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7 Spring Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

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Springtime is here! The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are starting to grow and Spring marketing plans are starting to bloom!

So the big question is….

Is your marketing ready for the Spring and Summer season?

Do Some Spring “Cleaning”

Clean up your website, social media or even your actual office! Spring is a great time to go through your prospects and follow up with them as well. PRO TIP: Your prospects and/or competition is most likely looking at their marketing plans and looking for that something “new”. So follow up before they do or choose someone else!

Add Vibrancy to your Campaigns

When Springtime comes around, everyone likes seeing the bright sun, flowers and colour that the season brings. So add it into your Spring campaigns! Colours like yellow, pink, green, blues and any type of “baby colours” are great in marketing for catching your customer’s eye in Spring. Adding a simple ‘pop’ of colour can do wonders for a Spring campaign!

Run a Spring Contest

Who doesn’t love a good contest or giveaway? Contests are such a simple trick to blow up your business this Spring. The two ways we use it for clients is to collect emails, or to grow a social media platform. We have been using this strategy for years! Super powerful. Add it to your Spring marketing plan and try it out!

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Start a “Springtime” Sale

Most retail stores have seasonal sales to get rid of their previous season’s products. For example, a clothing store will have their Winter collection on sale or clearance for 50%-80% off. Or they will create a new deal (BOGO, percentage off, other incentives, etc.) to promote and sell the Spring collection. Out with the old, in with the new!

People LOVE these sales, so start thinking about how your product can have the same types of deals, or your own unique one!


Take Advantage of the AMAZING Weather and Festivals in Your Town/City

This idea is definitely my favourite. Because who doesn’t love being outside during the work week!? Depending where you live, taking advantage of your local city or town could be a fantastic addition to your Spring Marketing Plan! If you live somewhere like Barrie, Ontario (like we do), then you have the advantage to take part in many festivals, events, concerts and more to promote your business!

Most cities or towns have Spring or Summer festivals that businesses can set up stands to promote their business. If you don’t have those, find them in other towns/cities!

Another great way to market your business is creating your OWN events. This could be something simple like starting a garbage/trash collection day during the Spring to bring the community together. Or planning a large festival or event in your town. Either way, as long as you plan it, market it, and execute, people will show up. The best is when you become known as “that business that did *blank* ”.


Partner with a Local Business

Have any local business owners that you could partner with? Do it! Partnering with a local business can bring many benefits to your business. Hosting events (like I said earlier), running promotions, or selling your products through the partnership.

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Promote on the Holidays

Holidays, Holidays, Holidays! Participate and add these into your Spring Marketing Plan one way or another. Even if you are just making a social media post, do it! Some other ideas are some of the ones I mentioned above. This includes running a new promotion, a contest, or partnering up with a business to offer something unique, make sure you are making your business a part of these special days.

In Ontario, Spring holidays include Mothers Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday!


What types of Marketing Ideas do you use during the Springtime to boost business? Let us know!

5 Ways to Boost Business in the Slow Season

It’s That Time of the Year Again…


One moment you’re swamped with clients, and suddenly you’re wondering where all your customers went!

And unless you are a winter-specialized business who is creeping into its busiest season, you need some new ways to keep your business growing, or at least steady, during your slow season!

Getting into a slow season can be frightening at times. What if business doesn’t pick up again? What if we never get another client? These are both silly questions that fill up our heads during this time of year.

Next time your business starts to slow down, use some of these tips to boost your business back!

Create/Update Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

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If you haven't created one yet for your business, now is a great time to start! Creating a marketing plan for your social media is a vital part of a business, check out how to create a Social Media Marketing Plan from our blog to figure out how to write one!

Get Out Of The Office

A great way to boost your business in the slow seasons are to attend events, or host your own!

Start attending local events, as well as business events. There are TONS of local events and festivals happening every month in Barrie, like Kempenfest, Chamber of Commerce events, Barrielicious, and more! Make sure your business is a part of these events. This could be sponsoring events, or creating your own booth/area where you can promote and engage with locals one-on-one.

An even better way to engage with potential prospects when business is slow is to create your own events or workshops on subjects based around your industry. Educating your potential customers in a fun way about your industry gets them engaged, remembering your business, and will make them want to come back for the next one!

Post More Content

Been struggling with posting content for your business on social media? Now is the time to get ahead!

The slow season for your business could be your opportunity to create content for your social media in bulk. This means creating content that you can use weeks or months from now when your business becomes busy again.

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These can be photos, videos or blogs that relate to your industry. For example, if you’re in the food industry, try to take as many high quality photos and videos of the kitchen, dining area, food, customers (etc.) that you can share weeks from when you take them so you’re not trying to create content when you’re busy. This will help up your social media game in the long run!

Start a Blog

Starting a blog when your business in the off-season goes hand in hand with creating content for your business. Creating blogs that educate your customers is an awesome way to teach them what your business is all about BEFORE they decide to purchase from you.

