Unless you have been living in a cave for the last ten years, or you have recently landed here from another universe, you will be all too familiar with the way Social Media is the ‘thing’ to increase your personal profile, connect with friends and colleagues, and use as a source of information for anything, from planning days out to emergency plumbers when the boiler is on the blink!
Which begs the question, just how important is social media in growing your business online? Or put another way, can you really afford not to have an online profile for your business?
By being social media savvy, it is possible to grow your online business profile without having to be a techie expert or spend loads of time sat staring at a screen when you would much rather be doing something less boring instead! (Anybody remember Why Don’t You?)
So where do you start to grow your business profile online?
Let’s start with Facebook.
This is probably the best known of all social media and is a great tool for growing your business online.
Literally millions of businesses use Facebook to connect and grow their profile on a world-wide scale, using a range of apps to do so, and there are relatively easy ways to track your traffic and see how many people have viewed your ad campaigns.
You can choose to pay for advertising space if you wish to boost your ads, but with good SEO content and some knowledge of how the latest algorithms work, paying for advertising is not particularly necessary. That’s the whole benefit to having a social media platform!
Another of the most well known and widely used is Twitter. You can draw people in with short, punchy tweets, leading to your own blog or webpage, and again the key is to have great content to ensure your posts are seen.
Then there are the likes of Instagram, Google +, Linkedin and many other social media platforms, where you can build up a following and create an online presence, where you are suddenly opening up your business to a truly global audience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Follow people from your industry and in return they will follow you.
Connect with friends, family and colleagues who will share your posts and boost your presence. Effectively you can be marketing your business at any time of day or night, without even having to get off the sofa! (Providing you make those social media connections in the first place of course!).
Here at Grow Traffic we honestly try to connect with everybody, because it is good for business. Seriously, follow us, we’ll follow you back, it’s great to connect!
I want to build a social network, so what do I have to do to connect?
Firstly, remember this is building your business in a social forum, so start by creating an identity that people can connect with.
Have fun, share articles that appeal to you, be creative.
Use these platforms to promote things you are passionate about or find interesting.
This doesn’t just have to be about your business. This can be about you.
Be honest though, people can see through a fake, even on the internet!
From a customer perspective, social media is a great way of finding out about the sort of person you are, and the sort of people who work in your business, and remember people ultimately buy from people, so all this goes a long way to increasing those all-important sales in an organic, unforced way.
Sharing business content is of course never wasted however, and there should be a healthy balance between the right amount of personal and the right amount of business info when you start to connect online.
It’s about starting a conversation that somebody can connect with.
Have you ever considered writing a blog? This is a great way to get information out there about what you do and create interest. If you are unsure where to begin, don’t worry, we can show you how with our tailor-made training packages.
So being sociable online is starting to look more and more like it’s worth doing!
What can an online social presence do for my business?
There are many ways that social media can improve your business, some of the most important ones include;
- Brand Awareness
- Customer Service
- Marketing and Sales
- Gathering Business Intelligence
Then there’s things like crowdsourcing. This is where people share ideas and information about future projects to generate interest, or problem solve.
The New York Times describe crowdsourcing as a ‘hit’. Where millions of people can connect, contributing ideas and information to projects big and small. Utilising the right knowledge to solve tricky issues and create efficient businesses.
Crowdsourcing is truly a great way to interact with industry experts, connect with consumers and bring world-wide collaboration to the forefront of your 21st Century business practices!
How can I make social media effective for my business?
So, you’ve decided that it’s worth having a business profile on social media, what next?
How can I make it effective?
The first thing is to acknowledge social media is not going to go away, so best to work with it and set a social media policy for your business. Engage with your employees and set standards that your workforce must adhere to. It’s great if you can get them to share your posts and promote your business profile, however how are you going to know how much time they are spending online for business, or online boosting their own profile?
Another top tip would be to keep up to date with changes in technology and social media platforms. New networking sites are popping up all the time, it’s worth knowing which the best ones are, (along with the main one’s we’ve already mentioned), and if they are worth tapping in to for more exposure.
Find a good social media management system such as Hootsuite or Buffer. These systems essentially help you keep track of your social media and manage your networking channels.
You can post to multiple networking streams, and you can see what people are saying about your business and respond almost instantly, effectively giving your customer service the edge over competitors who are not engaged in this way.
And we’ve already mentioned about having great content. Get to understand how to boost your rankings with SEO, you can find out more here in our guide to the mystical language of SEO. (Tip, it’s honestly not mystical!).
So, in an ever-changing world, where I.T is at the forefront of everything we do, especially business and communication, one thing remains constant, the best way to boost your business is to get connected, be yourself and have fun.
And now with the benefit of a global audience through social media, what have you got to lose?
To find out more contact us here or call 0161 706 0012, go on, lets connect!