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How to Set Your Social Media Goals For 2018

How to Set Your Social Media Goals For 2018

Social media experts are everywhere and there are many varying opinions on what’s ahead in the constantly changing landscape.

In this post we’re going to look at setting your goals based on what you’ve done so far and how you should adjust it so you’re getting the most out of your content marketing.

If you’ve never taken stock of your social media or set goals, then this is the article for you.

For tips on how to improve your social media, read our article: How to Incorporate Content Marketing into Twitter

It’s important to measure the successes and failures honestly and to set your ego aside and admit that some of what you did may have been wasted effort.

  1. Check Your Reports

    Do you keep reports? You definitely should so you can assess the efficacy of what you spent time putting online. A report can look any way you want but if you need direction Smartsheet has a free social media report template to get you started.

    Look for metrics like engagement instead of impressions. With impressions and low clicks, you’re doing more harm than good. Look at how your content performed and create categories for it all.

    This information is like your potential leads all telling you what they liked or didn’t.Take that into account when planning out 2018’s content.

    Each social media platform offers free analytics on the profile’s performance, so you can see what you’ve shared that resonated and what fell flat. Look for patterns and topics that show users had consistent interest in something you can then repeat.

    You can even take the step of starting paid promotion for your business  if you’re up for a challenge! If you need any extra help in taking things to the next level, just give us a call! We’re constantly on social media and we analyze our reports every single month like clockwork.

  2. Study Your Website Analytics

    Google Analytics is a great free tool provided by Google that is essential to planning your social media in 2018. Why? This is where you find out how much of what you did actually drove traffic to your business.

    If you don’t have it already then getting Google Analytics set up is necessary. If you run into issues just contact us. One of our online marketing experts can do it very quickly and once you see what you can find out about your website you’ll be amazed.

    If you do have it set up, then check your Acquisition section for Social and then Network Referrals. You’ll be able to see the past year by selecting the previous year as the date range. This will show you just how many people have clicked on your social media posts and landed on your website.

    This won’t matter when it comes to what you shared but it does matter if you’ve done posting that points people toward your website.

    You should always incorporate some sales-oriented messaging that shows your client’s your business so while you don’t want to be a serial self promoter you don’t want to be absent any self promotion entirely.

  3. Set Your Goals

    The first two steps should give you an understanding of where you are and now it’s time to take that information and plan where you’re going.

    What drew clicks? What got shared? What worked and what didn’t?

    If something looks off and is clearly not working then assess whether your time would be better spent elsewhere. Another issue might be the audience of a platform dwindling. Genuinely look out for platforms that have lost their audience because, while rare, it has happened in the past.

    Are you spending a lot of time posting to Facebook? Try putting some of that effort into Instagram if your target market is also on that platform.

    On average the approximate Instagram brand follower growth is 6 – 8% per month. You may not be able to recreate that, but you should see some solid numbers if you’re posting good images regularly.

    When were your posts most effective? Pinterest trends show increased usage in the summer and around Christmas with spring and fall seeing big dips.

    Look at your reports and if you used Pinterest see if your stats align with this. Plan a posting schedule so you know when what you post will have the most effect.

    When you set your goals keep in mind you may not attain them and that’s fine. As long as what you’re doing is honest then you’re in better shape than most.

    Post genuine content about your business and share content you see as having sincere value to people interested in what you do. You’ll not only grow your followers and friends, but you’ll grow them with people who have value to more than the possible optics of high numbers on a profile.

The most important stat is your bottom line. You are spending your time marketing yourself on social media for a reason and if you have professional social media experts helping you then you’re spending your money too.

Your main goal out of all of it is: did this help my business? If the answer is no, then take into account that your previous goals (or a lack of them) were incorrect.

Don’t fret doing any of this by the way. The biggest mistake you can make is to allow this to become a chore rather than a positive part of your business. When you’re enjoying yourself, you’ll find you share better content and you convey that emotion through to potential clients, which is much better than putting out a perception that you’re agitated.

If you’re finding no matter what you do maintaining your social media is a burden, then get in touch with us so we can handle it for you.

If you are brand new to using social media for your business and are ready to start but not sure where or how then please sign up for our Social Media Membership Program. It’s a cost effective and easy way to work with industry professionals while you study the ins and outs of social media, video, and online marketing.

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Where to Delegate your 2018 Marketing Budget

Instead of setting typical goals this year, in this eTip I’m talking about what to do with your marketing budget now that the New Year is upon us.

How are you planning to attain your business goals in 2018? Watch this quick video for 4 ideas and strategies on where to delegate your marketing funds this year.

4 Business Marketing Budget Suggestions

  1. Planning Your 2018 Marketing Budget

    First things first: do you have a marketing budget? If not then set one. Set a budget that you think will afford you enough money to grow your business.

  2. Improve Yourself

    Marketing budgets don’t have a strict size so allocate what you see as enough to help you grow. This doesn’t refer to learning how to do someone else’s expertise, but is updating your professional growth and expanding your knowledge base so you grow as your business does.
     
    In terms of my own business we deal in branding, online marketing, web development, and more and our industry is always changing so we need to adapt by learning new skills all of the time as well as upgrading the current skills we have.
     
