Social Media & Business – Annette A. Penney

BA(HONS), MA

Founder, Social Media Specialist

As the founder of Inspire & Acquire, Annette is an academic with real-life experience.
She is the lead social media strategist and guides the I & A team. Full Profile

Google Plus for Business: A Current Overview and Helpful Tips

Written by Annette. Posted in B2B Social Media, Business, Google, Google+, How to, Online marketing, Social Media & Business, Social Media Marketing

 

When Google+ first came on the scene of social media platforms, many business owners were already overwhelmed with adapting to online marketing methods and methodology. We were learning about the various types of content to create and share, the best times of day to post to our fans and contacts, and figuring out which social media platforms to engage in for the most efficient use of our time. Basically, where were we going to get the best bang for our buck? We have been told for more than a year that Google Plus is a necessary evil and frankly, even I debated whether or not that was valid. I thought it was just a marketing ploy by Google. The day has arrived when myself and other business owners all over the globe have to submit and admit! I am publicly admitting that Google+ has its virtues and actually, it turns out that it is an essential component of effective online marketing strategies for businesses.

I would like to share with you one of the best pieces of information on how to use Google+ that I have ever read. It’s in the form of an infographic which makes it even more valuable because it is concise, easy-to-read, and will save you researching and studying time. I originally located this infographic in an article by Neil Patel of Kissmetrics. Neil is one of the best SEO Specialists I have ever come across (there’s a gazillion and two!) and believe me, I read a lot of Search Engine Optimization articles. This infographic lays out: how and why to use Google+; what Google+ can do for you; ways to share content; how to boost your business on Google+; and explains why Google+ is best for Search Engine Optimization. Click here for the infographic.

Another piece of current relevant information about Google+ I recommend is an article just published on the blog Businesses Grow of my good friend, Mark W. Schaefer (an exceptional human being and business and marketing consultant). The article is written by Ray Hiltz who is a self-admitted Google+ addict. Ray does a superb job of outlining 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Google+. Ray suggests and I believe correctly, that Google+ is akin to Google 2.0 – sort of like Google on steroids. There are 1 billion user accounts and 540+ million active users across the various Google platforms. Ray reminds us that unlike Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, Google+ has no ads and what I think is even more important, Google+ posts are indexed FAST! You definitely want to read this article and bookmark it to remind you later, when you’ve spent several hours this week on Google+, why you need to continue.

There are many articles about Google+ and Google archived on the Inspire and Acquire website in the resource section. We update our library of articles every week so be sure to check back soon!

If you have questions about how to apply online marketing methods to enhance your marketing strategy, feel free to contact the author of this article here.

 

Annette A. Penney, BA(Hons), MA

Strategist, Online Marketing

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESSES

Written by Annette. Posted in Social Media & Business

‘Keep up with the times-don’t be left behind!’

 

We are delighted to introduce our first in a series of blogs on how to use Social Media to benefit your business in specific industries.

 

A few years ago advertising in the local newspaper and delivering of flyers was deemed an effective marketing tool. However, with the onset of new and rapidly changing technology it has become necessary to adapt, in order not to be left behind by your rivals.

 

Alongside the growth of portals, social media marketing has become one of the most essential ways to attract vendors and consumers in your target market.

 

Social Media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way that we communicate’

 

To start generating leads, sales and opportunities Inspire and Acquire is offering creative social media management packages to businesses. Our in-house team of SEO experts are on standby to set up and customise your Social Media sites for you. We are offering monthly Social Media management packages all custom designed to tap into your specific target market.

 

Our marketing team will manage daily content creation, commentary, engage with your customers and you will develop a potent marketing weapon.

 

Due to the labour intensive nature of Social Media, our team will take charge of communicating with your followers with a lightning fast response rate, grow your fan base and pass on valuable leads to your Sales Team.

 

Depending on the geographical location of your business, we will network your business online connecting you to various target market pages and groups to catapult your business.

 

With the competitive nature of the marketing world, its best not to be classed as ‘old school’ and be left behind. To excel in any online marketing effort in today’s world, websites alone, unfortunately are no longer enough for online marketing success. The best way forward is to seize the day and embrace new technology.

 

For some great marketing tips be sure to watch this space for regular Social Media articles over the next few months. In the mean time please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. For advice and social media assistance simply email us by clicking HERE and we will be happy to advise and assist.

 

BOOST YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SUCCESS WITH THE USE OF IMAGES

Written by Annette. Posted in Social Media & Business

There is a saying ‘a picture if worth a thousand words’ and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to social media marketing. We live in an age of visual culture as more and more people carry a camera in their pockets due to technological advances in the cell phone industry. According to research 10% of all photos taken by the human race were taken in the last year!

