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Manufacture More Sales With Inbound Marketing!

Create an Internet Marketing Plan That Maximizes Your Sales Potential!

If your internet marketing plan includes a great website loaded with product specifications, accolades about your company, information about how to contact you and easy online ordering, GREAT, but you could be doing more to generate leads and convert surfers to buyers.

When we are working with marketing professionals in the manufacturing industry we are often met with resistance to internet marketing. The argument we hear sounds a bit like this, “We are a B2B company, most of our prospects are attending tradeshows and reading trade publications. They aren’t surfing the web and using social media to find out about us, they use searches to shop for lawnmowers, cars or to get a deal on electronics or shoes.”

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You Need Social Media!

Top 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Social Media

Social media is used by business throughout the globe to further their relationships with customers, increase awareness of their products, mission and brand, and increase sales. But what about YOUR business? Have you considered social media, but think it really doesn’t apply to your business sector? You may be wrong! With a strategic vision for what you hope to accomplish, social media offers the unique opportunity for smaller companies to level the playing field like never before. While some business owners may be skeptical of the effectiveness of social media, others have realized legitimate returns through greater brand awareness, increased web traffic, enhanced customer service, better relationships, and higher sales.

Holland Advertising : Interactive Partner, Mark Holland, offers his top 10 reasons why your business should utilize social media and all it has to offer.

    1. Social media can be cost-effective, with a focused plan. Yes, memberships to social networks are free, but time is not, and neither is developing a winning strategy on how to make them work for your business. A significant time investment for strategic planning up front will equal big wins down the road and ensure that you’re constantly on track to meet your goals.

    2. Your customers are always connected. More people communicate with friends via social networks more than with personal email. Social media sites account for more than one out of every 4 minutes spent online. This boom in online activity has caused a huge shift in the way companies attract and interact with their customers.

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Want to connect with your customers? Blog!

November 5th, 2013 | Author: CatTurner

If you’re looking to enhance your marketing efforts, consider blogging. Blogging is an easy way to drive traffic to your site via search engines, share valuable info with potential customers and show your talents as the expert that you are!

Blogging is inexpensive and easy. Blogger or WordPress are great blogging websites that are easy to use, and they give tutorials to help you get started. Setting it up is the easy part – the writing part is where things can get a little complicated. Here are 9 quick tips to remember when you start your business blog.

1. Create a plan – then follow that plan.

What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Do you want to drive more business to your website, increase your local presence, or expand to a national audience? Do you want to share your expertise with others, increase awareness of your brand and generate business leads? If you’re blogging for your business, focus your efforts so that your message is clear and keep your posts focused on your goals.

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Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah! Is THIS what you’re saying to your customers?

If you’re only using social media to further advertise your product or service, this MAY be all they are hearing.

We often blog about social media and website marketing, and at holland advertising : interactive, it’s one of our most common topics of discussion with customers new and old. Social media is a great way to connect, but if you’re only using it as an extension of your marketing efforts, your audience will most likely tune you out.

So your company IS using social media to reach out to customers and prospects to generate sales. How is that working for you? We hope it’s going well, but if it’s not, it may be because you’re missing the mark with your posts, tweets, blogs, shares, etc. It may be that you need to improve the content of what you are saying and how you say it instead of blanketing your audience with buckshot attempts to connect.

This concept is called Content Marketing, and here is how Wikipedia defines it: Content Marketing is an umbrella term encompassing all marketing formats that involve the creation and sharing of content in order to attract, acquire and engage clearly defined and understood current and potential consumer bases with the objective of driving profitable customer action. Content marketing subscribes to the notion that delivering information to prospects and customers drives profitable consumer action. Content marketing has benefits in terms of retaining reader attention and improving brand loyalty.

Information is king. Social media is no longer just tooting your own horn, because if someone is unfamiliar with your brand the message will get lost in the chatter. Provide them with good, no GREAT, information and they will more likely see the value of your brand. As you provide relevant content to your customers, you can position yourself as hero – the service or product provider that can help them succeed.

How do you do this? That is the big question. To connect with customers effectively, there has to be a benefit to them – whether it’s informative or entertaining. Hint: it can also encourage further interaction with some sort of reward, whether it’s a shout out on your Facebook page or a coupon for participating – how you interact with them is up to you. With any interaction remember: providing them with information that will make your product seem indispensible is key.

Here are some great ways to promote your business with effective Content Marketing without hitting your audience over the head:

1. Comments from happy users
2. Information on the best use of the product
3. Reviews of your product
4. Questions (and your answers!) about your product
5. Unique uses for the product that have been submitted by your customers
6. Hero shots of your product

If you are a service, then getting people talking, tweeting, and sharing information about your brand is imperative – and easy. You can apply bullets 1 -4 from above and change “product” to “service” and add the following:

1. Specials that can be earned with repeat patronage of your service
2. Ways for your customer to connect with others via social media – they will share their likes!

An impressive example of quality, employee-driven B2C Content Marketing is the “Store Experts” campaign by Guitar Center. The employees were encouraged to set up individual profiles that highlighted their unique talents, and enabled customers to directly contact the employee – a plus for commissioned employees. It generates 200 qualified leads every day – a success by most standards. It’s a great example of successful Content Marketing, and Marketing Sherpa has a comprehensive case study that is well worth the read. You can access it here:

http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article/case-study/how-employee-content-drove-2002

There are many great examples of how successful, customer-focused Content Marketing can grow your business by leaps and bounds. Check out the links below for more examples of both B2B and B2C campaigns.

http://sproutsocial.com/insights/2012/10/branded-content-marketing/

http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/11015-five-great-examples-of-b2b-content-marketing

Get help from Holland. We can plan a Content Marketing Strategy that can generate new customers, leads, referrals, and best of all, loyal customers that love your brand. Visit HollandAdvertising.com or call Bryan Holland at 513.744.3001.