Clean Up Your Email List

You know it. We know it. You have to go through your email!

“I haven’t done anything with my email list. We probably should.” We hear it all the time from clients. Email is NOT dead! Using your email list to reach out to clients and nurture them with email sequences is a great opportunity to prospect during your business’ slow season.

Starting a newsletter, either weekly or monthly, helps nurture your potential (or current) clients, reminding them who you are, your business, and letting them know that you are still here.

Always take the opportunity in your business/ slow season to reach out to prospects and current customers/clients. You can even create a referral program/deal for clients!

Why Is Social Media So Important? If Your Business Isn't on Social Media, You're Missing Out

It seems that social media is constantly on the news, especially lately with Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.

But despite the current bad press, a large amount of consumers are still on social media, as well as most businesses.

 In fact, 71% of small businesses are on social media, according to recent research from Clutch.

Of the businesses that use social media, 86% use Facebook. Facebook is the most popular social media platform because it has been in the market longer than most. It also helps that Facebook has a larger audience than other social media platforms, at more than two billion users.

Facebook is so successful that 58% of businesses plan to increase their investment in the platform in 2018, according to recent research from The Manifest.

Businesses love this because they can use this tool to reach the most people with the least work 

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Millennial-Owned Businesses More Likely to Use Social Media

Millennials live and breathe social media already – they grew up in the social media world, and it’s a daily part of their lives. It makes sense that 79% of millennial-owned businesses use social media versus 65% of businesses owned by older generations. 

Business owners run their companies with what they know. Millennials know that social media is a crucial part to a successful business in this day in age. With the growing amount of consumers and a business’ competitors getting on social media, it makes sense that these businesses start too.

 

Businesses Post Social Media Content Regularly

Most s mall businesses see the importance of publishing social media content on a consistent basis with 52% publishing content every day, and 79% publishing weekly.

It’s important for businesses to post regularly on their social media channels with high-quality and valuable content. If their social profiles’ most recent posts are from several months ago, they don’t ask questions, and don’t provide value to their audience, no one will engage with the content or profile. You want to be visible and become a leader in the industry to your followers and potential customers. By creating a social media presence, you’re showing them just that.

 

Businesses Post a Variety of Content

Since most of these businesses publish content daily, what do they publish?

Businesses publish a variety of content on social media, but the most popular type is images, by 54%. These photos posted onto their social media can include their products and services, the business’ team, the community, or any type of entertainment that the business’ audience would want to follow and like. 

Humans are visual beings. High-quality images appeal to consumers when they are scrolling through their newsfeeds. Using visual content helps companies stand out on social media because their consumers want to engage more with images that seem more professional and valuable.

 

Engagement Is Small Businesses’ Most Important Metric 

Businesses publish a variety content regularly because it leads to increased engagement. 20% of businesses agree that this is the most important metric so social media.

Businesses value social engagement because it shows if the content they are sharing is doing its job. Is the content reaching who you are targeting? Is it creating a greater following? Is it creating a ROI? If no one is reacting to, following or sharing your content, is it really worth your time?

Engagement is also an easier metric to track than others because it’s easy to see how many people have liked, commented on, or shared your posts.

Conversion, revenue earned, and ROI from social media are also important but are harder to track, which is why companies don’t always see their value.

 

Half of Small Businesses Pay for Advertising on Social Media

46% of small businesses buy advertising on social media, something that is becoming more essential.

Social media has become a pay-to-play game, and the reach of organic content has decreased. For a business to reach more consumers, it should use paid social advertising. Even a small social advertising budget can reach more consumers than organic content.

Although just half of small businesses use social advertising according to the survey, that number should be 100%.

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The Increasing Importance of Social Media

Social media is here to stay, so businesses need to invest time and money in this technology. In fact, of the businesses already using social media, 92% plan to increase their social media investment, indicative of social media’s staying power.

Businesses need to invest in social media. It spreads brand awareness, keeps followers interested in your business, and leads to sales.

It’s 2018. If your business isn’t on social media, you’re missing out on one of the most successful marketing tools possible.

Grow Your Business With Social Media

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Hey everyone, Darren here!

Recently I've been invited to speak at a few venues on the topic of growing your business with social media, including at the Barrie Country Club, The Barrie Chamber of Commerce, and at Flying monkeys brewery for the Simcoe County Home Builders Association.

Big thanks to all of the groups inviting me out to speak, it's an absolute privilege to stand up and speak to incredible people for 40 minutes about something i'm deeply passionate about. 

As per popular demand, for those who did not attend, or who did attend but want a copy, i've included the entire presentation here available for download!

The presentation includes:

1. An entire crash course on what social media "really is" and how to most effectively use it to grow your business.

2. We asked 2000 business owners what their biggest concerns were in regards to social media, and then we addressed them one by one!

3. 5 Actionably step by step strategies you can implement right away to blow up your social media fast!

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