The team at iASP Central were very pleased when we heard that one of our
longest serving clients had received an award on an international social
Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture
were recently awarded the Houzz Best of 2015 Service Award after being
rated at the highest level for client satisfaction by the Houzz Australia community.
Their award isn't a reflection of their presence on the Houzz website, it
is a reflection of their contribution to the Houzz community. The service
their staff provided to their customers left such an impression, that
members of the Houzz community felt it enough to share their experiences
with the rest of the Houzz community. And in such a small, but
like-minded community, the result was significantly louder.
For us, this is a perfect example of selecting social media platforms
that best suit your business goals and your social media goals.
Believe it or not, there are more social media platforms available than
just Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Yes, these platforms have the
largest number of users, and therefore the largest potential audience.
But the Facebook community, and the Twitter community (commonly referred
to as the Twitterverse), are so large that it becomes very difficult to
break through the clutter of competing posts to encourage interaction
that is more than just off-the-cuff likes, favourites and retweets.
Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture have a social presence on all of the major
social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram,
Pinterest, and Youtube. I would go so far as to say that of all the
platforms they use, they have found the most valuable interaction with
their followers on Houzz.
Houzz Australia is "a platform for home renovation and design, bringing
home owners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual
community." For a manufacturer and retailer of hand-crafted furniture,
joining a social media community such as Houzz Australia is a move to
target a specific audience, which is difficult or expensive to do on
larger platforms. In doing so, Eclipse Furniture have removed the
half-interested and not-at-all interested users they would otherwise get
on the larger social media platforms, which allows for more meaningful
connections to be made with people who share a common interest with the
It is similar to presenting your business at a small Trade Show specific
for wooden furniture, rather than presenting at a Home Expo. Although
smaller, the Trade Show will attract people looking for wooden furniture.
They know why they are there, and you know why they are there. While the
Home Expo, even though it will attract a significantly larger number of
people, it will also bring people that are there for other reasons, and
you spend your day trying to attract over people who simply aren't
Our advice, while it does require a bit of extra time, planning and work,
it can be well worth the effort of seeking out other on-line communities
that exist on the World Wide Web. Whether it be on forums, smaller social
media platforms, in chat rooms or on other parts of the Internet. You
never know what type of friends you can make.