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Managing Your Funnel


With the over whelming success of the Digital Marketing Age, you may think that the concept of a marketing funnel is now defunct. And, yes, what used to be a fairly direct route from drawing in leads to converting them into clients has now exploded into a multitude of micro processes.

However, the concept of a Marketing Funnel is still a good way to create a marketing plan that needs multiple levels of engagement to convert leads into clients. Today, in this era of social media and smart phones, we are definitely in a (sometimes) brave new world of marketing plans. Even when we’re ready to run screaming from our computers after trying to make sense of all the rapid changes that have evolved.

If you use a marketing funnel plan, there are probably some adjustments that could be made to your process that will help you see even better results in lead generation and subsequently converting those leads into paying customers. Here are a few procedures to improve your marketing funnel and provide even more successful results quickly.

Carefully Research and Develop the Stages of Your Buying Process

Outlining the steps of the potential client’s process needs to be very specific. How you define a potential client gives you an idea of what key information can help you continue to perfect your marketing plans.

By converting your definitions to relate to buyer stages, your emphasis focuses on where the buyer is in the process. Using care when forming these definitions can be crucial so that the data you receive is actually what you want to know.

Utilize Coding When Tracking the Lead Process

The information your team gathers as customers progress through your marketing is crucial. This habit is a valuable resource, allowing you to follow what stage the buyer is in, where the lead originated, and which campaign produced the lead. Using detailed and accurate coding techniques to accomplish the tracking will tell you at the end of a campaign exactly where leads did and didn’t grow. Additionally, they will inform you what factors successfully lead a buyer through all the stages of the funnel to a positive outcome.

Create a Process to Separate Your Quality Customers from the Rest of the Herd

Although it would be a bad idea to refer to your customers as a herd of cattle, with the wide range that initial lead capturing plans cover, it’s important, as the stragglers weed themselves out, that you are able to start recognizing high-quality clients.

On the flip side of that idea, be aware of clients that may have a negative effect on your business. These are the ones you will probably prefer not to do business with in the future.

When ranking your potential and actual clients, be sure to include definitions of what the mediocre and trouble clients may be like. This way you can determine where they came from and decide if you should you remove your efforts from those venues to prevent more issues from coming up later.

Run Additional Metrics Reports When You Make Any Changes

Usually, key metric reports can be done only once a month, however, when changes are made you’ll want to get an immediate idea about how effective the changes are. During this time, it’s best to increase the reports to once a week.

October 18, 2017   No Comments

Online Marketing on a Budget


Marketing is one of the single most important things you need to do to succeed in the business world. The problem? It can use a lot of cash to make it work. For an entrepreneur just getting started, marketing budgets can often be practically non-existent.

Fortunately, the age of the Internet has made it easier to run a full-scale marketing campaign with very little cost up front. Here we’ve put together a list of ways you can utilize online marketing resources, often for free. Yep, FREE!

Online Review Sites

Making sure your business is listed on online review sites is important. Not just for traffic and product sales, but for ensuring your online reputation stays positive. The following sites are some of the most influential review sites out there.

Google My Business Page: Setting up a page here will get your business on Google Search, Maps and Google+, as well as allow customers to review your business. Local business reviews usually receive high rankings in the search results, giving you some great, and free results real estate.

Yelp: Since it’s the biggest online review site, creating a Yelp listing is definitely worth it. It gets you in front of the site’s more than 140 million monthly users and, it’s free.

Yahoo: Yahoo offers local businesses the option to get a basic business listing in its directory. Listings are incorporated with other of their products like reviews, maps, and events. And yes, it’s free.

Social Media Marketing

Industry Groups: Choose two or three groups in your business’ industry on Facebook and LinkedIn. By offering advice and support, you help establish yourself as an expert in your field. You can even take it a step further and create your own groups. Eventually, these outlets will build your reputation and drive sales.

Facebook: If you haven’t already signed up with social media platform, Facebook is probably one of the best places to start. Since its inception, Facebook has been in the fore front of social media advancements and has developed and perfected a number of tools for small businesses.

Twitter: This platform has proven to be a powerful, platform for immediate information. By studying and following people in your industry or expertise, you will quickly learn, some dos and don’ts figure out the best way to use it, then set up your own feed and start to Tweet.

