Four States Small Business Blog

Stock, Professional, or DIY? | Best Use Cases for Photography

Posted by Jason Dittmer on May 21, 2024 at 7:00 AM
In the world of branding and marketing, there is near-constant debate about the benefits of stock, professional, or DIY photography. While all types of photography have their benefits, each has its place where it's best used. This week, we've put together a brief guide to help you determine where to use each of these photography types.

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Topics: Website Design, Social Media, Digital Marketing

How to Use Social Media for Brand Growth in 2024

Posted by Kylie Davis on November 21, 2023 at 7:51 AM
In the ever-evolving landscape of social media, crafting an effective strategy can be a game-changer for your business. As we near the end of 2023 and prepare for 2024, now is the ideal time to reflect on your brand growth this year and plan for improvements in the coming year. Social media can be a powerful tool for brand growth when used correctly. So, to help you get the most out of your online presence, we've put together this social media strategy guide for 2024.

1. Define Your Target Audience

Understanding your audience is the cornerstone of any successful social media strategy. Begin by identifying and documenting your buyer personas. Dive deep into demographics such as age, gender, occupation, income, hobbies, and interests. The more you know about your audience, the better you can tailor your content to their specific needs.

2. Focus on Key Social Channels

Not every social media platform is created equal. Focus your efforts on a few key channels that offer the highest return on investment. Research where your target audience spends their time. If your target audience is outside the primary user base for a given social media platform, it will be more fruitful to focus your attention on a few highly productive platforms. For instance, if your brand tries to reach local business leaders, your resources would be better spent in places like LinkedIn or X (formerly Twitter). You would likely find a platform like TikTok to be less productive for your given audience and would not focus on it for outreach to business leaders. 

3. Drive Traffic to Your Website

Your business website is the online asset that your business controls the most. Whenever possible, utilize social media to drive traffic back to your website. It's important to be aware of each of your social media channel's policies regarding the promotion of your website. Follow their rules to ensure your posts are not suppressed for failure to follow their guidelines. Using social media to bring in traffic to your website gives you more insight into conversions and helps boost your site's performance in search engines. 

4. Optimize for Search

Social search is on the rise, with a significant percentage of consumers using social media as their first stop to search for brands. Optimize your social channels for search by including relevant keywords and hashtags, ensuring your username is easy to find, and maintaining consistency across accounts. Integrate your website's SEO strategy with your social SEO to help touchpoints for your brand appear in the top spots on search results pages.

5. Measure Your Results

Social media success is measurable. Track key metrics using platform-specific analytics tools. Measure website traffic, interactions, and sales attributed to social media efforts. Establish goals and maintain a scorecard to monitor progress. Choose metrics that are easy to track, such as post engagement, ensuring you stay motivated to analyze and adjust your strategy.

6. Adjust Your Tactics

The social media space is a constantly changing environment, and success often requires adaptation. Experiment with different channels, content types, and messaging. Monitor changes in post views, audience demographics, and interactions. Consistent refinement leads to a more effective and resonant social media strategy over time.

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Topics: Social Media

Take Control of Your Brand Online with Social Media Management

Posted by Danielle McCollum on October 11, 2022 at 7:00 AM
New social media platforms enter the scene each year, and the more established ones evolve. In this fast-changing environment, it can be challenging for businesses to stay competitive. However, companies that master social media outreach have a serious marketing advantage. So, how can you successfully use social media as a small business owner?

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Topics: Social Media

Why Your Business Needs Professional Photography

Posted by Brett James on March 8, 2022 at 7:00 AM
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Topics: Website Design, Social Media, Branding

9 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Posted by Jeannette Royle on February 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Do you know how to reliably get traffic? 

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Digital Marketing

Using Social Influencers to Boost Advertising Results

Posted by Jeannette Royle on September 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Is your business using social media influencers to promote your products or services? If not, you are missing an exceptional opportunity to get a better return on your advertising investment.

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Topics: Social Media, Digital Marketing

The Role of Social Media in an Auto Repair Shop

Posted by Kylie Davis on December 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Attracting new customers is a challenge for any business, but it can be especially hard for auto repair shops. Although 75% of auto repair is performed by independent auto shops, factors such as the lack of transparency or high competition can lead to fewer new clients and decreased business. However, using social media can offer a range of benefits for auto repair shops, while also helping them stand out from the competition.

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Topics: Social Media, Digital Marketing

Pros and Cons of Going Social

Posted by Pam Larimore on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Think social media is just for teenagers? Think again. Social media usage continues to grow across all demographics. In fact, a staggering 3.1 billion people are active social media users in 2018 - that’s nearly half of the world’s total population! Not only that, but 11 new people start using social media every second, with the average American spending more than two hours per day on social media. Given these statistics, it should not come as a surprise that more companies are prioritizing social media as part of their marketing strategy.

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Topics: Social Media, Digital Marketing

Facebook's News Feed Has Changed (What it Means for Marketers)

Posted by Mark Zimmer on February 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard that Facebook is making changes to its news feed algorithm. Facebook’s founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, says the changes are designed to give priority to content with “meaningful interaction” and reduce what he calls “passive content” such as videos, where users tend to sit back and watch, then move on, as opposed to interacting with the content. According to Zuckerberg, these changes in the Facebook news feed come in response to user feedback that indicated branded content was overcrowding posts from friends and family, reducing users’ ability to connect with others.

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Topics: Social Media, Digital Marketing

Tips for Your Brand Facebook Posts this Holiday Season

Posted by Pam Larimore on December 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Tis the season for all things holiday, from spending time with friends and family and searching for the perfect gifts, to putting the perfect touch on your holiday season Facebook posts and marketing. We know the holidays can be busy and somewhat stressful, but if you follow these tips for your brand Facebook posts, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd throughout the holidays!

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Topics: Integrated Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Social Media