Internet Marketing Tips For Your Business – Use Facebook To Reach Social Media Prospects

As you know, today Facebook is one of the leading places where people correspond with each other on the Internet. As a result, you can capitalize on this communication movement to promote your products and services for your business.

Like anything else there are certain rules or best practices and tips that will make this task easier for you.

Here are some basic steps to consider when you use Facebook to promote your business.

1. Establish Facebook Presence

Currently on Facebook you can have a fan page which can be used as your business page – or fan page as it’s sometimes called. And you can also have a profile page which would be used to post information of a more personal nature about yourself.

One particular rule of thumb would be to post 80% of business posts on your business page with 20% personal posts for this page. And for your personal profile page, post information to the opposite of these percentages.

In this way people going to your personal profile page will find out more personal information about you and people going to your business page will find out more information about your business.

Facebook makes changes from time to time about these pages and the rules regulating these pages. So the recommendations noted here may change as time goes on.

it is important to brand your Facebook fan page as much as possible so that when people come upon your page they can easily recognize what you are all about as a business and what you have to offer. This will give them instant recognition of your “brand” which could be your business purpose, mission, business fulfillment strategy, or business personal relations target achievement, etc.

Optimize Your Profile

In this regard, it’s important to optimize your profile – give information about you and your business so that people can easily find out about what you have to offer in your products and services of your business.

Website Link

Be sure that you put your website(s) links in this profile so that people can easily go to your website to find out more about you and your business. A tip here is to put your website in “camel case” format. An example of this would be is: “http://www.YourDomain.com” where the Y and the D are capitalized. This makes it easier to read your website domain, and people will more readily click on it or visit it.

Lead Capture/Welcome Tab

It is also important to build a lead capture or a welcome tab so that people will “Like” your page. After they have liked your page they will receive notification of future postings on your page. In this way they will be able to keep up-to-date with the information that you are posting all in your Facebook site.

It is a good idea here to give people who “Like” your page something of value that they will find enticing and rewarding once they receive it.

With all this done, you have set up the basics for establishing your Internet presence with your Facebook site.

The next step will be to add updates to your site so that you can get more people to participate using your site and thereby be directed to your business linked websites so they can find out more about how to buy your products and services.

2. Post Updates

Now when you post updates to your site, you want them to be newsworthy and about your business or your industry that you are promoting. This will give information to people about your business or industry and prompt them to find more information out about you or your business by clicking on a link which would take them to your business website directly.

In this way, with this linking strategy, you can also send them to articles or videos you have produced about your business products or services. Another great way to direct people on your Facebook page would be to post a link that they can click on to go to these particular sites and read more about you or watch a video that describes more in detail what you are promoting.

Done correctly, they will find this both refreshing and rewarding and they will eventually become customers for you. and they will become influencers to their friends. They will refer their friends to your Facebook page or your website.

3. Friend Influencers

Since Facebook is a very social Internet platform and people discuss all kinds of things on it, certain people are very influential in their Internet presence already. Is a good idea to “friend” these people and endeavor to be “friended” back by them. This is because they have influential friends in their group or they are part of other groups that have influential buyers in them who will want to buy from your business or company.

For more ways Internet marketing can make your business or practice grow, see the resource box at the bottom of this article to get more information.

Finally, the internet marketing scene is constantly changing – so what worked in the past may not work well now. To get the most up to date information on the best way to advertise and market your business, see the resource box at the bottom of this article.

The Future of Advertising: Mobile Media Marketing

The Internet is transforming today’s advertising culture by leaps and bounds. In an economic climate where businesses can no longer afford to waste money on general advertisements, mobile media marketing is the answer to reaching the most relevant demographics without an extensive advertising budget.

Never before has the marketing world seen a mode of advertisement with the ability to target, push, and measure campaigns the way mobile advertising does. As of this year, more than 85% of new phones are capable of accessing the Internet, with future projections vastly increasing. This makes mobile marketing the most direct line of entry into an audience pool that is involved, participatory, and easy to target.

For the most part, mobile searches comprise a completely different aspect of the web than home-based searches. On the move, users tend to make more local searches for dining, entertainment, retail, directions, and service centres than they would at home. Businesses in competitive markets which cater to a local population can benefit from making themselves visible to mobile web traffic. Before a local business would need to be located by a customer on foot, smaller corporations can now draw in their customers with eye-catching offers, and adverts. Businesses also have the opportunity to involve their customers with reviews and contests.

Mobile media marketing is the most flexible and affordable mode of advertisement yet. Businesses can create and personalise their ads for little or no money and then launch them to a fully targeted audience of their choosing. Mobile browsers hold extreme amounts of data, some of which includes user demographics that are used by businesses when targeting their ads. There are two main areas for a business’s ad to be featured: with apps or in web browsing. Both ways offer the business pay-per-click (PPC) advertising where a business is only charged by the advertiser when a user clicks on the ad. This is an incredible benefit for businesses as they are only charged when a customer is successfully directed to their site.

The return on investment potential with mobile advertising is extraordinary. Because ads are launched and monitored in real time, businesses can also receive instant feedback on their campaigns. This allows a company to experiment with their ads to find the most effective calls to action without the risk of crippling the advertising budget. The future of mobile media marketing is endless: already the integration of social media has bridged the gap between businesses to consumer. By carrying the Internet with them, consumers are involving themselves with the web like never before. The businesses that take advantage of this relationship and use it to better address their consumers’ needs will surely reap the benefits.