LinkedIn: The fastest growing and most influential professional platform online, LinkedIn has done for Professional Media what Facebook did for Social Media. Set up an account to meet, engage and, connect with other professionals about jobs, careers, and branding

YouTube: Visual marketing, especially in the form of video, is still at the top when it comes marketing. With You Tube, this form is now more accessible. Use it to tell a story, showcase your personality, or demonstrate a product without having to pay for ad time on TV. You can be as casual or formal as you want, as long as you are ready to be on camera.

Monitor Brand Mentions: It’s now easier to keep up with what’s happening. Using a social listening tool like Social Mention to monitor and contribute to conversations happening in your industry will help you stay current on trends without having to spend every hour surfing postings.

Blogging: In addition to your own blog, find other blogs and websites within your industry and create Guest posts. Comment thoughtfully on blogs and then leave your website URL in the appropriate field, just be sure to use your real name or business name, not keyword-rich anchor text. Noticing others will get you noticed as well.

Installing a free social sharing plugin on your blog, like Share Buttons, makes it easy for your readers to share your posts and increase your audience.

Other Ways to Get Yourself Noticed

Hold free webinars on your site: If you’ve researched this prospect before but decided it would be too expensive, consider some of these alternatives. WordPress has a webinar plugin called WebinarIgnition, with a one-time cost of $97 for unlimited webinars with unlimited attendees. Or, you can utilize your Facebook account and do a Facebook Live event.

Join Forums and Answer Questions: These days there are multiple forums out there for just about anything. Take the time to make meaningful contributions to conversions by providing real assistance to those posting the questions. This will get the attention of other readers and make them more inclined find out more about you. You can get started on sites like Quora, where real people are looking for answers to questions. Search the site for relevant questions you can answer intelligently.

HARO (Help A Reporter Out): Sign up and get free PR by responding to relevant media queries. This will turn into free mentions and links in publications like Huffington Post, Forbes more.

eBooks: Anyone can be an author and publish now. Whether it’s about business or, choosing the best wine, you can create an eBook simply and for free. Just input your content into chapters using MS Word. Add some images and links, edit, review and spell check. Then save it as a PDF and you have an eBook. Post it on your website, blog or offer it in exchange for a person’s email address, aiding you in growing your email database.

By now you may be experiencing the feeling that the room is spinning out of control, knowing that there are so many options out there that you can implement.

Not to worry. Look at the list and narrow it down to 2-3 options you are really excited about. Once you have them under your belt, move on to a few more.

As a special treat for you, here is a link to a Forbes article outlining 33 great marketing tools for professionals.

Ready…Set…Go!!!

September 21, 2017   No Comments

How to Market Your Service Based Business


What is a Sales Promotion?

When selling a product, marketing usually comes fairly easy. Your marketing campaign revolves around the product for sale and how it can be used.

When you own a service-based business, the marketing may require a different approach. Instead of marketing product features, you have to market yourself and your team. The good news is, people are always looking for reliable services, no matter the type. You just need to make sure they find you and not your competitors. Here are some techniques that will help you accomplish this.

Connect with Your Own Community

Established local businesses have their own clientele. And, they may only be able to handle a certain number of clients. So, if you treat these businesses respectfully, they may refer clients to you when they are at their capacity. A good way to connect with your community is to be involved with the local Rotary Club or Chamber of Commerce. These associations will connect you with other businesses that welcome assistance from a peer.

Use Social Media and Networking

By now you’ve probably created your business website. Now, you need to consider establishing your presence on Social Media. Starting with each of the following will give you a strong foothold:

Facebook Business Page
Twitter Account
LinkedIn profile

There are a number of other social networks out there you may also find suitable. Once your pages are all set up, stay on top of them. This can be achieved by responding to customer inquiries, posting valuable information, and providing relevant updates.

As you cultivate this audience, you will build a following that will continue to reach more and more people over time.

Offer Incentives

Customers like to take advantage of a good deal. Special promotions are a great way to let them. While a promotion might cut into your profits initially if it brings in new customers the payoff could be worth it. You need to make sure you find a balance between your pricing needs and your customer’s idea of a good deal. You can even utilize your Social Media presence to promote your incentives without extra cost to you.

Empower Your Clients

Often with services, the service providers have so much control over how the service is provided, this can sometimes cause a feeling of detachment for the clients. To prevent this separation, try to make your clients feel involved in the process by underlining their significance in the process and reducing the visible influence of your own position.

