Tips to Grow your Business with Facebook

Facebook needs no special introduction. As a social network, it is the most powerful platform for personal and professional use in the world, growing steadily for over a decade. More precisely, since 2004 when it was introduced as an online community intended for student socializing, Facebook grew into an enterprise worth several billion dollars. Just in September this year, Facebook counted 2.27 billion monthly active users, with 1.49 billion people and businesses using the platform daily. Some may say that Facebook is losing its younger generation of users to Instagram and Twitter, but the fact remains that Facebook is still the social network that attracts the most attention and if used right, it can help you grow your business and expand your audience and customer base, ultimately converting clicks and likes into profit. In order to give you a brief overview of the business side of Facebook, here are the basic features you need to know to master this useful marketing tool.

You don’t have a Facebook Business page?! Reasons you need one.

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Using Facebook as a platform for your business is not the same as using Facebook for your personal needs, and that is why it is imperative to separate the two. Keeping your private conversations on a separate account can be invaluable, especially if at one point your company expands and you need to give access to your business account to someone else in your company.

If you are a product or service based business, you will probably receive a lot of messages and requests from your current and potential customers. Getting a separate account will allow you to take a step back, instead of being overwhelmed by all the requests coming to your inbox and your private conversations getting drowned by the noise. Once you create a Facebook page for your business, you can connect your personal profile with it with one simple click, thus adding a face to your company and giving your business page more legitimacy, but still setting boundaries between your private and professional life.

Getting a Facebook business page for your company allows you to have more control over your content. As a platform, Facebook helps you communicate more effectively with your audience, answer all the questions your potential customers might have or even ask some yourself, share new ideas and present your products and services to a vast online community. It also gives you important insight about the success of your content, as well as access to Facebook advertising which you can use to target specific groups of people with your content, all in the attempt to convert your Facebook activity into sales and meaningful engagement with your brand. If you plan to launch your company’s website in the near future, or you already have one, we strongly suggest not to wait with creating a Facebook page for your business because it can serve as a great marketing tool, putting you on the map in your local community, both online and offline.

Once you have created a Facebook page, make a point of adding all the relevant information to the page such as your location, a valid contact number, a description of your core business and a brief introduction to your company. Finally, add a link to your official website because, in the end, your main goal is to attract new customers to your business and to convert clicks and likes into sales. Take some time to complete your information, and select quality photographs for your profile and cover photo because they also represent your company. Be consistent with your design and use the same or only slightly different visuals in order to connect your social networks with your core internet platform – your website. Customize as much of your Facebook page as you can because that will help you stand out from the crowd. Add a call to action to your page – decide what is most important to you at the moment. Is it getting new subscribers, converting your followers into customers or just starting a conversation? Whichever option you choose, make the appropriate adjustments so that your page reflects your main goal.

Creating Content That Attracts Attention

Once your page is set and looking great, it’s time to create some content that will attract new followers. There are several types of posts you can utilize to grow your audience and get your Facebook page up and running with enough content to explore. Experiment with your posts and track the reactions of your audience but be consistent with putting out new and fresh content. Create a content release schedule and post regularly to establish a routine for your followers. If you don’t get a lot of traction with your posts at first, do not worry. Ask for some help from your family members, friends, and colleagues because they can comment and share your content to get the ball rolling without investing a lot of effort. Here is some useful content you can share with your audience!

Posts With Images

food photoWe are all familiar with that good old “a picture is worth a thousand words” phrase and considering we live in an increasingly visual world, it means that businesses that want to succeed in this oversaturated market need to put out their best content. If you want your posts to help bring in new customers, you need to attract their attention first, which can be done with appropriate high-quality photography.

If you do not have the time or the equipment to create fantastic visuals, hire a professional photographer to take great photographs of you, your establishment and the products you sell. If your business is more service-based, research the market for a stock photography service that can provide you with the imagery you need. There are great free options online you can use if you are on a tight budget.

Links To Your Blog

If your primary platform is a blog or you publish blog posts on your official website, share your posts on Facebook to get more people to visit your site. Instead of merely announcing you have published new content, give a short summary of the topic you wrote about, ask your followers a question about a specific problem, and offer them part of the solution already on Facebook, with a link leading them to the rest of your article, and more detailed information.

