PROskore: Cool new tool for business professionals

November 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

It looks like Klout has some new competition. PROskore is the newest system on the web that measures your influence, not your social influence, but your professional influence. Although at first glance it may appear that Klout and PROskore are basically the same thing, they’re not. Klout measures your social influence, while PROskore measures your professional reputation.

According to PROskore CEO explains why it’s better than Klout by Shira Levine, PROskore CEO, Bill Jula, created the site to measure the profession reputation of its users by giving more weight to things like “LinkedIn activity, Facebook Fan Pages, etc., [and] ironically, a small part of [PROskore’s] scoring algorithm takes into account the Klout score itself.” The PROskore is not only calculated by your professional social networking sites, but from your PROskore page as well, including your “professional experience and recommendations [you] receive through the PROskore community,” as stated in the PROskore site. The three primary scoring mechanisms used are your outside social media influence on social networking sites (this is where you twitter and facebook fan pages come in to play), your activity on PROskore, and your professional resume.

PROskore was created to network and build relationships with other professionals. It’s designed to help professionals generate business, unlike Klout, which is designed to help advertisers generate business. PROskore is almost a combination of LinkedIn and Klout. The best part about it, it’s free. Although there is a paid version, you can probably get away with only using the free version with no problems.

PROskore targets itself toward businesses. So if you’re looking to use it for personal use it probably wont give you the information you need. If that’s the case, I would suggest sticking with LinkedIn and Klout. PROskore is designed for professionals (that already have businesses) to help them generate awareness about their business, and help them understand their professional reputation via social media.

This post can also be read on Marketing Conversations.

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Facebook: Taking Over Social Networking

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

We all remember Myspace.  It got big just as quickly as it faded away. If Myspace was just a fad, does that mean Facebook is too? I don’t think so. Facebook is here to stay, at least for a while.

Since its creation in February of 2004, Facebook has constantly expanded. Starting as a networking site for Harvard students, the site rapidly grew and is currently used by people all over the world. Now, marketers say, “it’s a Facebook world and other social networks just live in it.” Facebook is the most popular social networking site worldwide and continues to grow at a steady rate with more than 600 million active users as of January of 2011.

According to the world map of social media, Facebook has turned almost the entire world blue, with more people connecting everyday. Why is Facebook succeeding while so many other social networking sites have failed? Why MySpace’s Failure Solidifies Facebook’s Future tells us the five reasons why.

#1 Sharing – The point of Facebook is to share. The site provides its users a great platform to share everything from photos, to links and personal life updates.

#2 Simplicity – Facebook attracts users of all ages, using a platform that is easy to understand and navigate.

#3 Subtlety – Without users knowing it, facebook has become a leading site for advertisers. By using basic information like age, location and interests, facebook is able to target ads directly relatable to different audiences. Plus, the share button makes it easy for users to share their favorite ads with friends.

#4 Usefulness – Ever wonder what your old friends from high school or college are up to now? Facebook provides a great platform to find them and reconnect. You can even connect with family that lives across the world without the cost of international phone fees.

#5 Necessity – Facebook is doing everything it can to be the fad that won’t fade. With a recently introduced new email service, Facebook is constantly recreating itself to ensure that its users are getting a new experience all the time.

Despite the attempts of many Middle Eastern countries to ban the site, Facebook has prevailed as the social networking leader in 119 out of 134 countries. Although a drop in traffic has been reported in North America, most likely due to expanding popularity for Twitter and LinkedIn, the site is still growing rapidly all over the world.

What does it mean for one social networking site to rule the world? Does Facebook have too much power? Or does the convenience of one social networking site outweigh the competitive benefits of a more diverse internet? Think about it; never before have we been able to have such instant communication. With Facebook, we’re one click away from interacting with almost anyone in the world.

Read this on Marketing Conversations and Business 2 Community too!

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