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6 Tips To Help Grow Your Small Business Online

6 Tips To Help Grow Your Small Business Online

As a brand we hope that you are using social media in some form or another, for those that are still to discover a social media presence – we need to talk!

But for many brands, social media is the best form of marketing and advertising that their company can use in order to gain the attention of their audience.

Building a social media presence will not create a magical income stream straight away and as with anything it needs to be built upon and content carefully crafted and planned out. Businesses that hope for miracles when they post sporadically often give up at the first hurdle when they don’t see results straight away. However, building a marketing strategy that can be followed in order to achieve certain goals and increase sales, raise brand awareness and build a solid foundation for customers to get engaged with WILL get a business noticed.

As a business, you need structure and a plan – you need a marketing strategy.

6 tips to grow your small business online - using a marketing strategy and social media

Start with a SMART marketing goal

Decide what’s important to you, what goals you want to achieve and then how you’re going to achieve them.

An example of a good SMART goal for social media marketing would be something like “Increase our Pinterest response rate by 50% by the end of the first quarter.”

Specific: “We’ve specifically identified the social channel (Pinterest) and a metric (response rate).”
Measurable: “The response rate can be measured from Pinterest for Business analytics dashboard.”
Achievable: “It’s a realistic goal that with focus and creativity, can be achieved.”
Relevant: “Our goal will have an impact on our overall social media presence, making it very relevant.”
Time-bound: “The goal has to be met by the end of the first quarter.”

Now, Pinterest as an example is a very positive social channel that when used correctly can drive traffic to a website in the hundreds! We love Pinterest but choosing a platform that works in line with your business is essential for the strategy to work and be productive.

By making SMART goals for each step will give it purpose and a relevancy, aligning it with your overall core values. Does your goal fit with your business plan? Does it reach out to the audiences that you want to speak to?

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Grow your audience

Now you’ve got the strategy and plan on what you want to achieve, it’s time to put that into practice and grow your audience using social media.

We may have chosen Pinterest as our example, but many brands will start off in Facebook as their chosen platform of choice, so thinking about using Facebook, what can you do to see results? The main point if anything to take away today, is that you need to ‘show up’ every single day and you need to show your audience that you actually care about them. Use your business page, create a members groups, reach out to individuals through your personal profile – as long as it’s in line with your SMART goals, go for it!

By using great content, experience, expert knowledge and advice all coupled together, it will help to build your audience. And you want to be right in front of them, to be there when they need you and ready to answer and engage at the most crucial times.

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Strategy comes from vision

The idea behind putting a marketing strategy in place is so that you can achieve the goals that you set out to achieve when you started your business, these goals come from visions and dreams that you may have had for many years. Lay out all your visions, decipher your dreams into segments and create a brainstorm of everything that is important to you. You’ll be surprised at everything that comes out from a simple exercise like this! Start with one point, one idea and the rest will flow.

What lifestyle do you want to be living? Will the achievement of your dreams have an impact on your lifestyle? What financial goals do you want to achieve? Be clear on all that you dream of – it will make it so much easier to create a plan if you know what you want from it.

Ensure that all your plans align with your core values and your personal vision.

Pricing

Some people lack the confidence that they are worth what they want to charge in their business. They see the experts charging high ticket prices but when it comes to their own self-belief, can often hit barriers that do not allow them to charge their worth.

Remember that you are an expert in your niche – that’s why you’re doing what you’re doing.

From your goals you will already be aware of what you need to achieve financially throughout the year. This figure then needs to be broken down in segments of the services that you offer.

How many XX services do you need to sell to achieve £XX’s? You can have different levels of pricing / packages depending on who you work with and the level of service or support you offer but create a pricing structure that works with your goals.

You may not think that this will directly grow your business, but by knowing what you need to charge and sticking to those prices, you will gain confidence and assurance in what you are doing. When someone asks you “How much do you charge for XX?”, you will be able to answer straight back with a price, rather than lacking in confidence to quote the price you know it should be. Confidence shines through in all areas of your business and being clear on pricing is a great place to start.

