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7 Ways to Successfully Advertise on Social Media

7 Ways to Successfully Advertise on Social Media

If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s no secret that you’re going to end up relying heavily on your online presence to get your business noticed. But you can’t just haphazardly start up a Facebook page and think that you’ll immediately gain a following. Just like all other aspects of a business, marketing and advertising on Facebook and other social media pages must be done methodically if you want to get your company off the ground. As long as you follow these maxims, your company should eventually start to experience exponential growth.

1. Listen to your audience

Your customer base is, obviously, the entire reason your company exists in the first place. But your audience won’t stick around for long if you only tell them what you think they want to hear instead of actually listening to them. Pay attention to what they like about your online campaigns and make sure you keep moving in that direction. More importantly, recognize your audience’s complaints about your product or company, and do what you can to alleviate their issues.

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2. Target a specific audience

It might be tempting to cast a wide net, knowing that potentially millions of people may be exposed to your company. But of those millions, how many people will have a use for what you’re offering? Instead, focus on the specific demographic that will best benefit from your product or service. Rather than spreading your business too thin trying to cater to everyone’s needs, focus on making your service available to as many people in your target demographic as possible.

3. Value quality over quantity

You don’t want to cast a wide net, and you definitely don’t want to overexpose yourself. More content certainly does not mean better content. In my personal experience, and I’m sure many of you can agree, the more posts I see from a Facebook page or Twitter feed in a day, the more likely I am to unfollow it—especially if the posts are riddled with typos and were obviously rushed out to capitalize on a trending piece of news. Don’t produce clickbait. You may get an initial rush of hits to your site, but you’ll end up losing followers in the process. Instead, focus on creating powerful, well put-together content that authentically engages your audience.

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4. Be persistent

Like I said in the intro: If think you can just create a Facebook page and immediately go viral, your thoughts have been tricked by one too many get-rich-quick schemes. You have to be in it for the long haul if you want to experience the type of success all entrepreneurs dream of. This means building a following from the ground up. Don’t be discouraged if you only have a few dozen followers in your first week. Think about it, if all 50 of your current followers tell three of their friends about your page, you’ll have 200 followers next week. Then they tell three friends and…well, you see where I’m going. The larger your following is, the more likely your quality content is to go viral in the long run.

5. Seek out the influencers

One of the greatest things about social media is that it’s easy to reach out to those who have already established themselves in your industry. Even though they most likely are incredibly busy, some top players are more than happy to share their insight with you, whether it’s through their own website, ebook, or mailing list. On the one hand, they’re paying it forward, knowing they were once budding entrepreneurs like just like you. On the other hand, they’re establishing yet another authentic customer (you) who will respect the product they’re selling: themselves. Of course, you also want to reach out to them to show what you bring to the table as well. You never know when a connection you’ve made will propel your business into the upper echelon.

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6. Cooperate with your competition

It is obvious you will not be offering a product or service that isn’t original, innovative, or can otherwise improve the lives of your target demographic in some way. But it’s unhealthy for your company to not acknowledge the other major players in your industry. For example, when Sony launched the PS4 in 2013, the people behind the Microsoft Xbox’s Twitter page sent out a congratulatory message to the rival company. Instead of adopting an adversarial mindset for your business, acknowledge your competitors’ accomplishments. By doing so, you show your audience that you’re a fan of innovation within your industry, even if it doesn’t come from your own company.

7. Be personable

Having an online hub for your company allows you to connect with your audience like never before. You have the potential to forge actual, authentic relationships with your customers in a way that simply wasn’t possible with mail-in satisfaction surveys. Because of this, you have to prepare to be accessible to your audience at almost any given time. And you can’t be robotic, either. Just because you run a company doesn’t mean you’re not a person; be personable with your audience. They’ll recognize the authenticity, and will hold your company in a higher regard because of it.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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