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Did you know that almost 120 million Americans now own a smartphone, and 80 percent of those use their device to access social networks?
SoLoMo (Social-Local-Mobile) is the addition of local information to search engine results to capitalize on the increasing use of mobile, allowing businesses to push relevant offers to customers based on their location. And the results can be unbelievable – smartphones are expected to influence $200 billion worth of sales in 2013.
This infographic takes a closer look at how retailers are making the most of the SoLoMo opportunity.
Facebook is the gift that “keeps on giving” when it comes to supporting local businesses that are participating on the world’s largest social media forum.
In a recent update, Facebook has enhanced their “nearby” check-in feature in an effort to provide users information that is most interesting or pertinent to their needs or liking.
Here’s what Facebook has done. Every month millions of users “check-in” on Facebook when they arrive at an establishment announcing to their Facebook friends and family their location (because everyone is just dying to know, right?) Nonetheless, it’s an extremely popular feature that competes with Foursquare and Yelp which is one of the reasons Facebook is updating the feature.
So now, when you use the “nearby” feature from the FB app, the social media giant will consider at that moment, your proximity to businesses in the area based not primarily on your location, but rather on the amount of check-ins, likes, star ratings and recommendations made by your friends and other users at the “nearby” businesses. Pretty impressive eh?
The update also provides the opportunity to search through additional categories which include Restaurants, Outdoors, Hotels, Shopping, Coffee and other popular searches. The updated “nearby” results are shown on a split screen of map and provide a list of relevant businesses to include their picture, address, distance, star rating, and your friends who have already LIKED it!
Here’s the COOL part. If you’re a business that is actively participating on FB, engaging with fans, providing Facebook offers and incentives for your customers to “check-in” or LIKE your page and your posts, than your business, based on Facebook’s algorithm, will rank high and show up in a “nearby” search to Facebook users who may have never heard of, seen, or frequented your business prior to their search.
If you’re not an active business on Facebook, then this is just one more incentive to get in the game!
Small business owners are taking social marketing seriously when it comes to establishing and promoting themselves online. In a recent survey by Manta, 90% of small business owners are committed to spending time or money to engage with their clients in social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
This is significant in that small-business owners have been social network holdouts over the past few years and are finally adopting social media. Erik Qualman, the author of the wildly successful book Socialnomics states that “businesses don’t have a choice on whether to do social media, the question is how well they do it. ”
What is changing their minds?
Well the biggest benefit seems to be related to one of the findings in the survey and that is that 78% say that being found by new customers through social media channels is the main reason they are investing in social marketing. “Small businesses understand they need to go where their audience is. Participating, networking and being found online is extremely important today in growing their business, so it’s not surprising that they are embracing the channel”, said Pamela Springer, CEO of Manta.
However, the large amount of online and social media channels available can be overwhelming for today’s small business owner to navigate and use successfully. Business owners just don’t have the time or energy to maintain a consistent presence for both their business and themselves. Many of them are turning to companies like everzocial™ that specialize in being their voice online and allowing them to focus on what they do best, managing their business.
The bottom line is that all the recently conducted surveys reveal an interesting trend. Those who haven’t thought of spending time and resources on social networking should think again.