This is important because most Facebook users are reluctant to leave Facebook and usually just continue scrolling through their news feeds unless they are compelled by a good visual, catchy post title or an interesting Facebook status to stop and explore. Make sure that you have something to offer because if you provide valuable insights, advice, and tips, your followers will be more likely to spend time exploring your official website after they finish reading your post and even subscribe to your newsletter.

Videos That Matter

fb videoSocial networks and various media outlets have seen a rapid increase in popularity of video content in the last couple of years, with experts predicting that videos will become the most prominent content on both personal and business accounts in the immediate future. The same principle of creating your photography applies to video because the overall quality of Facebook content is increasing so to stay on the top of your game, you need to pay attention to the aesthetics of your video content as well.

The videos you post do not need to be long in duration, but they do need to be interesting. You could use video to provide answers to the most common questions from your customers or clients, showcase new products, show behind the scenes footage and your office, introduce your staff to the public, talk about things that are relevant to your business and add exciting and engaging content to your page.

Broadcast Live To Connect

If your company organizes events or your employees often participate in conferences as speakers or even just attendees, record live Facebook broadcasts to give your audience a glimpse into your professional world. If you constantly get asked the same questions, organize a live broadcast on a certain topic and give your supporters an opportunity to engage with you by posting comments and reacting to your answers in real time.

If you are collaborating with someone, do a live Q&A with that person to introduce them to your audience. This is also a good way to make your company more relatable. Create a schedule for broadcasting and be consistent because everyone loves a routine. Similarly to blogging, posting content to Facebook also creates a sense of familiarity and helps you create a community that knows what to expect from you and trusts you.

Sharing (Content) Is Caring

It is important to remember, despite the noise on our news feeds, Facebook is, in fact, a community. Therefore, sharing quality content is a “must” on social media because it helps give interesting ideas and funny or relatable posts a boost. Helping others reach the same goals you have will help add value to your own business and establish you as a professional and an expert in your field.

Stay focused and share only the content that aligns well with your own principles. Give your honest opinion about the topics discussed, add to the conversation and do it in a positive, respectful and constructive way. There is no need to give negative feedback on someone else’s work just to help your cause. Be kind and if you do not like something, simply do not share it.

Comment And Reply

Another way to expand your reach and attract more followers is to support the community within your niche. Find Facebook pages of individuals and businesses you admire, take some time to engage into conversations on their respective pages, join discussions, offer valuable insight, and help solve problems by giving access to some of your content for free.

When your followers reach out to you, make an effort and reply as soon as possible, helping them with their dilemmas and solving potential problems. If someone replies to your post, adds a comment or publicly asks a challenging question, make sure you reply in an honest and respectful manner, avoiding unnecessary altercations. Show gratitude for compliments and appreciation for criticism.

Facebook Advertising

Your page allows you to promote the content you find most relevant to your business for a certain financial compensation. Depending on the type, you can promote your posts for smaller or larger amounts of money, targeting specific audiences. This is where you can use the distinct characteristics of your ideal avatar to your advantage because Facebook allows you to narrow down your target audience for your advertising efforts on numerous parameters, such as the geographical location, age, gender, interests, etc.

Facebook insights are useful here because carefully analyzing them can give you a good idea about when you should use sponsored posts to reach your potential customers or clients, and who they are in the first place. Pay attention to the duration of your ad campaigns because the expenses can rack up rather quickly. Target specific periods of the day for specific audiences to get the most for your penny.

Facebook Insights

Insights are invaluable when it comes to deciding when to post content on your Facebook page, what kind of content and to whom. Insights can also save you a lot of money because they help you schedule your ad campaigns in just the perfect times, instead of wasting your money on randomly chosen times, posts and target audiences.

One of the primary metrics you can track is the reach. Divided into organic, paid and combined, reach signifies the number of people who have seen your post, either spontaneously or through a paid advertisement, or both. The difference between the organic and the paid reach can tell you if your advertising strategy made an impact or not, making it easier for you to decide which approach to use in the future.

Two other vital metrics you should also be familiar with are the post engagement and post clicks. Users that engage with your content by reacting to it (clicking on different icons to like, love, laugh, etc.), sharing it or commenting on it, help your content reach people that do not necessarily follow your activity. Their engagement helps increase your reach organically.

