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Linkedin Marketing for Small Business

Every site – including this one – has multiple share buttons that allow visitors to share content with friends and colleagues.

With over 700 million users, Facebook gets a lot of attention.

But what do you share on Facebook? I know for me, I’m likely to share newspaper articles, pictures and videos from YouTube that amuse or entertain me.

What I’m not likely to share is a link to help you market your business website.

Don’t get offended. My friends and family just don’t care about professional speakers, consultants, or widget factories. So why would I pass your site along to them?

Now I might be inclined to share your site on Twitter, if there is something interesting, that my followers might also find worth looking at.

So that leaves Google+ and Linkedin. Now I don’t use Google+ very much at all. But I can see how it could become very valuable if it ever hits critical mass. Especially since it actually does effect your ranking on the big engine.

Linkedin marketing is a much more practical way to promote your business in the social media world.

Simply by placing a Linkedin button on each page of your site, you are inviting visitors to share your site with professional associates and groups.

If you are a small business having your blog post or product end up on a group, or shared to a number of professional contacts by a visitor, has the potential to be a very profitable endorsement.

You can even set up your social media machine to automatically post your content to Linkedin by tying your RSS feed to your professional profile and Twitter account.

So what are you waiting for? Here is the link to add the Linkedin Share Button to your site.

https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins/share-button

If you need help implementing this, you can always send me a note.

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Everything is connected.

The tools are out there to have all your social media update like a fine tuned machine.

With very little effort you can set yourself up so that each time you update your blog or post a new video to YouTube, it automatically goes to Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook or any of the other half dozen social media hubs we’re all encouraged to join each week.

But just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to.

That’s right. You don’t have to connect everything.

A few years back when all this was very new, I had a guy I barely remember from high school “friend” me on Facebook.

Within minutes I was getting information about his catering business. Needless to say, he didn’t last very long on my feed.

At the time it got me thinking about why I’m on Facebook and what the expectation of my friends are.

While I’m sure at the time they were bored silly of pictures of my newborn baby, even that was probably less irritating than the business-related tweets and Linkedin updates that were also going to my Facebook account.

So a decision was made. I severed my Facebook account from Twitter and Linkedin. I then tweaked the security settings so that only real friends were welcome in my digitally walled garden.

This allows me to separate the personal from professional.

Now when I get a Facebook friend request from a potential business contact, I politely refer them to my Linkedin and Twitter accounts.

That doesn’t mean you can’t use Facebook for business. You just have to be smart about it and create a Facebook business page, so that folks who are interested in you as a professional, continue to get what they need, while your friends and family aren’t turned off by your latest blog posting on “Leadership.”

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Social media and internet marketing services

With over 12 years experience in social media and internet marketing, Short Circuit Media will help you grow your business with integrated marketing strategies to bring more qualified leads to your site, and help you move those visitors into the sales funnel.

We have options to fit into virtually any budget. Here are the big six. And if there is something else you’re looking for…just ask.

Small business marketing strategy and execution

When you finally decide to offload your marketing duties to an outside agency the first thing you need to consider is compatibility.

There are a million different companies swimming in the same pool offering virtually identical services.  So the key is not look for the best – most are pretty good – but rather the agency that works best for you.

A bit of history

2005 was a particularly hot summer, so there were many opportunities to brainstorm ideas while enjoying Toronto’s patio season.

At the time Aidan Crawford was working as the Manager of Internet/Intranet for BMO Mutual Funds. After spending the previous three years as the Web Marketing Specialist for Group Investments at Canada Life, his career path looked to be forever linked to financial services if he didn’t make a change. And soon.

Among the many ideas that bubbled up during those long sunny afternoons, was a concept to build national bank websites for people to research specific products without having to go to individual banking sites.

For the next two years, Short Circuit Media developed banking and investment sites using the latest internet marketing technologies.

Since 2010 Short Circuit Media has built a solid reputation as the go-to marketing firm for consultants, professional speakers and trainers, delivering one-off projects like websites, copywriting, business consulting and coaching all the way up to full service retainer marketing programs.

If you are a consultant, professional speaker or sales trainer find out what we can do to make your business grow.

Social Media Strategy & Internet Marketing for Business

Short Circuit Media helps small business, consultants and professional speakers make more money by using social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) to create brand awareness, while streamlining online marketing efforts to attract more visitors and convert more sales.

We don’t just tell you what needs to be done. We do it.

dreamstime_xxl_34981713When was the last time you looked in a phone book, checked out the classifieds in the local newspaper, or actioned a piece of junk mail?

Whether you are B2B or B2C, your clients go to the internet first. And that’s why social media strategy and a proper internet marketing plan are the keys to growing your business.

The internet is competitive. And if you’re not keeping up with social media strategies, you can be sure your competitors are.

If you’re a professional speaker, author or consultant, click here for specific information related to your business, and find out how I’ve used social media and internet marketing to help speakers like Kurt Shaver, John Von Achen, Jim Clemmer and Rhonda Scharf.

We can help you if you are looking for information and services related to:

  • Social media strategy (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Developing and implementing an internet marketing plan
  • Creative way to market your business online
  • Website development and email newsletter management
  • Search Engine Optimization and marketing


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2005 was a particularly hot summer and there were many opportunities to brainstorm ideas while enjoying Toronto’s patio season. At the time Aidan was working as the Manager of Internet/Intranet for BMO Mutual Funds. After spending the previous three years as the Web Marketing Specialist for Group Investments at Canada Life, his career path looked to be forever linked to financial services if he didn’t make a change. And soon. Among the many ideas that bubbled up during those long sunny afternoons, was a concept to build national bank websites for people to research specific products without having to go to individual banking sites. Within a few months www.banksonline.ca (and Short Circuit Media) was born. This was quickly followed by sister sites in the UK, Ireland and America. To facilitate work on these projects, while continuing to pay bills, Aidan took a part time position as a Web Content Analyst at Critical Mass – a successful high-end web marketing firm out of Calgary. For the next two years, Short Circuit Media developed banking and investment sites each Friday, while Aidan developed web content for clients like Citi Bank, Michelin and Rolex at Critical Mass. In 2007, Aidan joined the CLEMMER…