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Which Interaction Channels are Best for Business? Despite mass advances in technology and communication over the years, customer service will always be a challenge; after all, you can’t possibly be all things to all people. So, what’s really the best way to stay in touch with prospects and hopefully turn them into customers/clients?

 

Determining Which Interaction Channels are Best for Business

Regardless of the medium in which customer service is performed (phone, email and online chat, to name a few), there are some standard principles in which every organization should adhere. And truthfully, with all the options available at people’s fingertips, there really is no excuse in offering poor customer service in today’s digital age.

Beyond traditional face-to-face customer service at a brick-and-mortar storefront, companies today have countless ways to connect with their customers, and it’s high time they take advantage. Here are a few of the best customer service-oriented interaction channels for your business:

Phone

Besides face-to-face interactions, a phone call can be the best way to communicate with your customers. Say you want to limit confusion and explain a detailed process with ample back and forth. Well, speaking with a customer in real time can help you explain a process or resolve an issue more efficiently. More importantly, it can lead to forging stronger customer relationships.

Customer service via phone is also a good way to contact more technology-averse customers or people who may require more of a helping hand. However, in your attempt to resolve an issue or explain a detailed process, be sure you don’t come off too salesy. The last thing you want to do is annoy your customers.

Picking up the phone also provides great convenience for your customers, at least most of the time. For example, they can call your customer service line to receive timely answers to their questions, raise a service-related complaint, or obtain more information about their account balance or a new service.

But to create more company-wide efficiencies and decrease your customers’ wait times, your company may want to invest in a cloud contact center to better streamline customer service. Through this medium, customers can elect to reach you via traditional phone support, automated phone prompts, online chat, social media and more. Better yet, your support staff will be better able to capture customer data and provide more timely and efficient answers.

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Texting

These days, knowing that texting is the more preferred method of communication, your company should see the light by providing more quick and efficient texting support to a wide range of customers. It seems to make sense, anyway. According to Desk.com, people open 98 percent of the text messages they receive. Moreover, 90 percent of those messages are opened within three minutes, and that’s certainly a quicker response rate compared to phone or email.

Despite the convenience texting affords, many companies overlook this method of communication, while acknowledging it would give them the opportunity to reach more customers. Additionally, through geofencing technology, your company can target customers based on their real-time location, making the interaction more relevant and useful for your customers.

Email

For all the talk about email being dead, 91 percent of people, whether for the purposes of work or personal use, still send and receive messages every day, according to Groove. Indeed, email is a convenient medium to deliver company updates, account reminders, and advertisements and promotions for your customers to peruse.

It’s also one of the easiest ways to communicate with people, as these conversations can be easily organized and looked back upon as a reference point. With that said, however, CIO.com recommends you keep email interactions brief and to the point, as your customers’ time needs to be respected.

Social Media

If you want to keep up with your customers and competitors, and the digital age in general, then you need to be where people spend a majority of their time: social media. To better cater to your customers and prospects, set up support-specific pages on Facebook and/or Twitter and pay attention to what your customers are saying (good or bad) about your business before responding.

Because everything is public, this is a great way to show off your brand identity and customer service acumen by showing consumers how seriously you take their feedback. In fact, a Gartner study concluded businesses that fail to provide timely responses on social media, or even at all, experience a 15 percent increase in churn rates for their existing customers.

In addition to responding to customers’ feedback, take advantage of your social media platforms to promote ongoing or future business operation updates as well as any upcoming promotions or sales.

If you want help establishing yourself and/or getting new business, contact Will Sherwood, CEO of The Sherwood Group. He can help you reach your goals through offering ideas, suggestions and/or graphic and website design.

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Building a successful social media campaign can be a huge challenge. One of the big metrics that you need to measure is engagement, measured by the number of people who comment on, like, and share your posts, as well as click on links that you leave on your social profiles and posts. Here’s how to build successful social media engagement from scratch (or beef up you current campaign).

How To Master Social Media Success

Target the audience for your social media campaign

Start by building your profile in a very particular way. Make sure that people know what they are going to get when they visit your page. Tell them what kind of content you are going to share, so that they know whether to follow you or not. For example, if you are promoting a business, list what that business does. If you are promoting a community, think about a name and description which will explain what the community is about. Your social media name and your profile picture are the first thing most people will see. These must make them interested enough to click on your name and consider following you.

Create good-quality content

If visitors come to your profile and they only see low-quality content, they will not want to interact with you. Instead, they want to see great content which is professional and interesting. If you are posting photographs, try to get them done by a professional, or follow tips to be a better photographer yourself. Written content must be easy to read, spelled correctly, and with correct grammar. Everything should be on-topic, though you may occasionally want to share something related to current events (such as a message of solidarity). This is up to your discretion; consider whether your fans will really want to see it.

