Six Steps to Building Your Local Business with Social Media

A few Ways to Use Social Media to Improve Your Local Search Results

Social Media is increasingly an important component within overall SEO. At the local level, this means Social Networking sites like Facebook, video/photo sharing sites like YouTube and Flickr, communication platforms like Twitter, blogs, ratings and reviews to name a few.

Marketers are no longer asking if they should be active in social media. They understand that user-generated content such as ratings and reviews are required elements of a comprehensive location-based search program.

These days, it’s a question of how to get the most impact out of a social media program.

Social media can also boost the prominence of your online brand-awareness and organically propel your business locations to the top of local search results.

The fast-evolving social media landscape can be a confusing place for marketers these days, however, as the array of choices grows almost daily: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Groupon, Flickr and Foursquare, just to name a few, and recently Facebook Deals and other new social networking ventures have joined the frenzy for local businesses’ marketing dollars.

As interactive marketing options become increasingly complex, so do the criteria requirements for search engine optimization. Due to recent changes in Google algorithms, SEO is now aimed at delivering more relevant and personalized information to searchers.

  1. Build a fan base on Facebook. Forty percent of Facebook users also follow a brand. More than half of these Facebook users will move on to purchase that brand. Facebook ‘likes’ are a speed-marketing tool that virally spread brand awareness by delivering information to the news feeds of everyone befriended by your brand fans.
  2. Use Twitter to keep in touch with customers. One in four Twitter users follows a brand, and 67 percent of those brand-followers will end up purchasing that specific brand. Your Tweets should engage consumers by providing them with helpful information about your business and services. Special offers are a great way to grab the attention of Twitter followers.
  3. Encourage customers to rate and review your business. Yelp users wrote 6 million reviews in 2010, and the local search site is on track for 9 million in 2011, according to a Mashable report. Consumers love online reviews because they can see what others really think about a product or service before making a decision to buy. Reviews on socially interactive sites such as Yelp improve your search engine rankings and drive free web traffic.
  4. Leverage the power of YouTube in local search results.Embedded videos in Google Place Pages, websites, and social profile pages can showcase your products and services while putting a human face on your business.
  5. Use group-buying sites such as Groupon or LivingSocial.During hard economic times, subscription to coupon sites such as these have never been more prevalent. Promoting deals to these huge subscriber bases can be a fast and easy way to create buzz and spread the word about your business without advertising.
  6. Give customers promotional incentives to share information online. Branded “Share for Rewards” programs can encourage consumers to share offers with their friends via Facebook, IM, and other web channels in exchange for discounts on products or services.

KitRx specializes in well optimized social media content marketing efforts can attract new network participants via search. Contact Johnny Kessel at jkessel {at} for more information!

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