A Timeless Approach to Social Media Marketing Challenges

Posted by: Chris Marentis

A Timeless Approach to Social Media Marketing Challenges

Do’s
Don’ts


You can pretty safely say that social media has become the newspaper of the 21st century. With no clear contenders in the realm of online communication, it’s a given that being active on sites like Facebook is a must rather than a choice for local businesses today. According to Social Media Today, 92% of small businesses believe in the effectiveness of social networking for sales, signifying that most owners understand that they need to go where their customers are.

PrintDon’t Take Social Marketing For Granted

Why are some businesses able to consistently generate leads through social while others get almost no interaction with their social content? An article on Forbes mentions that 60% of SMBs have gained little to no returns from their online investments because many don’t fully understand how social marketing works.

For instance, businesses often make the mistake of assuming that social media is ‘plug and play’, thinking all they need to do is set up their page and watch the sales go up. As a result, they invest little time and resources into making engaging posts or providing promotions that attract attention.

To make an impact online, you have to create content that consumers want to see on their personal pages. The same Forbes article states that gaining interest in the social space requires a long-term strategy. The primary purpose being to secure people’s trust and loyalty, a process which takes time. Once you’ve gained web users favor and peaked their interest, they’ll be more inclined to buy from you.

A New Challenge in Facebook Advertising

Since Facebook has one of the biggest pools of active users on the web, it’s a great place to start. However, recent changes to the site’s algorithm are prioritizing better content, meaning that your posts are less likely to be seen by users unless you subscribe to paid features.

Although this makes things more difficult and costly, it doesn’t mean that you should abandon your campaigns. On the contrary, this is an opportunity for you to stand out by raising the quality of your posts. Prior to this change, people were frequently bombarded with spam and undesirable posts. Since Facebook is now filtering posts more strictly its created renewed interest in it’s newsfeed, so your fresh and original content is more likely to be noticed.

There are many other tricks of the trade that you can learn from our one of our ebooks – Facebook Marketing Guide for Local Businesses. Still, even if you’re armed with all the latest information, it still won’t make a difference if you only come online to post once a month; the amount of effort you exert is still the best metric for social marketing success.

Chris Marentis

Chris Marentis is a passionate entrepreneur and innovator determined to leave a legacy bigger than himself. Chris grew up in an entrepreneurial family with a father who owned a home contracting HVAC business. When traditional media was disrupted by the online world, empowering consumers to rely less on sales people and advertisements to make decisions, large companies with big budgets could afford to play the game, but the local entrepreneur, like Chris’s father was left behind. This disadvantage inspired Chris to write Surefire Social: the guide for local SMB’s to compete in the digital world. Chris was invited to speak at events and demand grew for ways to implement his ideas. Chris turned his vision into a reality when he started Surefire Social in 2009. Feedback was strong. Businesses began asking for help implementing their digital marketing and Surefire evolved into a SaaS and services business. The company’s dramatic growth came with only 1-2 sales people at any given time and a limited marketing budget, thanks to referrals from rabidly loyal clients. The company’s latest innovation Surepulse, an SMB’s Digital CMO, provides data insights and competitive tactics to marketing novices, giving them complete control over their online marketing activities. Chris has spoken at the following events: SMX, BIA/Kelsey, Hanley Wood International Roofing Show and Contractor Summit, NAILBA National Conference, Tech Summit, CCN, GAF Wealth Builders, Gutter Helmet National Dealer Meeting. Publications Chris contributes to: Street Fight, Search Engine Land, iMedia, Social Media Today, Franchising World‏.

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