Link

http://blog.wishpond.com/post/54522636516/the-5-most-common-facebook-post-mistakes

As always a great blog from Wishpond that gives some easy advice on how to avoid classic Facebook pitfalls. Click on the link to read the blog and then take the challenge to find and share examples – share them with us via the comment box or Twitter or Facebook.

Just make sure your page isn’t among them.

Why Social Media?

In a traditional setting, advertising used to be leaflets, cold calling, billboards etc. This is now becoming obselete: So why do people use social media as opposed to traditional marketing?

In today’s modern society, everybody leads busy lives, nobody wants the intrusion of having a leaflet thrust into their hand as they are walking down the street, or to receive a telephone call in the evening after a long day.

Social media is about identifying your audience, targeting them and engaging in conversation. Once you have gained trust the ‘customer’ will begin to form a relationship with you and when they are looking for a supplier to purchase there product or service from, you are likely to be top of the list.

‘Engaging’ is the key word. The customer needs to give their permission for you to talk to them. Start a conversation, talk to them about their interests and lives. Let them see that you care about them as a person, and you are not all about the hard sell.

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Think 80/20

80% of your time on social media should be engaging and collaborating with your target audience. Only 20% should be you talking about your products.

Remember: Don’t let social media become anti-social!

 

At Bee Social Smart we aim to give practical, no nonsence advice to you, the supplier. We provide bespoke consultancy for your business to show you how to you can increase your performance with the use of social media.

5 Social Media Platforms To Help You Promote Your Business.

With so many social media platforms to choose from – which ones will increase performance for your business? At Bee Social Smart we know that social media is a necessary tool for you to be able to add value to your business.

Below is a brief outline of just 5 (of the many) options available and that can help you increase your sales today.

Twitter

Twitter is an online social media platform that enables you too connect to people or businesses. With approximately 555 million accounts there are plenty of people/businesses to communicate with!

Since there are around 9,000 tweets go out every second your tweet has a very short life cycle span – Twitter Users need to post little and often intermittently throughout the day.

Facebook

Many people use Facebook for pleasure but did you know that you can also create a business page?
Facebook potentially gives you the chance to attract a different type of audience to Twitter, plus you can post a picture which is instantly visible to your audience.
Once your page has received 30 likes, you are then able to access ‘insights’ which are statistics to help you identify which helps you measure your efforts.
Facebook Users need to determine how often they are going to post on their business page and stick to it – By posting regular, reliable content people will learn to visit your page as a trusted source of information.

Linked-In


Linked-in gives you the chance to show off your business skills. It is a powerful tool which enables you to display your CV to the entire world! You are given the opportunity to ‘Connect’ with fellow business, people and build relationships with experts that work in the same field as you as well as potential clients.
Linked-in also gives you the opportunity to build yourself an excellent reputation as passed or present colleagues are able to recommend you to their connections.

 

Pinterest
Pinterest is a virtual online pin board. You are able to create boards about subjects you love. For example, if you own a hair salon you could create the following boards:

  • Styles that you have created in your salon (the before and after picture)
  • Styles which are trending in big cities such as London
  • Fashion

Link to these pins on other social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. Other users will also see your pins and start to follow you. Pinterest is perfect for any business that has a product to sell or a visual representation of their service.

YouTube
You Tube enables you to put videos of yourself  and market your brand, this can help people develop an instant connection with you.
People in life are very busy – so it is recommended that your video be 3 minutes or less in time – as always content is key.

All of the above are powerful tools which can be used to drive traffic to your website.

Would you like to know more about how to use social media platforms to increase performance in your business? We  are running two workshops on 14th November.

Can’t make on the 14th November, or think a workshop is not for you? We also offer a range of social media consultancy, training and social media management services.

We love to help, contact us through any of our social media channels and we would love to chat and see if we can help.

6 Point Checklist – Making Your Content King!

You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘Content is King’. But you may be sitting there afraid to ask what this actually means, or simply worrying just how to make your content regal…this checklist could help!

What do we mean by content? Our personal favourite definition (courtesy of www.TheWordFactory.com).

“Content is the presentation of information for a purpose to an audience through a channel in a form.”

For social media, ‘content’ is the post, tweet, image, blog and video you share on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn (and other social media platforms). If you’re aiming for ‘Royal Status” ask yourself these few things.