    By improving on your expertise you are improving your business and it’s potential to grow. The more you are an expert in your field, the more you will shine above your competitors.

  3. Attend Events

    Another thing to consider is attending live events that pertain to your business.
     
    These are great for not only learning from the speakers but they’re also great for meeting new people who work in your industry.
     
    You’ll meet great people, hand out cards, and make new connections all while learning from experts in your field.
     
    You don’t have to travel for these either. You can look for relevant speaking events in your area or at least some that are within a reasonable driving distance.
     
    Try to attend at least one! I always have a great time at these and meet lot’s of interesting people who help me grow.

  4. Business Marketing

    Lastly we have the marketing itself. There is your SEO, your social media, the social media ads, the Adwords, Bing ads, and content marketing.
     
    It’s a huge topic that many entrepreneurs get stuck on because they think they can learn to do it all themselves. It’s quite unrealistic.
     
    All the time you spend trying to learn someone else’s expertise will waste your time while you try to learn very complex systems that take years to master and that time is much better spent focusing on what you do as a business.
     
    And most people don’t even finish the courses! If you’re considering an online course to learn something quickly remember that only 10% of people who start an online course actually finish it and even those that do often come away with nothing of value.
     
    Hire an expert but make sure they’re an actual expert. Outsource to a reputable source like an established online marketing company. Vet them thoroughly or even try hiring a consultant and building your team right. Remember to listen and at times trust their experience and expertise.
     
    When you have someone who is a good fit they’ll likely need some coaching on your branding and messaging but once that’s adhered to and settled then let them shine in their respective role.
     
    If you’ve hired an expert in overall organic marketing you’ll need to allow time for the results. Adwords is much more immediate but seeing the results from efforts that need to be interpreted by Google or need to build your social presence will take time.

Hopefully this helps you determine whether learning everything about online marketing is worth it or if it’s worth finding a solid expert to work with who can help you build your business professionally.

That is what I suggest you all do in order to build your business in 2018.

A quick recap:

  • Build yourself through learning new skills
  • Build your business by attening speaking events
  • Do your marketing and hire an expert if you see that your time will be stretched too thin to try learning everything about a constantly changing and growing industry.

If you need any help with growing your business then please get in touch. Our agency has experienced professional web developers, brand experts, search engine optimization experts, social media professionals, and more and we love to work with small businesses through either direct work or even mentoring clients through these kinds of processes.

We can help you not only create your marketing budget but execute on aspects of it as needed.

That’s it for this week and don’t forget if you liked what you saw here please subscribe to our YouTube channel or newsletter so you can get updates and videos for small business entrepreneurs every week!

Until next time,
Susan Friesen

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

The Easy Way to Get Started Writing Your New Book

The Easy Way to Get Started in Writing Your New Book

How a Writer’s Retreat is Beneficial for a Book Writing Project

How many years  have you promised yourself this is the year you are going to get a start on that book? Before you know it, January is over and you still have not put pen to paper.

Why is it so difficult to stick to our New Year resolutions? The unexpected illness, the car accident, the kids, the vacation, the job, well, life really!

We live very busy lives. How are we realistically going to take on a project of this size?

As with any big project it is easier if you get help!  A book is not the same as writing a journal, blog or article. You need to know where you are going with your writing, before you start.

The average book is 40,000 words – 200 pages at a non-fiction standard book size of 8.5 x 5.5.  The average blog is less than 1000 words, so it is the equivalent to 40 blogs.

Now let’s put that into perspective.

If you are one of those people who writes a daily blog, that’s 40 days. That sounds easy right?  The challenge comes when you stare at that blank screen trying to figure out, day after day, what you should be writing.

This is where you need help!  Before you start writing for those 40 days on a book, you need a plan of what you are going to write everyday.

To do that, you need to know:

  • Who you are writing for
  • What do they want to know?
  • How can you help them?
  • What will they learn when they read your book?
  • How do they need to learn it?

A book is not like a two-way conversation where you can teach based on the feedback you are getting.  You must anticipate the questions your reader will ask as well as anticipate misunderstandings.

This is where feedback and planning the structure before you start can anticipate these challenges, which can be a major source of your writers block.  A writer’s retreat or workshop gives you the opportunity to get group feedback and to plan the structure based on previously successful published books.

I find it helpful to use mind-mapping exercises for the Inspire-a-book process. This process allows you to plan out every chapter along with the content that will go in each chapter, before any writing is done. If you know what you are going to write and who you are writing for, writer’s block does not happen.

Getting started is the biggest challenge we all face when it comes to New Year resolutions, and I have found if you give yourself the time to go on a writer’s retreat where you are kept accountable, your chances of success is even higher!

In a week, in a creative environment, you will plan out the whole structure for your book as well as get a good start on the actual writing.  Once you have done that, the rest is easy!

To your book success,
Julie

About the Author, Julie Salisbury

Julie Salisbury

Julie Salisbury is the Founder of Influence Publishing Inc and Inspire-a-book Publishing Coaching and has helped publish over 150 books and taken most of them to Best Seller status. She has been facilitating writers retreats around the world for over 8 years. She personally picks beach villas in beautiful locations and keeps the number of participants to a maximum of 6 so she can give each author personal attention to their book project.

