23 Dec Why Choose Social Media For Small Businesses?
Social media can be a very valuable and cost effective tool for small businesses. Social media allow businesses to directly connect with their customers, reducing costs associated with traditional marketing and advertising. Not only can they reach customers but they can also interact with them. These days, social media can be much more effective than the "old fashioned" method and can be done quite cheaply or even for free.
Social media is basically a case of one customer spreading the word of your business to other customers. Unlike the normal word of mouth advertising of before, online social media allows the word to get thousands of people instantly. One customer can easily bring in hundreds more depending on their online social reach. Positive reviews written on sites that specialize in rating businesses and products can have immediate results. Online potential for customers is unlimited.
Here are a few services available to get small businesses up and running in the modern world of online social media marketing and hopefully increase sales and profits.
Who has not heard of Twitter? One can not turn on a television these days without hearing about some celebrities Twitter account and followers. Businesses can use Twitter in the same way celebs do to increase their popularity and keep "fans" updated on their happenings. Hard core Twitter uses can be reached almost perpetually. Businesses can use this for speedy advertising. An example might be a company that needs to clear out overstock quickly and need a sale announced as soon as possible. By announcing with Twitter, word of the sale is announced immediately to a large group of customers and customers will begin to materialize often within minutes of the Tweet going out.
The more creative a business is in there Twitter postings, the more effective their reach will be. Posts that are entertaining and informative will gather the largest number of followers and the most potential customers.
Yelp is another excellent social media tool for businesses. Yelp is a local business search service that allows businesses to post their information and descriptions of their goods and services. Customers can post reviews and also rate the business for other customers to see. Following complete information in Yelp is an excellent way for businesses to attract new customers.
From all the hype, one might think that Facebook had replaced the internet itself. These days it looks like everyone is on Facebook, and that's not too far from the truth. Just like Twitter, businesses can attract followers who are not immediately updated when a business posts a change to their Facebook page. But Facebook offers advantages that Twitter does not. Namely it lets businesses create a page complete with photos, videos, and lots of information. The business can post maps to their location, product descriptions, special offers, etc. and customers will be able to see them immediately.
Facebook pages that offer followers a way to participate on the site are the most popular. Many large businesses have their own custom designed Facebook applications that customers can use. These interesting applications are a great way to attract new followers and potential customers.
A blog is another essential social media tool. Businesses can use blogs to either write specifically about the business or they can post information relating to their "niche." Customers looking for information about products or services can arrive at the blog and will likely promptly wind up at the company's website.
Blogs can be as creative as a business wants to get and the more creative the better. Blogs can also direct readers to the business's Twitter and Facebook pages to create instant followers. Techniques such as Search Engine Optimization will increase the blog's number of hits and lead to increased exposure.
All of these social media strategies depend heavily on fresh, interesting content. Encourage consumers to follow these sites by offering contests and specials only available through the sites. Make sure to update often with new content to encourage people to check in often. Once a business gets its social media engine up and running, company exposure will spread at an amazing rate. These days businesses can not afford not to take advantage of these free services.