As a small business owner, it’s important to appeal to your market’s emotional needs. Think back to your last big purchase. What made you buy the brand you bought? It has less to do with research than you think. People buy emotions, not sales tactics.
Your audience wants to relate to your brand before making a purchase. This is why it’s so important to utilize social media properly. Being personable and relatable increases the likelihood of your audience purchasing from you exponentially. Why? Because, your brand has connected with their life and offers to fulfill a need.
Brand loyalty is created through routine, trust, and a sense of belonging. These are all emotions that your audience can relate to. Your audience wants to feel as though they are part of your brand’s community. By creating a community of like-minded followers, you’re allowing your audience to feel that sense of belonging with your brand. That’s going to greatly benefit your brand by way of word-of-mouth advertising and customer loyalty.
Once you’ve established how you’re going to appeal to your audience’s emotions, it’s time to think about the placement of your offering. It’s important to get your offering in front of your target audience. This can be done via social media advertisements. When launching a new product or service, you may benefit from a paid placement instead of depending on organic reach.
Taking your audience’s emotions into consideration will only help propel your brand and marketing efforts. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.
Cheers, Love and Success
Some of your social media content performs better than others and it only makes sense that you’d want to recycle it on other platforms. How can you do that across the various networks?
Each network offers analytics on your content so you can see how it’s performing. To find your popular posts, you’ll need to check each network, as follows:
• Facebook: Insights and click on posts
• Twitter: Analytics dashboard to find top tweets
• Instagram: No built-in analytics but several third-party tools are available, such as Iconosquare
To determine your most popular posts, look for those that have the most engagement. Once you’ve narrowed them down, use the tips below to recycle your content.
Your Instagram content can be pinned to various Pinterest boards to gain extra traffic. You can do this by uploading the popular Instagram photo to your website and pin it. It’s important to pin it directly from your website so that it links back to your page. Be sure to edit the description to make it catchy.
Many popular tweets are stand-alone text quotes, which means its super easy to recycle them. You can add the quote to an appropriate image and tweet it again. Or, you can also use the text quote again and simply add a photo that goes with it. Make sure your image is the correct size for Twitter. If you need help with this, you can use Canva, Adobe Spark, or another image tool to help you choose the correct size.
The Facebook posts that get the most engagement are generally longer posts about opinions, research, or inspiration. If you have a post like that, you might consider turning that post into a blog post. You can then turn your written blog post into a video, which will further increase your traffic.
It’s important to recycle your most popular social media content to gain more traffic. You’ll also increase your SEO and generate more visibility for your brand. You may just increase your leads, too! For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.
Cheers, Love and Success,
Are your blog posts missing something that you just can’t put your finger on? It’s videos! Combining videos with your written content can help you stand out and keep people coming back for more. Here’s how!
Once you’ve created your video and uploaded it to YouTube, use the embed code to add it to your blog post. Embedding videos into your posts is the most direct way to integrate your content marketing and YouTube videos.
When your posts contain videos, they instantly become more dynamic and engaging. You can also recycle your content ideas in several ways. Posts with videos also generate more inbound links and increased viewership than posts that don’t include videos.
The videos you embed on your blog don’t have to match the post content. As long as the video is relevant to your written content, you’re good to go. Let’s say you’re writing a post about your experience in therapy. You can also include a video about what to expect at your first appointment. The video compliments the written content nicely, which goes a long way with your readers.
If you’re writing a how-to post, include a video tutorial along with your content. Sometimes, written content is a bit difficult to follow and image tutorials aren’t as effective as actually watching someone go through the motions. These types of videos perform very well across all industries and add value for your readers.
Facebook Live and Instagram Stories are great but don’t forget about YouTube. Be sure to include links to your website and/or blog in the description section of each video you upload to YouTube. If you would like to learn more, contact me today for your consultation.
Cheers, Love and Success,
Sharing content on social media is only one aspect of social media marketing. In order for you to be successful, you need to be engaging with your fans and followers. What’s the point of sharing content if you’re not going to engage? Many people will actually stop following you because you’re not engaging with them. Here are 8 reasons engagement is crucial to your success.
If you don’t know, Facebook is constantly changing its algorithm, making it more and more difficult for your content to be seen, especially if you’re not posting regularly. Facebook isn’t the only social network doing this, however. Instagram also uses engagement metrics to determine what’s put in front of your followers. If you’re engaging with your audience, they’re much more likely to share your content, which helps to increase your audience through additional likes.
Adding testimonials to your website is great but there are always going to be people who question if those testimonials are legitimate. When you’re engaging with your audience, you’re building trust and loyalty from your fans/followers. People like to connect with people, not products or services. Be sure to show your audience who you are, what they can expect from you, and that they can trust you.
