We surely enjoy communicating with friends online and joining groups, communities and various networks. We also enjoy posting videos and images every now and then. For sure you love talking with people who has the same interest as you have especially that you could learn a lot of new things from them.
But there is more than just that for social networking sites. In this post, we will share to you ten useful tips that will help you as a designer improve your online presence or your social network standing. This is very vital in promoting your name as a designer, gathering clients and promoting your website. What are you waiting for? Check our tips for you now.
1. Consider your audience.
It is important that you consider what your audience will say. Check on their comments regularly not just in your website but on other sites too who post some of your articles through RSS feeds. Monitor conversations in Facebook, Twitter and other sites and look at what they say. If they have questions, answer them. If they have some suggestions, recognize them. If they appreciated your work, be grateful. If there were some corrections like mistaken links and others, correct them and say thank you for noticing those errors. You should always show the audience that you are active online and you care about their thoughts.
2. Have an impressive visual identity.
Remember that you are a designer. Your social media profiles should appear like one owned by a designer. Customize them and give a good bio and info about yourself. Be creative in customizing your profile and make it look inviting for other people.
Join conversations in Twitter and other social networking sites. Try to check how many retweets and mentions you get in Twitter about your posts. Try to know how many reposts you get. Check your stats regularly so you will know how much you have improved and what you need to do in order to improve more. You may need to use some tools to help you track your standing online on various social media sites. This could help you a lot.
4. Join design networks.
There are lots of websites for designers and various online networks or groups, too. Join these sites and networks so you can meet new people, gain more subscribers, be able to introduce yourself in your niche, learn new things from fellow designers, get fresh inspirations and extend your network online. The more you are active online, the more you can build up your online presence as a designer. This will make it easier for clients to find you.
5. Post useful information.
So that the audience will know that you are active online, always have new things to share and to posts in whatever social media network sites. Make sure this is interesting and useful for others. You can posts images, links, videos and others. If you do this, for sure there will be new people who will be interested to follow you or add you to their network.
6. Ask questions.
You may posts questions in your accounts where in your network can answer and comment on. It is a great way to engage and keep in touch with your contacts. You will also learn lots of things from their answers. Every time someone answers your query, you can boost your visibility online and promote the contents of your website. But as you ask questions, always respond to their answers and be grateful that they had time to answer it.
7. Place links.
In your posts, place links for your website or blog. If there are some items or articles that you found interesting and you would like to share, post the link towards it. You may also tag or mention people whom you would like to read it. They can even reshare it if they want. This will not only make them more interested to your posts but it can also help promote your site.
8. Build a good online image.
Do not post anything that contains items which are not pleasing for other people. Remember that you are trying to boost your online presence in order to promote your website and your name as a designer. So, do not waste it by posting some stuff that will not show a good image. Be professional. Do not post non-sense, malicious and offending images and pictures. Use the right language and words, too.
9. Use mobile tools.
There are mobile applications that will help you send and receive information from your social network sites. This will help you to stay updated even if you are away from your computer. You can even join conversations through your mobile phone or upload some pictures which can be a good source of inspiration not just for you but for other designers as well.
10. Back up your profile.
After you have built a strong social network identity, you may want to have a copy of your profile just in case something undesirable happens online. Every social network site has its own way of allowing you to have a copy of your profile. In Facebook, you can do that by going to “download your information” in the Account Settings. You can also use other tools like Tweettake, TweetBackUp for Twitter. This way, your information and contacts will surely be kept secured. You do not need to worry about losing it no matter what happens to your account.
Undoubtedly, you are currently spending time in different social networks and you might not have realized the value of it. But as you read through this article, you could start improving and boosting your identity online. This will surely help you to gain more clients and even expand your online design business. Do you have other tips to share on how to boost your social network standing? Why don’t you share it to us?