Social Media Strategy for Beginners

If you own a small business, you’re probably making use of social media marketing. Right? But do you have a general (or specific) plan, or do you just wing it and hope for the best?

One of things Fresh + Fit does for our clients is develop language guidelines and a corresponding social media strategy. Essentially, this includes brand-based etiquette for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There are 5 main categories we generally address when it comes to social media strategy: tone, hashtags, tags, images, and frequency of posting.

Since all three of these social media platforms are quite different, we try to create an overall symmetry between them, while staying true to each of their unique benefits:

Facebook Social Media Strategy

Tone: This will be the same for each platform, and will completely depend on your brand’s identity. If your brand is fun, spunky, and upbeat, then this is the tone you set for all your social media posts. If your business is more informative and educational, then the tone set on social media will need to match that vibe.

Hashtags: On Facebook, hashtags should not be used in the main copy. Instead, place all hashtags at the end of your post. Many businesses choose to separate their main post copy and the hashtags by using periods or spacing or both. Facebook is great, because you have no limit (or a very, very high one) to the number of characters you can use in a single post.

So hashtag away!

The reason behind not using hashtags within your main copy, is simply because it makes the copy harder to read, which can dissuade the reader from reading your whole post.

(Which would be too bad, since you took the time to write it. Right?)

Tags: Unlike using hashtags, it’s okay to directly tag people or pages within your post. Facebook tags don’t display the ‘@’ symbol in front of them, so it looks cleaner.

Don’t be afraid to tag more people or pages at the end of your post (along with hashtags), if you didn’t directly reference them within the main copy.

Images: Images are imperative on Facebook. They will come up automatically if you’re using a URL within your post, but if you’re not, add something relevant that catches the eye of your reader. Remember, a picture is worth 1000 words, so choosing the correct photo is an art in of itself.

Frequency of Posting : All platforms are a little different, but 1-2 posts a day (maximum) is what we recommend for Facebook. Although the algorithms change every few months, they’re designed to recognize ‘Facebook spamming’, which is essentially posting on your business page way too frequently.

When Facebook’s algorithm picks this up, it will respond by making your page less visible, not more. It’s Facebook’s way of disciplining businesses who spam their clients.

Moral of the story? 1-2 posts per day, and stay consistent with what you choose.

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Twitter Social Media Strategy

Tone: As we wrote in regard to Facebook, the tone of your tweets should match your business’ brand model.

Hashtags: The main difference between using hashtags on Twitter as compared to Facebook, is the character limit you are obliged to follow on Twitter. Because you’re limited to 140 characters, hashtags can be used within the main copy of your tweet.

BUT: if you have room to use hashtags at the end of your tweet, then do it. As with Facebook, hashtags can be distracting, and are always better when placed at the end.

Tags: Use within the main copy of your tweet, and add to the end if you’re not directly referencing whomever you’re tagging within the main copy of your tweet.

Images: Although not necessary, images always make for better tweets. People are very visual, and a great image can catch a reader’s eye and compel him to read your tweet—and share it!

Frequency of Posting: With Twitter, feel free to tweet as much as once an hour throughout the day. With our clients, we make sure to schedule at least 3 tweets per day, and then with comments and shares, we typically end the day with around 6-7 tweets.

Here’s the bottom line for your Twitter social media strategy frequency: minimum 3; maximum 12.

Instagram Social Media Strategy

Tone: Ditto for Facebook and Twitter. (See above.)

Hashtags: As with Facebook, it’s best to leave the hashtags at the end of your post, separated by spacing or punctuation—especially because you have an unlimited character count.

Tags: Feel free to tag if relevant within the main copy of your post (and yes, you need a paragraph—don’t post images with no copy), and then you can tag more at the end.

Images: The most important part of Instagram! Images for Instagram are not only required, they need to be good. For this platform, we recommend spending more time on the image than on the actual post copy.

Visitors to your Instagram feed will see the first 6-9 images, so it’s important to make them beautiful and diverse.

It’s also important to your social media strategy that Instagram photos are original and unique.

