Category Archives: Social Media

What is local SEO and why is it important?

Local SEO (search engine optimization) is the practice of improving your online presence to attract local customers to your brick-and-mortar business.

Forty-six percent of all Google searches are local, and there has been a 900%+ growth in mobile searches for  “_____ near me today/tonight.” Among the people who searched for local businesses, 76% visited a related business within a day, and 28% made a purchase.

With so many consumers searching for local businesses, it’s important to make sure your business comes up in those searches. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Liven Up Your Marketing with Visual Content

visual marketing strategyAs the old adage goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In reality, visual content like photos, images and videos are worth so much more in the grand scheme of your digital marketing strategy. Would you believe that you remember more of what you learn visually than what you read on-screen or in a book? In fact, studies have shown that people recall nearly 65 percent of the visual content that they see almost three days later; whereas, they only retain about 10 percent of written content in the same amount of time.

Of course, it goes without saying that written content is very important to your marketing program. A thoughtful mixture of written content and visuals will help your business show up more online, attract the attention of prospective customers, and convince and convert them into paying customers. For instance, on Facebook, images receive a 37 percent higher engagement rate than posts with text alone. Still not a believer? Here are 3 reasons to liven up your marketing with visual content. Continue reading

How to Use Social Selling for Your Small Business

“Your network is your net worth.”

Ever heard that saying? It goes all the way back to the days of paper Rolodexes, but it is just as important now.

The idea of using your network as a business asset is why social selling matters. And why every small business should be doing more of it.

Social Selling 2017 Trends Report

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Ask SCORE: How can I use live video to boost my business?

Live video streaming has become one of the most powerful ways to forge stronger connections with customers. Apps like Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Snapchat Stories, YouTube Live Streaming, and Periscope can help small business owners boost sales and strengthen their brands.

Going “live” enables people to see what’s happening with your business in real-time and offers a more personal view of what your company does and who the faces are behind your logo.

If you’re thinking about giving live video streaming a try, here are some ideas to help you go live with content that will engage viewers and shine the spotlight on your small business’s strengths.  Continue reading

What to consider when creating a Facebook video ad.

by Mike Barnet, owner of I Heart Kitsap… iheartkitsap.biz

1. HAVE A GAME PLAN.  What’s the “Why”?  What are you trying to accomplish with this ad?  Do you want to attract new customers?  Do you want more sales?  Do you want more leads?  Do you need to grow your email list?

2. HAVE A CLEAR TARGET.  Who is your ad for?  Who is your ideal customer?  Is it for a particular gender and age group?  Is it for people with a specific need or interest?

3. DESIGN A CLEAR “CALL TO ACTION”. What do you want your target audience to do after viewing your video ad?  Do you want them to visit a particular webpage?  Should they join your email list?  Should they visit a store location and mention the ad?  Should they fill out an online form and schedule an appointment?

4. THE LAUNCH. What kind of ad will you use to attract your ideal customer?  Educational video, eye catching image ads, Facebook “Live” video?

5. MEASURE THE RESULTS. How will you determine the success of your ad?  Did it bring in a certain number of leads?  Did you sell a predetermined amount of merchandise?  Did you add “X” number of contacts to your email list?

6. THE FOLLOW UP.  How will you communicate with your idea customer after he/she interacts with your ad?  Build an email list and continue to offer valuable content to your target audience via email.  Once someone joins your list,  send articles, and other helpful information related to your services.  You can also offer special deals to encourage your subscriber to employ your services.

Learn more here… and see some excellent sample videos. Mike shared this with us at a recent session of Your Business Academy.

Ask SCORE: What’s the best way to use social media for my small business?

You can bring out the human side of your business on social media.

Social media gives small businesses an interactive way to connect with prospects and customers, yet many businesses struggle with building relationships via the platforms they’re using. They fail to make their brands “human” on social media.

According to nationally known social media professional, Rachel Strella of Strella Social Media, “People relate more to other people than to a logo or brand image. This can give small businesses and solopreneurs an advantage over bigger businesses.”

Taking the human approach is successful for one simple reason, relationships are built on trust.  Continue reading

Local merchants’ marketing goes digital.

I recently posted on the SCORE Small Business Success Blog about the advantages digital tools can offer a business. It seems more businesses are listening: In a recent survey, a majority of local businesses report moving their marketing efforts online, using more sophisticated digital marketing methods, and investing more in them.

The 2017 Local Merchant Report surveyed businesses with at least one physical location and fewer than 50 employees.  Continue reading