Facebook Fan Pages – Do they add value?

Hey and Hi and How’s everyone doing after the Thanksgiving holiday!

It’s been a long week compared to our ‘shorter’ one last week.  And, Now we are in December; the month of holidays, extra activities, and a general rushing around.  I’ve already had my two favorite activities coincide like a train wreck for a December party on the same night / time – ugh.

Ah, to the question of the hour – Is having a Facebook Fan page worthwhile for your business? Will it add value to your business and how can it help?  I’ve been reading lately quite a few news articles and blogs about this.  Many folks seem to feel that a Fan Page for a small business, or self employed company / individual is not of value.  Some of the facts I’ve heard are:

  • Fan pages are essentially for Rock, Country, Music Super stars
  • Fan pages traditionally have been created for big name labels like Red, Macy’s
  • A good deal of Fan pages now have less than 100 fans

Ok – I have to disagree.  I am a new Virtual Assistant;  just been on this journey for about 3 months now, but I just think these peeps are wrong.  Here’s my data –

  • Emarketer – July, 2009,  said “81% of executives feel Social Media sites enhance their brand and build lasting relationships”  51% of businesses are Not using Social Media, as they just don’t know howOk, but 49% Are using Social Media!
  • Companies like Ford, IBM, and others long ago hired Social Media experts to assist them
  • If your business has a Facebook Fan page, then when someone does a Google search, the Fan page information appears (oooh, aww, like magic 🙂

Personally, my friends, I think the most important reason is that from all that I can gather – Facebook has 300 million active users worldwide – Wow.  That is just too many folks to ignore.

What about those that have less than 100 fans – I say “So, that is 100 x all of their friends x all of their friends” .   If someone knows your business and trusts you, then before you know it they will recommend you.  This is Why you have a Facebook Fan page for your company, but ya know, it’s just my opinion

So do you or your company fall into the “I don’t know how to create or maintain Social Media accounts – or the I don’t have time” .  I have excellent news for you!  There are awesome folks out there that will help you with this.  We are called Virtual Assistants.  We can figure out all the special things that you need to know to create Facebook Fan Pages for your business.  We are here to help your business.  My company, TKM Virtual Services, provides an array of services to help you to focus on the actual product or service of your business.

What do you think? To me as a Virtual Assistant, that is the most important issue – What do You think about Facebook Fan Pages? ?  – – Anita —

Twitter Tips

I just Love to share!  Since I’ve learned so many wonderful things of late as a Virtual Assistant, I wanted to share a few.  I’ve chosen a few special Tips about Twitter to discuss here!  I hope you like them or that they help you as they’ve helped me!

One of the first wonderful sites that helped me and continues to is – SocialOomph.  This site is great for scheduling tweets, monitoring if you have been mentioned or your tweets retweeted and it also has the ability to search on keywords for you.  All of these things and a bunch more for Free!  The ‘pay business’ account for SocialOomph offers even more resources for users.

Now, as a Virtual Assistant,  I follow some folks almost daily.  These folks are my ‘online’ mentors. I visit their blogs and websites frequently.  When I noticed that Scott Monty, Ford Social Media specialist, also recommends SocialOomph, I knew I must have found a real gem for Twitter!  My daddy, a Naval Mechanic, was a Ford man, so I follow Scott’s blog almost daily.  In his recent post on Twitter “Enough is Enough”, he talks about SocialOomph as a tool that has successfully helped him.

I also recently was given a link to a new site that provides the same type of services as SocialOomph, and although, I admit, I have not used it very much, it seems very useful.  Tweetminer, has been highly recommended to me as the newest and easiest to use for scheduling and monitoring tweets.

Another tool that is really helpful to get Company’s information out there and visible, is Twellow.  This is a yellow pages for Twitter.  When I create a new Twitter account for clients now, I automatically sign them up at Twellow.  After all, it is all about getting the Company information out there as often as possible.

As of October, 2009, Flickr reports that 33% of the users on Twitter are from ages 18-29 and 22% of the users are from ages 30-49.  This is 55% of the folks that are Tweeting and the age range that most  companies are targeting.  I just read an article today that says that Twitter is estimated to be worth $600 million and it has about 70 million users on a daily basis, worldwide.  These numbers make it impossible to ignore Twitter as a possible tool for all businesses.

I hope that these Twitter Tips help you.  If there is anything that I can do to help you further, please feel free to contact me.  I Love Input, so just pop in and give me a comment 🙂 `Anita

Business Cards

Hiya All!

The subject of business cards has come up quite frequently in my house and with my new company.  As a new Virtual Assistant, I am working with someone who believes that business cards are important,  and my husband has decided recently that he should ‘help’ me with this.

Research started at this point – What programs do we have that could reproduce something quality?  Well – duh, without a quality printer, forget it.  Off to the web to find some resources.

