is a brilliant marketing tool if used correctly. It can work very well for a
large number of businesses who are looking to promote their products or
services. Most businesses large or small have some sort of social media presence
businesses struggle to know what sort of things they should be talking about
and how often they should be updating their profiles and this all depends on
what industry you are in and what information you are sharing. There is always
a fine balance that needs to be adhered to in order to get the most out of social
media marketing without annoying people by bombarding them with information.
comes to “what should you be writing about” then the answer is a mix, you need
to send out marketing messages and links to useful information that is relevant
to your business but a few updates regarding something funny or interesting that
has happened in the office is often a great way to keep your customers engaged.
You may want
to manage your social media accounts yourself or you may want to enlist the help
of a social media marketing company.
If you are a
business owner there may come a time when you want to start growing the
business and reach out to other geographical locations. Many businesses that
offer services, tend to start marketing to their local towns and villages and
then over time branch out further to the bigger cities and possible even other
countries. Depending on what business you are in will vary how easy or
difficult this is to do. There are many
ways in which you can do this, and ideally you want to explore a few different
marketing avenues to gain the best possible results.
should look at your website and find out currently which areas you perform well
in. This can be done manually by searching on Google and Bing etc to see where
you rank for your keywords or you may opt to buy some software that will do
these searches for you. It may be that you only have one location mentioned on
your site, in which case you will struggle to rank for other places. If this is
the case then you need to create additional content talking about the products
or services that you offer in other areas you wish to target.
hundreds of website statistic tracking tools available for you to use to see
how many people are visiting your site. The information you can extract from
the software depends entirely on which one you use and often people opt to use
two of three to get a better picture of what is really happening.
If you use
Google Analytics, this can be very easy for someone who is not clued up on web
marketing to understand. You can add the main information you wish to see on
the front dashboard and even have the data emailed to you on a regular basis.
But if you are in to marketing then there is a lot more in there that you can
One thing to
always look out for is a sudden unexplained peak in traffic. When you start to
analyse the stats you may find that they have all come from one referring site
and you have a very high bounce rate.. This is often spam bots which are
essentially programs that are written that then send out spiders to crawl
certain websites (they are not actually human visitors). This can serious
effect the reliability of your data. You can set up filters to remove this
information which I strongly advise you do so you can get a clear view of what
is really happening in terms of traffic.
essential to any business for it to succeed. As marketing can be so vast, it is
important to keep track of where you are investing your marketing budget to check
that it is giving you a health return on your investment.
When doing any form of online or offline marketing it is important to track the number of enquires or sales, this will help you decide about future investments. Some marketing avenues work well for one type of business and not so well for another, so you often need to trial it before you can see if it is right for you.
If you set
up an ad in a magazine or newspaper or do a leaflet drop then you may wish to
set up a new phone number that is only used on this promotion. This will allow
you to see how many people are enquiring due to that marketing.
is often a little easily to track with the like of Google analytics which can
show you where the visitor has come from i.e social media site, Google Adwords
can be of great importance to a business who is looking to market themselves.
There are a number of different social media sites out there that have millions
of users that interact on a daily (if not more frequently) basis and therefore
this avenue of marketing is one that you really should ensure you are using.
But how do
you create a buzz on these social media sites and gain followers? There area
number of ways in which you can do this but the only real way is to start
sharing content that people are interested in. You may want to start by asking
friends and family to like your page and share it with their friends. Once you
have a few followers you need to share content that will make them want to
either comment or share with others. The idea is to give people something that
will make them want to come back and read more of your posts, this way you
start to build up an audience. Many companies run regular competitions or
giveaways to entice people back and this does often seem to work well.
You may want
to enlist the help of a social media marketing expert who will be able to
either train you on what you need to be doing or manage your profiles for you.