3 Ways to Use Social Media for Business

social media how toIs social media working well for you?

Are you approaching it the right way?

Everyone uses social media differently, and the approach you use should be based on your goals.

In this article I’ll share three ways to use social media to get the results you want for your business.

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Find 3 ways to use social media for business.

#1: Sell Products or Services

The instant nature of social media is ideal for sales. It’s no wonder social networks have become full-blown marketing channels. Those using a sales approach make no bones about the fact that they want you to buy their product or service.

When you’re selling, your updates likely include discounts and coupons, limited-time deals, new releases and promotions.

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4 Steps to Implementing a Social CRM Strategy

social media how to Are you using social media to improve your customer service?

Is your current Customer Relationship Management process inefficient?

A fine-tuned social customer service strategy increases customer engagement.

In this article I’ll share four easy steps for developing a social CRM strategy.

Why a Social Media CRM Strategy?

Just about everybody uses social media in their daily lives. Why not use those online gathering places as an outlet for customer service?

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Social media is a great place to offer CRM.

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How to Deliver Outstanding Customer Service With Social Media

social media how toAre you responding to customers on social media?

Do you customize your interactions with them?

Your brand and online reputation depend on how you provide social media customer service.

In this article you will find four ways social media conversations create an extraordinary customer experience that inspires loyalty and word-of-mouth recommendations.

#1: Create Unforgettable Experiences

One of the great benefits of providing customer support on social media is being able to connect with consumers in real time. You see a need and you fill it. You hear a problem and you solve it.

Handling customer issues on a public stage can benefit both you and the customer you’re working with—especially if you go above and beyond a genericPlease call us so we can resolve the issue.”

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Keep an eye out for social mentions of your company.

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Customer Service: The Key to Delivering Experiences Worth Talking About

Do you believe that you provide good customer service?

Are you wondering why customer service is so important to your business?

To learn how service and social media tie together, I interview John DiJulius for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview John DiJulius, the author of What’s The Secret: To Providing a World-Class Customer Experience. He’s worked with companies such as the Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Panera Bread and many others. He’s a leading expert on customer service.

John shares the importance of customer service and why the first experience counts.

You’ll discover the business benefits of good customer service, who your customer is and how service plays online.

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9 Small Business Twitter Marketing Examples to Study

social media how to Are you debating whether your small business should invest time on Twitter?

Do you wonder how Twitter can help your business?

By being an active part of the Twitter community and sharing the right mix of content, you can reach a larger audience, generate more leads and become the go-to source when customers are ready to buy.

In this article I’ll show you how nine small businesses use Twitter to cater to their audiences, find prospects and expand brand recognition.

Why Twitter for Small Businesses?

Twitter has evolved a lot since 2007. It used to be about conversations, but these days some would say it’s just another way to push out marketing messages and links without true engagement with customers.

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Twitter is perfect for small businesses. Image source: iStockPhoto.com.

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Stop Marketing, Start Engaging: How to Get Social Media to Really Work

Do you use social media marketing to grow your business?

Are you wondering how to get others to say great things about your brand or product?

To discover the common mistakes social media marketers make and how to fix them, I interview Scott Stratten for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Scott Stratten, author of UnMarketing and co-host of the UnPodcast. His latest book is QR Codes Kill Kittens.

Scott shares how marketers can improve social media by engaging their audiences.

You’ll discover how to use social media marketing effectively, and how brands can get talked about in a positive way.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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10 Social Media Tips to Enhance Your Marketing, From the Pros

social media how to Are you serious about kicking your social media marketing up a notch?

Do you want tips that will help you stay ahead of the social media marketing curve?

Here’s some great advice from ten social media pros.

In this article I share 10 social tips from the pros to improve your social media marketing in 2014.

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4 Examples of Excellent Twitter Customer Service

social media how toDo you use Twitter to stay connected with your customers?

Have you integrated Twitter into your customer service strategy?

Would you like to know which companies are doing this best?

Why Twitter Customer Service?

Gone are the days when people would call up a company and complain.

Now, people are more likely to head to their smartphones or computers to tell the world how terrible a product or service is.

That’s why customer service is becoming increasingly important on social media platforms like Twitter.

A study done by Simply Measured showed that 99% of brands are on Twitter, and 30% of them have a dedicated customer service handle. The average response time was 5.1 hours with 10% of companies answering within an hour, and 93% of companies answering within 48 hours.

Here are 4 companies with exceptional customer service on Twitter and key takeaways to help you improve how your customers perceive your company on Twitter.

#1: JetBlue Excels in Responsiveness

Airline delays are one of the most common causes of customer frustration. Not only do delays happen often, but also people are pretty vocal about their feelings when their flight is delayed.

Acknowledging this, @JetBlue ensures they’re responsive to their customers because they understand it’s important for continued customer loyalty. Not only do they engage with happy customers, but they also respond to and help frustrated customers as quickly as possible.

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6 Ways to Use Facebook Apps for Business

social media toolsDoes your business leverage the power of Facebook apps?

Wondering how other businesses are using apps to better serve their customers?

Keep reading to discover many ways businesses are using Facebook apps.

Why Facebook Apps?

There are many reasons why you may want to consider using Facebook apps. They can provide communication between your customers and your customer service team, allow people to sign up for and receive your newsletter or provide your customers with special rewards.

Each of these uses can help you create a deeper relationship with your customers and foster brand loyalty. If you use a fangate to conceal the content on strategic app tabs from non-fans, you can also increase the number of likes your Page is getting.

In this article, we’ll explore 6 ways to successfully use Facebook apps to build the reputation of your brand and reach your customer service goals.

#1: Keep Customers in the Know

Email remains a very popular marketing tool and sending interested users email updates in the form of a newsletter keeps them in the know about your business.

Use a newsletter signup app to collect email addresses so you have an additional way to communicate with your customers when they leave Facebook. You can even ask people to like your Page to reveal the newsletter signup form.

Publish status updates to tease newsletter content and then direct your fans to the app where they can sign up to receive the full newsletter.

The popular yoga and music festival, Wanderlust, has events all over North America, all year long. Wanderlust uses a newsletter signup app as a way to stay connected with fans and tell them what’s happening where and when.

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