Frequency of Posting: Instagram posts can go up 1-2 times per day—as with Facebook. If you post more, it will look like spam. (But again, try and stay consistent. Post every day!)

Creating language guidelines and a social media strategy is important for any business. Develop your own, stay true to your brand, and above all? Have some fun!

Call us to talk social media strategy, guys–we have your back on this. To find out which social media platforms might be best for marketing your business, read this article by Forbes.


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Marketing Your Wellness Business Authentically

Fact: digital marketing can be overwhelming. As a relatively new way to gain exposure for your small wellness business (I mean, internet marketing is only about a decade new), there aren’t really any guidelines to follow or tried-and-true approaches that work for every business.

There are lots of suggestions, though, and this blog post will offer a few of those. But it’s important to remember that what works for another business may not work for yours, and to get the most bang for your buck, the main suggestion in the blog post is to be authentic.

What does it mean to market your wellness business authentically?

Authentic marketing involves knowing a few things and then actively using that knowledge to gain the most exposure possible, while staying specific to your business and what your business offers.

Here are some ideas:

Know Your Customer

This makes a huge difference to how successful your marketing campaigns go. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How would you describe your wellness business in 5 words?
  • Are you’re a B2C (business to consumer) business, or a B2B (business to business) business?
  • Who is looking for what your business provides?
  • Where can you find these people or businesses? (Is your target demographic more likely to hang out on Instagram or LinkedIn?)
  • Are you accessible to them in those places?

Be Unique

Now that you’ve answered the questions above, you should have a pretty clear idea of who you’re targeting and where they’re hanging out. This is vital knowledge!

But now you must do two more things:

  • Find your competition.
  • Be different than them.

It’s okay to borrow marketing tactics, and it’s totally cool to emulate practices that other businesses do that you deem successful, but in the end, the way you market your business should be unique.

If your wellness business is just like the other guys, it’ll blend in and be competing against other companies who already might have a good client base.

Be different.

Have Fun

Having fun is maybe the very best piece of advice we can give you when it comes to authentically marketing your wellness business. People are drawn to those who take life lightly and have fun doing what they love to do—and honestly? If you don’t have major passion for what your business is offering, no one else will, either.

So get excited, and show people you’re pumped to do what you do—happiness is infectious, and people that are happy attract more customers and do more business.

 Reinvent the Wheel

You’ve heard the adage “don’t reinvent the wheel”, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that reinvention is necessary when it comes to creating a thriving small business. If you want to market authentically, then you need to operate your business authentically.

This goes back to our point above on being unique.

So yes, send out monthly newsletter. Yes, create social media contests. Yes, actively engage with your target demographic on social media. But include something in those interactions that other businesses don’t! Have different conversations, and know where you’re comfortable drawing the line between fun and professional—then toe that line.

Because YOU are unique—and unique sells.

Be Grateful and Show It

Our last piece of advice when it comes to authentically marketing your wellness business, is to actively be grateful and thank your customers and clients for all the business and support and local collaboration.

How often do you thank others for following you on Twitter? Or send a message to a business who complimented you on a photo? Or sent a customer an email thanking her for her business?

People love to be acknowledged, and businesses that actively and intentionally radiate gratefulness are loved and respected.

So be different while also being authentic and true to yourself, and success will come. If you truly love what you do and you convey that excitement and authenticity within your day to day marketing efforts, your customers will take notice.


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How Does Influencer Marketing Impact Your Business?

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2017! This year promises to be an exciting year for digital marketing, and specifically influencer marketing. If you have yet to implement influencer marketing into your 2017 strategy, then you’re not making the most of your marketing efforts.

Here are 3 reasons why you should definitely be considering influencer marketing when it comes to promoting your Vancouver wellness business:

Influencer Marketing is Free

Social media marketing is technically free also, except for the cost of the ads, and if you have one, the social media manager. But influencer marketing is 100% free—and can garner better results than any other marketing move your business might make this year.

Influencer marketing is basically a word-of-mouth referral or endorsement made on social media or another type of popular media avenue, such as television. As a brand or company, sometimes this kind of free advertising will simply fall into your lap. For instance, if a celebrity happens to try your product and then sends a positive tweet about it, you’ll probably see an increase in your sales.