Don’t be afraid to ask your audience questions to spark discussion. Eliciting emotions from your audience is a great way to increase engagement. Be sure to keep it friendly and take control of any unruly fans or followers.
Clearly, engaging with your audience helps you stay in touch with them, and you’ll learn more about them in the process. People like to be entertained and to feel like they’re connected. Don’t be shy!
Have you ever come across a post in your news feed with hundreds or thousands of comment and felt compelled to read it? Of course you have! This is a perfect example of how engagement increases attention. Not only on social media, but your website as well. Your audience will likely hop over to your website and subscribe to your newsletter or blog.
People don’t like communicating with robots – they want to connect with real people. Show yourself and your personality off to your audience through engagement. Let your audience get to know who you are, within reason, and why you do what you do. You never know just whom you may inspire.
The more you interact with your audience, the more memorable you’re going to be. People are going to remember that you’re social and engaging and they’ll keep coming back.
Statistics show that an engaged audience is more likely to be a buying audience. Once your audience knows that they can trust you, they’re more likely to make a purchase.
So, if you didn’t know how important engagement is before, now you do! Being engaging on social media is just like building relationships in person; you need to be consistent. If you would like more information or want to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact me today!
Cheers, Love and Success,
LinkedIn is often the most overlooked social media platform when it comes to marketing your small business. It’s time to start looking to LinkedIn to promote your brand and gain new business. But, be sure to avoid these 5 deadly mistakes.
Your LinkedIn company page allows you to showcase how your business benefits clients/customers. If you don’t have one, these benefits aren’t shared. Furthermore, other LinkedIn members can follow your company page, and you can share company updates. Your LinkedIn company page is very similar to your Facebook fan page.
When creating your company page, it’s important to provide as much information as possible. If you want to attract more business, you need to make sure that you detail your products and/or services. The more information you provide on your company page, the higher your chances of increasing your customer base.
On LinkedIn, recommendations are testimonials. Your current and past customers can leave reviews on your business and detail their experiences with you. But, you need to take action by asking them to share a recommendation.
LinkedIn is like any other social platform; the more active you are the more visible you are. Be sure you’re sharing updates on a regular basis and engaging with other members. If you post up to 20 times per week (4 times per day), your updates will be seen by almost 60% of your network.
LinkedIn has a number of groups you can join to share information with like-minded professionals. It’s important to be active in these groups. You can join up to 50 groups so be sure that your groups are a mixture of where your target audience is likely to be. You can share updates, ask questions, and so on. Be sure to read the rules for each group before posting so that you’re in compliance.
Don’t discount LinkedIn as a viable part of your digital marketing strategy. It’s a great way to promote your business to those who need it the most. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to contact me today!
Cheers, Love and Success,
It’s a new year and it’s time to rethink your current digital marketing strategy. Has your current strategy been getting you the results you want? If it hasn’t, it’s time to make a change. Sometimes it’s all about getting back to basics and this is where I recommend starting.
You have to be online these days if you want to be found. Everything is online, including, and especially, your target audience. In fact, more than 40% of the world population is online. But, simply having a website isn’t going to cut it. Your website needs to be mobile- and user-friendly.
“Google says 61% of users are unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing and 40% visit a competitor’s site instead. (MicKinsey & Company)”
I recommend using WordPress for your website because it’s easy to use, user-friendly, and most themes are already optimized for mobile devices.
Your digital marketing strategy should absolutely include a blog. This is where you can share industry related content, including announcements, how-to articles, and so on. You need to be consistent with blogging and you should publish at least one post per week.
Your blog posts should be shared across your social media platforms. This not only gets them out there, but it also helps increase the SEO for your website. The higher your page rank, the more visible your website will be.
Offering a newsletter is a great way to grow your email list and stay in contact with your current clients, fans and audience. Your newsletter should include company news and announcements and any other information that is in line with your business and strategy. The newsletter serves as a gateway to keep the lines of communication open between your business and your audience.
That’s it – these are the basics that you must include in your digital marketing strategy. Of course, if you would like additional information or have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime.
Cheers, Love and Success,
Instagram is a great way to show off your brand to millions of users. How? How do you create a style for your brand to attract your target audience? It all begins with a well-planned strategy for your visuals.
Building your brand means brand recognition and continuity. You automatically recognize Nike because of the “swoosh” logo. Your brand must be treated the same way. It represents your business, what you do, who you are. Being consistent with your brand increases recognition and continuity, making it easily visible to your target audience.
