For many businesses we speak with social media platforms like Twitter has already made a bad name for itself. So much so, that often the first path of resistance to joining this or for that matter any of the other social networks is generally something along the lines of, “All people do is talk about what they had for lunch so why should I be part of that?” If you couple this with the facts that lots of people use social media to post either very literal updates “Its very busy driving to work” or they just look to talk – me me me me me – with little success.
So what is the right way? Well sharing your own news and showing your human side are important parts of using social media but as with most aspects it’s important to strive for balance. This balance is what we call the rule of thirds and by putting this into practice then your social media can be a far more engaging and more satisfying experience. So here is how the basic formula behind the rule of thirds works:
For this first third post about you and/or your brand, and this should be relatively easy, as you know your business better than anyone. So make sure that this third covers everything from sharing your own blog posts and news updates, to posting updates about you and your company and peoples achievements within your company.
This third is often the most difficult as you need to update about your areas of expertise but from an outside source, so by this we mean maybe shows you’ve attended or where you’ve been quoted on other websites or publications. You can also add into this news about your industry or company from another publication, blog posts from other bloggers about things that you find interesting, or websites that interest you – it is simply a matter of showcasing your knowledge on the things about which you are passionate.
This final third is where you can be yourself and engage, ask questions, answer questions, retweet or repost interesting things people in your network have shared and that interest you,so be that location related or even sport related this is what makes social media SOCIAL and its up to you to take part!
So as a final point dont think about mundane stuff to post, think about what interests you and what grabs your attention and then how you will update this online, so dont be afraid to ask a question – ‘any good lunch recommendations for Exeter’ being a case in point, as apposed to a picture of your sandwich on Cathedral green.
And finally the sales bit, if you need help with your social media or just need to clarify the tweets from the status updates then why not contact our team we’d be delighted to help,either callus on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here.
The latest Facebook news feed updates have found a new way for all users to view the posts from friends they actually want to hear from and read pages they actually want to see by creating a more personalized news feed.
From facebooks’ own internal research it shows that each time an average Facebook member logs on there are 1,500 brand new updates, photos and videos waiting for them that have appeared since their last visit and if you have a large number of friends this can increase to over 10,000. So now Facebook has combined these features and put them all into one place and by choosing to ‘See First,’ any user will be able to create a brand new feed in a matter of minutes, and guarantee that they will never miss an important update, this Facebook video explains more about it…
These updates will allow any user control over what they want to see, which has to be beneficial surely?
Our Managing Director was chosen to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer as a representative of small businesses in the South West earlier this month.
Alistair Gleave MD of Gleave Media joined two other local business champions at a 2-hour champagne reception held at 11 Downing Street, after being nominated by Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris, the Conservative Small Business Ambassador for the South West.
He said: “It was a great honour to be chosen to represent small businesses in the south west region and to listen to George Osborne talk about his own experiences growing up as the son of two small business owners.”
The Chancellor, whose mother ran a catering company whilst his father ran a textile business, also outlined Government support for small businesses, referring to them as the ‘engine room’ of the economy.
During the reception Mr Gleave and his wife, Penelope met other small business champions from the south of the country to swap experiences.
“It is the aim of Gleave Media to help other small Devon businesses grow and achieve great things, so it was a real bonus to receive recognition for myself as well as get a glimpse inside the power house that is No 11,” he added.
Asking your audience surely has to be an easy way for your business to engage with its customers doesnt it?
By asking your audience you can gain valuable input into what your customer would like to see happen so hopefully you can provide just that.
Up and down the country you will see pollsters asking your opinion, but maybe your business could take it one stage further and ask a direct question about what product they’d like you to sell, if you’re a coffee shop, ask what cakes your customers would like or how about if you own property and a commercial unit is vacant, why not ask….
Tell us what you would like to see in this unit
And as the audience you can answer by simply using the QR code or heading to a web link where you can ask ; ‘tell us what you would like to see in our vacant units’.
So what would your business have to gain from asking your audience? we’ll take the example of the property looking to rent a vacant shop unit:
1.You are making the customers of the shopping centre feel involved somehow in the development of this resource.
2.The shopping centre is seemingly closer to the community as they are asking the community and not just putting another retail unit in that can be found in any high street.
3.The shopping centre is collecting data from everyone who engages from them, could they then use this to form a focus group and get face to face with their audience?