In January, February and March 2018 she is planning retreats in Mexico. In April she will be in Bergerac, France. To get on the notification list when the venues have been confirmed, please email founder@influencepublishing.com. For special pricing and more information on the France retreats please Click Here.


 

How an Ideal Client Avatar Helps You Better Connect with Your Website Prospects

How an Ideal Client Avatar Helps You Better Connect with Prospects on Your Website

When visitors come to your website they want to know if you understand their issues and can help them.

I have found many businesses falter when it comes to connecting with potential customers. They write about their products and services but forget it’s really about the customer and what they are needing when they visit a website.

That’s why using your ideal client avatar to create a “who we help” page on your website is important. It helps your website visitors self identify if they are your ideal customer.

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Once you connect to someone on that deeper level it’s easy for them to take the leap to hiring you.

So how do you go about creating an ideal client avatar for your “who we help” page? There are 4 basic parts to this: who they are, what their issues tend to be, what they need right now, and what they should do.

Grab a piece of paper and let’s dig in.

Part 1: Their Identity

Sit down and picture your ideal client. The key to doing this effectively is to drill down to one perfect customer and go deep:

  • Who is your all time favourite ideal customer?
  • Who got tremendous value out of working with you and are incredibly grateful for it?
  • Who is more than happy to pay you?
  • Who often refers other people to you?
  • Who gives you a lot of joy when you work with them?

This is the kind of “A-list” ideal client you want to attract more of to your business.

It is often helpful to give them a full avatar identity, a fictitious profile that embodies the persona of your ideal client. Write a short paragraph describing all about this person. You want potential clients to read this and say, “wow that’s me!”

Itemize details such as:

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Industry
  • Their passion
  • Their current state, whether in personal or professional life
  • Profession
  • Income level
  • Interests and passions

Example: I love working with clients like Jenna Anderson.  She is a 54-year-old owner of a small fashion boutique.  Her passion is helping women find clothing that celebrates their sense of style and helps them feel ageless. 

Her boutique is successful and she is working to open a new clothing line this fall to expand her offerings.

Part 2: Their Issues

Write a short paragraph describing the worries and issues keeping them up at night. Ask yourself what needs are unmet for them? Write a sentence that specifically shows how they feel about this.

Example: Her issues tend to be that she is so busy with the day-to-day needs of her business that she doesn’t have time to focus on creating the designs for her new line.  She needs to hire some new employees to help out but is having trouble finding women who are a fit.

Running the store and doing the bookwork keeps her so busy she doesn’t have time to work on next steps for her business. She needs some help hiring new help, delegating and creating a game plan.

Part 3: Their Pressing Needs

Give specific examples of what “the solution” would look like.  Say how they would feel about having that kind of relief in their life.

Example: What she needs most right now is someone to help her write effective job descriptions so she can hire a stronger sales team for the store.  She also needs to look at what is on her plate and how she can have her team members take some of that off her shoulders. 

She needs someone who is a coach and a cheerleader to push her to create her designs and get them into production.  It would be thrilling to finally see her visions come to life. She would love to have some go-getter employees who feel the same passion she does for empowering women with clothing that makes them feel confident and strong.

Part 4: Their Next Step

Now that we have their attention and have generated interest and desire, it’s time to have them take action.  Tell them how they can get started working with you.

Think about what their next step should be.  Is it a discovery call or initial consultation? What program offering would help them? Is there a product that would show them how to fix it themselves?  Or do you offer a done-for-you service to tackle this problem for them?

Example: You’re invited to have a free breakthrough session where we can look at where your business is at, what challenges you are facing, what opportunities you have, and how we can help you bridge the gap to achieve your desired goals. 

Click here to schedule your free breakthrough session now.

Defining Your Avatar Helps You Personalize Your Marketing

Now that you know who your ideal client is, what they need, and how you can help them, you can now create a “Who We Help” web page that directly speaks to them.  You could also sprinkle in some of your most impactful testimonials to further reinforce how you can help your ideal client.

The added bonus of defining your ideal client avatar is that it helps you write in a very personable way in your marketing. This enhances and escalates the “Know, Like and Trust” factor you want to achieve with your followers.

It completely transforms the impact of your writing when you make it personal and connective.  In my own marketing, I write a newsletter or email piece directly to my ideal client. I often have our email subscribers write back personally as if I had written directly to them.

If you need any help in identifying your ideal client, consider one of my mentoring packages to help with not only that, but also with your marketing and social media strategy on attracting those ideal clients to your business.

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Key Steps Before Implementing an Online Marketing Plan

Part One: You Have a Website; Now How Do You Attract New Clients?

Key Steps Before Implementing an Online Marketing Plan

Having a website doesn’t do much for your business if no one visits it. Try these initial steps to marketing your website online.

In 2017 not having a website would be strange for almost any business. Whether a big corporation or a solo-entrepreneurship, there is likelihood some form of online presence is necessary. And for anyone dealing in business to consumer (B2C) space, a website can even be the business.

So you get a new website build, but what about getting qualified potential customers to it?

