Home stagers, by now you’ve hopefully purchased a domain name for your home staging business but you shouldn’t stop there as far as claiming your company name on the Internet goes.
You should also go to the popular social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and ActiveRain and set up accounts/profiles in your business name. Even if you’re not going to use those accounts right now, you should still claim your name now while it’s still available for when the time comes that you are ready to start.
Staging Diva Graduate, Susan Holland was wise to secure her Twitter identity early. Even though she wasn’t ready to be an active Twitter user, she protected her little piece of Internet “real estate” so no one else could grab it first.
Here’s how I know this. Someone wrote to me from Australia after trying to secure the Twitter name Fresh Insight for his own business of the same name. He saw that the owner of the Fresh Insight Twitter account wasn’t using it actively and was only following me. Since that was his only clue to the identity of the Twitter user, he contacted me asking if I knew the owner and could encourage them to give up the name.
Of course, I would do no such thing, but had Susan waited until she was ready to start using Twitter to grab her name, this other gentleman would have already been using her company name it and she’d have had to come up with something different.
That’s the thing about the Internet, your not only competing for names with everyone else in your location but also worldwide!
Take a few minutes now to set up your accounts while this is fresh in your mind. It doesn’t cost anything, but you’ll be glad you took the time to do it. And while you’re there, I’d love it if you connect with me at these locations in social media:
Here’s another piece of related news, all members of the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers will be able to include social media icons in their Profile Listings with links to their profiles in social media. This is being phased in over the next 4 to 6 weeks. So if you’re already a member, keep your eye out for an email asking you to submit your linking information! This is a FREE benefit for anyone who has committed to the Directory for a year and will be available for purchase to Directory members on the quarterly billing plan.
Have you set up your accounts on social media sites yet? If so, how about posting your links in the comment box so fellow home stagers can find you and share the “link love”!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Intrepid entrepreneur, Debra Gould, developed the Staging Diva Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses. There are currently over 4,000 Staging Diva students across the United States, Canada, Australia and 18 other countries around the world. She is the author of 5 guides including the ever popular Home Stager’s Guide to Twitter: Building your home staging business one “tweet” at a time.