One Stop Shop

How many social media platforms do you have?

More than a couple?

I would be embarrassed to admit the total I have opened, played around with and abandoned. If you do a Google search, you will get the idea.

Right now my focus is on:

  1. This blog
  2. LiveJournal
  3. Google+
  4. Twitter
  5. Tumblr
  6. Soundcloud
  7. Audioboo
  8. LinkedIn

However, the problem with all these platforms is it makes the ‘story’ had to decipher. Frankly, do you really want to explore so many sites to get to the bottom of the Summerhayes (or your) plot?

I recognise the proclivity of my efforts. Not everyone will be able or comfortable producing and sharing so much. But give it a few years, and even those people who have two or three platforms will have created and/or curated a sizeable wealth of material.

You might be tempted to try and house everything under the hood of your blog. That’s certainly what a few people do but you have to work hard to actually piece things together.

The one stop solution

You may have noticed me Tweeting about Rebelmouse and Vizify. If you haven’t checked them out then they are worth creating accounts for providing you have sufficient content to make the profiles interesting.

If you don’t get on with these you might also like to look at Flavors.me and About.me. I have pages for both but I much prefer Flavors.me for the fact you can see in one place exactly the content that goes with each widget/platform.

I am sure there are probably others out there which will do the same job of pulling in all your content, but I wouldn’t be tempted to invest too much time in any of them unless you are posting regular content, and are happy to let people check out the whole of you, and not just the professional part on, say, LinkedIn. In other words, you need to be comfortable in the whole of your social media skin (no editing now…).

One final point. Although this is focused on brand you, I have been saying for a while that companies and firms need to take a leaf out of Cisco‘s book and create a page for all their social media content. It’s not good enough to have to rush here, there and everywhere to get a handle on what’s going on. Make it easy for people to engage and share – isn’t that the essence of social?

[If you do create a new page using any of these one-stop shops, please do Tweet me (@Ju_Summerhayes) and let me know what you think.]

Working with me

I am available for speaking, consulting and coaching. Please feel free to email me at juliansummerhayes@gmail.com or contact me on 075888 15384.

You can follow me on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn,  Tumblr.

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