The truth is, traffic is the life blood of any business website and not having any can be very harmful to the bottom line.

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This is where on-site SEO, off-site SEO, paid efforts, content marketing and social marketing can all work together (and should) for a complete online marketing approach.

What makes one component necessary is often the ability of the business owner to perform it. That can mean hiring marketing professionals, taking the time to attempt it themselves, or having a solid budget for paid methods and experts to navigate them for you.

Ideally you want it all so all bases are covered. Many businesses have none of these tactics in place, or have them done wrong and as a result are struggling to gain qualified leads and traffic.

This article covers what you need to gain traffic to your website and next week we’ll get into more specifics of what to do once these preliminary steps are done.

Do These Three Things Before You Start Marketing

Before you start creating your marketing strategy there are three things you, or your marketing firm should do first:

  1. Install Google Analytics
  2. Set up Google Search Console (formerly webmaster tools)
  3. Within Google Analytics (GA) set up a conversion (or conversions if you have more than 1 way to measure the success of a user’s experience on your website)

These three components are free and by having them set up, you can now measure how effective your marketing is.

These tools are great for showing you what is happening with your website traffic. While there are thousands of third party tools promising to give more insight and help you gain traffic, they are all simply more in-depth diagnostic tools who’s relevance is the promised importance of providing an edge over the competition by way of the deeper level of insight.

The argument against using them (aside from the often astronomical cost) is that Google is the one providing the tools listed above so it’s best to stick to what they have deemed of importance to your efforts with their free methods of analyzing user experience and website performance.

Another thing to do before you start is test your website’s speed. Also make sure it’s going to work well on mobile devices. Google has seen sharp and rapidly escalating mobile usage over the years and since late 2015 even have Accelerated Mobile Pages. Mobile is key to the success of your site so make sure your website loads well on mobile devices.

Key Phrases Are Your Business’s Best Friend

The next thing you will need is a key phrase list. This will be a guide on the terms you want your website to show up in the results for when searched. In the past, these lists were much firmer but since Google has grown, it can infer meaning behind words or even groups of words that lead to an implied purpose.

How to define keywords and phrases:

  • Use the Search Console to check your existing traffic and see what has been searched for in the past that was clicked on.
  • Check your competitor’s websites to see what kind of terms and phrases are coming up often (this shows you what they’re trying to rank for).
  • Use a keyword tool to check volume of the phrases such as Google’s keyword tool.
  • The best thing is to ask yourself and your team honestly what it is you do that provides value to your clients.

Your key phrases you want to rank for should all then be associated with a relevant page on your website. They should appear in the website copy (and in other on-site SEO signal spaces like Meta tags etc.).

Once you have these key components in place, you are now ready to create a marketing plan and start driving traffic to your website so your business can start reaping the rewards of your efforts.

And whether you’re focusing your business marketing on local SEO, SEO with content marketing, Adwords, or usability assistance, it’s best to employ trustworthy online marketing professionals than to attempt it yourself. Be wary of tricks or anyone unable to demonstrate the efficacy of their efforts.

If you have any questions at all or comments please leave them below and if you want help with your marketing plan for your business get in touch and we’ll be glad to help.

Thanks for reading,
Mark Hare

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Mark Hare

Mark has been working in search engine optimization, paid online advertising, content marketing, and usability since 2005.

He has worked with hundreds of clients on a wide range of web based projects and is a strong proponent of white hat SEO techniques and link earning over building.


Understanding The Type Of Web Designer Your Business Needs

Do You Need To Hire Help With Your Website?

When speaking with entrepreneurs and business owners, they often don’t realize all of the different components involved in building a business website.

Many assume it’s a simple task that any “techie” person can do, or themselves for that matter, and things will magically come together.

However, that approach could be a costly one. Before you start putting feelers out about hiring someone, you should first assess what exactly it is you need in order to get your website up and running while avoiding a lot of frustration at the same time.

Today’s eTip is a review of what you need to assess about your business website needs before selecting your web developer.

 

Do You Know What Type of Developer You Need?

There are two camps involved in the answer to that: those who already know what they need and those who do not.

If you who have a clear understanding of what you need your website to be then you will be best served by having a solid set of technical hands to execute on your instruction. In this instance, you will need to know project management, website design and development, copywriting, online marketing and social marketing, usability, and more in order to relay exactly what you want to your developer.

Most business owners will not have all of those skill sets combined, or in some cases, any of those elements covered, so you’ll need to find someone to help you will all of that!

Your Website Is Your Biggest Piece of Marketing

You want your website to turn out great. You don’t ever want to consider the job done and be disappointed with the results.

To avoid being disappointed in the results of your web project, you’ll need someone to help you through the process.

By hiring a professional web development firm, you’ll have experts steering your website towards your goals so it’s attracting the right target market using the right marketing message while embodying the right overall vision.

A solid team of professionals can help you understand who your ideal target market is so your users convert into paying customers.

They’ll show you how your brand positioning helps you find that target market and what needs to be in place in order for it to work for them.

Most often one single person does not have all that ability. Hiring a team with experts in all the various fields will ensure the project meets your expectations.

