When it comes to using social media to market your business, Instagram is more popular than ever. Of Instagram’s 1 billion users, 80% follow at least one brand, and Instagram continues to unveil new features to help business users reach their target audiences. Here are 7 features added within the last year that you can use to engage your customers.
For a business, being on Facebook is a no-brainer: it allows you to promote your brand, communicate directly with your customers, give your company a more personal voice, and stay relevant and top-of-mind with your target audience. But increasingly, reaching your audience on Facebook requires more than just setting up a business page and writing regular posts: you need to persuade your audience to engage with your content.
Online reviews are crucial for any business. According to a 2017 survey by BrightLocal, 93% of consumers read reviews to determine the quality of a business. Reviews raise your profile, generate trust, give you the opportunity to learn more about your customers, make one-on-one connections with them, and increase traffic to your business. Use these 8 methods to make online reviews work in your favor.
It may not feel like it right now, but it’s spring, time to clear out the cobwebs in your marketing for a fresh new start! A successful marketing plan has a lot of moving parts, and chances are that no matter how diligently you try to keep up, some of your marketing efforts have collected some dust over the past year. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are 9 things you can do now to improve your marketing efforts.
There are more than 3 billion active social media users worldwide, and more and more businesses are recognizing the vast potential social media offers to reach their audiences. According to the State of Social 2018, 96% of marketers use Facebook, 89% use Twitter, 70% use LinkedIn, 70% use Instagram, 33% use Pinterest, and 11% use Snapchat. Having an active social presence should be a priority for your business, but how do you decide which social media platform to focus on?
Early this year, Facebook made significant changes to how posts from Facebook Business pages appear in the News Feed. The biggest change is that Facebook is now prioritizing content from friends and family, and “demoting” public content from businesses that, according to a Facebook post from Mark Zuckerberg, is “crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.”
Running out of ideas for interesting social media posts? There’s no question social media is an important marketing tool for businesses, but it’s not always easy to come up with something fresh and different to keep your social media audience interested. Give your social media posts a makeover for 2018 with these 7 content categories that are proven to increase shares and conversions.
While celebrities and individuals account for a lot of live video traffic, businesses are also jumping on the live video bandwagon. Not only is live video a great way to reach customers and personalize a business brand, live video gives businesses a low-cost way to increase engagement with their target audience. According to Facebook, users spend triple the amount of time watching live videos compared to prerecorded, and comment 10 times more.
Here’s how to make live video work for your business.
If you’re looking to connect with your customers on social media, don’t make the mistake of not utilizing Instagram. More than 25 million businesses use Instagram, most of which are small businesses. More than half of major brands use Instagram, and that’s expected to rise to 71% by 2018.