Business Facebook Page Compared With Other Social Networks

Marketing a business takes time and hard work. It is through advertising in which businesses get their products seen and to reach their targeted audience. For years this was done, in a variety of different but similar ways for nearly all businesses.

In order for a business to be recognized, they often used adverts such as billboard posters, advertisement in a local newspaper, some on occasions, have used advertising on radio and T.V. Although these ways of marketing are still widely used for some advertising, more and more businesses today, are turning to social networking sites in order to advertise or promote a product. Social media is fast becoming the new trend in business marketing. With the options of reaching a wider audience faster, and achieving business goals more efficiently, it is no wonder this way of marketing appeals to many.

Facebook is within the top 3 most popular social networking sites used today. With over a billion users registered on Facebook, there is an endless stream of information, news and trends posted daily.

Fast becoming a favorite way in advertising. Facebook business pages are free to create but there is a small charge for promoting adverts. The option of creating a new profile specifically for your business Facebook account is available, or you can just log into a personal profile and create a Facebook business page.

So how does a business Facebook account fare against other social networking sites such as twitter and LinkedIn? For starters, Facebook is available in over 40 different languages whilst LinkedIn is only available in just over 3 languages.

With a Facebook business page in place, you are able to upload and share photos of products, or videos from other networks such as YouTube. There is no limit on written content per post. Posts can save you time as they can be written in advance and have the option of spacing them with as little as 10 minute intervals, this is an ideal way of keeping customers updated with news about products on a regular basis.

Twitter, on the other hand, limits the number of written content per post. Many businesses often choose to just add a link to another site when using twitter for promoting a business or product. Twitter is particularly popular amongst celebrities and for news links.

Facebook is a social networking site for all. Businesses, celebrities the general public can often be seen using Facebook. Unlike other social networks, Facebook also has instant messaging. This enables you to speak with clients more directly.

In having a Facebook business page you will target your chosen audience more effectively than any other social networking site. Whilst Facebook has a variety of users, LinkedIn is more professional based. This can aid in making contact with other businesses. Although you can, with a business Facebook account, add links to other social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. This will enable any contacts you have on other social networks to find you on Facebook.

Running A Successful Business Is Like Driving A Car

We buy a car to get us from A to B and the same applies when it comes to running a successful business- you need to have a good business model in place, to get you to where you want to be.

To create a successful business you will need the same 3 key components that driving a car requires namely a reliable vehicle, engine and fuel. So how exactly does this translate in a business sense?

The vehicle

Regardless of whether you’re starting a business online or offline, you will still need to have the right “vehicle “to drive you to success. By vehicle we mean the offer.

To run a successful business, your offer, whether it’s a product or service, needs to;

Appeal to the masses

Generate a high profit or commission

Be good

One way of making sure that your product/service is a good one that will appeal to the masses is to check out how much competition is out there for the same offer. If there is a lot of competition then this will mean that it is a good product that is in high demand.

Your job is to then make sure that you stand out from your competitors by being unique.

So how do you outsmart your competitors?

The Engine

That is where your “engine” comes in. The engine of your business is the system that you use to get customers to buy from you. If you have an online business then one great way of standing out over your competitors is by creating both a powerful website and creating your own unique landing page with a capture box included. By doing this you will start to build a valuable list so that even if your customers don’t buy from you on the first occasion, you can still market to them in the future. This technique can be invaluable in your quest to running a successful business.

If you have an offline business, there are other effective ways that you can build a list of prospective customers, including, storing customers’ mobile phone numbers and email details, so that you can text or email offers to them in the future.

So now that you have got your vehicle (the offer) and your engine (the system) in place, the next vital component needed for running a successful business is to add the right fuel (targeted traffic).

The Right Fuel

The first point to remember when finding traffic/customers for any business is that it needs to be targeted traffic. Just like a diesel car will grind to a halt if you put in the wrong fuel, (petrol), so too will your business, if you market to the wrong crowd. Therefore it is important to spend time working out who your target audience is and to make sure that you narrow your marketing efforts to that audience.

One powerful way to do this is to use social media sites that are free. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter offer a means of joining groups within your niche and to also add followers who fall within your target market.

Another great way to reach your targeted audience is by using paid advertising methods like pay per click or Facebook paid advertising. However, if you decide to go down the paid advertising route, it is better to start off small and scale up once you start making lots of sales.

In my opinion success for your business requires finding a reliable vehicle, good engine and the right fuel. With all three in place, you will have the key ingredients needed to running a successful business.

Keys To Success – Business Networking

One of the primary reasons to invest time and effort into business networking is to get more business. Yet, for many the outcome of greater business remains elusive.

Business Networking – How To Get More Business

As a personal business coach one of the first things I ask a potential client, whether it be a self – employed small business owner or a corporate manager or executive, is if they are doing any business networking. Most of them will tell me that they do some business networking.

The main reason they do business networking is to get more business. When I ask how successful it has been the answers range from very successful to virtually no success at all.

How come one person has great success and another doesn’t. Is one’s product or service in greater demand? Possibly, but very often it has nothing to do with that.

Business Networking – Success Is About How You Fish

For a moment visualize a business networking event as a big pond with many fish. You have come together with a group of other people and all of you are fishing in the same pond. Some of you will catch fish, prospects, referrals and customers. And most of you will put your bait on a hook and come up with nothing.