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Use the right hashtags and SEO

Next, make sure that you are using the right tags. Though the terminology may change, tags are a fact across most social networks. Twitter and Instagram both use hashtags as the primary form of search. Tags also work on Facebook, though there it is more about using the right words and terms in general. On Pinterest, your ‘tags’ are taken from the description under each post, so be careful to use search-friendly terms there. It doesn’t matter how good your posts are if no one is seeing them, so this is essential to get the views that you need.

Utilize captions correctly

To get engagement, you also need to encourage it through your use of captions and written posts. Asking a question is a really good way to create engagement. For example, imagine that you have posted an image of a cute kitten onto your social channels. You could add the caption, “Who likes kittens?” to get a response from your followers. You can also add captions such as “Like if you love kittens”, “share this if you love kittens”, or “tag someone who loves kittens”. All of these captions encourage engagement, so think about what form of engagement you want the most and then go for it.

Be consistent

The main thing for building engagement is to be consistent. Post similar content on a regular schedule, and always be on-message. If your page is about cats, you shouldn’t be sharing memes about the latest French election or your favorite Netflix show – unless those memes also involve cats!

If you want to build successful social media engagement from scratch, this is the right way to do it. To boost it even faster, make sure that you engage with other users as well – this will spread your name far and wide and gain you more responses.

Author: Michelle Arios works as Marketing Assistant for BizDb.co.nz – New Zealand business database.

If you want to master social media and establish yourself as a professional that clients want to hire, contact Will Sherwood, CEO of The Sherwood Group. He can help you reach your goals.
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LinkedIn stands out on the social media stratosphere for its professional versus social nature. It’s a marketer’s dream – if you know how to use it. We can help. Assuming you already have a personal and professional LinkedIn page, try these three simple steps to use the professional power of LinkedIn to generate business.

 

3 Simple Ways to Generate Business on LinkedIn

1. Use LinkedIn Pulse Like A Professional Blog.

Use the Pulse feature to share valuable content with your prospective customers. Post a regular update because each time you do, you’ll be featured in the news feed of all your connections. They’ll have the opportunity to like and share your posts, follow you to automatically be alerted about future posts, and comment on your posts (which can open an organic avenue for client engagement). It’s a great way to share your insights and establish your expertise.

2. Join Relevant Groups.

LinkedIn groups are a great way to connect with leaders and influencers in your industry. It’s also an easy way to connect with your target market because LinkedIn allows you to connect with people who are in the same groups you’re in. It’s a strategic way to grow your connections and enhance your brand. Don’t just join a group, though; interact with them as well by answering questions, and sharing tips and strategies.

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3. Make It Easy For Prospects To Find You.

Start generating business by enhancing your profile. Use relevant keywords that will help you show up in search engines on LinkedIn and all over the Internet. Take time to find out what short and long tail keywords your ideal client searches for and pepper these throughout your profile. While it can be satisfying to call yourself an owner of CEO in your profile, these are not the keywords your client will search for. In short, optimize your profile for your ideal client, not yourself.

These steps can help you create a strong, professional presence on LinkedIn and start building the relationships you need to get the business you deserve.

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Business processes (e.g. management, manufacturing, sales) are very time-consuming, but while they’re important, the biggest payoff for your business bottom line comes from working with a professional graphic designer. With this in mind, it’s important to understand how one can help you.

 

Why Should You Use Graphic Design to Improve Your Bottom Line?

When your business has a professional appearance people are more trusting of you and your company.

This trust often results in bigger sales than amateur looking businesses receive. Oftentimes businesses find it difficult to choose a font style, color scheme, and design for their logo. This is where a professional graphic designer can step in and help you so your logo doesn’t seem low-quality or poorly thought out.

By placing a well designed logo on all your business’ materials your colleagues and customers alike will respect you more, thus giving you their long-term business. Why? Because it tells your customer several things. It communicates that your business is:

  • Confident of its identity
  • Caring enough to pay attention to detail
  • Valuable enough for you to invest in professional graphic design
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These are the things that will differentiate you from your competition in a positive fashion, making more people want your products or services, and thus increasing your bottom line. This is especially important in high demand or overly saturated industries where it’s easy for customers to go elsewhere. Now that you can see why graphic design is so important to your business, if you want some help with yours, contact us. We’re more than happy to help you ramp up your business’ graphic design!

