Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Using Social Media to Grow Your Business -- Town Hall

Please join me as we launch Long for Success meeting in the Small Business Town Hall on Thursday, June 25 at 9:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET). The topic will be ‘Using Social Media to Grow Your Business’ and my guests will be

· Scott Wilder – Small Business Group at Intuit
· Chris Kim – Senior Marketing Manager with Intuit
· Dante Layton – Owner of Dante Layton, Inc.
· Ruth Perryman – Owner of The QB Specialists

We’ll introduce Social Media (Twitter, FaceBook, Linkedin), discuss how to utilize social media for effective marketing, how to use an RSS reader, search for key terms and hear success stories from Dante and Ruth before opening it up for about 30 minutes of Q&A and discussion.

Using a webcam (about $20) you can join in to speak or you can type a question or comment in the chat window if you prefer.

Here are a couple of links to join, but I’ll post again next week as a reminder. Click Under Small Business Experts -- Long for Success

We’ll be having many town halls in the future, so let me know what topics you want to discuss and possible guests to join me!

There is no need to sign up, just type in your screen name to enter the room. When you enter the room, it may ask if you want to allow access to your web cam and/or mic. You can Allow or Deny. If you Allow access, then you can click on 'Request to Speak' and you'll be put in the speaker's que. When you're finished you click on 'Stop Speaking' at the bottom of that window and the it will go to the next person in the que.

If you don't want to speak up or use a web cam, you can type your questions or comments in a chat window on the right side.

Feel free to go into the room whenever & check it out. You can even try out your webcam to see yourself & how it works!

I'm looking forward to it and think it is a great way to have discussions and Q&A with others!!!

Thanks so much!


Creating an Effective Profile

It is surprising how many people do not complete their profile for the Intuit Community Forums. The forums are a great resource for both users posting questions and contributors providing answers. Completing your profile can enhance the benefit you receive from the community forums. Let’s consider it for both the user and the contributor.
When someone reads a question posted by a user, it may be helpful if they could go to your profile to get some additional information and insight about your business. This can help them offer a better answer or suggestion for you. Also, users often request to be contacted, but fail to complete the contact information in their profile. (You should not include contact information in the post itself.) For example, profile information you should complete includes:
· Line of business
· Description of your business
· Years in business
· Top selling product or service
· Website
· Best way to contact you
· Fun facts about yourself (optional)
In addition to the above information, if you are a contributor on the community forums and an accounting professional, then you should also complete information on your accounting practice, including:
· Professional designations
· Services provided
· Products supported
· Industries served
By contributing answers you are demonstrating your knowledge to others and often they may want to contact you for additional help or consulting. Contributing on the forums is a great way to enhance your reputation and get some new clients. You want to make it easy for people to find out more about your practice and to contact you. It is against the community rules to post links to your website in your posts, but you can post a link to your profile instead (which can include a link to your website).
So invest a few minutes of your time, complete (or update) your profile and enhance the benefit you receive from the community forums!