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  • The 3 broken out segments are facebook, Youtube and twitter. Together they attract over 10% of ALL visits to websites in the UK. That’s more than Google
  • Clearly define what you want to social media for. If you want to use it for multiple purposes, create distinct accounts for each e.g. create @yourcompany and @yourcompany_supportIt is tough to be all things to all people
  • The big two to focus on are Facebook and Twitter. If you can produce video content, by all means use YouTube to add another dimension to your marketing. If you are targeting businesses or business people, LinkedIn. For the purposes of this webinar, we will focus on Twitter and Facebook, and to a lesser extent YouTube. Its also worth pointing out, most people who use Twitter don’t actually go to Twitter’s website itself.
  • [Note – the text below is a copy & paste from another website, adapt the text do not use it verbatim]PerceivePay attention to what's happening online and understand what it means to your business. Learn your way around and know where people are talking about you—and your competitors—and listen to what they're saying .ProtectBe prepared to react to events in social media. If they point out product problems or areas for improvement, get that information to your product group. When critics gripe or point out your flaws, be prepared to respond.ParticipateJoin in relevant online discussions. Comment on blogs, join online communities. Don't try to subvert the medium (by, for example, using a fake identity). Be appropriate, and you can be a constructive part of the conversation.ProjectBlogs, media sharing and social networking sites can be useful for promoting your business (just avoid the activities that lead to active opposition). Social media are also good for projecting your personal brand. As you speak, just remember to keep listening. This is a world of two-way communication, and listening will tell you how your speaking is going over.
  • Don’t operate each network as a silo, use them to drive each other and cross pollenate across all of them.Aim to drive traffic/ awareness towards website
  • This shows the biggest potential comes from your existing customers,running special offers and generating useful content
  • Don’t just chase a number, for the sake of having a large number of followers. Focus on quality over quantity e.g. it is better to have 100 active followers who have an interest in your product than 1,000 who pay you no attention and have no interest in web hosting. The key is to getting started is to be active and not dip in and out once a week or less. It is a daily commitment, especially at the start.
  • Crowd source deals, e.g. If 20 people ‘like’ a deal it becomes active
  • Tag all shortened links with your analytics software’s tracking data (e.g. Google analytics) to track visit and ecommerce data

Using social media to sell web hosting Using social media to sell web hosting Presentation Transcript

  • Reseller webinars
    Using Social Media To Sell Web Hosting
  • Overview
    Why use social media in your marketing mix?
    Pros & cons of using social media as a business
    4Ps of social media marketing & integrated social media
    Getting people to interact with you
    Turning followers into sales & monitoring performance
  • Why should social media be part of your marketing mix?
    “Social sharing now produces an estimated 10% of all web traffic and 31% of referral traffic to sites from search engines and social networks.” Source: StarcomMediaVestGroup and RubinsonPartners
    “88% of Brits use social networking sites” Source: eMarketer
    “40% of respondents clicked the 'like' button for, or 'liked', a company, brand or association on Facebook to receive discounts and promotions.” Source: ExactTarget
    “61% of small business owners use social media to identify and attract new customers” Source: Small Business Success Index
    “More than half of UK consumers would be glad and feel as though they were being 'listened to' if a company responded to issues that they posted on microblogs.” Source: Fleishman-Hillardand Harris interactive
    Top 20 most visited website categories as a % of the UK’s total traffic
    Source: Hitwise
  • What do you want to use social media for?
    Building a community around my brand
    A new customer support channel
    Driving sales and referrals
    Building closer relationships with customers & brand advocates
  • What are the Pros & Cons?
    One on one relationship with customers
    Position yourself as an expert
    Distribute offers & deals instantly
    Increased sharing & word of mouth potential
    Very little direct financial investment
    Not a “fire & forget” option
    Requires time to be dedicated to it each day
    Public airing of any issues (service & technical)
    Can lose control of the conversation
  • Which social networks to use?
    Share of visitors going to websites within the
    social networking category (UK)
    Source: Hitwise
  • The 4Ps of social media marketing
    Adapted from http://net-savvy.com/executive/social-media/4-ps-for-social-media.html
  • Integrated social media marketing
    Content creation
    Sharing &
    Central website screenshot is a theme by
  • Social media action plan
    1. SMART goals
    What you want to achieve?
    2. Market data
    What are the trends to react to & competitors to follow?
    3. The tools to use
    Which tools will help you achieve your goals?
    4. Integrated marketing & measurement
    How do they fit in with your current marketing goals, and how will you measure success?
    Adapted from http://www.slideshare.net/shannonlatta/social-media-action-plan-template
  • Heart Internet’s positioning one sheet
    What we want:
    Our aim is to create a community based around the Heart Internet brand though a single, cohesive and integrated strategy across all channels.
    We will provide a personality behind the business, positioning ourselves as web hosting experts, by actively engaging in conversations with our customers and prospective customers, as well as communicating new features, promotions and prizes.
    What we don’t want:
    We must not use social media to open up new support channels nor seek out customers complaining about their current web host to sell our services.
    All conversations should be positive and remain on topic and avoid getting in to tit for tat conversations. At no times must we use the mediums purely for a hard sell.
    Instigate discussion and conversations surrounding topics associated with our target audience
    Share useful links/resources from 3rd party websites
    Announce new blog posts, features, promotions and prizes
    Run exclusive campaigns and promotions
    Personalise Heart Internet with pictures, updates and personal contact
    Increase engagement with the brand
    Integrate other media (e.g. YouTube, blog etc.)
    Offer exclusive promotions and resources
  • What makes people want to follow a brand?
    Source: http://blog.getsatisfaction.com
  • Getting people to interact with you
  • Turning followers into sales
    • Retweet positive comments
    • New product/ feature announcements
    • Reply to all sales enquiries quickly
    • Link to case studies & testimonials
    • Ask for feedback on what new features & offers they want
    • Exclusive discount codes & short term offers
    • Crowd source deals
    • Contact people asking for hosting & domain name recommendations
    • Offer an exclusive version of your hosting
    • Integrate with an affiliate program
    • Register domains directly through Twitter (use Twitter & Heart Internet APIs)
    • Integrate a shopping cart in to Facebook (e.g.www.payvment.com)
  • Monitoring performance
    The tools
    The metrics
    Source: www.socialmediaexaminer.com
  • Questions & Answers
    Note: The presentation slides & webinar will be made available via our blog in the coming days.