What’s causing the difference in results? It could be the pond you are in. Maybe the fish you are swimming with aren’t ideal for you or your business. But, more often than not it is not the fish in the pond that is the problem.

The problem is how you are choosing to fish in that pond. Especially for small business owners seeking more small business growth and success how you fish is a critical determinant in your results.

Running a small business is a big enough challenge to your time and energy without engaging in business networking that is not producing positive results. So if the pond of your business networking is not yielding the results you desire, yet appears to be a good pond, then you must change the way you fish in the pond.

Business Networking – It’s About The Human Being And Not The Human Doing

How do you catch a fish? It’s easy. You give him some bait where he wants to bite on your hook. The best hook you have is you. It’s not your business. It’s not your service. It is who you are. Most people when you engage them do not need your product or service.

The key is that they certainly may need it at some point in time in the future. The goal is to start building a relationship with them based on who you are, not what you do. In the end they will do business with someone they know, like and trust.

The key to successful business networking is to get beyond the human doing, your business, and let others get to know the human being. Focus on learning about who someone else is. Reveal to them more about yourself. It will give you and them many more reasons to build a solid relationship.

Focus on the human being, not getting business. And, the last part is the most important. If you have business networking functions every month attend them regularly. Even if business is good and you feel too busy attend them regularly.

Great relationships aren’t built with intensity but with regular contact over a period of time. Be consistent in showing up and persistent in building your relationships. When you approach business networking as an essential marketing activity focusing on human beings instead of human doings you will start catching a lot more fish in your pond and even greater small business, large business and personal success.

What Do Leaders of Successful Businesses Do? And 7 Habits of Effective Leaders

What Do Leaders of Successful Businesses Do?

For a business to be successful, it must have a strong leader. Leadership can make or break a company. This is why public companies pay several million dollars for a new chief executive officer. Below are nine characteristics of successful business leaders. It is therefore important to ensure you are equipped to manage the situation in the best way possible.

Guy Kawasaki has given his opinions on how to handle this difficult process in his recently released book; “Reality Check”. We have summarised a few of his key tips below:

1. Have a positive attitude. Believe that your business is the best business in the world. Self-confidence leads to decisiveness and in particular, the ability to back your own judgment and to take risks. Be determined. Be persistent. Be resilient. Overcome setbacks. Do not dwell on past mistakes and learn from your errors.

2. Love what you do. Enjoy your work and the challenge it provides. Work should be fun, not merely something to be tolerated. Enthusiasm generates a hard work ethic and a passion which becomes part of the culture of your business.

3. Seek wealth creation. Aim to maximise your sales by increasing your prices, selling more to your existing customers or obtaining more customers either in your local area, in another state or in another country. Control your costs. Eliminate waste. Sell unproductive assets and discontinue unprofitable products. Know your business. Measure your marketing. Strategic partnerships with suppliers and customers can give your business greater flexibility and enable you to better manage your costs and maintain or increase your margins. Maintain your competitive advantage. Study your competitors’ assets, capabilities, marketing, costs and culture.

4. Delegate. It is impossible to do everything yourself. It is also unwise as it is more productive to get those with the appropriate skills to do appropriate tasks. The ability to get people with different skills to work as a team is a starting point for all successful businesses. Recruit high quality staff with complimentary skills and organise these people in the most efficient way. Motivate your staff and encourage them to think independently. Non-performing staff which don’t fit the culture of your business need to be replaced quickly because they can affect relationships with your customers and other staff members and ultimately the profitability of your business

5. Seek financial, marketing and legal advice. Have a vision and clear goals. These goals should include future income and the achievement of various tasks. A strategy to grow the business and a detailed business plan consisting of marketing and financial plans are important. Manage your growth at a rate that enables your cashflow to remain positive.

6. Concentrate on doing what you do best. Specialise. Focus on single industries rather than diversifying. Maintain your core business. Outsource non-core activities and functions. Dominate a niche market rather than attempt to serve a large number of markets.

7. Have systems in place. You need the business to run efficiently even if you are away from the office for 12 months. The best example of a company with efficient systems is McDonalds. Teenagers can run their outlets profitably and efficiently because appropriate systems are in place.

8. Worksmart. Success does not mean working 100 hours a week. Today, it is more likely to mean working 35 hours a week and spending time with our family and pursuing your leisure interests. Working smart is much more important than working hard. Spend time working ‘on’ your business and not ‘in’ your business. Seek continual improvement. This may mean more efficient procedures, better systems, better marketing or better cashflow.

9. Have a good support base. Hire staff you can rely on for advice. However, use discretion when listening to advice from others. Encourage training. Foster an attitude of continuous learning both for yourself and your staff. Have a mentor. Be a mentor to your senior staff. Read and attend seminars. Notice what others are doing.

7 Habits of Effective Leaders

EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IS something we need to focus on daily. It’s something that takes practice, questioning how well you’re doing, reassessing and best of all continuing to try!

Like any learning, watching others who are good at leading and following their example (otherwise known as R & D – rip off and duplicate) is a successful strategy to follow. So here are the habits of effective leaders:

Clarity of Vision (and ability to share that vision).
Healthy discontent for the present.
High standards of excellence.
A sense of urgency (operating at pace).
Strong commitment to implement.
Ability to eliminate likely distractions.
Build a strong team.