If you are a small business and are not using social media yet to grow your business, then today is a great day to get started. Even if you are still wading through the learning curve the most important first step you can do today is to secure your online social media brand or username. You can always figure out later how to leverage social media for your small business growth. What you cannot wait to do is securing your username for social networking websites that you do plan to use to grow your small business. If you snooze you will lose – at least on your first choice for usernames.
A username (also known as a vanity url) is the unique name associated to each social media profile account that you setup.
For instance, some of my top social media profile usernames are …
If you are just now jumping on board the whole social media train then it is very important for you to establish your online presence by securing your username.
A great website to visit to see if the username you want to secure for various social media platforms are available is www.checkusernames.com. Check Usernames allows you to check the availability of your brand or username on 160 popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites. They also have a Premium Service, which registers your brand or username on up to 300 popular social media sites. This is a great way to get up and going fast and to verify if the username you wanting to represent your online presence is available.
The two social networking usernames that I strongly encourage you to secure right away are Twitter and Facebook Business Page.
Sign up for a Twitter account by visiting www.twitter.com
For Facebook, once you have created a personal account you are now eligible to create a username for your personal profile and your business page. To create a username click or type the following URL into your browser http://www.facebook.com/username/