It’s important to be consistent with your brand by way of using the same fonts, color scheme and logo. You want your audience to immediately be able to identify your brand just by looking at a photo. Since Instagram is a photo-sharing network, this is the perfect avenue to create your signature branding and duplicate it on other networks.
Instagram filters make the photos you share look just a bit different, and each filter creates a different effect. You want to create a cohesive look to your photos on Instagram so be sure to be consistent with the type of filter you use. For example, if you like the way the Lark filter makes your photos look, use that filter on most of your photos.
This doesn’t mean you have to always use that filter, however. But, you should use that filter for the majority of your photos. In keeping with the current aesthetic, limit yourself to only a few similar filters so that your audience doesn’t stray.
If you have more than one image you’d like to share, create a photo collage instead of flooding Instagram with individual photos. Collages are great for how-to content or anything that involves a few simple steps. If how-to content doesn’t fit with your business, don’t worry. You can also use collages to tell a story about an event, a milestone, or anything that happens in your business.
Instagram now allows you to record 3- to 60-second videos so that your audience can get an inside glimpse of your business and what you do. Video is a very important component of your marketing mix. In fact, 85% of people who watch videos are more likely to purchase a product. Furthermore, it’s estimated that 80% of all Internet traffic will be video by 2019. You don’t want to miss out on that!
Because Instagram is often overlooked by businesses, you have a great opportunity to get in front of your competitors. Don’t think you can do this yourself? Not a problem. Contact me today for your consultation to learn how I can help you create the Instagram strategy your brand needs.
Cheers, Love and Success,
LinkedIn is a great way to grow your business, gain exposure, set yourself apart from your competition and be seen as an expert by your peers. It’s time to put your fears aside and jump in with both feet! Here are 5 marketing tips to grow your business on LinkedIn.
Keeping your profile updated is important so that prospective clients know that you’re active online. Things often change, sometimes quickly, in your business and it’s important to document those on your profile. The same is true for your profile photo and your headline. Add links to articles, lead pages with free reports, and show photographs of your office and more. Really beef up that profile and make it stand out.
On LinkedIn, you make connections instead of friends or followers. Your network is important to the growth of your business because it’s full of prospective clients or those who can recommend your products/services to friends, family, or colleagues. Be selective with who you add to your network, however, to make sure you’re building a quality network.
Consistently publish articles to your LI profile to gain exposure. Once you do this, your original content becomes a part of your professional profile. It’s also seen among your connections with a notification. Publishing on LI helps you been seen as an expert in your field, helps you grow your following and again sets you apart from you competition.
Endorsements are like reviews of your products/services so be sure to leverage them. Take some time to put together a comprehensive list of skills and experience you have and add them to your profile. Your connections will be able to endorse or confirm that you, in fact, possess those skills and experiences, which will increase your visibility within the network.
Search and join groups that contain like-minded people and your target market. Be sure to interact on a regular basis to build a rapport with the other members. This is a great way to position yourself and your business as an expert in your niche and you’ll build credibility along the way.
Social media marketing is constantly changing, making it hard to keep up with the latest. That’s where I come in. I keep up with all the changes so you don’t have to. Contact me today for your consultation to see how I can help market you and your business effectively on LinkedIn.
Cheers, Love and Success,
I’ve developed amazing friendships with people I’ve never met, I’ve forged partnerships, and have also connected with other colleagues in my niche that have helped my business. In addition to business, I’ve found great products that I’ve bought and honestly I would never have found those products otherwise. So, simply put…I LOVE Instagram. I love Instagram as a business owner and I love Instagram as a consumer. It’s easy to use and it’s so much fun especially when you use it in a manner that really serves your followers as well as your business.
So, here are some pretty awesome tips that are going to help you super charge your Instagram marketing.
1. Create a Dynamite Bio That Grabs Attention: I know you’ve heard it before, but still I see so many folks with out a great bio. Your bio is valuable real estate that tells folks about who you are, what you like and/or what your business is about. This is basically your message to the world, expressing why they should follow and connect with you.
Personally, I use my Instagram account for personal and business together. I post many personal photos in order to let people get to know the real me and I mix in my work with inspiration and helpful information that serves others.
Here is an image that reflects how to create a dynamite bio that really grabs attention. Again, YOUR bio should speak about what YOU want it to reflect. This is also something you can change. I’ve changed my bio many times. I enjoy changing it up and bit and find it fun, especially as my likes and new hobbies change. So, play around with it. Make sure you use the extra bolded text and note that it’s NOT a repeat of my name. It’s what I do and my profile user name is my personal name. I also use emoticans to have fun (I love to have fun) and they make, what you LOVE stand out. Remember, people will follow you based on what you love. Like attracts like.
