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Four social media ideas for the holidays

October 4, 2016 - Leave a comment

Social media is a powerful resource for store owners. Channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest can help you attract more customers, increase your sales, and even have better communication.

During the busy holiday shopping season, it’s understandable if making Facebook posts or lining up tweets is the last thing on your mind. But forgetting about it completely isn’t the way to go: if it’s used well, social media can be a huge asset to stores running holiday sales or promotions.

We’ve put together four ideas for four different social media platforms — Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter — that you can use during the upcoming holiday shopping season. From boosted posts to Promoted Pins, these tips will help you draw in more shoppers and increase your sales during one of the most important times of year.

Ready to get social? Keep reading for your first tip.

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How to set up Facebook dark posts

July 24, 2015 - 3 Comments

Do you ever think it’s a good idea to leave your customers in the dark?

With much of what store owners post on social media, advertise online, or send out in emails, it’s a “one size fits all” approach. Products are marketed even if customers have already purchased them, which means these owners could effectively be wasting some of their hard-earned marketing dollars.

That’s why Facebook dark posts, also known as unpublished Page posts, have become so popular. Instead of showing content to all of your fans, no matter who they are — or what they might have already done — you can create and promote content to groups as big or as small as you please.

Today, we’re going to give you a brief tutorial on how to set up a dark post on Facebook for your own brand. Read along to find out more about these ads, and why keeping some fans in the dark can be so beneficial.

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Which social media networks are right for your brand?

June 19, 2015 - 4 Comments

If you’re new to the world of eCommerce, chances are pretty good that you’ve at least considered creating one or more social media profiles for your brand. But social media networking isn’t as simple as it used to be just a few years ago, and if you think a Facebook Page is all you need to reach your customers… well, you might be in for a surprise.

Picking the right place to connect with your followers, fans, and customers isn’t easy, though. There are a ton of possibilities. Each network has its own perks and perils, not to mention guidelines to follow. And you’re probably worried about making mistakes or wasting your time, especially if your new business is small or has a limited number of resources available.

Today, we’re going to talk about how to decide which social media platforms are the right fit for marketing your eCommerce business. We’ll cover why it’s so important to choose carefully, and then look closely at major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more so you can evaluate whether or not they’re a good fit for you.

Ready? Let’s get social!

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Tips to scale your store’s Pinterest strategy

June 12, 2015 - 4 Comments

So you’ve created a Pinterest account for your online store. By this point, you might have a hundred or so followers, and you’ve likely been able to attribute a few sales back to your boards. Things are good… but they could be better, and you want a bigger piece of the pie.

If you’ve heard about the incredible potential that Pinterest has for brands, and want to better tap into this network’s 47 million monthly active users, it’s time to scale up your strategy. Successfully using Pinterest to attract new customers is going to mean doing much more than pinning beautiful photos and curating content. Luckily, these new strategies won’t take up too much of your time.

If you’re thinking about taking your Pinterest activity to the next level, read on to get some advice on how you can scale your strategy, attract more customers, and make better use of your pins to drive more profit.

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A beginner’s guide to using Facebook remarketing for eCommerce

June 10, 2015 - 8 Comments

Once a shopper has left your store, you might think there’s no way to get them to return. Either their mind’s made up and they’re never coming back, or they’ve gotten distracted and have forgotten about you completely. All hope is lost.

Or is it?

Remarketing with Facebook is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reclaim lost clicks and conversions. It allows eCommerce website owners to directly reach shoppers who have visited their store, viewed specific pages, or abandoned their carts. And according to research, remarketing ads sport a response rate up to 400% higher than non-targeted advertising.

If you’ve long been curious about how to retarget your visitors using Facebook ads, we’re here to help. Today we’re going to offer you a crash course in setting up your first remarketing ad, from visiting Facebook’s Ads Manager for the very first time to creating an ad that will help drive shoppers back to your website.

Ready to learn how to reach your customers with targeted Facebook ads? Let’s get started!

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The 5 things to try when your brand joins Instagram

May 21, 2015 - 10 Comments

If your brand isn’t yet marketing on Instagram, now is a good time to start. This photo sharing platform was the fastest growing social media network last year, according to the Pew Research Center. About half (49%) of its 300 million monthly active users log in daily, and 53% of adults ages 18-29 say they use the app.

There’s a lot of advice online about using Instagram as a marketing tool, but it can quickly get overwhelming for brands who are brand new to the platform. A huge list of 20 tips might not be very helpful if you’ve just signed up and are staring at a blank screen, unsure what photos to post or how to tie this growing social network into your existing marketing plans.

If your eCommerce company has just joined Instagram and is looking for guidance, we’re happy to help. Here are the five things you should try right off the bat, from posting your very first photo to linking your content to your website.

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4 consumer electronics brands with amazing social media strategies

May 14, 2015 - 1 Comment

You likely already know that social media is important for marketing your consumer electronics brand. But what you may not have realized is just how much your presence on networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest matters to your customers.

According to data provided by the Consumer Electronics Association, approximately 24% of consumers looking to make an electronics purchase “always or almost always” refer to social media before they buy. For consumers in the “high engagement” category, who spend 13.5 hours or more per week on social, their reliance on these networks for purchasing decisions jumps to 65%!

With this in mind, it’s crucial for your brand to have a strategy that makes you look good, sets you apart from your competition, and makes your customers happy. This may sound easier said than done, but we’ve tracked down four companies with amazing social media strategies that will teach you to do all that (and more).

Keep reading to find four ways you can boost your social media marketing and motivate more customers to choose you over your competition.

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Social media takeaways from 5 formidable fashion brands

May 11, 2015 - 4 Comments

Social media has given brands seemingly endless ways to connect with, inspire, and delight their fans. Whether they’re highlighting specific customers or sharing special deals and discounts, brands have been using social media platforms to create goodwill, loyalty, and — ultimately — more sales for several years now.

But with these endless possibilities come just as many difficulties, especially for fashion and clothing companies. With an industry that has long been focused on the retail experience, where the brand’s presentation and messaging can be carefully controlled, the uncontrollable nature of social media can present as much of a challenge as it can an opportunity.

If your fashion brand wants to use social media successfully, but aren’t certain how to connect the dots while still staying true to your ethos, we have some tips for you. Today we’re going to look at five different types of fashion companies. We’ll examine what they’re doing well on their networks, what makes them so successful, and what your company can learn from them.

Ready to learn? Let’s get started!

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How to motivate customers to share your products

May 7, 2015 - 8 Comments

If you have social media buttons on your product pages, you probably added them because you wanted your products to be shared more frequently on networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. You know that more shares = more publicity, and more publicity = more new customers making purchases.

However, increasing those valuable shares isn’t always as easy as sticking a few buttons on your store and calling it a day. Your customers need motivation to share your products, and it’s up to you to give it to them.

There are a few methods you can use to motivate a customer to spread the good word about your brand before, during, and after their purchase. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can boost shares of your products on social media and attract even more shoppers.

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