Post clicks include all other actions that are not liking, sharing and commenting – this can be anything from playing a video, clicking on “read more” to see the entire post or following a link found anywhere in the post, even in the comments section. Have in mind that this is a vague metric because you cannot tell if the user clicked on something of value to you, but it’s worth understanding how it works.

The Power Of Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are becoming a new driving force of Facebook growth and are a perfect gateway to your ideal customer. We are all social beings, always looking for a group of people with similar interests to join and enjoy. That is why Facebook has so many new groups forming every day, dedicated to specific interests, causes, topics, and hobbies. As a business owner, you can harness this powerful tool by actively engaging with communities that represent your target audience.

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Remember, this is not a purely exploitative relation but rather a practice of give-and-take. The goal is to get to know your customer avatar better and build relationships with people you would like to cater to with your services and products. Be a part of the conversation, add relevant and insightful comments, solve problems and answer questions by redirecting the members to your content tackling the very issue being discussed. Facebook groups often host introductions where members are allowed to present their respective businesses, so use this to your advantage. Ask the members for their opinions about new projects you are working on, and help them out with your own expertise. Read the community guidelines and follow them carefully to fully enjoy the benefits of being a part of a support system of like-minded individuals and professionals.

Conclusion

Using social media, and especially Facebook as a great marketing tool has been beneficial to businesses all over the world, serving as a way to connect brands with their loyal fans and customers and build supportive communities focused on sharing ideas and solving problems. There is no reason why you should not use this powerful online force to your advantage!

Facebook is an excellent platform you can utilize to promote your hard work, get to know your target audience, brainstorm ideas for new products and services and show the world all the great work you do. Take your time and create your page with care because it can empower your brand and help you grow your business entirely for free, with some conscious effort and just a bit of planning. Good luck!

If you found this post insightful and missed our first post in these series, you might want to read Pinterest 101 for small businesses.

Using Pinterest for Your Local Business

Using Pinterest for Your Local Business

Social media offers a way to communicate with your customers in a closer way, with Facebook being the most popular network among businesses. However, Pinterest has a lot to offer to your marketing strategy, especially for local businesses.

5 Steps to Market Your Local Business on Pinterest

When it comes to social media marketing, Pinterest shouldn’t be underestimated. This social media platform offers many benefits to businesses and can help you reach out to more people. If you’re looking to reinforce your social media presence, here are 5 tips to help you market your business on Pinterest:

5 Steps to Market Your Local Business on PinterestUnderstand What Your Audience Is Interested In

First things first. Breaking into Pinterest grounds is not just about creating boards left and right. Before you even start sharing content, you need to have a clear idea of what type of material your audience is looking for. You can start your research by finding out who your target audience is following. Browse through the categories that are most related to business to see what content is being shared and how popular it is. This will give you a better idea of what topics and keywords your customers are interested in.

Sneak Your Keywords into Your Profile and Boards

Once you have identified the most relevant keywords or topics for your business, you can use this information in the names of your boards and in your profile, in places like your profile name, and description, too.

Market Your Business with Pinterest

Expand Your Reach with Informative Content

People on Pinterest are looking for valuable content. They are interested in learning things and buying things, so take this into account when deciding what to pin. Content that meets these criteria is what’s going to help you grow your repins.

Drive Traffic to Your Website By Sharing Your Own Content

By sharing your own content on Pinterest, you are giving it much more exposure. Whether you are sharing links to your own articles or to your products and services, with every repin and click, your click-through rate will increase and traffic to your site will too.

If You Have An Opportunity, Don’t Be Afraid to Engage

As people start sharing your content, you will notice that questions and comments might come up. This is a great way to connect with your audience directly and answer whatever questions they have.

 

Pinterest could be a great addition to your social media marketing strategy, however, if you are present on other social media platforms, you might feel like keeping up with all of them is a little too much to worry about. At Impressions Agency, we can help you manage your social media platforms while keeping your message consistent across all of them. Let’s talk about how we can help you grow your online presence.

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Are SEO and Social Media Related?

If you’ve ever wondered whether social media has an impact on SEO, the answer is yes, and there are various ways how.

