Heard of Any Good Social Media Business Growth Stories?


I'm curious if anyone has any examples to share of local businesses that have grown using social media alone.

Good examples:

Some, sort of vague, examples:
  • I have worked with a women who built a small fashion label just using a Facebook page and a paypal account.
  • I have also met a consultant who kept himself busy from Linked-in 'friend of friend' type contacts.

Do you know of any similar examples?

I know there are people out there who have grown their business using myspace or yelp or kijjii or local city review site X. I would love to have some more concrete examples I can cite for some writing I am doing.

Ideally, I would like to hear stories where people turned a profit before they even had a website.

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asked Nov 4 '09 at 12:34
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You may like to look at Ashley Qualls ' story: She basically build her business on MySpace, IIRC.

If blogging also counts as "social media", there're some more examples in the following article: Top 30 Female Internet Entrepreneurs.

Hope this helps.

answered Nov 4 '09 at 22:18
Claus Schwarm
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  • Thanks, great story of building a website using social media. I was hoping for some examples where the business didn't even have a website until after they were profitable, however. – Adam 14 years ago


This interesting read answers your question on Mashable:
12 Inspiring Stories of Successful Social Networkers

answered Dec 1 '09 at 10:26
Keith De Long
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You might want to check out Gary Vaynerchuk (http://garyvaynerchuk.com/ ) from Wine Library TV. He has gotten a lot of press lately because of his book. If I recall correctly, he started out just doing the TV thing and via Social Media, took off. I think Wine Library was profitable before Gary came along and then it took off after the whole Wine Library TV.

answered Nov 30 '09 at 02:21
Jarie Bolander
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