Use Social Media To Tell Your Story

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If you own or run a business one thing that you should be doing is using social media to tell your story. Tell your story, tell your businesses story, tell your employees story. Doing this can give your customers an inside look at your business. They will feel more of a connection and this builds trust.

This is actually the first thing I do when we start working on a new social media marketing campaign for our clients. Step one of the process is to get a good profile of the company and find out what their story is, and why their customers should care about their story. This is an important step that we take to ensure that we can give our clients the absolute best way to use social media so that their customers can relate.

Without a story it’s hard to show your customers why they should care about your business. Years back it was not that common to really tell a story about a business. Most businesses would just buy T.V., newspaper, billboard, and magazine ads and just push their products. Today’s marketing is much different. If you just push products constantly now people will ignore you. Why? Because you are not adding any value to the relationship. You should give value first before expecting to ask for someones business.

Telling your story is a great way to add value by building a connection with your customers. When they need what you sell they will think of you because of the connection and familiarity you have build with them through your story.

Telling your story will also help build authority in your industry. Give great advice to people when they ask. Write a blog to keep them educated and informed about your niche.

Why Should They Care?

Your story should be interesting to get people to care. Tell your audience why you started the business. Let them know some of the challenges you are facing. Show them why your products or services are worth their attention. Most of all be FUN! Get them involved some way by asking your followers and customers for their feedback.

Keep Them Updated

As you are making progress with your business keep your followers and customers up to date on what is going on. People love transparency and transparency helps build trust. Be a transparent business and you will get much more engagement on social media.

In Conclusion

Don’t just be boring and post basic stuff on social media. Let your audience in on your story. Be transparent so that they can follow along with your business story. Bring attention to the employees and management. Don’t hide behind a logo and expect people will connect with you on a personal level. Go out today and tell your story on social media!

 

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How To Use Social Media If You Own A Car Dealership

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The next article in our “Your Business Series” is on how to use social media if you own a car dealership. Owning or running a car dealership is tough and competitive. Social media marketing can greatly benefit a car dealership if it is done right.

Your Business Series Article #4 – How To Use Social Media If You Own A Car Dealership

 

So you own a car dealership or maybe you manage one and you are wondering how you can use social media to bring in more business to your car dealership and sell more cars don’t worry we got you covered!

 

Live Video

If you own or manage a car dealership live video is a great social media tool to use. You have the power to instantly let your customers see what you have going on at the car dealership. Some ways you could use live video are;

  • Product Demos: Show your automobiles in action, show off the great benefits of certain vehicles. Do this live and give demonstrations to show why they should buy that vehicle. If they can see the benefits live it might peak their interest more!
  • Sales Events: If you are having a big sales event going on, put that on live video. Give a tour of the building and car lot and show off the sale prices! Tell your live audience of other things going on during the sales event like free food, drinks, etc.
  • Introduce Sales Staff and Management: Use live video to show off your staff and have them do a “take over” for a day so that they can show off their personality to potential customers.
  • Repair Shop: If your car dealership has a repair shop attached, do a live video and talk about the benefits of why your repair shop is a good place to bring a vehicle for repairs. Also let customers see some of the prices of basic repairs and specials so that they have an idea. Use the live video to tell them about any awards you may have won for the repair shop.
  • Answer Questions: If you get a decent sized audience for your live videos you will have people who ask questions and leave comments. This is a great way to instantly connect and maybe even make a sale that very day! Make sure to answer back during the live broadcast.

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Show Off Happy Customers

A lot of car dealerships do this and it’s a good thing. Showing happy people standing by a car they just bought is good for business. The mistake I see a lot is that too many car dealerships ONLY do this. Don’t believe me look up a local car dealership and chances are most of their posts are people standing by a car they just bought. There is way more to social media marketing than just posting a generic picture of the same thing over and over.

Don’t get me wrong this is a great way to show off some happy customers and you should do this, but don’t get stuck in the rut of only showing customers by their new car purchase. Expand your horizons and change it up a bit.

 

Updates On New Inventory

The car industry is always changing with new and improved vehicles and features. Use social media to tell your customers about the new inventory that you have or will be getting.

 

Community Events and Charities

If your car dealership is heavily involved in the community (and it should be) social media is a great way to show others what you care about. Talk about the charities you support. Show off pictures of teams or events that you sponsor. Give people that sense that you do care about the local community. Don’t do it to brag, just post things to show others that you care and to maybe even get more support for the local charities and events.

 

Updates and Improvements

If you have some new updates and improvements happening to the building you can show your customers what is happening on social media. Post pictures and videos of the improvements as they happen! Bring your customers along for the ride (no pun intended) on the improvements you are making to the business and the building. Tell them how the new improvements will help with the overall customer experience! Invite them down to come check out the new improvements or promote a Grand Opening.

 

Share Relevant Information

There is always something new to talk about in the automotive industry. Find good articles that you think your customers will like to read and share them on your social media. Are there new safety regulations taking effect? Share an article or video about it. Keep your customers educated and up to date and they will remember you when they are thinking about buying there next car.

 

Recalls

If you sell cars and you know that there is a massive recall on a certain model post about it on your social media pages. When you post about it tell them how they can take the next step to get their vehicle fixed. Be proactive to show your customers that you care about them and their safety.

 

In Closing

There are so many ways to be fun and effective on social media if you own a car dealership. Don’t fall into the trap of just posting the same old stuff over and over again. Get creative to keep your customers and fans engaged. If you can do that you can create loyal customers who are happy that they follow you. Keeping your social media fun will only have your customers looking forward to your next post!

 

 

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How To Set Goals For Your Social Media Marketing

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No Goals, No Real Plan

If you don’t have goals you really have no plan. You will need to put together some real goals that you hope to accomplish with your social media marketing campaign. Without goals you will not know which direction to head, how much to spend, how much time it will take, what kind of return on investment (ROI) you will get out of it, etc. You will be like a ship with no direction.

I’ve worked with businesses that really had no clear cut goals for their marketing. I’m not just talking about social media marketing all marketing needs to be clearly defined!

 

Start With The Budget

Always start with the budget because you will need to know how much resources you will have to work with. This includes cash and time. I suggest that you start with a yearly budget and plan it out over the 12 months.