How Social Media Impacts SEO

Although social is not a direct ranking factor, as confirmed by Google on various occasions, social media does have an impact on rankings and can help your business become more visible on search engine results pages. Here are 3 ways in which social media impacts SEO:

How Social Media Impacts SEOSharing Content Drives Traffic to Your Website

People like quality content. The more you share links to your own content, the more exposure your content will get and the more chances there will be for people to share it or link to it. This motivates people to visit your website which drives more traffic and helps increase organic search ranking.

Increases Brand Awareness

Did you know that Facebook has over 2 billion users and Twitter more than 330 million? That’s a lot of people. Social media gives you the opportunity to build an online presence and keep your brand top of mind while building an audience. This is very valuable to your business, as it increases the chances that people will click on your content when it’s displayed in the search results.

Social Media Profiles Rank In SERPs

Social media profiles tend to show up in the search results when you type in the name of a business. If your website is ranked high in the SERPs and your social media profile also shows up, you’d be taking some very valuable spots in the search results. Visibility-wise, this gives you an edge over the competition.

 

It’s not just one or the other. Both social media and SEO are marketing tactics that are highly relevant and should be part of your online marketing strategy if you want to keep moving your business in the right direction. Juggling both can be tricky. Luckily, Impressions Agency is here to help you with that. Want to implement digital marketing strategies that can make your business grow? Contact us today.

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How Email Marketing Can Be Valuable for Your Business

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Want to develop relationships with your potential customers? Email marketing might be what you need.

The Benefits of Email Marketing

Email marketing refers to the use of email to promote products or services, and to build relationships with potential customers that can result in new leads. However, using email to spam your customers with tons of deals is not an ideal approach to email marketing and might not give you the results you expect. Ideally, email marketing should be used to communicate with your customers and customize your messages to generate content that is relevant to them.

Here are some of the advantages of email marketing and how it can be of value to your business:

It is Cost Effective

Since there is no printing or postage fees and no advertising rates, email marketing is a very affordable way to market your business that delivers strong ROI.

It’s a Targeted Marketing Strategy

When you think of other ways of advertising, like print ads, TV, and radio, etc., they all push the same content for everyone. There is no distinction, however, the one-size-fits-all type of advertising is not very effective. Email marketing gives you an opportunity to get to know your customer better so you can tailor your messages to fit their wants and needs, which has a positive impact on your conversion rate.

Email marketing is measurable It’s Easily Measurable

With email marketing, you have access to precise numbers that will help you understand how your campaigns perform. Having access to these results gives you the opportunity to not only get to know your audience better but to make decisions that help you provide value to them and impact your sales.

Increases Brand Awareness

Every email you send is another chance you get to expose your brand to your target audience. A carefully thought out email marketing strategy can help you deliver value while you make sure you stay on the minds of your customers which gives you a better chance to get them through your sales funnel.

 

Build a robust marketing strategy and don’t rely on just one method. Instead, you can have various strategies working together in your favor. At Impressions Agency, we can help you drive sales with great content, SEO, and social media management. Let’s talk about how we can help you take your business to the next level.

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What You Need to Cover on Your Social Media Policy

How to Write a Social Media Policy

Keep your brand’s integrity safe on social media with a strong social media policy.

Writing a Social Media Policy

It’s a good practice for companies to have a social media policy. By documenting your expectations you make it easier for yourself, your social media manager and your employees, to promote your brand on social media while avoiding behaviors that could damage your brand. But how much detail should a social media policy have?

Ideally, your social media policy should address two segments: your employees and the company’s official accounts. Here’s a guideline of what you should include in your social media policy.

How to Behave on Social MediaOnline Behavior

This section should specify how you expect your company’s accounts and your employees to behave online when posting about your company. Things like the tone and personality that should be used, or the way to talk about your services or products, how to respond to comments whether they’re good or bad, and what should and should not be shared on social media.

Social Media Governance

You should clearly define the responsibilities around social media and the person responsible for each task. Here are some responsibilities you can include:

  • Staff training
  • Customer service
  • Post approval
  • Legal Concerns

If you have a social media manager, some of these responsibilities would be assigned to that person.

