Coming up with unique and innovative marking ideas for your small business can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are a number of great options available for marketing your small business with even the smallest budget. One of the most important things you can invest in to help your business skyrocket, is time. Sometimes it’s the basics that are the most effective and when you invest the time, these five basic tips will be beneficial in successfully marketing your small business.
Social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are not only free to use, but they can help you reach thousands of potential customers. People tend to participate and become interested in a new brand, if they know there is a live person behind the brand. Personally write newsletters and address the individual in all of your correspondence. Provide expert advice, listen to what is being said by the customer on your social networking sites and address their concerns, questions and praise.
The majority of businesses understand the importance of getting in the top Google rankings. One of the easiest ways to complete this task is through consistent and quality content. Write content that provides interesting and relevant information. Use keywords and links that are relevant to the content. Add shareable links to all of your social networking sites, which will drive traffic to your site as well as improve your Google rankings.
People love to get free things, but they also love to see others get free things. Creating a contest or a giveaway is a great way to get people talking about your business. Not only do people love to win stuff, but they also love to give to the needy, so consider organizing a charity giveaway. Advertise an event on your website and social networking sites and encourage customers to participate. You could host an auction where a percentage of the sales go to the chosen charity or pick a week where a percentage of all sales go to a charity.
Mobile devices are quickly becoming the most popular sources of web traffic. Make sure your website is designed to be “mobile friendly” and take advantage of free advertising by texting a coupon or send a text offering a discount to the first 50 people who respond to your text.
People love to visually see what it is your marketing. Create a video to post on the internet and make it informative. In other words, do not simply post a video of your products, talk to your customers, provide them with valuable information, encourage comments and questions. Making a quality video that provides just enough information about why a product is necessary or a “how to” video, is a great way to encourage customers to your website to learn more.
A call to action is perhaps one of the most important aspects in marketing your small business. A call to action is a brief section at the end of your correspondence that encourages the reader or viewer to visit the website. Offering incentives will help encourage your audience to participate in your offer. Incentives such as “sign up for our newsletter and get 5 free tips on XXC or the more you share the more chances you have to win…” Think of incentives in a call to action as the final chance to entice traffic to your site.