When dividing the budget into 12 months you will want to consider your busiest months and slowest months and figure out how much to put into those months. There is no one answer you can look at it different ways.

  1. Busy Months: If you put more marketing efforts in at this time you may make a lot more or you can put less money and save that money for the slow months.
  2. Slow Months: If you put more marketing efforts in at this time you may get a little more business during the slow times or you could just save that money and put it into the busy months to generate more revenue to make up for the slow months.

A lot of how you plan out your marketing budget will depend on your industry, location, money available, size of your company, and products/services.

Pro Tip: A good way to figure out a budget is to plan 70% and leave 30% open for adding to other marketing, or to current marketing that has been effective. Always leave some room to work with.

 

Where You Want To Invest Your Marketing Dollars

I always suggest that if you’re new or limited on resources start with only one or two social media platforms. This will give you time to get familiar with these social media platforms and to get good at them.

This also works really good for your budget planning. Try not to spread your money too thin by advertising on a lot of social media platforms. Stick with one or two and you will have more money and time to invest in those one or two social media platforms.

Let’s say you have $10,000 to invest in social media marketing for the year. If you are advertising only on Facebook you can make that $10,000 go a long way. If you were going to use that $10,000 on four social media platforms you only have $2,500 to invest on each.

If you can attack one social media platform with more resources you will be much better off than spreading your resources thin on multiple social media platforms. Pick the one social media platform that works best for your business and really crush it.

Pro Tip: Not sure which social media platform to start with? My suggestion is to pick the two that you think are best for reaching your demographic. Spend some time building an audience and learn which one gives you the best engagements.

 

Figure Out The Main Goal

Why are you doing social media marketing? Are you using it to get more leads, get more sales, build brand awareness, to connect with customers? You will need to figure out exactly why you are doing social media marketing in the first place.

Here are 10 Reasons To Do Social Media Marketing

Once you know your reason you can decide which platform is best to hit your goals. Don’t start a social media marketing campaign without knowing what you want out of it. Just remember that social media marketing is a marathon so don’t expect major ROI from the get go. (unless you have a huge marketing budget) If it were that easy everyone would be millionaires from using social media.

If fast sales are what you are looking for it probably won’t happen until you nurture relationships on social media. This can take time, but sales will come you just need to be patient. If you know this going into a social media marketing campaign it will reduce a lot of stress.

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Define Engagement Numbers

A good way to tell if your social media marketing is going well is by engagements. If you are getting some good engagements that means your customers and followers are finding some value from what you are posting.

When defining your goals you will want to clearly define how many engagements you want per day, per week, or per month. When defining engagement numbers remember your budget and how much time you have to commit to social media. Keep your numbers reasonable so that you have a realistic goal to hit.

Remember also that organic reach is is dropping and getting free engagements is getting harder. You may have to pay for a big percentage of engagements through some advertising. This is something to consider when you define your engagement numbers.

Customer engagements are a way of building relationships with your customers online. That’s why I said not to expect a quick ROI on social media. Use engagements as a gateway to promote down the road as customers and followers look forward to your content.

If you are getting a good number of customer engagements you can use that trust you’ve built to promote your products and services. Just do it sparingly or give away free stuff to build an email list to generate leads.

What should my engagement goal be? A lot will depend on two things your budget and your time. If you have a person who handles your social media for you I’m sure that time is built into the budget. If you don’t have someone who handles your social media you need to factor in the time you have to commit to social media.

Start with a monthly goal and go from there. You can always adjust the goal after a couple of months. I like to keep things simple because a lot of people over complicate things. Just start with a monthly goal and you will be able to clearly define your engagements as you go.

 

In Closing

Setting goals for social media marketing is very important. You need to know why you are doing it in the first place. There is no reason just to do random posts here and there because you think it will be good for business. Most likely you would be wasting your time without clear cut goals.

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How Many Times Should You Tweet Per Day?

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So you run a business and you do social media marketing and you are on Twitter as part of your marketing that is great! Now one of the questions I get asked a lot is how many times a day should I post/tweet on Twitter?

Twitter Is Busy and Noisy

That being said you could get away with tweeting every 15-20 minutes. The home feed is very busy and minutes after you tweet it will be getting far down the home feed. Twitter as of right does not have an algorithm like Facebook or Instagram which determines who sees your posts. The Twitter home feed is in chronological order. Meaning the most recent tweets are seen first. That is a very good thing because if you have a large following a lot of people will see your tweets. Not a large percentage however because it depends on how many of your followers are on Twitter when you send out a tweet. So if you have a following of 5,000 maybe only 500 are on Twitter at that moment you send out a tweet. That means that 500 may see your tweet, but most likely only half or less will see it because the other people on Twitter at that time may be doing something else besides looking at their home feed.

It Also Depends On What You Are Posting/Tweeting

If you are tweeting only about your business and promoting stop now! Here is an article about adding value first on social media. If you are only promoting I suggest that you only tweet once per day. It’s great to promote on social media, but just don’t do it too much. I stick to the 80/20 rule. I put out about 80% great content and promote only around 20% of the time.

If you are tweeting value like motivational quotes, great info, educating people, that is great! You are adding value first and that will earn you more engagements on social media and will eventually lead to more business and trust with your audience.

How Often Do You Tweet?

 

So Cmon’ Already! How Many Times Should I Tweet Per Day??

Overall I suggest that you tweet between 5-8 times per day. If you tweet about an hour apart that would be once per hour for most of the business day. However like I said earlier Twitter is a busy social media platform so you could tweet every 15-20 minutes without over doing it, but that would take a lot of time and you would need to create a lot of great content to tweet that much every single day!

Stick with a good number and find what works for you and your business. My suggestion is 5-8 tweets per day, and about 2-4 times per day on the weekend. You might find that tweeting 3 times per day works best for you. Find the right balance and take the time to test what works the best. Take some notes for a week and start to find a number that works best. Also use your Twitter Analytics to see what kind of tweets and what days work better to tweet. Click here to read an article about Analyzing your social media marketing efforts.

 

Pro Tip: Post some of your tweets later in the day when Twitter quiets down a little you may see more engagements.