Stock Up on Business Cards

Even within the Digital Age, business cards are still a valuable tool, especially if you are an individual or small business. You can network with other local businesses, asking if you can leave a stack of cards in their lobbies. You can also pass them out to other business owners at networking events, social engagements, and class reunions. They can also be passed from customer to customer the way word-of-mouth advertising is accomplished. These days you can even get your first set the same day by taking advantage of in-store printers, like the ones found at Staples and Office Depot.

In the long run, the success of your business will depend on the quality of your services. Here we’ve provided a few easy ways to get your marketing and your service-based business off the ground and increase your ability to communicate what you have to offer to a potential client.

For more ideas on how to market your service business check out this post at the wix.com blog:

5 Ways to Market Your Service Business Like a Stellar Product

You may find that not all marketing techniques will work with every target market, but, with patience you will find what methods will work for you and help you develop an effective strategy.

September 6, 2017   No Comments

How to Best Promote Your Sales Promotions


What is a Sales Promotion?

When done correctly, sales promotions can transform a business. Most of us these days know sales promotions are usually designed to increase sales or, encourage the use of a service. They are also often one type of marketing strategy confused with general advertising. In fact, the two are different. Because, each entices a different part of the buyer’s nature.

Advertising is emotional in nature. It induces consumers to purchase products or services through images, sounds, and experiences. Sales promotions draw on a customer’s logic.

To get the most out of the efforts you put into creating a promotion, it’s important for you to promote your sales promotion. I know, that’s a lot of use of the base word promote, it’s confusing, but accurate.

Promoting Your Promotion

This concept is often where many small businesses and entrepreneurs come up short and, usually happened in one of two ways.

The first way is that many businesses simply don’t let their customers and potential customers know there is promotion opportunity going on.

When it comes to small business marketing, the first thought is advertising, but this can add expense. Here are some optimal ways you can get the word out, without breaking the bank.

Highlight the promotion on your website home page.
Create a web page specifically about the promotion.
Post the info on your Social Media Pages and Blogs.
Where permitted, include it in guest posts on other pages and blogs.
Sent email notifications sent out to your approved email contacts.

These steps will go a long way in getting the information out there.

The second way many businesses aren’t successful with their promotions is that they, get the word out but, put out the wrong information.

Your first instinct will probably be to make your message about your offer, and that is a good place to start. But, your message should also be about your customer. More specifically, how they will benefit from the offer you’ve taken so much time to plan and execute.

Let’s say an accounting firm decides to run a discount promotion on all services they provide, for a specific period of time. To promote this, they start sending emails and posting on Facebook that for a limited time, clients can come in and receive a discount for any service they need. Most people will see the post or email, make a quick mental note about it, and then move on with their day.

The communication aspect was successful, but the desired conversion wasn’t. What you need to do next is persuade your client that this will make his or her life easier.

Persuasion begins with building a link into your customer’s head. Start by thinking about your service promotion from your customer’s viewpoint. Then make a list of the things that may be on your customer’s mind. Some examples could be, whether or not their job is currently stable, whether they should buy a new car or even, where they are planning their next vacation.

No matter what they have in their heads, there is a good chance they are not thinking about seeing an accountant. It’s your job to put the idea in their head and then, attach it to the things they are thinking about:

“Want to fly during your next vacation instead of drive? Let us help you find your maximum deductions and use your larger tax refund to start a vacation fund!”

Next, go on to explain the benefits of having a professional go over their taxes instead of doing them at home.

Last, include an effective call to action: “Call now for your appointment!”

Now that you know how to promote your promotion, take a look at this article on ThriveHive.com for examples of what kind of promotions you can consider offering.

September 5, 2017   No Comments

Generate More Traffic Via Social Media Influencing


Word-of-mouth, 20-50% of all purchasing decisions are made from it. Customers are more likely to respond to endorsements from a person they respect than to advertisements. In the world of digital relationships, word of mouth extends beyond friends and family, and into the realm of influencer marketing.

Twitter has shown that:

49% of buyers will seek advice from social media influencers.
20% of users said that Tweets from an influencer motivated them to share their own product endorsements.
40% of users claimed they made a purchase as a direct result of an influencer’s Tweet.

Who Is a Social Media Influencer?

