July 4, 2009

Survival Guide Chapter 1 Overview

Deltina HayHere is the beginning of the chapter review series I will post over the next few months from my book, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization. The book is doing very well, and I even have a couple of 5-star reviews. A big “Thank you” to the contributors and readers of Socialmedia.biz for your support!

This book is meant to be a guide to building an optimized foundation in the Social Web for beginners and advanced users alike. So, while some of the chapters may seem basic to many of you, they are essential for those who are just starting out.

smbcover100Chapter 1 of the book is about mapping a social media and Web 2.0 optimization strategy right out of the gate. A strong message throughout the entire book is to methodically build a solid and optimized presence in the Social Web that you can reasonably manage. Once that foundation is in place, adding and integrating new tools will be almost painless.

The following excerpts are from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

Chapter 1: Creating your social media strategy

There are three general areas to keep in mind when planning a strategy for optimizing your presence in the Social Web: interactivity, sharing, and collaboration. Interactivity can come in the form of writing blog posts, commenting on others’ posts, tweets, or participating in social networking communities. Sharing can be as easy as uploading images and video clips onto media communities. Collaboration can be achieved by contributing to social bookmarking sites or wikis…

It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the new social media and Web 2.0 tools and technologies that pop up on the Internet on an almost daily basis. But a carefully planned and executed strategy can alleviate your stress and ensure your successful transition into the new Social Web. …

The one bit of technology essential to your Social Web success is an RSS feed, discussed in more detail in Chapter 3, “RSS Feeds & Blogs,” but, in short, you have two choices:

  • Start a blog which has built-in RSS feed technology, or
  • Create your own RSS feed using an XML file…

The next step in a successful strategy is to decide which tools make sense for you or your business to implement.

Here are some general areas to consider:

Social Networking (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.)
It is a good idea to have a healthy profile on one if not two of these social networking sites.

Micro Blogging (Twitter, Jaiku, etc.)
These sites have become as popular as blogging. We recommend a healthy presence in at least one of them.

Other Social Platforms (Tumblr, Squidoo, etc.)
If you have a lot of content, these platforms are a good addition to your strategic tool kit.

Social Bookmarking and Crowd-Sourcing (StumbleUpon, Digg, etc.)
Building a presence in several of these sites and contributing regularly is highly recommended for any strategy.

Blog Commenting
Becoming part of the conversation is a very important part in any social media strategy. As you are surfing the Web and/or searching for sites and blogs to share on social networking and crowd-sourcing sites, take the time to comment on others’ blog entries.

Media Communities (Flickr, YouTube, etc.)
Sharing your multimedia content is an important part of any strategy, even if you only have a few images.

Social Calendars
Consider these if you host or attend a lot of events.

Podcasts are not difficult to create. They can be particularly effective if you have plenty of instructional material or you conduct interviews.

Vidcasting or Webcasting
These can be powerful viral tools for people or companies who have the resources to create and maintain them.

Widgets and Badges
Placing widgets and badges from other social sites on your Website or blog can help make your site more interactive.

Virtual Worlds
This is one technology that should be given considerable forethought. The learning curve is steep and consultants are expensive. However, for the right product, it could serve as a powerful marketing tool.

Social Media Newsrooms
This tool is ideal for authors, publishers, or other companies who garner a good amount of media coverage or produce regular news releases.

Custom Widgets or Applications
These are your own custom-built widgets or applications that can virally carry your brand into the Social Web.

Hosting your own Blogs, Social Network, Wiki, etc.
These tools are best suited for companies with a large customer base or who have many active advocates for their brand or service…

Copyright 2009 by Deltina Hay. All rights reserved.


This chapter also features 5 real-world social media strategies for you to use as a basis for your own. The resource CD offers further reading, linkable resources, and a fillable PDF form called “Social Web Strategy Worksheet” that you can use to map your strategy.

Read more about this social media book at the publisher’s site.

As a special bonus to Socialmedia.biz readers, I have made the Social Web Strategy Worksheet (a fillable PDF form) available for download. You are welcome to use this for yourself or your clients – all I ask is that you do not remove the copyright information.

And, as always, Socialmedia.biz readers also get a special, shipping included price of $16 (retail $24.95) for this book – just click the buy now button.

Deltina Hay, a partner in Socialmedia.biz, is an author and educator who develops online curricula on social media and other Internet marketing topics. She also helps businesses prepare their content for semantic search and big data analysis. Contact her, follow her on Twitter and Google Plus, or leave a comment below.

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