You need professionals who really understand things like e-commerce, search engine optimization, marketing, copy writing, user experience, and more. You can get all of that if you hire an agency with a team who cover all of those important factors.

By hiring a team you get a variety of experts rather than relying on your own single expertise.

At eVision Media, we provide everything necessary to a complete web projects that work. If you’re looking to upgrade your website or are in the process of a redesign but hitting some hurdles, give us a call. We have experts in all areas of website development on hand to help you realize your project’s goals.

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments below and if you liked this video you can subscribe to either our Youtube channel or our newsletter to get weekly updates on having a successful website and business online.

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Until next time,
Susan Friesen

Social Blast for Entrepreneurs

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  • Uncover what it takes to execute a successful, revenue-driving social media strategy
  • Learn how to build relationships, trust, and brand awareness with your ideal customer
  • Discover actionable strategies to engage followers online
  • Master creating compelling content that’s always on target
  • Discern how to authentically differentiate your brand in a crowded marketplace
  • Find out the best times to post for higher readership
  • Stay abreast with the latest prospecting techniques to grow your list, groups and more…
  • Learn ways to engage through social media monitoring and listening

It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Getting Started on Twitter for Your Business

Getting Started on Twitter for Your Business

How to Set Your Profile, Make Connections, and Start Expanding Your Business Exposure Through Twitter

July is Twitter Month for us at eVision Media so for those already using Twitter for their business stay tuned for more ‘how tos’ and tips on using Twitter for business!

For those of you who haven’t braved the Twitter social media waters quite yet, this article will provide compelling reasons why you should use Twitter for business and then dive into how to set up your profile and how to get started building your following on Twitter.

Why Use Twitter For Your Business?

Twitter is a major player in online social media. In January of this year Google purchased Twitter Fabric (A Twitter development arm for apps) for an undisclosed sum for good reason. With 328 million + active Twitter accounts it’s a big audience to exist within.

Your ability to reach your target audience is amplified by using Twitter as it allows your users to see the latest news on your business in real time and provides a window into your company by way of what you share and promote.

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Almost 25% of verified Twitter users count themselves as journalists and often news hits Twitter before the other platforms have a chance to draft a report.

Whether you’re local or national or even international following journalists and making connections is a great way to have your own content shared with a large audience with the intention of course that some turn into paying customers.

It’s no surprise the current estimate is 93% of businesses use Twitter with over half using it daily.

Another big plus is how Twitter (and social media in general) has replaced traditional PR. Companies who use Twitter report a 20% improvement in customer relations!

How to Set Up Your Twitter Account

Let’s break down just how easy it is to set up a Twitter account. Then we’ll review how to use it.

Step one in setting up Twitter:

  1. Sign up
    • That linked text above will take you to Twitter’s signup page. This is a simple step.You can pick your username, sign up with your email address, and then confirm the account in your email (* It’s good to have your email already open in a new tab when doing this).
  2. Edit your profile

    Here you’ll be adding your Twitter profile image and your header along with your bio text:

    • In order to access this in your new account you’ll need to click on the top right next to where you see the word Tweet.
    • This will open a menu.
    • Select the top part where you see the username you entered when signing up.
    • This will take you to your Twitter profile page.
    • Now select Edit Profile as indicated on the page.
    • Now you can enter your bio (limited to 160 alpha numeric characters)
       
      *When drafting your bio start with what your business does or share what your followers can expect from you and end with something more personal about you.
       
      Example 1: A certified fitness coach who’s passion is health, wellness & eating Vegan sharing tips and recipes to help you on your health journey. Wife & Mom who loves the outdoors
       
      Example 2: (This is mine): I share tips on Digital Marketing, Websites, Branding & Social Media. An experienced & passionate Web Developer, eBusiness Consultant, Wife, Mother & Chocoholic
  3. Update your professional profile photo (image size: 400 X 400)
  4. Update your header image (image size: 1500 X 500)
  5. Enter your location
  6. Add in your website address
  7. Choose your theme colours – ideally have them match your business brand colours
  8. Then click “Save changes”!

Now that you’ve got your profile it’s time to look for followers.

Finding Followers on Twitter

This part is both very easy and very hard. Let me explain!

It’s easy to secure followers from anyone looking to turn you into a customer. It’s much harder in the reverse order.

Some accounts have hundreds of thousands of followers but nearly all are other people looking for clients. It can be easy to get sucked into a sinkhole of marketers so be very wary of any suspicious accounts.

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Instead look for people you know. Not just personally but brand personalities you trust. There is a very easy search function at the top right. Just type in a name and start checking.

You can also use Twitter’s Advanced search to narrow down your efforts further.

People with high numbers of ‘Following’ and low numbers of ‘Followers’ indicates they’re not securing good connections with their content so watch out. Even if they are following you, it only means they are watching to see if you follow back and as soon as you do, they will unfollow you. A practice I do not condone at all.

Any accounts with near even numbers of ‘Following’ and ‘Followers’ could simply be people in a niche who follow each other but aren’t reaching anyone outside that sphere. They’re okay to add but make sure that’s not ALL you add.

You can use Twitter’s email tool as well to farm your email for possible connections held within your emails records of people you’ve emailed with in the past.

