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Hey and Hi and How’s everyone doing after the Thanksgiving holiday!

It’s been a long week compared to our ‘shorter’ one last week.  And, Now we are in December; the month of holidays, extra activities, and a general rushing around.  I’ve already had my two favorite activities coincide like a train wreck for a December party on the same night / time – ugh.

Ah, to the question of the hour – Is having a Facebook Fan page worthwhile for your business? Will it add value to your business and how can it help?  I’ve been reading lately quite a few news articles and blogs about this.  Many folks seem to feel that a Fan Page for a small business, or self employed company / individual is not of value.  Some of the facts I’ve heard are:

  • Fan pages are essentially for Rock, Country, Music Super stars
  • Fan pages traditionally have been created for big name labels like Red, Macy’s
  • A good deal of Fan pages now have less than 100 fans

Ok – I have to disagree.  I am a new Virtual Assistant;  just been on this journey for about 3 months now, but I just think these peeps are wrong.  Here’s my data –

  • Emarketer – July, 2009,  said “81% of executives feel Social Media sites enhance their brand and build lasting relationships”  51% of businesses are Not using Social Media, as they just don’t know howOk, but 49% Are using Social Media!
  • Companies like Ford, IBM, and others long ago hired Social Media experts to assist them
  • If your business has a Facebook Fan page, then when someone does a Google search, the Fan page information appears (oooh, aww, like magic 🙂

Personally, my friends, I think the most important reason is that from all that I can gather – Facebook has 300 million active users worldwide – Wow.  That is just too many folks to ignore.

What about those that have less than 100 fans – I say “So, that is 100 x all of their friends x all of their friends” .   If someone knows your business and trusts you, then before you know it they will recommend you.  This is Why you have a Facebook Fan page for your company, but ya know, it’s just my opinion

So do you or your company fall into the “I don’t know how to create or maintain Social Media accounts – or the I don’t have time” .  I have excellent news for you!  There are awesome folks out there that will help you with this.  We are called Virtual Assistants.  We can figure out all the special things that you need to know to create Facebook Fan Pages for your business.  We are here to help your business.  My company, TKM Virtual Services, provides an array of services to help you to focus on the actual product or service of your business.

What do you think? To me as a Virtual Assistant, that is the most important issue – What do You think about Facebook Fan Pages? ?  – – Anita —

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I am approaching  my 3 month anniversary now as a Virtual Assistant.  Wow!  I’ve learned such a great deal in such a short amount of time.  My journey has been exciting, rewarding, joyful, frustrating, and even at times, has reduced me to tears.  Those tears have been, for the most part, tears of joy.

I think that the most rewarding thing that has happened to me and that keeps happening to me – is that people reach out and help me.  These are people that don’t know me; have never met me; and I may never be able to give them anything in return.  But, as a Virtual Assistant, many  have helped me.  These folks just give you a bit of help that seems to make the hour you may have spent trying to figure it out worthwhile!  They make you smile for they give you hope that us humans have some great characteristics! 

Through Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  I have been blessed to have met many new friends, also.  These wonderful people have extended opportunities to me just because.  If you have not read the book, The Go-Giver, by Bob Burg and John David Mann, it is a must-read!  In this book, there is a concept of “stop keeping score’!  The terrific folks that I’ve met at Networking events and through  Social Media,  they certainly live up to that concept! 

I am happy to say that my journey as a Virtual Assistant is just beginning, but is showing promise and hope for the future. 

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you can’t see the whole staircase” Martin Luther King, Jr.  This quote is how I am feeling about the next three months of this journey

Tell me about Your Journey!  ` Anita 🙂

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At the end of September, 2009, I began my first profile and contact on Facebook.  After literally years of some of my closest friends, who I consider as ‘family’ encouraging me to do so, I finally Just did it!  I mean these folks are people that I greatly respect, but I continued to be ‘leary’ of Facebook.  I used excuses like ‘I don’t have time’‘I’m not sure I have enough knowledge on the computer’ and ‘Is it really safe’.  But, in the end, I began my journey on Facebook.

