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Getting Your Facebook Page to Work – Part 3

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Getting Your Facebook Page to Work – Part 3


So you’ve set up your Facebook page, but aren’t really happy with the results. You believed that by creating your page, you gave your fans a space where they can not only view your content, but also exchange ideas. But it isn’t working out like you wanted it to. Maybe you’re not satisfied with the number of fans that you got. Or nobody’s really paying attention to you on Facebook. Previously, we’ve seen some reasons as to why this may happen. Here are some more reasons behind low fan engagement and what you can do to reverse this trend.

Timing is Everything

Think of the daily schedule of your typical fan. Are they people who party all night? Are they individuals who work 9 to 5? Do a bit of research on your demographic. You can find some interesting results that show just when people who are in your targeted group are using the internet. By posting during the time of the day where your fans are likely to be online and using social networking sites, you increase the chances that they will actually see your post and pay attention to it.

Timing doesn’t exclusively refer to the time of day either, but it could be related to the season as well. Are your products and services something that people typically use all year round, or something that’s popular only in one specific season. Some examples: people are more likely to pay attention to gardening stuff during the spring and summer. You can’t really work on planting new flowers when your garden is covered in snow, so even those who are interested in gardening won’t engage with you as much during the winter. There could still be some conversations going on, but it won’t be at the same intensity.

Building a Responsive Fan Base Takes Time

Just because you’ve created a new fan page, it doesn’t mean that people will jump in on it right away, especially if you’re a new business. Sure, there are countless examples where a product or company went viral and their content spread like wildfire, but these are exceptions and not the standard rule when it comes to social media. Give it some time. You may begin to see improvements after you’ve been posting interesting content on your wall for a few weeks.

Consider Promoting Your Posts

Facebook’s advertising system has undergone some changes in the past few months, which are designed at making things easier for marketers. The “promoted posts” feature is definitely one of the most interesting ones. It allows your posts to be seen by a larger percentage of users who are your fans. You can also explore some of the other paid advertising features that are offered by Facebook. Of course, this requires some monetary investment, but if you’ve applied the other tips that you were given on the topic of fan engagement, it may be something worth looking at. To save money, you can try to find some Facebook coupons that give you a certain amount of money in free advertising as well.

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Ultra Targeted Ads May be Coming to Facebook Soon

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Ultra Targeted Ads May be Coming to Facebook Soon


When advertising via social networking sites, targeting is the key, just like with any other marketing method. You want your ads to be seen by the right demographics, people whose profile and interests will make them more likely to become paying customers of yours. One of the most common issues with advertising on the social networking giant Facebook is that advertisers can’t target specific users with their ads.

 

But there are reports that this could change, maybe in the next few months. Facebook advertisers could have the opportunity to target users that are already their customers, or who have given them their information in some way, such as by signing up for their email list. The company is currently testing ways for advertisers to target Facebook users specifically by their user ID, email or phone number.

 

However, the information comes from a user who reported seeing a “custom audiences” tab in the Facebook advertising control panel, but then the tab was soon gone. It looks like a temporary bug allowed that user to see a feature that wasn’t intended to be operational yet. While this, in itself, is not surprising and has happened with many other websites, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook will actually roll out this change. No official statements have been made by the company at this time. Furthermore, having the ability to target specific users that are on social media by using their personal information is likely to raise a few eyebrows among consumer and privacy advocates, many of whom already see social media as a serious concern for individual privacy.

 

This, however, may be resolved in a simple way. Facebook could make a setting that would allow users to opt out of being specifically targeted by marketers while they browse the social network. The feature could be left on by default and users who would see this as an intrusion on their privacy or who just don’t like being marketed to on social media could disable it if they wish.

 

Targeting your existing clients by social media also isn’t as bad as some other marketing methods, particularly those in use before the internet became popular. It’s actually quite common for many large companies to sell their user information to telemarketers as well as direct (postal) mail companies and while there is a possibility to opt out, the information is usually written somewhere in fine print on the subscription form or contract.

 

In any case, targeting your existing clients and people who have expressed an interest in your business is a good way to put your online presence to good use. This can be done in various ways, not just by social media. Among the most common ways to do this already is sending marketing emails to them, physical mailings like pamphlets and catalogs, or text messages on their mobile phones. Facebook’s move will just create a new opportunity for marketers to perfect something that many of them have already been doing for quite some time now.