But how do you intentionally implement influencer marketing? What happens when it doesn’t just happen organically?

You can straight-up ask for endorsements made on social that tag your company and/or product OR you can engage relevant people on social by tagging them in posts that relate to their brand. If they like what you posted, they might share your post.

(So you need to craft your message carefully.)

Influencer Marketing is Highly Effective

In recent studies, it’s been found that influencer marketing generates more than twice the amount of sales that paid advertising does. This is huge news! But it’s not surprising—after all, we’re all very tuned into what everyone else is doing, and we inadvertently seek to keep up with The Jones’.

If you have to make a choice between 5 products that supposedly do the same job, what do you do? How do you make your decision? You ask around, right? Because people trust their peers more than they trust an ad campaign.

In fact, Kyle Wong (contributor for Forbes) writes “social media has fundamentally changed the balance of power between customers and brands.” Do you agree? Brands used to drive consumers, but now arguably, consumers drive brands.

Influencer Marketing is Accessible Like Never Before

When we think of the term ‘influencer’, we usually think of celebrities. But influencer marketing has evolved to include not just celebrities, but the little guys, too!

In today’s social media landscape, it’s completely possible to accumulate a large number of followers and be considered an expert on any given topic—without having the celebrity status. This means that the mom next door who has 50K followers on Twitter has the same influence on a brand as someone who might be famous, considered an expert, or someone with an ‘in.’ 

What does this mean for your small wellness business?

It means that influencers are more accessible than ever before, and if you can build and foster relationships with people that love your products and will publicly support them, then you’re making use of influencer marketing.

(As a side note, it’s also possible to pay for influencer marketing, or exchange product for social media mentions.)

We encourage you to have fun with this new way of getting noticed, and if you truly feel that what you’re selling has value, then we believe others will, too. You simply have to ask them to talk about it.


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5 Ways to Streamline Your Digital Marketing Practices

Let’s face it: marketing ain’t what it used to be. With digital marketing being the new norm and our big world getting smaller and smaller, stuff happens fast. Like, faster than fast. This makes it easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed when it comes to implementing good digital marketing practices for your own business, or for your clients.

But here’s where we encourage you to take a deep breath: we’ve come up with a few ways to streamline your digital marketing efforts so that scheduling content is a cinch.

(Okay, maybe not a cinch, but a whole lot easier.) Here’s how:

Create a Content Calendar—Then Use It

Creating a content calendar can be a huge time saver. It may not seem like it the first time you do it (disclaimer: it can take hours to plan out posts for just two weeks), but here’s what you need to do to make it work:

  • Only schedule two weeks at a time. Why? Because news moves fast, and social changes on a dime. Don’t waste your time and energy scheduling more than 10-14 days ahead, because we promise, you’ll end up replacing some posts and creating more work for yourself.
  • Plan a few posts a day, not the entire two weeks in one sitting. If anything can make you feel like your eyes are bleeding onto your keypad, it’s scheduling social. Make it easy and plan your calendar in increments, not all at once.

When you go to transfer your posts from your calendar to Hootsuite (or whatever platform you use to schedule media), it will be fast and easy—but the actual planning process that happens at calendar stage can be daunting if you try and do too much at once.

Also, make sure that content calendar that you’ve just created is actually used to schedule with. There have been so many times that we’ve spoken to businesses who take the time to plan, then ultimately end up ditching the plan and scheduling rogue.

What’s the point in spending valuable time crafting posts if you don’t end up using them? (Answer: there is zero point. So use them!)

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Share an Editorial Calendar with Your Team

An editorial calendar is not to be confused with a content calendar. Whereas a content calendar holds all of your crafted content that will be transferred to your social media accounts, an editorial calendar is one that shows various tasks and the associated due dates and team members who are in charge of completing those tasks.

Sharing an editorial calendar can make your life much easier, but make sure you store your calendar in Google Drive or somewhere that makes it easy for your team to all make real-time edits. Saving a doc and passing it around is NOT a time-saving activity.