 

So how many times per day do you tweet? Like I said I tweet between 5-8 times per day and maybe half that number 2-4 times per day on the weekends. Let me know in the comments below what works best for you on Twitter.

 

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How To Use Social Media If You Own A Restaurant

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This is the first article in the new category Your Business Series. In this series of articles we will talk about how you can use social media for a specific industry.

Your Business Series Article #1 – How To Use Social Media If You Own A Restaurant.

Owning a restaurant is a fun yet complicated business venture. There are so many things that can go wrong. In fact most restaurants close within three years of opening. It’s a tough industry, but it also can be very rewarding. If operated right you can have a restaurant or multiple restaurants that runs itself with the right management. That could mean more time for you and your family. Of course it will take some hard work to get to that point. Social media marketing is part of that work. You will need to have a good social media marketing plan in place if you own a restaurant or multiple restaurants. If you are not sure if social media marketing is right for your business here are 10 reasons why you need to be doing social media marketing!

Get A Good Feel For Your Restaurant

Sit down and write down a good profile about your restaurant and how you want it to be perceived online. Do this before starting any social media marketing campaign. I compiled a nice list of Questions You Should Ask Before Starting A Social Media Marketing Campaign click on the link and feel free to use the questions when evaluating your restaurant and putting together a good profile that will help guide you when finding a personality for your restaurant.

Create Content!

Now that you put together a profile of your restaurant and know how you want your restaurant to be perceived online it’s time to start coming up with some good content for posting. This is the fun part! You want to come up with content that is eye catching and will get people to stop in their tracks while scrolling through their social media feed!

Good content can be graphics, pictures, links, live video or regular video just to name a few. Video is hot right now and growing bigger each day. As a restaurant a video or live video can be very powerful. Consider that when coming up with your social media marketing strategy.

Some Fun Content Ideas

  • Pictures of the food
  • Videos of the food
  • Pictures of people eating your food
  • Video of people eating your food
  • Pictures of any events the restaurant is hosting
  • Live Video of any events the restaurant is hosting
  • The Menu
  • Specials of the day
  • Customer Testimonials
  • Pictures of the restaurant
  • 360 degree videos of the restaurant
  • Live videos of your chefs making a meal and giving instructions and recipes on how to make a similar meal. Just don’t give away the secret recipes of your top or signature meals.
  • Pictures of any local sports teams you sponsor
  • Awards you have won as a restaurant
  • If you are remodeling or making some upgrades to the restaurant share them on social media.
  • The restaurant sign
  • Pictures of some of your top customers (with their permission)
  • Pictures and videos of your staff

That’s a short list I could go all day with all the stuff you could post! A restaurant can really be shown off on social media. The problem is a lot of restaurant owners don’t really know how to do it. Remember you cannot just keep promoting over and over. If your audience see’s this they will tune you out or worse unfollow you! Make the posts engaging and get people talking! Add value first and the customers will follow. Don’t worry about ROI right away. Social media marketing is a marathon and it will take time to build relationships. If you don’t rush it you will see results after awhile and it will be worth it.

How do I know that? Because as of the writing of this article that’s how I get about 70% of my business. Yes a social media marketing agency that walks the walk! I figured if we are a social media marketing agency we better live by what we preach and that means doing great social media marketing for our business as well as our clients. Some social media marketing agencies are not very good at promoting their own business. How are they going to be very valuable to you?? Before hiring a social media marketing agency make sure to check out their social media pages first. As a matter of fact if you want check out our social media pages. (you should see the social media buttons on this page)

Do Special Social Media Promotions

Ok back to how you can be more effective on social media. Another idea on top of the ones listed above is to do a special promotion only for people who follow you on social media. Instead of getting into all of that here is an article I wrote on How to do Facebook Fan Only Promotions. Once you read that you can apply the same principles to other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Snapchat, and any other social media platforms that come along in the future. Giving you fans a special promotion shows you care and that you appreciate that they follow you on social media. It’s a great way to build a rapport with your fans on social media.

Just Have Fun!

A restaurant is a fun business and you are only limited by your own creativity. I love helping restaurants with their social media accounts because it is one industry where you can get really creative with the marketing! Use some of the advice in this article along with some of the other articles mentioned in here. Put together a plan and go with it! If it is not working change it up. Marketing is just a series of many tests and trials to see what works. Keep the stuff that is working and throw out the stuff that isn’t working.

 

Restaurant Statistics From 2015

  1. 8 out of 10 consumers will visit a restaurant in off peak times. This is true especially if there is a deal and they can save money.
  2. 76% prefer to visit a restaurant with healthy options.
  3. 70% of smartphone users use their phone to look at menus before visiting a restaurant.
  4. 6 Out of 10 chefs encourage customers to take pictures of their food to post on social media!
  5. Sales in the restaurant industry top $566 Billion.
  6. 13 million people work in the restaurant industry in the U.S. roughly 9% of the workforce
  7. 89% of customers say they have researched a restaurant before dining there.

 

Thanks for reading I hope you learned some ways you can incorporate social media marketing into your restaurant! I would love to hear from you! Have you used any of the techniques from this article for your restaurant? If so let me know how it worked out for you in the comments below.

 

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7 Content Ideas For Your Social Media

7 Content Ideas For Your Social Media

Do you need some ideas on what to post on your social media? After awhile it can be tough to keep coming up with fresh content to post on social media. Below are seven content ideas for your social media that will help you get through a creative mind block.

Content Ideas #1 – Motivational Quotes

Motivational quotes are great for posting on social media because it can be a mood lifter and inspiration for people. It can help somebody get through a tough day. Motivational quotes can motivate others to work harder to accomplish their goals. When people log on to social media in the morning motivational quotes are great inspiration to start the day! Be the reason someone has a good day. Here are 42 motivational quotes you can copy and paste into your social media post.

Content Idea #2 – Funny Pictures or Videos

Who doesn’t love to see funny stuff? I know that when I see funny pictures or memes on social media I will share them if they are funny. Making people laugh is great medicine that is why funny pictures and videos get lots of engagement. Try to come up with some of your own funny content. Don’t copy others be unique and who knows you could get lucky and one might go viral!

