Posts Tagged Social Networking

How To Use Trending Data From Twitter To Promote Your Business

October 17, 2013

As a business owner with an online presence, you are probably aware of the impact that trending hashtags have on the online world. For the uninitiated, a hashtag is a phrase or a word following the symbol “#”, which gained immense popularity on Twitter, and have now spread to other social networking sites like Facebook and Google Plus. So how can you use these trending topics to promote your business? The first thing that you need to understand is that trending hashtags change in real time, which is why it is important to keep track of what is trending at a certain point, before using it to promote your business.

When you notice a trend that relates to your business, you can participate in it by using this tag. Having a trending tag in your content update helps you to spread your message to a wide audience, spreading beyond your fans and followers. While this is a great way to get your few invaluable seconds of fame on the web, you need to pay heed to social media etiquette while using trending tags to promotes your business. As a ground rule, you should never spam trending hashtags by over-posting trending tags, or posting tags that are not related to your business.

At present, Twitter and Google+ are the only social networks that allow you to view trending topics on their sites. However, the trends on these websites are easily transferable to Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest, making it possible to integrate this marketing strategy on all your social media networks. Apart from viewing trending topics directly on Twitter and Google+, you can also make use of other online resources to explore more in-depth trending tag opportunities. Some such websites include Trendsmap and Hashtags.org.

The effective use of trending data on Twitter and Google Trends for your business can help to gain followers on these sites. However, remember to stay away from political or news-related hashtags, as even though these might result in increased traffic for your website, they are sure to generate an equal amount of negative publicity, leading to the backfiring of your marketing strategy. Even if you must choose a trending tag that does not directly relate to your business, do so smartly.

Centex Technologies provide Internet Marketing Services to its clients. For more information on how to use Twitter in your marketing strategy, call us at – (855) 375-9654

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Importance Of Social Media

August 9, 2013

Venturing into the world of social media is an exciting step for most companies, as it promises of boosted revenues and a whole new channel of exposure. While the dramatic boost in customers brought about by social media might not always be as evident as expected, there is no denying that social media is the most powerful tool in the present-day scenario of internet marketing. The following points highlight the major benefits for companies opting for social media networking as an internet marketing strategy:

  • Social media networks give you a chance to build a desired brand image, deciding what you want people to think about your brand. This tool gives you a chance to be consistent and creative, and hence reach out to customers with a renewed approach on a daily basis.
  • When used correctly, social media can serve as one of the most efficient traffic generators. Sharing your website content including blogs, videos, etc. on social media channels leads users to your website. You can then inspire them through several click-to-actions, such as signing up for your mailing list, making a purchase, scheduling a consultation, etc.
  • Investing in social media promotions can be all that you need to gain a significant competitive edge in your industry. Chances are that your competitors are not taking their social media marketing initiatives that seriously, which could give you a chance to capture a wider range of audience.
  • A key advantage of social media from the marketing perspective is that of repeated exposure to the product or service being sold, which helps to shorten sale cycles. Marketing sense reveals that the average times a customer needs to be exposed to a product 5-6 times before they decide o buy it. Social media helps to create these exposures.
  •  Being active on social media networks automatically makes you influential, and lets people know that you have arrived. Once you establish yourself as an authority in your field people will turn to you for advice and to know of the latest trends in your field, which will develop a loyal fan following for your business.
  •  Last but not the least, are the “Big Wins” that come from social media networking. These might not happen every day, but when they do, they definitely make the efforts worthwhile. These could include an interview with a major media outlet, a significant business contract with someone who found you through LinkedIn, etc.

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Tips On Engaging Your Customers

July 8, 2013

As anyone involved in online marketing would know, referral marketing is emerging as a key component of the online marketing strategies of businesses, laying emphasis on the need for effectively engaging one’s customers. Contrary to what one might think, this engagement marketing is not merely about having lofty feel-good conversations with customers on your Facebook page or blog comments, but is actually about the depth and value of this communication. The following tips highlight some effective ways to engage your customers and generate visible results for your business-

