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9 Tips to Ensure Social Media Marketing Success

Social media marketing is relatively new, which means we’re still trying to figure out what makes an effective campaign and what doesn’t. (However, there are some things we’ve nailed down.) Here are 9 tips to fall back on when trying to achieve success with your social media marketing:

Find Your Tribe

This means not simply marketing to everyone on Twitter or Facebook (because there are a lot of us), but instead, deciding who would like to know about you, your products and services, and your business. Who do you want to reach? Who’s most likely to want to connect with you?

Find them—they’re your tribe. And then market to them.

Be Original

Finding a unique way to brand your business on social media is imperative, because otherwise your business will look exactly like all the other guys—which really dilutes the pool of those who might be interested in your products and services.

Find out what you can do to make your business stand out and be new and exciting—then do that. Don’t copy your competition; stand apart from them.

Regularly Engage with Your Audience

Responding to comments and questions from members of your tribe is imperative to social media marketing success. If you’re not engaging with the people who want to hire you or purchase your products, you’re losing out on clients and customers.

Instead, be sure to engage your followers and develop a relationship with them on social.

Plan and Strategize

Stop posting on the fly, guys! Well, you can do that too, but the main objective is to post with mindfulness geared towards a set outcome. Be organized, be specific, and be relevant. Make a plan and figure out how to measure its success.

Be Flexible

This means being able to jump to Plan B without much of a hitch, and in today’s competitive online marketplace, having the ability to not only roll with the proverbial punches, but also know when you should is key.

Be Consistent

Consistency is important, folks. This kind of goes together with regularly engaging with your audience, but it’s more than that. Make sure you post at relevant times of day, and if you’re using Twitter or Snapchat, you need to be posting several times a day.

See our blog on how often to post to various social media platforms HERE.

Use Original Photographs

Stock photos may be an easy way out, but who ever said incredible social media marketing was easy?! If you can take in-house photos and edit them to post on social, then do it. It makes a HUGE difference.

For an example on how to do this correctly, check out Field House Brewing, and take a look at their socials.

Respond Quickly to Questions and Comments

Again, this goes back to regular engagement, but it takes it one step further—one of the easiest ways to lose a social media following (especially if you’re a start-up or small business), is to ignore your tribe.

No ignoring! These are your customers, and remember, business is more competitive now than ever before. If you can’t pay attention to your customers, they’ll find another business who will. Trust us.

Be Professional

Consciously develop a consistent brand voice and don’t make your business social media platforms a place to post personal information. No swearing (unless it’s on-brand, which it might be, but very rarely—see Thug Kitchen), no spelling mistakes, no grammatical errors, no misinformation.

Be a pro.

By following the advice we give above, your social media marketing will be much more effective than being inconsistent, flying by the seat of your pants, and copying what other brands are doing.


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5 Fresh Ideas for Spring Marketing Campaigns

Guys! (And girls!) It’s mid-February, the snow is almost melted, and we really want warm weather and longer days. Right?! So we started thinking…what’s next? And the answer? Spring marketing campaigns!

(This is where you cheer.)

While we were geeking out over what to write on this, we decided to get simple and back to the basics. In other words, here are 5 fresh ideas for spring marketing campaigns that should work for most small B2C wellness businesses (because we know you’re probably thinking about this, too):

Spring Stock Sales

Have new and exciting inventory? Create a major buzz by marketing your new products or services on your website and on social. People get excited for spring! It means a change in wardrobe (no more boots!), fresh air, and new, local crops.

If you’re in the food biz, you can market the in-season produce you’re now carrying! You can show more skin in your spring ads, if you’re in the business of natural skincare or organic hair and beauty products.

Get excited about your new stock or services, and throw an online spring-opener sale.

Winter Blowout Sales

Get rid of your winter stock to make way for fresh, springy stuff. You can do this by offering a flash 48-hour online sale, with unique promo codes one can only see on social media.

Get people into your space and taking last year’s products with them when they leave—while increasing the number of Facebook likes or Twitter engagement along the way.

