In: Social Media19 Jul 2012
If you’re not familiar with about.me yet I highly recommend that you check them out. The basic idea is to create an online place to send people to who want to find out more about you when you’re not sure where to send them. For example, many of you have a website and probably also a blog and a few social networking pages — like Facebook, Twitter, etc. — so when you’re talking to someone at a party or trying to figure out how to fit all those URLs on your business card or wishing you didn’t have to clutter your website with 20 different social icons, a simple about.me/yourname address offers the perfect solution. It’s dead simple to get set up on about.me. It will take you less than 10 minutes to get a basic page set up. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?
Here’s another use for an about.me page. Suppose you don’t have a website yet but you would like to let people know about your business. Maybe you don’t really even need a full blown website with it’s own URL and hosting fees, you just want a professional looking page with some photos and a few ways for someone to contact you, like an email address and phone number. An about.me page would work perfectly for that purpose and instead of a yourname.com address you’ll have an about.me/yourname URL.
Although about.me does provide some nice stock photos to choose from for a background they also make it easy to upload your own background image. If you’re using about.me as a personal page you’ll probably want to upload a cool photo of yourself but if you want to use it as a landing page for your business I recommend using a custom background to add your branding to the page. If you have a small coffee shop, a nice photo of some people enjoying themselves in your shop with your logo might be all you need, or maybe you have a small boutique and would want to display some of the items people can buy in your store, or if you have a big company you might want a background that is consistent with your website.
If this all sounds good to you but you can’t create your own custom about.me background it just happens that I have recently added that option to my other services at Social Identities, along with designing graphics for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and most popular social networks. If you’d like to discuss having a custom about.me background designed please email me at: hugh [at] socialidentities [dot] com or click here to use my Contact form.
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