If you have a small business or non-profit and you’re looking to gain exposure online on the social media platforms your website is NOT enough. There is so much information online therefore you need a tool to help you stand out from the crowd. Share your knowledge with potential and new customers.
Here are the top 3 marketing tools for business:
- Video Blog (Vlog)
Before I start to describe the benefits of each tool, I want you to be aware that only one of these would be needed. It’s also best to have an editorial calendar to keep track of what, when, and where to post. There are a lot of apps out on the internet that you can use, it really all depends on your style. A Google calendar would work.
No matter which of the tools you choose, you’d have to post them somewhere and that’s when a website is best. I recommend WordPress.
What’s that? A podcast is audio only. It’s almost like creating your own radio show of all your knowledge and people listen. Podcasts are HUGE! Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults listen to podcasts at least occasionally. Podcasting isn’t for everyone however if you like to talk about how you can help others it’ll work for you. Natalie Eckdahl, CEO and Host of BizChix will release her 100th episode and she had a fan that listened to her for 30 episodes straight, about 20-30 hours. I mean people have their ear buds in most of the day and it’s easy to go to iTunes on their smartphone and GO. They can listen to you while they exercise, go shopping, commuting, pay bills, etc.
Here are a few links to get started with Podcasts:
- Buffer’s Blog on Podcasting for Beginners
- Audacity to Podcast – CRAZY mind-blowing details provided by Daniel J. Lewis.
- New Business Podcasts by Chris Ducker – Great business tips!
- Michael Hyatt – Be sure to sign up for his toolbox. Awesome tips!
- John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur On Fire
- Lewis Howes – School of Greatness
- Stacey Harris – Rock Star Guide to Podcasting
If you like to write about your business then blogging could work for you. There are more than 152,000,000 blogs on the internet (Check out the infographic below). It’s a noisy world and if you want to start a blog by all means do so however the content must be GOOD. Your copy should be really well written and provide valuable information. Your blog could be a tab on your website and if written well with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) you can have more viewers and potentially more customers.
Here are some links on awesome blogging tips:
- Michael Hyatt – YEP! He was on the podcasting list too. What can I say… he’s a busy SMART man that knows leadership and business.
- BasicBlogTips – They have a tremendous amount of tips.
- Socially Sorted – Donna Moritz has incredible resources.
- Copyblogger – Provides seminars, webinars, and useful tips on their blog on how to write.
- Nikki Elledge-Brown – She’s a Communication Stylist. She shows you how to write in YOUR OWN voice. She has a great video on how to write copy for your About page. It’s really good. Check her out, her Course About Copy sounds awesome.
Video Blog (Vlog)
Video blogging can be scary for some people and it can be if you’re not into recording yourself. It can be weird. I have never done a vlog and of course I have thought of it but then I think I’ll stick safely behind my blog. I do video tutorials with my face appearing for a few minutes then disappearing into my screencast. For me, that’s easier than speaking into a camera the whole entire time. It definitely takes practice. If you feel comfortable doing that then it’s an awesome way to market your business. You record and post your video on your blog published with YouTube.
YouTube and Google are together now so every time you publish a video, it links to your Google+ page. By the way, if you have a business you better have a Google+ page. Here’s the explanation on the importance of Google+. When you have YouTube videos and as people comment it posts right onto your Google+ stream. That gives you business exposure!
Here are some links about Vlogs:
- Social Triggers – Derek Halpern is AWESOME! He actually does all 3 tools, however in my personal opinion his videos are best. Do your business a favor and check him out.
- Savvy Sexy Social – Amy Schmittauer is the vlogging social media queen all about marketing. She’s definitely on YouTube.
- Social Media Examiner – Provides LOTS of business marketing information. I have learned so much from them. Great content!
I know this is information OVERLOAD! If you have a business or non-profit, you really have to think about what’s best to display your services, products, and causes.
What’s your comfort level? Can you do a video blog and be comfortable?
Which of these marketing tools would you use or are using?
Tell me about it. I’d love to hear your experience
Lillian De Jesus