So, understand that there are many steps that you will need to set up before you invite followers. Again, first impressions only happen ONCE!
a. As I said above, you need to create your dynamite bio. Make sure you have your secondary name that is different from your profile name and be sure to list our what you love and what you do. There are many many ways to make your BIO stand out. Take time to look at other popular folks that have very large followings on Instagram to get ideas.
b. Then you want to take several photos in order to make sure that when folks see your profile they know immediately what they will be seeing from you if they decide to follow you. Again, first impressions only happen once! ***One note here that is very important…as the amazing Instagram expert Jenn Herman says, “A picture says a thousand words – so what do you want your Instagram photos to say? What do you want your Instagram message to be?” I recommend you read her blog post about creating your photos around what you want your Instagram message to be. You DO NOT just want to start taking photos and throwing them up without any thought or strategy.
3. Follow Your Competition: It’s a great and wise move to follow your competition or the power houses in your industry or niche. This was you can connect with them, learn from them as well as praise them. Social Media can be very generous and even though it may be your competition…in many situations they may even share your content or products. So, don’t be afraid to follow and praise your competition.
4. Repost or Share Photos with Repost App: Download Repost App on your smartphone. This will allow you to easily repost other Instagram followers photos and share them with your audience. Of course this will get the attention of the person’s content you’ve shared. This can do wonders for your business. As I said earlier, Social Media can be very generous when practiced authentically and ethically. This only helps your business and brand when you recognize and celebrate others.
Download the Repost App to your smart phone and then connect it to your Instagram account. From there you can repost photos easily. It’s like sharing on Facebook or Retweeting on Twitter. This credits the person’s photo and allows their followers to learn more about their business or person you are reposting.
Here is a repost of Woof Gang Bakery here in our local community. I love dogs and I love helping local businesses grow!
So, for example…let’s say that you have a small company that sells children’s clothing online. If I were you I would look up other very popular complimentary businesses that have huge followings like Zulily, Hanna Andersson or the like. Then look at who is following that business. Click on their name, scroll through their photos, like several of them (be genuine) and then give them a follow too.
What happens is your Instagram profile will GET NOTICED because you gave them 3-5 likes on their photos and followed them. If they love children’s clothing and they like your style, than chances are they will start following you too. BAM! Do this little by little everyday and you will have a massive following before you know it.
(Now, one thing you definitely DO NOT WANT TO DO…is write a comment to them plugging your clothing and telling them to check you out…that is called SPAM and feels so ICKY.) Be casual, be genuine and like what you like. Believe me, if you have cute clothing and a great business people will want to follow you and ultimately buy from you as well. Hopefully you get my point here. If you want to learn even more than I recommend you read about my other blog post called: Grow FAST On Instagram With These 6 Tips.
However, that aside, this is a great way to get more exposure for your brand, bring more followers on board and even sell more products when you ask your fans to show off your product on their own profile.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post and if you have a tip that can help other super charge their Instagram Marketing, please share it in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.
Cheers, Love and Success,
Most businesses that struggle and tell me their stories of why they can’t be more successful are usually because they believe they do not have enough money to market their business or marketing their business is too hard.
In today’s economy many small businesses are struggling to get a foothold and the honest truth is it takes hard work and quality skills to get new business. It’s tough out there and I get that. I really do. But, don’t give up like so many do. Stay tough, learn new skills, practice and put yourself out there. You can do this.
Today as the new year starts I wanted to write you a blog that could help you understand how you can really make amazing things happen for your business when you know all the ways in which you can market it with little or no cost.
Yes, every business needs capital however I know first hand it’s possible to start a business with very little money. For example, my very first business I started with only $200 and within 3 months I was completely booked with clients and within 6 months I was hiring my first 2 employees. Anything is possible if you have the right mindset, product or service and put elbow grease/skills into your marketing.
Now before I share with you my ’50 low and no cost marketing strategies’ I want to make my favorite statement…“Marketing does not have to expensive, but it does have to be effective.”
Here’s my case and point. I worked with a client in Canada. He was paying $12,000 per year for a bill board ad. Before he spoke to me he didn’t get 1 phone call or lead from that ad. After we worked on the ad and made a few minor tweaks he re-did the ad and within the first week he had 4 new leads and 2 new clients. That is what effective marketing can do for you whether you are spending big bucks or nothing at all.
50 Marketing Ideas For Under $200
Any one of these marketing strategies can bring in more business…if you understand how to use the tool in the right way. The more successful you are at using the tool, the more successful you will be at attracting new business.
Here are a few tips:
Do you have any specific questions about your business and how to use one of these low cost or no cost strategies? Feel free to comment below and ask away. I am here to help you.
Amanda Brazel | Digital Media Marketing Done For You