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Speak directly to your audience

Do you know that what you’re offering is hitting the pain points of your audience? Is it actually going to serve a purpose and create solutions? That needs to be a deciding factor on how you market your business and which direction you take it.

Everyone needs something, and researching your product or services will determine the people that are looking for you – the people that you need to reach.

Using a simple keyword tool will help you determine what your audience is searching for. When you understand specifics, then you speak directly to them and relieve their pain.

Gain customer feedback – are you approaching your idea from the right angle? Are you dealing with a problem that is real?

Even tapping into your competitors social feeds can give you insight into what works and what people are seeking.

For example, someone may be searching the internet for ways to keep up to date with social media planning. Now for us here we could dive straight into connecting with the people who are looking for this, build a relationship with them and then offer our social media planner as a solution.

People won’t buy from the first introduction but by creating a relationship with them and giving them a reason to trust you and your brand, it becomes a whole different story. Recommendations and word of mouth advertising is valuable and still extremely powerful. Learn to love and nurture your audience and provide value in every conversation and people will learn to love you back, and in turn recommend your services.

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Positioning

One of the most important aspects of your marketing is the positioning of your brand in the market. It needs to be built into the marketing strategy not used as an add on at the end. So how do you position yourself in a busy and competitive online society?

Focus on one or two things – not multiples. It’s better to do one thing well and be successful than try to do everything and do them badly.

We’ve all heard this before but it’s true in marketing also. It’s true when it comes to your social media marketing, it’s true in your services, it’s true for everything that your business offers. Focus on what you can do well and then position yourself in the market as an expert in that niche.Domains from $0.88

Be more user friendly. A customer wants a good journey when they interact with your brand and for everything to be one click away. Searching for a button to be able to contact you, or not knowing how to find your social channels, or when they do, not gaining a response… it’s all comes down to a customer’s experience and how easy it is to do business with you. Make this a pleasant experience and one that’s easy to travel down and you’ll find more people will engage. Make everything clear and transparent, even if it looks over simplified to you. Not everyone knows the business as well as you and it’s better to spell everything out in plain sight and with clickable actions for each part of the journey.

At the end of the day, you have to love what you’re doing. You have to be able to inspire yourself to do well and to succeed. When you have a passion inside of you that just wants to see results, all the above will fall into place.

If you’re new to business and have not put a marketing strategy together before, we’re here to help and your success is our success! We want to see you grow your small business online, we want to help you implement strategies and tactics to see results.

Use our contact form to get in touch and let’s see your business booming this year!

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Look forward to hearing from you.

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How To Grow A Business Online

How To Grow A Business Online

Are you struggling to get your business to move forward? Are you finding it hard to see an increase in sales or to see a profit at the end of a year?
If the answer is yes, what can you do to turn this around and see more success going forward?
Perhaps it’s time to take a deep hard look into your business, digging into your values and your priorities and working out what is important to you and how you can use that to add value to other people.
 
A business grows when it’s creating a solution. A business is successful when it is providing value to those who have a need. If you’re not reaching out to people who need your services, you’re not going to see results as these people won’t want or need what you are offering!
 
 

Ideal audience

Therefore you need to work out who you are trying to reach and who your ideal audience is. You will need to think about who will really have an impact when they discover your services, who you can impact the most with your offers. With everything in your arsenal, what type of person will benefit most when you work together? When you discover your complete ideal person whom you want to work with, who you want to target, who you think will love your product, then you have a basis to work from in creating a strategy that speaks directly to them.
 
 
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Uniqueness

You are unique! Did you know that? There may be a thousand people offering similar services to you but there is something within your business that makes you unique and different from the rest – what is it?
If you search for your niche on your favourite search engine – what results do you come up with? What similarities can you see between you and the results? Are there many businesses offering the same thing?
This is your chance to stand out from the crowd and discover your own uniqueness -use that to promote your product or services. Your USP (unique selling proposition) gives you an advantage to sell your business on its own credit and with its own glory.
When you determine what makes you unique, along with your ideal target audience, you’ll be in a position to stand out and be noticed. Use this in your marketing strategy and you’ll be in a position to become known, grow brand awareness and attract more of the people that you want to be working with, and sifting out people who are not right for your business.
 