Streamline Everything

As in, have a copy of everything that you typically send clients updated and ready to go at all times. This way, when a new client is looking for more information on your business or someone wants a copy of your team’s latest social media strategy ideas, you can simply attach what you have ready.

(And not have to type and retype everything out for everyone under the sun—because typing takes time.)

Don’t be Afraid to Innovate and Create

As you work on digital marketing for your business or clients, make sure to make a mental note of what works for you and what doesn’t. If you think something would be easier to complete or produce better results if it were done in a different way, then make that change!

Don’t compromise your competency and effectiveness because you allow yourself to play by another’s rules. Make your own rules!

Take Advantage of Others’ Ah-Ha Moments

Additionally, if you stumble across something that has worked well for others, don’t hesitate to try it for yourself. As the adage goes, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. (Unless the wheel sucks—and then definitely reinvent it.)

Good luck, and Happy New Year! Cheers to an amazing upcoming year in digital marketing.


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How to Increase Web Traffic Via Better Content

Content is king. Video is king. A picture is worth a thousand words.

When it comes to increasing web traffic, we hear all of these cliche revelations constantly. But which adage is correct? Well…all of them are, but only if the quality is high and the content is relevant.

So how do we make sure we’re producing high-quality, relevant content that will increase web traffic? Here are three simple ways:

Newsworthy Content Trumps Evergreen Content

Sure, evergreen content (content that’s always relevant and safe, such as healthy recipes) is great, but newsworthy content grabs people’s attention–especially if it has a great blog title and hook. Within almost every evergreen idea, there’s a newsworthy chunk of information to draw from. To increase web traffic, try and find that new and interesting twist to your topic, and be sure to expand on it to create interest.

Web traffic

Great Branding Increases Curiosity

Right now, if you think about it, we bet you can come up with half a dozen brands that you love to stalk on social. Some that come to mind for us right now, are Krokodile Pear, Chalkboard Magazine, Field House Brewing, and Well + Good.

If you click on the links above and peruse their websites and social accounts, you’ll see one huge thing in common: they all have excellent branding. This means that not only are the logos and photographs and web lines and everything else visually attractive; it also means that they are consistent.

By being consistent with original and exciting and visually attractive branding that stands out, you increase web traffic, and the amount of time visitors hang out on your website.

#Truth.

Branding is part of your content; don’t let your business make the mistake of forgetting that!

Videos Need to Be Short and Sweet

Nobody watches videos that are over a minute long. In fact, according to various online marketing sources, the best length for a marketing video in order to increase web traffic is under 30 seconds:

Content

Photo courtesy of The Next Web.

That’s not to say that you can’t make a longer video (we do it all the time for ourselves and our clients), but it does mean that your video should be sweet and direct. There’s no time for extra frames, because unnecessary frames make people stop watching. (Fresh + Fit provides video marketing to our clients, so if you’re interested, ask us about it!)

If viewers like your video, they’re more likely to watch more. But if it feels like the video was dragging, they won’t bother. It’s as simple as that! By providing better content, you not only increase web traffic; you increase your conversions–which is what digital marketing is all about.


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5 Steps to Executing a Successful Digital Marketing Campaign this Fall

It’s fall, Vancouver! Wow. Time flies. The end of the summer always brings with it that push to reconfigure, re-evaluate, and plan. And that goes for marketing, too! Since 2016 is all about digital marketing (over 80% of marketing is now conducted online!), we can only imagine what 2017 will bring. So let’s chat about fall digital marketing campaign ideas for your Vancouver wellness business!

First of all, here’s a **great graph to show you which digital marketing methods had the best commercial impact earlier this year:

digital marketing chart

Pretty cool, right? So with all of this information in mind, let’s figure out how to optimize your fall Vancouver wellness business promotions!

Here are the 5 steps to executing a successful digital marketing campaign, including the initial idea, the visualized campaign, the redefined message, the quantified tweaks, and the optimized push:

Initialize Your Idea

This is basically the bones of your campaign. What is the point? What are your goals? Who are you appealing to? Where will you find these people? Once you know the answers to these questions (and others!), you can begin to formulate your ideas for a fall campaign.