A Social Media Influencer is a user of social media who can show a level of authority in a specific industry. They have access to large audiences through their knowledge and scope of impact.

So, what is Social Media Influencer Marketing?

Influencer Marketing is the practice of creating relationships with people who can then build additional relationships for you in return. Whether the audience is small or large, an influencer can touch consumers via social networks and blogs, in ways traditional branding may not be able to reach.

Influencer Marketing Strategy Components

Celebrity endorsements were the original form of influencer marketing. We’ve all see T.V. commercials where a well-known person takes 30 seconds to tell you how great a product is.

Now, with online media, regular people have become online “celebrities” with highly engaging social media followings. A survey last year found that YouTube creators took eight of the ten top spots in a survey of influencers, outranking traditional celebrities.

Increase Your Traffic by Becoming a Social Media Influencer

Social Media Influencing has become very popular with blog enthusiasts to make passive income through affiliate marketing and utilizing these Influencers have become standard practice among many of the top companies selling on the market today.

But why stop there? Why not generate even more leads and traffic to your Brand by becoming one of the Influencers yourself. There are a number of recommended actions out there to become a social media influencer. Here we’ve gleaned together some steps to help you to get started.

Choose 2-4 social media channels you’ll use to cover your subject, taking into consideration what you excel at. Are you good at writing engaging posts on Facebook and Twitter, or are you better at photography or creating and editing your own videos? The type of content you want to publish should showcase your best skills. If you’ve decided to be a platform-specific influencer, clearly, you’ll want to use that as your primary social network then utilize the others for greater exposure.

Create a strategy for your content. What are your information preferences? Try to imagine why people will be enthusiastic to follow you, then plan accordingly. Try to plan for at least 3 months in advance, prepare the strategy, and then start posting.

The purpose of your content is to attract people. To accomplish this, you must be publishing consistently. You know what message you want to convey so stick to it, but also make sure you are keeping a lookout for new info.

Promote yourself by guiding your audience to your content. Share it everywhere it might seem interesting to other followers. Build your community by going to forums, fan pages, and inviting new people to engage with them as well.

Contact other people and brands in your industry. Chat, comment on other posts, exchange likes and ideas. One of the fastest ways to gain status is to contribute your unique content to other blogs and publications. Guest postings can improve your merit among peers and increase traffic to your own blog. Show that you notice other people and you’ll start to be noticed too.

Over time your efforts will start to pay off. You’ll begin to cultivate an audience that will listen to and follow you. The more people that join your audience, the more seriously your views will be taken and the level of influence you create over others will increase.

Publish on LinkedIn. People generally believe LinkedIn posts are from the most influential leaders in a particular subject. So, in addition to your own blog, create posts using LinkedIn’s publishing platform. You can accomplish this most easily by cutting and pasting your previously published blog posts and add a headline with keywords and an image to draw the eye. Consequently, when people in your network also see your articles on LinkedIn, they will start to view you as an authority too.

Finally, keep your content and sources organized for easy access. This way if someone asks a question about a particular post, you can easily answer the question or elaborate. This will also assist you in giving the appearance of having a good knowledge base of your subject. There is no reason to hold anything back. Sharing your expertise is how you can truly be a good influencer.

So, make sure you interact and build meaningful relationships with your audience as well as your peers. This way you can present yourself to brands as having a strong following in your subject.

For additional info on becoming a Social Media Influencer, check out this post at Marketingland.com

September 1, 2017   No Comments

Expanding Your Marketing with Pinterest


Why Pinterest?

Visual marketing has always been a popular tool for businesses. With the introduction of the camera phone, photos have become even more common both in business and recreation and, for many, sharing has become almost as second nature as breathing.

Is Pinterest Part of Your Marketing Strategy?

Up to this point, you may not have thought about Pinterest as a viable marketing outlet, however, every business has a story to tell. Visual marketing will help you tell your story.

Since its launch in 2010, Pinterest has grown to over 70 million users and 25 Billion pins. 500,000 of their users are business accounts. Pinterest’s audience is active and already very engaged. Taking advantage of this would be a good way to expand your marketing and drive more traffic and sales to your business.

Here we’ll look at how some national brands have utilized this particular type of social media to increase their product’s appeal to more buyers.

