Tips on how to use social media effectively
If content is fire, social media is gasoline! Now, teens and adults need to use social media smartly in order to bear the sweetest fruits!
Here are few ways of making smart use of social media:
1) Searching for a dream job: I agree when people say ‘Dream jobs don’t exist’! However, a decent job makes us feel on top of the world, at least when we are new into it. Most employers are using social media to recruit now, which means it should be a big time part of your job search strategy. Make your Twitter presence ’employer-friendly’; Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio; Use a professional-looking avatar; Tweet about your job search; Include a link to an online CV.
- Use a tool like Visual CV; Establish yourself as an expert in your field on Twitter.
- Use Facebook to let your friends and family know you’re job seeking:
If you don’t mind your Facebook being a channel for people to find you on, here’s a tip, put your keywords in your interests (as this is how the search works). So for me, it’s community, community management, social media, recruitment, HR, journalism, writing, blogging and so on.
LinkedIn is an x-zone for fresher’s as far as job search is concerned. However, if you have contacts, it’s the quickest way to find recruiters.
2) Making happy money: Every major social media outlet has in some way helped users turn their hobby into a business or turn their business into a bigger business.
- Excite the senses of customers With Your Product On Pinterest
Small businesses can benefit in big ways from getting users to “pin” photos of their items onto their Pinterest boards.
- Run An Online Instagram Shop
If you have items that would be attractive to Instagram users, it’s relatively pain-free to set up a shop.
- Write drunk, edit sober:
Twitter and Facebook can be great ways to show off your language and grammar skills if you desire to get yourself hired to write for a living.
Fantasy author Neil Gaiman broke ground with A Calendar of Tales, for which he asked his large Twitter following to submit questions and turned some of their answers into short stories. You can do something similar that involves interacting with your audience, or even serialize a whole novel or short story over many posts.
- Manage Social Media
There are a lot of companies seeking someone to handle their social media presence.
Anyone can become a renter via Airbnb, which gives users a chance to rent places to stay in 190 different countries. Fast Company has a great write-up on how someone made a six-figure income through Airbnb.
- Monetize A YouTube Channel
Not only can you make money with social media, you can turn yourself into a phenomenon. Just ask Grace Helbig, who’s developed a large audience through the hilarious videos she posts every week. She makes a significant sum just off ad revenue from her YouTube channel.
- Become An Amazon Affiliate
Cultivate a following and promote specific items on your blog, then include an affiliate link to the item on Amazon so that when a follower purchases something you’ll get paid.
- Promote Posts
Get your sales pitches in front of more eyeballs with promoted posts, available through almost any social media service.
- Sell Your Art
Tumblr and Instagram (Tumblr especially) are great places to post original artwork and get a lot of responses and shares. If your art starts going viral, you can turn that interest into income by selling prints and other merchandise through an online store like Etsy or Big Cartel.
- Sell Rights To Your Photos
If you take good enough photos, people will pay you to use them! Flickr is a popular place to view photos.
- Demonstrate Your Musical Abilities On SoundCloud
SoundCloud is one of the best places to get your music noticed, and I’m not just talking about the near-impossible goal of becoming a rock star. If you know how to come up with a catchy jingle, you can post it on SoundCloud to get clients flocking to you to create music for their commercials, radio ads, etc.
3) Searching for pals or potential life partners:
Online friends can be real friends too. It is all destiny. My cousin literally had no friends in school and medical college as she remained aloof, however it is never too late when twitter, facebook and several chatrooms surround us. She has a large group of online friends now whom she has met in person too and they are one bunch of like minded people and get along as well as jam and jelly! If you are at a new place or nobody is in your age group at your workplace, then these networking sites are saviors!
However, you need to keep your antennas open and then go hunting for genuine people.
Bharat Matrimony, Shaadi and Jeevansathi are top Matrimonial sites which give a ray of hope to all those individuals who had been living the life of geeks(mostly IITians) all through their lives!
Today, it is not an option whether we do social media or not but it matters how well we do it. So get switched on and then do social media or else it would be sheer waste of time.