Top 5 Facebook Marketing Mistakes By Startups

1. One Way Broadcasting

The very common mistakes done by startups that they just promote their ideas without getting engaged with fans. Broadcasting will not solve the purpose and eventually fans will fall down. Fans should feel like a community on the page. The content strategy should include relevant content + engagements.

How to avoid it

I. The roster of posts should include some content which let people interact i.e. quizzes, comment here posts or some facts.

II. Engage with the fans showing acting on the page, like their pages, posts too

III. Avoid continuous feeds of boring content

2. No Facebook Strategy

Long term plan is always needed to get benefitted from Social Media. Strategy should include smart goals what to achieve in particular time frame, post plans, engagement objectives and recording of important metrics. The Facebook insights can be always helpful planning things well.

Essentials ingredient of Facebook Strategy:

No Facebook Strategy

3. Buying Too Many Facebook Likes

Buying likes is a death sentence for a Facebook page. Purchased like profiles are generally fake or show least activity. So, it is better to focus on generating organic fans.

4. Incomplete Page Information or Using Personal Profile for Promotion

Engaged user always looks for complete page information, so always fill the complete page information. Check Zoutons.com’s Facebook page for example.

How to Set Up a Facebook Page

Set Up Facebook Page

5. Inconsistent Content Management

Not devoting proper time on the Facebook Page is not going to help, the strategy of putting one story a week is not enough. Check what is called inconsistent content management.

Facebook Marketing Mistakes - Inconsistent Content Management

6 Tips For Funding Freelance Startups

funding freelance startupWhen you have an idea for a company and have done all the necessary research to make an informed decision and reasonable assumption that your idea is viable, the next step is to implement a plan to develop, startup and grow your Business. This means you must have the capital. There are several different ways in which an aspiring entrepreneur can get the necessary funding to build or grow their business venture. Listed below are some of the methods and resources that can be utilized to acquire startup funding.

1. Bootstrapping

This term refers to financing your startup with you own cash on hand. Your startup funding may be acquired from money you have saved, or it could be from profits earned from previous startups. Bootstrapping has the advantage of not having to pay back any loans and interest, but it can also cost you significant savings if you don’t keep careful track of spending or your startup fails.

2. Investors

Entrepreneur’s best chances of finding investors in the business idea is to network. Use social networking sites, attend networking functions and events, talk to people you know who might know others. The advantage to having investors is that you can negotiate contract terms. The downside is that investors often feel that they have a say in how your business is going to be run. After all, they now have a high stake in the success of your business, and if they feel that you are handling things efficiently, they might want to pull out.

3. Family and Friends

Entrepreneurs often receive startup funding from family and friends. While this also eliminates the problem of having to immediately begin paying back the loan or building up interest, it can also cause potential problems down the road. Even though you have a different relationship with friends and family than you would a bank, you should still treat the loan in a professional manner and not expect to get away with paying them back at a later date than was previously expected. Borrowing money from friends and family has the potential to ruin the relationship.

4. Debt Financing

Banks and financial institutions are being more picky about who they give startup funding capital to these days. Your best chances for receiving a loan is to do your due diligence, and put together a well-written, well-researched report and business plan. The more you can show a bank about the future viability and potential success of your business idea, the more inclined they will be to grant you a loan.

5. Grants

Depending on the nature of your business venture, you may eligible for consideration for a grant. There is a lot of competition amongst entrepreneurs and startups to be awarded a grant, and most states have their own grants. You can also attempt to secure a grant through the Small Business Administrations Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. It is possible to receive a large sum of startup funds through a grant, but the negative aspect is that you are often only allowed to use the money according to strict guidelines.

6. Other Financing

There are several types of financing options available that will provide you with startup funding. Each type has their pros and cons, and you must decide if any one particular financing option is worth it for you or if you would be better off seeking capital elsewhere.

Series a financing is one type of option, in which venture capitalists often provide entrepreneurs with large sums of money that will help the individual further expand and grow a small business that is already showing strong signs of success. Equity financing is another type of financing that typically involves receiving funding from private investors who receive a percentage of the company in return.

When considering financing options, it is strongly suggested that you first consult with a legal expert that has sufficient experience in these matters.

