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Three Social Media Needs for Small Business

In today’s world, marketing isn’t just done in the old traditional ways anymore. That goes without being said (I would think). However, many small businesses miss out on what marketing has to offer. You need to be creative, interactive, and social if you want to maximize your full potential as a business. Phoenix Blue excels at this and is a partner you can trust when it comes to new age marketing. Now, that’s a shameless plug if I’ve ever heard one. But I really believe that. Social media is a big piece of the marketing puzzle and we love it. Did you know that social media is much more then posting about new products or services? More then letting people know what hours of the day you’re open? Social media is much bigger and deeper than that and there are some key elements you need to take advantage of if you want to maximize your profits while building relationships with your customers. So that brings us to three needs that small businesses can use to grow their social media and maximize their online marketing efforts.

Firehouse Subs1. Design and Branding on Facebook

Customized tabs, branded Facebook cover arts, and a branded and clear profile picture are vital to maximizing your full potential on Facebook. Customized tabs give you visibility, attraction, and a visual tool to help your page become more interactive and appealing to consumers on Facebook. It’s a great way to build a “mini-website” within Facebook. You can create tabs to give people information while making it visually attractive. Customized cover arts and a branded profile picture will take your branding to a whole new level. I know we harp on this a lot if you read our blogs, but it matters for credibility and professionalism. Much more than that, you should care about branding. Long term, it matters!

Social Content2. Strategic Posting Plan

Having a strategic posting plan will make it or break it for you on social media. You can’t have a successful social media marketing campaign just on popularity alone. Well, unless you’re Kim K. But since most of us aren’t, having a plan matters a ton. How many times have you seen celebrities or politicians tweet or Facebook something that wasn’t strategic and it came back to bite them? It’s happened more times that we can count. How you go about posting matters, when you’re posting and what content you are posting all matters. Get a plan and stick with it.

3. Partnerships

Creating partnerships in social media can really go a long way, especially for small business. It allows you to work with other companies in cross-promotions, contests, and sponsorships. Each follower on your pages matter because they are people, not a number. And they like your page for a reason and probably have friends and family that could be potential followers too. The strategy for this will vary depending on what type of business you run, but it’s something that works well when done right. Creating partnerships with other friends and companies could double or triple the amount of people you could potentially reach otherwise. And that, my friends, can be worth a lot of money. We’ve done several contests where we involved our clients and partners that turned out great. So, don’t burn your bridges and take care of the people around you. The more friends and partnerships you make, the more value your posts will have.

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JD Duran

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Why Social Media Matters

I used to work for a company that had some really great people that I really loved working with a ton.  It was a great company but I think they missed out on their full potential.  They didn’t invest in social media at all and I tried urging them to invest in it.  As my time with them went on I invested as much time into it as I could.  And the best part?  I could see it making a difference.  Their Facebook pages looked great with customized tabs, their Twitter page had solid backgrounds and were being used often, and LinkedIn started to create some buzz.  The hard part was if I didn’t do it though, no one else would have.

Today, social media is such a huge tool that you don’t want to miss out on. I’ve seen businesses make sales just on Facebook alone. At some restaurants, you can get a reservation using Twitter.  One of the biggest things I’ve ever seen on social media is Macy’s $1 Million Makeover contest.  You can check out the intro video here: http://ow.ly/7yad6

The contest was completely done on social media.  You had to enter on Facebook in which thousands and thousands of people entered.  Voting for the contestants selected was all done on Facebook and Twitter and all marketing efforts was done solely on social media.  It became a huge success just using the power of social media.  And while I realize Macy’s is a big corporation, it’s a great example of the power social media has.

Social media will grow your business.  It’s important so invest in it.  Take the time and money to pour into this and I promise you will start to see some amazing results! I leave you with this article.  Great article on a company that went from no social media to realizing how vital it was for them.  Check it out: http://ow.ly/7yaI8