Top 8 Reasons Why Social Media is a must for Small Business

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<ul><li><p>WHY SOCIAL MEDIA? </p><p>TOP 8 REASONS WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS A MUST FOR SMALL BUSINESS </p></li><li><p>WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA? Social Media is an online platform </p><p>that connects people to chat, to share and receive information or content. </p></li><li><p>TOP 8 REASONS WHY SOCIAL </p><p>MEDIA IS A MUST </p></li><li><p>Community 1Social Media allows you to build online communities, and to reach out to untapped client demographics. People enjoy being part of a community with similar interests and passions. Community Fans | Followers | Friends are like your Brand Ambassadors. Small businesses often grow their business from small circles of loyal customers and clients. </p></li><li><p>Community strength is a very powerful </p><p>branding force, and social media offers exactly this kind of </p><p>relationship-building opportunity. </p><p>Velly Angelova likeablemedia </p></li><li><p>Connection 2Connection to clients and customers is crucial for businesses. Social Media allows businesses to gain insight into clients likes, needs and wants. Businesses can build relationships with new clients, gain trust and deepen their connection with existing ones. </p></li><li><p>Everyday billions of people are connecting </p><p>online with their friends, colleagues, </p><p>clients and their communities . </p><p>#Hootsuite </p></li><li><p>Brand Exposure 3Using multiple platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest etc, businesses can amplify their brand message to more prospects, and grow their reach. Social media allows businesses to broaden their appeal, promote products and services through the viral nature of content sharing online. </p></li><li><p>92 percent of marketers say their social media efforts have generated more exposure for their businesses. If youre not using social media to </p><p>its best potential for your brand, you could be missing out on a huge </p><p>opportunity to build awareness for your startup.. </p><p>#2014 Social Media </p><p>Marketing Report </p></li><li><p>Online Presence 4Social Media helps businesses create a digital footprint. With helpful, useful and relevant content distributed via social network channels, businesses can reach a wider audience of people, untapped and ready to be engaged. Social media allows businesses to be found by the millions of online searchers and consumers. </p></li><li><p>#Facebook Research by </p><p>StatisticBrain 1..1.2014 </p></li><li><p>Increase Revenue Leads </p><p>5Social media has transformed the purchase habits of consumers. People see your posts and hear about your business from their friends. Social media is your online 24/7 Business Development Manager. People look to social sites to learn more about products and services. </p></li><li><p>#Facebook Research by </p><p>StatisticBrain 1..1.2014 </p><p>Every 20 minutes on Facebook: </p></li><li><p>Conversation 6Unlike traditional marketing, social media allows businesses to engage in two-way conversations directly with their customers and clients. Businesses should leverage off social media to learn about their customers through meaningful dialogue and conversation. Social media is an effective listening, discussing, understanding and an engaging tool businesses cannot do without. </p></li><li><p>To reach todays consumers; businesses must </p><p>follow consumers to their new communication channel </p><p>of choice: social media.. </p><p>#socialekho blogspot </p></li><li><p>Customer Service 7</p><p>Social media can be a powerful tool to serve as the first defense for businesses to promptly turn unhappy customers into satisfied ones. Businesses can pro-actively listen to their customers questions, reviews, opinions, and initiate conversations with them to resolve issues. Using social media for customer service can help reduce cost and wait times, lesson load on other platforms &amp; increase customer feedback, decease response time, improve customer satisfaction. </p></li><li><p>To reach todays consumers; </p><p>businesses must follow consumers </p><p>to their new communication </p><p>channel of choice: social media.. </p><p>#BRW publication, October 2013 </p><p>It is a huge mistake to only let marketing run [social </p><p>media]; companies that are not looking at it as a </p><p>customer service channel will be left behind and find more </p><p>and more cases of their brand being diminished </p><p>because theyre not responding to consumer requests on a real-time </p><p>basis. </p><p>Consumers want to speak to companies on what channel, what time and the way they want to and when you try to steer any consumer to do it your way not their </p><p>way, you lose your customer base </p></li><li><p>Education 8The way we do business as a whole has changed. The power is in the hands of the people who search online everyday seeking content that will empower them, inform them and educate them to aid in their purchasing decision. Social media allows businesses to create online information or content that is educational, helpful, useful and relevant which aims to solve prospects problems, issues or challenges to convert them into customers and clients. </p></li><li><p>#StatisticBrain 26.12.2013 </p><p>Statistics on YouTube: </p></li><li><p>TOP 8 REASONS WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS A MUST </p></li><li><p> </p></li><li><p>BY JENNY LEE-KOKSAL. </p><p>@jennyleekoksal </p><p>Founder &amp; Enthusiastic Social Media Explorer at CollaborationCafe, Blogger, Social Media Coach, Visual Content Designer, Presenter, Visual Data Storyteller &amp; Trainer. My goal is to empower and educate businesses to harness the power of social media to easily connect with more people, customers, clients and prospects to grow strong and sustainable relationship-based businesses. </p><p> </p></li></ul>