Visualize Your Campaign and Get Creative

Turn your idea into a reality. Begin to actually visualize what this campaign will look like. What will it entail? Gather your team, develop a plan, and create ways to put that plan into action. Then do it! Will you employ social media marketing, or content marketing? (Or both?) What will the voice of your message sound like? (Playful? Aggressive? Cautionary?)

These things need to be mindfully thought out at this stage. Once they are, it’s time to put your plan into action.

Define Your Message

Think of your fall digital marketing campaign as an organic being. It’s going to move and change (while still maintaining the original intent behind it!), and that’s a good thing. You may find that one avenue isn’t working as well as another might, and by moving from influencer marketing to mobile marketing, you’re able to define what your message is and how it’s seen.

Quantify and Tweak

This step is all about measurement.

Keep an eye on what’s going on. Respond to messages and questions. Check your analytics, daily.  How is your promotion going? Who is your digital marketing campaign actually reaching? Are they who you want it to reach? And is it working? Are you making sales or generating leads?

Is your message being received the way you want it to be received?

At this point in the game, you should know what’s working and what’s not, and then be able to tweak your message so that in lands in the laps of your target demographic.

Optimize and Push–Hard

Once you know that your digital marketing campaign is reaching your target demographic and receiving optimal engagement, now’s the time to really push hard. What does this mean? On Facebook, it could mean increasing your ad budget. It could mean extending your campaign to include wearables and cross-promotion.

When you hit the sweet spot, you’ll know it (if you’re paying attention–and you should be), and you can really get creative and aggressive with how your message expands.

If your Vancouver wellness business needs help with social media management, content creation, event promotion, or your fall digital marketing campaign, contact us! We’d love to help.

Good luck!


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**Graph provided by Smart Insights.

Healthy Vancouver Businesses Provide Better Workplace Morale

At Fresh + Fit, we choose to only work with local businesses that emphasize health and wellness, and we love it. All of our clients share the same intention as we do; that is, to provide or supply the Vancouver area with products and/or services that will ultimately increase our community’s health and well-being.

But looking further than that, what do Vancouver businesses that actively and mindfully cultivate an environment based on health and wellness do better than those that don’t?

Research says that these types of businesses actually produce better workplace morale:

“By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase workplace morale, improve your employees’ work-life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business.”[1] —Fit for Work

Here are 4 reasons why Vancouver businesses based on health and wellness are generally happier and produce better workplace morale than the other guys:

Health-Conscious Businesses Attract Employees Who Genuinely Care

When you feel taken care of, you want to take care of others (including your colleagues and co-workers). The workweek is 40 hours long, and doing your job alongside caring people who are excited about health and wellness makes for better days! Pair that with a healthy environment that is consistently interested in helping others be well, and you have a winning combination.

In fact, according to Harvard Health, ‘doing good and feeling good’ is a solid recipe for happiness in the workplace.[2]

Selling Health Translates to…Better Health! (For all.)

When you spend 40 hours a week thinking about health, the result is that you usually pick up healthier habits. To be a truly great salesperson, you have to love what you sell…that’s why so many businesses who do well, have their employees try their products and insist they familiarize themselves with them.

If your employees believe in what they sell, and they incorporate these particular products and services into their own lives, it’s easy for them to sell to others—they’re basically living and accessible examples of your business’ brand. And if employees are essentially living the brand, they’re going to adopt the healthy lifestyle that goes with it.

Taking a Vested Interest in the Health of Others Grounds and Humanizes Employees

Helping others become better versions of themselves is humbling. It’s working every day to improve other people’s lives—and that’s a powerful way to ground yourself and remember what you’re thankful for.

In reverse, it’s been proven that people who want to help others be healthy are often cut from the same cloth in regards to personality traits:

“Humility is one of the first personality traits to be linked to helping behavior, and that’s significant because personality traits are broad and far-reaching contributors to behavior, and tend to take precedence over other factors, such as time and social pressures.”[3] –Time Magazine

In other words, employees working in an environment of health and wellness probably share the same values and intentions among themselves, and this likely leads to a positive and healthy work culture.

Ergo, increased workplace morale.

Healthier Employees are More Productive—True Story.

