of what you
want to accomplish with your social networking participation. While you should know where
you´re going before you go there in all aspects of your life, it´s even more important on social
media because it´s just too easy to get distracted. Whether it´s political stuff that gets you all
fired up or a funny meme of a cat saying something hilarious, we´ve all been there.

Im also talking about knowing what you want to accomplish on a large and small scale.

You should know what you want over the long term (ex. expand your reach, get more loyalty
from your audience, etc.) and what you want to do on a daily basis (ex. respond to
comments, post a new video). Whether you use paper and pen, mind map software or voice
memos to yourself to plan, record your ideas, so you have a rock solid plan for what you
hope to do.

Social Networking Tips - Limit the Networks You´re Involved In

Too many business owners try to be everywhere at once. It´s a recipe for burnout and it isn´t
likely going to grow your business because you won´t have time to work on your actual
business. It´s important to select only a handful of key social networks and if you´re just
getting started with social networking, simply start with one network and move from there.

Of course, finding out what works best for your business will take some experimentation. Just
don´t rush to do everything at once because you need to dedicate the appropriate time and
effort to seeing what produces the most benefit.

Finish Other Tasks First

On a daily basis, work on your core business tasks first and then try saving social networking
for the end of the day. That way, you can ensure everything that needs to get done gets
done. This strategy also allows you to do more exploration on social networking so you can
find new people to follow, interesting information and more.

Carve Out Your Time

Know how much time you are going to spend and what you´re going to do before you log into
any of your accounts. Setting a limit is important, particularly if you have other business tasks
or personal things to attend to when you´re done. Making sure you have your tasks outlined
also helps you stay on track, instead of following that link to a YouTube video of an amazing
5 year old opera singer.

And always remember, when you log in, serve your audience first. You can´t go wrong by
focusing on your audience.

Have a Notification Strategy

There´s nothing more detrimental to productivity than being interrupted all day long with
emails telling you about new retweets, likes and comments. You can limit these interruptions
in a few ways:

- Turn notifications off completely. Rarely, is there a social media emergency and if you´re
already checking in regularly, you don´t really need to get an email notification for everything.

- Some networks, like Pinterest, allow you to get a daily digest of notifications, instead of
receiving an individual notification of each update.

- Don´t send the notifications to your main email address. Choose an address you check less
frequently, so you aren´t constantly distracted by the new updates.

Keep Your Business and Personal Accounts Separate

While you may share some personal information on your business accounts, it´s easiest if
you keep your business social networking activities separate from your personal ones. There
are actually a few benefits to this.

The first is eliminating distractions. So if Aunt June sends you a private message and your
friend Steve post a funny picture of his toddler, you won´t distracted from your to-do list.

Keeping things separate also helps you stay informed about your niche and makes it easy for
you to be a useful for source of information for your readers. So follow personal connections
on your personal accounts and follow industry leaders and information providers on your
business accounts. That way, your news feeds will be relevant to what you are working on.

And finally, it makes you more relevant to your followers. Many online business owners
broadcast business related information to their friends and family when it doesn´t really make
sense. And the reverse problem is true. If you´re posting a lot of personal information, it may
or may not be of interest to your business followers. You can avoid this, by separating your
social media activities.

Get Help

There´s no reason you have to do all your social networking yourself. Even if you´re a solo
entrepreneur, you can build a team or have someone alongside to help you. You can have
someone help you with:

- Posting updates - Scheduling updates you´ve prewritten - Creating and collecting images
and other useful content you´d like to share

Building a team that represents your brand puts a lot of pressure of your and allows you to
focus more on strategy and business building.

Use Tools

We are going to talk about various tools that can help you in a later post, but there are plenty
of tools that can help you schedule updates, allow you to view your various network streams
in one place, compile analytics for you and more. These are very useful tools to ensure you
keep tabs on your interactions, allow you to participate more efficiently and can help you
rework your strategy for maximum effectiveness.
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