When you think of social networking , the first sites you think of are Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. Every small business should be connected to these three in some way or another. There are tons of online venues out there and it can be overwhelming. However, there are a few specific sites you might want to consider. They are highly targeted for small business owners and are proving to be extremely effective.
Biznik is for business to business networking. It is a perfect place to create partnerships and liaisons. Biznik is divided up into geographic sections. Plug into your local area to find networking events, post promotions, join groups, write blog posts, and much more. Members are claiming to get higher Google rankings by using this site. It is easy to navigate and is a collaborate effort of business owners who are helping each other connect and succeed. Basic membership is free. You can upgrade for premium benefits.
2. Merchant Circle
Merchant Circle helps small and local businesses connect and gain visibility. It is a product of Google. You can post ads, get customer referrals, improve search engine rankings, and drive shoppers to your business. Search for products and services in your local area.
Merchant Circle is the largest online network of local business owners, combining social networking features with customizable web listings that allow local merchants to attract new customers. We are a small, growing company dedicated to connecting neighbors and merchants online to help build real relationships between local business owners and their customers. To date, well over 1,000,000 local businesses have joined Merchant Circle to get their business more exposure on the Internet, simply and inexpensively.
Yelp is a business review site. Visit a restaurant or other service in your area and post a review. Create a friend base on Yelp and get your friends to recommend your business. You can also post events.
Meetup is a powerful tool to connect people in virtually every interest group. Would you like to join a hiking group, type in hiking and meetup will show you a list of every hiking group in your area. Want to meet other business owners? Type in business networking, Internet Marketing, or any other keyword that describes what you are looking for.
Meetup is the easiest way to get people to find out about events you are having. Its purpose is to post local events. Make sure not to use it as a selling platform or you will get banned. Organizers are able to host up to 3 meetup groups for a low membership fee.
Tip: If you want people to know who you are and what your business is, use your complete name and fill in your profile. Of course, if you are looking for nudist resorts, you may want to be fairly anonymous. It’s up to you.
What other social networking sites are you using right now that are working for you? Feel free to leave a comment and please tweet and share this post.