Guest blog by Kristine Histand,Verizon’s online community manager.
Since the Verizon Small Business Center developed a Professional Networking site in early 2009, many businesses have created a profile to network and showcase their companies. We often poll our Professional Networking users, although any visitor to the Verizon Small Business Center can take one of these polls. These non-scientific polls offer us an opportunity to engage with site visitors; the poll results are interesting and may give you a glimpse into what other small and medium-sized businesses are doing, using or thinking about.
For example, over the last two weeks, there were two poll questions: “Who is your primary shipping company?” and “What is your favorite social networking site for your small business networking needs?”
About 38% of Verizon Small Business Center visitors use UPS as their primary shipping company, followed by USPS at 37%; FedEx at 22% and about 2% of those who took the poll used other methods for shipping. Verizon small business customers, here’s a money-saving tip: you can enjoy discounts of up to 21% on FedEx shipping when you register for FedEx service at the Verizon Discounts Program.
In terms of social media, there’s no surprise that 52% of Verizon Small Business Center users say Facebook is their favorite networking site for small business networking, followed by Professional Networking at 24%, LinkedIn at 14% and Twitter at 9%. Here’s a time saving tip: you can easily link and access your Facebook and Twitter accounts when you sign into your Verizon Small Business Center Professional Networking account. And while you are online engaging with your customers, take a minute to fan us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/verizonsmallbiz) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/vzsmallbiz) where you can interact with us, ask us questions and receive relevant and thoughtful information to use in your l business.
If you haven’t created profile for your business on our Professional Networking site register today and start networking with other small business owners just like you.
And, if you have a minute, take this week’s poll in the Verizon Small Business Center and we’ll feature the results in an upcoming blog post.
If you have a poll question you’d like answered, post it below in the comments section.
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