3 Starting Points to Twitter Marketing

3-starting-points-to-twitter-marketingThis past Friday in Our Business Fuel Facebook group we hosted a tweetchat to help our small business owners get better acquainted with “tweeting”. Tweetchats are always fun. It’s when the lightbulb starts to come on for many people who up until that point just didn’t “get it” when it came to Twitter. As a social media consultant and trainer, most of the questions I receive about social networks are about Twitter. It’s a unique platform, very different from Facebook, but also an important one. For this reason, business owners and professionals are eager to learn how to get started. So here are 3 posts that you can review one by one to help get your Twitter experience off to the right start!

1. Getting Started On Twitter

2. Uploading Your Twitter Cover Photo

3. How To Be An Effective Tweeter

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What questions do you have about Twitter? Please post your questions in the comment section below. Thanks!

How To Set Achievable Social Media Goals in 2013

As business owners we like to set goals for the new year to help us achieve success. It’s important to be specific about those goals that you are trying to achieve for each aspect of your business. This includes your social media marketing. In this recent segment of Friday Fuel, we would like to show you how to set measurable goals and teach you how to measure those goals to help you achieve success.

Check out our video below.

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What are some of your social media goals?

Smart Pinterest Marketing For Beginners

pinterest-marketing-for-beginnersPinterest continues to be a social media site that is growing at a fast rate and is driving lots of traffic to websites. For this reason, brands are finding ways to participate in the pinning phenomenon! People are going to Pinterest for a reason. They WANT to see what people are talking about. Including brands. They want to see what their friends are sharing. They want to get information and see the creative pins that are being posted. They come ready to engage.

Pinterest’s ability to drive traffic that converts to sales, makes it a smart component of your online strategy. If that isn’t enough, consider this: it’s easy to use, it drives engagement, and inspires ideas. Those ideas, inspires people to act, create, plan and shop!

So what should you do as a business owner to get started? Here’s how you can get started:

1) SIGN UP: Go to the Pinterest Business page to join the site as a business: http://business.pinterest.com/. Your name on your page (and the name people use to search for you) is your “Business Name.” You will also have a “Username”. This name will be used to create your URL, or link, on Pinterest, like mine for example: http://pinterest.com/socialwithsara).

2) CREATE YOUR BOARDS: Absolutely include Products and Services. This is quite simple if you have a product. Pin images of the products you sell. Do you sell candles? Clothing? Jewelry? Organize boards around the product. They can link directly to your site for purchase! If you’re a service- based company,
pin images that communicate your services. I have a board called I Love Social Media. On this board I pin images from blog posts (including my own) on the topic of all things Social Media Marketing. Social Sites, news and information on Social Media, SEO, blogging, etc;.

3) Valuable, Informative Info: Tips and tricks, how-to’s. Are you a chef? Do you sell beauty products? You can pin information on cooking tips, the best cookware, makeup tips, skin care tips. Anything related to your product or service that showcases your expertise and gives useful information to your audience.

4) Sizzle: This is where you pin the really good, fun stuff. A great example is for travel agents. Pin the most beautiful scenery, amazing resorts and sunsets that you and your audience would enjoy most. Travel images are very popular. What better way to get your target market dreaming of their next vacation?

5) Industry: Are you a entrepreneur? Why not create a board for likeminded individuals? Pin images of information, tools and resources for small business owners, solopreneurs or home based business owners. Build a community of your peers on Pinterest.

Make sure your images are attractive and interesting. Pinterest is a visually driven site. Pin images that want the visitor to want to know more, click the link and share it!

Make sure you dedicate time each day to following people, brands and businesses and sharing their content as well. Check out the Popular section of the site to see what people are interested in. Incorporate those trends into your strategy if it’s appropriate.

I encourage you to go on the site to explore. Get a feel for the environment and have fun. It is a FUN site that happens to have great business potential. So don’t take the fun out of it by ONLY selling. Be interesting and engaging and you will start building your community before you know it.

Are you pinning? What tips can you share? Please comment below.

Social Media Marketing Do’s and Don’ts

social-media-marketing-tips-dos-dontsWhat is social media marketing?

Social Media has changed the way people connect, discover and share information.
It is the technology that connects people– whether it’s to share content or just to simply chat.
Social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, are the places where these social interactions happen (discovering & sharing).

Social media marketing is the way to use that technology to build relationships, drive repeat business and attract new customers
through friends sharing with friends, and so on.

Simply put, social media marketing is really just word-of-mouth powered by technology.
It’s simply powerful.

There are a few things you want to use social media marketing to do:

Show And Tell

Show your audience who you are and what you can do for them. It’s great for brand awareness!

Sell!

Give customers offers that are so good they’ll share them with their friends. You want to be able to reach not only them but people they know.

Provide Great Service

Go the extra mile. Do a little more than expected. When you’re interacting online with customers, think of ways you can insure that they will want to continue to do business with you. Sometimes all it takes is simple acknowledgement.

Listen.

Pay attention to what your customers are saying about you and to you. It’s instant powerful feedback.

Make it last!

Build deeper relationships so customers will get to know, like, and trust you. People like to do business with people they like.

With that said, here are a few “Do’s and Don’ts!”

1. Do be nice. Social Skills apply in Social Media. Be nice, courteous, friendly and approachable.
2. Do share things of value. What expertise can you offer? Share it!
3. Do be yourself. Authenticity is crucial. Don’t pretend to be who or what you are not. Stand out from the rest by being you.
4. DO interact. The key is to build relationships. You must interact and engage to do that.
5. Don’t ignore people. Respond to comments and questions.
6. Don’t constantly broadcast. Social Media is relationship building. In relationships it’s not all about you, so be GENUINELY interested in other people.
7. Don’t assume you know what people want. Ask questions! You will better be able to serve your market when you know exactly what their needs are.

What do’s and don’ts can you share? Comment below!

I also invite you to join me and my business partner Tiffany Lymon in our Facebook group, Business Fuel where we share daily tips, news and information to help fuel your business success with online marketing tips. Join us!