Don’t Just Show Your Products, Show the Lifestyle They Can Create

Currently, the most popular pins on the site are fashion, food, and home decor. Enter Lowe’s, a brand that has worked to customize its activity to appeal to Pinterest’s audience. Lowe’s Pinterest subjects include everything from inspiration for a new room design to gift ideas that link neatly to their online store.

The result is a digital arena of ideas and 3.5 million followers.

Bring Pinterest to You

Since there are still people who like the process of actually going to a store, finding an outfit, and trying it on, Nordstrom has advanced its marketing process to include Pinterest as an in-store promotional tool. The store highlights its most popular pins by showcasing on site in their store locations.

And, Nordstrom isn’t the only company integrating this new type of marketing approach. Target and others are also transitioning their in-store promotions.

Highlighting the most-pinned items in your store will encourage people to buy. Whether you sell exclusively online with eCommerce or have a brick-and-mortar location, you can highlight your most pinned products to draw more attention to them.

Humanize Your Business

Try forgoing the glossy marketing you may have been using up to now. Straightforward, down-to-earth images can be just as engaging. Just look at Ben and Jerry’s marketing to see how well it can work.

Ben & Jerry’s Pinterest boards include the History of the Company, and The People Behind the Pints. By telling their story through pictures, they’ve provided fans with an invitation to look at their brand’s wider mission.

Your staff, stores, customers, and hometown are all worth celebrating. Showing the human side of your brand builds a more personal relationship with your customers.

Work to Inspire Your Audience

Most people would probably think GE would be the last company they would see on a Pinterest board. It would be hard to show the visual side of a manufacturing brand, so GE when another direction and chose to share the inspiration that drives them to innovate. They found a way to draw-in their followers by making the most of their stunning pictures.

Their boards highlight specific ways their products can be used, with titles like FABULOUS Kitchens, Brilliance in Motion, Gifts for Geeks, and Under the Microscope. GE has created an exciting, original profile that appeals just as much to style-conscious follows as it does to techies.

If you don’t think you have a Pinterest-friendly brand, try to think outside the box. Attract your followers through the images that inspire you and your brand’s innovation.

Pinterest is a great visual social platform that is increasingly becoming a powerful source of customers online for store owners.

Visual storytelling is the most popular way to reach your fans right now. Even if you don’t feel like you have the allure that most Pinterest users like remember, it is all about cultivating a body of images that can be used to inspire your followers.

August 29, 2017   No Comments

Creating an Effective Social Media Posting Schedule

The frequency of your social media posts can directly impact the number of followers that you get and keep.

If you post too infrequently or frequently, you’ll lose followers. You’ll also have trouble getting people to take notice of your social media accounts. For this reason, you need to come up with a schedule.

A social media posting schedule takes into consideration the following factors:

The best time of the day to post
The best day of the week
The topics you should post about
The percentage of promotional content

Determine the Best Time of the Day and Best Day of the Week

The best time of the day to post will vary, depending on the social media platform that you use. Also, your target audience may have different internet preferences.

Don’t forget to take the time difference into consideration. 80% of the US population are in the Eastern or Central time zones. If you’re in California and want to target the largest audience, you’ll want to plan your posts based on EST time.

Engagement tends to peak at the following times during the weekdays:

9 AM EST – overall engagement
1 PM EST – most shares
3 PM EST – most clicks

Next, consider the best day of the week to post. Monday through Wednesday, people are less active on social media. The majority of the population is too busy getting into the work week.

By Thursday, people are looking forward to the weekend and are more likely to spend time browsing on social media.

User engagement peaks on the weekends. This goes against previous studies that showed higher engagement during the weekdays. But, trends change over time.

The bottom line is that you should post between Thursday and Sunday to increase engagement. You should also plan at least one post for 9 AM, and subsequent posts around 1 and 3 PM.

Find Topics That Your Target Audience Will Enjoy

Along with considering the time of the day and the days of the week to post, you need to consider the topics of your posts. Find topics that your target audience will enjoy.

The first place to start is with the platform that you’re using. Facebook makes it easy to share just about anything, but Instagram and Pinterest are more image-centric. This means that content with a compelling image included in the post will be more effective on these platforms.

The topics should also be related to your niche and provide real value to your readers. This could include:

News
Tips and tutorials
Advice and suggestions

Essentially, it needs to contain beneficial information.

