Promote Your Business With Less Social Media
Back in the day, businesses thrived without social media.
Yes, before Facebook and YouTube, people were selling and buying.
I attended many Chamber of Commerce events, advertised in local magazines, hosted trade shows, and more.
Resourcefulness was the “name of the game.”
But are those days gone?
Our Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media
Has social media made it easier to promote a business?
Small business owners can quickly become small fish in a big pond.
Popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok persuade us to do more and spend more to pursue that magical moment, a viral experience.
But here’s the problem.
Promotional ads are spendy, the algorithms change, and social has a relentless and insatiable hunger for more.
Sure, you can outsource the process, but that increases your cost.
There is, however, a way to promote beyond social media. But, let me be honest.
FREE is Seldom Free
If you don’t spend money to promote your business, you’ll pay with something far more valuable–time.
The digital age didn’t simplify our lives; it complicated our lives.
For many of us, our office is in our pockets.
There’s no escaping a ping, ding, or ring.
But, we can use social media wisely. while promoting ourselves in other ways.
For many of us, our office is in our pockets. There’s no escaping a ping, ding, or ring. But, we can use social media wisely while promoting ourselves in other ways.
The Pre-Promotion Checklist
Before you promote anything, you must have clarity about your current market.
We can agree that priorities change, seasons change, and the economy changes. Similarly, so does your market.
That’s why realtors use terms like buyer’s or seller’s markets—the market changes.
As a copywriter, I know this too well. That’s why research is a big part of my copywriting process.
Here’s the pre-promotion checklist that will leverage your time.
- Clarify Your Market – This includes demographic and psychographic data—customer interests, struggles, and desires.
- Desired Transformation – What does your potential customer ultimately want or desire?
- Big Idea, Promise, or Solution – How does your offer solve your prospect’s problem effectively and uniquely?
- Value Proposition – This is a brief statement or elevator pitch that explains what you offer and the transformation your customer can expect.
- Offer and Bonuses: The product or service you provide with its features and bonuses.
Once you check off these five pre-promotion essentials, you’re ready to promote.
5 Ways to Promote Your Business Without Social Media
- Become a workshop guest, summit speaker, or podcast guest.
- Contact an event planner or conference coordinator.
- Research out-of-state events and see if they need a speaker. Tell them you’re available if they have a last-minute cancellation and become their hero.
- Find local business magazines that would gladly publish your articles.
- Request to guest post on someone’s blog. If the content is helpful and relevant to their audience, they may gladly publish it.
- Publish Kindle Short Reads on Amazon and use the book as a means to new leads and grow your email list.
Host or Facilitate a Small Event
- Local events or a “Meet and Greet” are great ways to connect with potential clients. Collaborate with a local business owner, restaurant, or hotel to find a venue.
- Research organizations or associations that may be a good fit for you.
- Use online tools like MeetUp to host a virtual or local in-person gathering.
- Find a local or out-of-state small business expo to expand your network.
- Find partners who would collaborate with you and help you promote a project.
- Create affiliate opportunities, so others promote your free or paid offers. You pay a small commission (10-20%) when there’s a completed transaction.
Leverage Your Email Marketing Campaigns
- Create a strategic welcome series for new subscribers packed with value and helpful information.
- Segment your list using tags to customize your automation and campaigns.
- Create systems using a CRM (customer relations management) pipeline that seamlessly helps you follow up with inquiries. A tool I recommend is Active Campaign.
Make the Most Of Promotional Opportunities
Before you pitch your article or speaking request, ask yourself this question.
How can I add value to their audience?
- If you want to be a podcast guest, listen to the podcast, rate, and review it.
- Show that you enjoy the host’s content in a comment.
- Provide three topic ideas that complement or align with their audience.
- If it’s a blog, visit the website and become familiar with its message and audience.
- If you’re writing for a local magazine, look at the ads and photos to understand the magazine’s readers.
- If you want to try a national or global publication, search for their Writer’s Guidelines online.
I suggest you pick one idea and make it your goal to serve them well.
Then, you can monetize momentum.
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