How to Grow Your Small Business Sales By Harnessing the Power of Social Media

How to Grow Your Small Business Sales By Harnessing the Power of Social Media

Social Media, Strategy
The average internet user spends more than 144 minutes on social media every day. Users from younger generations — millennials and Gen Zers — are likely to spend even more time on social media through browsing, networking and interacting with brands. Social media marketing is almost essential to the success of any modern business. But for smaller businesses, it can be hard to figure out the best way to take advantage of social media in your advertising. These social media tips can help any small business owner or solopreneur attract new customers and grow their sales. How to Grow Your Small Business Sales By Harnessing the Power of Social Media 1. Know Your Audience Audience research is one of the best places to start when building a social media strategy.…
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How to Get More Out of Your Social Media Marketing

How to Get More Out of Your Social Media Marketing

Social Media, Strategy
Social media marketing is an effective means of getting the word out about your products and/or services. But, many times it's clear that a small business is not doing all that it can do when it comes to using social media marketing to its full advantage. You might think social media marketing ends at sharing a few posts each day. But nothing could be further from the truth! How to Get More Out of Your Social Media Marketing Create Consistent and Complete Profiles This is so obvious that it's often overlooked! No matter which social media you've determined is important to use for your niche, it's imperative that you create consistent and complete social media profiles. Include a professional headshot, and keep the text description of your profiles similar. This…
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Social Media Marketing for Introverts

Social Media Marketing for Introverts

Strategy
If you're a natural introvert, there's no reason at all to shy away from social media. Don't let the word 'social' throw you. Social media sites offer a great platform for introverts to be social on their own terms. You get to interact with other, but keep control at the same time. Many people are surprised when they find out I’m an introvert. My business is marketing and social media and yes, I’m an introvert! I know, on the surface this doesn’t even seem possible, but it’s true. If given the chance, I will happily sit in the corner by myself and curl up with a book. I can attend an event and not say a single word to anyone, and enjoy myself immensely just the same. This is me,…
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5 Data-Driven Ways to Maximize Your Social Media Marketing

5 Data-Driven Ways to Maximize Your Social Media Marketing

Strategy
If you're a non-data-driven marketer, you might think that building a data-driven social marketing strategy is too complicated. However, if you do not measure and track the right things on social media, you still end up wasting a lot of time and energy. You spend most of your time guessing what is and what isn't useful. This translates to a loss of money and other resources. You're also losing a lot of opportunities to engage with your target audience. The worst part of all is that you might end up hurting your brand image because you fail to give your audience what they want. Why? Because you don't know what exactly it is! The Benefits of Going Data Driven Once you start adopting a data-driven mindset, there are so many…
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How to Bait and Fish in the Social Media Pond

How to Bait and Fish in the Social Media Pond

Social Media, Strategy
Social media is a must-have aspect of every business. If you haven’t started using it yet, I'm not sure what you may be waiting for, but consider your invitation to jump on board. Even if you’ve been dabbling with social media marketing for a while, take some time to think about how you can improve your strategy, generate more leads, and ultimately make more money. A Fisherman’s Guide to Social Media To do this, it helps to think like a fisherman (or woman). I thought this was a fun analogy to use with this batch of social media tips. Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to reel in your audience.   1. Fishing in an empty pond will leave you hungry at the end of the…
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How to Increase Productivity and Avoid the Social Media Sink Hole

How to Increase Productivity and Avoid the Social Media Sink Hole

Social Media, Strategy
Do you find yourself using social media for hours and hours a day, without a plan? Or, do you throw your hands up in frustration over your lack of time for using social media, yet you understand the potential power of social networking and what it can do for your business? Are you in need of a social media time management  plan? Social networking is here to stay – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, blogging - plus a host of new social networking sites are launched every other week. People want to be connected and the speed we’re moving in to stay connected is frightful at times – how can you keep up? But more importantly, are you being less productive than you should by visiting social networking sites? It's…
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Best Ways to Connect With These Popular Types of Social Media Fans

Best Ways to Connect With These Popular Types of Social Media Fans

Social Media, Strategy
When you're posting on social media, do you have a specific viewer in mind? Are you looking for a response from your raving social media fans? Or are you trying to lure the quiet lurker out of her shell? People respond in different ways to social media content. When you're creating content to share, how often do you consider the energy and attitudes of your fans? Social Media Fans: Who Are They? This handy infographic sheds light on the seven most popular types of social media fans, and how they affect your brand: Quiet follower - I'm lookin, I'm lurkin, and I just might read your updates Casual liker - I like some of your stuff Deal seeker - what can you do for me? Unhappy customer - I'm disappointed and I'm telling on you!…
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Make Sure Your 2014 Digital Marketing Strategy Includes This

Marketing Strategy, Strategy
What’s your digital marketing strategy for 2014? How do you decide what to focus on as you develop your digital marketing strategy? Do you follow the trends or do you simply wing it, based on what you think you see going on within your industry? Knowing the trends can help you develop an online marketing strategy that gets results! It can save your company both time and money if you can follow the trends and develop a plan consistent with the marketplace. A couple of points to note: Social media and SEO should get further intertwined over the course of 2014, with images likely to be paramount for success. Mobile design is critical. Forbes estimates that by 2017, 87 percent of connected device sales – a category which includes desktop-based…
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