Engage Through Facebook with a Great Business PageLegal Risks or Concerns

Anything that you consider a risk for your company on social media should be addressed in this section. It’s a good idea to have legal guidance when working on this part. Here are some topic ideas you could cover in this section:

  • Managing Privacy: Determine what type of information is considered confidential or restricted for use on social media.
  • Use of employee disclaimers: Using disclaimers can prevent negative impressions online. You can request your employees to add a disclaimer to their posts when they’re publicly commenting on things that are related to your company, to make it clear that their opinions don’t necessarily reflect your own.
  • Crediting sources: Define the correct way to use content from other sources. Image copyright could be a topic to tackle.

 

Your social media policy is a guideline for your employees and your official accounts, to best represent your brand on social media. Keep in mind that this document doesn’t have to be hundreds of pages long. A couple of pages with specific directions is much easier to digest and easier to follow. Remember that the idea of this is to make it easier for your employees to promote your brand on social media while keeping your integrity online. Avoid turning this document into a What Not to Do on Social Media type of document, as this can discourage use of social media.

Is your business in need of a social media manager that can increase your online presence and give your business a boost? Impressions Agency can help. Contact us today for more information.

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Do You Have a Social Media Policy?

Do You Have a Social Media Policy?

This simple document could help you protect your brand’s online reputation.

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media Policy

When things are clear, it is easier to stay on track. It’s a good practice to have clear documentation for your company and its employees to understand how to best interact on social media to keep the company’s reputation intact and avoid a social media accident.

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media PolicyWhat is a Social Media Policy?

A social media policy is basically a document that holds the appropriate conduct that your brand and your employees should follow on social media. A social media policy would also establish what type of content should be shared, your brand’s personality and voice, and it’s also a good idea to clarify how to respond to negative comments.

If it sounds like a lot, don’t worry. This document doesn’t have to be 100 pages long. A couple of pages that summarize but clearly define your wants and needs related to social media, will do. A social media policy is a live document, so make sure you update constantly as your needs or expectations might vary.

Advantages of a Social Media Policy

Having a social media policy can benefit your business in many ways, regardless of whether you’re just starting to get social or you’ve been doing it for a while.

Helps Keep Your Online Reputation Intact

With clear guidelines that convey what can and cannot be shared, it is easier to streamline communication on social media in a way that best represents your brand. This way, you can avoid social media mishaps that can damage your brand.

The Advantages of a Social Media Policy

Enables Consistency on Social Media

Outlining expectations around your social media presence helps your brand stay consistent across all networks. A social media policy will also help your employees align with your company’s voice. A well defined voice and personality on social media makes it easier for people to recognize and remember you, which has a positive impact on brand awareness.

Promotes Employee Engagement

With standards and expectations in place, you empower your employees to promote your brand on social media. This will increase your credibility as your message is best acknowledged when it comes from various people and not just your company’s social media accounts.

Keeps You Away from Legal Problems

Your social media policy should also clarify what steps need to be taken in case your employees become victims of a social media attack or if, for some reason, they put something online that could potentially damage your company’s reputation.

 

Social media management takes a lot of time and effort but when done right, you can increase brand awareness and promote your business. At Impressions Agency, we take care of your social media  while sticking to your guidelines and expectations, so we can best represent you online. Let’s build your brand together. Get a free quote today.

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Keeping Your Brand Safe on Social Media

Keeping Your Brand Safe on Social Media

Social media can be a great marketing tool but without proper care, your social media strategy could go south. Learn how to protect your brand against events that could damage your image.

Online Brand Protection Made Easy

Online presence is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. However, social media can be good just as it can be bad for your image when not handled properly. Mistakes are inevitable but the risks can be mitigated with a little know-how. Here are a few simple tips to protect your brand on social media.

Define Your Social Media Guidelines

Before you start posting away, you’ll need a social media policy. You should establish what type of content you’d like to share, your brand’s voice and its personality, as well as how to address situations like receiving negative comments. Your social media strategy should be based on this and aligned with your mission and brand culture.

Online Brand Protection Made EasyMonitor Your Brand on Social Media

It is extremely important to be aware of what’s going on social media related to your brand. Managing your reputation online will allow you to react better and more promptly against any situation that could potential damage your brand. It also gives you a chance to see all the positive things people might be saying about you.