Healthy living directly translates into better eating habits, better sleep, and in turn, better problem-solving and communication skills. People who eat well, are consistently active, and mindfully make time for rest generally don’t hit the proverbial wall throughout their day—and this makes them more productive at work.

Also? Healthier people take less sick days.

This means less stress on employers and co-workers to cover the sick person’s job, and that makes for better employee morale among everyone.

“Healthy workplaces are good for business. Healthy work environments improve productivity and reduce costs related to absenteeism, lost productivity, turnover, workers’ compensation, and medical and disability claims.”[4] – The Government of British Columbia

So there you have it! 4 reasons why, if you’re passionate about health and wellness, you should find a job whose business mission matches your own. Vancouver businesses that cultivate mindful health cultures are key to loving your job!

And if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.

References

[1] http://fitforwork.org/employer/benefits-of-a-healthy-workforce/

[2] http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/the-happiness-health-connection

[3] http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/02/humble-people-are-more-helpful/

[4] http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/keeping-bc-healthy-safe/healthy-communities/healthy-workplaces


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What to Consider When Hiring a Vancouver Publicist or PR Agency

Long before Fresh + Fit even existed, I experienced my own trials and tribulations with hiring local publicists and PR agencies. As a health and wellness author published in the United States, it was my job to market myself and my book(s) in Canada, which is where I learned almost everything I know about finding the right fit when it comes to hiring a Vancouver publicist or PR agency.

Now, when approached by clients to execute PR on their behalf, I have some great working knowledge on the subject of hiring these professionals. As someone who has actually hired publicists before (several times), I know what Fresh + Fit can do for my clients and be sure to use what I’ve learned in my past experiences.

So what do I think all wellness businesses should do before hiring a Vancouver publicist or PR agency? Here are 5 things:

Find Someone Who Truly Believes in Your Business

This is so critical, because here’s the deal: if you honestly love something, whether it be a product, person, idea, or intention behind any of those things, you’ll automatically sell it, without even trying.

For example, you could be a vacuum salesperson and sell Electrolux vacuums. But let’s pretend your home is all hard wood and you never vacuum. Plus, you’ve always just hated vacuuming. Do you think you’ll do well selling those vacuums if you don’t use them and don’t like them?

Nope.

But let’s say you have carpet and a hairy Golden Retriever and you vacuum all the time. You’ve had mediocre vacuums before, but the first Electrolux you buy, you LOVE. You’ll rave to all of your friends about it, and actually even enjoy vacuuming because it does such a great job. So now if you start selling those machines, you’ll do really well, because you honestly love the product, right?

It’s the same with a publicist. He or she needs to really love what you’re doing to be able to do a stellar job selling you and your business to the public. That’s the only way to maximize what a publicist can do for you!

So find someone who loves and believes in what you do, and their job will be easy.

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Find Out Exactly What the Vancouver Publicist or PR Agency Will Do to Help You Promote Your Business

This is another hot tip: don’t assume the Vancouver publicist or PR agency will do anything specific. Unless it’s discussed prior to signing a contract, it might not happen. Just be very clear about what you expect, and what you definitely want done.

As always in business, clarity and communication are key.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask A LOT of Questions and Offer Your Own Ideas

If this is the first time you’ll be hiring a publicist, that’s 1) really exciting for you, and 2) a great opportunity to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about why a great publicist is worth their weight in gold. If the publicist/PR agency you’re interviewing is good at what they do, they should have no problem answering every single question (small or big!) that you throw at them.

Similarly, don’t be afraid to bring your own ideas to the table. Your publicist should have enough grace to take your ideas into consideration and execute on them accordingly (even if that means they don’t get actually done, but are actually discussed).

Also, new and fresh ideas are a publicist’s dream—so your contributions could be very helpful.

Compare Prices, But Remember That Typically, You Get What You Pay For

There are a lot of Vancouver publicists and PR agencies. Like, a lot. And the price scale is equally as diverse as the agencies and the clients they represent. Be sure that you ask for prices and compare with other agencies.

