Social Media Marketing: Utilizing it as an Effective Tool

The average person uses social media websites for approximately 136 minutes a day, and as the number of social platforms increase so does the time being spent on them. Time spent on social media is greater than time devoted to grooming, eating and drinking, or even in-person social interactions. Using social media as a marketing tool is the most cost effective and resourceful way for a small business to grow their audience, which is why 97% of marketers are using it.

Why social media? Simply put, your customers are there and consuming colossal amounts of content daily.  It’s estimated that 70% of the U.S. population has at least one social media profile, and that there are more than 2.5 billion social media users worldwide. With the boundless number of consumers using social media platforms each day, small businesses are presented an unparalleled marketing avenue. It is necessary to be present and active on the channels that your target audience is using most often. Refusal to affiliate your business with social media pages neglects potential engagements that you could be having with your current and new customers.

Social media is a place where we connect to the world, expand our network, and keep in touch with our friends and family. The users of these platforms aren’t necessarily there with the purpose of being marketed to, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t following the brands they find valuable. Social media outlets allow you to unmask a more personal side of your business, demonstrating your voice on an intimate level, and supports authentic connections. Consumers are overwhelmingly more responsive on social media than they are to traditional, direct marketing messages. Brand recognition and visibility are increased as your content presents your business’ true voice and nature. While the consumer may have never heard of your company before, they are more likely to explore and become better acquainted with your business after noticing you across various social networks.

Another benefit of social media is that it allows you to more specifically target your audience, rather than broadly putting a message out for anyone to see. Targeting your audience will generate higher quality leads, and eventually boost your conversion rates. While not only being a more objective advertising avenue, it’s also more financially worthwhile than conventional advertising. Social media is estimated to be at least 3 times less expensive for paid advertisements than traditional media, but you also have the option of using it entirely free.

 

By being more active on social media, your search engine exposure increases. Search engine algorithms are alerted by links to social content, shares, likes and comments. The livelier these engagements the better your organic growth and visibility on search engine sites. Your competition can also be found on social media and search engines, so this engagement favors the diligent.

Consumers also use social networking to find recommendations. A survey found that 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations! Use customer feedback, positive or negative, to thank them for their support, expose necessary areas of growth, and to boost your glowing reputation! Ask your current customers to leave reviews of their experiences, because 90% of future buyers rely on positive reviews to influence their purchasing decisions!

When executed correctly, social media is an unbeatable device. To feel like you aren’t getting the reciprocation deserved when investing your valuable time and effort is defeating to say the least. Before giving up on social media, ask yourself these questions: Are you posting the right content for your market? Are you posting enough? Are you simply posting at the wrong times? Research the various social media outlets to find the optimal times and days of the week that each platforms’ users are most active!  Know your audience, be persistent, and share content of value regularly! Best of luck in your social media endeavors!

 

 

 

 

Sources Cited:

Asano, E. “How Much Time Do People Spend on Social Media?” Social Media Today, January 2017.    Retrieved from https://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/how-much-time-do-people-spend-social-media-infographic

Smith, K. “15 Reasons Why Marketing Through Social Media is a Must For Every Small Business.” LYFE Marketing, January 2018. Retrieved from https://www.lyfemarketing.com/blog/marketing-through-social-media/

Bhat, U. “4 Reasons Why Your Social Media Posts are Not getting Engagement.” Cloohawk Blog, July 2018. Retrieved from https://www.cloohawk.com/blog/4-reasons-why-your-social-media-posts-are-not-getting-engagement

Everybody uses email. Now use it right.

Email has been an indispensable service for franchises even before the invention of the web. All franchises use it and will use it for the foreseeable future. Email workflow sits at the center of the franchise office’s productivity; the more each franchise employee gets out of email, the more productive the entire franchise will be. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

Turn off email alerts.

You’re producing at a stellar clip and you hear it–the sound on your computer or phone that tells you an email just landed in your inbox. You’re curious, so you get distracted and your productivity hits a screeching halt. Unless you’re waiting for a franchise-critical email, don’t give yourself an excuse to keep checking. Silence notifications and set aside a few times during the day to read email. Your franchise will be much more productive for it.

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Don’t unsubscribe from bogus emails.

Does your franchise detest spam? We do, too, but hitting an Unsubscribe link in a message from an unrecognized sender will probably increase the likelihood that they will spam your franchise again. Clicking the link allows the spammer to verify your email address and give it to their spammer buddies when they get together for Parcheesi or cooking club. Then, of course, you will get exponentially more. Don’t fall for it!

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Don’t use email to discuss sensitive topics.

If someone needs a good talking to, don’t do it on email, especially if the discussion is likely to cause disagreement or if someone could be hurt or offended. It’s much easier to read someone’s reaction via video chat, on the phone, or in person. (Yes, there is still a physical world out there where you can sit down with live humans, look directly at their actual face, and tell them something.)

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Don’t scan and fax.

 

If your business is emailed contracts to physically sign and return to someone, you know what a pain in the neck this can be. You either have to print it out and find an actual fax machine or take the time to scan, save, and attach each page to an email. Instead, use an online fax service such as Hello Fax.

Promote your network inside email.

Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your Gmail inbox.

You can immediately see what people look like, where they’re based, and what they do. You can establish rapport by mentioning shared interests. You can grow your network by connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. And you can record thoughts for later by leaving notes.

Type in the recipient just before sending.

There’s nothing worse for your franchise than accidentally sending a message with misspellings, knee jerk reactions, and grammatical train wrecks. Save yourself this embarrassment by leaving the “To” field empty until your dispatch is perfect. Gmail users can also use Google’s Undo Send feature, which gives you some time after you hit Send to change your mind. To turn it on, go to Settings (the cog on the right of your Gmail window), then Labs, where you’ll find the feature plus some others you might find helpful.

Use arcane passwords and vary them on your accounts.

You’ve heard this one before, but it bears repeating because lots of franchise staff members are hacked and spammed for not heeding this advice. Your email password unquestionably has to be one that someone can’t guess and one that you don’t use with another account. If you have trouble remembering your passwords, try LastPass.


To learn more about franchise opportunities with High Touch High Tech, visit us online at ScienceMadeFunFranchise.net.

High Touch High Tech is the leader in innovative hands-on science and nature experiences for children, serving over 4 million children annually with 27 franchise locations across the United States, Canada, Turkey, Singapore and South Korea.