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Tech Therapy recommends this option to all users, but especially those who browse from work, coffee shops, airports, or other public Wi-Fi provider.
Building Your Business Through Social Media and the Latest Technology
Tech Therapy Marketing Director Cheryl Floyed delivered this presentation on May 17, 2011 at the HNN 7th Annual Building a Better Business Conference.
Benefits of Social Media Marketing
Social media provides a way for businesses to increase their "word of mouth" advertising. Word of mouth has always been a powerful method of promoting products and services. Think about it: when you need a new mechanic for your car, do you trust the advertisements in the newspaper or your friend who tells you how great their mechanic is?
Social networking makes it possible to establish relationships and build trust online, which allows businesses to indirectly market their products and services to people who are more receptive to the marketing messages you are sending out. Generally, people are more trusting of social media sites than they are of more traditional websites selling products or services directly, because the users of social media websites feel that there are fewer people who would have something to gain by reviewing and recommending another's product or service.
Social media marketing offers a number of benefits you would be hard pressed to find in other forms of marketing, including:
As you build your business, you naturally explore different avenues of networking for new opportunities. One such source is the cross-referral.
Cross-referrals are strategic agreements, whether formal or informal, between companies serving like markets to trade their clients' contact information to the other for marketing their complementary products or services. For instance, web designers may build referral resources from freelance writers, marketing and branding companies or web developers and other businesses that do things that the designers don't, but offer complementary services to their end-customers.
Whether you are launching a start-up, or are several years into operating your business, you need to continue to maintain an innovative mindset that will allow you to grow your business creatively. This means exercising your creative thinking skills in order to develop and explore new ideas, opening the doors to new and better opportunities. In order to foster a creative mindset, here are some tips to help you stay on the cutting edge of thought innovation:
Ask Yourself More Questions
When you first started your business, you were likely inclined to thoroughly consider your short and long-term goals, as well as create lists of what steps were needed to accomplish those goals. These steps were an important part of your business plan, and they were important for a reason. Asking yourself tough questions that you were forced to answer honestly help you make the critical business decisions during your business' start-up. As time goes on, it is just as important that you continue to ask yourself relevant questions about your goals and brainstorm new ideas daily about how to accomplish those goals.
Brainstorming ideas is not just limited to marketing or sales tactics. Consider how to handle physical growth as well as innovative ways to handle current issues that have arisen since the business opened, such as customer service and personnel issues.
With so much communication technology at our fingertips, it is difficult to believe that there are any communication problems in any business today. In the course of a busy workday, the importance of good communication can be something that can be easily forgotten. If you are noticing that it is difficult to get your employees to work together cohesively, that morale is very low, or worse, that your business is losing money, you might need to take a second look at your company’s communication.
Use the Telephone
While phoning someone is still a good practice, it isn’t always the best mode of communication for every situation. Using the telephone is good for setting up meetings or discussing items for which there is a quick resolution. It is generally not a good venue to tell an employee that they made a mistake on their last assignment. Save that discussion for a one-on-one meeting.