Content Idea #3 – Helpful Content

Helping people with some great tips is a great way to get peoples attention on social media. Make sure that when you give some tips that it is related to your niche/industry. If you help enough people with some great tips and advice others will notice you and start seeing you as an expert in your field. Here is a good article on adding value on social media.

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Content Idea #4 – Your Office and Employees

Everybody likes to see pictures of other businesses behind the curtain. Showing pictures and videos of your office and employees will show the human side to your business. When coming up with a plan to do social media marketing find a way to add in content that will show your business behind the scenes. You could post pictures of the office, employees having fun, employee of the month, some new equipment your office just got, etc. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there for people to see the awesome people that work at your business!

Content Idea #5 – Links To Your Blog

If you have a blog it’s good to promote it to your audience on social media. Don’t be afraid to put links to your blog posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. If your blog has some great information then post links to it! Let your audience know that you have some great advice for them through your blog.

My advice is don’t overdo it by posting links all the time. Mix it up with the other content ideas from this article. Talking about links here’s one that is for 17 Awesome Post Ideas You Can Totally Steal from us.

Content Idea #6 – Product Pictures & Videos

Having some great product pictures and videos you can put on your social media can be a strong selling point. Make sure they are really good pictures and high quality video that really make the product stand out. Don’t just put pictures and videos of the product with a sheet in the background. Be creative and put pictures and videos showing the product in use or how it can be useful. Make it interesting to get some good engagement. Video demonstrations for products are getting more attention. Use video more when showing off your products. Better yet use live video like Facebook Live to show off your products! Here’s an article on why you should be using the power of Facebook Live. Also when showing off your products on social media try not to make it look like an advertisement. Make it FUN!

Content Idea #7 – Fun Stuff!

Since our name is Fun To Be Social it would not be right if we didn’t mention to have fun on social media! Just be random on some days and find fun stuff you can post on social media. Be attentive and ready to snap a picture or shoot a video if something funny pops up! Post pics of fails at the office that are funny, or product fails that are funny. It will get people to engage more. Whatever you do just try to have fun on social media and your audience will engage and have fun too!

 

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Why Social Media Posts Are Like Free Billboards

Why social media posts are like free billboards

Anytime you post stuff on social media it gets you seen. Depending on how many followers you have and how you use your hashtags you can be seen by a lot of people on every post. This applies to any social media type of post; pins, snaps, tweets, etc. the more people you can get in front of the better. In this article I compare how social media posts can relate to a huge billboard in terms of marketing.

Each Post Is Like A Billboard

Think about it each person that sees your post is like a car going by a billboard. If you have a good social media presence it’s like your billboard is on a super busy road and lots people are seeing it! If you don’t have a good social media presence or a very small audience it is like a billboard on a slow backstreet. Every time you post people will see it. What you decide to put on your billboard (your post) is up to you.

Make It Eye Catching

Because like a billboard on a busy road people are cruising through their social media to find interesting stuff. If it doesn’t catch their attention they will keep cruising and not even pay attention. Make sure that when you post a video, picture, graphic, etc that it will really GRAB their attention!

I know it’s impossible to have every single post be so great that people stop dead in their tracks to look at it and care. The ideal is to do it enough times that it makes an impact. Not every post has to be amazing.

Create some content that will get people talking and engaging. Don’t promote too much. I stick to the 90/10 rule, 90% good helpful and fun content, 10% promoted posts. Sometimes I don’t even promote my site or social media marketing services for a week or two. I just put out the best content I possibly can. I would rather build an audience and build relationships than promote. I think it is more effective in the long run.

Impressions Are The Cars Going By

Each car that goes by a billboard are the views it may receive. That’s why it costs more to put a billboard on a busy road because the potential for more views is there.

Same thing with social media posts, the more impressions the better. You want your post to get in front of as many people as possible. That’s why it is important to build your social media presence! The bigger your audience the bigger your reach. Remember just because there are lots of impressions on a post doesn’t mean all those people really payed attention. It’s just a stat to show you how many people may have seen your post.

“Likes” Are The Actual People Looking At Your Billboard

Think about it, when people like your post they are really paying attention to what you just posted on social media. Like a billboard it’s pretty much like someone driving in a car looking up at your billboard and saying “Cool I like that!” They acknowledged your post and that is very awesome!!

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“Comments” Are Them Telling You How Much They Liked Your Billboard

When someone comments they are telling you that they really payed attention to your post. They will let you know what they thought about it or add something to the post with a comment. They might even have something negative to say or disagree. Either way they were intrigued enough to stop and leave a comment!

When people comment it’s like they took the time to email you or call you about your billboard. That means that they really liked it, hated it, or wanted to add to it. All good things because you got their attention!

“Shares” Are Like People Taking Pictures Of Your Billboard And Showing Their Friends

When someone shares your post they really, really like it! They like it so much that they shared it to show others. How cool is that!! I love when people share my posts because for one it will reach more people, and second that means it was good enough to get people to share and that means I added some great value or entertainment for them on that post.

When you apply this to the concept of a billboard it’s like they snapped a picture of your billboard and sent it to their friends to show them the cool billboard they just seen! When they do that people who wouldn’t have seen the billboard before now will get to see it!

 

Posts and Billboards Are Pretty Similar

They are similar in the fact of how people see your business. I used to pay attention to billboards and think to myself I wonder if the businesses who pay to put those billboards up actually get any results? Some do some don’t I assume.

The point of this article was to show you how social media can be applied to how old school offline marketing was or is. About 15 years ago that was one of the few ways to reach a big audience. Today with social media we can reach big audiences with the click of a mouse and with still very low cost.

We Are Living In A Great Age For Marketing!

Social media has made it so much better and easier to reach large audiences that I think a lot of people don’t realize how lucky we are now. Our capacity to get creative and gain great exposure for business is so much more attainable these days.

A billboard will cost over $1,000 per month in most cities plus set up fees. With social media you can get that same kind or better exposure for free! This goes to show the power of social media in today’s business world.

Work hard and build your social media through posting great content, engaging with your audience, and answering customer questions and you will have some great marketing power right at your fingertips!

