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Now more than ever, traditional media outlets are embracing social media as a way to generate leads, increase site traffic and create conversations with readers

Over the past decade, we have witnessed a growing shift from traditional media to online outlets.

Wading into the fast-moving flow of social media can be daunting to a home based business owner with very little time on his hands.

When starting a new campaign you could give a sneak preview of any new products or services you are going to offer online which would help build demand and provide critical feedback to help smooth the start of your new campaign. Sharing knowledge you have gathered will enhance your social media platform. It can go a long way toward boosting your brand and building your reputation.

Getting connected allows you to express your business's value proposition beyond words. To draw more traffic to your website you can spread the word by encouraging visitors to share content they enjoy. This will also give you an insight as to what potentioal customers are looking for. Transparency goes a long way toward retaining and attracting customers in these poor economic times. Telling readers the news on your blog is an easy way to keep the lines of communication open.

Be careful of what you say about others because if you say negative things it could do damage to your online branding.

Interact with visitors to your blog or in a social media setting. Just because you have a blog or a Facebook fan page will not do you much good if you do not interact with your visitors.

Do a search on the social media sites for your business to find out what people are saying about you and your business. After reading the comments, you will be able to tell if you need to make any changes. If someone is dissatisfied with something about your business or yourself, you can resolve the issues before any damage can be done to your reputation. You do not want negative comments to hurt your reputation.

To find prospective customers who may not be aware of your company, do a quick Google keyword search and discover what products or services people are currently looking for. You may find prospective customers who could benefit from the products or services you have to offer. Social media can help you find satisfied customers who are willing to give testimonials to spread the word about your company.

Social network users are open to marketing, especially if it involves a discount; they are not on social media sites to be sold to. If you want to turn visitors away, have your profile or blog read like an ad.

Try to help others find solutions to problems they may be having. By helping others, you will establish yourself as an expert in your field and you will be able to bring in a steady stream of business and this will boost your credibility.

Social media exposure can help your business reach multiple markets at a time.

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Wendy Scheels is an online business entrepreneur. I help internet marketers achieve their goals and attain the financial freedom they are seeking. Click on the following link if you would you like to learn more about marketing your online network marketing business. Learn about marketing strategies at Today Your Fortune Begins.

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This article was published on 2010/10/17