Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 8 of 8

Welcome back for the final part of our 8 Part Social Media series.  In this final blog we’ll be talking about how to monitor the conversations (i.e. feedback and reviews) that will inevitably find their way onto the internet about your business and/or services.  More specifically we will talk about how best to make sure that they stay positive (aside from your company always giving excellent customer care, of course).

There are 5 steps that your company can take to make sure that you are always on top of any content being posted about your biz that wasn’t posted by you.

1) Set up Google Alerts, a free email update that will alert you any time your company is mentioned on the net.  Any time your company or product/service is mentioned online Google sends you an alert and shows you where it is. Powerful stuff indeed.

2) Get to know Google Analytics and use it often.  This will not only allow you to track your social media campaigns it will also show you which websites are sending the most traffic your way. It’s a powerful tool to evaluate the success (or failure) of any marketing effort you make.

3) Use FaceBook Search to see who is talking about your company on the Face and of course what they’re saying about you.  (Hopefully it’s all positive.)

4) Search the same way on Twitter. If you recall we mentioned TweetDeck and Seesmic in an earlier part on Twitter.  Use these services to monitor any word or phrase and keep track of who’s using them and when.

5) Use any services that will push info back to you via email about specific phrases or words that you wish to track.  BackType is one such service that will send you an alert (similar to Google) when your company or the word or phrase you choose is mentioned anywhere online.

Keeping track of what’s being said about your company online may seem like a waste of time to some but the fact is that, if you do it well, you can see where you’re doing things right, where you’re making mistakes, and put out small fires before they get out of control.  Controlling what is being said about your company is impossible but responding in a timely manner and taking care of customers is certainly not and is vitally important in today’s hyper-fast information age.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this 8 Part series about Social Media Marketing and we wish you the best of luck in all of your future Social Media endeavors.  Check back often for more tips and information and take care!





Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 7 of 8

Hello and welcome back for Part 7 of out 8 Part Social Media series.  Today’s topic is how to leverage a combination of different Social Media tools to best market your business online. The simple fact is that, as the old saying goes, you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket.  One social media site is a good start but a combination of several going at the same time is your best bet for a good return on your investment.

Cross-marketing is the first task you need to accomplish.  Connecting your FaceBook and Twitter accounts for example is an excellent idea as your posts on each will show on the other, doubling up your efforts.

Connecting your LinkedIn profile to your Blog is next, as LinkedIn has a feature that will let you publish a synopsis of your latest Blog on their site in your account, automatically updating your profile every time you post to your Blog.  Nice!

Integrating Twitter into your Blog is a great idea and makes it so much easier for your readers to tweet about your posts directly from your webpage.  There are also a lot of other sharing tools out there that will allow you to give your readers the ability to easily share your posts to other social media sites as well.

Once you’ve become adept at doing these tasks (and are performing them regularly, if not every day) you’re ready to execute a multi-media marketing strategy.

For example, once you post a video to YouTube you can then post about it on your Blog, Tweet about it on Twitter and, since these should be connected, your FaceBook fan page will get the updates too.  Sharing it on Pinterest and other sites as well is a great idea and will allow you to get lots more mileage from a single video.

Of course you’ll want to make sure that the social media websites that you’re posting to make sense for your business.  Pinterest, for example, is heavily into photos.  If you’re a service oriented company they may not be the right site for you.

Consistency is also key here as, if people come back to visit and you don’t regularly have new content they’re going to fall off in droves.  Keep posting and keep the great content coming and you’ll not only build an audience you’ll keep them coming back for more.

Then of course you will want to come back for more, specifically Part 8!

Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 6 of 8

Hello and welcome back for Part 6 of our 8 Part Social Media series for small business. Today’s topic is Multimedia such as videos, photos and even audio and how they can help you promote and brand your small business.  This may be one of the more difficult aspects of social media marketing quite honestly but the payoff can be bigger too so, in our opinion, it’s well worth the effort.