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Be Authentic On Social Media

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Social media is a great way to show people who you are and what your business is all about. Use this opportunity to connect with people in an authentic way.

Why Should You Be Authentic On Social Media?

People want to connect with you and your company on social media to learn more about your products, services, employees, company culture, etc. They want to learn more about why they should do business with your company. Give them a reason to do business with you!

How To Be Authentic On Social Media

First you need to put together a social media marketing plan. Ask some questions about your company. Here is an article on questions you need to ask before starting a social media marketing campaign.

Really figure out how you want your company to be portrayed on social media. Take your time and put together a good profile of your business on paper. What kind of products/services do you have? What is your company culture? How do you want to be perceived as a company?

Have a meeting with your employees to get some advice from them about how your company should be on social media. You would be surprised how insightful your employees can be when it comes to how your company is seen or should be seen in the public eye.

Whatever you do make sure to have a plan before starting so that you can portray your company in an authentic way that will let your customers learn more about you while they follow and engage with your company on social media.

Don’t Be Fake

The whole point of being authentic is about being honest in what your company is about. Don’t be fake and don’t try to emulate another company. Find a way you can be more unique and stand out even more than your competition on social media! 

Add value first to help build trust with your audience. Don’t think about how you can sell to your audience think about how you can add value and build trust first! Trying to sell and pitch people too much is not very authentic.

People Will Love Your Authenticity!

If you are truly authentic on social media your audience will learn more about your company and they will respect and trust your company if it comes off as authentic, honest, and transparent. Don’t forget to read our article 11 Questions To Ask Before Starting Social Media Marketing. It’s not just a plug to get you to read another one of our articles it really relates to this one and will give you some good questions to ask yourself while starting a social media marketing campaign. I actually ask my clients these questions to get a better feel of their company.

Stay true to your company and brand and be as authentic as possible to build trust with your audience on social media and it will pay off in the long run. Remember social media marketing is a marathon don’t expect huge results right away, but if you do it right the results will be well worth it!

What kind of things do you do to be more authentic on social media?

 

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Be Fun On Social Media!

Fun profiles get more engagement on social media

If you are going to be doing social media marketing you might as well have some fun with it! Nobody wants to see a boring social media page. I know I don’t want to see boring social media pages. Think about it would you want to like or follow a page if it was boring? Take the opportunity to show your audience your fun side on social media!

We have many articles about being fun on social media and they are all a little different with unique ideas. Since we all about being fun on social media you will see many more articles about fun social media! If you can be fun on social media it will really show off your personality! Being fun will lead to more engagements from your fans and hopefully they will remember you more! How can you be more fun on social media? Below are some ideas you can use to get you going in the right direction. If you would like some post ideas here are 17 posts you can totally steal from us!

Post Funny Pictures

You can post funny pictures of your employees that show the fun side of your business. People love to see behind the scenes stuff on social media especially if it is funny!

Some Funny Pictures You Could Post

  1. Funny pictures of your employees
  2. A picture of a bad product that didn’t turn out right
  3. A funny mistake made in the office (in good taste of course)
  4. An office party
  5. A fun meeting
  6. Employees at a business conference
  7. Bad parking jobs at your office

There are so many funny pictures you can post. Funny just happens and you need to have your camera ready! Purposely look for funny things about your business and you will find some things to post.

Post Fun Videos

Not all videos need to be serious and educational. Come up with some fun video ideas to post on your social media. Make a video poking fun of your business or industry. Prank someone in the office and post that on social media. (get their permission first before posting) Anything fun or funny you can capture on video that shows the light fun side of your business!

Video is a great way to show off the fun side of your business. A lot of the social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are encouraging people to share more video and they are making it easier and easier to do it even with Live broadcasting. Facebook Live is gaining traction and now YouTube is doing Live video. Get more video out there to stay up with this growing trend. Use it as a way to show the fun side of your business! Get creative who knows it could even go viral!

Run A Fun Contest

Try different ideas to get your audience engaged with contests. You can give out free products, cash, gift cards, etc. Be creative and find some good contest that people will respond to. There are so many ways to do this find what others do and get some inspiration and ideas of what works for them on their social media pages. Look for others in your niche and see if they are running any contests. Don’t copy just use the information to get some ideas and start your own unique contest!

Share Fun Stuff

Look for people who already are posting fun stuff on social media. Search hashtags that are related to funny or fun and find some great content to share.

This will be great for two reasons;

  1. You will have some fun or funny stuff to share with your audience.
  2. You will be sharing content from others and engaging with them.

Leave Fun or Funny Comments on Social Media

When you respond to other posts take the opportunity to show off your personality. Stay on subject with whatever you are commenting on! Find a fun and creative way to respond and people will see the personality of you and your business. This is a great way to interact with others. Interacting with others is very important to building a social media presence. I even wrote an article just about that! click here to read it

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Run Fan Only Promotions on Social Media

Offer exclusive deals to your fans on social media to keep them engaged and interested. It will show them that you appreciate them being fans of your page and it will get you more business! Make the deals exclusive and only for a short time to get people to take action! Here is a great article about How To Run A Facebook Fans Promotion.

Offering short term exclusive offers will drive traffic to your website or storefront! Of course you need to reach a good number of people to see results, but that is not hard on social media. If your fans like what you post they will seriously consider your offer!

In Closing

The main point of this article to to give you some ideas on how to be more fun on social media. If you can find creative ways to be fun on social media you will be doing better than your competition if their social media is just boring and plain. People will be drawn more to your business online because they actually like what you post and the personality you bring to your social media pages.

The cool part about social media is it is a way to show your audience and customers what your business is all about. Don’t waste the opportunity to connect with them in a way that they will remember! If you are wondering how Fun To Be Social does it on social media follow us and get some inspiration or ideas on how we do with social media. Click on the social media icons on this site or find us (@funtobesocial) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snapchat.

 

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10 Reasons You Need To Be Doing Social Media Marketing!

10 Benefits of Social Media For Business
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You own or run a business and you don’t do social media marketing yet? There are way too many reasons you should be doing social media marketing for your business! I won’t get into all of them, but here are 10 Awesome reasons your business should get into social media marketing. (like yesterday!)

