Social media marketing at Christmas

Which a huge percentage of Christmas shopping being done online, using social media as part of your marketing strategy all year around but especially approaching Christmas is a must.

Christmas marketing campaigns by the major retail brands have become more elaborate by the year, with social media now playing an integral part. Year upon year these companies compete for the best Christmas ad and often refer to social media to get their viewers exciting and discussing it. Social media can offer a free way to advertise your business and if you have products that are ideal for the festive season or that you want to put on sale, then taking advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday will often see an increase in your profits.

Use social media to get people taking about your business and make sure that any sales you have or Christmas competitions are promoted on all of the social media platforms possible.

If you are a small business owner you may feel that you cannot compete around Christmas time, but social media will allow you to get noticed along with some of the big players if you create the right campaign.

Should you include your social media on your website?

If you own a business and have a website but also have profiles on a number of social media sites, then you may wondered if you should link the two together. Even if you don’t think you will get much direct business through the social media sites, it is always worth having a profile to build up brand recognition and to give your customers another way to get in touch with you.

Every website should have links to their social media pages as a minimum but you may want to go a step further and have feeds from Facebook and Twitter etc. on your home page or subsequent pages that update every time you create a new social media post.

It is also important to mention your website on your social media pages, and not just in the “about us” section. Whenever possibly, use the social media sites to attract traffic to your website. Maybe put the first few lines of an interesting article on the social media post and link through to your website to show the remaining or run a competition which you can advertise on social media, but get people to register through your site.

 

 

 

 

What makes for a good business social media profile?

Many businesses use Facebook and Twitter etc. to market their products and services and over the last few years, small business owners have welcomed the amount of increased enquiries and sales that this has bought in.

Facebook is by far the most popular social media platform for small business and can literally grow a business’s customer base over night. SO how do you set up the right profile on Facebook for your business and what is needed in order to maintain it? When a user is searching on Facebook they will often type in a product or service and possibly a local. Facebook tends to work well for local advertising but can work nationally if the product or service you are offering can be supplied to them at their location rather than them having to come and visit you.

When you set up your profile, include as much information as you can such as opening times, pictures, contact details and services / prices. You may also want to try and get your previous customers to leave some reviews for others to read. Make sure that you post something on your profile page at least once a week and if possibly run competitions and ask for followers to comment on your posts to maintain interaction with them.

Software for tracking your website performance

If you have a website then you will probably want to know how many people are coming to your site, where they are finding you and what they are doing once they land on your site. I am always surprised by the number of companies that do not have access to this information as it is vital to allow you to evaluate your marketing performance as well as improve your website customer experience.

There are many programs that offer statistic tracking the most commonly used on being Google Analytics. Although Google Analytics is very user friendly and free, it is not always the most accurate in terms of real visitors.

Web server stats are usually bolted on to every hosting package but these are often quite limited in terms of data and also sometimes record visits from spiders that crawl your site.  Ideally you should use a number of stats packages to try and get a true picture of how your website is performing.

 

 

How to check your ranks on the search engines

Every website owner wants to know how well they are performing on the search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. You can of course do this manually by typing the phrases in to the search engines but this cannot only give you inaccurate results but also be very time consuming.  There are plenty of software packages out there that will do the tracking for you and produce a nice report to show overall how your site is performing. Depending on how many terms you want to track and how in depth of an analysis you want should influence your choice on which software to go with.

There are some marketing companies have even created their own ranking software that often works better than many off the shelf ones as it has been built to allow it to be amended and to add in additional features if needs be.

With any ranking software, there is a good chance that at some point it will go wrong. This can happen for a number of reasons. You should also be aware of the risks involved in using some ranking software. If the software is ran off the same server that your website is hosted on, you may find that your server becomes black listed for running too many searches. If this happens then all the sites on that server will also be affected.