  • Work on the customer experience- When your customers call your business, your aim should be to go to every possible length to ensure that the experience is a pleasant one and they would be encouraged to call again if the need be. Right from having a well-trained crew of customer representatives to having a reliable phone system in place, the little things in this respect can make a significant difference.
  • Keep the communication going– Once you have the contact information of an existing or potential customer, it is your role as a business owner to make a continuous effort to keep communicating with them. However, as you do so, it is important to remember that subtlety and moderation are the keys. Even if your customers do not read the emails you send them, just seeing your name constantly in their inboxes is enough to make them think of you the next time they need a similar service. Giving out free samples and reward gifts to customers via these emails is a great way to make them look forward for more.
  • Make the most of social media– Social media is a wondrous tool for business owners looking for ways to engage their customers. With the multiple social networking channels available, the opportunities that can be explored in this regard are endless. You need to understand that each of these social media sites is different, and you have to establish a unique campaign for whichever site you are a part of. Keep offering your customers new and refreshing content in the form of blogs, info-graphics, surveys, polls, giveaways, etc. Your aim should be to be relentlessly innovative and persistent in your efforts.

With all the above-mentioned tips, it is important to keep a tab on the effect of these efforts on your customers, and having a clear picture of what’s working and what isn’t for your business.

We at Centex Technologies provide SEO, Social Media Marketing services to its customers across Texas. For more information, call us at – (855) 375-9654

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Check Out The New Myspace

February  14, 2013

So Myspace is all set to make a momentous comeback, and is already sending ripples in the world of social marketing. The new Myspace layout has a lot to offer to business owners, and even though the site is still in its beta version, there is a lot that you can do to start planning your profile and doing the groundwork for a great start. Myspace is branding itself as a “social entertainment network”, as it shall include a lot more than just social networking, including movies, TV shows, music, and a lot more!

To set up an account on Myspace, you shall first have to choose a category that you belong to, out of categories like brand, fan, comedian, etc. This selection shall be important in deciding your account type, but you shall be able to change it later on. The site is being closely integrated with other popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and shall make it possible to not only connect with friends you have on these networks, but also share your Myspace status updates on other social media sites.

A striking difference between the new Myspace and the older version is that this one has a much simpler interface. You shall notice this right from the get-go, with the process of updating your profile information being a lot easier and quicker. The home page brings together the best of everything, right from a cover photo to a section dedicated to your website’s link, which is great for businesses. The “manage” option in different profile types allows you to customize them as per your selected choice, and also easily upload files. The new Myspace is laying major focus on music and audio clips, and this just might be what makes it stand out in the social media sea.

Once you are done with setting up your profile, you shall be able to post updates of up to 150 characters and a photo. You shall also be able to customize your stream and add filters to it, to decide what kind of information you want to see in your stream. Since the website is still in the Beta version, you can only join it via someone who already has a profile on it. You can then connect your existing social media accounts to your Myspace page to add more connections.

We at Centex Technologies provide Social Media Marketing, SEO and PPC services to clients in Austin, Dallas and Killeen areas in Central Texas.

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Social Networking – Wonder For Businesses.

January 6, 2012

Social networking is fast emerging as a great avenue for promoting your business on an online platform. There are several websites that can be used for this purpose the most popular ones being Facebook, Myspace and the latest being Google’s +1 platform. Websites like facebook offer a variety of advantages in terms of the number of potential customers that your brand can be exposed to by setting up advertizements here. Apart from going in for conventional paid advertizements on social networks, there are several tools that can be used to increase your visibility on the internet. Some of these tools include creating a fan page of your brand where you list all important information regarding your company, creating a Facebook app to engage potential customers etc.

Apart from providing information about your brand, you can also provide means of making a purchase. This can be done by setting up an order mechanism that can be used by customers to shop online. If you do not wish to set up such a mechanism on your social business profile page, you can incorporate links to your official website directing customers to your order page or catalogue of products. The best part about using social networking websites for advertizing your business is that it is a highly interactive platform and allows you to remain constantly in touch with the changing tastes and preferences of your customers. You can also provide an outlet for customer complaints and grievances that may be solved by employees specially employed for this purpose.

Social networking websites provide a method of promoting your brand that is highly cost effective and economical. Moreover, it exposes to diverse groups of people who would otherwise not be acquainted with your brand. You do not need to spend huge amounts of money for print or television advertizements. The conventional advertizements put up on social networking websites generally tend to cost relatively lower and can be customized to suit your particular requirements. Most social networking websites allow you to direct your advertizements toward people of specific age groups or geographical backgrounds. This helps in target advertizing that can lead to improved sales as well as earnings.

There are tremendous benefits of promoting your business or brand on social networks. We at Centex Technologies provide internet marketing solutions including SEO, Social Networking and Viral Marketing to our client. For more information on our services, feel free to call us at our Killeen (254-213-4740) or Dallas (972-851-7878) Office.

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