  1. Drive Traffic To Your Website: When you do social media marketing there are many opportunities to drive traffic to your website. You can do this organically or through paid social media ads. One important thing is you don’t want to promote too much. I like to live by the 90/10 rule, post 90% good engaging content and promote only 10% of the time. So find a balance when posting links to your website. Here is an article about adding value on social media. 

2. Build Brand Awareness: Social media is a great way to build brand awareness for your company. Even if you use social media for this it makes it very valuable. You don’t always need to promote yourself just add some value and build your brand through the value you can add to others on social media!

3. Real Time Customer Service: Unlike the old days when you needed a huge call center you can now have a small team that responds instantly to people on social media. These days people go on social media to vent, complain about an issue, ask a question, etc. It is a good idea to have a plan in place to respond in a timely manner to your customers on social media. Fast and caring replies is a great way to build trust with your customers.

4. Building Strong Relationships and Brand Loyalty: This kind of goes hand in hand with #3. Don’t use social media as a one way conversation. Social media is a great way to open doors and build relationships with current and future customers along with building other strong business relationships. If you use social media as a two way communications channel this will help to build relationships. Go out of your way to talk to others in your niche. Find Influencers that you can connect with and build a strong business relationship with.

5. Offer Exclusive Sales and Promotions: Social media marketing has many elements to it. There are so many creative ways you can reach your customers. Do creative promotions that are for your fans only. Here is an article on how to run promotions for only your Facebook fans.

6. Showing Off Your Products/Services: Social media is so great for showing off your products or services to your customers! You can be creative with the pictures you take and the wording you use on the photos or in the captions. Instagram and Facebook are two great platforms for showing off your products and services. It’s OK to show off your products or services more often if you can find creative ways to make them engaging. Don’t just promote and ram your products and services down peoples throats! One way to do this is to find out what kind of pictures others in your niche post. Take notes on what works for them. Don’t copy just use their posts as inspiration to get ideas. The main thing is if you are going to post pictures of your products and services make them engaging and seem more natural than just a promotional post.

7. Showcasing Your Employees: A great company loves to talk about their employees and social media is a great way to do that! Taking pictures of the office or company events with employees let’s people in and makes your business more transparent. In social media marketing transparency is a good thing. People love to see your business behind the curtain. Social media gives you that opportunity to let people see your company and culture.

8. Billions Of People Equals Lots Of Untapped Potential: With so many people on social media it would be a shame not to be doing social media marketing! The main rule of marketing to go where the people are. Social media is where people are! If you are doing any offline marketing that is great, but if you are going to do any online marketing then I highly recommend that you start social media marketing soon!

9. Staying Ahead Of Your Competition: Chances are your competition is already doing some sort of social media marketing. If you are not you will be left in the dust! If your competition is not doing social media marketing now is your chance to get a leg up on them and start. Whether your competition is on social media or not you can’t afford to sit by and watch them take advantage of social media marketing. You need to take action and start even if you don’t have much money to work with at least get your pages set up on the biggest platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Maybe only start on one, just get started!

10. Taking Advantage of Social Media Analytics: Most of the social media platforms offer some pretty awesome data and analytics. This valuable information will help you to be more efficient and effective when doing social media marketing. Make sure that you use the great information that they give you to analyze and improve your social media marketing. These Insights and Analytics are free and if you read them and analyze them you can really start to learn what is working and what is not working. Use these reports to your advantage. Here is an article on Analyzing Social Media.

I wanted to put together a nice list of reason you should be doing social media marketing and there you have it!

The ten reasons above are more than reason enough to at least start social media marketing. Of course there is a lot to doing social media marketing effectively and you should learn as much about it as you can, but at least get started and you can learn more and more as you go. Never stop reading on ways to improve your social media marketing. It really is a never ending process. Each social media platform is constantly changing so keep up with all the new changes.

If you want to get into social media marketing it can take up a lot of time so plan ahead of how you want to implement a social media strategy for your business. Do you want to take it on yourself? Would you prefer hiring more employees to run your social media? Will you outsource it to another social media marketing agency? Think about these things before starting so that you can implement a great social media marketing strategy!

 

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How To Use Effective Hashtags

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If you do social media marketing one thing that you need to do is use the right hashtags. Hashtags are a great way for people to find you and your content on social media.

Why Use Hashtags?

When you use hashtags on your social media posts it helps people find you. It is similar to using keywords for search engines. People use hashtags to find content and people on social media.

Don’t Use Irrelevant Hashtags

So you take your time to post some great content maybe a really cool picture, a custom made graphic, or even a really awesome video now it’s time to post it! The main thing is you want people to see it right? The more people that see your post the better.

Now that you have it ready to post you put your description on it and then comes the time to throw on some hashtags! What kind of hashtags should you use? That’s how you can get more people to see your new awesome post. So you start throwing on some popular or trending hashtags that aren’t even relevant to the post. Maybe if you use the trending topics a lot of people will see your post even if it has nothing to do with the subject! …No don’t do that! People will actually get annoyed or click away super fast if they click on your post and it has nothing to do with the hashtag they were searching. It will also look like spam if the wrong hashtags are used. You don’t want your posts to look like spam so make sure to use relevant hashtags. Keep the hashtags relevant to the topic of your post and niche.

How To Find Effective Hashtags To Use

I actually have a list of different hashtags I use for our business (social media marketing) depending on what kind of post it is. I can quickly go to my list if it’s a motivational post, or social media marketing tip, etc. I have been doing this long enough to know what hashtags to use. The longer you are using social media marketing for your niche the easier it will get to know exactly what kind of hashtags to use.

Some hashtags I use for our social media marketing agency are: #socialmediamarketing #contentmarketing #business #marketing #entrepreneur #digitalmarketing and #socialmediatips just to name a few. It also depends on what kind of post it is. The above mentioned hashtags are usually used if our post has to do with social media marketing or social media marketing tips. If it is a different kind of post we will use different hashtags.

How do you find the right hashtags to use if you are just getting started? One of the absolute best ways to do this is to find other people/businesses in your niche and see what kind of hashtags they are using. Find some of their best performing posts and look at what hashtags they used on those posts.

