Make Your Small Business Invaluable
Using Social Media 10 Low Cost Tips For Gaining Attention Mike Volpe, HubSpot, Chief Marketing Officer @mvolpe Kare Anderson, Owner, Say It Better Center @kareanderson
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Don’t just know what your
customers look for during the decision process, know where they look for it. • Which social channels are your buyers most active on? • What publications, websites or blogs do they read?
Tip: Learn From Your Customers.
Next time you’re talking to a customer, ask which social media platforms they use and what publications they read. Not only will you be able to reach them more effectively, but this is a great indicator of where you need to be to get found by your prospects.
“But wait, my business can’t
write 5 blog posts a week. We only have a ½ person marketing team!” • Pick two questions you frequently hear from customers, write an actionable blog post on them, and share on your social platforms. • Host an hour-long Chat on Twitter to answer questions your audience has been asking. • Conduct interviews with thought leaders and post them on your blog.
“Focus on how to be
social, not how to do social” - Jay Baer • Jump into the conversation by sharing insights and links on social media. Offer helpful content from your business, as well as others. • Don’t be afraid to have a voice and be conversational with your followers. • Follow social media accounts that generate discussion on your business, industry, or product.
Your customers are your best
spokespeople, they will tell all their friends and followers about your company if you create a remarkable buying experience. Shouldn’t you capture that conversation and reward them? • Reward your customers for being advocates on social media by sharing and praising their comments. • Tag their Twitter handles to get them involved in future conversations and connect them with other leaders in your industry.
Example: Sinclair Heating, Cooling and
Plumbing Results: • Website traffic up by 400% • 1,000 Twitter followers and 400 Facebook Likes; Growing at 30% • Blog article on “Tankless vs Tank Water Heater” has 2,000 views Advice: Go Out on a Limb “I went out on a limb when I first started; the rest of the company had an old school mentality. This has been a grand slam. This works, it’s a no brainer. And I can prove it. I love it.”
Example: IDR Solutions Search optimized
website for keywords Software Industry Under 10 Employees Launched a blog; 70+ articles to date (20 / month) Results: • Website traffic up by 125% • Leads generated from organic search up 120% Advice: Use Analytics to Determine Content “By looking at our reports, we waste much less time on blog posts or new content topics which have historically not attracted many potential customers.”
Example: Cogentys Results: • Inbound
web traffic up by 300%, cut all Google PPC Ads • Lead generation increased 716% • Reduced sales cycle from email nurturing Advice: “We were doing the right things – blogging, SEO, social media – we just were not doing them well. By refocusing our efforts and bringing everything together we got great inbound marketing results.”
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