How to use social media to promote your campaigns

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Besides the content marketing, social media is one of the most common marketing tool for most businesses may it be large or small. The reasons are clear, 93% of marketers use social media for business, 70% of brands have presence on social media, 70% of marketers used facebook successfully get new leads, 34% have used Twitter to successfully generate leads, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are the 3 most popular social media sites. So do Social media increase your ROI the answer is YES.

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Think Mobile when running a promotion

According to recent data 78% of users browse social media on mobile; therefore it is so essential to pay attention to mobile compatibility. By default Facebook can’t display apps on mobile, however there are some developers or app which can help you with that like for example Anvato, where they can share mobile compatible link of your promotion. Your promotion will look more appealing and professional to your visitors after they click the mobile compatible link.

Initial traffic – Use your newsletter

In order for your promotion to go viral, it needs initial traffic. You can send out promotions on your newsletter email to your subscribers, this will also ensure the viral boost       of your campaign. Make sure that your newsletter about your promotion can easily be seen or viewed from a tablet or mobile device as well.

Optimize your social media sites

You can use your social media sites, by optimizing your Facebook and Twitter cover photo announcing that you have a new campaign. If your photo resembles that of your promotion’s header then it will highlight more of your promotion to your followers. Post the mobile compatible link to your newsfeed with engaging copy and promote it within facebook for a larger reach.

Edit your posts so it looks more attractive and encourage interaction use words that will catch your visitors attention like “ Click here if you want to WIN……”you are also allowed to tag other Company if the prize are from another company. This way your post will also appear on their page.

Update about your promotion

Keep your visitors up to date with your promotions on social media, you can update things like how many left before the promo ends, how many people have subscribed till that point, the top X entries etc.

Guide to social media branding for small business

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Social media is no longer what it was a year ago; Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were the top of our minds when we say social media. Then came Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and many other to keep your business socialize.

Strategic guide-social-media Social media marketing for Small business

With more social media to cater to different target clients and posting different things, you have to choose your social media carefully. On this blog you will find how to choose the right social media platform for your small business Which social media platform fits your business.

How to make these top social media work for your business

Facebook

Facts:

Facebook was founded in year 2004, today there are more than 802 million users daily, and approximately 82% of daily active users are outside Canada and US.

Small and large businesses are fighting their place on Facebook to get the target clients they need, with all the features’ that Facebook presents to businesses it is essential that you should also explore the opportunities you have on this social site.

Create a fan page that will serve as your customer service, where you can interact and answer inquiries from your clients. The best part of advertising on Facebook is that you can choose your budget rate to gain the visibility you need.

Facebook is ideally for B2C companies, Businesses offering deals, non profit sharing, photo sharing of your products and services.

 

Twitter

Facts: Founded in 2007 with approximately 255 million active users and 500 million tweets per day. 77% active users are from Outside US.

Twitter and Facebook is great rival, but with their collaboration feature of post sharing twitter is one of the most in demand social media site to have for businesses. Twitter is a great place where you can share events, short messages about your business, interact with relevant businesses and share your contents to drive traffic to your website or blog.

Ideally for : Sharing content, events, webinars, products and links. Suited for any type of businesses.

LinkedIn

Facts: Founded in 2003 with 300 million users over 200 countries territories and 67% of Linkedin users are located out United States. 300 million users are students or newly college graduates, Linkedin is the fastest growing network demographically.

LinkedIn are best for B2B businesses, employee recruitment and seeking for professionals.

LinkedIn is a site where you Business can add their skills, and complete description of themselves as a business owner and their network can add recommendation which is a great way to prove to your potential client you are reliable and trust worthy.

You can also grow your network through LinkedIn by joining communities or add contents.

Pinterest

Facts: Founded in 2003, today there are 70 million users and 80% of them are women.

Pinterest is ideally for businesses which h target clients are female, this network requires as well a woman to handle as men does not have the right patience to go over and over and start building boards and followers where most of the shared items are images of either products, ideas of DIY, recipes, fashion tips, make up tips and more.

Ideally for business to consumer reaching females from 25 above, Pinterest is highly visual on topics such as mentioned above.

Google +

Google + is founded in 2011,today Google+ is one of the most active social media on the internet where there are more than 540 million users most of them have a business or part of a business related community. Google+ is essential for your small business where you can collaborate your blog, website and Google profile.