No conversation about multimedia on the internet would be complete without YouTube of course, the video juggernaut that is one of the most powerful and popular websites in the entire world.  Participating on YouTube will help your biz but, to get the most bang for your buck out of the site, you’re going to need to start making and posting videos of your own.

These can be as simple or as complex as you’d like, but we suggest that simple is the way to get started.  A webcam and some expert knowledge is all you need, plus a topic that is interesting of course and will attract viewers and hold their attention.

YouTube also has a powerful suite of tools that you can use to evaluate the effectiveness of your videos, making it easier to know what people are watching and what to offer in the future.

Flickr is another site that is excellent for building some affinity for your brand and/or product.  People love pictures and Flickr give you a place to post and share them easily.  They also have discussion groups and other tools that will help you focus on your local marketplace.

BlogTalk Radio is becoming a very popular site for businesses.  You can host your own internet radio talk show there and, if you offer interesting info, tips, tidbits and other useable content, you will find that people start tuning in regularly, especially if you give them the opportunity to call in and ask questions directly to you.

The main point of any multimedia content is of course to make it interesting, helpful or, if neither of those two, at least funny.  People love funny and you will certainly build an affinity for your biz and your product using humor.  As will all Social Media content is king so before you start make sure that what you will give your viewers / listeners will entertain or help them in some way.

Once you’re on your way to YouTube stardom remember to come back for Part 7!

Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 5 of 8

Welcome back for Part 5 of our 8 Part Social Media series.  Today’s topic is about the need for you and your company to participate on other Blogs.  The fact is, it takes time to build a reputation on the internet and sometimes it’s better for you to go out and make some noise and get some attention (i.e. be proactive) rather than to sit back and wait for people to come and find you. With that in mind here are your strategies for doing that very thing.

First you’ll need to find a few Blogs that cover your specific industry and make a habit of surfing to them at least weekly to see what’s being posted, what’s new and what’s news.  Get to know who the writers are and what their opinions are and, when you’re ready, start leaving constructive, interesting comments and notes about their posts.  If you need help finding Blogs Technorati has a list of the Small Business Blogs that you can use for reference.

Once you’ve found a few good Blogs to follow you’re ready for some more advanced techniques of building a rep for yourself. By now you have hopefully built a level of trust and credibility due to leaving great comments, asking interesting questions and even leaving bits of useful advice on other Blog posts.

You can now use the affinity that you have grown to ask some of these writers to let you have a go at a Guest Post on their Blog.  This is an excellent way to have your opinions and ideas seen by a much larger audience (depending on the Blog). You’ll want to agree on the topic and send a draft of your post ahead of the scheduled posting date of course so that all goes smoothly (and you’re invited back).

You can also ask that they guest post on your Blog also, which will bring over readers from their Blog to yours and open up some new doors in the process.  If you can’t do this with the ‘big guys’ right away don’t get discouraged.  Social Media takes time to build and bear fruit and so does Blogging of any kind.

How To Guest Post To Promote Your Blog from blogging expert Darren Rowse is a definite must-read if you want to start guest Blogging to build your business.

So get started making a Blogging name for yourself and make sure to come back and see us for Part 6, Multimedia!

Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 4 of 8

Welcome back for Part 4 of our Social Media 8 part series.  As Social Media continues to grow and more and more companies jump on the Social Media bandwagon many businesses are realizing that online reviews and online review site are extremely important and can have a huge impact on their bottom line. One of the best of those sites is Yelp and they are the focus of Part 4.

Yelp publishes millions of local business reviews every single day and your best basic strategy with them is, as with all social media sites, is to register your business account with them.  Setting up a business account on Yelp is free for everyone and every business.  Once set up you can tell the world about your business (location, years in business, etc.), begin to track the amount of users that are viewing your company profile and of course tell people about any sort of promotions or specials that you may be having.

While you’re at it you should also consider adding your business to Google Maps, Foursquare, Bing and other similar sites.  Frankly the more the merrier when it comes to letting your potential customers know who you are, where you are and what your company can do for them.

