Tag Archive : member benefit

Save Local Now was built by a Chamber exec specifically for Chamber members (especially small to medium sized businesses). Many of us are confused by digital and social media marketing. Without spending a fortune, how are we supposed to compete with larger companies with a much larger marketing budget? Email marketing costs money. Search engine optimization costs money. Social media management costs money.

While these components of digital marketing cost money, they are also essential for survival in the online market place.

That’s why Chambers of Commerce choose to partner with Save Local Now; to bring FREE digital marketing tools to their Chamber members.

With Save Local Now every member has access to their very own digital marketing platform. This platform lets members publish business promotions like: “BOGO for First Time Customers!” – “We’re open late on Wednesday’s” or “Check out our new product now sold in store!”

The SLN platform allows members to 1-click share those business promotions to their own social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

With the SLN digital platform members are also able to share those business promotions through SLN’s free email marketing. SLN reminds us that SOCIAL MEDIA IS TO REACH MORE CUSTOMERS, EMAIL MARKETING IS TO GENERATE REVENUE.

Lastly, SLN provides FREE search engine optimization to each and every member’s profile. SLN will help place your members higher and higher on search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, allowing local consumers to find their products and services more quickly and efficiently.

Note for members: Regardless of if you have a small business or big business, there is benefit here. Online marketing for your business that you can do quickly, easily and completely free of charge.

The holiday season will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to map out your digital-marketing campaigns in order to drive the most revenue for your business.

Waiting too long puts you at a severe disadvantage — you need to be ready to capitalize on the increased traffic and the mindset of consumers during this period. They will be ready and willing to click that buy-now button, so run through this quick six-step checklist to make sure your online business is ready for the fast-approaching holiday season.

REMEMBER: Save Local Now is a completely free member benefit. Included in your digital platform: content publishing, email marketing, search engine optimization, and social media sharing.

1. Analyze previous holiday-season data.

This is something so simple, yet many businesses completely ignore the gold mine of data they have available to them. Where did the majority of your holiday traffic that lead to conversions come from last year? Was it email marketing, social media, paid search or organic traffic?

2. Build out holiday-specific landing pages.

You will want to have several landing pages to split test, so rather than scrambling to get them done at the last minute, build them out now. This allows you to start your holiday marketing with a large group to pull data from.

The sooner you are able to clip the poorly performing pages and identify your highest converting landing pages, the sooner you can push the majority of your traffic to the best performing landing pages. You want to make sure you have identified your best performers before the peak of holiday season.

3. Set up your holiday email-marketing campaigns.

There is a good chance that your holiday email offers and funnels will be slightly different than your traditional email campaigns. For example, your traditional conversion funnel might reach the consumer every 10 days with an offer, but during the holiday season you will want to be a little more aggressive. Consumers are in the buying mood — if you wait too long you might lose those potential customers to a competitor that reached them sooner.

4. Ensure your website is mobile-friendly.

It’s been said a million times — you need a mobile-friendly website. While running your site through Google’s mobile-friendly test is a good start, you need to also test your user experience with real visitors.

Ask friends, family, employees and complete strangers to access your website via their mobile devices and have them navigate your pages, access your offers, submit your forms and attempt to contact your business. You need honest feedback — if something sucks they need to tell you. Holiday visitors are in the buying mindset, so you need to make sure they don’t get frustrated or annoyed while on your website.

5. Map out your holiday content marketing.

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday content. Start chipping away at it now and you can have all of your blog posts scheduled ahead of time.

You will also want to consider increasing your posting frequency during the holiday season. This should be something that you start discussing early with whomever is handling your SEO. You will often want to create your content around holiday specific keywords.

6. Schedule your holiday season social-media posts.

If you aren’t using an automated social-media tool, now is the time to look into it. I use Hootsuite — it costs me less than $120 a year and allows me to schedule posts far in advance. You never want to automate all social media, but it’s nice to know that you always have posts scheduled that can spark interaction and drive website traffic.