 

Be honest

Honesty is the best policy, in life and in business. When you are honest about who you are, what you value and honest in your approach to working with individuals, you’ll find it easier to work with people who want to get to know you and love you for who you are. There is pressure in a busy online world to be the same as the next big company and to offer services the same as the latest successful entrepreneur. However if it’s not what you have been called to do, or that aligns with your objectives and goals, you’ll be heading for a path of disappointment or regret rather than success. It can be easy to follow the big names and to get caught up in what they are offering, with the promise of a 6-figure business if you follow their rules – however is this really what you believe in? Is their product or method the way that you first visualised your business going in? Get back to the basics of why you started your business, what drives you forward and what goals and ambitions you have.
 
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Tell your story

Your story is what helps to sell your business – and every business needs one! It’s the best way to strengthen a brand and how to power your marketing strategy. All the great brands are built upon a story, so if the best are doing it, it’s time to jump on board and follow suit.
Your story can follow different paths but it needs to have structure as with any good novel.
Set the scene: How and where did your business start? What were the foundations that were set to enable you to get started and what is the mission that you are working towards?
Empathise with your audience: Make your story personal, touch the emotions of your readers and get them to understand what you are about. When a person feels a connection with your brand they will begin to trust what you are saying. Build on that relationship and nurture each potential customer giving them a reason to love your product.
Why is your story different: What makes you stand out from anyone else who is selling the same as you? You are unique and there is something that will appeal to individuals seeking your service – find that detail and focus on it within your story telling.
 
 

Values

What does the word values mean for you and your business? Defining the definition of this will help when it comes to being clear on what your business stands upon. It could refer to a set of beliefs, company culture, an understanding of what the business is about; your values are unique to your business. It’s about educating the people around you of your mindset and what’s important to you. These could come from a personal value that you’ve built your business upon and this will be clear within your story telling – your values can play a part in that.
Maintaining core values is vital to the longevity of your business and looking for sustainability and growth. It will give both team members and customers a sense of purpose and guidance and will help keep everyone on the same path as the company grows.
 
 
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Use social media

Many businesses use social media to increase their engagement and drive traffic to their website. If you don’t have a strong presence on social media you could be missing out on a great number of opportunities! If you’re not increasing your audience and traffic, your content is being seen by the same people over and over again – who, if they are not buying into you, are perhaps the wrong target audience. But where do you begin to increase your social media presence?
Great content is always a must. To get people even to notice you, you need to be using eye-catching visuals that appeal. Secondly you need to be encouraging followers to engage and go through your sales funnel. The two parts together draw people to where you need them to be in order to guide them on their customer journey within your business. Their journey needs to be a good one in order for them to stick around.
In all your content ensure that you’re providing value every step of the way. You drop this batten and you lose a potential client. Value, value and more value.
 
 

Use micro-influencers

You’ve seen the big brands using celebrities to get their message across, this is called influencer marketing. But good news is that it doesn’t just have to be for the big brands – you can use it too!
Micro-influencers actually can have a lot more influence around the audience that you are targeting and can benefit your business much more than you realise.
First off you need to research micro-influencers in your niche. Then get in touch with a few and discuss how they could promote your product in their circles. When they start to promote your products, more people will get to hear about your business and your brand awareness will expand. You are effectively jumping onto their audience and using their marketing tactics to grow your business. They will share their personal experience about your products / services and provide you with a bigger exposure. Their stories are real-life, engaging and authentic – in this way their audience will relate to them and believe what they say.
You can use more than one influencer, depending on what your business is about, and pursue different avenues of audiences.
 
