Originally Posted by Ben Moore
Has anyone successfully bought FB/Twitter likes and followers and actually got real results, I mean not being followed by bots on twitter, turning them into sales or banned from twitter for following too many accounts....
You can advertise on Facebook and get likes that way - and I highly recommend that you do - because you'll get more interaction on your posts. But if you think that 1000's of followers will turn into sales, well you're going to be waiting.
You see - people just can't get their mind out of advertising. We're so schooled on 1980s brand building, advertising, show-them-they-will buy and the internet couldn't be more opposite. You can liken Facebook/twitter to a channel but you're just deceiving yourself in part because they are only partially like a channel.
It depends on your audience, your product and who you're getting through to. You might have the right message, product, price and end up getting through to the wrong person. It's doubtful you have the right message or you wouldn't be here.
For our SEO strategy business, LinkedIn and twitter are by and large the single best place to create business links. Without a doubt. We don't really need to market much, it's more about fun and keeping ourselves challenged to stay at the top of our game but for the amount of referrals we get, as we grow, it will be the single biggest focus. Facebook is the worst, along with SU and Pinterest.
However, if you take our AuldSodGifts business (which I'm not trying to plug but you can find the fb page easily) - the facebook page is growing at about 100 a week and is just shy of 4,600 as I write this. However, twitter is a terrible experience for it, because its the hardest channel. but SEO is great for it.
For Limerick Local Heroes - which has now become a very big and very real entity in Limerick with 2 volunteer students and a full time employee in our shiny new hub, the whole thing was built via twitter and Facebook.
It's quite a recipe to get right: the right message, the right brand (overall) and the right people.