Holiday-specific images, hashtags and messages are key — your approach will be a bit different during the holiday season. During peak holiday season, don’t be afraid to throw some direct offers out there — people will be searching for deals and using the correct hashtags and keywords can help attract purchase-ready consumers.

Original Article: http://entm.ag/1NB1ifs

Check out a list of promotions made from other SLN business members and use them for inspiration!

Food and Drink Category:

  • Call Us Ahead for Fast Pick Up
  • Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting
  • 1/2 Price Bottle of Wine with Entree Purchase
  • Happy Hour Pricing from 4PM-7PM
  • Tuesday Daily Specials!

Activities and Shopping Categories:

  • $25 Adult Paint Class
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Texas Hold Em Night
  • Help Local Charities
  • Ride for the Red Shield (event)

Health and Fitness Category:

  • 2 Week Free Trial
  • Teen Wellness Class
  • Wise Wednesday Stress Relief Session
  • Did you know? Exercise Improves Your Skin Tone and Color
  • A 1 Hour Work Out is 4% of Your Day – No Excuses

Hair and Beauty Category:

  • Great Haircut, Great Price
  • Free Blow Out!
  • New Bubble Wand In Stock Today
  • Back To School Special for Kids
  • What Are You Using On Your Skin At Home?

Home Category:

  • $500 Down and Quick Move In for Beautiful New Home
  • Your One Stop Glass Shop
  • New Design for Frameless Shower Enclosure
  • Stop By and Tour Our Three Model Homes
  • New Paint Colors in Stock

Automotive Category:

  • $24.95 Oil Change and Tire Rotation
  • $14.95 Wiper Blade Set
  • Get To Know Our Team of Experts
  • Your 1st Call For Transportation
  • Uh Oh! Better Get Maaco!

Keri Senderak, Director of Marketing and Communications at Save Local Now, was interviewed on the importance of supporting local. See her full interview  here.

Why is buying local so important to businesses and the economy as a whole?

At the most basic level, buying local ensures that more money stays in the community. In fact, for every $100 spent at a locally-owned store, $45 remains in the local economy. By shopping at the local “mom and pop” style store instead of these “big box” corporations, consumers can rest assured knowing that they’re doing their part at keeping their communities unique and thriving.

How does buying local save money?

Buying local saves people money in several ways. These small businesses are close to home, meaning that many people don’t need to travel far to get to them. Products (like fruit and produce) are made or grown at local locations, so they don’t have to travel far to get where they’re going. This means that, in many cases, there is no middle man. This translates to lower prices for the business owner and, of course, the consumer.

What are the current trends you’re seeing in local communities?

Saving money by buying local. I’ve noticed that many chambers of commerce (more specifically those that have partnered with Save Local Now) are encouraging “buy local” initiatives. Now more than ever chambers and their small businesses recognize that when consumers buy local, they are also assisting in the creation and retention of jobs.

Where do you see local businesses in the next few years? Few decades?

I only see communities and their local businesses growing stronger. Many of us concern ourselves with “what’s trending.” These “buy local” promotions are most definitely trending, but I also believe they’re here to stay. People genuinely care about their communities; they want a booming downtown area, safe streets to walk on, job opportunities and friendly atmospheres. Honestly though, who doesn’t? I don’t see small business going anywhere any time soon.

You partner closely with chambers of commerce. What are some things you do together?

We partner exclusively with chambers of commerce to help their member businesses. We discovered that many of these small business owners didn’t have the tools they need to ensure a successful business. We void that gap by partnering with the chamber. The chamber pays for SLN services, and their members get SLN as an added benefit for being a member of the chamber. Currently, Save Local Now is in 27 states, and more than 80,000 member businesses have received SLN as a NO-COST member benefit. Here at Save Local Now, we are all about the small business owner, and will do whatever we can to guarantee the success of that business, the community they’re in, and the chamber of commerce that supports them.

You can follow Keri and Save Local Now on Facebook and Twitter.