Posts Tagged ‘online marketing’

3 Sure Shot Tips For Achieving Killer Success In B2B Social Media

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Success in B2B social media depends on your ability to impress other entrepreneurs with your products/ services sufficiently for them to consider working with you. This is possibly the toughest challenge social media can throw at you. However, do not think that it is impossibly difficult to succeed at this kind of social media marketing. Approach the task the right way, and you are sure to taste success pretty quickly at it. Here are 3 tips to help you out with this task:

1. Determine your target audience, before you do anything else. Would you be interested in approaching entrepreneurs from across the globe, or is your business restricted to a single country? Decide on this factor before you proceed with the B2B social media campaign. Also, find out which social media channels are popular among your target audience, and start posting updates there. You cannot achieve success if your target audience is hooked to Facebook and you are bombarding Twitter feeds with updates.

2. Choose proper content for use in the campaign. Posts made in B2B social media channels need not be humorless – in fact, comedy definitely has its uses here. However, be careful not to overdo it. For best results, get the content custom crafted by a reputed content provider.

3. Keep an eye on analysis tools (like Google Analytics), in order to find out which social media channels are bringing you the best results. Put more effort on the channels with best outputs, and slowly siphon resources away from the failures.

Make sure your employees are well-trained about using social media channels and are well-versed in the new tricks being employed in the field. If possible, send them to a social media marketing conference prior to the start of the campaign. That way, they will be able to start the campaign on the right foot and carry on the task without making any major bloopers.

How To Ensure The True Potential Of Your Social Media Campaign Is Not Wasted

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Can social media really help you boost the profits of your small business? Yes, say experts from across the globe, provided you do it correctly. How do you define this “correctly”? Should you simply keep flooding the timelines of your followers on Twitter with updates promoting your products and services? Or should you choose to simply engage them in conversations, and hope they visit your website by checking the URL given in your user account at some point of time? It is this shadow of uncertainty that keeps a lot of entrepreneurs from achieving success, even after promoting their businesses faithfully on Twitter, or Facebook on a regular basis.

Let’s try to change the picture a bit, shall we? Here are a few ways in which you can greatly improve your chances of boosting profits through social media promotions:

1. Make sure that your business website has been properly optimized for search engines. You would not believe how many entrepreneurs simply forego this step, and then complain when their elaborate social media campaigns fail to deliver expected results. The truth here is that if SEO has not been properly done on your website, then your social media marketing attempts are going to outright fail – period. Do it yourself if you have the skill, or hire professionals to take care of it.

2. Purchase Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertisement slots on popular search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. It may seem like a bit pricey during the initial stages, but in the long run, this little trick can bring in lots of visitors to your website. Once again, if you are not sure about how to manage these advertising accounts, then do not hesitate to hire a professional to take care of it. Any experienced SEO professional should be able to manage your PPC campaigns just fine.

Once those two tasks are properly carried out, you can concentrate on your social media marketing campaign without any fear of failing. Now all you have to do is ensure that your promotional accounts on social networks do not just contain updates related to your business. Be sure to throw in a healthy mix of updates about topics related to news making waves on the Internet, and interact with your followers/ friends on a regular basis. Keep these pointers in mind, and your social media campaigns cannot possibly fail.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media – 3 Easy Ways!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Recent market surveys have revealed, about 75% of global netizens use social media. From big and powerful business organizations and corporate establishments, to students, their parents, and grandparents… everyone enjoys being on the social web.

So, if you are not on social media – it’s high time you get involved. Here are the three simplest and most basic activities that can ease you into this fantastic world of social media

Create a Facebook page

Facebook is a hugely popular social networking site with over 600 million users worldwide. Each day thousands are creating new Facebook accounts to stay in touch with friends, family, and even for business activities. If you are looking to harness the power of social media, being on Facebook is VERY important. Through Facebook, you can interact with potential customers about your products, services, so forth. And, also communicate with your existing loyalists, ensuring they are satisfied with your services and products. We believe there’s a direct relation between the number of fans on your Facebook page and the growth of your revenues. It’s simple – the more fans you have, the more your business grows.

