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Make Your Business Invaluable with Social Media


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Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot and Kare Anderson, journalist and leadership coach, share 10 tips to make your business invaluable to your industry.

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Make Your Business Invaluable with Social Media

  1. 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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  3. KARE ANDERSON Owner, Say It Better Center @kareanderson
  4. MIKE VOLPE CMO, HubSpot @mvolpe
  5. Buyers Are Sick of Being Interrupted 86% skip TV ads 44% of direct mail is never opened 91% unsubscribe 200m Say DO NOT CALL
  6. News Flash: You don’t need a ton of money to attract customers anymore. “Marketing today is more about the size of your brain than the size of your budget.”
  7. You need remarkable content that pulls prospects in. More than ever, prospects are seeking out your online content to educate themselves before they buy. So shouldn’t your content be helpful?
  8. 1 Understand Your Buyer
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 2 Make Your Content Remarkable
  12. Think Like a Media Company
  13. “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.
  14. 3 Always Be Engaging
  15. “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.
  16. Wistia, a video hosting service, engages with customers on Twitter.
  17. Have Fun, Be Human.
  18. 4 Reward Your Advocates
  19. 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.
  20. Icon SnowSkates, a small winter sports gear company based in Massachusetts, motivates customers on Facebook.
  21. 5 Identify and focus on key stakeholders: best customers, hottest prospects, key media
  22. 6 Be quotable using the A.I.R. formula •  Be Actionable •  Be Interesting •  Be Relevant
  23. 7 Act connective: Address your prospects interests first, then find a sweet spot of shared interest
  24. 8 5:1 ratio: cite others best tips and successes 5 times for every one that you promote yours
  25. 9 Provide bragging rights
  26. 10 Become your key media’s favorite Subject Matter Expert
  27. 11 BONUS! Examples of SMB Success
  28. Example: Sinclair Heating, Cooling and Plumbing Sinclair HVAC / Plumbing Industry Under 200 Employees
  29. 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.”
  30. Example: IDR Solutions IDR Solutions Software Industry Under 10 Employees
  31. 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.”
  32. Example: Cogentys Cogentys eLearning Under 50 Employees
  33. 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.”
  34. Kare Anderson Mike Volpe Owner, Say It Better Center @kareanderson CMO, HubSpot @mvolpe
  35. All about HubSpot HubSpot’s marketing software platform helps more than 10,000 companies in 56 countries attract leads and convert them into customers. A pioneer in inbound marketing, HubSpot aims to help its customers make marketing that people actually love. §  Rated #1 in marketing software Customer Satisfaction in 200+ reviews on G2Crowd. Over 240 five-star reviews on AppExchange. §  Customers across all industries ranging from one employee small businesses to 10,000+ employee enterprises. §  Investment from Sequoia Capital, Google,, Fidelity and others.
  36. All about Say It Better Center Kare Anderson helps you hone the skills you need to stay relevant, sought-after and become more quotable, connected and collaborative. §  Quote-ability §  Connection §  Collaboration §  Coaching
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