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Does Social Media Really Work?

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7:35 am
December 4, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Hi all,

 

My friends are all on it and I read about it all the time, but does social media work for you guys?  Facebook, Twitter, FB, tweets…  Call me old school, but I feel like mobile phone, email, instant messaging, webpage, forums, blogs, isn't that enough media streams already?!?!  Maybe I'm getting old…  Sounding grouchy like a grandpa, "Sonny, I remember when I was your age, we sent mail through the post office!"

 

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9:46 am
December 4, 2010


retireby40

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Get off my lawn!  heh heh Smile

Social media is not doing much for me right now. I'm just not connected enough yet, but I think it will keep getting bigger so I'll keep plugging away.

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11:07 am
December 4, 2010


Aloysa

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retireby40 said:

Get off my lawn!  heh heh Smile

Social media is not doing much for me right now. I'm just not connected enough yet, but I think it will keep getting bigger so I'll keep plugging away.


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11:50 am
December 4, 2010


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I don't know how much it helps, but it does help.  Despite knowing that, I still haven't set up Facebook properly and I'm a sucky Twitterer.  :-)

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11:54 am
December 4, 2010


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Facebook is quickly becoming one of the biggest sites around.  Many people still don't know what RSS is but they have a Facebook profile. 

 

Twitter is also huge and also where many get information from these days.

 

I think the more you can market the better.

12:23 pm
December 4, 2010


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Agreed. I got profiles on FB and Twitter – doesn't seem to drive much traffic, but my hope is that one day one of my tweets goes viral. You never know.

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4:10 pm
December 4, 2010


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Twitter has helped a lot. Still haven't seen too much of an inflow from FB.

 

 

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7:17 pm
December 4, 2010


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I actually get some pageviews from Facebook, but not much from Twitter. It could be that since many people use 3rd party programs (Tweetdeck, Hootsuite, etc) for Twitter, that the numbers actually look good but are spread out over all these programs (when looking at referring sites).

I agree with Craig, I only met 1 person who knew about RSS, but everyone knows Facebook.

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10:50 pm
December 4, 2010


retireby40

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I got a bunch of traffic from facebook today. My wife promoted the baby post so her friends came over to see. Smile

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5:36 am
December 5, 2010


moneycone

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I'm a semi-grandpa – fine with Twitter, haven't gotten to FB!  

 

With Twitter the biggest advantage is getting to know your peers and it is relatively low maintenance if you have the right plugins installed.  

2:26 pm
December 5, 2010


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I get decent traffic from Facebook, but it is important that you not only post, but "Like" your post, so that everyone see's it.

 

However, I find Twitter and FB important because many of the blog rankers, such as Wise Bread and Money Crashers use your Twitter followers, and Klout uses your Twitter and Facebook to guage your influence.  The better you are, the higher your rank, and hopefully more traffic!

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10:19 pm
December 5, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Ah, haha, congrats on the baby!

 

retireby40 said:

I got a bunch of traffic from facebook today. My wife promoted the baby post so her friends came over to see. Smile


10:21 pm
December 5, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Semi-grandpa, haha, I'm still debating.  I just have my hands full with all the older media forms, don't know if I can handle adding Facebooking and Twittering…  We'll see.

 

moneycone said:

I'm a semi-grandpa – fine with Twitter, haven't gotten to FB!  

 

With Twitter the biggest advantage is getting to know your peers and it is relatively low maintenance if you have the right plugins installed.  


10:22 pm
December 5, 2010


Buck Inspire

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Hmm, might have to learn more about Wise Bread and Money Crashers.  Thanks!

 

The College Investor said:

I get decent traffic from Facebook, but it is important that you not only post, but "Like" your post, so that everyone see's it.

 

However, I find Twitter and FB important because many of the blog rankers, such as Wise Bread and Money Crashers use your Twitter followers, and Klout uses your Twitter and Facebook to guage your influence.  The better you are, the higher your rank, and hopefully more traffic!


5:29 pm
December 6, 2010


RJ

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I think Facebook is good for "spamming" your friends with your links. Just think, it only takes one good blog post to be seen by literally thousands of people (at least the title).  For example, whether you set up a Facebook fan page or not, if you "share" one of your stories it can be seen by all of your friends (well, at least those of whom did not block you for sharing too many of your own post). If 10% of your friends also share your story, it can be seen by all of their friends. And so on, and so on. 

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that someone's blog post will go viral much quicker than someone's tweet will.  There are so many people that spend ridiculous amounts of time on Facebook that someone is bound to see a shared post. When I hear twitter, I automatically assume that people are using their phones and I believe that a phone is not exactly the place that people read blogs.

The hardest part that I've discovered is getting your "friends" to share your post. So in this sense, it kind of takes me out of the viral marketing race :( 

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7:36 pm
December 7, 2010


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My most "viral" content has been from FB and Twitter.  I don't have enough clout to pull it off on Digg yet, but once I had a post make it onto a top list on Reddit and got a huge surge.

Social media is a must for bloggers.

7:53 pm
December 7, 2010


moneysmarts

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I use social media quite a bit, and facebook and twitter are up there for traffic referrals.  On the other hand they are dwarfed when comparing to other sources  – mainly search engines, guest posts on high traffic blogs, links via popular sites, etc.  The thing is, however, when you put all the social media together – they add up to quite a bit of traffic.   So one or the other isn't the end all be all, but aggregate effect can be great.

11:30 am
December 8, 2010


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Post edited 11:31 am – December 8, 2010 by Sustainable PF


Budgeting in the Fun Stuff said:

I don't know how much it helps, but it does help.  Despite knowing that, I still haven't set up Facebook properly and I'm a sucky Twitterer.  :-)


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8:27 pm
December 16, 2010


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Definitely – I use Twitter both for blogging and under my real name, both with slightly different purposes and following different kinds of people.

 

You gotta use SM for the right purposes though – not just for marketing and self-promoting. I use it to talk to people, find new and interesting links and build relationships, not just sharing my stuff. Basically, it's FUN, not a chore.

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