Hashtags: Revisited

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A hashtag is a way to group conversations to see who is talking about your brand, product, event, etc. Think of it as an index at a library. You are indexing your conversations by using a specific title –or tag- which you can reference right away or months down the road.

By using a hashtag in your tweets and posts you are also inviting others to engage in the conversation. By doing so you allow your customers to voice their opinions about your product, post pictures from your event, or even participate in an online contest. Using hashtags also makes it easier to track customer complaints and respond to them in a more timely manner.

To construct a hashtag use the “#” sign at the front of the phrase; do not include any spaces or punctuation. For example, Indoff may use #IndoffCorporateSTL in our tweets to refer to something happening at Indoff’s headquarters. By others adding this hashtag to their tweets the corporate office, and anyone else, can click on the tag and follow the conversation in real-time! Be careful that you don’t overuse hashtags in your posts. Over doing it can make your post unattractive and can confuse your audience

Twitter is known for its use of hashtags, but lately many other social media platforms are starting to follow suit. Sites like Instagram and Tumblr have integrated the tags and rumor has it that Facebook will soon be hashtag compatible as well. This means that learning how to properly use a hashtag, as a company, may become more prominent in the very near future.

Still unsure about what a hashtag actually does? Take a look at these helpful articles below!

Hashtags: What are They and How Do You Use Them?

What Do You Need to Know About Hashtags?

10 Ways to Use Hashtags for Your Business

What are your thoughts on hashtags? Share with us below!

 

UPDATE: Facebook has since integrated the hashtag “system” into their site!

Become Social

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Social media, for many of us, has been a prevalent part of our lives. We are used to it and life without it is becoming a distant memory.  For others, though, being present socially is a foreign idea. They may not see the need for social media or simply don’t understand how it works. This can pose a problem if that person has the ability to benefit from a social media presence. (Salespeople, New Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals, etc.)

So how can you start your social journey when you don’t know where to start?

The simplest solution would be to do your research. By reading a little about each site, you can get a feel for the type of interaction they provide for their users.  The majority of the platforms you will be working with are free so take a few hours out of your week and create a profile. They don’t have to be completely put together right away. Once you get a feel for the content you can share and the people you can connect with on the variety of sites, you can decide which platform you would benefit from using.

Of course there are other ways to determine which social media site is right for you and your name or company. Take a look at an article from the editors of CRM Magazine for more great tips!

Steps To Successfully Update Your Profile

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Do you have a personal or company profile on a site like Facebook or Twitter, but haven’t had the time to get involved with it or are new to the social media scene all together?

Think of your profile as if it were an actual person. From time to time, we all need to take a minute for ourselves. Whether it’s buying a new suit for work or setting a new goal to achieve, it is good to revamp – or update- your image and what you want for yourself.

There are a few simple steps, specifically, that will ease the transition from the “old” you on social media to the “new” you.

According to an article on 12most.com, the first three steps are as simple as updating your profile picture, cover picture and “about me” section. Being relevant will let your followers know you are constantly present on social media.

The next two steps are to evaluate which sites would best benefit you and your company and who you should be sharing your content with. Not all social media sites will best fit your company; it’s up to you to decide where your target audience lies and how to approach them. When it comes to deciding who to “share” with, think about the type of relationships you want to build. For example, Facebook is great for up close and personal relationships, whereas Twitter and LinkedIn are better for building a network.

Next is consistency. If you post a mere once a week, chances are that people may forget about you. By creating schedule, you can maintain your presence and have a better chance of staying on your audience’s mind.

These six steps are an easy way to jump-start your page. For the next six steps, check out the original article here: http://bit.ly/10fpWpg

Enjoy!

What is a Hashtag and Why is it Important?

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A hashtag is a way to group conversations to see who is talking about your brand, product, event, etc. Think of it as an index at a library. You are indexing your conversations by using a specific title –or tag- which you can reference right away or months down the road.

By using a hashtag in your tweets and posts you are also inviting others to engage in the conversation. By doing so you allow your customers to voice their opinions about your product, post pictures from your event, or even participate in an online contest. Using hashtags also makes it easier to track customer complaints and respond to them in a more timely manner.

