When it comes to branding and your social media presence, there are few rules of thumb which we can’t ignore. One of them is using the same username and avatar on your Social media profiles. In 2012, Social media presence for any online brand or a blog is very important and first step of Social media marketing is to claim your brand names. There are thousands of Web2.0 property out there and it’s pointless to recommend registering everywhere. But, there are few Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Youtube, WordPress.com and few more, without which your Social media presence is incomplete.
Now, when ever you are starting with a new Blog, a new brand or a long-term Social media campaign, we should not only look for domain name availability but also looks for availability of your brand name on Social media sites. Imagine, how would it sound like when Google’s official Twitter profile (Twitter.com/Google) is not owned by Google but owned by a spammer, who is tweeting spammy links or out of context tweet. This usually hurt a brand reputation and that’s why it’s highly recommended to claim your brand/username on popular Social media sites and properties.
Use Knowem to Check If username is available or taken:
One way to check if your desired username is taken or not by going to individual site and try signing up. You might be lucky enough to find “available” result on all sites or you can join the smart club and use this free site call knowem and check whether your desire brand name is good for branding or not. Knowem will check for username availibility in all popular Websites with one click. All you need to do is add your username and click on check button. See below screenshot for better understanding:
The best thing is, you can click on any icon and directly go to sign up page to claim your username. One feature which makes knowem stand out from other similar site is by letting you check username based on category. For example if you are a Blogger, you might like to sign up for Blogging related Web2.0 properties and Social network and with one click you can check for your username availability in Blogging category. Similarly there are various other categories like design, Corporate, Social bookmarking and many more.
You can pick the category which fits your niche and start creating your Social media profiles. By creating profiles you might end up earning some valuable backlinks via these Web properties profile. Now, if you are one of those who believe in outsourcing, you can use knowem professional service to create Social media profiles for your brand. This is very effective for corporate brand or for business brand where quality of work is more important than time and money.
They have various plans to choose from and if you have time issues, hiring someone to create professional Web 2.0 properties for you is not a bad idea. None the less, if time is not an issue for you, you can always create quick profiles for you in no time. Just keep a Bio ready, a photo and use any auto form filler extension to quickly fill out registration form.
It doesn’t matter what methods you select to create your profile but it’s always a good idea to have a common username and presence on all popular social media and networking sites. My tip here is, when ever you are creating a new blog for yourself, use Knowem service and check if your desired name is taken or available. At times, it’s better to change your brand name if social media profile is not available, as in long turn it may hurt your blog branding.
Do let me know if you are familiar with such similar online Websites which let us check for username availability on multiple Websites at one go?