Interesting social media content will attract customers to your small business. In order for your small businesses to reach potential consumers, you must be active on social media. This is a place that you can interact with and attract new customers, and it can be a struggle to figure out where to start.
Many small business and startups lack a marketing or PR department. Without these departments, social media management will most likely fall to someone within the company who is not familiar with using social media for business. Don’t worry. I’ll provide you with an overview of possible ways to use social media to attract customers to your small business.
Let’s get to it!
You won’t attract new customers if you don’t know where they are. So first things first-
1. Figure out where your customers are online
Find out what social media sites your customers are on. Are your customers on Facebook? Twitter? Industry blogs? Use the tools you have available to find your audience. Take a look at your Google Analytics dashboard and see where the majority of your web traffic comes from. While in Google Analytics you can also group your audience by gender, age, location and more. Knowing who your audience is can only help your campaign.
Once you know what platforms your customers use, consider which ones you should join to achieve your business goals. Despite the plethora of social l media sites, you do not need to have an account on each of them.
J Perry Boutique, a small clothing boutique in LaGrange, Georgia has taken this advice. The boutique only has accounts and is active on Facebook and Twitter.
Many clothing stores feel pressured to be on Pinterest and Instagram as well because ‘everyone else is doing it.’ However, J. Perry knows that this is not where their customers are, and has stuck with social media sites that work best for them.
Once you’ve joined the best social media sites for your small business you can begin step two.
2. Creating content
Inbound marketing is an excellent way to attract new customers. By creating content that your customers want gives you the ability to establish yourself as an industry expert, and then step in to offer your services.
With a small budget of $50, BlendTech was desperate to revamp their brand and create’ top of mind awareness’ for their product. The home blender brand decided to create a video. The company decided to showcase the blender blending a 2×2 block of wood. The impressive blender obliterated the block of wood, and “Will it blend?” became a viral sensation. The company was able to demonstrate the strength and ability of their product in a unique way.
The viral video create massive brand awareness, reaching 7 million viewers, who then visited the website, of which 15 percent made a purchase.
Creating content also allows you to build brand awareness and is great for search engines.
3. Have a sweepstakes
Looking to gain brand awareness and potential client emails? Have a sweepstakes. Choose a contest that is in line with your businesses goals, and will be enticing to your audience.
Bridge First Insurance, a small insurance agency in the DMV (Denver, Maryland, and Virginia) area created a sweepstakes centered on an iPad mini. The contest was targeted at current clients, and requested them to refer new clients for Auto, Home, Business, and Life insurance.
These referrals then led to new business for Bridge First, and created brand awareness around the campaign.
If your company is thinking about creating an email marketing campaign, a sweepstakes is a great way to get email addresses for your list.
Small businesses have limited resources and must be efficient in their marketing efforts. Social media allows them to create brand awareness on a limited budget and with few resources. With these tips you can hone in on your target market and connect with potential customers.
By: Sarah Burek
Category: Small Biz, Social Media Marketing 101, Social Media Marketing 201, Social Media Marketing Integration