If you’re still stuck: try writing down a list of brands like yours and add them. Following your competition not only shows you what’s popular in your industry, it also gets your name in front of their followers if you ever feel compelled to reply.

Another easy trick we covered recently during our Twitter month is using hashtags to find local businesses on Twitter.

Many of us deal locally so make sure to check out that post linked above.

Don’t worry about your Follower count too much and focus on quality over quantity.

Keep Tweeting

Now it’s time to start tweeting! This is your 140 character opportunity to market yourself in your own voice.

Try some tweets out that link to your site’s pages but don’t overdo it. Focus on building out an identity that establishes trust in your followers.

Look for voices in your industry with trust where you can retweet and like their content.

When retweeting look for opportunities to tie their point back to your business. If they share X and you build awareness around X then retweet and add a link back to your relevant page whether it’s a static product page or a blog post. The goal is to reach both them and your users in a way that connects you to the trusted authority.

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A great way to increase the viability of your tweeting is to add an image to your tweet.  This is really easy and recently Twitter made it even easier with their addition of a GIF function. You can search for funny and/or relevant GIFs right within your Tweet. Just click below the text box where it says GIF.

Make it fun and share content you love. Don’t get into a trap of only using Twitter for self promotion.

The biggest problem with Twitter is losing steam. Don’t be discouraged and if you want more help with Twitter and all social media you can sign up for our Social Blast linked below!

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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How Video Establishes “Know, Like and Trust” With Your Target Audience

How Video Establishes 'Know, Like and Trust' With Your Target Audience

Tips and Strategies on Using Social Media Video Marketing to Get Your Business More Leads, Faster

In last week’s article, I talked about the importance of incorporating video into your business marketing strategy.  One of the top reasons I mentioned was how video increases your target market’s confidence in you.

And when it comes to compelling people to purchase from you, that confidence must be fully established first.

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This is what we call building the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with potential clients.  As a business owner, your goal should always be to focus on these three areas in any marketing you do.

One of the best places to help you establish the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with your  target market is by using video is on Social Media.

Video provides ample opportunity to showcase your personal and professional brand. It elevates your knowledge and expertise in your industry and gives people an opportunity to get to know you better, like you enough to want to hear more about what you have to say, and of course, trust you enough to make it comfortable for them to purchase from you.

So how do you go about building the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with your audience through video?

Providing Value

The first thing is to determine what your target market would find of value. If you’re not giving your potential clients something they want, then they have no reason to watch.

That value can come in a few different ways. A video can be:

  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Inspiring or motivating
  • Interesting
  • Engaging

Think about your business and how you can create videos that your target audience would appreciate receiving from you. You may have noticed most all of my videos are of the “Informative” nature through my eTips.

Depending on the industry you are in and tapping into your own unique personality, see what types of videos would work best for you and would resonate the most with your audience.

Since developing the “Know, Like and Trust” factor is a fundamental in business marketing, let’s dive a little deeper into this concept to fully appreciate how it can get you more leads and easier sales conversions for your business.

Building the KNOW Factor

If you’re like most entrepreneurs and small business owners, you are the face of your business. You don’t have the luxury of having a big corporate brand image (and budget) to get the sales. Instead, you have to rely on getting out there, pounding the pavement and getting visible in front of your potential clients.

This is because it stands to reason the more someone knows you, the more comfortable they will be in discovering more about what you have to offer, which can then lead to a sale.

Getting in front of a video is a great, quick way to accomplish this.

So when creating social media videos, always have your target market in mind and ensure you are infusing not only value into what you’re producing but also some of your personality so people feel they are seeing a friend every time they watch your video.

Building the LIKE Factor

As people get to know you through your videos, something else is going to happen. You’re creating an opportunity for them to also like you.

This is where knowing and understanding your ideal target market really becomes important. People aren’t going to purchase from you if they don’t like you.

Think about it, do you avoid making a purchase if someone came across too pushy or icky in some way? Well your audience is judging you the same way.

Of course you can’t get everyone to like you but what you can do when you’re creating your videos is to be:

  • Uniquely Yourself – there’s no point in trying to act like someone else. Just be you and you will draw your followers in naturally.
  • Genuinely Authentic – honesty and even some vulnerability will help people feel they are not watching a rip-off artist in action.
  • Timely Relevant – produce videos your target audience wants to watch and when they need to see it in order to convert them into paying clients quicker and easier.
  • Unabashedly Visible – don’t hide behind the camera, people need to see your face in order to be able to like you!

Building the TRUST Factor

When all is said and done, if someone doesn’t trust you, they will never do business with you. Period.

Sometimes business owners automatically assume people should trust them but may unknowingly be doing things that has the opposite effect.

