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.

 

 

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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

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Social media marketing- are you prepared for 2014?

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There is no denying the fact that social media marketing is here to stay, from social media app advertising, advertising on TV with social media icon and content marketing with sharing ability to social media sites, you can tell that social media marketing has been a successful marketing tactic for most businesses.

SEO and Social media working together in harmony

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Earlier this month, the Google has announced their new algorithm the Hummingbird. Which will make it easier for users to search, with precise results, mostly this is a good game for the marketers, for some a huge challenge. How can you prepare your business to the upcoming year?

  1. Website upgrade

With the mobile users bring traffic to website has increased dramatically since 2010, you can tell that most small business owners invest in upgrading their website which will invite more mobile users.

  1. Content is still going to be the KING

Google really explains it all with their zoo of Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird, that content still is the King of all marketing strategies. With these algorithms, Google is forcing marketers to be better writers, to focus on keywords, tags, description and sharing with a total of QUALITY, INFORMATIVE AND RELEVANT CONTENT!

  1. Be social

The most advised social media account to be updated all the time is the Google+ and page, which means that you need to share more stories, links, images and update your profile on Google+ as this will be the most specific and relevant search term in Google’s new algorithm.

 

Insights for online marketing 2014

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For a clear insight of online marketing for 2014 here are some questions and answers that we gathered online.

  • What is the content marketing strategies for 2014

Google says the content marketing will still be on top for all marketing campaign for the 2014, where focus should be on valuable and quality content. The technique is still to grow your community and boost your social media presence through content.

  • Will paid advertisement be gone for 2014?

Branding will ever be more important, as to businesses need to stand out from their competition. This means that paid advertisement still goes a long a way when it comes to brand awareness. Paid advertisement means you are visible online. Investing on online paid advertisement is optional, but if you want to maintain your online visibility, this tactic is a must!

 

Conclusion

  1. More necessary to have content published, online promotions and paid search
  2. Make branding important
  3. Pay for social media advertising along with organic activities
  4. Multimedia marketing
  5. Responsive website design
  6. Smarter metrics
  7. Creativity, agility and innovation to attract target audience

These are the few things you need to have if you want to have online visibility.

 

 

These things all demand careful considerations. Not sure where to start? Well, that’s why we’re here. Socratic Investments has the expertise and knowledge to answer all these questions and help you develop a business structure that meets the needs of your company.

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Roderick Hunnicutt

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

2 Wisconsin Circle Suite 700 Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Office: (410) 929-6395

Fax: (202) 318-0689

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How to boost your business visibility with social media

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Do you know how you can guarantee your business more conversions? It does not have to be a magic to make your online business be visible to your target audience. Spend some time developing your marketing strategy and measure your success with goal oriented marketing campaigns. Here are some few ways to build your online presence today!

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With every marketing plan, you need to identify your market and your target audience. Leverage yourself as an expert in your niche on social media, connect with your target audience and know your market correctly. Creating social media marketing comes with these basic essential elements.

  1. Target Audience – each industry is different which means that there are some platforms that best suited for you and for another. Recognize the right social media platform for you and your target audience

 

  • Facebook – there are 845+ million users on social media, but not all of them are your target audience. Facebook is best for personal level contacts. On the other hand facebook offer business pages which is your secret weapon to house all your business information, brand or company in one place.
  • Who uses facebook? Mostly users are from age 21-24 closely followed by people at age of 18 to 21 and the 31 to 40 years old.
  • What you can share on Facebook pages? You can share albums/photos of your products/services, blogposts, and you can use Facebook creating Questions and answers/polls.
  • Twitter – in 2012 stats there are 1450 million users found on twitter, which in average tweets per day is 340 million. Twitter is best used for short messages and for monitoring discussion about your brand, or your competitor’s brand. Some marketers find it easier to search for your target audience on twitter.
  • Twitter secret weapon – BIG brands uses twitter as customer services where they can easily answer their customers queries while even on the go. The best part of posting status on twitter is you can use name tag to inform the twitter user that you have shared something relevant for them or shared their content etc.
  • What to share on twitter – links to blog posts that is relevant for your target audience, use hashtag to find people or to promote your own products, interactions through name tag and mentions.
  • LinkedIn – LinkedIn is used to brag about your professional accomplishments to others, to share contents directly to your LinkedIn networks. LinkedIn are also used for creating groups with the same business niche as your own, and to discuss ideas on how to promote your business and how you can gain more clients etc. LinkedIn is mostly used for Business to Business transactions and interactions.
  • Google+ – there are 100 million users on Google+, Google+ has grown its popularity since the Google has launched the nature into its Search engine algorithm, Panda, penguin and the newest Hummingbird. Google is best used for team collaboration with its G-drive feature, and for customer service with its Hangout features, Google+ has been the main social media platform for small business alike.

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With social media you need to be specific with your target audience and the best social platform to use for each category of audience. As mentioned above you already have some ideas on where you can locate your target audience. Here are some few more tips on what you should do in social media to attract potential customers.

  • Be specific geographically – with social media you can create a more specific search for you target audience by age, location and interest.
  • Community – You can create a community relevant to your niche, which you can grow over time
  • Content strategy – the larger the network the more chances your contents will be shared by you followers. You may also want to share relevant content to your social media, which other writers will appreciate whereof they need to share your contents to their network too.
  • Relationship – you can engage and build relationship with your target audience by asking their opinion or asking questions on your social media sites.
  • Develop a plan – you need to develop a plan for your social media marketing, which you need to update weekly. Set goals on how many sales or followers you want on your social media and how you can turn your followers into clients.

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Social media will help you build natural links to your website, dedicate few hours per day on social media to interact, search, analyze and update your status and posts. Which will make you more visible in due time, do not look for easy and faster way to get likes on Facebook or followers on twitter, this will kill your online presence, as natural link building is more quality over quantity.

 

 

 

 

Roderick Hunnicutt

Socratic SBC | Small Business Consulting

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

http://www.socraticsbc.com

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