So can you business ask your audience and get them involved in what you’ve done well or maybe you have a direction that you want to go and not sure, maybe this is stocking new products or moving into new markets, either way asking your audience can be a big help. Of course this should then be embed into a full Digital Marketing Strategy then we are the team to help, please get in touch here.
As a company we work with a number of clients on all aspects of the Social Media presence, and as would be expected facebook marketing does feature highly in most businesses social engagement.
This customer wanted a pretty much immediate ‘push’ with his social campaigns on facebook with significant increase in reach of his updates. We proposed a directly targeted facebook campaign to reach out to the target business audience while at the same time work on the brand awareness and overall impact of the social updates.
The result are quite staggering with a 13000% uplift, yes thats right thirteen thousand percent uplift in reach for the customer, as i’m sure can see he was another very happy customer and one all to keen to share his direct results and success.
You can also read about the work we did with Exeter City Council on the Exeter Together Social Media campaign here.
So if your business needs help with its social presence and if you just need someone else to have alook and see if you’re doing it right then give the team a call on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here, we’d love to help your business grow.
This is the copy from a recent video from the In a Nutshell series….
Thanks to numerous facebook changes recently, many businesses are thinking about scaling back on Facebook marketing – you shouldn’t.
Facebook is still the best social network for getting traffic to your website, and is great for conducting two way discussions between a business, and its customers. The appropriate interaction on your facebook page will make people feel valued, as it means that their needs and desires have been acknowledged, and that your business is actively working to fulfill them.
Getting this engagement-ball-rolling, however, can be a challenge, so these are my top tips for increasing engagement, on a new Facebook business page:
Welcome visitors – If you have business premises, you’d welcome new customers when they walked in, so why not do this on facebook?
Ask a question about your products or services – Facebook is great for crowd sourcing, so why not ask your audience what they think about your products and services.
Answer a question from a customer – People love to ask things, so answer honestly, and answer so your whole audience can see. Even a simple thank you will often do, showing your appreciation that someone has wanted to engage with your business, will go a long way to building that special relationship.
Respond quickly to comments from visitors and fans – Where someone asks a question on your facebook page, ensure you reply as quickly as possible, ideally the same day.
Create a connection from facebook to the outside world – Facebook has numerous widgets and tools, that can connect your business facebook page, to your website – so use them, also ensure that you have a business focussed URL, so you can be easily found.
Remember that your business page likers, return to where they feel welcome, and where they are rewarded for being there.
These days pretty much every business has some kind of social media presence yet still some business don’t seem to gain any proactive benefit from these fabulous social media sites, is your business making those simple social media mistakes?
1. Boring updates A boring update is anything that lacks your businesses unique personality or perspective, you need to give a new look and feel on and old topic or even going against the norm is what will get you noticed.
So ask yourself how you can infuse your own business ideals and the character this brings into each update – this is the key essence of branding, after all the last thing you want to be is forgettable.
2. Disrespecting others Social media is not the place to publicly air your grievances with others, doing this on social media is simply no different than shouting insults at someone in public or raising your voice at a retail store employee. For sure it will get peoples’ attention, but that’s not the kind of attention you want.
3. Failing to promote others Someone once said ‘givers gain’ and when it comes to building your business on social media and building a responsive network of followers you need to develop a reputation as someone who highlights others. Not only does this give credit where credit is due, it also communicates that you’re secure with your success and have the ability to promote others in your industry.
A couple of great ways to highlight others include:
4. Not replying to comments If your business has for example a Facebook page and people comment, by not replying to these comments this is no different than starting a conversation with someone and then ignoring their response. Actively monitoring comments and questions on every post can be time consuming, but even posting one follow-up comment per post can show you care and that you’re engaged.
5. Being tagged in questionable photos We were running a training session in Somerset in mid 2013 and one of the participants was easily found in a very questionable photo on Facebook – would you want that? We know that lots of people will have had a photo taken that if you could wind the clock back you would want to change and indeed at the time may well have seemed rather funny, but you should think twice about allowing yourself to be tagged in any questionable photos whatever the site they are going onto. The last thing you want is your business or staff in any image that bring the business into disrepute.
So here you have it our top five ways that your business can get Social Media wrong, and now the sales pitch if you need help or even just a no obligation chat then why not contact us through the website here – we’d love to show you how the team at Gleave Media can help your business proposer on Social Media.
