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Social Media and Local SEO

What is the game changer these days?… Repeat customer’s of coarse! Branding with Social media now more than ever is a pivotal point that your business should be focusing on.

When you consider how many people are walking around with a smartphone in their pocket, its hard not to create a social media strategy. The major social media outlets YouTube, Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Twitter help start the engagement with your customers.

For many local businesses it takes more; luckily you can do more with a “brick and mortar” location. You can place links to your online profiles in your store and run various contests.

Getting the Social media profiles setup can be a task (many of you know I offer this service) but maintaining them and creating an impression on your customer’s is the real winning ticket. Its about taking that engagement to the next level and doing something none of your competitors are doing. If they are doing it, doing it better becomes the goal.

Local SEO is also something that should peek your interest. Unlike many companies that charge thousands of dollars to help with placing you at the top of search results for say “burgers southern Nevada”, you can get a consultation of services and social media pages built to suit for a flat fee.

Remember the goal still remains keeping and getting more customers; if you don’t take on social media then your competitors will.

How-to social media ?

When you are thinking of a Social media strategy for your clients (or for you), you  just have to get to know them! Who are you targeting? There is no real “how to social media”. I am sorry to inform all of you who thought it was a hair ball of a chore. There are some things to consider when you are referring to social media. Here they are in no particular order:

1) Engagement- When you post on Facebook, Twitter etc… be prepared to respond to those engaging you. That person/staff/smmgr handling the page really needs to have a feel and deep understanding of how the company presents itself. This is especially key when catering to the Local SEO market.

2) Familiarity-  You should always know the tools you are working with even if you will be outsourcing to a social media manager. If you have never touched a site like twitter and Facebook it may be a good idea to create an account (even if its your personal account) and check it out.

3) Measure results- A common issue with doing social media as a form of expecting more business is that there is not any structure to measure its effectiveness. (Let me give you an example)

Account:  Joes Pizza Shack

Goals: Engage customers on twitter and Facebook so that higher sales of the lunch special will be made to the “hip and cool” crowd using those services

Synopsis: Joes Pizza Launches a social media campaign and gets a few fans but they ironically see a decline in sales to the lunch special and are deciding to end the campaign prematurely. Joes” Large” pizza sales grew 10% on a weekly basis because of the engagement.

 

When it comes to measure-ability most companies (because they are new to social media) fail to take into account that more revenue was brought in from the social media outlet.

Because the social media platform is ever-changing and the consumers buying habits change; just as in traditional marketing… we MUST prepare to capture measured results from our social media presence.

So when you are tinkering with the mouse and keyboard and you think that your social media front is lost; pick yourself up by the bootstraps and get with your social media team that puts your own “how to” in how to social media?

terms used in post smmgr= social media manager