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Social Media In Numbers You Can’t Ignore

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If you’re still on the fence as to whether to tap in to social media for marketing, below are some staggering numbers provided by Jon Swartz of USA Today that should get your attention:

Facebook

  • More than 10,000 websites use Facebook Connect, a service that lets Facebook users log in to affiliated sites using their Facebook account and share information from those sites with their Facebook friends.
  • About 30 million Facebook members access it through mobile devices.

Twitter

  • Twitter users spend 66% more dollars on the Internet than non-Twitter users, says market researcher ComScore.

LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn has more than 365,000 company profiles. More than 12 million small-business professionals are members of LinkedIn.

MySpace
More than 1 million small businesses and individuals promote their goods and services on MySpace.

Smartphones power the trend

  • As smartphones such as iPhone and BlackBerry take off, more people are updating their Facebook and Twitter profiles while on the move.
  • Smartphone shipments are expected to surge to 164 million this year, up 13% from 2008, says market researcher Forward Concepts.
  • The mobile social-networking industry is expected to become a $3.3 billion market worldwide by 2013, ABI Research predicts.

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What is Social Media? Find the F**K Out Here

One of the best and funniest explanations of what social media is in the slideshow below. If you’re not quite sure still what this umbrella term means or what impact it can have on your business, then do yourself a favor, and watch. Thanks for sharing Lance!

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Should Companies Embrace Facebook?

bivI was interviewed for a cover article that appeared in this week’s edition of Business In Vancouver. The story reads “Surge in Social Networking Rings Corporate Security Alarms” and talks about the rising use of platforms such as Facebook and the potential negative affects it could have on the workplace. Privacy and security are increasing concerns as more people congregate, share and communicate online. I don’t disagree, particularly when it’s employees of companies disclosing corporate information not intended for the public on a ‘company Facebook page’. This is particularly true with publicly traded companies. The same careful administration bestowed to a company website, should also be taken with a Facebook page or Ning community site or Myspace space.

But this shouldn’t stop your company from embracing these social media tools and platforms, which allow you to reach prospects and customers in a meaningful and massive way like no other. First, you’re reaching them where they go and on their terms. At Facebook, a user will only get updates on your company if they opt-in by becoming a fan. At Twitter, a user will only receive your messages if they become a follower. They also have the power to share it with their friends, fans and followers instantly, giving you some viral love in return.

And second, these tools aren’t trendy, they’re cultural. More and more people find these tools to be just way too simple and powerful to ignore. And the price is right. Our raw and primitive need to communicate and connect will never change. How we do, does and will. And technology leads the way in helping us serve that need cheaper, faster and easier. These tools and platforms are revolutionizing the way we communicate and connect, and businesses may as well learn how to use them to their benefit, and not their detriment. Below is an excerpt from the article:

While a company may not be able to control negative comments that are posted on the Internet, the web’s interactivity allows companies to respond to them. “There’s a whole etiquette to social networking that not everybody gets,” said Rajan Sodhi, vice-president of marketing at PEER 1 Network Enterprises Inc. (TSX: PIX). One consistent rule is to communicate openly, honestly and often.

Vancouver-based PEER 1 uses a number of social networking tools and has an employee whose sole role is to cultivate the company’s online presence. PEER 1 also monitors the Internet for content that mentions the company. “It can be positive or negative,” said Sodhi. “If it’s something [about PEER 1] they aren’t happy with, we acknowledge them right then and there.” As well as reacting publicly on a blog or network on which a negative comment was posted, PEER 1 will usually follow-up with a phone call.

“We’re a real believer that these social media tools and platforms are here to stay,” said Sodhi, who is the administrator of PEER 1’s Facebook site. “You can be fearful of it and not embrace it, but I think you’re going to lose one of the best tools for communicating and reaching your market.”

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Cool Gadget Alert: The Flip Video Mino

The Flip Video Mino

The Flip Video Mino

Cool new point-and-shoot video camcorder called the Flip Video Mino by Pure Digital Technologies is the size of a small digital camera, but can record up to 60 minutes of video and publish straight to YouTube, AOL Video, and MySpace through its internal software. You can see a Flip Video demo here. It retails for $179.99 and comes with 2GB internal memory, rechargeable batteries, digital zoom, and a USB arm that connects directly to your laptop download your videos in seconds. I’ll be getting my hands on one soon and can’t wait to start playing around with it.This is a great tool for bloggers and Internet video aficionados.

At PEER 1, we have launched today a limited time promotion where are giving away the Flip Video Mino free to anyone who signs up for a managed hosting or dedicated hosting plan. If you are in the market for hosting, this a great time to sign up for a plan and to get your hands on this hot new gadget.

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