User Reviews are The King

Posted on: March 31, 2017

Did you know that positive online reviews produce an 18% average uplift in sales? Or that consumers are likely to spend 31% more with businesses that have excellent reviews? How about that 59% of consumers say that review sites have the most influence on their booking decisions when traveling? Online reviews have become an important part of how consumers make decisions, whether it’s what to eat, watch, buy, or sell. See below for even more industry-specific information and statistics. The facts and impact of online reviews are real. What are some effective strategies you’ve used to garner positive online reviews for your business? Image Credit: Website Builder

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Using Instagram Stories for Your Business

Posted on: August 16, 2016

If you’re not using Instagram for your business, now is the time to start. Recently, the photo-sharing social media powerhouse unleashed its latest feature: Stories. In a similar fashion to the already popular Snapchat app, Stories allows users to post multiple related pictures at once without the anxiety of clogging up your audience’s feed with a barrage of similar posts.

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Social Media and Small Business

Posted on: April 28, 2016

With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google Plus, there is no shortage of social media platforms to join. It can be exhausting to keep up with all of them. Especially since the list above doesn’t even include all of your choices, AND they’re constantly changing and updating. So what is a small business to do? Don’t stress about it. The Web Guys are here to ease your stress. Contrary to what most believe, you don’t have to create a profile on every single social platform for your business. You can of course, but only if you have the time, manpower, and money to do so. For most small businesses, however, that’s most likely not the case. Let’s examine the best way to determine a good social strategy when resources are limited. Choose Your Audience You know your business better than anyone else. What do your customers have most in … Continued

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How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

Posted on: February 11, 2016

As one of the most popular social networks, LinkedIn connects professionals who come from all industries — whether it’s an up-and-coming inventor or small business owner. Serving small business owners with our digital marketing services, The Web Guys can optimize your company’s listing on LinkedIn with pictures, descriptions, and industry categories, and we also encourage you to take advantage of managing your own personal profile. LinkedIn is more than submitting an online resume. Making these improvements to your profile can provide an opportunity to further market yourself and your business: 1) Profile Picture Profiles with a generic grey avatar don’t exactly come across as inviting. Find a professional headshot or ask a friend to take a clear photo of you. So what are photos you should steer clear from? Avoid any low-resolution pictures and selfies from a smartphone. 2) More Media Aside from adding a profile picture, you can also … Continued

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How Often Should I Post on Social Media? #FAQuesday

Posted on: January 19, 2016

When a business begins using social media to connect with customers, one big question is always how often to post content. The short answer? It depends. It depends on who your audience is, for example, or what platform you’ll be using. Although there isn’t a standard formula for a successful social social media strategy, at The Web Guys we can provide some helpful tips and general best practices to nudge you in the right direction.Let’s examine a few of the top social media outlets using data provided by Buffer and SumAll.Facebook Ah, Facebook, the social media giant. Pretty much everyone and their mothers have an account nowadays, so I’m sure we’re all familiar with how it feels to hunt for posts that are relevant or engaging enough for us to enjoy. As a business, you understand the importance of a Facebook page and how much benefit a successful page can bring. Is there a magic number of posts … Continued

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Why Should I Verify My Facebook Page? #FAQuesday

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Facebook is making it easier for consumers to connect with businesses on the social network, rolling out an update this fall that allows companies to verify their official Facebook pages. You’ve likely already seen the blue verification badges on celebrity pages, indicating they belong to the actual star and not a super fan. Now a similar feature is available for many businesses. The Web Guys team has been getting a lot of questions lately about why page verification matters. So today, we’ll explain the three most important reasons every company should verify its Facebook page. 1: Customers will know that your page is authentic. It’s pretty easy to create fake Facebook pages, intentionally or not, so it’s extremely important to verify the page you’ll actually be using. Not only does this let your customers know the page is legitimate, but it also tells Facebook that you are who you say you are. 2: Facebook search results favor verified pages. … Continued

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Social Media Key to Online Brand Management

Posted on: December 24, 2015

Digital marketing has a lot of moving parts. If you have been following our “What is Digital Marketing?” blog series, then you’ve already learned about the importance of developing an engaging website and getting it listed on local search sites so potential customers can find your business. Now it’s time to show them what makes it stand out from the competition.Using social media is an excellent — and affordable — way to manage your brand and cultivate relationships with prospects.Although social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest were introduced as a means for individuals to connect with one another, it didn’t take long for digital marketers like The Web Guys to recognize their brand-management potential. Sure, these channels make it easier than ever to keep up with high school friends, share cute pictures of the grandkids, and find inspiration for wedding planning, but they also can be a powerful business tool. How Can Brands Leverage Social Media? Pretty … Continued

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How to Leverage YouTube for Your Business

Posted on: November 19, 2015

When most people think about digital marketing, their minds probably wander toward social giants like Facebook and Twitter. But what about YouTube? You know, that video streaming giant that generates an astonishing 4 billion-plus views every day? Even though shooting, editing, and uploading video can seem like a scary, unfamiliar task, when used properly YouTube can do wonders for your brand. Viewership numbers in the billions are certainly not something to ignore. So how exactly can your business get started in a place where adorable animals and music videos reign supreme? Here are five helpful tips from The Web Guys to get you going: 1. Start with a How-To or Top 10 List YouTube is becoming the search engine of choice for people looking to learn basic skills and/or to research top products, brands, and companies. That’s hardly a shock, since it is owned by the search king, Google. How-To and Top 10 videos are simple but … Continued

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How Do I Make a Facebook Profile Video?

Posted on: October 15, 2015

Facebook has unveiled a new profile picture option for some lucky users — short, gif-like videos. Instead of friends and family seeing the traditional static image when they visit your Facebook page on a smartphone, they’ll encounter a more lively, looped video. As of right now, we don’t know when this feature will be available for fan pages and business profiles, but a dynamic profile video in place of a motionless image could be a big leap forward for digital marketing on social media sites. Imagine how much more engaging your company’s Facebook profile could be with a video instead of your logo. Profile videos should eventually work their way to professional profiles too. With that in mind, The Web Guys has put together some tips to help you add one to your personal Facebook page so that you’re ready when the feature becomes available to businesses. 1. Make Sure You Have the Option Right … Continued

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How Do I Build Social Media Buzz? #FAQuesday

Posted on: September 29, 2015

When it comes to generating online buzz for your company via social media, simply having a profile on Facebook or Twitter isn’t enough these days. To promote and maintain a steady stream of activity — and hopefully conversions — you’ll need to provide consistent, focused social media engagement. Here are three ways to seize control of your company’s social media channels and build lasting rapport between your brand and its followers. 1. Interact At The Web Guys, we’ve found that it often only takes an initial point of contact to get an online conversation rolling. Whether you “like” a post made to your company’s Facebook page by a fan or respond to a negative review, that first step of interaction shows current and potential clients that you value their input. If someone publishes a post to your company’s Facebook wall, letting people know how much they appreciate your company, make sure to thank them for … Continued

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