Here’s some ways you can establish trust with your ideal target market:

  • Provide Value – Avoid creating fluff, pointless and nonsensical videos that are meaningless to the people you want to buy from you. They are not going to trust you know what you’re doing if you don’t provide proof you do.
  • Pursue Excellence – The more you provide the best you have to offer by way of skills and expertise, the more you are building trust by showcasing your ability to solve the problems your target market has that your product or service provides.
  • Be Consistent – Randomly producing videos is not going to get you the traction you need to establish authority in your industry. People want to see consistency to make them feel more comfortable about trusting you. Set a schedule and commit to it. Whether it’s once a month or once a week, that consistency will get you the results you’re after.
  • Avoid “Salesy” Language – People don’t like to be sold to. Avoid trying to “sell” your products or services and instead focus on providing value. This will draw people in as opposed to repelling them.
  • Provide Unique Content – They say there’s nothing new that can be said about any given topic but what you can do is take your knowledge and find ways to present it in a new light. Find different perspectives and angles that hasn’t been talked about before. Above all, avoid copying someone else’s work – that’s just wrong.

By using videos in your social media marketing strategy, you are showcasing your expertise. This in turn establishes your authority in your industry and helps develop the “Know Like and Trust” factor with your ideal target market.

Over time, you will build a loyal following of people who can ultimately become not only paying clients but also a source of referrals for your business.

If the thought of doing videos for your social media marketing is too frightening to consider, or perhaps you simply lack the know-how on how to get started, I invite you to join my monthly Social Blast membership program where I cover topics like these and others each month in a live training call. Click here for details and come join our group today: www.socialmediagroupcoaching.com

Go now,  create videos and get your best brand-visibility foot forward to generate more leads and sales for your business!

To your ongoing success,
Susan Friesen

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As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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Why Ignoring Video Marketing is Hurting Your Business

Why Ignoring Video Marketing is Hurting Your Business

6 Compelling Benefits to Jumping on the Video Bandwagon while the Momentum is Hot

Have you noticed seeing a lot more videos on Facebook lately?  Not only have there been a plethora of Facebook LIVE videos, but I’ve also been seeing a trend of videos made from simple animations or static inspirational images with music added.

All because Facebook has declared video to be something people want to watch more than any other form of content.

Then there’s the popularity of  YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram’s video platforms and capabilities that makes using video hard to ignore in today’s business marketing landscape.

And it shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise either. Think about how we have all been spoon-fed videos since young toddlers on TV.

The good news is, with the advancement of technology over the past few years, you no longer need to be an professional videographer or editor to be able to produce decent-looking videos, especially for a social media audience.

Creating decent-looking videos for social media has become much easier with today's technologyClick To Tweet

Still not sure if you should bother taking on the task of learning to do videos for your social media marketing? Take a look at some of these stats:

  • A Facebook video receives, on average, 135% more organic reach than a photo.
  • 73% of Business-to-Business marketers say video positively impacts their marketing return on investment.
  • According to CISCO, 80% of all consumer internet traffic will come from videos by 2020.
  • 10 billion videos are watched on Snapchat every day.
  • More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube every day
  • A Facebook video receives, on average, 135% more organic reach than a post with just a photo.
  • On Twitter, videos are 6 times more likely to be retweeted than photos and 3 times more likely than GIFs
  • Companies that use video in their online marketing efforts have been known to grow their revenues 49% faster.
  • Businesses who use videos in their marketing enjoy a 27% higher Click Through Rate (CTR) and 34% higher web conversion rates than those which don’t (Aberdeen Group, 2015).

Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say? But what can video actually do for you that will help boost your bottom line?

By incorporating videos into your business and social media marketing, you can take advantage of the following benefits:

  1. Increase Your Target Market’s Confidence in You

    Since trust is what relationship marketing is built upon, videos make a perfect fit to developing your target market’s confidence with your business offerings.
     
    Because you want to create the “Know, Like and Trust” factor with your ideal client, there is nothing better than having your smiling face be in front of that market in order for them to see your personality, understand your level of expertise, and get an instant impression of you that will lead them quicker to purchase.

  2. Boost Your Search Engine Rankings

    Because people tend to stay on your site’s web page longer by watching a video, the search engine’s algorithms are interpreting that to mean your site is worthwhile. This will in turn boost your SEO rankings.
     
    According to Moovly, your chances are 53x’s greater to be higher up in Google’s search results if your website or blog post includes a video.That coupled with Google’s ownership of YouTube,  your chances of getting higher rankings are increased when your videos are also housed there.

  3. Gain a Higher Social Media Reach

    Getting more people to like, comment and share your posts on Facebook has been an increasing challenge for business owners. The good news is, video has been a shining beacon of hope where 76% of users say they are apt to share entertaining videos on social media.
     
    If you make an effort to create fun and entertaining videos, this will increase your brand exposure and will, in turn, bring more attention to your business in an indirect way.

  4. Enjoy Higher Website Conversions

    Video marketing studies show that 74% of users who watched an video explaining or demonstrating a product ended up making the purchase. Get the best results and partner with Los Angeles SEO which we recommend for your marketing campaign.
     
    So by simply adding a video to your sales or free giveaway page, you should see a significant increase in people signing up for your offering.

  5. Save on Expensive Production Costs

    With technological advancements we are seeing at an incredible rate, the great news is you don’t need to invest in a lot of expensive equipment to create well-made videos.
     
    All you need is your smart phone and you’re good to go. So videos are now considered a cost-effective solution to getting in front of the masses in a format people are responding well to.

  6. Take Advantage of Showcasing Your Offerings

    A video is a great way to explain, demonstrate and showcase any kind of product or service offering you may have.
     
