Tag Archives: communties

Engaging with Gen Y Through Social Networks

Dan Schawbel of Mashable recently listed the top 10 social networks for Generation Y in this post here, but Tim Wright of the Examiner picks out the top 5 from Dan’s list that managers should take a look at in order to know as much about Gen Y as they can. This includes their values, their interests, their styles, their clothes, and the way they think. Here are some sites that the Tim recommends taking a look at in this post. Enjoy!

http://brazencareerist.com
http://20somethings.ning.com
http://My.BarackObama.com
http://myYearbook.com
http://coolpeoplecare.org

How to Connect with Your Blog Readers in New Ways

There comes a point in time when your blog readers will ask for more ways to connect. This post on ProBlogger discuses some new tools that blogs can utilize to keep their readers connected.

Some blogs have already started to introduce newsletters and forums as a means of connecting in a different way. Even though it does require some time on your hands the benefits do outweigh the costs as it allows you to make ongoing connections with more people. For others, it might even mean launching a twitter account or a group on Facebook.

What are some other ways you have connected with your blog readers?

Could your community already be out there?

The answer is yes. In a recent article by John Bishop, he looks at how you can find the customers that are already on the web talking about your product. Find out where they are. Use Facebook them down to specific locations and interests, the follow their chatter and monitor the buzz in the industry and react to it. Join the conversation when they start talking about your brand, and even create a few threads that promote a conversation around it.

Don’t miss out on the conversation

Chris Brogan recently wrote a post the continuing conversations of the online world. He first noticed it by chatting with someone else a conference, and discovering that there was the actual conference itself and then the conversation that took place online using Twitter. He’s also started using BrightKite again, which is a twitter-like application, but geographical location is one of the main focuses.

At the end of the post, Brogan had a list of way to create and continue the conversation online. Here are just a few:

  • When you’re somewhere new, snap photos and post them to Flickr.
  • Take photos of people at events and post the good ones. Add their names and companies to them.
  • When you post photos in Flickr, when you can, add contextual information about where.
  • Write reviews for places and services in Yelp.
  • Add hash tags to specific presentations if you think Twitter will enhance it.
  • Provide information about places. I tweet traffic jams.