You may have noticed the social media icons on a few sections of the SLN platform. I’m here to tell you that these icons, although small, have a huge effect on the success of your SLN page and even on your business. So, listen up. If you have accounts for your business on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, it’s time to start pushing your SLN content as far as possible! Here is some useful information about sharing on social media:
We Make It Simple
It doesn’t get easier than this. We allow you to share your business profile, deals/promotions, events, and email content on most of your social media platforms all through the click of a button. By clicking on the Facebook icon, for example, you have the opportunity to push all of the content you’ve produced on SLN to all of your loyal customers. And even better, those loyal customers may choose to share your content, and reach even more individuals. Winning!
Social Media is a Necessity
It’s becoming increasingly important that small businesses have a social media presence. Make sure that your information is accurate and consistent across all the social media platforms you run. Facebook has the best ROI in terms of social media content posting. The more time and content you put in to your social media, the more likely you are to see a rise in sales, and Facebook is the front-runner in this area. Because of that, it’s a crime not to use it to your business’ advantage.
Be Aware of Your Followers
Is there a particular type of post your followers love to see? What receives the most likes or responses on your social media platforms? Think about these questions when sharing and creating your SLN content. You want to keep making your followers and customers happy!
Hopefully you’ve learned a few things about the significance of social media sharing. At SLN, we want you to be found online. We want that coveted recognition for your business. But at the end of the day, users who continually create and share new information on social media have better SEO, and better overall results. If you’re curious about these results, look up “Fresh Coffee Olmsted Falls, OH” on Google. Keep your eye out for The Village Bean Cafe; their SLN page appears before their competitors such as Starbucks. We love to see success stories like these, so, that said, good luck with social media sharing!
Joining a local Chamber of Commerce can be a hard decision for many business owners. Some look at it as just another incoming expense, and assume it’s not worth the trouble. But what it all comes down to are the member benefits, which often vary between chambers. However, there are many perks across the board to becoming a member. Keep reading to learn seven advantages of joining your Chamber of Commerce!
Having your business appear on your Chamber’s website will give your business the extra boost you’re looking for. In addition, word-of-mouth referrals are a timeless form of marketing which should not be underestimated.
Regardless of your business’ size, networking is a key component to a success. Connecting with other business owners through the Chamber opens up a world of advice and camaraderie.
Did you know that in a study conducted by the Schapiro Group in 2012 showed that 80% of consumers were more likely to purchase a product or service from a Chamber member? Sales are an important, if not the most important, part of running a business. Your Chamber of Commerce boosts your reputation and therefore contributes to the sales you depend on.
Are you looking to expand your business, or even form a partnership eventually? If so, joining your Chamber can connect you to potential investors, or even instill the confidence, stability, and experience to expand your business.
5. Community Involvement
Becoming a member is simply a great way to give back to your community. It feels rewarding to participate, and also feels rewarding in terms of your business.
Since most Chamber websites have an authoritative relationship with various search engines, a direct linkage to your business’ websites/webpages will cause those search engines to reward your site just by association. This means your website will be rated higher and hopefully generate more traffic.
7. Member Benefits
These will vary among Chambers, but for the most part, becoming a member is usually worth it. Some benefits may be things like discounts, or connections to trade shows or other events. Not to mention, SLN partners with Chambers all over the USA and Canada, and we have an extensive list of benefits just within our platform! Make sure to inquire about us when you join your Chamber!
As aforementioned, becoming a member of your local Chamber of Commerce is usually worth it. If you have a small amount of money left over in your annual budget, you should consider joining, so you, too, can reap all the benefits you just read about!
Once you verify your business with us, its essential to utilize each feature of our platform to maximize Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. One part of our business profile page are the embedded keywords which we allow you to select.
I asked my colleague Lizzie Bove to help explain the significance of these keywords: “They’re important because that’s an area where search engines look to figure out what your webpage is all about. So our keywords are embedded into the coding of our webpages. Then whenever someone searches on Google or Yahoo, the given search engine will recognize those key words and content from your SLN webpage,” said Bove. So basically, the keywords are simply metadata which helps give Google an idea of what your page is, very quickly.
Make sure you add a variety of descriptive words into your keyword section. Think about what your consumers may be searching into Google or Yahoo in order to find a business like yours. Do you own a gift shop? You might consider entering broad keywords such as “Gifts”, “Ohio”, “Presents”, and “Souvenirs”. After you tackle the more general terms, it’s easy to distinguish more specific keywords that also describe what your business has to offer. Some examples for a gift shop would be “Cleveland”, “Candles”, “Jewelry”, and “Sterling Silver”.
Using our platform provides flexibility in regards to keywords. We recommend entering at least twenty keywords to begin, but you are able to enter as many as you’d like. Good luck!
Improve your Search Engine Optimization with these 3 easy steps:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you ask Keith Latore, CEO and Co-Founder of Save Local Now, how he came up with his latest entrepreneurial endeavor, he’ll tell you it originated as a simple idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin.
As the former president of Your HomeTown Chagrin Falls, Latore already was focused on preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Chagrin Falls. The organization’s goal was to assist businesses and bring people in to shop in the village’s stores.
“A light bulb went off,” Latore said. “The traditional stuff had been done — they exist and are successful. Connecting in digital space is where businesses need the most help, and they need it to be easy, fast and free.”
And so, Save Local Now was born.
Save Local Now, a FREE chamber member benefit, is here to help small business drive consumer traffic. Now more than ever we see the value in supporting local business. 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, consumers can rest assured knowing that they’re doing their part of keeping their communities unique and thriving.
This highlights the vast importance of Save Local Now’s “Buy Local” initiative. What we mustn’t forget is that buying local actually saves money. Small businesses are often close to home, meaning that you don’t have to travel as far to get there. Products (like fruit and produce) are made or grown at local locations, meaning that they don’t have to travel as far to get to you. This means that, in many cases, there is no middle man (which translates to lower prices for the business owner and, of course, the consumer).
Save Local Now gives endless amounts of support to small businesses; more specifically the marketing tools they need to better promote their business. We know how busy the small business owner is; we know how little time there is for email marketing, social media, etc. The tools we give small business owners, such as free SEO services, deal and event publishing, email marketing, real-time analytics, etc. is so crucial to helping their bottom line. Essentially, Save Local Now created an easy way for small business to be everywhere consumers are today.
Interested in learning more? Schedule a time with Save Local Now: savelocalnow.com/training