So, you’ve decided to take the plunge into the world of social media. Buckle up as the ride can be a bit bumpy—but it can also be incredibly fun and productive if you follow the right strategies. You may have already used a personal Facebook or Instagram account, but creating and managing a brand presence is a whole different world. Instead of a built-in audience of friends and family members, you now have to build a following and entertain them so that they hang around. Whether it’s fatigue from seeing too many posts, boredom from the types of posts or aggravation from unrelated content, social media users can be a fickle bunch. They also aren’t afraid to unlike or unfollow a brand they’ve grown tired of.Now, don’t panic. There are a handful of tried-and-true methods you can deploy to help your posting strategy and aid your efforts in developing a healthy following. In part three of our educational series on how small businesses can best leverage social media, we’ll break down three quick ways that you can develop quality and attention-getting content.
Social Media Marketing Part Four: Understanding The Differences Between Paid and Organic Social Media Marketing
The last time a person used the word “organic” was probably in a high school chemistry class. While researching social media for your brand, the term may be one that you've heard before. Rest assured that organic social media has nothing to do with plants, animals, organisms or even science at all. It’s a term that describes one of two main categories of social media, with “paid” posts being the other.In part four of our educational series on how small businesses can best leverage social media, we’ll discuss exactly what organic and paid social media marketing means. We'll explain the differences between the two and how you can use either approach to your advantage. Also, you can determine which method works best for your business.
When you’re running a small business, it can be easy to fall into the trap of laser-focusing on sales. In most cases, margins are thin, and livelihoods are on the line. It makes sense to concentrate on what’s bringing in the cash. Unfortunately, this approach can sometimes result in the business neglecting to develop and build its brand.If “branding” is a term you’ve heard before, or you're intimidated by all-things marketing, there’s nothing to fear. Your “brand” is another term to describe the name, design, logo, symbol and unique attributes that separate you from competitors. To put it differently, it’s the heart, soul, and essence of your business. Once you can convey what your brand is, you’ll have to strategize on how to convey it to your audience.In part two of our educational series on how small businesses can best leverage social media, we’ll talk about using social networking platforms to establish your brand identify and build some buzz around your business.
The world of marketing is much more fragmented than it was a decade ago In addition to the rise of digital advertising—which often favors companies with the deepest pockets—there's another important medium that's completely free: social media. Because it doesn't cost anything to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other online gathering places, social media can be a critical equalizer for small businesses.
In this blog series, we're going to look at how small businesses can use social media to engage with people; develop their brand identity; establish personality and expertise, and advertise the kinds of sales and promotions that trigger conversions. In this post, we take a look at the best strategies for building engagement on social media.