SMBs Look to Facebook and LinkedIn for Lead Generation!

 SMBs Look to Facebook and LinkedIn for Lead Generation

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Parents of Young Children Prime for Social Marketing!

Age plays a major role in how likely a person is to be a social media user, but important demographic characteristics go far beyond simply how old a potential user is. Consumers’ life stages influence their presence on social media as well as their concerns as shoppers and buyers, which is what makes them of interest to marketers on social sites to begin with.

Preliminary results from a Media Audit study of social media users highlight the differences in usage and interest among adults in different phases of their lives.

While the youngest respondents without children were most active on Facebook, Twitter or Myspace, the presence of kids made adults overall much more likely to be on social sites. More than 60% of adults with kids of any age living at home used Facebook, Twitter or Myspace, vs. 51.3% of all adults, and the parents of young children were especially avid users. Among respondents with children under 6 years old, 67.1% had used one of the sites in the past month, while 58% of parents of teenagers reported the same.

These young parents also represent a group more likely than average to make many big-ticket, family-oriented purchases, such as cars, video cameras, PCs, large appliances or a new home. And parents looking to make these purchases for their families are more likely than average to be found on Facebook and similar sites, especially parents of kids under age 6.

Parents of Young Children Prime for Social Marketing

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Start with “Why”

If you haven’t figured it out by now, reaching your target audiences can be simply complex. What’s meant there is the old shot gun method is still easy. Getting responses is still difficult. At least until you consider how the social audience interacts. Engagement is the key to success. Being engaging however is the challenge. What can you say or write to invoke a conversation? Rather than asking a barrage of questions to start a dialogue, start by answering one simply question. “Why?” Starting with “Why” blows away the outer shell and pierces through to the inner belief. It encourages, inspires and instills integrity.

What are the core values of your company? Do you share and demonstrate them to your current and potential customers – or only to your staff at all employee meetings? Better yet – do you promote them in your marketing? And is that message engaging?

If you aren’t, perhaps 2011 is the time for you to consider changing your strategies?

How are you engaging your prospects and customers?

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