Another way to find hashtags that are effective is to find Influencers in your niche and see what they are using in their posts for hashtags. This is a great way to find people who know what they are doing and learn from them! If you want to be the best learn from the best.

You can also use your page Analytics or Page Insights to find hashtags to use. Most Analytics and Insights will show you some good info about your audience. You will be able to see what kind of stuff your audience likes or what kind of industry they work in, this info can be very useful when finding hashtags to target the right audience. You can even use third party social media reports to get even more info!

If you have been doing social media marketing start a list of hashtags that work for your business and niche. Try different kinds of hashtags that are similar to see how they work. Once you find a good list of hashtags that work it will be much easier to use hashtags that can target the right audience and in turn lead to better engagements on your social media posts.

Remember to Hashtag Smart!

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope it helped with any questions you may have had about using hashtags while doing social media marketing. Do you have any advice to add? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

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Interact With Others On Social Media

Interact With Others On Social Media

Take time to interact with people on social media. Don’t just talk about yourself and ignore others.

Make It A Two Way Conversation On Social Media

It’s OK to post stuff and to get your information out on social media. Put out some great content, but don’t ignore your audience while doing it. Make it a point to interact with people on social media whenever you can.

Put Your Loudspeaker Down For A Minute

Don’t keep yelling out your message on social media! Have you ever been to a party and get stuck talking to a person who just wants to talk about themselves? Nobody wants to be around that person and that is the way social media works these days. Make it a two way conversation.

Like Others Posts

Go out of your way to like other peoples posts. “Like” the stuff you really do like. Don’t just start throwing “likes” around acting as if you just hit the “Like Jackpot”! I know they are unlimited, but “like” things on social media that you truly like and be authentic. I admit I used to “like” others posts just to be nice or to return the favor because they “like” my posts. I don’t do that anymore I only “like” posts that are really cool or inspiring or funny or awesome or… well you get the point.

Comment On Others Posts

Commenting on others posts on social media is a great way to connect. It beats out just hitting the “like” button. It lets the other person know that you read their post or that you really do like the picture or video they posted. This is a great way to interact with people and to form relationships on social media! Commenting on others posts will also get them curious and they will check out your profile to learn about you.

I comment on things that I really want to comment on. Some people just leave emoji’s. Which is fine, but it’s not the greatest way to connect when commenting. Words are more powerful and show that you actually payed attention to their post. I like to leave emoji’s here and there (especially on Instagram) cause it’s fast and easy, but whenever you have the time make sure to write a good comment. Don’t just always leave emoji’s.

Leave A Direct Message (DM)

Send someone a nice direct message on social media. Be personable and let them know you like following them. Maybe ask them if they had any questions you can help them with. Even ask them for some advice. I love when people ask me for advice about social media marketing or about business.

Whatever you do when leaving a direct message don’t spam people. Most will ignore you or worse delete you.

Be genuine in your approach. Have a real desire to help them or add value when you can. Never leave an automated direct message. It just feels too robotic and not very personal.

Be A Social Media Superstar!

Interacting with people on social media is fun! I love meeting new people and possible new business contacts on social media. I will rarely promote myself on social media. I just want to add value and have fun while doing it!

I know it takes time to interact with people all the time on social media. It can really drain the time if you do it too much. Find the right balance even if it’s just five minutes on each social media platform per day. Something is better than nothing. You will be amazed at the new connections and relationships you form when interacting more on social media.

Don’t just speak at people, interact with them!

 

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Don’t Be Shady On Social Media

Social Media Tip

When you are on social media don’t do shady things and think people won’t notice. I know I notice when people do shady things and I remember them. Have great social media etiquette and people will notice you.

Follow Then Unfollow Soon After

I can’t say this enough, don’t do this it is very bad practice on social media. I understand that people unfollow others all the time, and that is fine. What I really hate is somebody who does this all the time as a daily or weekly process to build their social media accounts.

That’s like putting your hand out to shake another persons hand and when they go to shake your hand you pull your hand back. Don’t leave people hanging…MAN!

People do this to me and then I see them follow me again a month or two down the road because I unfollowed them, but they don’t remember that I caught on to their little trick and I won’t follow them back. Of course they unfollow anyway, but at least they didn’t bait me again!

I notice that on a social media platform like Instagram (follow me, it will be the best decision you make today!) someone will follow you, they will have 25,000 followers, but they only follow 200 people. To me that is a red flag that someone is following me only to unfollow me soon after I follow them. I won’t follow these people back and just as predicted they unfollow me within 24 hours. Look for this when people follow you and then you won’t have to be fooled by these shady people on social media. This is only a sample of a small percentage of people not everyone does this.

My main point about this is don’t be that person. They are annoying and I will tell them anytime I can. Social media is there to be social and to get to know people not to play games with following and unfollowing people. I can see unfollowing someone who has not followed you back after awhile, but when someone did follow you back and then to unfollow them right after is SHADY!! Not Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers/Eminem that is a cool kind of shady. Don’t be those people, be cool like Slim Shady!

Automated DM’s (Direct Messages)

I think most people who don’t do this can agree with me this is also an annoying thing people do on social media. I can tell just looking at the subject line if someone sent me an automated message. Of course I never respond to these or even read them. I will never set up automated direct messages. If I’m going to respond to someone or thank them for following me I will do it with a genuine message created by me at that time.

I know that people do this and it’s not horrible, but if you can, do your best not to have automated messages go out to your audience. People love to hear from people and automated direct messages seem too robotic.

Don’t Leave Spammy Comments

You would be surprised how many people do this. I get it you are on social media to build your business and awareness, but you need to be careful how you do it. Leaving spam comments on others profiles is very bad social media etiquette. A lot of people will delete the spam comments or worse delete or block you! This is a no brainer, people know if they are leaving spam or not.

I have to admit about 7-8 years ago I used to do that stuff and thought there was nothing wrong with it. I was wrong even back then and today it is even worse to leave spam comments. Don’t be like me 8 years ago, be like me today! Leave value or compliments in comments and people will notice and they will come to you without you even needing to promote yourself.

