Hello everyone and welcome back...as promised I will be continuing our discussion on sales and social networking with the part two to the discussion.
Starting off, let's first define the term "social network" by breaking it down into two separate words. Webster defines the term social as being: " marked by or passed in pleaseant companionship with one's friends or associates tending to form cooperations, interdependent relationships with others of one's kind" and a network as an interconnected or interrelated group, chain or system. Now that we know what a social network is will it work for your business? It will only work to a certain extent depending upon the type of busines you own. If your business is a service than social networks will work great for you because you can network with people that have an interest in your service that you offer. Push them to your website which (because it is a service business) probably will not a have a lot to download, this can cause you to loose a sale if you have slow or long downloads. Your website should basically have information about your services and your contact information (general rule: K.I.S. "keep it simple"). However, if you have products to sell then an e-Commerce network website would be the best choice. Why is that? An e-Commerce network is know for selling merchants / sellers (that is you the online small business owner / entreprenuer) products, with your products being setup to make immediate sales safely. You can sell to members and non-members of the e-Commerce network. Some social networks say that they have a marketplace but all that you can do is place a link for your company and a picture / image and hope that they go to your website. Then they have to navigate to your site and find that particular item. "Time is money", if it takes to long to find it the sale is lost. Most people from social networking sites will only visit, they won't buy because they are just about soicializing. If they do visit your site that may be there just to see what it is that you do so that they can sell their products and/or services to you.
The atmosphere on an e-Commerce networking website is unlike that of a social network, in that it is an marketplace (a marketplace: is a place where buyers and sellers meet to exchange money for goods and/or services). When non-sellers come to an e-Commerce network they come to buy, not to socialize (unlike on social networks), they same is true for sellers (small business owners / entreprenuers) they come on the site to sell not to socialize. Also e-Commerce networking sites are ready to handle an order in a speady and secure manner because they know that a sale can be lost in two seconds.
* The e-Commerce website isn't to replace your existing personal website if you already have one, but can be an additional arena to sell your products.
The sellers have a secure account on the e-Commerce network with companies such as: PayPal and Charge.com to properly handle the transaction and to keep your and your customers information confidential.
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