To construct a hashtag use the “#” sign at the front of the phrase; do not include any spaces or punctuation. For example, Indoff may use #IndoffCorporateSTL in our tweets to refer to something happening at Indoff’s headquarters. By others adding this hashtag to their tweets the corporate office, and anyone else, can click on the tag and follow the conversation in real-time! Be careful that you don’t overuse hashtags in your posts. Over doing it can make your post unattractive and can confuse your audience

Twitter is known for its use of hashtags, but lately many other social media platforms are starting to follow suit. Sites like Instagram and Tumblr have integrated the tags and rumor has it that Facebook will soon be hashtag compatible as well. This means that learning how to properly use a hashtag, as a company, may become more prominent in the very near future.

Still unsure about what a hashtag actually does? Take a look at these helpful articles below!

Hashtags: What are They and How Do You Use Them?

What Do You Need to Know About Hashtags?

10 Ways to Use Hashtags for Your Business

What are your thoughts on hashtags? Share with us below!

Our Year in Social Media

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Over the last year, Indoff has revamped its social media strategy. We are now doing our best to engage not only the Sales Partners, but Vendors, customers, and many other people as well. We have worked hard to come up with inspiring content and highlights that feature our Sales Partners’ successes and happenings within the company. Indoff has developed a presence on sites like Twitter and YouTube and is excited to continue to grow these platforms in 2013!

Indoff’s Social Media Coordinator, Krista Fisher, is excited to see where the New Year will take Indoff in terms of social media.

“I have high hopes for 2013. I want each and every one of our Partners to challenge themselves to join just one platform they are not already a part of. With a little experimenting and practice they will realize the benefits and rewards that it
provides. Our Partners can start small and take a few pictures of projects with
a phone or go big and try to do a video of a masterpiece. Regardless, they won’t know what they’re capable of until they take a chance and just go for it. I love helping our Partners become ‘social’. It’s an even better feeling when they are successful at it!”

Indoff’s ease into the social media world continues to be an adventure for everyone involved. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to get in touch with our market.

What are your social media goals for 2013?

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You can “get social” with us too! Check out Indoff on all of these social media sites!

Facebook – Indoff Incorporated

Twitter – @Indoff_Inc

LinkedIn – Indoff, Inc

Pinterest – Indoff Incorporated

Instagram – Indoff

YouTube – Indoff Inc

How Much Is Too Much?

These days, social media is everywhere. There are hundreds of social media sites, all over the internet that keep all of us in touch. It is an amazing technology that has truly defined the way we live our lives.

Organizations love social media for all of its opportunity. It is a great way to connect with past, present and future customers and can act as a platform for any business. Although social media has been proven to be effective, some businesses may find themselves starting to become fragmented in regards to social media. This means that many businesses are finding themselves so saturated in social sites that it is not really benefitting them. The following are a few ways to help any business figure out which social media platform are really right for them.

The first thing any company should take into consideration is their demographics. For instance, if your target market is primarily 18-25 year old males, there may not be a need for your company to have a Pinterest account. Look for the networks that directly relate to your audience and explore those further.

Looking at what the social network can offer is also important. Different social media sites have different strengths and by playing off these strengths, a company can better connect with their targeted customers. Twitter, for example, is great for live events. It offers the user to produce up-to-the-minute statuses that are short and to the point.

A great quote from the article goes on to explain more about social network strengths.

Just because a network has an audience fit with your digital presence and you can see a key strength, it doesn’t mean you have to use it. If your team is small, or perhaps even non-existent, then scaling back to as few networks as you can justify is a wise idea. Figure one or two out first, rather than spreading yourself too thin. 

Using analytics to see your customer’s involvement on your chosen social networks is another great way to decide which social media site are best for your company. RSS feeds and Hootsuite make it easy to track the analytics, update multiple sites, and view site interaction.

The last tip that the article suggests is to find the social media platform that best complement one another. For instance, you can sort photos taken with Instagram on Pinterest.

Overall, don’t give in to the hype. Just because you continuously hear about sites like Instagram, doesn’t mean you need to drop everything and join. You have to take a step back and learn which sites not only best fit your company’s needs, but best engage your customers.

What do you think? Which social media sites do you prefer?