Social media is an integral part of most people’s lives these days; even the die-hards that refuse to join Facebook will often have a LinkedIn account. Using your social media channels as learning or networking tools is a necessity for small business owners, but tracking down all the great profiles on each network is time consuming.
We’ve compiled this list of some of the top accounts relating to small and medium-size enterprises on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Get clicking, following and social networking.
SME Business Advice – @ICAEW_BAS
A UK-based advice service, offering lots of interesting and informative tweets about all things related to SMEs. You’ll find articles, infographics and business guides about topics ranging from finding the right funding for your business, to social media marketing tips.
Melinda Emerson – @SmallBizLady
Melinda Emerson has been named by Forbes as one of the most influential women for entrepreneurs, and she has 322K followers on Twitter, so you’d do well to listen to her small business advice. What’s more, she hosts a free weekly small biz chat with different themes and guests.
Martin Zwilling – @StartupPro
If there’s one thing Martin Zwilling offers a lot of, it’s advice for entrepreneurs. He’s been featured on Forbes, Inc., and The Huffington Post, among other publications, and his blog has lots of great information.
Small Business UK – @smallbusinessUK
This account is another small business advice service, and you’ll find great articles linked that relate specifically to growing a small business in the UK, whether it’s how to keep employees motivated during the holiday season, or simple tips to help save your business money.
Startup Grind – @StartupGrind
Boasting an international network, with seminars all over the world, Startup Grind is for every entrepreneur who’s committed to growing their business. Offering great advice about all the facets of entrepreneurship, 442K followers can’t be wrong.
LifeHacker – www.facebook.com/lifehacker
Honestly, every entrepreneur should spend some time with LifeHacker, because there’s more than likely a productivity hack you’ve never heard about somewhere on their site.
StartUp Britain – www.facebook.com/startupbritain
This is a great page that’s filled with articles from both UK publications and US sites, featuring regular profiles of British entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur Magazine – www.facebook.com/EntMagazine
The great thing about Entrepreneur Magazine’s Facebook page is that you get first notification when a new article goes up on their site – plus ticketing information about their latest ‘Entrepreneur 360’ conferences.
Gary Vaynerchuk – www.facebook.com/gary
Yes, we mention Gary Vaynerchuk’s Instagram profile as one to follow, so why his Facebook page as well? Because you can find some great Q&A videos there that you can’t anywhere else.
Executive Suite – www.linkedin.com/groups/1426/profile
A moderated group of more than 300K members that offers advice, networking connections with high level executives, and video master classes about leadership.
Band of Entrepreneurs – www.linkedin.com/groups/1789386/profile
This group is a non-profit specifically for entrepreneurs that is meant to offer support, mentoring, education and networking to its members in order to help them succeed.
Digital Marketing – www.linkedin.com/groups/62352/profile
This group is a great resource for, you guessed it, digital marketing advice for business owners, keeping members on top of the latest trends in the social media, mobile, email, and search engine marketing sectors.
Women’s Network of Entrepreneurs – www.linkedin.com/groups/50271/profile
A group created by women entrepreneurs for women entrepreneurs in order to support, network and promote their businesses.
Leadership Think Tank – www.linkedin.com/groups/39683/profile
More than 200k members in this group are committed to exploring the concepts of leadership and the new ways to define it. This is a great group for owners of medium-sized business, with more than just a few employees.
Gary Vaynerchuck – www.instagram.com/garyvee
There are so many inspirational quotes on Vaynerchuk’s Instagram account, combined with personal photos of him in action or en route to new speaking engagements. Follow and get inspired.
One Woman Shop – www.instagram.com/onewomanshop
This is a great account to follow if you’re a solopreneur and a woman. Lots of inspirational words here, with beautiful photos, and the account gets taken over by various women regularly, to show their behind the scenes work as entrepreneurs.
The Instagram Expert – www.instagram.com/theinstagramexpert
If you’re still struggling with how to make Instagram work for your business this lady is exactly who you need to be following.