All posts tagged Social Marketing

Google+ for Business

   With over 40 million users (and still growing), google+ most likely has some fans of your brand on it – fans that (up til now) you might only connect with on that other social network (which we trust you’re already doing with a facebook page for your business). That’s about to change though, as google+ pages for business opened for business yesterday and the google+ badge for businesses will start appearing across the web, spreading as did the now ubiquitous “Follow Us” facebook icons and the +1 sharing button

Wondering if google+ will be the next Buzz or Wave? All indicators are that google is playing for keeps on this one, and if one thing will make google+ stick, it will be widespread adoption by businesses. Google+ should have an edge on facebook pages (at least initially) in some respects, such as the ability to group your page’s followers into smaller Circles, and even chat with them in video Hangouts (up to 9 at a time). The most interesting long-term aspect of google+ pages will be the upcoming integration with google AdWords paid search. You may have already noticed that there’s an option in AdWords Display Ads to overlay a +1 button for people to like your ad, and the option to add a Social Extension to your campaigns. This latter will tally all the +1’s of your ad, your site, your page and your search results (clearly google has embraced “bigger is better” math here), and allow people to view all of the recommendations for your brand in aggregate.

To add another layer to it, google’s Direct Connect goes live today, rolling out on select websites. This feature lets people enter ‘+’ followed by the name of your page in Google search to get directly to your Google+ page: try it for one of the brands that  already have google+ pages: NY TimesABC NewsDell. Certainly easier than finding your favorite brand’s facebook page. We’re looking forward to integrating google+ badges with the full suite of social sharing buttons, and then kicking back and watching the show in analytics.

Socialize Email Marketing Campaigns – Part 2

When you’re looking to engage your customers in your social network, go one step further. Posting your social icons where your customers will consistently see them is a great best practice, but if you want to get a bigger following in a shorter period of time, try other tactics too.

Involve them in a trade of sorts. Ask them to like you on Facebook and in return give them something back such as a discount on your products, early social fan sales, free shipping, etc. Below are some email marketing examples that spotlight great ways to do this:

Socialize Email
Facebook Friends PreviewLike Us on Facebook Example Image

Another great way to get a larger following on your social networks is to involve your customers in the community – exchanging ideas, following along on some longer event, creating fans of the week, etc. The ideas are endless and will get your customers involved in your community in a fun way and hopefully keep them coming back for more. Following are a couple of industry examples:Facebook Fan of the WeekSocialize your Email example Facebook Charitable Campaign Example