We start reading articles about business cards .  They tell me what I should have on them, how they should look, and even that I should have my picture or Twitter Avatar on them.  Check this cool article out from Michelle Mangen, a Virtual Assistant in Wisconsin, as I think she has some great info.  It seems all the social media news sites have lots of tips of what to do with the creation of the card

In the end, the best and most reliable source comes to me from a referral.  Someone that I know, and trust, is recommending someone they know, and trust, to me for my business cards.  This is always the best way, I believe.

Social Media – Is it changing the way we live?

Ah, the question of the hour, Is Social Media changing the way we live?  Is it changing the way we purchase products, the way we advertise, the way we find the things we need and the way we spend our time?

In my personal journey, I would have to say Yes!  In just a short time, my family and I have expanded our lives into Facebook;  we’ve purchased the last 3 or 4 books at Amazon and we spend a great deal more time on the computers than we watch television.  All three of my children (21, 15 and 11 years) are constantly debating which of them get a turn on the computer.  They know better than to ‘touch’ mommy’s computer as that is for her ‘work’.  As a Virtual Assistant, I have been suddenly immersed in social media and have found it to be such a joy.

There are many areas that social media affects folks’ lives, but one especially cool way, I think, is when it brings attention to things.  For instance, here is a link from msnbc that talks about travel and social media.  They address the wonderful aspects of bringing issues to the attention of folks in the travel industry.  Twitter is great for this as when anything happens, it is immediately sent out in a tweet.  Information flows rapidly at Twitter.

I ask you – Is it changing the way your family and you live?  Do you watch less TV?  Do you spend more time on the computer?  Do you order / shop online more?  Tell me !  `Anita

Helping Others..

Since I can remember as a little girl in First Grade, in Western Maryland, I have always been of belief that you should help others.  As a little girl I participated in many church and Girl Scout activities that I had the joy to help others.  From soup kitchens to sorting clothing for homeless, I believe  I’ve experienced a wide variety of helping others.  I have received more joy in these moments than in any other.

As a Virtual Assistant now, I am always searching through Social Media sites and I watch for those that are promoting helping others.  I was impressed with this video on YouTube about students helping others.  As a Girl Scout Troop Leader, I believe strongly in the Girls giving back to their communities and helping others.  I hope you will spend just a moment to watch this video:

Please – I’m always looking for feedback – Tell me Your Thoughts, ~ Anita

Twitter – What is this creature?

Hello Again All!   Happy Almost Thanksgiving to All!

As a Virtual Assistant, I am learning very rapidly the benefits of the creature called Twitter!  This social media, micro blogging site, is becoming the place to locate the up to date, happening right at this moment, news.  It is a great place for many other things.

Perseverance – This is what I think of when I say Twitter!  I think that if I keep working at this and since I want it so badly, then I will have it!  This really translates to – I’m not going to become frustrated and I’m going to stick to it!  No matter how many things about Twitter I learn, there is always more.

Here is the link to Language on Twitter.  Yes, believe me, they have their own language.  These are Official text commands for Twitter from their site.  These are like – RT, which means to ReTweet someone’s tweet as you thought it was good!

Mari Smith, a very informative and connected Social Media networker, says “It’s a social media jungle out there!!” Of course, what she is referring to is the massive amount of different social media sites, blogs, webinars, and services.

Twitter is like that – an infinite amount of other sites, resources, helps, language etc. to accompany the site.  Twitter has so many things that help with it.  I especially like Twitbacks which allows you to customize your background.  I love this one. As it makes me look like I know what I’m doing – like I’m a Graphic Artist –  funny, I draw stick figures 🙂

Twellow, is a site for yellow pages on Twitter.  This can help businesses to be located and to locate them on Twitter.  If you’d like to schedule your tweets for when your away, go to SocialOomph and you can do that, too!

I am most excited because there are so many folks that have reached out to me.  They have found my Twitter profile and then, they offer help.  This is an amazing thing to me! It is on Twitter that I have been able to feel as if the world is a smaller place.  Plus, there is the benefit that as soon as something happens, there seems to be a Tweet on Twitter about it!  Keeping me up-to-the-moment with a ton of information!

So – what do you think about Twitter? Is it a Creature?  Or a hug-able bear?   I’d love to know your thoughts!  Yours,  Anita

My Journey

I am approaching  my 3 month anniversary now as a Virtual Assistant.  Wow!  I’ve learned such a great deal in such a short amount of time.  My journey has been exciting, rewarding, joyful, frustrating, and even at times, has reduced me to tears.  Those tears have been, for the most part, tears of joy.

I think that the most rewarding thing that has happened to me and that keeps happening to me – is that people reach out and help me.  These are people that don’t know me; have never met me; and I may never be able to give them anything in return.  But, as a Virtual Assistant, many  have helped me.  These folks just give you a bit of help that seems to make the hour you may have spent trying to figure it out worthwhile!  They make you smile for they give you hope that us humans have some great characteristics! 

