Running your own business has its pros and cons. While you get to build your own dream and are your own boss, you are also responsible for everything that happens to it. It can be stressful and demanding, but you get to impact the whole wide world with your ideas.
“Man is by nature a social animal.” When Aristotle said this, he must not have predicted how applicable it would be in the 21st century. Only he did not mean it in terms of social media. However, for millennials living in this day and age, being social is not about philosophy anymore, it is about the various social media platforms we find ourselves unwittingly drawn towards.
In today’s economy, start-ups have a special relevance. They are promoted by governments because they are growth-oriented and provide jobs in the market. Their flexibility enables them to withstand financial crisis and the ups-and-downs in the economy. The growth of a start-up is highly dependent on its ability to raise funds. For this, proper marketing techniques need to be implemented specially with respect to smart social media marketing.
A key component of succeeding in your business is the engagement of your employees. Having engaged employees is important as they lead to satisfied customers and higher revenues. However, the involvement of your employees in the the success of your business is not limited to just the workplace. The employees who act as evangelists of your brand outside of workplace are your most valued assets. Active employees are more likely to recommend your brand organically. They are, in essence, the true promoters of your brand, and employee activism adds value to your company.
In today’s day and age, it is not difficult to bring out a quality product or find customers for it. It is, however, difficult to sustain those customers and their loyalty. The task of the customer relations team does not end with the purchase; it begins with it. With a single purchase, you have a chance to turn your one-time customer into a valued promoter. Yes, there is a difference between the two. While the first will buy your product and may or may not return, the latter is loyal to your brand and will not only spread awareness and goodwill about it but will also defend it. It is important for your brand to have organic promoters since people seek the opinion of other users before making a purchase. It is especially important to have a presence on social media as that is where people share their ‘feel good’ or ‘horror’ PR stories with a larger audience.
Instagram Marketing has become imperative as it is the largest image sharing social web services, with 800 million users worldwide as of September 2017, up from 600 million in December 2016. When Facebook bought it for a billion dollars in 2012, it only had 30 million users. It is one of the ten most popular mobile phone applications in the world and its ever-growing popularity is the reason why businesses from the world over are looking for a piece of the pie. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are seizing the opportunity to use Instagram as one of their main marketing channels for brand awareness. Instagram marketing is, therefore, the new way of brand storytelling and marketing outside of the boardrooms.