Don’t Set Yourself Up for Hashtag Hijacking

This term refers to when a hashtag that you have created is used for completely opposite purposes of what it was originally intended for, having a backfire effect on your brand. It’s best to use hashtags that are specific and are focused on the customer, not you.

Implement an Approval Process

If you’re still hesitant about whether or not the content that will be shared on social media is of value to your brand and your customers, you can choose to set up an approval process that will give you some peace of mind. That way nothing is posted without being verified first.

Make the Right Impression Online

If you’re looking to push your business forward, at Impressions Agency, we can help. We are prepared to assist you in increasing your value and profits through remarkable digital marketing. Contact us for more information.

5 Tips to Round Up Your 2018 Marketing Strategy

Marketing Tips to Round Up Your Marketing Strategy

Fulfilling all of your audience’s needs can be hard but you can do it with the right marketing strategy.

5 Rules for Effective Marketing

There are certain tips that can help you round up your strategy and lead to a successful marketing approach.

Find a Way to Catch Their Eye

Grabbing people’s attention is rather hard these days. There’s so much going on, it’s kind of tough to focus on one thing. You can start by showing people about their struggles and then show them how they can benefit out of doing business with you. Once you establish a relationship with your audience, give them offers they cannot resist.

Become a Problem Solver

Tips for an effective marketing strategy

Teaching people something is a great way to get them to trust you. You can develop your whole blog around this idea. Identify their main problems and how you can help them overcome them. This way you get a chance to showcase your solutions and address their concerns.

Take Advantage of Social Media

Not being on social media is like taking the day off work.  Your audience is most likely social and for you to be successful, you have to go where they are. Stay engaged with them and share valuable content that keeps your prospective customers coming back for more.

Communicate in a Relatable Way

Sure, you’re the expert but you have to be very careful in how you’re addressing your customers. You don’t want to come off too technical or showy. You want to find a balance between being a knowledgeable authority and being relatable. Use a language that people understand and are comfortable with.

Add Value

For a marketing strategy to work, people have to feel like it was their idea to approach you. You want to convince them they need you. This is where a customized marketing experience that addresses exactly what they need, really pays off.

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At Impressions Agency, we can help you make a good impression online. Our goal is to help you increase conversions while we provide you with the best customer service in the business. Contact us today for more information.

 

Celebrate 2018 with an Improved Digital Marketing Strategy

Celebrate 2018 with an Improved Digital Marketing Strategy

Marketing takes time, effort and money. Rev up your digital marketing strategy for the New Year and watch your business grow.

Maximize Your Digital Marketing Results in 2018

The start of the New Year is the perfect moment to take matters into your own hands and make things happen. You’ve had time to reflect on the previous year and analyze how you can improve your experience this year. It’s always important to set realistic and attainable goals to keep you on track. Ring in the New Year with these digital marketing resolutions that will get you better results:

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Turn your website into a conversion machine

Turn Your Website into a Conversion Machine

If your website is not your best ally in convincing prospects that you have what they’re looking for, it is time for a redesign. Think of your site as your top salesperson, the one that keeps customers coming in and the one that has them leaving the store with their hands full. You need a website that looks good, accurately represents your brand and provides clear information along with excellent user experience.

Leave Social Media Behind and Go for Social Marketing

A strong social media presence is vital to keep your audience engaged. Having a business profile that has no structure on one social media platform won’t deliver any benefits. Your business needs to be present across various social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and you should consistently post content that adds value to your audience and that keeps people interested. Also, resort to marketing your business through Facebook or Instagram ads so you can get the exposure you need.

Understanding SEO
SEO tools can boost your business.

Make a Reputation Out of Positive Online Reviews

Online reviews have replaced word of mouth. That’s why it is so important to gather good feedback from your customers and make it visible to the rest of your audience. Good reviews will give peace of mind to prospects and customers, making them trust you and come back for more.

Rise to the Top with Good SEO

Take time to evaluate your SEO and strengthen it as much as possible. Strong SEO can help you reach the top of the search results and increase sales leads.

Keep All Components of Your Strategy Aligned

No component of your digital marketing strategy is independent from the rest. For your strategy to be successful, all parts need to work together. The amount of effort this requires can seem overwhelming at times. At Impressions Agency, we are ready to take on that task and help you achieve your goals for 2018. Give us a call today and let’s start planning your success.