Different Social Media Networks Your Business Can Benefit From

Are you interested in using social media networks for your business?

Do you know which social media networks will be most effective in your specific marketing campaigns?

If, like many business owners, you are unsure about how social media can be used to meet your business goals, then it's worth having a quick read about the main features of each social networking platform. With the functionality available, and the massive populations of these social media sites, you'll no doubt find it an attractive proposition to your business to be visible in such popular spaces.

Here's a quick overview of the 5 main social media networks available.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the few social media networks that is designed solely for professional networking purposes. Professionals and businesses use LinkedIn to create connections with prospects and their customers, which opens up a channel of communication - both public (groups, status updates) and private (inbox messages).

LinkedIn allows businesses to connect with individuals by joining groups where they could meet potential customers. Businesses that are centred on IT would be likely to join groups related to their business, so that they would attract the right kind of customers that share the same interests as they do.

Job vacancies are listed on LinkedIn by businesses that have a LinkedIn page. Posting a job on LinkedIn can generate a lot of interest to the vacancy through the targeted search parameters. Businesses can also pay extra money to ensure that their vacancy is on the top of the page for additional exposure.

Facebook

Facebook is the most used social media networks in the world, there are more than 1.5 billion people who have a Facebook account, and over 750 million people who are frequent users of the social network.

Users can create Facebook pages for businesses. Separate to personal profiles (which require friend requests to be accepted before communication can commence), anyone can see, visit and contribute to Facebook pages, which provides a valuable platform for boosting brand awareness and exposure.

Businesses with a large community on their Facebook page have good opportunities to generate traffic to their website, showcase good levels of customer service, and up-sell business products and services.

There are also advertising opportunities available on Facebook to promote products or services directly to your ideal audiences. Facebook Ads can be highly targeted, depending on a wide range of information that is collected in Facebook account. This means the clicks you receive can be relevant to your business and qualified to make purchases.

Twitter

Twitter is one of the most dynamic of the social media networks. Users send 'Tweets' - a message with 140 character limit - which can be seen by any other user on the platform.

It is estimated that over 8000 users send out a tweet every second. Anyone on Twitter can send a tweet about anything, which means businesses have to be careful about the content they share and the conversations they engage in.

If someone with a lot of Twitter followers shared an update about a positive experience with your business, then chances are it will be seen by a percentage of their audience and word of mouth can spread digitally.

YouTube

YouTube is the most popular of the social media networks based on video. Individuals use YouTube for a variety of reasons, whether for entertainment or for educational services.

The average human spends fifteen to twenty-five minutes a day on YouTube searching for videos, with the majority of users are between eighteen and twenty-four years of age.

Advertisements have been introduced on YouTube videos in different types of formats. The most used type of advert are video adverts that play whilst the video is loading. Some of the video adverts are skippable after five seconds, and some are not.

Business can also purchase display ads on the side, or overlay ads that appear on the lower portion of the video. YouTube displays relevant ads based on the user's cookies by keeping a track of all the websites a user visits, so adverts match users browsing history and interests.

Google+

Google+ is another of the most popular social media networks in the world. This platform allows users to connect openly with each other by 'circling' users - another term for segmenting contacts into groups. Google+ allows users to post different types of multimedia content on their Google+ page, as well as share directly with others or in communities.

A feature of Google+ is local areas. It automatically shows a user the places that are near their current geographical location. Google+ Local allows businesses to see any reviews that were posted on their Google+ page and see how many stars that their customers rated them.

This can help businesses gain exposure and reputation - good reviews and ratings are typically a big factor in deciding whether or not to buy a product or service from a business. Recommendations can be a helpful tool because individuals tend to trust the opinions of others who have had first-hand experience with the business.

Which Social Media Networks Is Your Business On?

Is your business visible in social media? Which networks are you active on?

Your business should be taking full advantage of the opportunities that social media networks bring. If you're not, then rest assured your competitors are!

Engage, interact and post frequently across a variety of social media networks in order to increase your lead generation and brand awareness opportunities. It might take a lot of time and hard work to learn how to implement social media marketing, but everything you do online will ultimately affect how your business does offline.

Which social media platform is most effective for your business?


How Can Digital Marketing Help Your Finance Business?

In 2017, it is estimated that 25,000 Finance Companies will go deflate. This is because less and less people search Fiance online. Finance is ideally referred by word of mouth. I believe that in order to save your finance business you should employ digital marketing!

As I am an insider to this marketing frenzy, I will tell you a little secret...

 

Organic Marketing isn't cutting it anymore. Don't get me wrong its effective and cost effective but to really get the people knocking at your door you should implement paid marketing tools. Below I have described the 3 marketing tools that are a greenlight for businesses.

 

  1. PPC

PPC is a good way to speed up the views on your site, it allows you to develop your landing page effectively – it will be targeted according to your target market, purpose and objective. You receive traffic on to your website which may convert into clients.

You can get your business found whether you’re looking to attract new website visitors worldwide, grow online sales, and get the phones ringing or keep customers coming back for more, Google AdWords can help. This lets you target by website type, audience type or remarketing, when and where it matters.

 

  1. SEO

Linking to this, SEO shows the amount of traffic you get organically and can carry on this process.  In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine's users, and these visitors can be converted into customers. PPC and SEO are different tools but they both allow you to see what words are used to search a specific product/service. The powerful buzz words!

 

3.Social Media Marketing

As a finance decision maker, do you think that social media plays a big part in finding new customers? Do you think social media is a great tool for promoting your product/service?

 

I do! Social media marketing allows you to promote effectively through the use of Twitter Hashtags, online visuals and enticing promotional messages. Social media marketing focuses on targeting the right audience in respect to your business and then connecting with your following by promoting valuable content.

