Is Facebook really neccessary for a start up business?
I am active on other social media sites, but I am trying to steer clear of Facebook because I had a bad experience with it. Will it hurt me in the long run to not have a Facebook page to advertise my art work? If I have to use it, what would be the best way to do so?
I don,t think so ,now days MosaiclHub ,warriorforum ,digitalpoint forum getting more popular people read ask question on forum this time try this and i think you get better result
Not at all in my opinion if you use twitter and linked in it give you better result but all depend upon in which business your are in
Facebook? Well, it really depends on your target market.
Facebook really only hinders a business if you create a page and don't stay connected to it. In my experience, Facebook isn't the best place for a start up to advertise. Unless you fully understand how to develop and work your Facebook pages, you can make a lot of learning "errors" through them. I always recommend having a Google+ page first to start ups because that gives you the advantage of some SEO which Facebook doesn't. Of course, there are so many other questions which are relevant to this question, such as what is your business, local or virtual, etc., etc. But, if you don't feel comfortable at this time, it isn't necessary until you are ready for it.
Considering Facebook has the biggest userbase and you're in the art niche, you actually might be missing a good chunk. However, since it's a visual business, social networks such as Pinterest, Instagram etc. can keep you equally occupied.
No you could easily circumnavigate using facebook altogether, though it certainly helps to figure out all of the avenues you'll use to promote your business online. I'd recommend replacing facebook with a combination of tumblr, twitter, G+, and realistically a decent blog that gets syndicated over at least those channels. Facebook isn't necessarily better for marketing than any other given social site, not that any of them make suitable replacements for decent advertising campaigns.
Do you want to talk to your customers? it's less about being able to advertise and more about having a conversation. This could include customer service, market research, and PR. Social media is about being SOCIAL. Don't think about it as a platform to advertise. I think that best answers your question.
Wynand, thanks for your question. In my humble opinion, your business must be on Facebook. The reason is that there are almost 1 billion regular users on Facebook, making it the largest digital marketplace the world has ever known.
The techies at Facebook have also put together the most powerful, targeted advertising engine known to man. Even more capable than the Google engine. So if you are going to spend any money on advertising, being on Facebook will allow you to target the most likely customer demographics as if you have a laser beam, rather than a handful of pebbles.
There are of course other places that you need to be. As an artist, you absolutely must be on Behance.net...I hope this answer has helped you. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me directly.
I understand where you are coming from. Facebook is the largest social media platform, period. Sometimes you get lost if you don't set up your page correctly. From a business point of view I have found LinkedIn exceptionally good.
For your type of business, I agree with some of the other comments, analyse what social platform your potential customers use. This is what you should be using.
It depends the targets of your business. Would it be necessary to use social media? If the answer is "yes", "yes" for the facebook, instagram, twitter, g+, LinkedIn, mosaic hub, etc. In case if you may focus on B2B you may no need to do this.
If you had a bad experience with it, I recommend you to double care while giving this decision.
Do not forget, tools have two main points and effects of these on you could change sharply :
- The way they work: is this the way you would like to go to reach your target?
- They way you use them: are you using these in the right way?
Success or bad experiences follow these two...