How Small Businesses Should Adapt to Social Media

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview John Jantsch, founder of Duct Tape Marketing and author of the books Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine.

John shares great tips for small businesses to get more out of social media. He also identifies the key social media trends to focus on to make your marketing simple and effective in bringing in more money.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video. Also keep reading to learn how you can win private coaching with John.

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8 Small Business Social Media Tips From the Pros

social media how toAre you looking for some social media tips to grow your small business?

We asked eight small business pros for their hottest social media tips.

Here’s their advice for you to take your business to the next level.

#1: Show Them the “Real You”

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Ed Gandia

Use Facebook to show prospects, clients and customers the “real you.” Sure, provide the occasional business tip. Or link to your new blog post. But that’s what everyone else is doing. So why not show them you’re a real person by posting updates about things you’re passionate about?

I love to cook, so I’ve been known to post pictures of my grilled masterpieces. Or I’ll quote something one of my silly kids just said. Or I’ll pose a question, such as “How can we encourage more young entrepreneurs?” Either way, I try to keep it interesting, humorous and different. And always authentic.

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Google+ Integration: 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?

Google+ Page Badges Are Publicly Released: You can now add a Google+ badge to your website. See the sidebar of this site to see it in action. Adding these badges do impact search results.

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Check out Social Media Examiner's Google+ badge in the sidebar on the right.

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How Steve Jobs Changed the World: This Week in Social Media

Welcome 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?

Social media channels this week were among the first to reveal the passing of one of the world’s greatest innovators—Steve Jobs.

Social Media Examiner’s founder Michael Stelzner was on a webinar with Guy Kawasaki, former Apple chief evangelist, just as the news broke.  Here are Mike’s words:

Ten minutes before Guy Kawasaki was to keynote Facebook Success Summit 2011, Guy said to me, “Mike, we have a problem…”  I said, “Guy, what??” My heart started pumping hard.  He said, “Steve Jobs died…” I was shocked, and didn’t believe him at first! He said, “Go to CNN.com”  Knowing that Guy was the former evangelist for Apple and that Guy had a very strong connection to Steve, many things started going through my head “What do I do…”  Guy said, “Do you think it is appropriate that I talk about Facebook marketing or my life experience with Steve Jobs.” After some discussion, I decided it was best to let Guy share what was on his mind and heart.

What follows is Guy talking about how Steve Jobs was his hero and how Steve has forever changed business:

Listen to Guy Kawasaki pay a tribute to Steve Jobs and answer questions from callers.

Keep reading to discover other social media news from the past week…

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