Once you’ve gotten the basics out of the way it’s time to really start using Yelp to drive people towards your business.  Some of the advanced strategies that you can start using on Yelp include adding your company’s website URL to your Yelp profile which of course will help lead people directly to you.  Uploading a few photos of your company (or yourself) is an excellent idea and will add a huge boost to your trustworthiness in the public’s eyes.

Getting proactive is a must with Yelp and other sites like it.  If you have good customers, family and friends that have used your services one of the best things you can do is to ask them for their review.

You can go even further by offering premiums or other specials to people that leave reviews. For example, if you are the owner of an auto-repair shop you can offer a free oil change to anyone who leave a great review or, if you have a service company, you can give a discount to anyone who mentions that they found you on Yelp.

So get started, get your reviews going on Yelp and join us back here soon for Part 5.


Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 3 of 8

Welcome back for Part 3 of our 8 part Social Media guide. Part 3 deals with something that, while not exactly a specific social media site, is very social and can attract people to your business and your services just as well. What I’m referring to is your company Blog, a social media platform that can make all the difference in your customer base and your revenue stream.

The basic strategy for your company Blog is simple; if you don’t already have a custom domain name you need to decide on one and register it ASAP. Setting up your own Blog isn’t necessarily a difficult endeavor and so if you’re comfortable with WordPress or Blogger then go ahead and set your Blog up on your own.

An alternative to these sites is the site Posterous where you can set up a simple Blog that will let you tell people about your company in your own way using written content, videos and pictures.  Taking a little bit of time to compare these choices is a good idea to see which one of them feels ‘right’ for you and your business.

Of course if you’re a newb or have never set up a Blog before it may be a good idea to enlist the aid of an expert who you can give direction to about your business and who can give you direction about setting up the Blog or possibly set it up for you completely.

Once you’ve set up your Blog you’re ready to start building an audience for it, and that can only mean one thing; excellent content. The simple fact is, no matter what your platform or who your audience is, content is king on the internet.  Without interesting, informative and helpful content you might as well not even start because nobody is going to stick around (or keep coming back) if they don’t enjoy what they see on your Blog.

One of the best ways to do this is to focus on what you want to tell your prospective readers and customers. This will of course depend on your expertise and what your company specializes in. It also will be helpful if what you’re blogging about interests YOU because Blogs are a long-term investment that require time and resources to start and maintain. 

So get started Blogging and, once you’re up and running, come on back for Part 4, Yelp.  See you soon!


Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 2 of 8

Welcome back for the 2nd Part of our 8 part Social Media series.  In this part we’ll be taking a look at one of the most powerful Social Media platforms on the planet, Twitter.  This micro-blogging website has become enormously influential and is beloved around the world. In fact, it was profiled in Business Week and they agreed that it’s a powerful way to promote just about any type of business that you can think of!  Let’s take a look at how to use it to your best advantage.

The first thing you need to do to if you want to get started on Twitter’s powerful platform is to sign up and reserve the name that you want on your account. You may ‘tweet’ (send messages) using your own name but you want that all-important company name on your webpage no matter what you do, and you also want to make sure that none of your competitors get the name before you do. There’s a simple guide on Twitter that you can use to get things started.

Spending half an hour surfing various Twitter pages and familiarizing yourself with what’s available on their site is a great idea, and you should of course search for whatever it is that your company does or produces. For example, if you’re a florist searching ‘flowers’ or ‘local florist’ should give you an idea of who’s out there and what they’re doing on Twitter.

You can also search for your business on Twitter.  Who knows, people may already be talking about you! Once you’ve familiarized yourself with what Twitter can do it’s time to step it up a notch and really get things going for your business.

Using a few of the advance Twitter tools that are out there is the best way to start using Twitter to funnel revenue towards your biz. There are many mobile clients that Twitter has like Tweetie, TweetDeck and Seesmic that will give you the flexibility and control that you need to create your own Twitter ‘voice’ and develop a strategy to increase awareness of your brand.