The importance of creating great content about your business or products you offer at the right time has been shown to have a direct benefit to drive demand for this offering and at the same time improve the all important bottom line. To make sure you get the most out of any content you create here are our top five tips;
So in summary if you can offer a relevant targeted message about your business this will have a direct result on engagement and interest. make no doubt about it if you can create great content you will gain more sales leads and improve the quality of your website traffic further promoting your brand.
A short mention for GleaveMedia, we can help with your content creation needs and requirements and help your business achieve it’s targets, just get in touch here.
It seems that these days pretty much any business can (and does) sell online after all it isnt that difficult and can be fairly straight forward the key is actually getting sales through the new online sales tool and this requires a real focussed approach and a really key understanding of the markets you are targeting, so these are 3 keys points that the high street has simply failed to address as highlighted by the recent high profile failures of HMV and Jessops.
Customer Service needs to be amazing
If want to look at simply amazing customer service you need look no further than Amazon who have led the way with their Customer First Attitude, at GleaveMedia we know from experience that they want you to be delighted, a parcel gets lost – no problem another will be sent, the product damaged – no problem send it back for a full refund. A customer service attitude that puts ‘me’ the customer first is always going to be a winner.
On the high street a retailer that follows a similar philosophy is John Lewis that goes so far as to give (off its own back) a 2 year warranty and 90 days software support on all laptops – how is that for having faith in the products you sell?
Dont forget your Brand
Order from Harrods and sure your delivery doesnt come in a green Harrods branded truck, it does come in a Harrods branded box though – no shame in that arriving at your house is it? This branding stands for something and even though you may never have been inside a Harrods store they still want you to have that Harrods experience.
On the high street Apple are a great example, when you buy an Apple computer the box is an integral part of the product – it identifies as to who you are and that as you walk down the high street back to your car it marks you out – an Apple user, spot the stares everyone knows what you have inside that box!
What is the latest trend?
Don’t fall into the we’ve always done it this way trap, having said that you don’t need to lead from the front and don’t forget that previous massively strong retailers like HMV lost their way and have perished in this ultra competitive world through not seeing how the market has changed. HMV in particular didn’t significantly promote gadgets or new technology, just seemingly wanting to stick to DVD’s and CD’s. The end of the typewriter should be a clear example to any growing business, there is nothing wrong with a typewriter, technology simply moved on – even though the BBC still gives us 5 reasons to still use one, we refrain!
So there you go our three key points the high street has simply failed to address, no doubt 2013 will see more high street failures and relaunches – maybe even some more big names? One thing is certain, setting up an online sales facility is relatively simple, its getting it running right and understanding what your customers actually want and then ensuring your business provides that. With web design and Digital Marketing Solutions by GleaveMedia you can be assured that we have the skills and experience to help your business win online, so please get in touch we’d love to help you.
The start of 2013 is a great time for starting afresh with your business online marketing plan and the best way to do this is by setting some clear manageable targets and goals. These are our top three new year resolutions for your businesses online marketing.
1. Facebook WILL be part of my customer engagement strategy
As a growing business you simply can no longer afford to ignore facebook, it is growing and evolving at an amazing rate, your audience is active on this site and it is growing fast through mobile and the younger demographics which make great posts with some creative imagery a really good place to start.
2. My business will send at least one targeted email per month
As a business you need to keep in touch with your customers and prospects on a regular basis, you can guarantee if you dont then your competitors will. Setting yourself up to email on a monthly basis is the right kind of timeline to not deluge them but keep in touch – which is exactly what you want.
We run our own email marketing system called mailPDQ a very cost effective tool for collecting data from a multitude of sources and then segmenting this so it can then be used to target a message relevant to the audience, please contact us through the website for a free no obligation trial
3. Blogging will be part of your business engagement strategy
Blogging is a great way to put a personality on your business, not only does it positively help with your search engine rankings but it also allows you to position individuals within the business as leaders or at the very minimum contributors. By incorporating images and video you can really make this updatebale area of your site almost have a life of its own, i.e. if your factory has a new forklift why not video all that it can do and why its a great addition. Basically think outside the box, the rules have changed…
So if your business can at least start down this route with these three simple steps you will begin to see a clear and accountable result for your actions and if you want help embedding this into a full Digital Marketing Strategy then we are the team to help, please get in touch here.