What is your best advice for a local small business that wants to leverage the web for marketing purposes? was the question my friend Paul Chaney asked me and a few other “in the know” marketers.
Thought you might enjoy my response!
Great question Paul and one that many people will take from the strategy point of view: know your goals, how to measure them and your audience. Let’s look at this from a slightly different point of view: content consistency.
I look at content consistency from two perspectives. The first direction includes tonality, topics, and touch. The second direction is time.
Tonality is the voice you’ll use through out the web from your website and to social media channels For example, if you’re managing a rap group the tonality will be different than if you’re selling financial products to corporate accounts.
Topics quite simply are what you want chat about to your digital community. However, the format might be a blog, video, podcast or photos/images. The most successful topics are those that your audience cares about .. I call that ‘now I care content.’ Content that is so compelling it is shared.
Touch is how you’ll engage with your audience. It’s often neglected but can be the most powerful piece of your web marketing. What will you say when someone shares your content on Twitter or drops a comment on Facebook?
Time is well … time! Especially for small business owners, who wear multiple hats, we have to come to terms that we can’t do it all or all at once. Identify which web marketing tactic will give you the most return for time spent. That may not always be direct revenue but branding or extended reach. As an example, for a B2B service or product it may be diving deeply into LinkedIn. For a food media company it may be Twitter that best drives audience for you.
Take into consideration that all four Ts must work in harmony which leads us full circle to your goals, how to measure and your audience.