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012: Part 2

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012: Part 2


Yesterday, we’ve seen some changes that Facebook has made or is planning to make in 2012. But there are a few more. It is important that marketers remain vigilant to any changes that the social network makes. This even holds true for those who don’t rely too heavily on Facebook for their advertising, as new changes could bring increased opportunities for them and they may want to make social media a bigger part of their overall marketing strategy. Here are a few more of these 2012 changes:

 

Unpublished Page Posts. One of the most common complaints among Facebook marketers is targeting, or rather lack thereof. While Facebook has some good analytics tools that let you see who subscribes to your page, one thing that has been criticized about the site is that it didn’t provide many options to target specific groups of individuals with your posts. Everyone saw the same content, period. But with Unpublished Page Posts, this is slowly changing. Marketers are now able to target specific fan segments. When the option gets used, the post will not appear on the Timeline of the marketer. Rather, it will be sent directly to the targeted users news feeds. This makes sending relevant content to specific subsets of fans a lot easier and has the opportunity to increase conversion and click through rates.

 

Specific Permission Levels for Facebook Page Admins. In order to give businesses more tools for the management of their Facebook pages, different permission levels for page admins have been launched in May. The current permission levels are Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, Advertiser and Insights Analyst. This change makes it easier for larger organizations to manage their presence on the social networking sites by assigning different roles and privileges to different people.

 

Better Facebook Integration in Bing Search Results. While Google is the undisputed champion of the search engine world, Bing is a close second. Anyone serious about building their online presence and getting maximum results from their marketing efforts can’t ignore this. Bing has recently added a social media sidebar which pulls data from the biggest social networks, allowing more integration between traditional SERPs and social data. If a user is logged in to a social networking account such as Facebook, they will get social posts in search results, plus have the ability to share search results directly from the side bar with their Facebook friends.

 

Addition of Trending Articles. Users will now see relevant news articles in their Facebook news feeds. The order in which the articles appear will vary according to how much their friends have interacted with the news content. If a user has a lot of friends who have liked or simply read a news article, then there is a higher chance that it will be featured prominently in their own news feed. This is obviously welcome by many marketers who use news marketing as part of their overall strategy.

 

These are some of the biggest changes that have been made by Facebook in 2012. As usual, things can change quickly, so marketers should stay on top of social media news to see what is going on with Facebook and other social networks.

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Social Media Site Satisfaction: How Facebook Did

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Social Media Site Satisfaction: How Facebook Did


The American Customer Satisfaction Index has recently been released for social networking sites. The goal of this index is to measure just how individual consumers are satisfied with many different social networking websites. Facebook got 61% as a score, which is far below all other social networks. Many could obviously wonder as to why that is and whether consumers are now getting ready to ditch Facebook in favor of better performing services like Google +. The reality is that it’s not too likely to happen. Consumers are still using Facebook and there is no sign of any massive exodus yet, mainly because there is no competition that is strong enough to pose a big challenge to Facebook yet. This is sort of like with the Microsoft Windows operating system. The vast majority of PC users have it installed and use it as their main OS. Sure, there are thousands of complaints about Windows and most users would find at least a few negative points to say about the OS. But due to the fact that there are very few other alternatives, people just stick to Windows even if it’s not fully up to their satisfaction.

 

Why did Facebook score so low, however? Here are some of the main reasons:

 

  • Privacy issues. Privacy is obviously very important for internet users, especially now that many security risks have been made public in the mainstream media. Anything from scams, identity theft, harassment and unwanted information gathering about users has been talked about. When Facebook users were asked about how they felt that Facebook’s commitment to privacy was, about half would give it a poor grade.
  • Problems with Facebook ads. Many users were not too happy about Facebook ads. Some stated that seeing advertising negatively affected their user experience and interfered with them browsing the site. Some have found the ads to be just too intrusive and would rather see fewer or no ads at all when they browse many sections of the site. Others have said that the ads they see are poorly targeted or irrelevant to their needs, for example ads for car repair shops shown to people who don’t own a car. While Facebook has made some progress in increasing relevancy, the whole issue hasn’t been solved yet.
  • Changes to the profile layout. Some have enjoyed the change to the Facebook timeline and have adapted well to it. But many others have already gotten used to the old profile style and have criticized the timeline greatly. These users would often say that they felt like Facebook has forced its users to adopt the timeline even if they don’t like it and they feel like the change is simply too radical. In general, these users believe that Facebook frequently changes the way their site works, without first consulting with the users to see if they would approve of the changes before they are actually imposed on them.

