How to Build Your Credibility by Answering Questions

social media how to Do you want to use your in-depth experience to help others?

Are you a trusted resource?

Successful marketers spend time sharing what they know.

In this article I’ll share where you can answer questions from fans, customers and even strangers to build your credibility as a recognized resource.

Why Write Content That Answers Questions?

One of the easiest ways to create a solid community is to answer questions others have asked you before. Keep a running list of these questions and answer them via blog posts or social media. The right medium depends on the question.

The more information you can give, the more likely people will come to view you and your company as useful, trusted sources of information.

#1: Help Your Connections With Jelly

Jelly is a fairly new Q&A platform. It’s different from traditional forums in that it’s a smartphone app and uses photos or maps paired with questions. Users get or give answers, advice and guidelines in real time.

With Jelly, you can help your colleagues decide which headlines to use, do a little brainstorming or even help them find the best local pizza place.

jelly app

Ask and answer questions in real time.

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7 Effortless Ways to Find New Ideas for Your Blog

social media how toAre you struggling to come up with articles for your blog?

Are you looking for ways to generate new content ideas?

To keep your blog audience engaged, you need to continually generate new content.

In this article I’ll show you 7 easy ways to help you find new and interesting content ideas for your business blog.

#1: Look Into Bottlenose

Bottlenose provides live social intelligence for you by analyzing activity across all of the major social networks. It allows you to “surf the stream” and discover what’s trending in social media in real time.

To discover what’s popular right now on the various social networks, use the free Bottlenose Search.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Bottlenose Search.
  2. Type your topic directly into the search bar OR select a popular topic from the list that’s provided.

    bottlenose search

    Bottlenose searches for real-time mentions of your topic in social media.

  1. The Now tab will show Top Trending Links, Trending Topics, Recent Comments and Recent Images. The articles you discover through these links can serve as inspiration for topic ideas for your own blog 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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22 Hot New Social Media Tools Worth Exploring

social media toolsAre you looking for the hottest new social media tools and services? We asked our team of Social Media Examiner writers to share their best new social media discoveries.

What follows is an amazing list of social media tools you’ve likely never heard of—covering a wide range of categories:

  • Tools for pictures, video, audio and screen capture
  • Tools to measure and track results
  • Tools to manage content
  • Blogging tools
  • Twitter tools
  • Other social media tools

Try them out. And be sure to report back here with your thoughts.

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8 Social Media News Items You Need to Know

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 Beats Google: The social media giant is now the top source of U.S. web traffic, according to HitWise. Find out more about these stats and how Facebook achieved this here.

Reddit Reports Substantial Growth in 2010:  Reddit benefited from the decline of Digg last year and made improvements that resonate well with its users.  Is Reddit part of your social bookmarking plan?

reddit stats

Reddit's monthly pageviews tripled last year.

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30 Social Media Predictions From 30 Social Media Pros

social media viewpointsHow will social media impact marketers and businesses in 2011? We sought expert opinions from a wide range of pros you’re likely familiar with.

Since we started Social Media Examiner in October 2009, we’ve published more than 280 articles. These original posts were written by dozens of social media professionals.

We decided to tap their knowledge and expertise to see what’s likely coming next year. Here are their predictions for where social media is headed in the next 12 months.

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Facebook Questions, Wibiya & Social CRM: Social Media Examiner TV

social media expert interviewWelcome to Social Media Examiner TV with your host Mari Smith. In this episode, Mari examines Facebook Questions and reveals if it’s a game changer for businesses.

Plus, she looks at the Wibiya social toolbar and how it can create social buzz for your business.  Then Mari shares insights into three social CRM tools and how they can have a big impact on your business networking.

Share your feedback, see the show notes and discover how you can be part of a future show below!

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