If you’re a startup or a small business that has just started out, you may be struggling to find new clients and to get your business moving forward. You need to know that social media is your friend. It’s there to assist in your business growth and to help you discover a whole world of endless possibilities.
As social media grows and develops, there are constantly new discoveries that are impacting our businesses and giving opportunities for client growth.
If you’ve jumped onto the social media platforms and opened every one available but not seeing results – that’s because you need strategy. You need to find what works for your business and work with social media channels that are aligned with what your business and clients need.
How can you find new clients on social media and how can you turn them from leads into converts? Check out our top 6 focus points…
Share user-generated content
Social media is a great place to create engagement with your customers. But it’s also a great place to find new customers. You can do this by sharing user-generated content. How? By encouraging users to submit photos showing off / wearing or using your products, asking them to tag the photos along with providing a dedicated hashtag that you can then monitor.
Proof that people are loving your products or services is reason for new customers to try and buy. Photos on social media can be seen by a wide audience and if users are mentioning your business in their posts, it will give way for potential customers to come and see what the fuss is all about.
You can then share or retweet the positive posts, along with any reviews that come through – showcasing your business.
Start at home
In the early days of starting a business, it’s vital to spread the word by telling friends and family about what you offer, then going further afield in your personal (and professional if applicable) network circles. Let everyone know what you’re doing and the step that you’ve taken. You can do this by physically speaking with people and leaving them a business card or you can share via your personal social media channels, directing people to check out your business social media pages.
Know your business
You need to be credible and to be positive in what you’re offering. Have a complete understanding of your core values and your USP (unique selling proposition). If you have this clear in your mind, you’ll be more confident when talking to people and sharing what you offer without waffling or stumbling.
If you’ve already started working with clients, ask them to write a short testimonial for you so you can use these as proof of what you offer. Add these to your website and direct people to them to confirm that you are credible. You can use snippets of these in social media posts and share your business posts through your personal profile to achieve a wider reach of audience. The more people who see what you’re offering, the higher chance of attracting new customers.
LinkedIn is a goldmine
Using LinkedIn to connect with like-minded individuals and business connections to build a network around your business is a great way to become known and established. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date with all your business information on there, if you have set up a business LinkedIn page, make sure it’s referenced in your personal profile. Then network. Join network groups and local groups and start to engage and interact with other individuals that you would like to work with or who could help your business grow. Contribute to discussions and show off your expertise or knowledge by offering solutions to problems or guiding people in the right direction. The more you engage, the more people will connect with you. Once you have a good network of connections, and build up trust among them, you can message them and let them know what you do and offer your services, where appropriate.
Understand your ideal customer
If you want to grow your business, you need to understand what it is they are seeking. By delving deeper into social platforms, you can discover what people are really looking for and asking questions about. By answering their questions and providing solutions to their needs, you are showing authority and building a level of trust.
You can use the search function on each of the social platforms to establish whether your customers are using those platforms and whether it’s worth your time marketing on them. Search for keywords related to your niche, similar brands, industry leaders and any competitors you have that people may be following. This will give you insight into what your customers and competitors are doing and how you can steer your marketing strategy to be in line with what your customers are seeking.
Twitter’s Advanced Search is a great way to get down to specific customers. You can search within a geographic area, using phrases or hashtags, as well as looking at other accounts and in a date range. Find and discover your ideal customers and connect with them. Introduce yourself and what you have to offer and keep on top of industry changes and how you can be an effective leader in your niche.
Make it easy
People give up easily. If they can’t find what they’re looking for, they will move on to the next business, and it’s a simple click to do so. And this is applicable on your social media platforms too. If you offer a product that people can buy online, make it easy to buy direct from your social channel.
People are using social media to be social – you may be using it for business, but others will be on there to connect with friends and family. Therefore, you need to catch their attention in a split second and make it easy for them to click and be directed exactly where you intend them to land. If people aren’t specifically looking for your product, they may like the look of what they see if an advert pops up but not necessarily want to go to your website.
How can you make it easy for user?
Facebook – add a shop tab to your page.
Instagram – Use the Shop now button function (you’ll need a Facebook shop to action this)
Pinterest – with Buyable Pins, a user can purchase directly without leaving Pinterest
Twitter – although there isn’t a ‘button’ you can use, utilise links to your products or storefront to make it a simple click step.
There are a number of ways you can entice and grow your customer base but it’s about being seen, known and getting in front of your target audience in a confident and professional manner. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed about telling people what you do. At the end of the day, it’s your business and you should be passionate about it – wanting to shout about it from the roof tops!
Use your social media channels to let that passion be seen and engage with those that do show interest. Provide great customer service and each new customer will have all but praise for your business.
If you’d like advice or help in getting your social media marketing strategy started or moving in a new direction, we’d love to help. Feel free to get in touch for an initial consultation and let’s see how we can make your business grow.