Online Poker and Social Networking – The Relationship

Social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace are revolutionary tools that have had a global and dramatic impact on many areas of life, including e-commerce and online gambling entertainment. These types of tools are not simply ways to keep in touch with friends and family, they are portals of access to reach millions of potential customers, players, partners and clients that normally businesses would not have access to. You would be hard pressed to find an industry which has not been touched by the mega Internet presence of social networking sites and tools, and online poker is no exception. As our lives become more and more mobile, we are seeing a transformation occur that places the needs and wants of our daily lives right at our fingertips, including our appetite for the excitement of poker.

As part of this social networking revolution, we are not surprised to see that Texas Hold ’em has hit the Facebook scene in a powerful way. We are not talking thousands of participants, we are talking millions. So, is this powerful impact a good one? The consensus among most experts in the field agree that its a very positive boost for the poker industry as a whole. It is being compared to the explosion of the game of poker in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker turned a $39 PokerStars satellite event into a $2.5 million WSOP Main Event win. The boom that Chris’ win brought to the poker industry was phenomenal. Instead of seeing poker as a game for the untouchables, people were able to relate to Chris and were able to picture themselves playing poker, and things just took off from there.

There are several experts who believe that the Facebook Texas Hold ’em application could be the same type of catalyst. Facebook Poker has 15 million players, which rivals the customer base at several huge online poker rooms who have sites dedicated to online poker. Being accessible through social networking, Facebook Poker is reaching a whole new audience, a completely different demographic of people who normally may not give poker a second thought. Zynga, the creator of Facebook Poker, cosponsored a promotion which allowed players to compete for spots at the WSOP 2009. Two lucky Facebook players won seats, and one of them made it to day 3 of the event. It is foreseeable, and quite likely that in the future, we will hear of up and coming pros who obtained their winning skill set from playing Facebook Poker with their pals.

When creating the application, Zynga’s goal was to enable Poker Night with your friends regardless of geographical constraints. Thanks to the social networking phenomenon, Facebook users from distant corners of the country, or even the world can enjoy playing poker with each other online! Not only has Facebook Poker introduced millions of new players to the world of poker, but has definitely provided a boost to the online poker industry as well. New players are realizing that online poker is one of the most convenient and thrilling venues by which to enjoy their favorite poker game. Along with Facebook Poker, there are many superb online poker rooms to choose from when players are looking for some hot poker action.

2010 Top 5 Social Networking Websites (How To Apply to Your Business)

If you’re using social networking websites to market your business, you always want to keep in mind where your market is going. Chances are, they are going to be involved in at least one of the following websites. I checked out the top 5 social websites recently, and wanted to share with you what I found.

Top 5 Social Networking Sites:

Number 5 – Ning
You may never have heard of Ning, but its slotted in as the 5th most trafficked social networking website. According to Wikipedia, Ning is a social networking site that appeals “to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data.” Ning is a good place for companies that have success on other social networking websites to register. They offer you the opportunity to build a complete custom network, which can really prod viral marketing. The biggest drawback I see right now is that it is a paid membership site. So, you do have to pay to create your own site centered on a particular idea or niche (which I believe we used to call “websites”). I’m curious to see how this takes off, and if they decide to offer a free option as well.

Number 4 – LinkedIn
Not surprising to be in the top 5. It’s still really the only social networking site dedicated to connecting business professionals together. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares now that sites like Facebook and Twitter are giving business owners a lot more resources to market themselves to a greater audience. Also, a lot of people are starting to complain about how stubborn LinkedIn is about listening to its users, and adding new features. Unless LinkedIn chooses to evolve soon, I believe they will be replaced for business to business needs.

Number 3 – Twitter
No surprises to be one of the top three. Twitter really has started to gain a lot of popularity recently. The developers did a good job of making sure that it was easy to connect Twitter to everything, and allow you to send out a blast of your content in the smallest way possible.

Internally, a lot of companies are starting to use Twitter accounts to keep each other updated through the day, avoiding setting up a paid service that does basically the same thing. This has helped said companies run more efficiently, and keep in touch using the internet.

Twitter is launching a lot of new features for local businesses, so will probably continue to grow for the business person’s need.

Number 2 – MySpace
I’m going to be honest here, I was shocked that MySpace is still getting the second most traffic in online social networking. Granted it’s not too much more than Twitter, but it still seems like no one goes on MySpace anymore. I did a little research and found out why this is (and the reason your business should stay off of MySpace). A lot of artists and bands still use MySpace music to release information and connect with their fan base. MySpace music is still a huge thing, and pretty much the only thing, MySpace offers that other social networking websites lag on. Once the bands start taking these pages down and moving elsewhere, MySpace is going to have trouble remaining as a website.

Number 1 – Facebook
No surprises here, since if Facebook was a country it would be the third largest country in the world (as far as active users go). Facebook seems like it is going to be around for a while, as it answers the needs that people became obsessed with in using MySpace, however, Facebook learned from MySpace’s mistakes. If you’re new to business social networking, Facebook is becoming a must have to market your business online. Facebook is answering the call of entrepreneurs and business owners, and is seeking to improve the way that a business can interact with its customers.

-Jerry Nihen

Using Social Networks to Boost Your Business and Products/Services Sales

They began as tools to communicate on a social level. One person relating with another. Sharing thoughts. Communicating actions, events, trends.

Over the years they’ve gained a boom and, because business deals and sales of products and services are basically a function of relationships – your contacts, your links, etc, the Social networks have become the next platform for advertising your products and services. (The more persons there are on any network, the greater the chances of conversion.) It’s all about opportunities.

Many obviously must have read that Facebook overtook Google in the number of persons that was on its network over a 30 day period. (That means great great opportunities for marketing your product). I suggest you open Facebook Page if you don’t have one.

Of course the concept of Marketing/Advertising is all about visibility and reach. Internet Marketing is no different. It’s all about visibility and reach. So, with several million persons on the social network, Facebook daily, a lot of opportunities for advertising of products and services definitely abound. Companies and businesses are equally setting up Facebook pages. Via it, they communicate happenings and events in the organisations to their clients, fans, etc. They are equally able to preview market perception of about to be released products.

So, how do you utilise the social network Facebook to boost your business and increase your products and services sale?

Our upcoming Empowerment Seminar is positioned to communicate the utilisation of this great tool for Internet Marketing as well as other great tools.

You probably have heard about Google Analytics that gives you details of hits and visits to your website, the pages visited, how much time was spent on a particular page and, the bounce rate. If you monetized your site, Google Analytics also records the income stream obtained. Now Facebook also has its analytics extended to serve you better.

To incorporate Facebook Analytics to your page and extend the reach of your products/services and your brand, you will need to utilise the new Facebook Like plugin. Placing the code for the plugin on your page links you back to Facebook and inevitably to its Analytics that will give you details of visits to your website or blog page. It also boosts your visibilty via search engines. Remember that the more visibility you have, the greater the chances of new opportunities.

You can also place the Facebook Post to Facebook link on your page. It gives visitors to your site the opportunity to post articles on your webpage to their Facebook pages and other locations.

To implement the Like plugin and the Post to Facebook plugin on your website, you must create an iframe and specify an “href” attribute to the iframe: something like

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://www.your-website-example.com/web-page.html"></iframe> . You will need to copy this code and place at the relevant points in your website page(s).

I hope you have an exciting Internet Marketing Experience.

Cheers!

Izuchukwu Ezeume