Starting a business can be one of the best decisions of your life but it can also be one that brings terror, anxiety and tough situations. But with the passion and desire to succeed and push forward, taking on board advise from people who have been there, you can get there! Don’t forget to celebrate each stage you get through. You are part of your business so it makes sense to play a part in all that happens – the good the bad and the ugly!
 
Looking for more for your business? Could you do with coaching or practical social media advice? We’d love to help – get in touch and let’s talk!
 
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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Facebook Advertising

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Facebook Advertising

Are you using Facebook advertising for your business?

As a business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everything that’s going on and jumping in with two feet trying to do it all: video marketing, blogging, email marketing, SEO, social media marketing – there are many options, it’s endless.

But the reality is that we cannot do it all – that is without burnout! Therefore, we must focus our efforts on what works, where our audience is likely to be and what attracts them. If we’re not reaching our audience, we might as well give up.

If we try to do every form of online marketing, we can find that we stretch ourselves too thin and work becomes sloppy, disengaging or not to the point and sales become a dream. In order to make online marketing effective for your business you need to establish what works for your business and stick to it.

There is one fact we know. Your audience is on social media. The social platforms are dominating all things online and this is where you need to get specific and dig deeper into how to target your audience at a personal level. Don’t throw all your eggs into one basket either, test what gets results and measure what works for you.

There is one platform though that can give your business amazing results if worked correctly, and that’s Facebook, in specific, Facebook advertising. Why do we choose Facebook? Here’s why:

Your audience is on Facebook!

With Facebook being the biggest of all social networks (2.32 billion monthly active users) it is providing individual businesses the biggest opportunities to get right in front of their ideal audience. It may not be your ideal platform but your target audience is on there somewhere, if you know where to look. 10 Reasons why you should be using Facebook Advertising for your business

Facebook ads are cheap!

They’re not free, but they can often not be far off. Facebook ads can be the cheapest form of online advertising if your targeting options are correct. You can easily set daily budgets so you can be assured you don’t spend more than you intend to.

How far can you get with the budget that you have? It’s about creating a clear focus and following a simple strategy that aligns with your targets, goals and budget.

Helps organic reach

Facebook encourage businesses to advertise and want you to spend money (of course!) but favour those who do. This means that your organic social media reach will go further. We totally believe in organic posting for Facebook – adding in paid Facebook ads will help boost your organic posts.

You don’t need a huge budget

As we said, you can do Facebook advertising on a budget. Typically, £5 worth of ads could get your business in front of 1,000 people. Just think how much £50 could reach, or even £100 – amazing, right! And you can be extremely picky on who those people may be by using in the targeting options when setting up your ads.

Facebook Ads are fast

Yes, Facebook advertising drives traffic almost instantly, and you can see immediate results. You could start reaching thousands of people today! If you’re looking for a quick way to drive traffic or to create conversions, this is a fantastic way to make this happen.

Brand Awareness

This is what all small businesses are striving for in a busy digital society, to be recognised and known. By using Facebook advertising you can create brand awareness very easily. It’s a great way to let people know what you’re offering and to promote services or products. If someone has seen your business in their news feed, they will be more likely to make a purchase when they realise this is something that they need. 10 Reasons why you should be using Facebook Advertising for your business

It’s easy to target customers

Facebook ads are brilliant at being able to target specific details, whether that be demographics, interests, job titles, or down to post codes – you can get specific with your audience. And you don’t have to just use one target, you can layer those details depending on what your promotion is offering. Save your target audience for another time or change them as you go – the options really are endless.

Once you’ve found an audience that converts, you can replicate them – this is called ‘lookalike audiences’. Facebook will take a custom audience and reach new people who are similar to that audience – meaning new targets for your business and new opportunities for conversions.

Facebook re-marketing

This option is also amazing! Re-marketing basically allows you to target people who have already taken an action, for example visited your website, used your mobile app, or given you an email address etc. These ads are presented when users visit other websites or use social media, watch videos and such like. It’s an extremely effective and powerful tool that could triple your conversion rates.

This option is ideal for hard offers – for sign ups, downloads, consultations etc.