Most publicists will ask for a minimum 3-month contract; some will insist on a year. Depending on what you want or think you need, prices will vary. But it’s important to remember that generally you get what you pay for (though not all the time—I have a personal story about this), and there’s a lot of work that goes into a PR agency’s job. Typical examples are:

  • Pitching both print and digital publications
  • Helping your brand stand out by doing their homework and comparing you to the next guy
  • Tons of writing
  • Many personal meetings
  • Calendar coordination
  • Event promotion/coordination
  • Aligning with others on your team, such as your general manager (this may be you!), social media manager, content writer, and in-house photographer
  • Analyzing, measuring, and creating data about your business
  • Networking
  • General communication on your behalf to media

And more! So again, you (typically) get what you pay for.

Check References!

This is also incredibly important. Ask for a list of past and present clients (both), and actually connect and communicate with them. Ask questions about how well the Vancouver publicist or PR agency helped to boost your brand, and, if they are no longer clients of that particular person or company, if they’d hire them again.

Real and honest feedback about this is valuable information, and most of the time, those clients will be happy to chat about the person or company you’re considering hiring.

And that’s it! If you have any questions about anything I may have left out of this blog post, please don’t hesitate to ask us. At Fresh + Fit, we pride ourselves on knowing what we do well, and what we prefer to refer out. But if you have a health and wellness business in Vancouver, we’d love to help you promote it.

Contact us for more information! We look forward to hearing from you.

*Written by Jennifer Browne

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What Your Vancouver Business Needs to Succeed

What Your Vancouver Business Needs to Succeed

Everyone who starts their own business studies up on how they can increase their chances of their Vancouver business becoming successful. (Which essentially means being profitable and sustainable and growing after 5 years.) But what’s the number one thing every business needs to maintain success and continue to grow and do well?

Cultivate great relationships.

Sure, there is more to business than just relationships, but without them, your Vancouver business doesn’t stand a chance, even if you’re doing everything else right. So how do you cultivate great relationships that will help your business grow and succeed? Here are our 5 suggestions:

Reach Out

You can’t expect other businesses and customers and potential clients to find you; you have to make a massive effort to reach out to people. Even if your Vancouver business is not referral based, it is. Word of mouth spreads faster than anything, and if people don’t know you exist, chatter about your business can’t possibly happen.

So get outside of your comfort zone, and make a genuine effort to meet people.

Get Involved

Source events in your area that pertain to your Vancouver business, and find out how to get involved in those events! Becoming involved in your community’s events is incredibly important for new businesses. It allows the public and other business owners to get to know you, and to become familiar with your branding and other defining factors about your business.

It also forces you to make Vancouver business connections and relationships that could prove to be invaluable down the road.

Find Your Tribe

Often, this happens organically by getting involved and reaching out. When you meet other business owners whose goals, priorities, interests, and intentions match your own, you can begin to cross promote and market each other on social. For a new business who has a scant social media presence, doing this can help you grow your presence quickly and become more visible online.

Maintaining these newfound relationships is important for your business, because as a society, we do better when we’re lifting others up. People want to help people who they deem sincere and genuinely helpful, themselves. It’s human nature!

Network

This word (network) is kind of old-school, but you get the idea. Attend networking events where you can pick the brains of business owners who’ve been around the block and have great information to share with you. Similarly, find out what didn’t work for businesses like yours, and align yourself and your business plan with what did.

Networking, although not the end-all-be-all of business strategies, can be a fabulous way to gain knowledge and experience through the experiences of others. Also, you’ll naturally meet more of your tribe.

Be Authentic and Consistent

In order to cultivate great relationships, you need to be authentic and consistent. Authenticity means that you project who you really are, and are genuine in your interactions with others. People can sniff out a fake a mile away, and by adopting the view that your business will be different because you’re different, you can make life simple and business easy by just being yourself.

Being consistent is also crucial to maintaining healthy business relationships. When you’ve gathered a small tribe of like-minded business owners who are supportive and pumped for you and your success, it’s important to show them that you are who they think you are—and this means being consistent.

Developing great relationships with potential customers and other Vancouver business owners is essential to your brand and the fate of your business. When done correctly, you’ve got nowhere to grow but up.


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