You can explore the most popular topics by performing searches through each social media platform. Each of these networks, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, includes a search box.

Type a keyword into the search box and look at the top results. View the profiles of the original posters of the top posts. Look for posters that tend to share content related to your niche and see what topics receive the most likes, shares, and retweets.

Balance Your Promotional Content

Along with your schedule and topics, you need to balance the use of promotional content. It’s a perfectly acceptable business practice to use self-promotional posts on social media. But, if you use too many promotional posts, you’ll lose followers.

20% appears to be the median where engagement increases or decreases based on the frequency of promotional posts. This means you should plan one promotional post out of every five posts.

If you post once per day, this is one promotional post per week. If you post several times per day, you’ll share a promotional post every other day.

Start using a social media posting schedule to increase the effectiveness of your social media marketing efforts.

August 26, 2017   No Comments

How to Properly Use Hashtags for Social Media Marketing


Hashtags are useful for helping people discover your social media posts. Twitter was one of the first social networking sites to make good use of hashtags. But, they’re now an important part of all social networking sites, including Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

While hashtags are useful, they can also have a negative impact on your marketing efforts. You need to be careful with how you use hashtags in your posts. So, with that in mind, you should learn how to properly use hashtags for social media marketing.

The Basics of Hashtags for Social Media

First, let’s make sure you understand what a hashtag is and isn’t. You can think of hashtags as keywords. That’s a hashtag in a nutshell. It’s a keyword or keyword phrase without any spaces and it includes the pound sign at the beginning of the phrase.

The reason that you should use hashtags is that they’re used by social media search engines. When a user performs a search, the site finds relevant posts based on hashtags. And, hashtags are now used by almost every major social media site, including:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Google Plus
Pinterest
Tumblr
Flickr

So, you know the basics. Next, find out how to properly include hashtags in your posts.

The Correct Way to Use Hashtags

If you can remember what hashtags are used for, it should be easy to use them properly. Here’s a quick look at the correct use of hashtags:

Use up to 3 hashtags per post
Make sure they’re relevant to your post
Use local terms to increase local marketing

Generally, you’ll only use 2 or 3 hashtags per post. Adding too many hashtags shows that your posts don’t have a clear focus. Instagram is an exception to this rule. For example, Instagram posts with the highest engagement typically have 4 or 5 hashtags.

When choosing hashtags, make sure that they’re relevant to your post. Don’t include a hashtag simply because you think it’ll attract more users. You can take a look at trending hashtags to find examples, but don’t add them to your post unless they actually make sense in your post.

You can also use local terms to help increase local marketing. For example, when posting about an event, you can include the name of the city where the event will take place. The same applies to posts about local businesses.

The Incorrect Way to Use Hashtags

It’ll also help to learn the incorrect way to use hashtags. These are methods that you should avoid:

Using too many hashtags
Including hashtags in your message
Using the same hashtags every time

Remember, don’t use too many hashtags. Unless you’re using Instagram, you should only use up to 3 hashtags. Otherwise, they’re no longer helpful.

Also, don’t include hashtags in your message. Don’t use them to replace words. This makes it hard to read your message. For example, you wouldn’t say, “check out our latest #SEO #service.” Place them at the end of the message.

The final tip is to avoid using the same hashtags every time. Mix it up. Using the same hashtags will only help you continue to attract the same people. Do you use the same keywords on every single page of your website? No. So, use a variety of relevant hashtags to appeal to more people.

As long as you follow these tips, hashtags should help you gain more followers and improve your social media marketing.

August 22, 2017   No Comments

6 Tips to Help You Increase Your Instagram Followers

Instagram is currently the fastest growing social media site. This provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to grow their brand. With Instagram, you get access to over 600 million active monthly users.

Not only does Instagram have the numbers to help you expand your brand, Instagram followers are also more likely to engage. This means you’ll have better chances of getting followers to follow your links. But, first, you need to gain these followers.

Use these 6 tips to start increasing the number of followers you have on Instagram.

Research Your Competition and Take Notes

The first step is to begin researching your competition. You should see what they’re doing to attract followers. Look at the type of content that they post, which posts receive the most likes and shares, and how frequently they post.

By researching your competition, you gain valuable insight into the needs and wants of your target audience. You eliminate the need to perform detailed consumer research.

Make notes on what you find. Write down the frequency of their posts and other details. Use this as a base for your posting strategy.

