Monday, November 20, 2017

How To Create A Social Media Strategy for Your Small Business or Non-Profit Organization

Did you know a good majority of Small Businesses and Non-Profits struggle with using social media and are very frustrated with it?

The business uses of social media is many, and yet only a small percentage of owners, leaders and executives use social media or even try to experiment with adding different platforms, apps or tools into parts of their daily lives. This includes adopting social media as part of their professional networking and implementing it as part of the marketing mix for their business or non-profit organization.

I completely understand and empathize with anyone who feels frustrated, as digital, mobile and social media marketing are constantly advancing and changing all of the time.  There is one critical matter to keep in mind:


"Social Media isn't about you ... it is about your customers!" 

Some of the most frequent comments we hear from business people who have specific goals in using social media, yet are frustrated and struggling with achieving their objectives.
  • I don't know what to say or when to post.
  • I'm not sure how to follow and join in on conversations.
  • There's no benefit. It's a waste of time that I simply do not have!
  • I want to improve my performance and have better engagement.
  • I want to connect with my customers and build my audience.
  • I want to generate leads, make sales and close more business.
  • I want to share information and move the message out.
  • I want to target specific types of people and customers with my message.
  • I want to attract the right customers to my business.
  • I want to increase sponsorships and donations.
  • Why would anyone care about what I ate for breakfast?

It is important to recognize that while we may not like using social media, 7 out of 10 customers are actively using it to connect with their favourite brands to receive information, specials, offers and customer service via this communication medium.

When I hear these comments, it tells me the person(s) recognize the value and importance of social media, they just aren't sure how to use it effectively to help them achieve their business goals.   





Knowing how to strategically use social media to connect, engage and build relationships with customer audiences has a high return on investment when goals are established and efforts are focused. For this reason, Sweet Spot Academy is here to help individuals and organizations develop a social media strategy for their business or non-profit organization.

I personally invite you to attend 'How to Create a Social Media Strategy for Your Organization" or inquire about private onsite training and consulting services.  




Join us for this social media strategy workshop where we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best ROI.


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Sweet Spot Academy offers a suite of scalable solutions that simplify the 'how' to keep your business moving forward. We work with entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofit organizations to filter out the noise and confusion in an overcrowded digital landscape to find practical answers and solutions that helps solve their business need or problem.

Ultimately, we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best return on your investment.

BOOK YOUR 30 MINUTE FREE BUSINESS ASSESSMENT TODAY
http://www.sweetspotacademy.ca/contact.asp

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Social Media ... It's More Than Just Talking!



Gone are the glory days of social media where our posts had wide spread organic reach with 90% viewership. 

The honeymoon phase is over, and companies are looking to monetize and profit from their investments. We have now entered into the "Pay to Play" spectrum where, in order for our messages to be seen, we are going to have to invest in paid advertising and learn how to leverage the incredible inherent SEO value in using our listings and social posts to show up in search engines and in newsfeed. 

Ultimately, social media platforms are digital advertising companies, no different than the traditional mediums of yesteryear.


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Sweet Spot Academy offers a suite of scalable solutions that simplify the 'how' to keep your business moving forward. We work with entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofit organizations to filter out the noise and confusion in an overcrowded digital landscape to find practical answers and solutions that helps solve their business need or problem.

Ultimately, we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best return on your investment.

BOOK YOUR 30 MINUTE FREE BUSINESS ASSESSMENT TODAY

Friday, November 3, 2017

Mobile Marketing | Google Nearby | Bluetooth & Wifi Technology | Physical Web


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Sweet Spot Academy offers a suite of scalable solutions that simplify the 'how' to keep your business moving forward. We work with entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofit organizations to filter out the noise and confusion in an overcrowded digital landscape to find practical answers and solutions that helps solve their business need or problem.

Ultimately, we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best return on your investment.

BOOK YOUR 30 MINUTE FREE BUSINESS ASSESSMENT TODAY

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drive More Business This Holiday Season! Rock The Holidays With Simple Marketing Campaigns.




Did you know that almost $1 trillion dollars is projected to be spent during the 2017 holiday season? Did you also know that email marketing generates a $44.25 return on investment for every $1 spent?*

We want to work with you to get a piece of that holiday pie for your business! Through social media, mobile and email-based holiday marketing campaigns, we can help you drive results -- whether that's customers coming through your door, purchases made through your website, phone calls, or donations.


Contact us today to start your holiday plan!

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Attend one of our upcoming Holiday Marketing Workshops!




SUMMERSIDE, November 15th


CHARLOTETOWN, November 20th                  




Call me to get started, or just start your free trial of Constant Contact today



Nancy Beth Guptill
SWEET SPOT ACADEMY
902-954-0481

Holiday Marketing Workshop
Summerside & Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island Canada

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Sweet Spot Academy offers a suite of scalable solutions that simplify the 'how' to keep your business moving forward. We work with entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofit organizations to filter out the noise and confusion in an overcrowded digital landscape to find practical answers and solutions that helps solve their business need or problem.

Ultimately, we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best return on your investment.

BOOK YOUR 30 MINUTE FREE BUSINESS ASSESSMENT TODAY

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Know Your Audience! Benefits of Using Instagram




One of the keys to using social media for business is knowing who your ideal audience members are and where they spend their time online.

Many small business owners feel a pressure to be 'everywhere', however, it is much better to narrow your focus to use a few social platforms effectively than to spread yourself too thin to a point of being ineffective.

Instagram has some major benefits.  It is highly visual and engaging with the ability for video and storytelling.  You can build an audience / community within the platform, and it is a push medium where you can create one message and push it out to three other platforms to expand your reach and online presence.

The three platforms that integrate with Instagram are Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler.  We know Facebook is the largest and most popular social media platform for the consumer audience.  

Pretty much every consumer audience and demographic that uses social media spends time on Facebook to varying degrees. Facebook is a pretty safe bet to invest time in developing a community within the platform if you are targeting the consumer audience.  However, do your primary research first, and find out where your customers / clientele are spending their time online simply by asking them.

Twitter, like Facebook, has a diverse user base. However, of all Internet Users and the total adult population using social platforms, fewer Internet users and adults are on Twitter compared to Facebook.   According to Pew Research Centre, 79% of all Internet Users and 68% of all adults are active on Facebook, as compared to Twitter with 24% and 21% respectively, and Instagram with 32% and 28% respectively.

Tumblr is a visual blogging platform with approximately 70% of its users being the millennials (people who were born between 1982 and 2004).

You can see the importance of taking the time to clearly define your ideal audience and knowing where they collect online.  However, to minimize your effort while maximizing your Return on Investment, Instagram may be an ideal social platform for you to reach your varying consumer audiences given its ability to move the message out to three very diverse platforms that reach entirely different audiences.  



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Sweet Spot Academy offers a suite of scalable solutions that simplify the 'how' to keep your business moving forward. We work with entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofit organizations to filter out the noise and confusion in an overcrowded digital landscape to find practical answers and solutions that helps solve their business need or problem.

Ultimately, we help you define what you are truly after, then help you focus your budget and your time in the places that will yield the best return on your investment.

BOOK YOUR 30 MINUTE FREE BUSINESS ASSESSMENT TODAY