In this article we will guide you on how to build your business through social media.
The Internet changed the way we all lived our lives, and then social media changed the way that people use the Internet.
Included in these changes were the way that we do business not only today, but in the way people will think of doing business in the future.
Social media gives a business more options than it has ever had before while leveling the playing field for smaller businesses.
Social Media Marketing A Must
The biggest way that social media has changed the way a business operates is by making itself a mandatory marketing tool. A Twitter account today is what a telephone number was 30 years ago.
Customers expect to be able to communicate online the same way they expect to be able to call the store to talk to a person. The Internet is the most convenient tool for customers to use these days, so a company has to be able to meet expectations.
Customer Relations Take Place Online
Another way that social media has changed the way that companies do business includes how a company deals with customers. A smart business realizes that customers will be talking to each other online, and those conversations will include products and services that they have recently used.
Good PR means that a business gets in front of the conversation to control the message and keep it a positive one. Good customer service means a business will listen to, and communicate with, its customers in this modern medium.
The Customer Has More Options Than Ever Before
It used to be that a customer would have to go to the store to see what was in stock. These days, a customer simply has to shop online to see what a store has before even entering the store. If a customer wants a review on a product, that customer simply goes on Twitter to see what the buzz is regarding that product, or can read a review online.
This is an advantage to customers because they can go to the store and not even have to shop around because they know what they want and what others say about it.
There is no biased reporting from employees about how great a product is. If a customer has a smart phone, it allows that customer to find information on a product while shopping in the store.
In response, businesses have resorted to re-training employees on how to approach customers, re-thinking merchandising strategies and offering more attractions. Some companies have resorted to rock climbing walls, free wi-fi and coffee bars in an effort to keep customers relaxed and inside longer.
You Can Buy A Product From A Facebook Friend
Some cases will allow you to skip the store altogether. Instead of buying a product new, you could browse the Facebook marketplace and see what your friends are selling. Maybe your friend from college is selling a brand new TV for half the price that you would find in the store.
From there, you can find reviews and other information on the product as you would normally. Then you simply message your friend and make an offer on the product. No going to the store involved.
This guest post has been authored by Steven Farrell, who is the administrator of ReverePhoneLookup.org, the site where you can perform a free phone tracer online.