HOW TO: Turn Your Christmas Gifts Into Charity Giving

SwipeGoodThis Christmas, you can make a difference by converting your Christmas Gifts into Charity Giving. You don’t need to worry, it doesn’t mean you are going to avoid Christmas Gifts. All you need to do is #1 – Sign up your card on SwipeGood, #2 –Round up your purchases and finally #3 – Donate the change to charity. Simple. 🙂

SwipeGood rounds up all of your credit card purchases to the nearest dollar and allows you to donate the difference to the charity of your choice.

Their aim is to make giving to charity as easy and as impactful as possible. It takes the below three steps.

How SwipeGood Works

Get Your Charity on SwipeGood [For Free!]

SwipeGood regularly connects charities and supporters, facilitates the process of giving and creates awareness for meaningful causes. This is absolutely free for charities and only a small transaction fee will be charged to the donors.

SwipeGood also enables charities to create a dedicated page and expose it to a broader audience. Moreover, they will also featured them on their homepage and other media.

Get Your Charity on SwipeGood [Link Here]

Also Check :

  • Your Blog Can Help Feed 50 Children — Akshaya Patra
  • Holiday Tweet Drive 2010 — Donate Toys and Food To Disadvantaged Kids [TWEETUP]

Banckle: Online Business Collaboration & Social Apps

Banckle LogoBanckle is a collaboration development company dedicated to delivering cloud-computing solutions to enterprises on a global scale. Banckle is an excellent suite of powerful collaboration tools which includes file sharing, web conferencing, live and group chat, email server, remote access, site search, and enterprise-level instant messaging.

You can access all these tools online via an intuitive dashboard interface, you just to logon, point-and-click, and you are ready to go. Did I say this, Banckle is free for one year.

Banckle Collaboration Suite Applications

  • #1 – Banckle Chat : It is a next-generation web-based application that brings a social and collaborative touch to your live customer support. You can optimize your business strategy and effectively remain only a click away from your prospective customers and potential sales.
  • #2 – Banckle Email : It is based on a flexible and reliable architecture that delivers high performance and maximal industry compliance while efficiently scaling to grow with the needs of your business.
  • #4 – Banckle Meeting : A light, platform-independent and feature-rich web conferencing solution that allows you to host online meetings, eLearning sessions and webinars, as well as participate in these activities, easily and effectively!

Banckle

Features Of Banckle Suite :

  • Simple web-based business collaboration & communication tools.
  • Intuitive dashboard interface for accessing all the apps in one place.
  • Secure SSL transmission.
  • Two way video chat and group collaboration.
  • High-performance multi-protocol server.
  • Auto archiving and fast retrieving.
  • Centralized administrative control.
  • No installations required, works on every platform.
  • Compatible with XMPP IM clients.

Overall Banckle is an essential collaboration suite for your business needs. The best part is, you can try this suite for one year freely. You can see how it fits your company or organisation. You can find more reviews about Startups in the Startups section.

Facebook Co-Founder Launches Another Social Network For Social Good [Jumo]

Jumo logoChris R. Hughes (Founder of Jumo) is a United States entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site, Facebook, with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin.

Today the Facebook Co-founder Chris Hughes has launched his much-buzzed-about social network — Jumo. This special venture can be described as “Social Network for Social Good”.

Jumo is a social network connecting individuals and organizations who want to change the world. Leveraging connection technologies, Jumo enables people to find, follow and support those working toward solutions on the ground in their community and in regions across the globe.

Jumo Beta

Chris Hughes left Facebook in 2007 for becoming Obama campaign’s director of online organizing. He soft-launched Jumo, a non-profit organization that “aims to help people find ways to help the world, last March.


What Is The Intention Of This Social Network?

Founded in February 2010, Jumo set out to address three key challenges:

  • There are millions of people working to improve the lives of others, many of whom lack the resources to have greatest impact.
  • There are millions more who want to help, but don’t know how.
  • Despite huge advancements in connection technologies, it’s hard to find meaningful opportunities to get involved.
    We believe we can do better.

    What You Can Do Using Jumo

  • Find the issues and organization you care about
  • Follow the latest news and updates
  • Support their work with your time, money and skills.
  • Together we can speed the pace of global change.

