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Social media explained with donuts!

If you haven't participated in social media yet have you been living under a rock?

Just a couple of years ago no one talked about tweets, pins, likes +1s, post but these terms are commonly used everyday.

If somehow you still don't haven't joined the social media conversation this post aims to help you understand tweets, pins and post!

Let's explain social media with donuts to give you an understanding of the different channels!

Further post will explore the best usage and benefits for your business but this is intended as a basic introduction to the world of social media for those that have been in hiding!

Facebook donutFacebook

I like donuts

Twitter DonutTwitter

Right now I'm eating a donut

LinkedIn donutLinkedIn

My skills are eating donuts and other stuff

Google+ donutGoogle+

I like 

Pinterest donutPinterest

Let me share this great donut recipe

YouTube donutYouTube

Check out this video of me eating donuts


People can't resist donuts or social media!

As an example Facebook has 1.2 billion active users worldwide, 33 million in the UK alone with over 50% of the population using it. Twitter has 140 million (and growing) users worldwide and 6.6 million active UK users.

* Figures correct at 01/2013.

Social media has brought about a new method of connecting and engaging with people on-line.

Social Media design, branding & strategy from Exeter's One Bright SparkCustomers talk to other customers and sometimes you may be excluded from the conversation. Knowing that people are talking about you is valuable but not actionable and understanding why they are talking is the real goal and social media offers us the chance to engage when appropriate. Publicising company services via our on-line communications is proving to be very popular and enables us to promote our company to even wider (and sometimes hard to reach) audiences.

An estimated 1.5 billion people are now active on social media websites with personal accounts as well as business based accounts. You'd be surprised how found people become of their social media profiles and activity online and for some it is like a drug and they are very much addicted! This addiction has been enhanced with smart phones and quicker, easier to access WIFI and everyday technology is getting quicker and smarter which makes it even easier for users.

Social media conversations aren't just chit chat though and social media has an effective use in business to help you spread the word and advertise your products and services. Reach even a tiny portion of the people hanging out on the various social media channels and you could draw huge traffic to your website!


Social Media Design, Branding & Strategy from One Bright Spark, Exeter, DevonIt's time to join the party

You can’t join in the conversation unless you're where the conversation is, so you need to join and get social online. The social media sites listed here are all FREE to join and can really help you and your business but they do need a little investment in time and stamina to keep using these channels and slowly build an audience. If you decide to get involved please stick with it as there is nothing more frustrating for end users in trying to converse with no reply because you have given up and potentially lost a new customer.

Start off by joining one or two of the most popular sites and get talking - you'll be an online social media guru before you know it connecting and engaging with your audience.

Below is a brief overview of the most popular social media sites worth joining to help promote your business.



Facebook Page Design by One Bright SparkFacebook

1.2 billion users shows how much Facebook has become part of people's everyday life worldwide. Facebook is great for spreading the word about your brand and is a good choice if you are starting out.

You can use it to reach your customers by regularly adding content, status updates and holding events. You can post comments, photos and video to encourage your followers to like your post/business page and become a fan of your business and services.


AMB Driving Tuition Twitter Page designed by One Bright SparkTwitter

Twitter is a bit like an advanced text messaging service where you are limited to 140 character tweets but has extra features like Geo (location) tagging, ability to add photos and much more. It should be used for instant updates on what you are doing and also to share and distribute content which your followers may find interesting.

It is a great tool to use if you want to establish yourself as a leader in your field and industry expert. If you follow other industry related Tweeters and share quality insights, statistics and useful links you can quickly build a following.


Medical & Legal LinkedIn page design by One Bright SparkLinkedIn

LinkedIn is great for business to business contacts and professionals and a great networking online tool. You can use it to connect with colleagues, peers and other businesses in the world’s largest professional network.

LinkedIn has more than 175 million active members in 200 countries and you are able to make new connections through your own existing ones or by joining groups or participating in conversations related to your industry. Most people use it as an online CV also as it is a great please to showcase your own professional skills and qualifications.



One Bright Spark on Google+Google+

Google+ offers an alternative to Facebook and a more streamlined user interface which allows you share, chat, like and video conference in what google calls hang outs. The advantage Google+ has over Facebook is that it is much easier to set up groups such as family, friends, work colleagues and more intuitively control who you share content with.

As Google controls a significant of online information  it is worth setting up a Google+ account and linking it other google services. It has grown slowly and is still not quite as popular as Facebook but is gaining new users with 90 million users*

* Figures correct at 01/2013.


One Bright Spark on PinterestPinterest

Pinterest is a great visual sharing social media based on sharing photos/images of anything you are interested in. It allows you to share (or pin) items to your pin board which others can open, re-pin or like and share. You could share images of your products and business and build up a great picture of your brand.