Content marketing works well with Google+ as well, posting your content on Google+ will more likely increase your website traffic than other social media sites.

 

Construct your social media strategy based on your audience and the social media sites, here on this blog; How to build relationship with your customers. You will learn on how you can build relationship with your clients and new potential clients using social media.

 

 

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: (410) 344-7874
Fax: (202) 318-0689
rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

Track your social media marketing

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We all love social media, its features and options to let us promote our brand and business in a fun and exciting way. The real challenge is to measure your success on Social media and how you can improve your social media marketing campaign. As much as you are having fun connecting with different people and trying to gain their trust to choose your products and services over your competitor, you still need to focus on your sole goal for your marketing campaign. One way to measure success on social media is metrics and ROI. Here are some few other things on how you can measure your success on your social media marketing campaign.

Social media is more than just strategy

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Social media marketing is more than just a marketing strategy to promote your business and brand; it is more of interactions, engagement and information sharing. Do not forget this is the main goal of social media marketing; a good marketing will create integrated tools to support your overall business goals.

In order to have a successful and effective plan for your social media marketing, there should be more than just one person to handle your social media campaign.

How to track your success on social media

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Some people call it metrics and others may call it measuring marketing efforts, whatever you call it, it is an important part of any type of marketing campaign. How do you start measuring your social media marketing?

  1. Goals – first of all you must understand your goal when running social media marketing, and how are these social media channels helping you grow your business.
  2. Increase visibility – Are you using your social media to gain more exposure? You can measure your exposure through mentions, hangouts discussion, tags etc. You want to make sure that you get positive feedbacks and impressions.
  3. Increase sales – Measure your sales through your social media marketing campaign.

Tools to track your social media marketing success

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There is lots of software to use when tracking your social media; most of these tools are expensive. If you want to track your success on social media manually here is the guide:

  1. Have a Google Ananlytics, log in to your google analytics every month and view your page views, Social vs. organic, your top content of the month, your top pages of the month, which social media channel has brought you most traffic for the month.
  2. Social site number – track down your social media sites, which of the social media has grown or lost fans, which posts or campaign has gain more attention than the other. Write down all these things so you later on can manage and rearrange your plan.
  3. Blog – track blog subscribers and email newsletter sign ups, this number are important and because this is where people are interested in have a deeper connection with you. This number is your big chance of converting into sales.

Conclusion

Social media is a powerful tool to use to attracting people into your business and improving your relationship with your current customers. The secret of social media is ENGAGEMENT, social media is not just another advertising board, If you approach social media this way success will rarely be yours.

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

 

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Office: (410) 344-7874

Fax: (202) 318-0689

rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

Social media marketing – Prioritize it

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Most small business excuse is not having enough time to handle their social media marketing, running a small business takes more than 100 hours a week and just taking everything from products, services, employees and clients. When do you ever get a pause time to engage on your social media? There are only 2 options to handle your social media marketing, wither do it yourself or hire someone else.

Outsourcing your social media marketing

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It is not a bad idea to outsource SM Marketing at all, in fact this can even bring you more success in social media. But choosing a 3rd party to do your Social media campaign, if not hired the professional marketing service can harm your business online. So how do you manage your social media without losing your sleep?

Prioritize it

Social media is a commitment that should be a daily routine for you, social media is important so you need to prioritize it. You can either set a time of the day morning and evening to simply just be social.

Take notes

Is there are particular article that you read and want to share to your social network? Make a personal note why it is worth sharing and then you can schedule your posts through social media management tools such as Hootsuite. Curating contents means finding relevant topic on the internet that will catch your networks attention. We recommend using evernote to capture your notes and websites for later publishing.

Scheduling

You do not have the time to check or update your status many times a day, so what is important is that you let your clients or network think you are on constantly on social media by scheduling your posts and updates in advance. Again Hootsuite software allows you to have all your social media account into one platform, where you can also engage and comment from.

 

Multiple social media

Do not stick to just one social media platform, there are lots of social media sites out there which are worth having, such as Facebook, twitter, Google plus, Linkedin and pinterest. Pinterest is a must, with the growing amount of Small Businesses posting and updating their products and service on Pinterest, you cannot afford not having a Pinterest account.

