Are all social networks niche?
This blog post the future of niche social networking inspired me to think about niche social networks.
I think brands want Niche Social Networks, because when you break down that complicated sounding phrase, you could just call it a room with your best customers.
And that room wouldn’t be very big for most brands. It would be for coke. It won’t be for Johnny’s Pizza.
Johnny’s Pizza wants to invite their best customers into a room.
So do all brands.
So forget numbers. Unless the numbers are 80-20 — that old stand by about how 80% of business comes from 20% of the customers. Instead of massive numbers like 450 million, think about how many people make up the 20% of customers.
And invite them in. A Facebook page will not market to all 450 million people. It will market to the people in your niche. So will a Ning social network, the macdaddy of the niche social networks. So will a LinkedIn group.
That said, your website can be the social place for your network. And if it happens, you’ll not only ‘own’ the data, you’ll be able to market more effectively to your fans.
Think niche. Or better yet, think about your best customers, and focus on that niche.
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