If you are interested in Social Media and live in Lichfield, Home of the Cathedral the Saxon Hoard the intersection of Watling Street and Icknield Street and all sorts of other interesting things then this post may be of interest to you.
In an ideal world it is going to sit near the top of a Google search on this topic and make a point ……..
If you want to be found for the products and services that you offer then you had better understand that Social Media alone will not achieve your objective. It does not matter whether you live in Lichfield, Staffs or anywhere else.
Largely speaking social media networks are closed communities ( they might be huge closed communities !! ) in relation to Google and other searches and they are subject to their own particular connectivity quirks. Stuff you post on e.g. Facebook stays ( largely) on Facebook.
That is you will NOT create effective networks ( effective being ones that enable you to sell more of your products and services ) on Social Media networks alone – no matter how large your social media networks are.
Examine your own behavior when it comes to searching for information, products and services. I will bet money that you still rely considerably on word of mouth ( WoM ) recommendations and then use search engines like Google. You might, having shifted communications with your friends from mobile/text to e.g. Twitter or Facebook, ask them what they think about something via Twitter or Facebook but you are still looking for what is essentially a WoM recommendation – just at light speed.
In reality we are, whether we like it or not, a generation of Googlers. If you want information on something; want to find something or want to buy something you Google it. You rarely used any of the advanced search options ( Those are for people in the know ). If you are like my 20 something children then you Google the exact question e.g. ” How do you fit a rear quarter light to a Peugeot ?? ” ( Try it !! ) and back comes the answer ( s ) – typically in the case of car repairs etc from forums of various kinds.
You want to “ buy an oil painting in Lichfield ” ?? Google it and you will find
http://www.framework-gallery.co.uk/ a couple of results down.
Do a Facebook search ?? ( Bing gives you Framework Gallery aswell ). Try Twitter, YouTube ?? Nothing much.
( Well done Framework Gallery by the way ! )
Being found ( via search engines ) is the key. Social Media does have a role in this. How do you get found ??
Well first, critically but not necessarily obviously you have to work out what you want to be found for ???
In Search Engine Optimisation ( S.E.O. ) speak this means what are the key words ( keywords ) and phrases that you want to be found for ?
Unsurprisingly if you want to be found for ” Social Media in Lichfield Staffordshire ” then those words and phrases need to be appearing in your website and ” content ” – basically in everything you post online.
There are basically 3 important things in a website being found:
1. That the pages reflect the things that you want to be found for.
2. That you keep posting new, fresh relevant content ( e.g. using a blog like this one ).
3. That by doing so people will create links to your website and blogsite. ( You become an authority in this area ).
Once the website has been found then it needs to convert ” interest ” to ” action ” e.g. sign up for a free trial offer; join a mailing list; ring a number etc ( In the trade this is known as a Call to Action ).
You also need to able to analyse what’s working – so you need the capability to do so. ( Some ” analytics ” software ).
Social Media enables you to create contacts and awareness of what you do. It is VERY time consuming but it will help to encourage visitors to your website and begin the process of them becoming customers. In some cases this can happen very quickly, in others it can take some time.
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