If you are looking to promote and market your home business then using social networking sites is the easiest way to reach out to people. However many people find that they do not have the time to keep updating their status and replying to comments. These days there are a number of ways to get the most out of your time and marketing and still be able to use social networking sites to their full potential.

1. Managing Your Time

What makes social networking sites so unique and worthwhile is that you can interact with people from all over the country and spread the word about your home business marketing. However they can take up a lot of your time as you need to make sure that you reply to questions and comments as well as build up relationships. It may be worth bearing in mind that you do not need to reply to absolutely every comment people make, try to limit it to just questions and specific information rather then just general conversation.

If you do find that you are struggling then it may be worth setting aside a set number of hours a day to make sure that you keep on top of it. Try not to let yourself get distracted with other things and keep it purely business to make the most of your time.

2. Tips To Save You Time

If you choose to use a number of different social networking sites for your marketing then there are a few ways in which you can make life simpler for yourself. For example if you use Twitter then you can download Tweetdeck and on Facebook you can use Networkedblog which will allow you to link your blog to your Facebook.

If you regularly update your status then a tool known as an automated set up could be very useful in saving you time. This allows you to connect the social networking sites that you use together. Therefore if you use both Twitter and Facebook you only need to update your status on one site and the rest will then automatically update too.

When using social networking sites try to remember that they are really aimed as a way to keep in contact with friends and family, not necessarily for making a hard sales pitch regarding your home business. Keep this in mind as you could risk alienating people and ultimately losing your credibility if you push too hard.

Author's Bio: 

Chris Jenkinson is a UK based internet marketing consultant providing an outsourced marketing service to business owners and company directors.