Just Be Fun and Social 

By reading this you now know what some bad social media etiquette is. I’m sure that most of you don’t do any of the things mentioned above. For those who do this stuff mentioned above on social media I have two words for you STOP IT!!!

Whew….. I got that out of my system..lol

Use social media to be fun and social. That’s really all there is to it when it comes to using social media the right way. I know there is a lot when it comes to social media marketing and the more we know the better we will all get at it. The main point of this article is to let you know what is bad and shady social media etiquette. Be fun and social on social media and it comes really easy.

Talk to others on social media like you would talk to friends even if you don’t know them. Who knows they might actually turn into real friends outside of social media or great business partners in the future!

Thanks very much for taking your time to read this! Keep on Truckin’ my friends.

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If you have never checked them out I suggest reading the awesome articles on Social Media Examiner also. They always have some great content with some great contributors. This is not a paid endorsement or anything like that just a great resource if you’ve never checked them out yet.

Analyze Your Social Media Often

Analyze Your Social Media Marketing

Each social media platform offers some pretty awesome analytic information. Use this to your advantage to make your social media marketing efforts better.

Analyze, Analyze, Analyze

I can’t say it enough! Make sure that you are on track to meet the goals you set out for social media marketing. Each platform offers different, but very useful analytic reports. Most of which are very detailed. Below is a sample from my Twitter Analytics.

 

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Find Content That Is Working

Using social media analytics will be a great way to find out which content and posts are getting the best response. As you can see from my Twitter account above it shows what my top tweet is for the month. This will help when I decide what other content to create and post in the future. I can also find out what some of the other better performing tweets were for that month or past months. If you don’t take advantage of this great and free info you are just going about it like a blind little mouse. Don’t be a blind little mouse. Use these analytics to your advantage and become Mighty Mouse!!

Best Days and Times

When going through your social media analytics really go over the daily posts and see what days and times worked best when posting on your social media pages. This can really help you pinpoint the absolute best times to post. Also look at the worst times when the numbers where down. You will not want to post at these times, because your audience may not be active on social media at those times. You really want to take advantage of the times that your audience is most active. If you are posting when your audience is not on social media then what’s the point! 

Study Each Social Media Analytics Platform

Each social media platform has a different setup and feel for their analytics. Get familiar with how they are laid out. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ all have very good information for analytics. They have different layouts with different ways to read the analytics. Take the time to get to know how to read them. Once you get more familiar it will be easier to take full advantage of the great info and analytics they are giving you.

Take Notes

Take good notes of each social media platform and their analytics. You can do hand written notes (what I do) or you can take screen shots and print them off and put notes right on the printed sheet. Some people export the analytics into a spreadsheet. Whatever way you do it, make sure to take notes! Refer to these notes often when scheduling posts.

It Takes Time

It will take time to get a good feel as to what is working and what is not working when posting on social media. At first you can just start out posting the best possible content you can, when you can. After the first month take a look at the analytics and start your process of analyzing each social media platform to find out what is working best for your niche and business.

If you have already been posting for awhile and you haven’t taken a good look at your social media analytics it’s time to get to it! Find out what content is working and when the best time to post on social media is. Each social media platform is going to be different as to when the best time to post will be. Each social media platform is going to be different when it comes to what kind of content is best.

Schedule Time To Read Your Social Media Analytics

If you schedule time it will be easier to get on a routine for this. I look them over once a week for my account and my clients accounts. Once a week I will do a quick overview of each social media platform. Once per month I will do a more detailed look. This is when I really take notes and adjust my social media marketing campaigns strategies and goals. Whatever you plan to do pick a schedule and stick to it to get good consistent results.

In Conclusion

If you really want to master social media marketing then you need to make sure you keep up with your social media analytics. Don’t ignore the very awesome information that these social media platforms are just handing you. This is a great era in marketing! The information we have now compared to just 10 years ago is astonishing! Make it work for you and you will be glad you took the time.

 

Do you have some tips on how you read your social media analytics? How often do you read and study them? Let me know in the comments below!

Give Value Before Asking For Business

Value First!

 

Give As Much Value As Possible

Social media and your blog are great ways to show people how valuable you can be to them. It can be a way to show off your skills in your particular field. Prospective client’s will use social media and your blog to find out information on you and your company. Don’t waste this opportunity to show what kind of value you can bring to them!

Use Social Media To Show Your Skills

Social media is a great place to show people that you know what you are talking about and that you know what you are doing. If prospective customers like the value you give them you won’t even have to sell to them. They will come to you because the value you give them will be so great they can’t resist!

What Would You Like To See As A Customer?

Would you find your content valuable? Think about that as you create valuable content for your your readers and prospective customers. It’s a great way to evaluate if what you are offering in terms of value is good. No I take that back, you want GREAT content not just good!

Create A Blog With Great Content!

A great way you can add value includes having a good Blog. This will give your readers/customers a look into your process and knowledge. It will also give them an idea of your personality. Write for your customers not for SEO. If you write great content the SEO will take care of itself. Focus more on how you can help your customers not how you can rank high up in the search engines. Plus writing for SEO can make you look boring and obvious to the people who know what you are doing.

 

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little better.”  – Jeff Bezos, Amazon

 

Thunder and Lightning Approach

Using social media and your blog will be a great 1-2 punch when it comes to giving your customers or potential customers some great value. Using both as a “Thunder and Lighting” approach to really make a good impression. Try to make them correspond to your brand and identity. Stick to what you know and write and post about that subject. Add some humor to both your blog and social media. Maybe add some really cool facts about your industry that you know your customers will love.

Figure out what your customers like and keep them engaged on both your blog and social media. It will take some time to really find out what your customers really want and like, so keep at it until you get a really good idea.

In Closing

Add value, value, some more value, then ask for their business. Better yet just add as much value as you possibly can and maybe you won’t even have to ask. Customers will come to you because they like you and what you are offering them before they even become your customers.

It will take a little time to get new customers from your “Valuable Content Strategy” so be patient. Once they come it will be like the movie “Field of Dreams” when all the people are lining up to see you. Build your dream through valuable and intriguing content. Who knows maybe Ray Liotta will come out from nowhere and read it. Then maybe play a little catch with you!

“If you build it they will come.” -Field of Dreams-

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