 

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Increasing Visitor Engagement For Better SEO: Part 2

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Increasing Visitor Engagement For Better SEO: Part 2


Creating good engagement with your visitors is important for various reasons. First, it helps you build a connection with the people who visit your website, giving you a better chance of converting visitors into sales. Also, with the updates to the way Google ranks websites, pages which feature ways for visitors to interact with the site may receive a better position in search results. Yesterday, we’ve seen some ways to accomplish that. Here are some more methods that webmasters and marketers can use to better connect with their audience:

  • Include social bookmarking buttons and RSS feeds

Social networking sites like Facebook are one way that your visitors can subscribe to your website and receive its updates. But that’s not the only way. There is also RSS feeds and social bookmarking services like Digg. Including the relevant buttons on your site can be helpful.

  • Have a “contact us” form on your site

Sure, your visitors can call you or send you an email at the address listed on your site. But why not make it easier for them? By including a contact form on your website, you make it more likely that someone who has a question about one of your products will get in touch with you, as this requires less effort from the user.

  • Put a live chat button

Being available, at least during business hours, to answer your visitors questions can go a long way as far as getting conversions goes. If someone isn’t too sure how one of your products works or whether it will be suitable for them, a live chat button will allow them to get a fast answer. It also shows that your site is good not only at selling things, but at providing customer service as well.

  • Include an e-mail capture box

This lets people subscribe to receive updates about your website and business by email. Remember that email is still a powerful marketing tool and an excellent way of communicating with your potential and current buyers.

  • Have a discussion forum on your website

This may not work for all sites, but it can sometimes be a good way of getting to know your site visitors and to provide them with helpful information. It will also help fill your site with free user generated content that can be quite helpful as far as SEO is concerned.

These are just a few ways that you can use to create more engagement from your website visitors. Of course, these are just examples in general and not all of these ideas may suit your business. The main idea is that your site should be easy for your visitors to get around on and they should also have easy ways to subscribe to your updates and get in touch with you. Remember that visitor engagement is just one piece of the overall SEO puzzle. You will still need to work on other elements, such as on site and off site factors that make your website rank better.

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Is Microsoft’s Social Network Going to Work?

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Is Microsoft’s Social Network Going to Work?


As we all know, social networking is rapidly gaining in importance in the online world. A large amount of internet users regularly visit websites such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google +, etc. While social networking sites have flourished and have helped the companies that run them make tremedous profits, one big player in the online world seemed to be left behind: Microsoft. Sure, they have some social features in Windows Live. Plus they have the SkyDrive service, which makes it easier for users to share files and data through a cloud storage environment. Then, there was the launch of social features on the Bing search engine. But one thing that Microsoft lacked was a social platform similar to Google + or Facebook.

 

But this may change in the future. On May 20th, Microsoft has announced that they are experimenting with a new social networking service called Socl. Now the main question remains: is this new service going to experience any success, or will it be relegated to the status of “failed product”? For now, it is yet too early to tell. The service was launched by Microsoft Research on an experimental basis.

 

Even with that, there have been a few reports of users who have tried Socl. The results so far have been a bit disappointing. On the home page, Socl says that users will have the ability to share what they search for, take part in a “video party” and “discover new interests”.

 

Sharing your search doesn’t seem like anything spectacular and that feature has already been integrated with Bing, which kind of makes it redundant. As for video parties, this is a feature that for now, doesn’t seem to have much interest among social media users. Even with Google +, few users find this feature too attractive. And those who do usually stay on dedicated web cam sites that have a complete platform built around this, like Stickam.

 

Lastly, if users want to discover new interests, the network will need to have enough content on it to let them do this. But if there are few active users, there is also little chance that someone will discover anything new and interesting by using Microsoft’s Socl service.

