Incredibly after 10 years in the business, I still see small businesses making the same social media marketing mistakes over and over. Every time I do audits, every time I do workshops and every time I do one-on-one training I see half-baked plans, lack of consistency and missing information. Regular auditing can catch some of these things, but some of these social media marketing mistakes take a little more effort.
Over the years I’ve paid a lot of subscriptions for social media services of varying kinds. My current MONTHLY subscriptions bill to run this business is about $700. So when I can find a good deal on a social media tool I know I’m going to use a lot, it’s worth it to me. There are a few different ways to get a deal on social media tools and today I’m sharing my favourites with you!
Social media is a phenomenal tool. It allows small business owners to share their mission with thousands of users. For the first time in history, small businesses can reach an almost limitless audience. Yet with its limitless potential, social media carries an unparalleled risk for distraction and comparison.
In most marketing models, your website is the heart of your business and social media is the arteries bringing lifeblood to it. Social media spreads the word about your website and encourages people to come and read what you’ve written, or check out your products. We often think of social media as standing alone in this but really, if you want want to be efficient, you need to set up your website for social media success, too.
Twitter advanced search is a hidden gem. Most Twitter users know there is a search function on Twitter, and are able to find a user they’re looking for, or search for a topic or hashtag, but many Twitter users do not know how to do advanced and filtered searches to find very specific and relevant things, such as business leads.
Hootsuite rocked the social media world recently when their latest integration was announced: Instagram. There had been ways to add some Instagram functionality to your Hootsuite dashboard previously, but for me they only worked sporadically, and the main feature we all wanted was missing. Hootsuite listened. Now we have a simple way to schedule Instagram posts through Hootsuite.
When I returned from the conference I shared a lot of my new Instagram knowledge with my sister, Shari Tucker, who is a travelling photographer and travel agent. Just hearing what she does you know she is the perfect candidate for a rockin’ Instagram account, don’t you? I told her all of this stuff in one major brain dump of a message. One week later, she had a huge, exciting business lead. ONE WEEK. You can find leads on Instagram, too!