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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Commit to Social Media: Long-Term Results will Follow

We live and breathe social media at Flyline Search Marketing, so our blog posts are dedicated to helping our readers learn how to maximize what social media can do for their businesses. 

Having a proper social media platform to promote your business is one of the best ways to attract a long-term and loyal customer base.

What makes social media stand out from the rest? What is it that makes it better than PR, sign advertising, or even TV or radio marketing? At Flyline, we believe that social media is the very best because of the relationships you can potentially build with your blog readers, Facebook fans, and even Twitter followers.

Commitment Issues
Commitment is not just something people face in relationships; they also have a hard time committing to the use of social media as a business owner. The biggest challenge to committing to use social media is the amount of time it seems to take.  

Often, you will hear a business owner say, “I don’t have time,” or “I don’t see the results fast enough to bother with it.”

And, those arguments are certainly valid. While it is certainly understandable that a business owner’s life is quite hectic, we cannot begin to stress just how much this is the wrong perspective about social media. 

The bottom line is that social media really is a mandatory form of marketing in the 21st century.

Common Mistakes
Forbes draws this fact out pretty well. In a recent article on social media, they talk about blogs that don’t engage the reader and businesses that turn off their readers because the blogs and posts make them feel like nothing more than a statistic.

At Flyline, we couldn’t agree more .When writing a blog post, you cannot make it all about your business. You can’t just advertise a service special and talk about how awesome you are, but, at the same time, you cannot just ramble on about the first time you had to call out an electrician or some other story.

With social media, whether it is blogging, posting, or even advertising a special, you must find a middle ground – one that gives the reader a chance to put forth their opinion. 

Here are some ideas:
  • Engage the reader with a story, but stay on point.
  • Advertise to the reader but offer helpful tips and solutions to their problems, which is a must for any service business as it saves them a little money and won’t waste your technician’s time.
  • Most importantly though, you need to be committed and if that means hiring a social media specialist or creating your own team within the business, then do it.
With social media you can’t go in half baked, you have to go all the way and with that you will see long-term results.

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