 

As far as functionality is concerned, things aren’t going too great. Reviewers who have tried the site found that the signup process was clumsy and they had to try again several times just to get to the next page. Certain elements of the service, like sharing links, also seemed to be needlessly complicated and needed a few tries before getting things working the way they should. As it’s just an experiment, we can of course say that Microsoft will improve the service and make it work better.

 

However, for now there doesn’t seem to be too much interest in this Microsoft product. In fact, if you weren’t following online marketing or IT news, you probably wouldn’t have even known that it existed. You can, of course, sign up to see what it’s all about, but for now, it looks like the service is far from being anything that great.

 

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Most Consumers Want Marketing Messages by Email

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Most Consumers Want Marketing Messages by Email


There are many online marketers and entrepreneurs who are shunning email marketing, believing that it is ineffective or that consumers perceive any email they receive from a business as a “spam” message and don’t pay attention to it. However, the reality of consumer opinion is quite different from this.

 

According to a survey of 1 500 consumers in the United States related to how they prefer to receive marketing messages, a large percentage, 77%, have said that they prefer to get them by email. There is no close second place, according to the study. Email is still king with US consumers and this doesn’t look like it’s going to change much in the future even as other marketing channels are being developed in the world of online advertising.

 

Here are the numbers for the rest of the marketing methods:

 

  • Direct mail (physical letters, brochures, catalogs…) : 9 %
  • SMS messages : 5 %
  • Facebook : 4 %
  • Phone calls: 2 %
  • Twitter : 1 %
  • Mobile applications for smart phones : 1%
  • LinedIn : Less than 1%

 

In reactions to the survey, many marketers were surprised that social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have scored so low. The explanation is that while consumers will pay attention to the pages of their favorite brands and businesses on social networking sites, this is not the place where they want to receive commercial solicitations. Marketers need to remember that social networking sites were never designed as being a marketing platform in the first place. Rather, they are a place where individuals connect to other people that they care about. Users also like to use social networking sites for their integrated apps and games (horoscope, poker, Farmville, etc). They may check out some commercial pages, but they don’t like it when their news feed is filled with ads.

 

There are some who ask: even if email marketing is well received by consumers, do these people actually take any action in buying something they’ve gotten through email? The numbers say yes.

 

The survey done by Channel Preference has said that 66% of consumers purchased something as a result of a marketing message they’ve received by email. Results from other marketing methods are:

 

  • Direct mail (physical letters, brochures, catalogs…) : 65 %
  • SMS messages : 16 %
  • Facebook : 20 %
  • Phone calls: 24 %
  • Twitter : 6 %
  • Mobile applications for smart phones : 10 %
  • LinedIn : 4 %

 

While email may be the preferred way that consumers use to get communications from businesses, marketers should know that this applies to permission based mailings. Buying contact lists from brokers, even if that information was legally acquired in the first place, is unlikely to yield as good results as sending messages to consumers subscribed to your email list, or including a promotional signature in customer service or order confirmation correspondence.

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Increasing Your Local Business’ Online Visibility

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Increasing Your Local Business’ Online Visibility


Have you just started to use the internet to promote your local business and want to gain more visibility online? There are several ways to accomplish this and many channels that you can use to get your business feature more prominently in search engine results as well as other sites that users interested in what you have to offer would visit. Here are some easy methods you can use to get started:

  • Get a Website

There are plenty of solutions available to create your business website. There is also a lot of information available freely online about web building that you can use. Of course, you also have the option to hire an individual or a company to create your site for you. The most important part is having a site. When you begin, you can create a simple “place holder” page for your business, with its name, address, contact information, opening hours, logo, some pictures and basic information on what you have to offer. All of this can easily fit into one page. This is perfect if you want to get online but you don’t have the time or money to get a full website done right now.

  • Be Sociable

While there are various ways of getting more attention to your business, social media is one of the easiest and most efficient ones. Before you look at any other types of advertising methods, you should create social media pages for your business on all of the main networks. Build your presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and don’t forget Google +. Creating a page for your business on social networking sites is easy. All you need to do is to input the same information than you would on a one page website that presents your business (opening hours, products, contact info, etc). Plus, you can share pictures, videos and other media on your page.

There is a whole lot more that you can do with a social media page for your business, but setting one up is obviously the first step. Be sure to link your personal profiles with your business page and share the page with your friends, or at least those that you think would be interested in your business. This will help you get some exposure and will be very beneficial in search engine rankings.

