I read somewhere that it's National Networking Week - It's about who you know right? So with that in mind I wanted to share about a Social Media Boot Camp.
I recently signed up to be part of Artfire's Social Media Boot Camp. I've been using social media for a long time back when Myspace was a big deal. I deleted my "myspace page" and I've come to love using Facebook and recently even got a Twitter account.
Artfire is like Etsy only it's not as big yet but it's got some great potential. I like the fact that you can have a shop and add whatever items you want for free. So you don't have to pay for each listing individually and there is no other fees for what you sell. I have pro account only because I signed on when they had a big promotion and it only costs me $5.95 a month no strings attached and I can't beat that anywhere else.
Back to Boot Camp..... Week 1 - Getting up and Rolling on Facebook
Week one is a breeze for me because I've been using facebook forever it seems so I'm up to date with it's in's and out even with all the recent changes.
Week one's assignment is to create a facebook page and network to get at least 25 fans and make a minimum of three posts this week (I think I make a minimum of 3 a day :)
If you don't have a facebook business profile page. I would encourage you to do so . It's a super easy networking tool. I've meet so many great people via facebook and wouldn't run my biz without it. If you're interested in starting up a facebook page this Boot Camp a great resource to get you started.
I know some people are scared of facebook but I don't use facebook to just promote and sell my items. I network with other shops like mine so, crocheters, pattern writers, other handmade shops, crafters, customers, photographers, friends and more. I try to promote and encourage other shops. The one thing I miss it seems it the lack of people commenting like they used to. My interactions have come way down and I know in part that has some to due with recent facebook changes. I'd think with 2000+ fans a I could get more social? I want to get to know my fan base and like I said I've met so many wonderful crafty people.
I'm excited to see what the other six weeks have to hold and encourage you to jump on the social networking train!