Why Do You Need Social Media Marketing?

Social media is a growing and powerful resource for companies to enhance their brand’ offer special promotions and to keep your company engaged with your customers; you need to embrace social media! You can easily see how many promotions are being done by companies on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Digg, etc.

The first step is to set up your social media accounts and develop your company profiles.  Now the fun begins! Your company website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter presence must be updated with relevant, new content including images, text and video at regular intervals. These updates reflect the latest information about your company’s products and services.

Social media allows for interactive dialog between your company, your customers and your prospective customers. Hopefully most of this dialog will be positive, but on occasion you may need to respond to a negative comment. Social media is a great way to address a negative situation right away. By being proactive, most people will feel your company is worthy of their trust and their business and that you willingly address and solve problems, rather than ignore them.

Through your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media outlets, customers are able to write testimonials or reviews of their experience with you.  Since people are using information they find on Internet and through social media in their buying decisions, it is imperative you embrace social media, or be left behind your competition.

A strong social media marketing campaign will give the opportunity to connect with millions of potential customers from all around the world.  It is estimated that by the end of 2012, Facebook alone will have over 1 billion users!

Social media is here to stay.  You may need help in determining and implementing your social media strategy. There are many firms that specialize in this area of marketing. You should consider getting expert help to get the most bang for your buck.

More and more brands are using social media to launch new products and promotions.  View this recent report on CBS News – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7416824n&tag=showDoorFlexGridRight;flexGridModule

Video Marketing, Why You Need It

Video Marketing is a very hot topic now and is growing rapidly. Cisco Systems estimates that 90% of web traffic will be driven by video by the end of 2013 and must be incorporated into your website’s content marketing strategy.

Your website’s content and your blog gets your message in front of your potential customers and you can be found via Long Tail Keyword search in Google.  However, Video is much easier to syndicate and will get that video in front of as many eyeballs as possible.  There are several ways to post syndicate your videos, here are a few resources:

  • YouTube
  • Video Aggregators, e.g. Veoh, Blip, Metacafe
  • Post Link on Your Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, etc.
  • Place Video on your website or blog
  • Ask other websites to post your video
  • Post your video on iTunes as a video podcast

As you can see, website content is important, but one video allows you dozens of places to post and get you more exposure.

Creating videos is simple and inexpensive.  You don’t need a director, professional equipment, editing skills or software.  You just need a video camera or smart phone to get started.  Find the best person in your company to be your star and then deliver information people can use and enjoy.

Think about it, as a restaurant owner, wouldn’t a video of patron enjoying your venue and raving about the Chef’s Special have way more impact than pictures on your website? You bet!

If you’re a landscape company, a video showing the transformation of a customer’s property as well as the customer enjoying their new yard is far more impactful than just before & after pictures.  And as an added bonus, a clients’ testimonial on video will carry far more weight than one that’s written.

Another advantage of Video marketing is its ability to establish your company’s personality even faster than writing articles or blog posts.  On video your personality comes through to viewers and gives them an opportunity to like and share you with their social community, expanding your reach even further.

Even though video is established in most market areas, the number of companies using it effectively is relatively small. So the use of videos to discuss your products and services definitely sets your company apart from your competition.

The growth of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets accessing the internet is phenomenal. Video plays very well on these mobile devices.  As your Blended Marketing Solution provider, Direct Etc. will help you to integrate your online marketing, including videos with your direct mail and email campaigns to ensure all channels perform at their best!

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

 

Google Places Update

As we all know Google is constantly updating their products and search algorithms.  Direct Etc. will keep up with these changes and get the information out to our readers as quick as we can! We know how important it is to the small business owners to keep up with these changes and adjust their business listings on the Internet to advance their brand and continue to grow business.

In an effort to bump up their social network Google+, the search engine has replaced Google Places with Google Plus Local.  When Google Plus launched in 2011, there was a lot of enthusiasm, however, the usage statistics did not keep up with the pre-launch hype.  With replacing Google Places with Google Plus Local, which will also interface with Zagat, Google hopes its 100 million users with start interacting more frequently on the social network and give Facebook more competition.

If you already have a Google Places page, it has been replaced with the new Google+ Local page.  So you don’t need to worry about doing anything with your listing.  Here is a list of changes that have been implemented.

  • The substitution of the new Google+ Local pages for Google Places pages
  • The appearance of a “Local” tab within Google+
  • The integration and free availability of Zagat reviews
  • The integration of Google+ Local pages across Google properties, i.e. search, Maps, mobile
  • Integration of a circles filter to find reviews/recommendations from friends, family and colleagues.

When Google launched Places their hope was that merchants would use it to interact and communicate with their customers and prospects.  This didn’t happen because of the limitations of Places.  Learning from that Google+ Local is much more versatile and social “friendly” with functionality equal to Facebook and Twitter.

These changes will enhance the consumer experience with a relatively small adjustment and learning curve.  Internet users will continue using Google as they have but get the benefit of the richer pages and Zagat ratings.  Millions of local merchants can use the technology to create dynamic pages and content and create greater engagement with customers and prospects.

If you don’t have your Google+ Local page, we encourage you to do so soon.  It’s free and easy to set up.  However, if you need some help, please contact us.