Announce Your New Instagram Account

You can also take advantage of your existing follower base on other social media accounts. This can give you a quick boost of new followers to your Instagram account.

Post an announcement on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites encouraging your followers to check out your Instagram page.

Create an Instagram Posting Schedule

The next step is to create a posting schedule. While it’s easy to say that you’ll post a few times per week, it’s hard to stick this routine without setting concrete goals and plans.

Generally, you’ll want to post at least once per day. You don’t want to bombard your followers with posts. But, you also don’t want them to forget about you.

Along with the frequency of your posts, you’ll want to consider the timing of your posts. The time of the day can directly impact post engagement. The best time of the day to post depends on your followers.

Pay attention to what time of the day users engage with your posts. Typically, the afternoon is the best time, as people are out of work.

Take High-Quality Photos for Your Posts

Instagram is highly visual. Each post will contain a photo or a video. Make sure that you use high-quality photos. You should consider investing in a decent camera unless your smartphone has a camera capable of taking quality shots.

If your images appear grainy or out of focus, your Instagram feed won’t be as appealing to potential followers.

Include a Clear Message in Every Post

Along with a photo or video, you’ll need to include a message. This message should be short, concise, and clear. Make sure that people understand the point of your post, especially when promoting your products or services.

Remember to Use Hashtags in Your Posts

After your message, you should add several hashtags. Don’t try to include the hashtags in your message. It makes your message difficult to read.

At the bottom of your message, include several relevant hashtags. This helps people discover your posts when using the Instagram search feature.

Combine these tips to get the most out of your Instagram account. In addition to these suggestions, the use of sponsored posts can help you attract more followers.

Instagram is growing quickly. Get involved while interest is still high.

August 19, 2017   No Comments

Creating a Social Media Business Profile That Connects with Customers


You’re likely already using social media as a part of your marketing strategy. If you get a lot of traffic to your website and don’t get a lot of attention on social media, then your business profile may be turning potential customers away.

Social media business profiles that connect with customers are more likely to result in high-converting traffic to your website.

Make Sure That You Use the Right Name

The first, and one of the most important, factors of your social media business profile is the name of your social media account. If you’re developing a personal brand, you should stick with your own name. This is especially true if you use your name for all promotional purposes.

For businesses with a specific business name, make sure that your social media account matches. Basically, whether you’re developing a personal brand or a business identity, the name should match your website and your promotional material. People should not have trouble searching for your profile.

Choosing the Best Profile Pic

Once you choose the right name, you need to choose the best profile pic. Again, there’s a difference between profile pics for personal brand and business brands. For a personal brand, such as an internet guru or a blogger, you’ll want to use a picture of yourself.

Businesses should use the same logo that they use on all other promotional material. You’re probably noticing a pattern here. The goal is to make things consistent across your website and social media profiles.

Along with remaining consistent between your website and social media account, you also need to use the same name, profile pic, and other details across all networks. This means using the same info on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media networks that you use.

Be Clear and Direct with Your Bio

After looking at your profile pic, a visitor may check out your bio. They shouldn’t have any trouble determining what it is that you sell, after reading your bio. So, keep your bio clear and direct. It should be short and to the point.

Describe your business or website in a single sentence. Don’t worry about making a sales pitch in your bio. Instead, focus on the actual value of what you do.

Use a Background Image That Matches Your Image

The background image that you choose for your profile should match the overall image that you’re promoting. In fact, the background image can be more important than the profile picture. A poorly created background will look unprofessional, limiting your ability to connect with customers.

If your background appears pixelated or hard to read, you need a new background image. You could hire a graphic design freelancer to create a background for you or take the time to create a clear, easy to read background yourself.

When you make your own background, either use a vector editing program or make sure that your image matches the exact dimensions recommended by the social media network. These recommendations are different for every network.

Keep in mind that the sizes of backgrounds and other details can change. Twitter and Facebook have updated the layout of profile pages several times in the past few years. Make sure that you remain up to date as these changes occur.

Choosing the right name and using a professional profile pic and background can go a long way towards helping you connect with customers. You should also interact with your followers. Respond to questions and comments and encourage a discussion in your posts by ending a post with a question.

Start improving your social media business profiles. Connect with your customers and increase sales.

August 17, 2017   No Comments