    Whether you are promoting a new program or offering a free giveaway for list building purposes, adding a video to the landing page will help give the viewer an opportunity to see it in action and visualize its benefits.

So as you can see, there are lots of reasons to start using videos to enhance your marketing efforts that will lead to increased sales.

Unlike as little as 10 years ago, the cost of equipment and production has made video marketing much more affordable for business owners; however, this is not to say it’s simple, easy and a sure-thing for success.

In my Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs monthly membership program, I share lots of tips and strategies on not only video marketing, but many other social media and digital marketing topics to help grow your business. Come and join us and learn!  Click here: www.socialmediagroupcoaching.com

To your success,
Susan Friesen

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As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

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The Ugly Truth: Why SEO Isn’t Driving Better Website Sales

Why SEO Isn't Driving Sales for Your Website

7 SEO-Related Strategies You Can Do Now to Increase Website Conversions

It’s been said you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.  This is certainly true when it comes to online marketing as well.

While business owners are hungry to achieve 1st page Google rankings (and if they’re not, they should!), sometimes they are puzzled why greater traffic doesn’t lead to greater sales.

After reading this article, you’ll find out what SEO is, what it isn’t, and how to harness the power of SEO to drive more sales for your business.

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What SEO Is

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is online efforts designed to help your website get higher up in search engine rankings.

Basically that means when your potential customers type keywords related to your business in search engines such as Google, your website comes up higher in the search results.

There are many approaches to SEO.  Three common ways include:

  1. Optimizing the main and blog article pages of your website
  2. Link building
  3. Creating keyword-rich content

Google (and other search engines) loves websites that are highly relevant for a given keyword phrase.  So the key is to create valuable content that is optimized for a popular keyword phrase.

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Hiring an SEO firm knows how to capitalize on each of these areas and can help you to optimize your website, create new keyword-rich content and blog posts, and get ranked high in Google.

What SEO Isn’t

SEO does not guarantee you will get more sales or lead conversions. Its sole purpose is to get people to come to your website only.

However, driving traffic to your website with SEO is only half the battle.  It’s also important to make sure your website is designed in a way that converts those leads into sales.

When you have a website that has a solid conversion rate, it ensures the investment you make in SEO will result in a guaranteed boost in sales.

How Do You Improve Website Conversion?

This is where it really pays to hire a marketing firm to analyze your website. 

While a website designer may design a gorgeous website, only a marketer knows techniques to keep your visitors engaged, give them product information, and incent them to take action.

Here are 7 ways to unleash the selling power of your website:

  1. Capture lead information

    Place an opt-in form prominently on every page of your website with a free offer so irresistible that visitors will be compelled to sign up. 
     
    This gives you the opportunity to send an email follow-up messages that builds rapport, provides value, and drives sales.

  2. Make it simple

    Present your options simply so a visitor can categorize themselves and select the right product/service that meets their needs. 
     
    Having 3 or 4 graphics boxes on the home page that show your products and who they are for helps visitors to take the next step.

  3. Build trust fast

    First impressions are critically important.  Within a few seconds people are judging if they trust you, if your option is what they need, and if your solution will solve their problem.
     
    You want to build credibility with testimonials, benefits-driven website copywriting, and professionally designed graphics. 
     
    Add contact information on your website so customers can ask questions and overcome their objections.  A FAQ page or a customer service chat feature helps customers instantly get answers to their most pressing questions.

  4. Build rapport

    Not every visitor will buy right away.  The potential customer might not need your product right away so you may have to prove value more before they feel comfortable in.
     
    They might not trust you yet so offer multiple options that help potential customers stay connected to you.  This can include social media, consistent newsletters, and/ or a blog.

  5. Add incentives

    Create an exit page that gives a special offer before they leave the site.  You could also add an upsell in the shopping cart that gives them a complementary product for just a few dollars more.  Email them a special introductory discount thanking them for being a new customer.

  6. Keep it focused

    A confused mind says “no” so keep your home page simple. Think of it as a funnel so that when your visitors come to your website, think of how you can easily lead them through the choices to buy.
     
    It’s best to remove any text, outgoing links, or information that distracts from the key actions you want a user to take.

  7. Develop a cohesive strategy for each product

    Create a flow chart of possible actions a prospect will take from the moment they land on your website until they buy. 
     
    Have a planned series of marketing communications and offers that work together to nurture that lead into a sale.

SEO and Website Conversion – The Winning Team to Sales Growth

If you are among those frustrated business owners who feels they are doing all the right things to drive traffic but not getting the results you are looking for, look at your website conversion. 

Instead of blaming your SEO team, hire a marketing professional to review your website and turn those new leads into sales for your business.

To your success,
Susan Friesen

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Susan Friesen offering 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media, is a Web Specialist, Business & Marketing Consultant, and Social Media Advisor. She works with entrepreneurs who struggle with having the lack of knowledge, skill and support needed to create their online business presence.

As a result of working with Susan and her team, clients feel confident and relieved knowing their online marketing is in trustworthy and caring hands so they can focus on building their business with peace of mind at having a perfect support system in place to guide them every step of the way.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and download your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".