You may also be able to hire people or market your product and even find someone who will produce the product you are aiming to sell. However, it is important to know how to use this social networking tool, in a way it can benefit you the most.
Many of these social networking communities do not look favourably on people promoting websites or new brands. You may end up having to leave the social network if you start using it as an advertising media. Sometime if you are too direct in your sales pitch people could shy away from your product.
You should step into a social community passively, and start helping people out with questions such as, how to deal with certain problems or matters. You should learn to listen and share your opinions passively. Do not boast your achievements that will get you no good results. After all, these social networks have been created for social exchanges not for pure commercial reasons.
Create your profile carefully, for this is the first impression people will have of you. It should leave a positive mark and attract people to contact you. The name you choose is important. Ask yourself how you wish to relate to others, by using a catchy nickname or your real name.
Carefully fill out your background, for people want to know about you. Reveal what is relevant and keep personal data to yourself. Do not hide or invent things, stick to the truth. A photo will compliment your profile, so choose a nice one you are happy showing others. Show people in what part of the world you are, for it is interesting to know where someone is from.
Provide genuine information. People will most likely only browse through your profile for a few seconds, so give clear and precise information and use a pleasant format, for people to read easily.
Once you have contacted a social network stay in contact. If you are sharing posts on a blog, you have to get involved. You cannot just drop in a blog from time to time; you have to show people that you are involved and interested. Often when people add comments they expect answers from you. Videos can be a good idea, though they must not be a promotional ad. Run a video about your personal life and do not advertise your product.
On most of these social networking sites there are widgets available for you to post on you website or blog. This is another way you can allow people to find you.
You can soon tell if social networking is good for your business by checking your sales indicators and traffic. There are also other more sophisticated systems that monitor and keep track of where your traffic is coming from. You will then be able to concentrate your time on that particular social networking site.