Social media is no longer just a way to kill time. These platforms can help you find a job, market your products and connect with valuable contacts. They can even spark business ideas.
Instead of aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook timeline and Twitter feed, here are eight clever ways to use social media to find new business ideas.
1. Search questions in subreddits.
If you’re on the prowl for a new tech product or service idea, head over to news and entertainment social media site Reddit and start surfing the subreddits (subject areas). In particular, people looking for new business ideas should review subreddits and use the Ask Me Anything feature, where users can ask experts and celebrities questions that may uncover potential ideas for small or midsize businesses.
2. Look at the comments on Pinterest.
If your talents lie in identifying or creating the next great must-have product, get a Pinterest account. The image-based social media site provides a constant stream of new images to get you thinking creatively about new business ideas.
“Of all the social media sites, Pinterest is one of the best to see the next hot product trend,” said Gail Oliver, a small business consultant and blogger at Attention Getting Marketing. Oliver said she’s seen many wedding, home decor and fashion trends take off because of Pinterest.
Pinterest users can monitor comments without alerting other users and get a sitewide look at what people think of each pin. Oliver said the often-overlooked comments section provides more inspiration for new ideas than some other social media sites.
“Comments are also visible to everyone, so you can see what people are saying,” Oliver said.
Pinterest recently started to support hashtags on pins, which is a win for both business owners and individuals looking to start a business. You can now plug in a relevant hashtag in the search bar to quickly find relevant pins. You might be able to find popular niche pins that could spark an idea.
3. Uncover under-the-radar social media networks and apps.
For another largely untapped social media source of idea-rich content, use your smartphone to cruise through one of the lesser-known mobile social networks or visit a social shopping network. If apps aren’t your thing, try a visit to a couple of niche social sites for inspiration.
“I think social sharing sites such as Wanelo [an online world shopping community] and Loverly [dedicated to shopping for weddings] are better for identifying business opportunities,” Oliver said, because they gauge people’s interest and approval with the whole “like” system, instead of just measuring the reaction of your followers.
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