Tag Archives: marketing

Why social media? Six reasons to have a Facebook fan page

A few weeks ago, I introduced my “Why social media?” series with a post on the six reasons to start a blog. While the blog is definitely one of the best ways for a small to medium business, and even a large organization to reach their client base, there are so many other social media tools that are effective in achieving some of the same benefits, Facebook being one of them. I only just started my Facebook page in February and within the first week, I had attracted a couple new clients and found some great supporters. So it definitely has its power. I will never say that every business needs a Facebook fan page, because it does depend on what your marketing strategy is and the time you have to devote to it, but there are many great reasons why many people should have one, and I’ll share those with you here!

Why social media? Facebook.

Six reasons to start a Facebook fan page.

1. Add personality to your business. This is almost a repeat of the first point in my “the five Be’s of blogging” post but it’s such an important one. Clients will identify more with someone who appears to be a real person, rather than a robot or a corporate entity. So please, be yourself! Show your smile, show your passion. Celebrate your staff. Highlight the amazing things you do every day! Your audience will love it – and in turn, love you.

2. You can share content you wouldn’t anywhere else. Let’s be real – you might have a super fantastic website, but chances are, it’s pretty stagnant. Most businesses don’t update their websites with content often, or ever, because it’s just a place to house all those important business details — address, hours, phone number, inventory, services, etc. But sharing new, lively and timely content adds that personality to your business, and gives old, new and not-yet-found customers an idea of who you are. Besides just newsy type content, you can upload photos and videos, both of which go a looooong way in attracting and engaging your audience. This great infographic I pinned on Pinterest tells us photos are two times more likely to get liked, and videos are twelve times more likely to get shared!

3. Fans become your brand ambassadors. By attracting an audience to your page, you are building a community of people who are interested in the same thing – your product/brand/cause/purpose. They’re there for a reason (even if it’s just your mom – she still loves whatever it is you’re doing! Hi, Mom!). You’ve convinced these people to support you , so they’re going to be the ones to increase your reach – by liking your posts, commenting on them and sharing them. I once heard Jay Baer, a social media author and speaker, talk at a conference and something he said is now one of my favorite quotes: “The goal of social media is to turn your customers into a volunteer marketing army.” It’s so true (because it works).

4. It’s a direct communication channel to your customers, clients and supporters. Do you ever wish you had a place you could ask your customers’ opinions, or find out what your clients value? You do! It’s Facebook! People are sometimes afraid to ask for feedback, but not only do you get some great ideas when you do, you can also show your clients that you care about what they have to say. And alternatively, if they want or need to ask you a question, or let you know how great you are, they have the perfect spot (see above – brand ambassadors!). Of course, you run the risk of getting negative feedback, but in my opinion it’s completely worth it and can turn into a positive quite easily (I promise to write a post about this soon).

5. It will bring more awareness to your business. The fact is, people are on Facebook. Hundreds of millions of them, and chances are quite high, some of them are in your community, and some of them would be (or are) interested in what your business does. Even if they don’t like your page right away, maybe one of their friends will and then like a post. Whenever anyone likes or comments on or shares one of your posts, all of their friends may see it too. That’s a lot of potential reach. In addition to this, having a Facebook page will help with your SEO (search engine optimization). If people search for you on Google and you have a Facebook page, chances are very good that your page will come up high in the results.

6. People will look for you on Facebook. Further to the last point, because those people are there already, they will look for you. The first thing I do when I’m looking for a new product is see if they have a Facebook page. It can tell you a lot about the company: do they respond to questions from their customers right away? Do they have a lot of negative feedback? Do they look like they’re having fun? Do they appreciate their staff? Do they seem to know what they’re talking about? You get the point. So what do you think will happen if they can’t find you on Facebook? On to the next.

What do you think? Did you start a Facebook fan page for any of these reasons? Or do you think I missed one? Share with me!

Upcoming social media presentation

I will be giving a presentation on February 28, in Prince George, called “Engaging a healthier life: Evaluating social media in health promotion.” It’s for the Innovation & Development Commons (IDC), which is a partnership between Northern Health and UNBC. The presentation will be based on my master’s degree research, so in my opinion, it’ll be very interesting! Feel free to come by (no heckling please) or watch by webex if you’d like!

Click on the pic for all the details!

(click the image to make it larger)

(click the image to make it larger)

Engaged in work (and health) through… dance?

flash mob

The healthy living flash mob! (photo by http://www.yellowribbonphotography.ca)

About a month ago, I started work on the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on in my professional career – a flash mob! It was part of a campaign I led from a communications standpoint with the healthier you promotions working group at work to promote healthy living in our public – including healthy eating, active living and finding a balance of health in day-to-day life. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so engaged in my work – EVER.

The campaign involved a daily blog post (sometimes two in a day) to the Northern Health Matters blog and a lot of social media marketing on all of our channels. It was the first time I got to put some of things I learned from my master’s degree research paper into real practice (and I really should summarize that here for my readers in a future post!). It sure felt good to know that my time over the last couple years (doing my degree work) has resulted in some sort of practical value.

Anyway – the flash mob! Seriously, how cool is that? But boy, was it a lot of work. Permission from multiple administrators, finding a choreographer (Lisa from Be Unique Fitness was the one and wow, was she fantastic!), finding people to participate (including certain key people), organizing rehearsals, finding space for rehearsals, finding a photographer (Yellow Ribbon Photography!), fielding infinite questions, etc etc etc. Not to mention learning the steps myself! Yes, I can now cross “dancing in a flash mob” off my life list! So all that work was well worth it!

Watch it now!