Facebook Graph Search: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Introduces Graph Search Beta: This new Facebook feature gives people the tools to “map out their relationships with the people and things they care about.” Facebook calls this map the graph. Graph Search is a new way for you to find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to you on Facebook, and is currently available in beta with a limited preview.

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4 Ways to Profit From LinkedIn

social media book reviewsAre you a LinkedIn newbie?

Do you struggle to network and show off your expertise?  Do you want to secure new business?

If so, the most important thing to know is that LinkedIn is not just a modern Rolodex or a glorified resume.

It contains more valuable information about a contact than you could imagine.

All this information can be used to start an interesting conversation that could lead to great business opportunities between you and him or her.

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LinkedIn contains information that offers great business opportunities. Image source: iStockPhoto.

LinkedIn Relevance

Bill Waterhouse is a regional director for Technical Innovation, a company that provides audiovisual products, streaming media, videoconferencing and other services. He has a sales background and was the first person at his company to use LinkedIn.

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How to Use Social Media for Customer Research

social media how toLooking for a low-cost way to conduct consumer research?

Social media can provide a free treasure trove of data about your customers.

With the right social media tools, you can learn what questions your customers have and which types of content they’re sharing.

This information will help you answer their questions, solve their problems and define your social media and content strategies.

In this post, you’ll learn how to quickly conduct research on social media and put it into action.

Find Out What Questions Your Customers Are Asking

Hearing the questions your prospective customers are asking and problems they’re facing can help you find new customers, support existing ones and outline a content strategy that will appeal to both.

The best products solve problems. If you can solve someone’s problem, they’ll be much more likely to check out your products, because they already trust you as an expert.

Here are three places to easily find which types of questions are being asked.

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7 Ways to Prospect for New Customers With LinkedIn

social media how toDoes your company sell to other businesses?

Are you looking for leads?

There’s likely more new business for you on LinkedIn than you’re currently tapping.

LinkedIn now boasts 161 million members, including executives from each of the Fortune 500.

No matter the job title of your best prospects, you can find them on LinkedIn.

Here are seven ways to find new customers with LinkedIn.

#1: Develop Connections and Meet Second-Degree Connections

The people you’ve connected to directly on LinkedIn are called first-degree connections. This is your immediate network.

You can increase your network by clicking on “Add Connections” and giving LinkedIn temporary access to your email or by pasting your emails in.

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Automatically access your email contacts temporarily to invite them to connect with you on LinkedIn, or add emails manually.

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11 Ways to Find New Content for Your Social Strategy

social media how toIs your business running out of content ideas?

Content is the fuel for your social media rocket ship and the foundation of any solid presence in the social sphere. Your content cannot be everything to everyone; however, you can be relevant and provide value to your target market.

Generating compelling content that people want to consume can increase your website traffic and help you attract and retain a dedicated following. In order to produce quality content, you’re going to need a good source of raw material to continually draw upon.

Here are 11 proven tactics to help you never run out of content:

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Is Quora the Next Big Social Media Site?

social media toolsAre you considering using Quora? Has all the buzz got you wondering if it’s worth it? Keep reading for my full review.

When I first heard about Quora, the conversation went a little like this:

Jill: “Have you heard of Quora? It’s a question and answer site.”
Jack: “You mean like Yahoo Answers?”
Jill: “No, it’s full of experts who give you the best answers.”
Jack: “You mean like LinkedIn Answers?”
Jill: “No, the community votes for the best answer and they can hide irrelevant answers.”

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9 Ways to Use Social Media to Inspire Your Writing

social media how toWhether you’re a personal blogger, business blogger, article marketer, copywriter, novelist, poet, student writing an essay or any other form of writer, social networks provide a vast array of ways to get inspired to write.

This can be considered one of the best ways to beat a case of old-fashioned writer’s block.  You just need to know where to look and set up some channels to provide at-your-fingertips-access when you need it.

Here are nine ways to use social media to find writing inspiration.

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Top 5 Ways to Market Your Business With LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most powerful social networking site to help you grow your business.  It makes Twitter, Facebook and YouTube seem like social networking sites for kids.

If you want to hang with the big players—a place where connections are made, leads are generated, and deals go down—then you need to spend more of your time on LinkedIn.

Although other sites have their purpose in the business world and many people utilize multiple social networking sites, LinkedIn is still the number-one place to market your business.  Here are ways to use LinkedIn and get results:

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Facebook Marketing: Everything You Need to Know

I’m guessing many of you are still sitting on the fence when it comes to putting your business on Facebook.

“Let me get this straight,” you may say. “You want me to use Facebook to market my business? Are you crazy?”

Not if you provide products or services to postmenopausal women. Women over the age of 55 make up the fastest-growing Facebook segment, according to Paul Dunay and Richard Krueger, authors of Facebook Marketing for Dummies.

Would your product or service appeal to anyone over 35? “The fastest-growing demographic is the 35- to 54-year-olds… the next fastest-growing demographic is the over-55 crowd.

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