Through Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  I have been blessed to have met many new friends, also.  These wonderful people have extended opportunities to me just because.  If you have not read the book, The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, it is a must-read!  In this book, there is a concept of “stop keeping score’!  The terrific folks that I’ve met at Networking events and through  Social Media,  they certainly live up to that concept! 

I am happy to say that my journey as a Virtual Assistant is just beginning, but is showing promise and hope for the future. 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase” Martin Luther King, Jr.  This quote is how I am feeling about the next three months of this journey

Tell me about Your Journey!  ` Anita 🙂

Facebook – Just Do It

At the end of September, 2009, I began my first profile and contact on Facebook.  After literally years of some of my closest friends, who I consider as ‘family’ encouraging me to do so, I finally Just did it!  I mean these folks are people that I greatly respect, but I continued to be ‘leary’ of Facebook.  I used excuses like ‘I don’t have time’‘I’m not sure I have enough knowledge on the computer’ and ‘Is it really safe’.  But, in the end, I began my journey on Facebook.

At first it was just a profile of me, with my favorite Eeyore on it, but soon, I realized the value of the tool that had been given to me.  I soon added my photo and updated all the information into my profile.  I am thrilled to report that almost immediately I began to connect with friends that I’d known for years, but not had time to have a regular relationship with and on Facebook, I had it again!  I also was able to reconnect my husband with a friend from his past that he had not seen in years.  I have made so many new friends, people who just want to help. 

Then, I realized the true value of Facebook as a way to help in my new business as a Virtual Assistant.  I have quickly learned to build Fan Pages, with lots of help from videos posted on YouTube, The Facebook page, and from really caring people who give you help,  just because.  Fan Pages are excellent sources of information for me and as well they are a way to market your business. 

The media networks seem to agree with me as places like YouTube, The New York Times and many others seem to print information daily on Facebook.  On a YouTube video I posted in a previous blog, A billion for a billion, there are so many raw facts to support Facebook as an asset,  such as ‘1 in 8 married couples last year in the U.S. met via social media sites’

The New York Times talks about Facebook, founded in 2004, has an estimated 200 million active users! Wow!  In this article from The New York Times about Facebook , they give some very impressive facts. 

If you search on YouTube for Facebook, you can find videos on everything from Fan Pages, Manners, a song, and even a movie about Facebook.  In Google, there are over 94,000 hits regarding information about this social media site. 

Just a few weeks ago, I even convinced my husband to create a profile.   As set in his ways as he is and concerned for the security of his children online, most especially his daughter, even he could see the value.

Therefore – This is the Question –  Why do so many of us resist this opportunity?  Why don’t we ‘Just do it’.  What is it that keeps us from having a Facebook profile or Fan Page for our Company?  Why don’t we continue to have even 15 minutes each day dedicated to connecting with others on Facebook?  Please  – Give me your thoughts and ideas ?!  – Anita

Mom’s can succeed in the virtual world…

Check it out – An article below talks about Mom’s having the abilities to enter the business world through social media and other virtual business opportunities.

They talk about how moms are the shoppers of the family, so they know what to buy, what the ‘right’ sales pitch is to get to your customers, and how to be able to negotiate and sell ‘vegies’ to her children, which is a marketable trait.  I totally loved this.

As a new Virtual Assistant with TKM Virtual Services, and a mom, my oldest is 21 and youngest is 11 – with 1 in the middle, I feel that I have skills that are marketable.  Of course, for me, it helps to have had about 15 years in the Business world prior to and in the earliest days of my children.

Let me know what you think Moms!  Yours – Anita

Mom’s – Good Internet Marketers – from a follower friend of mine on Twitter – Sam Sorenson

Have a dream and work to make it come true..

Once again, through my friends at Twitter, I have found a website with the quote below and the owner’s comments.  I was moved to write some of my own about this. 

As a new Virtual Assistant, that is the way I feel – I have a dream and now I am so ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.  It is a daily challenge and I do not seem to learn enough; fast enough.  I have been lucky enough to have folks along the way to help me. 

One great thing about being a Virtual Assistant is I can roll up the sleeves of my pj’s,  if I so wish.  Y’all can’t see me; although you know when I am here and I know that you are there 🙂  Enjoy the quote and I hope it is as inspirational to you as it was to me.

What do you think?  Do you have a dream?  How can I help you to fulfill your dream; or your Company’s dream?  – Anita

A wise person once said, “A person without a dream never had a dream come true. ”  So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work on moving those mountains. Let’s get that idea out of your head and make your dream a reality.  

This came from a Tweeter friend that has been helpful to me – Here’s the website – Graphic Zen Website