Facebook is a social media platform that many people love to hate on. However, despite the bad reputation it sometimes gets, it’s - by far - the most important social media platform for B2B marketers. Here’s why:
To many small business owners, especially those in the arena of serving other businesses, social media seems like a waste of time. You’re not selling a brand new, up-and-coming consumer product, you’re a managed service provider trying to sell businesses various IT-related services to other business. So, what’s the point of trying to compete for attention in online spaces filled with baby pictures, memes, and funny animal videos? Why should you even bother?
Whenever a major holiday is coming up, you’re likely confronted with multiple reminders of it in your daily lives. You may see commercials on TV, receive emails from companies, get flyers in the mail. You’ll see specialized packaging for brands you buy every day that reflects the upcoming holiday. It makes sense why companies are doing this - holidays celebrated by the general population give a business an excuse to get in contact with the consumer. And, this often leads to an uptick in sales.
It’s important for B2B companies to create a rich social media presence. One of the easiest ways to do this is to schedule posts ahead of time on the social media networks the company is a part of through a social media management (SMM) system. Due to the value that this sort of thing provides to a business, there are dozens of options available for use, making the choice of what to use that much more difficult.
If you’re using social media as a marketing tool, engagement with your profiles is nice, but traffic from your profiles to your website is better. In this third and final part of our Mastering Social Media series, we’ll discuss how to shift your social media followers’ attention directly to your website.
I’m sure you’ve been to dinners with friends and family whom you haven’t seen in a long time, and EVERYONE, young and old, is glued to their cell phones and not really fully present. Instead, they’re busy taking pictures of their food, shooting short video snippets, and snapping pictures of the event - all for social media.
You’ve probably heard of the many benefits that social media can provide for your company. But, despite your best efforts, you’re struggling to receive those benefits. To your knowledge, you’re already posting the right things, at the right times, on the right channels. No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get more people to follow your pages.
In the age of web 2.0, marketing has evolved from customers being told what to buy, to one in which business and customers have a conversation about which product is best suited for their needs. More often than not, this conversation occurs on social media.
So for example, let’s say you have a new service you wish to promote and are using social media to tell your customers about it. For this primer, we will refer to Facebook, but the same concepts apply to all types of social media marketing.
In part 3 of our 6-part blog series, we’ll examine the top 5 metrics you should be looking at in regards to your social media marketing efforts, and give you suggestions of how to improve.
How do you market to an audience that is fully capable of making their own ‘secret sauce’? An audience with a click of a button can just look it up and do themselves? What purpose does your business serve? In other words, why do I need you?
One of the things that is great about social media is that it is free for your business to use. However, as a company in the B2B space, you’re greatly limiting the success of your company if you don’t consider utilizing some of the paid aspects of these platforms. One way to get started is to consider promoting, or ‘boosting’, the posts you are already doing.
The world is changing rapidly. Business decision makers can access information about your company like never before. It’s likely that not every decision maker is sitting at their desk at work, researching you from the comfort of their desktop computer. They may be at home, sitting on their couch, doing that research from their smartphone or tablet.
Recently, we wrote about where to begin when starting to market your company in our blog Kickstart Your Marketing Efforts Using These Strategies. One of the things we suggested you should do first is to develop a social media presence. 96% of small business owners use social media marketing and believe it is important to their business. This means you should, too. What platforms should you use? What should you be posting? How do you grow your follower count? How should you be managing all of the channels you are on? These questions are easier to answer than you think.
Valentine’s Day is a day famous for love, expressions of affection, and chocolate. As such, it may not be obviously apparent how the holiday lends itself to marketing your business to other businesses. However, there is potential for the holiday of love to stir up some action for your company.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of video marketing for business-to-business communications -- we’ve discussed the positive benefits quite often. However, we’ve yet to talk about how to best use the de facto platform for video content in your strategy. YouTube has considerable utility where marketing is concerned, especially when leveraged to its full potential.
One of the biggest benefits to using social media in a marketing strategy is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to experiment with different kinds of content--like, for instance, video. Video is a very strong marketing tool to use, but the social media platform will have an influence over what kind of videos are most effective. Today, we’ll explore how to optimize your video strategy for the different social media channels.
Social media is more than just an excellent outlet for your marketing--it can also deliver highly valuable metrics that bring you valuable insights and information. You just need to know where to look for these metrics. In this blog, we’ve compiled the social media metrics that we feel could be the most helpful to your marketing.
If you’re attempting some marketing for a business-to-business operation, social media can provide an excellent outlet for your efforts. Facebook is certainly no exception to this rule. In today’s blog, let’s review why Facebook is one channel that no business should pass up for their marketing.
Part 4 of 4 - How to Use Instagram's Algorithm to Your Advantage [Series]
Social media can serve as a very potent business-to-business marketing tool, but each platform will require a mindful strategy in order to achieve peak reach and visibility. This strategy requires a basic understanding of the algorithms that each platform uses to deliver ts content, as each will focus on different priorities to rank its feed. In this fourth and final (for now) part of this series, we will examine how Instagram works, and how to best leverage it for B2B purposes.