Group or team effort

 

If you have a company where you have employees, let your employees be involved on the company’s Social media accounts. You can make sure that there are always someone from your company which are online and ready to take care of your clients inquiries. Schedule their time when they need to be on companys Social media, this is also a great way to take some of the Social media marketing load off your shoulder. You can advice that one person to take care of Products update, the other can take care of clients inquiries etc. Be organize and this will be your key to social media success.

 

 

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: (410) 929-6395
Fax: (202) 318-0689
rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

 

 

Effectiveness on Social media marketing

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Just like every other marketing plan and campaign, social media has also its own unwritten rules. Everyone is demanded to follow these rules to be part of the game, however there are newbie to social media marketing and might have missed out on the basics of Social media marketing.

For effective social media campaign

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When starting Social media marketing, you assume there are some to dos and not to dos that are unwritten rules and only marketers are aware of. Just like in life there is no shortcuts, if you want great results you must follow rules step by step to achieve the online visibility you want for your Small business.

Here are some few rules that you might find helpful:

 

  1. 1.       There is no elevator to success

Social media marketing is all about investing time, efforts and energy and most importantly creativity. It is a commitment that cannot be avoided nor ignored.

  1. 2.       Be an expert in your filed and contribute

If you cannot contribute something valuable to your community, no one will be interested in following you or worst trusting our business.

  1. 3.       Engage and have a meaningful conversation

If you do not give meaningful feedback to your network do not say anything at all, remember first impression lasts.

  1. 4.       Avoid too  much self promotions

Constant self promotion isn’t interesting it is annoying; you are a needy business man.

  1. 5.       Keep it unique

Be true, be yourself and draw your crowd by our interesting knowledge.

What is trending today, might no longer be of interest tomorrow

 

If you are measuring your social media efforts through conversion, it is pointless. Measure your efforts and make the adjustments whenever needed. Engagement through social media should not only lead to sales but enrichment. Patience is a virtue, and you will need to wait to get into a business to business relationship with your crowd before you head on with your sales pitch.

Use trending topics to engage with your social network. Look for the most popular topic or discussions and add insight to that.

If you cannot describe it by word, use an image

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As the saying goes “ a picture is worth a thousand words”, it is not enough to just tell  use the features you have on social media, add photos to your status updates. Do not ignore fans and followers who tries to make a connection with you with their comments or likes. Always follow up with your followers and make them feel special. Tag your friends on relevant and interesting images.

Conclusion

Social media marketing can and may lead to sales success if this is done with the right manner, if you are not enjoying yourself then you are on the wrong track. Social interactions should be fun and interesting.

 

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Office: (410) 929-6395
Fax: (202) 318-0689
rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

 

How important is Social Media for your business?

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Business owners does recognize the opportunity social media brings into their revenue, they have all seen other Businesses succeed on social media marketing.  But the social media strategy and techniques are not the same for each business. Therefore it is first and foremost important to determine your target audience interest and which platforms are most effective to reach out to them.

 

Efforts on social media is important

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Now that you have heard success stories from other business regarding their social media marketing, you have now signed up to all social media platforms out there. But what really makes a business successfully earn the visibility online is that the effort that they put into it.

Some Business owners takes a lot of effort on engaging with their customers on social media, some expose their personal life to their loyal customers and others simply use social media as form of customer service.

There is no best time to post or be online; the fact is that you need to reach out to your customers 24 hours a day. But how can you possibly do that? That is why there is social media management software that you can either purchase or have for free.

 

 

What to share on social media?

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Marketing with social media if done wisely, can give you a positive result or even increase in revenue. However how can you keep your audience interested in your posts?

Create a blog with topics around your niche, try to keep the content relevant and share other tips from business similar to yours. Self promotions are great but too much can be over whelming for your audience.  Therefore it is advised that you give your posts some variety, interest and humor. The most important part of marketing is to entice our audience to visit your website.

If you are running sales, promotions and events, that should also include in your blog and then promote it on social media.

 

Social media marketing plan

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Before you start marketing your products and services on social media, you need to create a flexible plan for your social media marketing. Determine who your target audiences are on different social media platforms. Whereof facebook has a great tool for you to use, when looking for your target clients. Geographically, gender and age, facebook ads are great way to reach out to your audience.

