It’s the beginning of a new year, which means a fresh start and endless possibilities! For small businesses, a new year brings opportunities to explore different avenues for growth and success. A major consideration for many small businesses is investing in social media, but it can be overwhelming. Social media is a continually evolving landscape, but understanding the essentials removes the complications and makes it easy for anyone to seamlessly use social media marketing.
Digital marketing channels are the bee’s knees for spreading seasonal cheer throughout the holiday season. From your small business website to social media to email campaigns and blog posts, your business has ample opportunity to impart merriment to its audiences. The best part about using digital marketing is that you can do it all for free! If you have the systems in place, special holiday campaigns require only a bit of pre-planning and time. By successfully sharing festive sentiments over digital channels, your business can build brand awareness and customer conversions. Who wouldn’t want to give it a whirl?
Small business budgets can be, well, small. Whether you’re in the beginning phases of a new business or are an established entity, budgets are tight and every penny is allocated to a specific function. When it comes to marketing budgets, they are often non-existent. Yet, marketing continues to scale the ladder of importance when it comes to small business operations.
The real question, then, is how does a small business integrate marketing efforts with minimal budget? One practically free means of marketing is to enlist your current customers as unofficial brand advocates. Tapping into your captive and loyal consumer base offers your business endless opportunities to increase brand awareness for minimal spend.
June 21 marked the first official day of summer and we couldn’t be more excited! The summer season brings warm weather, longer days, and well-deserved time off. For micro and small businesses, though, summer vacations can feel impossible. Small business owners feel conflicted about being away as it has real implications on the business. Yet on flip side, they’re working around the clock and need a vacation. On top of that, social never sleeps so allowing your social presence to dwindle while away isn’t an option.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up social media accounts for your business and are gaining followers and increasing engagement daily. Your hard work is paying off, but do you feel like social media management is becoming a full-time job, on top of running your small business? With the numerous platforms available, all which have different functionalities and requirements – cue Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets – it can be a cumbersome undertaking. You may find that you spend a shocking amount of time on this one piece of your business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then keep reading!
Over the years there have been plenty of examples illustrating tweets or status updates that should have been given a little more thought. Even if there is functionality in place to take a step back and remove tweets or other posts that were quickly identified as bad ideas, someone out there is always ready to take a screen capture of the evidence. If you’re in charge of posting for your company, it’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes review any important posts prior to making them live.
Getting off the ground as a new small business is a challenge all its own. Sure, you’ve got great products and a solid business plan. You’ve got the passion and the drive to succeed. But marketing your small business is absolutely vital for sustained growth, and especially when you are just starting out. You simply can’t expect customers or clients to find you unless you’re getting your business in front of them.
Here are a few tips each new business should consider for getting that exposure:
When we talk about social media we are often talking about connecting with your consumers to bring a genuine voice and a face to your brand.
But, did you know that you can also use social to strengthen relationships among your employees?
According to EveryoneSocial, when you engage in a social employee advocacy program 20% of employees are more likely to stay at their companies, 15% are more likely to feel connected to co-workers beyond their core teams, 20% are more likely to feel inspired, and 27% are more likely to feel optimistic about their companies’ futures.
It’s because small businesses and entrepreneurs thrive in environments where they can establish long-lasting relationships with their community. These relationships prove their passion and persuade community members to recommend the business to in-laws, friends, or a new acquaintance who visit and want to experience “the local scene.”
This culture has expanded online as we’ve shifted into the digital age with sites like Yelp, Amazon, and TripAdvisor which have placed focus on the power of a positive review. And with the explosion of mobile, apps such as Foursquare/Swarm, where you can check-in to share your favorite places with friends and leave reviews, have done exceptionally well. Because let’s be honest, who is better to give a sincere review–the company or the consumer?
With 40 billion active small business pages on Facebook and more than 2 million active advertisers, it is safe to say that to keep competitive in the social media space, you must join the growing pay-to-play market.
Over the years Facebook has given hints to small business Pages that it is time to participate by updating their algorithm, which declined potential organic reach, adding call-to-action buttons to the top of the Timeline, and supplying more types of ads like video and multiple-image ads. But it truly wasn’t until this year that it became evident that Facebook advertising is here to stay with reports that: