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Social Media Cheat Sheet

Monday, May 4th, 2009

This cheat sheet has been revised. Please click Social Media Cheat Sheet for the updated version.

Are you spending too much time trying to figure out how to leverage social media for your business? Maybe you are just waiting to see some quantitative results before diving in. You know there's value in doing it, but the perceived ROI doesn't look very good when senior management's time is at stake.

This marketing blog will help you get organized before you dive in. Just save this page to your favorite places for quick and easy access to the top services. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list since there are hundreds of social networking sites that may not be as effective for business. It is also important to note that the services listed below are most recognized in U.S. and may not be the top choices internationally. I hope you find this resource helpful.     

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Aggregation Tools: FriendFeed, Lifestream.fm, Lijit, Ping.fm, Socializr, Socialthing!

Blogs: Blogger, Typepad, WordPress

Bookmarks:  Delicious, Digg, Livejournal, Mixx, Newsvine, Propeller, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Yahoo! Buzz

Free Business Listings:  BizHWY, Cardboard, Crunchbase, Jigsaw, MerchantCircle, NextMark, Tradvibes, and many more out there!

Post Documents:  Google Docs, Scribd

Post PowerPoint Presentations:  AuthorSTREAM, Google Docs, Myplick, Slideshare

Post Videos:  Vimeo, YouTube

Social Networks:  Crowdvine, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo

Twitter Tools:  MyTweeple, TweetDeck, TweetLater, Twibes, Twitter

URL Shorteners:  bit.ly, budURL, Snurl, TinyURL, tr.im, Twurl

Wikis:  Pbwiki, Wetpaint, Wikipedia

Be careful which URL shortener you use as it may affect your future search rankings.

Your feedback is welcome, and encouraged, as to what works best for business. As NextMark's Director of Business Development, I've found LinkedIn and YouTube to produce the best marketing results.