Start a blog

Blogging is indispensable if you are aiming to achieve social media success. Blogs are an easy and effective way to communicate with your audience and explain your business priorities. Your blog posts may include specific industry insights, analysis on recent news updates, some interviews with clients, partners, employees, and some funny anecdotes.

Use YouTube for posting your videos

Pictures are a great way to express an idea… but videos are definitely more effective. Whether you are launching a new product in the market or want to communicate with your customers regarding an offer, post a video in YouTube. Your YouTube channel should also include a company overview and demonstrations of your most popular products.

Keep coming back to us for more updates on social media!

Some Captivating Social Media Stats – Now & Then!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Social media has come of age. There was a time when only a scant few would use social media tools to market their products or services, and even then after much deliberation and little expectations…but, boy have things changed!

Nowadays any marketing executive worth his salt knows that success in marketing cannot be achieved if the power of social media is not harnessed. After all, hard data does not lie. Let’s take a look at how the social media environment has changed in the last one year…just to get an idea of exactly how fast it is growing every single day.

A year back social networking platform Twitter had about 75m user accounts. Since then, the microblogging service has added 100 million more users, and has, according to some reports, even facilitated revolutions.

In early 2010 or so, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook had about 350 million users who were actively using the service. Then, towards the end of 2010 there was a lot of hoopla when it touched the 500 million user mark. But today even that number seems paltry, as Facebook proudly boasts of an astonishing 640 million active users worldwide.

We all know that Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular social networking platforms to be used, but let’s not discount the social media platform of choice for professionals – LinkedIn! Last year, LinkedIn claimed to have 50 million users worldwide. Cue to 2011 and the service grew by a full 100 percent. That’s right…presently LinkedIn has over 100 million professionals, business executives, corporate agents, and so forth connecting with each other through this social networking service.

Another social platform that has seen incredible rise in popularity over the last one year is the popular image sharing website Flickr. This online community which is extensively used by bloggers to embed and share photographs, images, illustrations, etc claimed that it hosts more than 4 billion images in 2010. Presently the number seems to have grown by almost 25% and in December 2010, the number of images hosted by this website has touched 5 billion.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back soon with more interesting tidbits from the world of social media!

Is Your Company Facebook Page Effective?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

By the way…can anybody give us the present number of Facebook users? Oh! Everybody’s busy browsing through the Internet to dig out the stats. Hold on…here it is. As of the end of the 8th week of 2011, there are an estimated 642.5 million Facebook users worldwide. Reportedly, Facebook hit the 600-million mark in early January 2011.

Facebook allows business owners to set up company pages to promote their products and services. However, we noticed that companies often set up a page by slapping on their company logo, some basic information and not much else. Needless to say, these are not very effective in engaging with people because there is very little thought behind them. Often, this is because entrepreneurs or marketers don’t really know what makes a Facebook page effective. So today we have some suggestions that will help business owners create a useful and engaging company page on Facebook.

Regular wall posts: Keep posting updates on your wall, informing the visitors about your products and services. Constant engagement is crucial here. Your wall also serves as a platform for your customers to express their views and opinions. So, you need to respond to their queries and feedback. All these efforts will enhance customer interaction and help you establish strong relationships with your clients.

Keep uploading photos: When Facebook gives you the option to put your photos on social media…why not use the facility? There are several brands – big and small, which keep putting up pictures of their products, groups of satisfied customers, well-furnished office premises, and so on. Additionally tagging customers to those photos makes them feel special and closer to the company.

Create a few custom page apps: Hire the services of experienced app developers, and create some customized page apps for your profile. Some unique online games, quizzes, and other interactive features can be used to direct more traffic to your page.

Hopefully these tips will help you convert Facebook users to your fans, and fans to customers. Good luck!