Photos are quickly becoming the universal language used online for communication across the world. It is essential to embrace this new emerging culture as part of your social media marketing.

Various images can be used quite successfully. These can include photos, infographics, charts and drawings. Whichever imagery you decide to use, the facts speak for themselves. Posts with images generate more likes, shares, retweets and engagement such as replies and comments. If you want to boost your marketing success and engagement levels, visually driven marketing is what you need to embrace. Be sure to use good quality pics with high resolution where possible. Avoid blurred images, however casual pics taken with your cell phone camera are acceptable in the online world.

Here are five reasons why images are effective tools for online marketing :

1)    They take up more space on the newsfeed and therefore are more noticeable than posts lacking images. Hence they let you stand out from the crowd.

2)    They give your fans and followers the best information in the simplest way possible.

3)    They elicit emotions from your audience and can invoke loyalty from your potential customers.

4)    Images help you inspire action from your followers and fans.

5)    Articles with images get 94% total more views.

 

To conclude, images on social media channels are a vital component to connecting with your audience. Adapt to the age of visual culture and be sure to include visual images as part of your social media marketing strategies from now on. Need advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our team!

PINTEREST FOR BUSINESS

Written by Annette. Posted in Social Media & Business

Have you wondered about Pinterest and how it could be of benefit for your business?

Spread your Online Web Presence

The more sites you list your business on online. The better for optimisation. Do a quick test, google your business name and check to see how much content comes up on your business? If the results are low, it can give the impression that your business is smaller than it is. A big presence shows that you are out there and are established.

Become a thought leader in the industry

Creating boards on Pinterest that provide useful and educational information will help your business achieve this. Be sure to combine this with fun and creative imagery. The idea is that your followers begin to see your Pinterest account as a good place to go to, to receive useful and relevant information.

Expand your Reach

Are you following your Target Market? Following accounts on Pinterest has to be thought out correctly. Are the Pinners in your Target Market (ie. Potential customers) or in your Geographical Area? The accounts could be followed too if you feel ‘that those following these’ are potential customers.

To develop good relationships with your network, be sure to follow industry related Pinners and share their content across to your Pinterest Boards. Mutual trust is important and collaborative efforts should benefit both parties. Identify those who have a big following that can give exposure to your brand and content to more people.

Drive Traffic to your Website

According to research Pinterest drives more traffic to websites than Google+, Linkedin and YouTube combined. For this to work, make 100% sure that the ‘source’ is set on each image to your Website URL. Quite often this is left off by mistake. Do a test and enlarge an image on one of your boards. Click on it and it should take you directly to your website.

Encourage people to pin your pins! Creative marketing is key here. Your visual images should be attractive with content that inspires, assists or informs visitors. Your images should ‘communicate the appropriate message’

To conclude, all social media sites that your business is listed on should be professionally branded and have good content. For easily shared content add the ‘Pin It’ button to your Website pages as this can assist with getting your website to go viral. Ultimately Pinterest should result in higher traffic numbers and increased visibility for your business.

Any questions? Be sure to contact us HERE

Social Media: A powerful new communication resource for businesses

Written by Annette. Posted in Business, Social Media & Business, Social Media Marketing

Social Media and Communication in Business

Social Media and Communication in Business

 

With rapid advances in modern technology, the question arises, should we email, call or text our clients or we should advance into the unknown waters of social media? With various communication innovations at our disposal, there is a need to research and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages carefully before incorporating them into your marketing plan and implementing them effectively. This is relevant whether building strategies to reach potential customers or simply increasing your brand awareness to consumers.

 

Google, the search engine monster, does however dictate what works and what does not. To become a top business in your location, the principal ingredient is whether future customers  can FIND your business. Digital marketing tools are essential; however they don’t replace the basic human need for personal interaction. To check on your progress, simply ‘Google’ your business, and take a look at the search results.

If you would like to dominate search engines in your local town or geographical area, you need to have multiple listings present on the internet. These include having your business listed on existing high ranking sites such as popular publications or affiliated websites, business directories, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. The latter being an absolute must and a necessity for anyone that is serious about their ranking and online presence on the internet.

Furthermore, social media is a vital customer connection tool and can help you inspire and connect with your audience. It provides customers with an alternative to calling you – messaging  via social media tends to be a time saver for them. By getting in front of your customers, the various social media platforms are a medium for you to provide value to your audience, and are ultimately an opportunity to turn your customers into your best brand evangelists. They will in turn use social media to share your content and recommend your services to their networks.

In closing, be sure to get professional advice or assistance when launching your social media. Online marketing has to be strategic and target market-specific in order to be successful. The buzz word today is digital. Don’t make a critical mistake and continue using outdated marketing techniques. Be sure to keep up with the times and not be left behind.