The Wonder of a Well-Planned Social Media Strategy and Why You Need One!

What Can Infinity Durban Do For Your Brand?
What Can Infinity Durban Do For Your Brand?

So what is social media marketing and why do you need it?

Social Media Marketing (SMM) uses social media as a platform to network with consumers, target a specific audience and produce content with huge potential.  Users will share that content on their social networks thereby increasing brand exposure and customer reach.  It is important to move with the times and social media is a big part of that.  So whether you are a one man show trying to get your business off the ground or a corporate looking to increase your global footprint, social media marketing can work for you.

What benefits are there in having an SMM strategy?

Firstly, low start-up cost.  Perfect for start-up businesses, it can be done on a low budget and can eventually pay for itself with monetary advertising.  At first, most social media network sites are free to set up.  The main cost in the beginning is training staff on how to grow and develop brands and businesses through social media.

Secondly, all it takes is a PC and internet connection.  There has been no other type of marketing tool in history that can grow a brand as fast as social media with such little resources.

Thirdly, customer loyalty.  You will get followers with a genuine interest in your brand and if you have a well-planned marketing strategy to keep them engaged and interested, you will gain their trust, they will spread the word and eventually build a following for you.  It is a primary way to get them to know your brand personally and make a genuine commitment to support it.

Lastly, viral marketing.  Remember the days when your only hope was printing 20,000 leaflets and putting them in people’s post-boxes? Those days are over! With a well thought out SMM strategy, you have the ability to grow your loyal followers to such a large degree that you will eventually establish your own ‘media channel’ and they will speak for you.  This does not happen overnight of course but, with the right team and plan, it can happen quicker than you think!

Why a Facebook Page for Your Business is Vital

By Thandiwe Matyobeni

 

It’s 2017 and with an average of 1.19 billion users, Facebook has proven it’s more than just a passing fad. Users are no longer limited to college kids using it to meet new people; Facebook has become a powerful marketing tool. And if used efficiently, it can be a cost-effective boost to your business’s public image.

 

According to Fanpagelist.com, companies such as BBC World News reach an audience of 37,033,517 Facebook fans. Multinational, McDonald’s, reaches 68,389,901 fans and even local diner, Chili’s Grill and Bar can report an average number of 20,067,567 users checking in daily.

Businesses are becoming increasingly prominent on social networks, and here’s why:

Facebook can dramatically lower your business’s marketing expenses, allowing direct interaction with regulars as well as potential customers. Strategies such as contests and giveaways increase awareness of a brand, and encourage communities of users to share the post among friends, most of whom have similar needs and interests.

Facebook is also a data-mining tool that knows its billions of users as well as their friends know them. This means advertising can be targeted at the audience, meeting the business’s required demographics.

Additionally, the option to give a post a little more traction is always available; Facebook facilitates paid advertising, making a post a ‘suggested post’ and promoting it on users’ newsfeeds.  Companies have control over the amount it’s willing to dedicate to advertising, either daily or over a longer course.

Besides the flexibility and intricacy that advertising allows, Facebook also allows business to respond immediately to customers’ feedback. If there is an aspect of your consumer relations that is underperforming, you can tackle the issue head on. It also facilitates reviews and ratings without much effort from users.

Companies that have an online presence such as a website, can benefit greatly from having a Facebook page. Simply creating posts linking to your website can increase traffic as well as awareness about the product or service your business offers. As internet users become increasingly reliant on mobile phones for access, Facebook allows quick and easy access to your page. Users can get information such as operating hours, location or contact information.

It’s not only major conglomerates that can benefit from a social media presence. Local businesses can utilize the community that Facebook taps into just as effectively. If your business is not on Facebook, you should give it a try; it’s free and easy to start.

Building the Foundation: How Important is LinkedIn for Me and My Business?

by D’rene’ Tesner

Everyone wants what is best for their new venture. Your first order of business to get training wheels off of your startup would be to start getting your name out there. There are so many different ways to do that, but not everyone knows what direction to take first would be the best. Our advice is to exploit what works best and we know that to be by using your trusted networks. LinkedIn is a platform which has been around for a good number of years, with a reputable status and a massive networking system in place- and a proven track record.

LinkedIn is a multinational system that reaches over 200 countries and territories, with the growth of 2 business professionals every second at a steady rate since their launch in May of 2003; they now have over 460 million users. Incredibly, your new business could be reaching those places in a matter of minutes. LinkedIn provides a safe and secure platform for you to get your brand out there.

Once you are all set up on LinkedIn, or have outsourced an amazing company like Infinity Durban to take the headache out of the procedure for you, it is vital to remember that in order to get the most out of everything that this amazing platform has to offer, you need to maintain your presence there and provide continuous engagement to your connections.

Consider your online presence as a flower. You cannot just plant it, give it a little water and then leave expecting it to keep itself alive without any further participation from you. You need to keep it going, constantly updating it with news and up to date information. This will show that there is growth and consistency in your business, and direct valuable traffic to your website.

Your brand’s online presence provides a sense of expertise in the industry, which garners a positive response and builds trusting relationships between your business and those you reach out to as prospective clients or potential clients looking for you. You also need to post updates about your page on the LinkedIn feed to keep you relevant; you will remain on people’s minds when they browse through what is new and going on around the world of business in your industry. Your competition is on LinkedIn, can you afford not to be?

We can Help!

Remember, with or without our professional, top notch services, it is vital that you keep your content targeted to your niche, speaking directly to them in your postings. LinkedIn has a HUGE following, which should be used to your advantage. Contact Infinity Durban today to assess your needs, the downfalls of your existing page as well as tailored, masterfully written Company and Professional profiles.

 

Update: Check out our Downloads page for a copy of our eBook on how to leverage LinkedIn for Marketing purposes!