Monthly Archives: February 2013

Do You Have a Social Media Strategy?

I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to think about a social media strategy. You want it to just happen. You’re hoping a social strategy just means posting some stuff on Facebook, pinning photos on Pinterest, and writing 140-character tweets on Twitter. You don’t really want to take time to think it through. After all, social media is supposed to be fun, right?

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What if I told you that you don’t need a social media strategy? I want to share a concept with you that I just read about this morning. It’s a thought that has been floating in my head for quite some time now; I’ve just never heard anyone verbalize it … until now.

Jason Falls Quote

Simply put, your social strategy should walk in lock-step with your business strategy. This approach should actually make social media easier for you to execute. Hopefully you do have a business strategy and your social media campaign will simply echo that strategy. Once you have your business strategy in place, simply determine what social media outlets you’ll use to “socialize your business.”

You might find you have different audiences in certain social networks. For example, Aquascape’s Facebook audience is primarily consumers. On Twitter however, our audience gravitates more toward the wholesale market. The information we share on each is slightly different and is packaged in an appropriate message, but all content is aligned with our overall business strategy.

As we move through 2013, be sure to plan an effective strategy to help your business succeed and make sure you employ specific tactics to execute for reaching your goals. Then socialize your business through a variety of social networks best suited for your target market.

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Tips for Asking Customers to Give Your Business a Review

Great reviews from your customers can go a long way in providing credibility for your business, products, and services.  But not all business owners are comfortable asking for a review. They don’t want to bother the customer further or they may feel like it’s rude to ask for a review. It’s time to put an end to that type of negative thinking!

If a customer is happy with your work, they’re going to want to talk about it. We’ve all had a friend or neighbor rave about the great remodel they had done on their kitchen. People like to share the fact that they picked the right person to do the job. It means they did their research and made a smart choice. So you should never feel apprehensive asking for a review from a pleased customer.

What you can do, however, is make it easy for your customers to give you a review. You can send them a letter or email asking for the review, and then provide links to locations where they can submit their review. If you have a business listing on Yelp, Merchant Circle, or Google+ Local, include the links to the review page of your account. Likewise, if you have a Facebook business page, customers can write recommendations there.

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Peer reviews are highly prized by today’s consumer.  According to a new study by Nielsen, 92% of consumers “trust earned media, such as word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising.”

Once your customer provides a review, you can use it in other marketing materials such as print brochures, on your website, and more.  A good review will go a long way in providing valuable credibility for both you and your company.