There's a lot of sites (like this one) saying that every business needs to use social media, but what is a local retailer or sole proprietor supposed to write about on a blog? A huge factor in getting word out about your site is coming up with content. Since social media is more like a dinner party than a timeshare pitch, here are some conversation starter topics. Talk amongst yourselves...
- Get to know your customers by asking about their interests. And not just in relation to your product.
- Discuss topics you are likely to have in common. For example, a plumber can write a post about why in some homes the shower loses temperature and pressure when a toilet is flushed. No need to give a sales pitch, just discuss why it happens and they'll know who to call.
- Tell an interesting anecdote about your community or someone on your staff. This shows your caring side and personality.
- Talk about the history, founding or early days of your business. The fear and sleepless nights, the early successes, funny stories from trial-by-fire situations.
- Promote a local or national charity related to your community or your field. For example, a client of ours who is a birthday party clown (www.sillysallys.com) links to the children's hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses in L.A., San Francisco and Boston where her service locations are.
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