Social Media Tips and Etiquette You Need to Know and Practice

24-7 Press Release Social Media Etiquette - SMSocial media to some individuals is something that is fairly new, but to some it has been around for years and they are familiar with decent social media etiquette.

Social media involves interaction between a given group of individuals in which they create, share or exchange thoughts in a virtual community and or network. The contributions, conversations and discussions would typically be of an educated value and at a fairly high level.

Introducing social media now… A bunch of noise that requires filters like HootSuite to help navigate and sort the garbage from the intelligent conversations or pieces of information that can be of value.

One of the biggest forms of social media today is Facebook. Aside from a press release or Google AdWords, Facebook is probably one of the most recognized marketing tools currently available. Posting credible, engaging information, sharing a few high-quality and relevant stories will gradually turn it into a tool to convert customers. Your customers will come because of your knowledge and information. Sorry, it is not all about you, your business and your next launch or event. Posting the occasional “deal”, “coupon” or “company update” is alright, however you must remember to engage your customer.

Followers, followers, followers… Sure, you can “buy” followers and have bragging rights that your Google Plus account has 1,500 followers, or you have 30,000 Twitter followers, etc., but what is your end game? For most people, unless you are significantly known in your industry, you will not organically have that many people genuinely interested in your business, product or service.  We are talking quality over quantity.

Social media is not SEO. Like a press release, Google AdWords or a newsletter, it is another tool for your marketing to be used wisely and not abused. Engage. Follow people who are engaging. Post meaningful posts. Like what you truly like. Re-post if you truly find value in what you are re-posting but don’t always and only re-post. Add your viewpoint. Get involved in discussions.

Following these simple thoughts will bring naturally interested, truly organic followers and customers.

With Changes in Marketing and SEO Strategies Sure to be a Discussion Point at SXSW, Where Does That Leave Online Marketing, Traditional Press Releases and SEO?

SEO and online marketing are not dead. They are evolving.

Over the past 9-12 months, there have been some big changes within some of the major search engines.  This will no doubt be a talked-about topic at SXSW amongst marketing individuals. The fact is that the changes are supposed to be positive.

“We have had a few enquiries from individuals about sending out a press release, wondering if it is still a viable method of marketing as it used to be,” said Michael Iwasaki, managing partner of 24-7PressRelease.com. “A press release is not going away and will always be a mainstay tool for many marketers. On that note, they need to be treated with respect. We have always advised that if you send out a press release, ensure it is newsworthy, something that will attract journalists, bloggers or any other individuals that may want to follow up your story. “

He has advice regarding anchor text links, also. “If you wish to include links within your press release, do not abuse this option. Adding 8-10 keyword links (all pointing back to the same location) is not advisable.  We are not experts for search engines, but advise no more than 3 links within a press release, pointing to different locations such as your home page, WikiPedia.com, or your blog.”

Remember to include varied media in a release, too, as studies have shown that improves a release’s performance. “Including media within your release is an excellent way to gain visibility.  At www.24-7PressRelease.com, an excellent example is through our Mass Media Visibility package. We have a relationship with PR Newswire for amazing traditional media exposure and distribution, and you can also add images and video with almost all of our packages,” added Iwasaki.

In this day and age, having an array of marketing tools is recommended. A decent start could include Google AdWords, social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), blogging and of course a press release with media inclusions.

About 24-7PressRelease.com
Launched in 2004, 24-7PressRelease.com is a leader in the online press release distribution industry.

Through its multichannel distribution network, 24-7PressRelease.com helps corporations and organizations disseminate their news to consumers, editors, journalists, bloggers and websites.

24-7PressRelease supports businesses in building brand awareness and increase visibility on the web through social media and bloggers.

HomeSphere’s LeadPlus Technology Generates Millions in B2B Construction Leads

Industry-first digital marketing company posts record first quarter despite the still-sluggish housing market.

LAKEWOOD, CO, April 26, 2012 — Lakewood-based HomeSphere, Inc., which provides technology-driven sales and marketing solutions for the residential construction community, outpaced the industry this quarter as the company’s new B2B lead generation platform, called LeadPlus, generated millions in potential sales for its user base. Additionally, a record number of leading building product manufacturers (BPMs) joined HomeSphere’s BRI program despite current housing market conditions.

President and COO Glenn M. Renner credits two factors for the company’s growth: the launch of its customer retention and demand generation platform, LeadPlus; and a strong emphasis on digital marketing and lead generation initiatives to attract new customers.

All of HomeSphere’s building product manufacturer (BPM) customers are taking advantage of LeadPlus, the most significant feature release to its BRI 2.0 platform, launched in late 2011. LeadPlus is the only B2B lead generation platform for the residential construction industry focused on providing sales-ready leads to BPMs. The digital tool helps customers generate and track new leads through each stage of the sales cycle while also tracking conversions and revenue, ultimately improving sales force effectiveness and ROI.

In Q1 HomeSphere’s lead generation efforts created more than 200 product conversion leads for its customers’ brands, representing more than $27 million dollars in potential sales, which building product manufacturers converted to result in more than $11 million dollars in new product sales. Since launching LeadPlus, HomeSphere has generated more than 740 product conversion leads representing $125 million in potential sales for its customers.

“Just as building slowed, digital marketing and lead generation tools used in other verticals began to take hold in the residential construction industry,” said James H. Waldrop, CEO and Chairman of HomeSphere. “As housing starts begin to bounce back, smart companies are implementing digital marketing strategies combined with measurable automated lead generation tools to increase company revenues, thus ensuring they will outperform the improving market.”

Recent upgrades to BRI streamlined HomeSphere’s multiple software solutions and added new functionality designed to boost sales and lower costs for its customers — homebuilders and building product manufacturers. The unique industry-first approach to B2B customer retention and lead generation is attracting a diverse set of building product manufacturer partners. In Q1, four manufacturers signed onto the program, making eight new brands available to HomeSphere’s community of more than 1,300 mid-tier homebuilders in the United States—which in 2011 closed more than 50,000 single family homes.

New BRI partners include ClimateMaster, the world’s largest and most progressive leader in the geothermal industry; Icynene Inc., manufacturers of spray foam insulation that save energy and cut costs; Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. lockset brands including Kwikset, Baldwin, and Weiser; and Watts Water Technologies, one of the broadest lines of flow control products for homes.

“Our strong first quarter indicates that BRI 2.0 satisfies a previously unmet demand for digital marketing and lead generation tools among the residential construction industry,” said Renner. “Most importantly, we are creating value for our customer’s brands by marketing their products to our builder members which ultimately drives increases in revenue.”

About HomeSphere
Colorado-based HomeSphere connects the residential construction community to enhance the way they do business through technology-driven solutions. For more information, visit www.homesphere.com or call 1-800-274-2632.