  • Create a YouTube Video

YouTube isn’t just a site for watching music videos and putting up a cute video of your dog riding a skateboard. You can also use it to draw more attention to your business. There are many ideas, but the most simple one involves a short presentation of your business, followed by a video of you walking around parts of it (if it’s a retail store) and a link to your website in the description. While it won’t be as effective as a TV commercial, it will get you one more point of exposure online and help your standing in search engine results too.

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Getting Followers to Build Your Online Authority

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Getting Followers to Build Your Online Authority


Previously, we’ve seen how important it is to build social media authority and what benefits it can bring to your online business. Many online marketers are curious to know how they can build up their authority on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The first thing that you need to think about is that authority has to be built over time. For this, you need to create an online presence that is solid and large. Of course, this may sound easy in theory, but in practice, it will demand that you make a lot of efforts.

The first thing that you need to think about is to attract as many people as possible around you. Give them an opportunity to comment on your updates and to share information about you. The more people you get following you, the better. What you post is extremely important, as it will serve to build interest. If you simply post links to a few popular articles that you’ve found on the web, this will not do much to increase the amount of followers. Simply because there are so many people doing it already.

On Twitter, you will want your account to be followed by the most active users. Those are the users which will frequently retweet messages to others. Find out more about the people who are marketing in your niche on Twitter. Look at their followers. See what they comment about and what they retweet.

Getting followers is important, but you will also want people to find out more about your business. Now how do you do this if you’re sometimes sharing third party content? There are some ways around this. If, for example, you found a certain YouTube video to be interesting, instead of linking directly to it, why not create a blog post and embed it? That way, you can give your own opinion on it and allow users to comment on it. Chances are, some of the people who ended up on your site will be curious to see what else is there and keep exploring it.

Encourage your users to share the content you’ve placed on your site. Make sure that you’ve placed some buttons for Twitter, Google + and Facebook on all of your pages. But simply placing the buttons may not be enough to get the full effect. Including a call to action on your page to encourage users to share the content could make a big difference. If you’ve watched YouTube videos lately, you will find many users encourage their viewers to not only subscribe to their channel, but also to follow them on Twitter or Facebook. So if you produce your own YouTube videos and post them on your website or blog, include a call to action in the video itself may serve to increase the number of users sharing your content. Then of course, more people will see it and more could eventually follow you. This is how you build a network of followers by leveraging the power of social networking.

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?


Many people who have been following online marketing news for the past few weeks know that Google has stated that social linking will have an effect on how a page ranks in search results. This has of course, generated a lot of interest in the topic of social linking. Those who use social media already are wondering what they could do to integrate their SEO efforts together with social media. Those who don’t are now rushing to create accounts on Google +, Twitter and Facebook for their businesses and websites.

 

Search engines using the social media standing of a website as one of the factors in determining its page rank shouldn’t surprise anyone. Whether you like it or not, social networking sites have become a powerful tool where users share information with each other and this includes the websites that they’ve visited. It’s only normal that search engines look at how popular a site is getting on a social network.

 

Another word that is often used in online marketing circles is “authority”. Being an authority online means being a excellent source of information on a certain niche. An authority site is one that receives a lot of traffic and has shown that it can give users what they want on a consistent basis. This is different from a website that goes viral and gets a few hundred thousand visitors who go to it and look at a funny picture or video and then progressively disappear as the popularity fades away.

 

But how do you combine social media with your overall online marketing strategy and use it to truly become an authority in your niche? If you heard some self proclaimed gurus claim that they have a strategy to become an authority quickly and easily, then you should know they’re not telling the whole truth about the matter. Building an authority site is difficult and involves a lot of work. It also involves a lot of time. Remember, a site can’t be considered to be authoritative in its niche just because it receives a sudden spike in traffic over a few days. This popularity among visitors needs to be consistent. So you should opt for gradual growth.

 

What you want is for your content to be widely shared on social media by the user’s own actions. People have to come to your site, see some of the content and then decide to share it with others, giving an indication that they’ve found it interesting. Self-promotion efforts, such as linking to a blog post that you’ve made on your Facebook fan page, will not lead to your site being authoritative in itself. You can spend all day publishing news stories on your feed and providing links to every page on your site, but if nobody shares it, you’re really out of luck.