 

Overall, these services will pay off in the long run and will totally rock the world of finance!

 

Written by Jessie Prentice


1 Million Small Businesses Will Go Digital by 2018

It is estimated that 1 million businesses will go digital by the end of 2017, start of 2018. This is because of recent success in business growth through social media. Below I have featured the marketing tools you should implement that will make your business one in a million! Get it?

 

PPC Advertising or Paid Search Marketing

 

PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising is great! Yes, it costs money but the rewards for your business can be amazing if you do it right (or hire an expert to do it right). For those of you who aren’t sure what PPC is, it is a mode of advertising that allows you to target people who may be interested in your business and only pay when they click on your advert. Google Adwords is the obvious choice but there are others such as Bing ads, Yahoo ads and Microsoft ads. There is a learning curve involved but like I mentioned earlier its well worth it. However, your best option would probably to get a PPC specialist or PPC agency to manage your account if you don’t.

 

SEO

 

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is probably one of the most talked about online marketing strategies. What is SEO? The definition is literally in the name. It is to optimise your website to rank well on the search engines. This is not just a way to market your business but it is actually a must if you want your business/site to be visible to your target audience. It is a long term strategy that takes thought and careful planning. It is a difficult way to advertise which requires patience but as always if you don’t know what you’re doing then hire a professional or SEO company.

 

Social Media

 

Social media can be a great tool to create awareness for your business. Not only does it allow you to target the right people but it is also a great way to learn about your audience. For example for Twitter you can use a thing called Twitter Analytics which gives you key information about your audience. This will enable you to make your campaigns customised to what your market responds to. Best thing is that social media is a free tool so you can generate leads for your business without getting your wallet out! Unless of course you want to invest in Facebook ads or Twiter ads.

 

Blog

 

Believe it or not but if you want more organic traffic then having a blog on your site is essential. The main thing it will do for your business is help you to establish some authority in your niche. It is a long term strategy which will take a lot of good quality articles, but the results are well worth it. If done well you should eventually start seeing a lot of traffic coming to your site. This traffic will already be targeted because of your articles, so all you have to do is convert them!

 

Email Marketing

 

If you think email marketing is no longer a valuable marketing tool, think again because email is here to stay and has never been more useful for businesses (read our article “Is Email Marketing Dead” for a deeper analysis on this). The great thing about it is that all other marketing ties in with email marketing. For example if you have a new article published, you can let your email subscribers know to get that initial traffic. If you’re promoting a new product or service, promote it to your email list. You will obviously need to have built up an email list but that is a topic for another day (stay tuned). A well thought out email marketing campaign can work wonders for your business so don’t be without it!


How to Generate Leads Online, The Easy Way

Lead generation describes the marketing process of stimulating and capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing a sales pipeline. Recently, the buying process has changed, and business owners need to find new ways to reach out to potential customers and increase sales.

 

 

 

1. Blog for Your Business
Blogs are trendy right now and millions of people worldwide have a blog, whether it’s for business or personal use. Get in the know, write a blog and watch your leads grow!

 

 
2. Create an EBook as a lead generation tactic
To really get people enticed to use your business/service you should create an EBook, this EBook can include business pursuits, how beneficial your business is, etc. Overall, you can include anything you like in an EBook. This can be used as a freebie to visitors, offered after a trial with the business/service.

 

 
3. Send Out Newsletters to Mailing Lists
Another tip to generate leads is to create business newsletters, these give readers an insight of who you are as a business and sparks key interests. This newsletter can be weekly or monthly but none the less it will help increase your sales and leads value.

 

 
4. Include Visuals
The visuals you can include are infographics, videos and business portfolios. These are beneficial as it makes your business look fun and modernised. Photos and videos are great but to be superior it is important to add diagrams and insightful business knowledge. Show that you are not just a text based business.


3 Digital Retail Trends to Watch Out For In 2017

We’ve survived Black Friday, Christmas and The Boxing Day sales. Now it’s time to survive the New Year!

 

How can you survive? You can survive by checking out these 3 tips below…

 

 

  1. Social Shopping

 

In the past 2 years, we’ve seen the release of “Apple Pay” and Android pay. It is found that mobile wallets are used by 92% of tablet and device users. Also, consumers spend more time on browsers of mobile devices rather than mobile apps and computer search. Mobile commerce will definitely be huge in 2017.

 

Social Media plays a massive part in the decisions consumers make so it would be beneficial to keep up to date with social media trends and acknowledge a vamp up of marketing plan to increase sales.

 

Facebook is planning to add “Facebook Pay” on the books, what will you do?

 

 

  1. User Experience

In mid-2017, it is predicted that review forums such as “Trust Pilot’” and “Yahoo Reviews” will allow you to upload review videos and video chat to show user experience on another level.

 

Everyone loves to check a review before they purchase a product so sharing your thoughts over video chat will definitely help people who are in a rut.

 

As well as this, the tool of online reviewing will increase website ranking by a mighty 67%!

 

Who would want nothing more?

 

 

  1. Infographics encourages the idea of “Virtual Retail”

 

Using infographics enables customers to digest information in an image type format. In 2017, online infographics will be improved by the design of 4D images of the products and visual animation. This will show customers how the product chosen will appear. You will be able to see what a “ribbed burgundy midi dress” will look like on your body shape.

 

 

Overall, you should always be on the lookout for digital trends and you should always try to better yourself through the use of social media and online domestics.

 

 

If you would like to know more, feel free to check out our other digital marketing articles. Thank you for reading!

 

 

Written by Jessie Prentice