In today’s enormous media environment, it is more important than ever to find your voice for your small business. With the tremendous amount of noise that already exists in every market, it can seem overwhelming. As Steve Rubel, EVP of Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman, recently reaffirmed, “More content will be created today than existed in entirety before 2003”, so time limitations and information overload are more likely than ever . Start-ups and other small businesses who are looking to grow should make every attempt to find that voice with the blossoming and legitimized social media universe with the likes of niche blogs, microblogs (Twitter), and structured social networks like Facebook.
Social media blogging and its networks offer that voice for your small business or start-up that might otherwise be lost in the din of the digital world. Social media can allow you to gain popularity within your niche, attract loyal customers and followers, establish a brand awareness, and in turn boost sales and profits. Most importantly, it allows you to speak directly to your target audience without confusing your message through secondary sources. But just getting on Twitter and saying “Hi” isn’t going to get it done, so what will work?
The key to establishing that successful blog, Twitter post, or Facebook page is not a simple one step process, or a magic key word. The key is devoting time and patience to the practice, allowing your message to be out there and feeding it to grow organically, with the aid of promoting your unique message, or new or inventive product you might have, or even a thoughtful story that might share your experiences with that niche you are looking to connect with. All of these ideas and practices require attention to detail, a time commitment, and often a guiding hand. The great news is that the tools are out there, and you can start forming your small business or start-up’s voice today!