So you want to stand out from the rest of the other millions of people using social media and become a success but don't know exactly where to start? I came across something recently that might just get you thinking a bit, and perhaps a bit differently than you normally would. Someone was asked how to stand out from the crowd and an internet marketer paused and thought to himself how easy that truly is-just look around and see what everyone else is doing and don't do it! Or I would add to that or do it, but find a way to do it differently that sets you apart from the crowd in a positive way. You have probably heard this a million times so here goes one more time. When giving information, free giveaways and other avenues of marketing...give value. However keep in mind that there is such a vast amount of free information being passed around these days (with or without true value) that you really need to be sure that what you are giving is exceptional and yes, has value for the receivers.
Another way to stand out is to see your potential clients or customers as real people, not just as numbers. Take interest in them and remember that building relationships with your intended market is not an option, it is a must. Again you have probably heard this a million times too but it is important enough to hear one more time. People buy from those they know, like and trust. Sometimes people think that this is far more difficult to have happen via the internet than in real life but not necessarily at all. It starts with being genuine and being open. That is not to say that you must reveal your entire life to the masses by any means, but don't expect to hide online or be dishonest and have people build any sort of trust in you. If you are building your business using online means such as Facebook for just one example, remember that people are watching you and the things you have to say, so take a little extra time before typing out your posts. If your business is about something very positive and upbeat, you will not want to get online and have the majority of your posts be negative and about how much you dislike life.
Another way to stand out from the social media crowd is to be responsive to your clients' complaints, questions, comments etc. Set reasonable guidelines for when you will reply back to these but do reply! No one likes to be ignored or feel that they are invisible and don't matter. The power of acknowledgment is huge. Even if you might not know the answers or what exactly to say right away, at least acknowledge that you have seen them and will get back to them within the hour or perhaps the same day.