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  • 1. Small Business Use Of Facebook For Marketing: The Case Of A Family Owned Mediterranean Restaurant { Laeeq Khan Jan Boehmer 78th Annual International Convention Association for Business Communication , October 23-26, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana,, USA Michigan State University
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3.  “Pages are for businesses, organizations and brands to share their stories and connect with people. Like timelines, you can customize Pages by adding apps, posting stories, hosting events and more. Engage and grow your audience by posting regularly. People who like your Page will get updates in their newsfeeds” (Facebook, 2013) Facebook Pages
  • 4.  Businesses cannot dismiss the importance of social media simply due to the amount of traffic generated by such sites (Pettey, 2008). Social Media for Business
  • 5.  McDonalds has 29.6 million fans on Facebook  McDonald’s Brazil has 4 million likes  Coca Cola has 74.5 million Facebook likes  Mercedez Benz has 11 million likes  Chevrolet Camaro has 3.3 million likes How popular are businesses on Facebook
  • 6.  Facebook is “the most structured social network Website” (Buffardi & Campell, 2008, p. 1305). Level Playing Field
  • 7.  Besides being discovered in local circles, small businesses can allow customers to see their human side  Small businesses may have relatively less resources their larger counterparts to market themselves; therefore social media’s importance cannot be dismissed (Whitecavage, Widgeon, & Overbey, 2012) Small Businesses
  • 8.  “Restaurants are using social media to enhance an age-old marketing technique: Making customers and their experiences the face of their brand” (Viana, 2011, p. 1).  According to a Pew (2011) study, 55% of adults said that got information about local restaurants from the Internet, newspapers, word of mouth and local TV. Restaurants
  • 9. 1. What Facebook features are being utilized by the business for marketing purposes? 2. What types of customer relationship management strategies are employed by the business to engage customers? 3. Can SK’s Facebook use experience by the business be generalized to other small businesses? Research Objectives
  • 10.  Peck and Malthouse (2011) define engagement as “the collection of experiences that readers, viewers or visitors have with a media brand (p. 4).  On Facebook pages, this engagement can be expressed through behaviors such as commenting on posts, “liking” them, and sharing information. Interactivity & Engagement
  • 11.  Sizzling Kabobs (SK) is a family owned restaurant, whose unique selling proposition is its specialized blend of Mediterranean and Indian foods.  With limited marketing means, the restaurant has been actively employing a social media strategy since its inception. How Facebook Helps
  • 12.  Menu  Food Photography  Status Updates  Informational posts Facebook Features
  • 13. Food Photography
  • 14.  Answering Questions in a timely manner  Addressing concerns publicly  Acknowledging when fans post to the page CRM
  • 15. Fostering Engagement
  • 16.  Expand customer base by gaining access to markets outside the immediate geographical area.  Compete with large well-established competitors on an equal footing via social media tools.  Implement effective marketing strategies at a lower cost than traditional marketing means. Recommendations
  • 17.  Establish customer relationships.  Reach out to audiences in the vast social networks through the existing customer base by engendering engagement strategies.  Gain marketing intelligence by testing new products and services and gauging customer responses. Recommendations
  • 18.  . Technology can aid managers in dealing with customers if they are committed to active involvement with customers, and deploy social media tools to facilitate customers in telling their stories (Gorry & Westbrook, 2011)  Besides training employees to effectively manage social media platforms, the key is to engage customers, and efficiently exploit social media opportunities (Berthon, Pitt, Plangger, Shapiro, 2012) Conclusion
  • 19. Thank you!