 

There’s a whole lot more to it and there are differences between the various social networks. Later, we will take a look at how you can leverage Facebook and Twitter to get your site the respect that it can have in the online world.

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Better Use Of Social Media for Business Networking

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Better Use Of Social Media for Business Networking


If you want to use social media to its fullest potential, you have to understand that it can be used to help you discover more business opportunities, as opposed to simply giving you access to more customers who will buy your products. But are there any secrets to successful use of social media websites to be able to advance your business? Not really, they’re more like common sense tips that can help give you a big boost. Despite some of these tips being quite common, many business owners still don’t follow them and thus don’t get the results that they could have gotten from social networking use.

  • Be Present on Many Networks

Your business should be present on the most common networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +. Depending on the type of company that you’re running, there could be some smaller or local websites that you could benefit from using. This will give you a maximum amount of exposure at very little cost. Furthermore, having profiles on different websites can have some good SEO benefits for you, as social networking sites are usually well respected on search engines like Google.

  • Ensure That Your Contact Information Can Easily be Found and Is Up to Date

While this may seem like something quite obvious, there is still a large amount of business owners that neglect to do this. Your profile should include a link to your main website, of course. But make sure that the link actually works and that you’ve typed the site URL correctly. Put in your other contact information in your profile, such as your email, phone and street address. Contact information can change, especially for smaller businesses. This is why you will want to be sure that the information you have on your profile is always up to date. Having incorrect contact information on your profile page can cause you to miss many opportunities. Furthermore, if people see that the contact details between your website and your different profiles found online is different, this could lead to confusion, which is something that you would want to avoid as much as possible.

  • Include Your Business Logo

This just gives you page a more professional look. If you don’t have a logo for your business, then you can ask a freelancer to create one for you. You can find logo creation services and other simple artwork services offered on cheap freelancing sites such as Fiverr, where you can get one done for just $5. Of course, you can always take a graphics program and create one yourself if you’re able to. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated and could be just your business name in stylized text.

There are some more tips about using social media for business that you can benefit from. Tomorrow we will give you some more useful advice on how you can turn your social media profile into a tool that can make your company shine and let you find new business partners.

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Using Social Networks for B2B Networking

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Using Social Networks for B2B Networking


When it comes to using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, many small business owners use these as a marketing and communication channel with their customers and potential customers. Of course, this is one of the main purposes of social media use among entrepreneurs and can indeed be a part, even a major one, of a business online marketing strategy. However, social networking can be a lot more than simply a tool to communicate with and market to your buyers. You can also use different social media websites to network with other businesses and find opportunities that could be profitable for you.

If you’re wondering about some of these uses, here are a few examples that you can consider:

  • Staff Recruiting and Hiring

Employers are increasingly turning to social media websites as a way to recruit staff, either as permanent full time employees, or for temporary assignment to a specific project. If you’re planning on hiring some staff, putting a notice on your social media pages is a great way to generate some responses. Doing so can save you time and money, as you would no longer need to post an ad on various job search websites. You could also simplify communications by answering questions from potential candidates directly over the social network.

  • Buying / Selling Equipment

Do you have any equipment that you don’t need anymore, such as machinery, furniture, vehicles, etc? In that case, posting a notice on your social networking page can get you some interested buyers. Again, one of the advantages is that it is a lot less costly than other online and offline methods of finding the right buyers, as all you would need to do is to post on your page, or perhaps take a look at other people’s pages and contact them to see if they would be interested. It can also work the other way around. If you’re interested in purchasing something for your business, such as a truck for your moving company, then you can take a look to see if somebody you know has one for sale, or post a notice on your page.

  • Finding Services That You Need

Are you looking for an inexpensive, but good quality web designer? Do you need a new VoIP service that is more reliable than what you’re using now? Here again, social media can be very helpful. You can make a post on your page and those who can provide the services can answer. Or at least they can point you in the right direction by giving you information on services that they’ve used in the past, as well as giving you their impressions on them.

  • Finding Various Business Opportunities

Are you looking to expand your business or to branch out into other areas of operation? Then networking with other entrepreneurs and business people can be a very good way of making that happen. No matter what kind of business opportunity you are into, you can find people who are interested in the same thing and can turn into valuable business partners.

