Is Social Media Marketing Effective?

The return on investment of social media by MDGadvertising. This infographic also tells you what are the social media channels with the highest ROI figures according to marketers who actually measure their ROI. What do you think?

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Small Businesses Can’t Ignore Social Media

Jason Squires has put together a thoughtful list of 10 Reasons Why Small Business Can’t Ignore Social Media. It provides all the evidence any small business needs if they were still curious whether or not to take the dive. What do you think? Is there any reason why a small business should not be active in social media?

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SEO vs. SEM: What’s the Difference?

The folks over at Creative Content Experts came up with a neat infographic about the difference between search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). What do you think?

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10 Incredibile Mobile Marketing Insights

Check out this infographic by the Social Media Research Team at Convonix, which will sum up the importance of mobile internet as a marketing medium. What do you think?

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What Do They Say About First Impressions?

You don’t get a second chance at making a first impression. Most likely, there are a lot of competitors selling the exact same product or services as your business. How can you convert potential clients into buyers? First impressions and understanding the consumer.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to categorize potential clients into three areas. The customer service potential client, the need potential client, and the best price potential client. The potential client that buys from who they like puts a huge emphasis on customer service and they will buy from a person and a business that they feel most comfortable with. Once you convert this person into a buyer, you have a great chance of retaining a lifelong customer.The potential client that buys a product or service from whoever has what they need is usually a one time customer, however, this potential client can be converted into a lifelong customer. The best price only potential client will continue to buy from you, as long as you have the lowest price. This customer is usually unhappy no matter what you do, always feeling that they didn’t really get the best price.

So, how can you put this information to work in regards to first impressions? First, you need to realize that potential clients who buy from people they like, make up the majority of your customer base. They usually form an opinion of you in the first few seconds of the meet and greet stage. If you’re not making a good connection during the meet and greet, you’re only left with price shoppers and people who have to have what you are selling. Basically, you’re losing a lot sales.

How do we go about making a good impression during the meet and greet? We need to make sure that we’re positive and upbeat, no matter what might be going on in our world. Smile, I don’t care if you’re using a phone for your communication method, the person on the other end can sense a smile. You also need to come off as a confident individual, that sounds like an expert.

Does what you wear matter?  If you are meeting potential clients in person, they see you before you ever open your mouth. Even if you are calling out to your potential clients, if you are lounging in your shorts, you probably sound like you’re at the beach. There is no such thing as being overdressed and you are only as good as you feel. Work on a proper introduction and if you are face-to-face with potential clients, you need to be making eye contact. In a business-to-consumer environment, if a female is involved, always introduce yourself to her first. Do not forget to introduce yourself to the whole party, even if they’re children. Please make a mental note of the names you obtain during the meet and greet and don’t forget them.

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External Marketing Tips For Your Business

In order to develop a successful small business, you want to have a healthy balance between internal and external marketing efforts. Internal marketing is marketing that is directed at your current client base, and external marketing is directed at those that are not yet using your products or services.

External Marketing Tips

1) Volunteer
It is almost not considered a marketing tip since there are so many other rewards received besides growth in your business. You could easily put the idea of volunteering into a success category of its own, as there are many reasons why it’s good to get involved in supporting others.

2) Monthly Talk
Can you get out of your office and speak somewhere? You may need to get creative, depending on what kind of small business you’re in.

3) Local Network Meetings
Getting involved in local groups like the Chamber of Commerce can be beneficial.

4) Press Releases
If you’re in a non-metro area you may find some great rates are available in your local newspapers. Online opportunities are growing and you may want to consider Internet based services.

5) Bulk Mail
You can get a permit for bulk mailing and get lists of target data for businesses and persons in your community. If you don’t want to do large quantities of bulk mail, you can put together a list of businesses in your area that would be most likely to refer, and send them regular mailings.

6) Signage
Is there any place outside your business location that you can do advertising? Can you get affordable signage down the street? While billboards in a large metro area might be out of the question for a small business, there are opportunities to advertise on bus benches, phone booths, shopping carts, car washes, and neighboring buildings. Get out in your local community and take notes on the places you find are displaying small business advertising.

7) Bulletin Boards
These are boards you’ll find inside local coffee shops, laundromats, health clubs, neighborhood markets, and car washes. While I’m not recommending you be a board spammer, this is a free method to get your information out in the community. Bring plenty of your own thumbtacks and leave some extras behind for good business karma.

8) Certificates
Certificates are great for giving to local charities, local sporting events, fundraisers, and other local businesses. They are easy to make and there’s a number of ways you can use them to share good will in your community. Be sure to check local and state laws when it comes to certificates and expiration dates.

I help companies in Boise and beyond get the most out of their external marketing dollars.
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Copywriting Tips

I have heard from some people that a picture is worth a thousand words.=)
And more often than not, an awesome picture is definitely going to have more of an impact than 1,000 words, but what if you use them together?
I think that only means more awesomeness. By using a photo that goes great with your words, you will enhance and give personality to the marketing material you are creating. Using images that get noticed is just as important as having clear and concise copy. There are several sites on the Internet that offer free stock photos so check them out to see if you can find the right picture to help make your copy stand out even more. Of course, if you are too busy to find photos and create words, please contact me and I will be glad to help out. Give me a call @ 208.995.9437 or send me an email so we can talk. Have a great day.

Make The Most Out Of Your Marketing Dollars

Is your company facing increased pressure to get their message to the right audience. Is there a way to take control of your company’s advertising and maximize your return on investment?

If the answer is yes, then now, more than ever, you need to make every marketing dollar count.

Getting the most out of your marketing dollars is especially important in today’s economy. A company’s decisions need to show a return on investment, and drive targeted traffic to their business. Chances are your company has a great website that they paid a lot of money to have built. But what good is a beautiful website if your target audience cannot find you anywhere online? With the power of the Web, companies have the opportunity to employ their website as a marketing vehicle to increase sales, acquire new clients, build rapport with current clients, and reach their target market.

I help companies get the most out of their marketing dollars.
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