Here are some few tips on what to include on your social media marketing plan:

  • Get your website ready for social media, meaning add social media buttons to your website
  • Take out your calendar and list down all the holidays/season, which you can use for promotions such as 4th of July sale or promo, summer sale etc.
  • Plan your day,  spend at least 30 minutes on each social media platform everyday to engage with your customers
  • Share relevant contents from your own blog or news from other websites.
  • Offer discounts and freebies for example LIKE OUR PAGE AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN XXX
  • Study both positive and negative comments/feedbacks
  • Use customized banners or images to promote on social media, do not settle with Google images.

 

Your website is the main attraction

 

Our website should be the main focus, social media marketing should bring you more traffic to your website or else it will be a useless effort.

It is therefore important that your website design is customized and looks professional, with the right image and relevant topics.

Therefore we offer great deal on Graphic Design Package for small businesses like yours, with free MOBILE website to get your mobile users engaged on your website as well. We understand that the tight budget is on the play here, that is why we only offer the most competitive rates. If you should need a website creation package and logo creation we are the right team to do the project for you.

You can contact us at;

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

 

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Office: (410) 929-6395

Fax: (202) 318-0689

rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

 

 

Graphic Design for Small Business to increase sales

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A small business owner, you may not have the enough funds to get a professional website design for your business. Not alone the budget but the time to make your own website for your Small Business success, but we small business owners cannot deny the fact that having a website leads to more sales in the long run.

Choosing the right Graphic designer team

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We have heard the stories of Small Business owners who invested a lot to get a website for their services and products as expensive as buying a car. However has gotten the worst results you can imagine. So how do you know you have the right team to handle or deliver the website you have in mind.

  1. 1.       Plan your website

The website design should really come from you, who owns it and who wants it presented to your consumers. So it is your part to plan or even sketch your website design. What are the things you want on your website, what should your website deliver, how much is your budget, how many pages and how much graphic does your website need? These are the basic questions you need to answer when you are planning to make a website for your Small Business. The clearer your goal regarding your website, the more your Graphic designer team will understand your plan and needs.

  1. 2.       Provide the needed information

Look at your competitor’s website, list down the good and the bad sides of their website. Let your graphic designer team look it over as they have something to compare your design with. Here are the list of information a typical Graphic designer team will need from you:

 

  • Company Information
  • Contact information
  • Personal success stories
  • Logo and color theme
  • Images
  • Fonts you want to use
  • Call to action messages
  • Blog page

 

Why Graphic design is part of the Success in Small business

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If you ask any small business owners who has a website, about the important factor of a successful business, we are 99% sure the answer is “Unique Graphic design and branding”. But most newly started small business, have a finalized mindset “that is out of our budget”. This mind set can often lead to failure in business, because if you are not willing to invest in your business, you will be out of business sooner or later. With the high rate of Internet usage today, who can afford not having their business found online?

A winning Website design to make money

The main goal on having a Professional website design, is to increase sales, so it is not enough to build a rich graphic design website. Your website should also showcase your products, services and consumer needs. Here are some few tips on how to get a winning website.

  1. Artistically engaging
  2. Easy to navigate
  3. Domain name that is easy to remember
  4. Compatible with all mobile devices
  5. Integrated with Social media
  6. Has informative contents
  7. Has contact details
  8. Has call to action buttons
  9. Search engine optimized
  10. Always  up to date

Consider contacting a website designer team to look at your current website if you already have one, let them provide your insight on how you can improve your website.

Hiring us for your website creation:

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Even though you have heard myths of how expensive Website creation or Graphic design package can be, we can prove you this is not true. As a Small Business ourselves, we provide quality and low rates over our Small business packages that is including Graphic design package and website creation package. Because we understand the needs of a small Business to compete with the rest out there, therefore we offer you website design for the most affordable rate + you get a free mobile website to suit your mobile users.

Why we offer such a low rate? It is because our team works from the comfort of their own homes, where we do not need to pay office rent, office electricity and other office expenses. Although with the low rate on graphic design package that we offer, we can also guarantee quality over our projects. We have had several happy clients, therefore we know we have something to be proud of.

So inquire today

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

 

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Office: (410) 929-6395

Fax: (202) 318-0689

rwhunni@socraticsbc.com

 

You don’t see this kind of offer everyday!