Michiel is a partner at Yoast and our COO. Internet veteran. His main goal with the majority of his articles is to kick-start your site optimization. A lot to do! As a little business owner, there are many ways to market your brand or product. Among these ways is free and can have an enormous reach: social media.
Unfortunately, most of the entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to lately feel that the result isn’t worth your time and effort. We see that in our consultancy also, by the way. It doesn’t matter if we review a photographer’s website or the site of the IT agency, most seem to invest little time in social media efforts or campaigns.
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The tools that help in that perseverance are paid, most of the right time. A small business owner that isn’t convinced about any ROI in any way, won’t make that investment. Of course ROI is depending on a number of factors seriously. How will you convince the client to buy in a tweet, for instance?
I also like sociable media but how do you focus on the “ready to buy” segment rather than people “Browsing”. You don’t buy a hammer to operate a vehicle a nail in a piece of solid wood, but to create a bench. Growing an audience using social media, like I described in this prior post, is a way to an last end.
The ultimate goal of all of your social media initiatives is of course to market stuff and earn money. It could even be the first step in a multistep process: get more publication subscriptions via Twitter to sell your eBook, for example. Now how will you be able to trigger that social audience to purchase your services or products?
I do some digging on the interwebs. There’s a lot to be found on the subject, but no user manual that works for everybody. Unfortunately, but not unexpected. It’s not an exact technology, of course. Larger companies with a huge social media audience tweet or post their way to money. Now we have this new product, buy it. This will make your daily life easier, buy it. In the event that you already have the product of us, you’ll want this product.
It’s a direct cause, that works because of the large audience. In the event that you tell 1,000’s of individuals to buy something, you’ll get sales. That seems obvious. It’ll cause at least someone for sure. Generally, social media efforts lead to long-term wins, like someone that remembers that you will be selling Lego t-shirts and finds you back on his Facebook timeline. Obviously large brands with an enormous following can become social entities of their own; small business almost never can. Just the other day I was talking to a local business proprietor about social media (Twitter). He was asked by me, if his personal profile had more guests than his business profile.
It did. In most small business instances, social mass media isn’t a business, but always the person behind it. Where in the event you start, right? I think the social media attempts should be designed around your website, in all honesty. If you consider social media a serious opportunity, you should make it happen with your website, not next to it. If you come up with a nice idea to market something on social mass media, Is limiting your message by 140 character types Twitter.
Your optimized website landing page on your website doesn’t have these restrictions. If the landing page is for that Twitter campaign only, you might even measure the effect of the Twitter campaign without tagging your Twitter advertising campaign in Google Analytics (or knowing what tagging an URL is generally). Come to think of it, social media is a business lead to a sale, not the sales work itself in most small business instances. I’ve no scientific numbers to prove it, but it appears to seem sensible.