Pre-defining searches to monitor keywords, grouping people to minimize noise and distractions and defining custom searches (use Twitterfall) will help you to focus in on trending topics so that you can take advantage of them and get noticed.

Use these tips and, once your Twitter page is up and running, come on back for Part 3 where we’ll talk about the power of Company Blogs. Good luck tweeting!


Social Media Marketing for the Small Business: Series 1 of 8

It seems that everyone is talking about how great Social Media is and how it’s a necessity in today’s market.  The problem; many people still don’t know how to utilize Social Media to their advantage.  In this 8 part Social Media synopsis we’ll take a look at the best social media outlets and how to best put them to work for your business.  Basic and advanced strategies that will help brand your biz and increase your revenue ASAP.

One of the biggest players on the social media scene is of course FaceBook. To get started putting the behemoth to work for you start by signing up for a regular account and then using the business name to sign up for a Business Fan Page.

While you’re busy doing that also take some time to research some of the Fan Pages of your competitors or other businesses that are similar to yours.  Take a look at what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and hat kind of content they are posting. This will give you a much better idea about what you should be doing, or how to do your Fan Page even better. Checking out what kind of pics they use, what their videos are espousing and how many ‘friends’ the have will steer you in the right direction for practically nothing.

If you already have a regular (read; personal) FaceBook membership account what you want to do next is expand the FaceBook presence to your business.  You can do this by creating a Business Account or a Business Fan Page.

Best to get a Business Fan Page as the Business Account has all sorts of restrictions and is quite basic.  A Business fan Page on the other hand lets you create a FaceBook page where your customers can register as ‘fans’ of your company.  Once they do this they will get every single update that you post to your page, thus creating a connection directly to your biz.

While you’re at it you should also consider running ‘hyper local’ ads on FaceBook to connect with all the people who live in your general vicinity.  If you’re a brick and mortar store or service center this is vital as FaceBook is worldwide but your customers might not be.

Now that you’ve got the Face working for you it’s time to move on to Blog post #2, Twitter.  Use this advice well and we’ll see you there.

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Make This Video Go Viral – Seriously, Do As You’re Told

Over my time running The New Business Blog, I’ve given a lot of advice on how to make more money online. (While I’m no Yaro Starak or John Chow, I’d like to think I have been successful enough to be taken as a reputable source.)

Without a doubt, the single most important piece of advice I’ve given is to straight up TELL your visitors what you want from them. Don’t ask. Tell!

So, on that note, I’ve decided to do a little experiment. I want to see if I can make a simple, yet stupid video go viral, simply by me TELLING everyone that’s what I want them to help me do.

The video is nothing more than me TELLING everyone who views it that I want their help in making the video go viral. Now that you’ve viewed it, help me out by embedding the video in your blog, posting it on Twitter and Facebook, voting for it on Digg and Reddit, Stumbling it, and emailing it out to your friends and family.

Think if it as taking part in a 21st century social experiment. Look at you, you little groundbreaker!

Back to the moral of the story – the reason you tell as opposed to ask is simple – you can never assume that you have been clear enough with your potential customers. If you ask, you leave room for interpretation. If you tell, room for interpretation is gone.

Look at the following two examples:

Of the two, which one do you think is more likely to get you a sale? The first one, where I’m asking if you’d like to learn more while not giving you clear direction on what to do next, or the one where I tell you exactly what to do and what’s going to happen after you do it?

Sure, the second one might come off as a little bit pushy, but since most buyers have to be coaxed and told what to do, you’re probably doing them (and your bank account) a favor by narrowing down their options.

Ok, so, again, go back up to that video, and share it with every person under the sun in every way you know how. I want to get the video up to 50,000 hits, so make sure you do your part!

(How awesome is it going to be if I don’t fall completely flat on my face and this actually works?!?)

What are your thoughts on this post? Do you agree? Think I’m a nut? Leave your comment below!