Social Media for Small Business

Social Media for Business – 2019 Statistics You Need to Know

When it comes to Social Media for Business the benefits can’t be denied!

Social media and business have become essential bed-mates. That means tapping into the power of social media is essential for today’s business leader.

Chances are you’ve tried to use social media for your business in the past – maybe even had a few Facebook ads running. But you’ve let it fall to the back burner, if you pay attention to it at all. But it’s time to start paying attention again – don’t let past inexperience, disinterest – or even failure – stop you from taking advantage now.

Social media is the reason your competitors have gained on you. In some cases, they’re even running circles around you. Their leads are cheaper and flow more freely, they’re closing deals faster, and the people in charge of purchasing decisions remember them more readily. And where are you right now?

You’re still struggling with cold-calling, emails, and conventional advertising. A few years back, that worked – the leads were pouring in. But today? Not so much.

The proverbial well hasn’t dried up, but the gush has been reduced to a trickle, at best.

It’s time to face the music – conventional marketing methods are too expensive and most of your potential customers can’t be reached using those antiquated tactics. They’re not picking up their phones, your emails are going unanswered, and paid ads are a waste of time and effort.

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On the other hand, businesses using digital marketing with a strong social media presence are raking it in. They might have an inferior product compared to yours, but that doesn’t matter. Brands on social media are seen and heard, mostly for free, while you’re paying to get your foot in the door.

Like it or not, you have to adapt and your business’s social media presence needs to grow – fast. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already played with it and failed. Persistence is key – with a firm understanding of what to expect, a detailed plan, and a few new tricks up your sleeve, you will soon harness the power of social media marketing for small business.

After all, business owners aren’t quitters and you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet, right?

Let’s look at the many benefits of social media for small business.

(Un)Surprising Social Media Statistics for Business

Did your morning routine change in the last couple of years?

If you still stick to stretching and hitting the bathroom first, you’re in the minority. According to a RootMetrics study, about 61% of smartphone users check their phone within 10 minutes of opening their eyes in the morning. And that’s just to start the morning – another study from Deloitte estimate people check their phones 52 times a day – though that estimate may be shocking low.

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Social media has become a potent weapon in the marketing arsenal of small to midsize businesses. An incredible  71% of them use social media to market themselves; 16% plan to use it in the near future, while only 13% of business owners say that they have no interest, time, or money to do it. Those who do use social media networks post a lot; 52% of them post daily and 94% post at least once a month.

Think about it. Would your peers and colleagues be wasting their efforts on a social media strategy if they weren’t getting something in return?

Even B2B operations are growing wary of ignoring social media!

The writing on the wall is clear – decision-makers consult others before making a purchase. They ask friends, colleagues, and peers for their two-cents worth. And they usually take to social media to check the buzz around a product or a service.

65% of B2B Buyers rely on recommendations and review sites.

How does it look when the only online reference to your company is your website and an obvious PR article? A couple of results in the search engine don’t exactly inspire too much confidence.

55% look for information about your business on social media.

This isn’t really surprising – if people are going to complain or praise a company, they will do it where it has the greatest impact. Having a presence there means that you can drown out (and respond to) the negatives while making sure that you brag about the positives as much as you can. Social media management has become the new customer service.

Articles beat advertisements and 80% of B2B decision-makers prefer them.

Content marketing is more important than ever. A handful of great articles, strategically shared over social media platforms, inform and add value. They help build trust and move actions along, but they do not drive them – which is something that today’s ad-weary customer appreciates.

Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

How easy is it for people to find your business online? If you’re depending exclusively on your website, then it’s very difficult. 90% of B2B decision-makers don’t want to hear from you, which is why your telesales crew is not very successful. When they’re good and ready, they will find you – provided you’ve made an effort to stand out of the crowd.

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These small business social media statistics paint a very definite picture – you’re ignoring new marketing approaches at your own risk.

Social Media: Saying No Is Dangerous

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You’ve likely tried a social media campaign for your small business in the past. If you dig hard enough, you might even find your business’s old Facebook page, sitting there all neglected and abandoned. It’s important to not get discouraged by past failures- the fact that you didn’t see any ROI back then could be due to a lot of things: you not understand the benefits fully, the fact that your execution was lacking, or difficulties with measuring success and replicating it.

Poet William F. O’Brien put it nicely: ‘It’s better to try and fail than never to try at all’. If that past failure is holding you back now, just consider what you’re risking:

New customers flocking to your competitors through social media.

Showing up is 80% of success. Your competitors showed up on social media – you didn’t – so they get to take home the bacon. A lot of your target audience never hears about your company because they don’t participate in the traditional marketing activities you’re still focusing on. They don’t attend as many trade shows as in the past. They don’t read (what they think of as) spam mail, or don’t answer calls from numbers they don’t recognize. Those who do hear about you often forget by the time they’re ready to purchase because your competitors are the ones they see in their social feeds. Social media offers an opportunity to regain that audience engagement among your customer base.

Spending more money on traditional and digital and having nothing to show for it.

Add up everything you spend monthly on traditional marketing and digital ads. Now look at that number and realize that you could have reached at least a 100X more potential customers through strategic social media marketing (Facebook lets you easily estimate your reach for a given budget).

Let that sink in.

It’s true that most of those views and interactions wouldn’t actually translate into leads, but it’s the same with the conventional methods – not every phone call turns into a warm lead, nor does an ad read signify a sale. Spend your marketing dollars where they count. Right now, they count on social media platforms.

Breaking the ‘purchasing path’ chain and losing a potential customer forever.

Google has been talking about the ‘Zero Moment of Truth’ for years now. Essentially, it describes how people shop today – from Google searches to reviews and testimonials. Social media figures prominently into ZMOT. It’s where people turn to for social proof. If you’re not there, you’re breaking the chain, and your potential customer will move on to something else.

Looking obsolete, irrelevant, and untrustworthy.

Without a strong social media presence, you will have a tough time making a genuine, ‘human’ connection with your potential customers. Research has shown that 29% of customers put a strong emphasis on that connection, and that shapes their purchasing decisions.

Not being able to respond to negative comments about your brand.

Customers often use social media to vent about brands. If you’re there, you get a chance to respond in real time, and turn a bad experience into a customer support victory. If you’re not, you end up not seeing those negative comments – causing them to pile up, overwhelming your marketing message.

Now that you understand how critical social media is for your business, in our next piece we will delve further into its ROI by introducing the advantages of social media for business.

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