Facebook increases website traffic

Facebook advertising is a great way to get more traffic to your website. By simply setting up a website click campaign, you can have users visiting your website in minutes. Once you’ve done this a number of times, you’ve got a batch of information to use for further retargeting campaigns and to entice people who have already taken the bait. Website click campaigns can be done from all forms of advertising but the joy of doing it within Facebook is the fact that it’s so precise and cost-effective which makes it more beneficial than other forms of advertising.

Quick advertising

Facebook adverts have a simple set-up process and produce fast results – the perfect equation for any advertising campaign. Compared to Google advertising, managing Facebook ads is a lot easier and once you are familiar with the process it can become an easy task to complete.

Don’t forget that using Facebook adverting will bring new users to your website and you will see an increase in your activity but this is not the end game – you want to see conversions! Ensure that when users visit your site or landing page, they are presented with something that is true to your business, provides value and gives solutions to what they are looking for. Make sure that your landing page doesn’t look tacky and it’s branded exactly the same as the advert they clicked on in the first place, including your tone of voice.

Your Facebook ads are still the voice of your business and should be professional and welcoming at all times.

Have you tried Facebook advertising for your business? What are your thoughts?

If you’d like to see bigger results this year and are ready to push forward with targeted social media advertising, we’d love the opportunity to chat with you. Get in touch and let’s talk.

 

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Top Tips on How To Grow Your Small Business With Online Marketing

Top Tips on How To Grow Your Small Business With Online Marketing

If you’re a small business, you probably have a small marketing department, (if it’s not just you on your own trying to fill all the roles yourself) and it can be rather confusing or overwhelming at times. Not only does it require time and effort, but it can be frustrating if you’re not seeing results or growing your online presence.

Even though it can be a frustrating, it is a necessity in today’s digital world and the need for your business to be out there and seen is ever more important.

Many businesses are seeing a shift away from the conventional way of marketing and offline material and heading towards a variety of online marketing means. This gives way to much competition and the need to promote your brand as best as you can. Social media is the main marketing tool for most businesses and brands are seeing great results from well-managed marketing strategies and plans.

If you’re a small business trying to catch up with the larger organisations, you’re not alone and there are many things you can do to give your online marketing the best outcome possible, if you follow the best tips of how to get going on social media.

Build a commendable reputation

This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Learning to connect with the RIGHT people will help your business get noticed in a better light, rather than just connecting with anyone for the sake of it. This starts with brand awareness. And this is best done by creating an online presence that represents your whole brand and who you are both online and offline. This powers down from every little thing you use to market your business, from your logo and tagline to your visuals, social media posts, blog posts and website. The design and feel must match your persona and core values.

If you’re not good at the design side for your business, don’t be afraid to outsource this to someone that it. Having a logo designed professionally or your social media profile started with professionalism will set the standard of what your brand stands for and that you mean business.

Be where your audience is

When we mention that you need to connect with the RIGHT people, that means to be where your audience is, and to focus on their needs and not a generalised version. Who are your ideal clients? Which social platform can they be found mostly on and can you reach out to them? What solutions are they looking for?

If you generalise in your marketing, you’ll find things very wishy-washy and hard to build a solid business. If you focus down and discover your niche and the audience within that, even though the amount of people you are reaching is probably a smaller percentage, they will be more dedicated to your cause and open to what you have to say.

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Don’t spread too thin

The worst thing you can do when running a small business (or big one, in fact!) is to spread yourself too thin. Everything has its place and everything has its priority. Marketing should be high in those priorities but there are other things too that have a place in the to-do list. Therefore working out the best place to spend your time on social media or online that will benefit your business, is where you need to market. It can come with some trial and error and yes that can take a bit of time, but establishing the best place for social media marketing rather than splashing posts all over the place that have no relevance will be better in the long run.

You could put the same post up across all your social channels and fill a slot for that day, but does that speak to your audience or does it show laziness and not much thought process? Of course if it’s something that is relevant for all channels then that is fine, but be sure to tweak your posts to engage with the audience on that platform, along with creating images that fit correctly. It looks unprofessional for the same text and image size to be slapped on all platforms.

