Facebook is an excellent way of promoting your Business
Facebook is one of the many social media platforms available today. It is a very needy friend. You need to keep in touch several times a day. You cannot have a business Facebook page that you do not touch for months and then post that for example that you are exhibiting at a show this weekend and expect that your post will be shown to people interested in attending the show.
Facebook is not a Free advertising platform. There is paid advertising available on Facebook in a number of formats. A lot of businesses use advertising to get likes. Likes that you pay for on Facebook are largely vanity, people who like your page through advertising rarely if ever visit your page again.
People using social media do not want to be constantly advertised at. It is important to get the balance right. About 80% of the time you should be providing information and 20% of the time advertising your products. You don’t have to provide all the information yourself. It is perfectly acceptable to like and share other people’s posts.
Before the days of social media people would ask for recommendations for businesses complimentary to their business. Word of mouth and referrals have always been very important to business and continue so. Facebook is another very useful tool for referrals..
Social Media is a way of extending referral business. If you are a wedding supplier supplying Fairy Light Backdrops, Archways and Aisle Runners, you may like other businesses supplying Wedding Stationery, Flowers, Make-up, Hairdressers, Photographers, Videographers, Wedding Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Groom and Groom’s mans attire. This is not an exhaustive list but you get the idea.
Your audience is the same and they may be interested in the complimentary services.
Work with Facebook and Facebook will work for you. Remember that Facebook is a very needy friend and not one just to be called on when you want something.
Are your images adding value to your SEO or just clutter on your website?
Adding images to your website creates a good impact. People like to look at pictures but Google and other search engine robots cannot see the pictures. Therefore you need to tell the robots what is in the pictures
It is very tempting to use the name your camera gives your picture DFCS123.jpeg. The picture could be 2-3mb. You don’t bother putting in any Alt text as people can see the picture, they know what it is. Your picture means nothing to the robots
Before loading your picture compress the picture for use on web. Size of file will go down to less than 100kb, in this example 74kb. The file now loads quickly. A web page needs to load in less than 5 seconds, the time you have to get someone’s attention.
Google still doesn’t know what is in the picture.
Rename your picture to “Civil-Ceremony-Room-Decoration.jpeg”
Insert Alt Text “Civil Ceremony Room Decoration with Fairy Light Archway”
Now the robots know what the image is about. You have entered keywords in a legitimate way that will help your SEO ranking.
Alt tags are also used by the visually impaired.
Image courtesy of Glad Rags Event Styling – www.gladragseventstyling.ie
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Sales, everything has changed and nothing has changed.
The world is made up of buyers and sellers. This has not changed. With the arrival of the internet, online shopping and social media the way buyers and sellers interact with each other has changed.
Digital Marketing is here and businesses need to embrace it. No small business person has all the skills required to carry out everything required to run a small business. This is why businesses employ Accountants, Financial Advisers and Legal People to name a few.
SME’s to-date have not recognised the value of Digital Marketing. Everything “on the Internet” is Free. This is not true. Advertising on the Web can be very cost effective if carried out properly. Advertising on the web can be very easy to do and very very easy to waste money on. Google Adwords is a great example of this. Anyone who can get access to the web can start advertising on Google. You can set a limit to the amount of money you want to spend. This is not the same as getting a good return on investment.
Google have excellent support resources that can help you. You have to take the time to learn the systems. You then have to keep up to date as the systems change regularly. With Adwords you only pay when someone clicks on your ad. The average CTR (Click Through Rate) on a home improvement business is around 2%. A professionally carried out campaign can get this CTR up to 5-10% depending on the budget and product. A professionally carried out campaign will prevent your ad from being shown to and possibly clicked on by people not in your target market.
In the past you could buy a bigger ad in the Golden Pages or Newspapers to get your business noticed. You cannot do this with the search engines, Google being the biggest in Ireland. The amount of feedback you can get using various Analytics products is incredible. You have to take time to interpret and analyse the reports and make changes accordingly.
What has Not Changed
Prospects/Customers have NEEDS
Your products have FEATURES
Your products also have BENEFITS
Depending on the prospective buyer features or benefits may be more important.
The difference between Features and Benefits
If you are selling UPVC Windows some of the features could be Double Glazed, Triple Glazed, A Rated Energy Efficient.
Benefits could include a warmer home, lower cost of heating, more secure. Depending on the buyer one may like to boast “my windows are A Rates energy efficient”. Another may prefer to say “my heating bills have gone way down since I installed my new windows”
If you are selling Wedding Dresses, “Understated Elegance” could be a feature. “Comfortable to wear all day” could be a benefit.
You know your customers best, you know what they are looking for. Digital Marketing work carried out properly is time consuming. If you do not have the time to spend on your Digital Marketing getting a professional to help you is money well spent.
This is not a job for an Admin person to take on as well as their own work. It is certainly not a job for an Intern.
This is a job for an experienced business person who can understand your business and convert your goals into actions that will generate solid enquiries. You need a person you can trust to have your best interests at heart. You need to be comfortable that this person really does understand your business.
Contact Helen on 087 2514834