Directionals Move Properties

One of the most effective and frequently overlooked methods of filling or selling a property is the use of directional arrow signs. I’m guilty of it myself, although usually I’m merely lazy instead of overlooking this great marketing technique. Being lazy usually costs me in terms of holding costs, especially if you happen to be in a buyer’s market as I currently am. Even if you’re in a hot market where everything is moving quickly, directionals will move your property that much quicker.

Yes, there are numerous other methods you can use such as: flyers in the neighborhood and large stores and shopping malls, ads in the large and small papers, listings on the internet, listing with a real estate agent, calling real estate agents to inform them, mailouts to apartment complexes, yard signs with flyer boxes, open houses, calling loan officers, emailing your buyer list, etc., etc. (I have one friend use advertises her properties on the cable preview channel and she says it works great. Unfortunately, that option isn’t available in my area.)

Why Do Directionals Work So Well?

Directional arrow signs work well for a number of reasons. First, they are targeted to the neighborhood where the property is located so the folks who will actually see them are the buyers or tenants who are already driving the neighborhood looking for properties. The second group of people who will see the signs are the residents who already live there. Many times the nearby residents will have family or friends who want to move into the neighborhood.

Flyers delivered to the neighborhood will also accomplish the notification aspect that there’s an available property, but what flyers don’t do is lead the prospect or prospect’s friend straight to the front door.

Why Not Just Use Typical Bandit Signs?

For those that don’t know, bandit signs are the road-side signs that many people utilize to advertise their business, favorite politician, and/or properties for sale or lease. The signs come in many colors and sizes, some professionally done and some hand-written. The nickname bandit signs stems from the fact that many municipalities have sign ordinances that prohibit their use or restrict use in the public domain or right of way.

The primary weakness of typical bandit signs for marketing a property for sale or lease is that the sign provides a little information (often impossible to read while driving by) and a phone number. If I’m out looking for properties today, I don’t want to leave a message or turn around to go see what the sign said. I want to drive by NOW, not tomorrow, not later today, right now.

How is a Directional Arrow Sign Different?

Who said anything about one directional sign? I’m talking an entire series of signs that leads the prospect from the main thoroughfare all the way through the neighborhood to the driveway of your property. There’s no thinking, major squinting, turning around, or phone calls involved here. “Oh, honey, turn there quick.” Then it’s “look, there’s another sign, turn there.” etc., all the way to the property. Then, of course, there’s more information including contact numbers available at the property.

Okay, So How Do I Implement This Technique?

Here’s the way I do it and you should tweak it and improve to suit you. When a property becomes available, I study the neighborhood and determine the “best” ways to lead prospects to my property. By “best”, I take into consideration ease of navigation, neighborhood amenities like parks and schools, and surrounding properties. If there’s a back way into the subdivision or location, I map out both paths.

My target locations are every single corner that my prospects will need to turn in order to get to the property. If there’s a really long stretch without a turn, then I might need a directional arrow in the middle of that stretch to keep them coming. My experience has been that I will have to replace signs within the neighborhood only a few times, but I have to monitor the signs on the major roads and replace them fairly frequently. However, these signs tend to stay put much longer than a traditional bandit sign.

Then I simply go door-knocking and ask people if I can place a small directional sign in their yard. I intentionally do this during the day to miss folks because I’d rather not get involved in lengthy discussions about the property and I’ve got many doors to get to. Once I’m sure no one’s home, I leave a letter in the screen door or someplace where it will be easily seen. I drop this letter at all four houses on each corner on the route.

What Does the Letter Say?

I’ve found it’s important to NOT come across as a real estate investor or a company. I use an informal style and simply ask for help in finding someone to buy or lease my property. Points that I include in the letter are:

  • It’s just a small directional arrow sign
  • I’ll put it right by the corner and not really in their yard
  • I’ll make sure I don’t damage any sprinkler systems
  • They get a $20 gift certificate once the process is done
  • They get to choose the store, restaurant, etc.
  • Please call me to replace the sign if it gets removed
  • The first person who calls me wins

This technique has never failed. Frequently, I’ll have two or more people from each corner call me, but I’ve always had at least one person call to agree to the arrangement. Some of them have even taken serious offense to do-gooder neighbors who remove the signs as the property owner is concerned they might not get their gift certificate. I’ll describe the signs in more detail below, but I started adding “Placed With Permission of Owner” on the top of the signs and this reduced my losses.

The end result of this effort is that perhaps I pay out $160 to $200 in referral fees, but I have to run my $50 to $150 worth of weekly newspaper ads many, many fewer weeks. It definitely pays off from a monetary standpoint. The other benefit is that I now have a list of folks near each property (whom I’ve never even met) who think I’m great. Every single person will call me back after receiving their gift to thank me and the large majority volunteer that I’m more than welcome to do this anytime I need.

What Do the Signs Look Like?

The signs I use are basically the standard bandit signs cut in half. A normal size bandit sign is 18″ x 24″ and I use 9″ x 12″ signs for my directional arrows. I have a red directional arrow that takes up about 5 inches of the sign, leaving the bottom 4 inches blank. Within the red arrow I ask the sign company to put my message which could be “Owner Finance” or “Lease Purchase” or whatever you prefer. The message is easy to read.

In the blank space I use a large marker to write the property address. It’s important to leave enough blank space below the arrow to write the address in large numbers and letters. Also, as I mentioned above, I include the “owner permission” tag line on top of the arrow. I buy 36″ wooden stakes from Home Depot and attach an arrow sign to each side of the stake so the information can be seen coming and going.

If you don’t have a source for these signs, please contact BanditSigns.com to get some. They’re inexpensive and well worth the cost.

I hope you’ll add this tool to your marketing techniques and discover the same success I’ve had in using it. You may find that you abandon many other advertising tools you’ve been using in the past.