Content Is King

Making Content King

Is my content………………

Interesting, useful or helpful? Make your content work hard: tell a story, share some facts, surprise your readers, reveal some secrets, give a new spin on existing knowledge, make the reader laugh or cry. Give your fans and followers something to act on or teach them something new, they may well do some of your marketing for you – by sharing, liking and retweeting.

Diverse? Make your content varied and interesting. Re-purpose content you already own such as white papers, research data, editorial articles – it can all be used online. Offer tips and information to educate. Remember to add links to your own website and other sources of information you value. Don’t forget to ask questions, provide promotions and offers. Occasional humour or levity is good as well. Don’t be afraid to share other people’s content it shows you are impartial and value other points of view.

Relevant to my target audience? Identify who you need to talk to and use appropriate phrases, keywords and identify suitable #hashtags. Join existing conversations among your target audience, enjoy the ‘chat’ and avoid the hard sell.

Well written? There’s nothing worse than a post or tweet full of errors and broken links so make sure it’s….

  • Punchy
  • Concise
  • Polite
  • Helpful
  • Trustworthy
  • Entertaining
  • In English (not text speak)
  • Check the spelling
  • Check grammar
  • Check links

Remember all content refers back to your business and your brand.

Helping to drive my business forward? Linking your content to business goals gives your social media efforts a purpose.  Maybe you want to find new business partnerships, or research a new region for business development, identify potential customers and learn more about them, converse with experts in your industry or simply entertain your followers and fans. Write content that helps to meet these goals.

Planned? Content works best when it’s planned and co-ordinated. Use a content calendar to schedule content based on business objectives, monthly targets, seasonality, industry trends and events. Be timely with your content link it to trends and news.

At BeeSocialSmart we follow Chris Brogan and in a recent blog and we found his statement that “Content Marketing is sales-minded storytelling”. It embodies the essence of good practice. Avoid the hard sell but know what you want to say – link your content to your quarterly sales objectives and build a story that helps achieve those targets.

 

6 Reasons Your Social Media Efforts Are Failing

So you’re on every social media site you can imagine. You’re posting, Tweeting, telling everyone about your business but “IT’S JUST NOT WORKING”. Ever wondered why?

Maybe it’s time to review exactly what you’re doing; make good use of the time you devote to social media activities.

1. You don’t have an objective for you social media activity – Without a clear objective it’s no wonder things aren’t going to plan. You wouldn’t go into a sales meeting without a bottom line offer in your pocket! Be clear what you want social media to achieve for your business; to acquire and engage new customers, to gain leads and referrals, or to boost awareness, to give you an insight into a new business area, even to become the ‘go to’ expert on a particular topic.

2. You are on the wrong sites? – With myriad options how do you know which one’s are right? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google+, Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, Foursquare – these are some you may know.  Making them work for you does require a bit of homework. Find out where you potential customers are most likely to be active – not all sites work for all brands. Think “Who do we want to talk to” and “What do we want to say” to help focus your social media efforts on sites where your ideas are most likely to appeal to the audience.

3. You are not giving readers/followers anything to react to? – Remember social media is about conversation and communication. Don’t just broadcast – LISTEN. Nobody wants to read time again about your new widget or service, your latest special offer,or why they have to buy what you sell. It’s like chatting to a friend – ask questions, respond to their views, agree or disagree with them, repeat the good stuff, challenge them – don’t just talk about yourself.

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4. You delegate social media to an office junior/PA/Admin assistant. – A classic error. Don’t assume that because your PA/admin assistant is on Facebook that she knows how to use it for business. Social media success requires you to be real, be yourself and show a personality that is appropriate for your business. Find an expert or do it yourself.

5. You pushed out too many ideas. – Keep it simple. It takes time for potential customers to get to know your business, don’t switch and change your posts, tweets or videos too frequently. Create a content strategy and calendar with themes and topics that are relevant. Allow time for people to absorb what you’re saying.

6. You gave up too soon – Few relationships are ‘love at first sight’ and social media is no different. If you are guilty of any point in 1-5 above you probably haven’t had a great first date. But don’t give up too soon. It does take time, some planning and a bit of effort. But the results will be worth it.