Is Your Business Ready for Black Friday and All Other Days ?
If tradition holds, even in this economy, retailers whether brick and mortar or cyber, will see their business hit black today for the first time in 2012. Forecasters are calculating how much they think we’ll spend on Black Friday-the day after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday-the Monday following the holiday weekend.
These days kick off the Holiday shopping season, and are a strong indication of what to expect. Consumer spending makes up more than two-thirds of all economic activity in America. And this year there is a lot riding! Retailers such as JCPenney, Macys, Gap and Sears, have boosted not only their traditional promotional advertising efforts but are using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram. Stores are offering freebies and slashing prices and using social media to promote their deals.
Is your business ready for Black Friday and all the other days that end in -y?
This is a REALLY brief rundown of what goes through my mind when I meet with a business for the first time. It is not as comprehensive as my conversations usually are and doesn’t delve into strategy but I think it is enough to get a mind twirling around Social Media for business!
-Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Rankings
-Relevant Website Visitor Traffic
-Improve Sales for a Product or Service
-What is your unique selling point?
-What type of campaign is this going to be?
-What does your audience know about you right now?
-Do you understand how your target audience uses social media?
-How will you humanize your brand?
-Interesting bio with keywords to your brand
-Include website or blog url address
-Make sure your accounts are not protected so people can easily see your information
-Content has to match consumer, give them a reflection of themselves.
-Sign up for the Twitter Directories http://wefollow.com/ and http://www.twellow.com
These are both free and a great way for SEO and indexing as well as other Twitterers looking for you or your service.
-http://search.twitter.com/ You can search to find people that you have things in common with, this is where you will also follow the people who are following them. You can use the advanced feature to locate people of like interest, find out what people are saying about you, your brand, your industry etc.
-Follow people you think are interesting
-Answer ALL @replies
-Retweet, Re-Tweet and Re-Tweet Again!
-Download Tweetdeck or Hootsuite organize your accounts
-Promote your Social Media platform participation in everything you do: Business cards, letterhead, vehicle wrap, Broadcast and Print Media.
-Consistently talk about it when you are out in public. You can even download Social Media Mobile Applications like Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus in to your phone and add people while standing in front of them. Use it as a conversation ice breaker, simply ask, “Are you on Google Plus?” If they do add, and follow them. If they don’t, this is a great opportunity to share what you do and how they can take advantage of your business or service if they did, i.e. coupons, advice, product information, etc.