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Is Google + a Good Business Marketing Tool? Part 1

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Is Google + a Good Business Marketing Tool? Part 1


Whether or not Google + actually has enough potential to be a useful marketing tool has been a matter of debate for quite some time in online marketing circles. There are those who believe that the social network launched by Google has some potential and will end up growing in popularity. On the other end, there are those who believe that it will be a flop and join Google’s list of “failed products” and therefore businesses shouldn’t waste their time building a significant presence on it.

 

But what is going on with Google + in reality? Is it something that you should bother paying attention to as a business owner that is seeking different ways to advertise online? The decision as to which marketing channels you will use to promote your business online is all up to you. Remember that in addition to social networking sites, there are plenty of other online advertising avenues that you can use. And if these are already working for you, then you should by all means keep using any method that is bringing you a satisfactory amount of website visitors and revenue. But what about those that are seeking to enlarge their online advertising options, or who have just started a new business and are looking for ways to get some traffic going to their website?

 

There are a few things that you should know about Google + and about how it can be used to promote your business in social media.

 

Google has Fixed Several Problems With the Site

 

When it was launched, Google + was only meant to be used as a platform for individuals to connect to each other. This meant that business accounts were not allowed. However, Google has quickly changed course, allowing businesses to use the platform for networking, just like Facebook now allows different types of organizations to use their social networking service to connect with fans, customers and potential customers.

 

Certain functionality issues, such as the ability to put in additional page managers, as well as verify a profile to make sure that it is the official Google + page for your business, have now been resolved and are working quite well. Google has also worked on improving the overall look and feel of the service, which is always a bonus point for increasing use.

 

Adoption Among Consumers Remains Low

 

Google has reported that there are now 90 million users of Google +. Of course, this is far less than its rivals, which are now chiefly Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, the amount of time that users spend on the service on average is not too encouraging at the moment. Reports show that users of Google + spend just 3.5 minutes on the service. Again, this is low compared to other social media websites. However, there are a few reasons as to why you may not want to discount Google + as a marketing tool just yet and may want to create a profile on the service for your business.

 

 

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More Efficient Use of Online Marketing: Checking Your Progress

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More Efficient Use of Online Marketing: Checking Your Progress


If you own a local business and use the internet to promote it, then you’re probably concerned as to whether you’re getting the results that you’ve wanted from your marketing efforts. After all, nobody wants to spend time and money on online advertising only to make little progress with it. This is why it is very important for you to monitor your progress with internet marketing and see which of your strategies work and which ones don’t work as well. This will give you an idea as to whether you should keep doing what you’re already doing, or whether there are certain changes or improvements that would be in order for you.

While this sounds easy to say, keeping up with the performance of your online marketing efforts will require a bit of work, especially if you haven’t really been paying attention to the results that it’s been bringing you. This happens to many small business owners that get caught up with their main line of work, especially if their business has been doing quite well as of late.

The first thing that you would want to do is to make a list of all of your marketing and advertising channels that you’re using. Then, divide these into sub groups. So for example if you use social media and classified ads sites, you would have these 2 as main advertising types. Then you would list the specific social networking sites that you use for your business, as well as the classified ads websites that you post your ads to on a regular basis. The same can be applied to other methods of online marketing that your business uses, such as pay per click ads, where you can further drill down the traffic and results that you’re getting by each network, each specific ad campaign & ad copies, as well as individual text or banner ads that you’re running on the network. Remember to be as detailed as possible as this will help you optimize your efforts.

Now that you have this list done, you would need to track where you website traffic is coming from. If you haven’t already set up a tracking script (there are many free ones out there that you can use), look at your server logs to see where the traffic on your business website is coming from.

As for tracking conversions (visitors who became paying client or took other action that is profitable for you), there are many free scripts that you can use in order to see which clicks are converting, if your site is directly selling items to customers. Otherwise, if customers contact you by phone or walk into your place of business, then tracking conversions won’t be that easy since you will be limited to asking customers how they found out about your business.

If you’re satisfied with the results, then keep doing what you’re doing… but keep paying attention to where your traffic is coming from. If on the other hand, you want to improve some things, then we have some more tips for you tomorrow.

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