We suggest thinking about brand awareness, relationship building / networking, value, sales. Which social platform gives you better opportunity to reach your target audience in these categories? This may be Facebook, it may be Instagram, it may be LinkedIn – or it could be a combination of a couple of social channels. But if you’re managing this yourself, try not to spread yourself too thin by doing all of them at once. Not only will you burnout, your marketing efforts will be less effective and you’ll miss out on potential opportunities trying to keep up with it all. Establish a solid presence on one platform, then move up to two if you feel you need to, and gradually build from there. If you’re listening to your audience correctly, you’ll know where they are and where you need to be focusing your marketing.

Follow your plan

As with anything, it’s good to start with a plan – and to stick to it! When you started your business, (hopefully) you put together a business strategy/plan to build your targets and objectives into. This is the same for your marketing. You need a social media marketing strategy to keep focused and on track to ensure that you’re meeting goals and heading in the right direction. When you fall away from plans, you lose sight of what you’re actually doing. It can be very easy to digress or go off on a tangent, but if you have a marketing plan to bring you back in line, you’ll be ok!

Another reason for following a plan is that you are able to physically see when something does not work. This is a good thing! It can help you be more productive and efficient by allowing you to tailor your social strategy to what does work! All your ideas and thought can go into the brainstorming part of the plan and be incorporated as the plan progresses. Always be open to trying something new, if you don’t take risks, you’ll find yourself in the same place years down the line.

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Be engaging – get social

Social media is all about being social and engaging with your audience. You need to really relate and get to the heart of what your followers are looking for and speak their language! Understand them with as much research as possible and start engaging with them in the places that they love and in the way that they communicate. This is where your ideal social platform comes into play – you need to be engaging where your audience is.

Facebook’s algorithm likes engagement. If you create a post and no one engages, it will not push it onto other people news feeds. However, if you create something that is really engaging and people start to comment or interact, Facebook will see this as a ‘good’ post and will show it to more people’s news feeds. Facebook favours friends over pages and businesses, so it can be worth asking your friends to like your posts to get some interaction started.

The key is to ask questions or create a post that engages the user and for them to want to comment or share. An eye-catching image with a question in the status above can grab the attention of your audience and boost your marketing efforts.

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Be appreciative

Many large businesses can get carried away with the sales that they actually forget to thank people and be personable. This is your chance to stand out from the crows and appreciate everyone that engages. Even if you just like their comments or give a quick reply, they are aware that you’ve taken the time to read what they have written and it makes them feel appreciated.

Social media is not all about selling. In fact selling should only be about 20% of your content, the rest should be made up of other types of content to add value to your audience.

If people see ‘sell, sell, sell’, they are going to get bored very quickly. They will know that you’re not really interested in what they want, just about what you want to get. Therefore use your social channels to give value, as we mentioned before, and build relationships with the followers you have. They will notice!

Have a clear goal

The most important aspect to your online marketing as a small business owner, is to ensure you have a clear goal in mind. Having a goal gives you direction. Direction gives you a path. And following that path allows you to reach success.

However you manage your business is down to personal preference but always have your goals in mind in everything that you do.

Here at KJP Creative we work with small and medium sized businesses to provide online marketing services in the form of ‘virtual assistance’. You don’t need to hire a marketing assistant to be in the office with you throughout the week – just pay for the service you need. By working with specialists in social media, you can have peace of mind that you’re in good hands and keeping up with latest trends and requirements. Give your business a boost and get serious about your social media marketing – it’s not an add-on to your business, it is the future of your business.

If you’d like to talk about your marketing strategy or need advice on how to manage as a small business, please get in touch, we’d love to chat with you.

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How To Find Customers On Social Media

How To Find Customers On Social Media

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.

Find new clients using social media - and grow your business

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.

 

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.

Find new clients using social media - and grow your business

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.

 

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