Saturday, June 9, 2012

Facebook Vs. Linkedin For Business

What is the value of LinkedIn over Facebook in business? Is there a difference? When do you use one or the other or both? I've discovered that some businesses pick out LinkedIn; some applaud Facebook and some use neither. In this article we'll take a look at the two platforms to help you distinguish which is best for you.The ultimate decision about which social network to manage lies with your company culture, goals and customer. Nonetheless, it's critical to recognize that you cannot choose "none of the above," if you want to survive the new digital economy. Therefore, the question is which do we choose and how do we kick off?This post will help you begin to distinguish between the great value of LinkedIn for business and the great value of Facebook for business. In a previous article, I looked at Facebook vs. Twitter.It helps to understand the evolution of these two platforms to get an understanding of what works best for each. Facebook began as a social networking gizmo for college students. Launched in 2004 in response to MySpace which linked young people together throughout their high school years, Facebook targeted the student entering a college campus. In the early days it was a social network, similar to MySpace.LinkedIn began, not as a social network, but as a business network. In contrast to Facebook, LinkedIn disallowed opportunities to post photo albums or to converse freely with the contacts. In the early days, the founders of LinkedIn saw an opportunity to prepare a social media site that was a little less "social" and a little more "professional."Even though LinkedIn has expanded with applications to allow for a world of the things we can do on Facebook and Twitter, it maintains its identity as a professional networking community. The restrictions for connection with people on LinkedIn are tighter than either Facebook or Twitter. Those restrictions have been loosened in recent years, but you still must say how you know a person before you can connect.In the early days LinkedIn began as a job search resource whereas Facebook began as a social site for college students. Headhunters as well as human resource professionals used LinkedIn to identify potential candidates. LinkedIn still serves this purpose, but it has developed to be a lot more than a hotbed for people looking for jobs. A strong professional network of trusted connections gives you a career advantage. Furthermore, the ability to quickly acquire access to information and resources in this global economy will give you a significant competitive edge. If you see LinkedIn as merely a place for job hunting, you've missed a lot!Knowing how the two platforms began helps you know the strengths of each and how you might best capitalize on those strengths.Value of Facebook to Business: Mainly a social site. On Facebook you can share as much or as little personal information as you'd like. You can post photos of yourself and your family or of your company and employees. Facebook gives you an opportunity to generate a personal as well as professional profile of who you are. People apprehend more about you as a person. In sales we talk about the know, like and trust factor before a sale is made. Businesses that focus on other businesses (B2B) as clients understand this factor. Facebook gives you a miraculous opportunity to let down some barriers and benefit your business customer learn more about you. LinkedIn does not provide as much freedom for knowing the person beyond a "resume" like profile as Facebook does. Versatility. Facebook enables you to set up a personal profile, a professional profile, a business page or a fan page. You have all kinds of choices for putting yourself and your business in front of your customers. People like to feel part of a business. You can enable that by setting up a fan page for your business or for an unique product that you offer. LinkedIn only offers one type of profile. Facebook ads. For business Facebook gives you the opportunity to purchase a pay-for-click ad to target an unique niche. These ads are extraordinarily cost effective because you only pay when someone clicks, and you can restrict how much you'll pay each given month.Value of LinkedIn to Business Search Options. On LinkedIn if you have a significant number of followers, you can achieve access to people in certain jobs, industries and/or groups that you would otherwise never have. Unlike Facebook which exclusively allows you to search friends. LinkedIn lets you seek to find something for companies, jobs and answers to questions, as well as for people. For salespeople the ability to look for companies and locate additional network connections within those companies gives you a rivaling advantage over others not using LinkedIn to the fullest. Gain Expert Status or Credibility in your field. When LinkedIn began, the Question/Answer section of the site was a powerful place for you to showcase your insight. You could either post a question to the entire LinkedIn population or to segments of the network. You could answer questions other people posted. Many members answered questions and became experts in that area. Updated and expanded functions on LinkedIn enabled members to ask and answer questions within specific groups in which they are members. By becoming an active giver of information, you create credibility and trust with a wide range of people. Businesses who employ this widely produce visibility and credibility for their business. This is one of the most proficient uses of LinkedIn. Recommendation function. LinkedIn gives you an admirable opportunity to showcase the value of your features without advertising. Businesses who use the recommendation section wisely do just this. LinkedIn requires three recommendations to complete your profile. Many businesses place many more than three. We caution, however, to make sure your recommendations give an accurate picture of the advantage of your services. Think of them as LinkedIn's way to advertise. Visibility of Blog posts. Using one of the blog posting applications included with LinkedIn, you can publish your blog posts directly to your LinkedIn profile and to any and all of your groups. This feature enables you to deploy your blog much broader visibility across the LinkedIn network. Instead of merely posting your blog to your profile or on the status update as is the case with Facebook, you can post it to an unlimited number of groups within your profile and you can niche your blog posts. In my case, instead of posting to just 350 friends on Facebook, my blog post could go to 30,000+ people in my LinkedIn group network. Often, I don't deliver the post to all my groups, just those groups where I think there's an interest.There are many more advantage differences between LinkedIn, Facebook and the other social networks. After all, you must look at each platform and decide how you can create a social media blueprint for your business.

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