The importance of “ShareThis” in eCommerce

If you’re serious about selling on the web, then you must implement the “ShareThis” Widget. Grab some code here: Think: “send to a friend” on steroids.

Whatever ecommerce application you’re using, you must make sure to implement this at the product detail level. It’s almost pointless if you don’t. Make it easy for your users to share your goods and services. This will allow your site’s users to easily promote each and every product that they think is cool to their existing social network.

It’s simple, powerful and it’s FREE! So go make it happen.

Think Local :: Sell Global!™

Social Networking Has Teeth

By Steve Koss

Social networking can be defined as services focused on building online communities of people who share interests, activities or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Think “Six Degrees of Separation” which is based on the idea that any two people can be connected through a chain of five or less intermediaries.

Social networking allows for public awareness with an audience that is there waiting for you  It’s absolutely critical if you have products or services and want to connect to your market, you need to be where that conversation is happening. And the rise of social media means that those venues continue to evolve. Remember that it does not replace traditional marketing, but a very effective and affordable tool in the strategic tool kit.

The ROI is HUGE! Some businesses are reporting increases in sales by over 150% within the span of a few months after implementing social media programs. Social media provides the low risk/high return risk management factor for competitive advantage when a social media program is aligned with the business strategy.

The social networking big four:

Facebook, now 250 million users strong, is a social networking website that was originally designed for college students, but is now open to anyone 13 years of age or older. Facebook users can create, customize and share their own profiles with photos, videos, and information about themselves.

Twitter this year’s growth alone is over 1500%. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as “followers.”

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded in 2002 and launched in 2003 mainly used for professional networking. As of  2009, it had more than 40 million registered users, spanning 170 industries.

Blog (short for “weblog”) is a type of website, maintained by groups or individuals with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Social media requires a strategic roadmap. The components of a social media strategy to put the puzzle together include defining your playing field:

  1. Audience
  2. Objectives
  3. Strategy
  4. Tactics/Tools
  5. Metrics

Imagining creates reality as a social media visionary landscaper to ride the changing whitewaters of business. To gain the ROI teeth following a five step process can provide the strategic stretching for steering on the social networking road. The five steps are:

  1. Put your strategy into a written plan or pictorial.
  2. Establish your social media presence.
  3. Expand your audience reach.
  4. Build relationships.
  5. Properly maintain your presence in your social networking consistently and in alignment with your business strategy.

Social media opens up a range of opportunities to leverage the power of word-of-mouth that is only limited by your imagination.