The world of social media is constantly evolving, and during the first few months of 2012, a rush of new apps, tools and sites have been flooding onto the scene. Many of these new tools are designed to expand the reach of small businesses while helping enthusiasts and consumers stay connected to like-minded communities. Try a few of these on for size, or at least investigate these sites and find out what these new forms of monetization and community management can do for you.
1. Fab.com and Styleowner.com
Both of these sites are versions of the successful model behind Pinterest. Styleowner is being praised for the rewards it offers to active members who discover popular content, curate their images and links well, and provide insightful recommendations. Fab.com is known for the niche that it’s carved out within the design community. Called “Pinterest for designers”, Fab.com is taking off quickly and becoming an indispensable resource for those in the business.
This site is still in its beta stages and hasn’t yet been made available to the public, but the buzz surrounding it is hot indeed. The site is expected to help users discover suitable content for their specific online communities.
Skiminks places code into a website template and then skims the content looking for product mentions that can be turned into links. The tool also looks for appropriate places to add affiliate links and inserts them automatically. This can be great for your site and also for your affiliates and partners.
4. Tabjuice.com and Locafollow.com
Tabjuice is a long-awaited tool that can help users sell products directly through Facebook. This can help you monetize your social media like never before. Locafollow is a new tool that can allow you to identify twitter users with relevant interests by searching their bios and the cities they live in for keywords. This can help you find and reach out to influencers, a win for you and also for them.
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