What is your opinion about this social network? Will this one click like ‘Facebook’? Do share your opinions as comments below.

10+ Websites to Feature Your Startup Online

A startup company or startup is a company with a limited operating history. These companies, generally newly created, are in a phase of development and research for markets (via Wikipedia).

Below I mentioned some sites where you can feature your startups and develop your businesses. Of course, you should have a unique and good startup! 🙂

Feature Startups#1 – Mashable : Have you got a project cooking that you think is a certifiable winner? Then Mashable is the best site for featuring your startup. Basically, apps, websites, tools, software and programs that fit within one of their channels: social media, tech, entertainment, web video, mobile, etc.

#2 – Techcrunch : Though TechCrunch officially has no submission form, they indeed help you to feature your startups. Keep an eye on TechCrunch50 conference.

#3 – CrunchBase : CrunchBase — The Free Tech Company Database is powered by Techcrunch (#2). Here almost 14K companies listed in this database.

#4 – KillerStartups : KillerStartups.com is a user driven internet startups community. Entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers are staying informed on up-and-coming internet startups using our blog platform, where internet entrepreneurs submit their startup to see what others think about it.

#5 – YouNoodle : YouNoodle develops innovative ways to bring together the information, people and technology that help startups succeed. They provide a platform for so far 50 of the world’s top university entrepreneurship clubs and competitions, serving tens of thousands of members and thousands of startups. Our tools help to effectively manage business competitions, events, mailing lists and community development.

#6 – Vator.tv : Vator.tv has more than 35,000 members and high-tech companies, using the service to effectively communicate with their partners, investors, media and customers. VatorNews is Vator’s video business network on entrepreneurship and innovation with 250-plus contributors.

#7 – Pluggd.in : pluGGd.in (Pi) is the place to see what’s going on deep inside the rice fields & animal sheds these days. They showcase the upcoming technology & business startups from Asia (India, China, Bangladesh, Singapore and more) who have the potential to become Google(s) & Twitter(s) of tomorrow.

#8 – SutraJobs : It is essentially a job site catering to the digital startup niche, so can be a good place to get the team that I said before in order. On SutraJobs.com, they feature opportunities from startups and emerging companies in the field of technology, internet, gaming, mobile and other new age media. Their objective is to bring together people and companies who have a common affinity for entrepreneurship.

#9 – Business Hackers : The review must be written in good English, must be unique (we reject any kind of copies) and can’t be shorter than 300 words. They do not accept reviews that have been published on other sites. If you send them a copy of a text such as the “About” section of your website, the review will be rejected automatically.

#10 – TechBlissOnline : Details of any technology product or web startup can be submitted here. It would be great if you could offer a freeware version of your product.It would be even greater if you could offer a few free licences to our readers. The products could be any desktop or web based application like photo editors, video editors, products for Windows, Mac or linux. They could even be wordpress plugins or themes or windows desktop themes or screensavers or utilities and more.

#11 – Startups : Getting featured on Startups.in has been made easier. From now on, anyone interested in getting their article(s) posted on Startups.in, do not have to go through the ordeal of sending them an email requesting to be featured on this website and then wait for an unreasonably long time until it actually gets published.

#12 – HotFrog : Their sites provide a comprehensive online source of information about companies and their products and services, which generate leads for their businesses. HotFrog is indexed by Google and other search engines, meaning that customers can find your HotFrog listing when they use Google, Yahoo! or other search engines. (Shared By Narendran via Comment)

#13 – MakeUseOf : MakeUseOf is a booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive. The aim of MakeUseOf is to guide you through the web and tell you about hot websites that you have never heard of, best software programs, and all kinds of “how to” tips for Windows, Mac and Linux computer users.

#14 – the StartUp Blog : This is a awesome blog about startups and entrepreneurs. This is a place for entrepreneurs and wannabe entrepreneurs. If you got an interesting startup and successful story then you could be a lucky one to get featured on this blog.

YES, HellBound Bloggers (HBB) is also ready to feature your startups here if it is an unique and good one which helps fellow people.

Do you any other sites where we can feature startups? Are you willing feature one? Please share it in the comments.