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Spring into Contests/Giveaways

Another great way to kick-start a springtime campaign, is to create a fun and exciting contest or giveaway. By limiting your contest to social media, it drives traffic to your fave platforms and creates other avenues of brand loyalty and awareness that aren’t limited to in-store.

March Madness Events

March is all about sports, so what better way to offer deals and discounts if your job is to promote activity through sports? If your niche market is the Vancouver sports group, then a March Madness sale is for YOU.

The first two weeks in March are traditionally the time to do this, so try offering great sales on your product online.

Spring into Sunny Weather

‘Cuz the sunny weather is what’s it’s all about! We crave warmth and sun (and let’s be honest—we all need a major hit of vitamin D at about this time of year), so why not play on that to create a colourful, fun campaign that targets your online consumers?

Use any of your social media platforms to launch a great sale that gets us excited! And that’s that. 5 fresh ideas for spring marketing campaigns. Get creative, get psyched, and get your product or service moving in a BIG way.

Because spring is all about movement, freshness, fun, and new routine. Good luck!


*If you’re interested in having your social media managed, or fun, energetic, and informative blogs written for YOU by Fresh + Fit Vancouver writers, click HERE

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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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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Spring Clean Your Social

It’s about that time of year when we all get up, shake off the dust, tip our heads to the sky and breathe in sunshine and warmth and vitamin D and the smell of cherry blossoms.

(And a lot of pollen, so if you have hayfever, maybe sip a little nettle tea, first.)

Springtime means getting our lazy, winter butts in gear and putting extra emphasis on productivity. Since social media plays a huge part in any businesses’ digital marketing strategy, consider spring cleaning your social—not just your office.

(But do that, too—cleaner offices inspire increased productivity in your employees. True story.)

Here are 5 ways to spring clean your social:

Purge Those Extra Accounts

We all have them—for Fresh + Fit, it’s Pinterest. We’ll totally admit it. We are NEVER on Pinterest. Like, ever. So why do we even have a Pinterest account?

Good question.

Remember this: your business does not need to be on Pinterest and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat and Google+ and Reddit. Choose 2-3 social forums and rock them. You cannot be efficient and productive by trying to manage a million social media accounts.

For most businesses, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the biggies. Choose a couple, and let the rest go.

Create an Editorial Calendar

Are you still flying by the seat of your pants? Why? Life is easier with a plan, right? You don’t have to come up with great content and blog ideas on the spot—you’ll have already planned it all out!

A good rule of thumb is to create a new calendar each month. Keep the next 3 months or so in the background, and fill in events and other things as you go. By the end of each month, the following month will be almost done!

WAY easier, guys. Honestly.

Update Your Info + Images

When’s the last time you edited your social info and updated your profile pics and headers? If you’re using stale media, change it! In the last few months, we’ve had clients do the following:

  • Move locations
  • Add a phone number
  • Change an email address
  • Re-brand
  • Get trademarked
  • Merge with another business
  • Get new pro photos taken

These are all things that affect your profile on social! So make sure you’re up-to-date, and you’ll stay more relevant and easier to find for your clients.

Edit Who You’re Following

It’s a good idea to go through who you’re following once a year and make some changes. Many of us follow people or organizations or businesses that don’t make sense or have anything to do with what your business is about.

Remember, potential clients, customers, and other businesses frequently check social forums to see who you deem important enough to follow. If you’re spamming your own news feed by following accounts that don’t make sense, cut them out!

Stop it.

Be Specific + Focused

Don’t just post for the sake of posting. Why? Because you’ll be missing out on posting content that’s actually valuable to your audience. By spring cleaning your social, you’re removing what doesn’t work and focusing on what does—and being specific and focus works.

(Being random is soooo 2010.)

This month (April) is the perfect time of year to clear your social clutter, and get on track for being productive, efficient, and brilliant at what you do. What’s that old adage? Work smart, not hard?

Yeah, do that.


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