What are some of the ways small business owners can use social media marketing and mobile devices to bring in new customers? In addition, how can they implement a smart marketing plan that will take advantage of the many social networks available for drumming up business?
A good starting point is to tap into some of the popular social network sites in order to tie together your social media and mobile marketing strategies.
After establishing a Facebook presence it’s important to make a habit of updating your page frequently and consistently. Bland Facebook pages are everywhere so you’ll want to create a unique page full of personality and fun whenever possible. Get creative and play around with ways to keep your fans coming back for more updates.
Twitter can be a great way to help your company become more successful. First, you need to decide who you want to connect with and what specific outcome you’re hoping for, whether it relates to marketing, promotion or communication. When you have those answers in hand, dive in and start studying the wealth of tips and tactics available to you through this tool.
With more than 750,000 businesses on Foursquare, it’s definitely worth your while to learn how this social media platform can work for you. Companies are using Foursquare to offer deals and loyalty rewards, forge partnerships with other businesses and create innovative viral campaigns. Remember that Foursquare is not just for retail and restaurants but for companies of all shapes, sizes and types.
This website is a great way for small business owners to market themselves free of charge. Yelp helps users find businesses and service providers in their specific location. It also categorizes businesses, making it easier for users to find a specific type of business.
Users can write reviews and businesses can send messages to customers.
More consumers are using their mobile phones to search for coupons, compare prices, find retailers and read reviews. Increasingly, they are also using their mobile devices to make purchases.
Companies large and small are realizing it’s time to hop aboard this trend. As your mobile marketing strategy takes shape, look for ways to tie in the various social media sites with opportunities available through mobile phones.
Planning is a major component in launching a social media and mobile marketing campaign. Know which channels to use to most effectively reach your market and help ensure your investment will be rewarded.
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