If you are a visual person then this could be the right social media channel for you and if you share some stunning images that are really interesting you again can build a good following.

Pinterest has been especially popular among females, who account for 60% of users, and has been really popular as a window shopping online tool to browse before purchase.


One Bright Spark on You Tube


A couple of years ago few would have thought that an online video sharing service - YouTube would be taking over our TV screens but it continues to grow in popularity and is available (alongside other social media) on most new internet-enabled TV's and continues to dominate online video.

Every second 46,296 YouTube videos are watched all around the world and in just 8 years it has transformed the web from mono media to multimedia. YouTube videos can be embedded in blogs, websites and online stores and eCommerce websites that include product video reviews tend to produce better sales than those without.

With a staggering 800 million monthly visitors and 4 billion hours of video viewed per month YouTube is worth adding to your marketing channels to offer video content about your company and services.


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It's amazing what can be achieved in 60 seconds!

I stumbled across these great info-graphics which show a snapshot of 60 seconds on-line.

The amount of invisible data flying around in the air through our wi-fi connections is pretty hectic and is only going to continue to increase with 4G and tomorrows technology.

There are no real surprises with the information data shown and even more proof (as if we needed it) that we are an online and connected world 24/7 365 which shows no signs of slowing down.

Check out the info-graphics:

60 seconds internet 2

Published 2011

The 60 second purchases on the internet

Published 2011

An update for 2013

The above info-graphics were produced 2 years ago and we all know how fast technology moves! The major increase in 2 years, as can be expected, is the doubling of our social media usage as everyone get's social online!

We have the usual social media activity with 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube, 41,000 Facebook post every second and 1.8 million likes, 278,000 tweets, 11,000 active Pinterest users and 11,000 professional searches on LinkedIn.

On our web searching activity there are 2 million Google searches (other search engines are available) but there is no indication of what is being searched for. This is understandable as this is a constantly moving goal post (and possible an idea for another One Bright Spark blog post?)

Taking of blog post there are 347 new WordPress blog post (one of which is this) and 70 new domains registered which makes you wonder when the domain names will eventually run out.

Business are still getting themselves online with 70 new domains registered and 571 new websites created which is a little surprising as I would have thought there would be a closer correlation between the two.

Amazon and Walmart keep up the trend of online purchases continuing to take over the high street retail market with $43,000 spent on Amazon and 17,000 transactions with Walmart.

Click on below image for the large version

Online in 60 seconds infographic

Published July 2013

Perhaps we need a real time version that refreshes every 60 seconds? Now there is an idea for a web app!

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Make your website the hub of your marketing and an essential tool in your business development.

Most businesses are aware that a great website will help with business development but not all realise how effective a well designed and thought out website can be to push your business forward and offer a great experience for your customers.

Making your website work harder for you 24/7 will help it to become the hub of your marketing, obtaining new leads and establishing your business as the one your customers think of when they are in need of your services.

Get your website (and related marketing) right and your customers will become brand ambassadors spreading the word using social media. Your site will also help you find new leads of you also offer a sign up for your email marketing tips where customers can receive your offers and promotions and be reminded of your great business and services.

Your website is one of the best marketing tools for small to medium sized businesses and One Bright Spark believes your website should do something for your business development. It should get results and help greatly with your business growth.

Whilst making your business look professional and showcasing your products beautifully, your website should also work for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, offering customer focused information, e-commerce sales and capturing new leads.

Use your website as your marketing hub alongside other online and offline services to bring new visitors/customers and create a strong brand highlighting the benefits of working with your company.

One Bright Spark - make your website the hub of your business marketing

Easy access to technology, inexpensive ‘always on’ broadband connections and the growing use of mobile internet means that an online presence is now very much part of our everyday lives which cannot be ignored. Most of us are embracing the online world and this allows us to reach out to a vast worldwide audience of online customers 24/7, 365 days a year and if you don't have a website, or even any, online presence you are missing out on a wealth of opportunities.

A website is more cost effective, cheaper and quicker to update than traditional printed communications and selling in cyberspace is considerably cheaper and a great way to supplement your offline business bringing with it a wealth of opportunities to engage with your customers and rev up your business development.

The below infographic highlights the importance of small businesses using the web for business development but also shows that many businesses aren't takling full advantage of an engaging and effective website. The positive side is that lots of businesses are realising the importance and engaging in the world of social media, another channel that cannot be ignored and can be very effective in spreading the word on your brand.

A blog is also a very useful tool where you can talk about your industry/products/services and show any potential customers that you have the experience and know how that your customer's are looking for and a good reason to choose you over your competitors.

via: The Expanding Small Business Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you are not online hopefully you will now realise the importance and value of a good website that can work for you day and night to help develop and increase your business and sales. As always we welcome any feedback or ideas via the commenting form below.

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