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Internet Marketing for Local Small Business - Part 5

How many more reasons do you need?

numbers How many more reasons do you need?The numbers are consistent no matter where you look. Nielsen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, comScore and many cosumer research firms have release several studies that support the fact that consumers are radically changing not only the way they buy, but the whole purchase decision making process as well. It’s not a matter of faith anymore, it’s here and the sooner you, as a small business owner, embrace the change, the bigger advantage you will have.

“What happens in Vegas stays in… YouTube, Facebook, Flickr…” – Erik Qualman How many more reasons do you need?

Big business, big problem

While many big companies are scratching thier heads on how to justify their budgets, finding the holy grail of “Social Media ROI” and in many cases, freaking out about the loss of control over their brands, small businesses like yours have an amazing opportunity right in their doorsteps.

Many small business owners recognize the value that online marketing can bring to their business -and since you are still reading, I will jus assume you are one of them- but have no idea how to start or fit this “online thing” in their current marketing plans. It can be overwhelming , but start with small steps. One thing at time, just don’t be a bystander.

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Is Social Media a waste of time?

If you are anything like many Dallas small business I’ve spoke with, you may ask yourself this question:

“How can you make money off social networks?”

The short answer is: You can’t… at least not directly.

socialmedia Is Social Media a waste of time?

It’s a very natural concern provided the limited amount of time you have, and the vague idea that social media marketing demands way too much attention.

Social networking websites were started as a way to stay in touch with friends and family, and to meet new people online. LinkedIn has a similar slant – it is great for entrepreneurs and professionals who want to keep track of their contacts for hiring / outsourcing. Flicker is just a blindingly simple tool for sharing photos.

The success of social networks marks a dynamic shift in how people are using the Internet. We have evolved from just searching for information to creating and participating in social spaces with other individuals through the Internet. This model is based upon the hive mentality where people identify themselves as part of a group with similar likes and interests that draw them together.

Social networks make viral marketing and word-of-mouth marketing more effective than ever before. The best use of social networks is not to make money “directly” off them, but to harness their marketing potential and to use them to market your own business. The best way to do that is to optimize your website (including the process of link building) for your target keywords.

Online social networks present an efficient platform for you to use in the spread of your marketing message. In addition, they are also a great tool for getting tons of visitors and thousands of page views to your site.

What this all means is that you need to devote more of your attention towards how you can leverage the traffic you do receive from these sources. To do that, you should allow your visitors to create their own social network centered on your niche topic. The power of this cannot be missed since social networks allow for multiple points of connections between almost anyone on Earth, giving them the ability to find, share, enjoy, and track anything and everything that tickles their fancy.

Social network marketing works in the exact same way, except people choose to provide your link without being asked to do so, and places like del.ici.ous, Digg, Blogpulse, and Technorati give them the ability to do that. In offline terms, that means turning towards your friends and family to ask for their opinions. Online, it means turning towards a group of trusted people whose opinions and recommendations you value.

In fact, in lots of cases, you’ve probably done some research on your own, using the traditional search engine marketing model and then turned to a social network that you are a part of to validate your findings and complete your research by getting their experiences and opinions about the topic. This is social network marketing at work in its purest form.

Online social networks provide the platform needed to speak out (if they are so inclined) or to simply listen to the conversations as they happen… and speaking of conversations; why don’t start right here? Leave your comments or questions!

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Introduction

Welcome to The Small Business Social Media Tactics video series.

Every week you will receive a new video in which you will discover how to make your social media strategy more effective and really profitable.

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Social Media Marketing in a nutshell

This is the most simple straight forward explanation of Social Media Marketing for Small Business Owners.

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