At first it was just a profile of me, with my favorite Eeyore on it, but soon, I realized the value of the tool that had been given to me.  I soon added my photo and updated all the information into my profile.  I am thrilled to report that almost immediately I began to connect with friends that I’d known for years, but not had time to have a regular relationship with and on Facebook, I had it again!  I also was able to reconnect my husband with a friend from his past that he had not seen in years.  I have made so many new friends, people who just want to help. 

Then, I realized the true value of Facebook as a way to help in my new business as a Virtual Assistant.  I have quickly learned to build Fan Pages, with lots of help from videos posted on YouTube, The Facebook page, and from really caring people who give you help,  just because.  Fan Pages are excellent sources of information for me and as well they are a way to market your business. 

The media networks seem to agree with me as places like YouTube, The New York Times and many others seem to print information daily on Facebook.  On a YouTube video I posted in a previous blog, A billion for a billion, there are so many raw facts to support Facebook as an asset,  such as ‘1 in 8 married couples last year in the U.S. met via social media sites’

The New York Times talks about Facebook, founded in 2004, has an estimated 200 million active users! Wow!  In this article from The New York Times about Facebook , they give some very impressive facts. 

If you search on YouTube for Facebook, you can find videos on everything from Fan Pages, Manners, a song, and even a movie about Facebook.  In Google, there are over 94,000 hits regarding information about this social media site. 

Just a few weeks ago, I even convinced my husband to create a profile.   As set in his ways as he is and concerned for the security of his children online, most especially his daughter, even he could see the value.

Therefore – This is the Question –  Why do so many of us resist this opportunity?  Why don’t we ‘Just do it’.  What is it that keeps us from having a Facebook profile or Fan Page for our Company?  Why don’t we continue to have even 15 minutes each day dedicated to connecting with others on Facebook?  Please  – Give me your thoughts and ideas ?!  – Anita

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Well, for me, it is amazing when I find my daughter coming to me with a request to watch a YouTube video because it is about World Hunger.  Together we watched it – A Billion for A Billion – It was really cool to see her have information to give me on the internet.  The totally amazing part  (To Me) was that this video contained all this information about our growing social networks, you know, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, & LinkedIn, just to name a few of them.

As a new Virtual Assistant,  (or Virtual Angel, as my fairy of a boss calls me), I have immersed myself into the world of social networking.  Now, I am watching this video where I think that Hannah and I are going to see hungry children, and we do, but,  in addition they supply us with information on the fast growing social network. 

In this wonderful donation request for the World Food Programme, they also inform us – In 60 seconds,

  •   83,273 Facebook friends will Log-in!  
  •    2,083 Tweets will go out on Twitter

  This is an amazing concept – that many people in the world – on together , but more than that – they are on Social Networks.  LinkedIn is becoming fast the first place that Employers check to find a new staff member.  Of course, let us not leave out the MySpace, Perfect Networkers, and the list goes on and on.

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Really – I’ve now had so many people ask me – So,  just what does a Virtual Assistant do ??

“Starting a home business sounds like a terrific idea, until you realize all that’s involved in getting it up and running. So getting some assistance really helps–especially if it doesn’t cost a lot of money.” – Washington Post

Yes, there is all that pesky paperwork that is involved in being a business owner, but being a Virtual Assistant (VA) is more than virtual paperwork.  As I have begun to learn,  from one whom I consider to be the very best at this VA stuff, Kim Wesley, of TKM Virtual Services, being a VA is so much More

Ok, so maybe I am making a huge leap here as I’m very new and in training ,  But,  if I may,  from all the many articles I’ve read, my own experience, my social media accounts, from books and from many VAs blogs, here is what I think a VA does. 

A VA helps clients to handle their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their emails.  A VA also can help to establish, maintain and give reports on your business clients; creating a database from business contacts and social networking events.  A good VA will then use these to continue your online presence for your company.  (more…)

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