Did you know you don’t get to see all of the pages you are connected to on Facebook? That not all of your friends’ status updates are shown to you?
For multiple reasons, including the intention of getting you to pay for “sponsored posts” Facebook only shows you about 15% of any of the posts of pages or profiles that you are subscribed to. It uses the near-mystical Edgerank formula to do this. However, a rogue link from the previous versions of Facebook still exists that may show you closer to 100% of the content you should see on FB. Sources say it will be shut down soon, though, as it was a remnant allowed to survive the previous versions of the social network for internal use, and not for you humans.
What is a Sales Funnel? I was briefly explaining this to a client and realized many may not know what a Sales Funnel is and why it’s sooooo important to your business. This video is a brief explanation!
As a Franchise owner you may ask yourself, “Why would I need to have an individual website, blog or social profile for each Franchise?” or even “Why do I need a website at all? Doesn’t my Regional Franchise Manager handle all of this?” Although there may be several obstacles to building your own online presence for an individual Franchise location, the rewards are well worth it.
Optimization of Your Blog or Website for Mobile Searches
So many customers now search their smartphones for goods and services that having a website that is optimized for both Local and Mobile searches is essential for getting leads. Most of the apps on the iPhone, Android or Blackberry use Google Places and other Local directories to assist potential customers to find you.
Optimization of Your Blog or Website for Local Searches
Local Optimization gives your local franchises credibility with the search engines. Individual franchises will be seen as local businesses and enhance their authority as a local professional and expert, which boosts website conversions. Having fresh news and content on each Franchisee website, including community news and information, is important as it presents the most current and relevant results for a local search.
Identify Each Franchise with its Own Region and Reputation
Let’s face it: Even though franchises are supposed to be providing equal goods and services, we all know all Franchises are not created equal. Whether it be the location, or the efforts of a particular manager, you may have a variance in the service and productivity throughout locations. If you own multiple locations, isn’t it better to have an online complaint about a single location so you can expediently and quickly manage that individual complaint, rather than dispel negativity for a string of locations all bundled up into a single website? What if a nearby franchise location that you don’t own and are not associated with is experiencing a situation? Shouldn’t other locations be able to conduct business as usual?
Display Your Specific Offers, Events, Services and Products
Specific offers, unique to each location, should be displayed to encourage customers to patronize the appropriate location. Simplify the process for customers to join each email or text list to receive news for events or offers from the franchise located in their area. There should be no confusion about which deals can be had where, as you don’t want to get a reputation for disappointing customers.
Display Your Specific, Local Numbers and Local Addresses
Having a Local site or social presence gives consumers confidence that you are a genuine local business, and that they won’t have to call a distant head office to handle any customer interactions. Studies show that customers visit their local franchise locations 63% more than any others. Make this an easy decision for them by displaying a local phone number and address.
Checklist: Is Your Website or Blog Optimized for Local and Mobile Searches?
Go to the Web and Review:
When you search for your franchise name with your location, do you appear at the top of your results, or at all?
Are your local contact details on each page of your website? Physical address, phone number and email address?
Is there a clear link on your homepage to your location’s specific goods and services with pricing?
Are the Special Offers specific to your location clearly visible on the homepage?
Does the blog or “recent events” section of your site show on your homepage?
Have either your blog or another section of your homepage been updated in the last week?
Are you displaying at least one positive review on your homepage?
Can your website be easily read from the screen of a smartphone?
If your website is lacking in four or more of these categories, you may wish to do some website revisions. Incidentally, most of the reasons you need to have an individual website applies to your Social presence as well. If you apply this checklist to your Facebook page, YouTube channel or Twitter profile and come up lacking, you are doing yourself and your business a disservice.
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Online Marketing Technology Company partners with Emerald Franchise Business Solutions
New York, New York, March 12, 2012 – Emerald Franchise & Business Solutions LLC, a prominent consulting firm, and Social Marketing Associates, a results-driven social media marketing company, announces a new partnership to offer the most comprehensive and effective services to their global clients. Both firms have pioneered successful innovations in their respective industries and through this new collaboration, will now present a stronger ability to meet the growing demands of their respective client base.
Emerald FBS helps companies struggling to put their business systems together.
Emerald Franchise & Business Solutions provides quality consulting for entrepreneurs seeking business ownership. The firm also works with businesses positioned for expansion through franchising. Emerald applies its exceptional expertise in business management, skills assessment and marketing acumen, to lead its client base through the process of business acquisition and growth.
Marketing and advertising through social networking media, like Facebook, is now accepted as one of the most powerful sales techniques for businesses. Social Marketing Associates is an innovator in the social media marketing arena and provides for maximum exposure to any business through their creative and effective marketing and follow-up strategies. The social media marketing company is on the cutting edge of the new technologies but stays true to the tried and true concepts that get results.
Through this collaboration, clients will benefit from a stronger service offering in the areas of franchise acquisition and development, and web 2.0 social media marketing. Shurnette Henry, CEO of Emerald Franchise Business solutions explains, “Emerald is excited to join an alliance with Social Marketing Associates, LLC. The company brings an exceptionally excellent and necessary element of expertise in web based marketing and design as well as social networking knowledge which are critical to Emerald’s client base to propel any business to greater levels of success!”
Companies can no longer afford to ignore the shift in advertising from traditional media to the new marketing technologies, offered by Social Marketing Associates.
The two companies find this collaboration to be an effective decision that will help them better serve their current and potential customers. “Emerald delivers an amazing, 3-pronged approach to their business clients,” says Ryan Williams, Director of Marketing Technologies at Social Marketing Associates, “first, Systems Development, second, Marketing & PR, and third, Human Resource Development. That’s a sound foundation of skills that all growing companies need to develop, and in this economy, will fail without. We are excited to be working with the stellar individuals in this firm and the enterprise itself.” The move offers the companies a cutting edge over their competitors and aids in achieving their business goals.
As an initial offering to the clients of both businesses, a free training website has been launched to teach businesses who wish to build their own lead generating websites exactly how to do so. “Companies who want to get more exposure online can use this resource to build a website, learn SEO and Lead Generation from video tutorials and downloadable guides. The training is absolutely free to anyone who seriously wants to succeed in their online marketing efforts,” Mr. Williams explains. The Free 5-Day Marketing Training can be found at http://www.FranchiseHelp.SocialMarketingAssociates.com and is open to all current and prospective franchise operators.
Emerald Franchise Business Solutions LLC facilitates the creation of new franchise opportunities for winning businesses ready to go to the next level. Their system of pairing Entrepreneurs with Franchises works on the basis of mutual benefit for both the talented individuals and the company’s corporate clientele. Its revolutionary method of utilizing personality assessment tool, “Personality Dimensions ®” along with effective research and business development methods ensures successful results for their clientele. For more information on Emerald Franchise & Business Solutions, visit the company website: http://www.EmeraldFBS.com
Social Marketing Associates provides Online Marketing Solutions to their clients that need more visibility, leads, customers and sales from their online presence. The team works with companies to customize the experience they wish to deliver for their clients resulting in additional up sells, repeat buying and raving referrals, using powerful, cutting edge marketing technologies. To find out how Social Marketing Associates can assist you with your Online Marketing, visit their website: http://www.SocialMarketingAssociates.com