You want to use social media to market your business… But where and how should you start?
Should you spend your time on Twitter, Facebook or something else? And how do you begin to get followers and fans?
Starting from an email address, what you’d like to know is: Does my contact have a Facebook account? Do they have a Twitter account, LinkedIn account or any other social media site?
Of the major sites, only Facebook lets you search for a user specifically by email address.
Find a Person on Facebook by Email Address
You can search for someone of Facebook at www.facebook.com/search/php?q=<email>. For example, to find Robert Scoble on Facebook you’d enter http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find People on Twitter and LinkedIn
Neither LinkedIn nor Twitter allow you to search for someone by email address. They both though allow you to import your contacts from various other services and automatically invite them all to join. That’s not necessarily what you want to do though. And what about all the other services out there? Google+, Flickr, YouTube, FourSquare… this list goes on.
If only there was a way to easily discover where your existing clients and contacts hang out on social media…
Social Profile Discovery
When we created CubeSocial’s social profile discovery service we wanted to solve just this problem. CubeSocial lets you to upload a list of email addresses, and then simply sit back while it does the hard work of searching the internet for social profiles and creating a contact cards for all your contacts, just like this one.
What’s more, CubeSocial can locate social profiles on over 100 different services and then summarise where all your contacts are hanging out. This is the summary for our contacts:
When we decided to use social media to connect with our clients we wanted to make sure we were spending our time (and money) in the most effective way. Now we are letting everyone else do that too.