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Most people do NOT like being “sold” on social media. People network to engage with others. So the main challenge for any business is how to sell using social media without looking pushy. Here are five ways to sell without looking like you are selling:

 

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With over 700 million users on social media, it makes sense to market your business through social media.

Create Engaging Content

Often called “native marketing,” engaging your customer by providing useful and entertaining content is an important way to sell your product or service. Rather than doing a “hard sell” in which you overtly tell your audience about your business, you share photos, videos, or blog posts that demonstrate the value of your product or service.

Understand Your Target Customer

By engaging with your customer through worthwhile content, you keep their attention. Understanding who your customer is and what is important to them is essential for this type of engagement. For example, if your target customers are moms, you might want to emphasize balancing work and home life. Show them how your own service or product can help them achieve their goals by providing tips and strategies to help them in their own lives.

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Create Shareable Content

Engaging content that people will share is very important to selling without looking pushy on social media. Customers on the Internet are more likely to make a purchase based on the recommendation from a friend. One of the main ways that make such recommendation is through sharing content on social media.

Create Engaging Videos

Entertaining videos are the most viewed and shared content on social media. Creating engaging videos are a great way to sell without seeming like you are selling. For example, you might create a series of 15 second Vine videos that you can combine into a YouTube video that feature your product or service in an interesting, humorous and informative way.

Develop Brand Loyalty

Developing brand loyalty and trust is a consequence of engaging content. You want people to have positive associations with your brand and look forward to networking with you on social media. If you provide this kind of content, you will be able to market your products or services without looking pushy.

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So you’re a small business owner.  The backbone of America; driver of the economy. You pour your life into making your business go.  All of the books have been read, and all of the seminars attended.  So, if you’ve done what everyone says you are supposed to do, why aren’t you enjoying business success?

 

3 Secrets To Business Success


Here are 3 secrets to success.  Take these three principles to heart and you will thrive.  Without them, you will fail, no matter what else you do.  Ready?  Here you go:

1. It’s Not About Money.

Just sit with that one for a minute. Business is about people. It’s about relationships, no matter what your market is.  If your clients know you see them as people, not dollar signs, they are more likely to be loyal to you. Your reputation benefits, word-of-mouth brings more business in the door.  That sounds like success to me.

2. Treat Your Staff Well.  

Again, this isn’t all about money, although a fair wage is important.  Let them know you appreciate them, and value them as people.  Listen to their ideas; give them opportunities to lead.  Invest in their growth and they will invest in yours.  If you do this, your staff will stick with you through thick and, most importantly, thin. 

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3. Do The Right Thing.  Always. 

No cutting corners, no slacking off.  If you succumb to the convention of situational ethics your reputation will suffer.  Be honest and trustworthy.  Never do just the minimum; give your clients what they need. 

Business success is just that simple.  Treat people well, be honest and ethical, do good work, and your business will benefit enormously.

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The biggest difference between LinkedIn and other social media platforms are the types of people that you will connect with. As opposed to Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn connects professionals with other professionals. Here’s how you can utilize LinkedIn to help you increase business:

 

5 Ways to Increase Business With LinkedIn


It’s fairly easy to increase business with a free LinkedIn account. LinkedIn will allow you to easily connect to new networks, see endorsements by others and give endorsements, as well as see project descriptions and work examples. With LinkedIn, it also becomes easier to build relationships and conduct a job search, when necessary.

Now that you understand the importance of LinkedIn, here are 5 ways to increase business utilizing LinkedIn.

1. Blog

Utilizing LinkedIn’s Pulse, you can post as many articles as you want. This will help you to gain followers and more quickly become perceived as an expert.

2. Don’t be Afraid to Share and Share alike

Sharing is the best way to become recognized as an expert, but you also need to take into consideration to whom and how you are putting the information out there. This is a perfect time to share information with your friends and other connections. If you are a prolific writer, you can share a daily post on your status update. This can also be helpful if you have a specific topic that is relevant to other groups. But be sure to share information at least once every week!

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3. Connect and Build

Do your homework. Connect with people at least once weekly and join groups that are relevant to your business. Find a topic you are passionate about, become the expert and start connecting with the right people.

4. Daily / Weekly Engagement

If you engage daily, or at the very least weekly, this will help people to remember you. It’s also important to post helpful information to show you are a reputable individual interested in building relationships. A good rule of thumb is to post only 1 sales oriented message for every 9 non-sales oriented messages

5. LinkedIn App

This will help you to more easily stay in touch through your smart phone. This way, you’ll stay “in-the-know,” stay connected and engaged.

By utilizing these 5 tips, not only will you see your connections increase, but you will eventually become perceived and the “go-to” expert.

If you are ready to network and increase business relationships please contact The Sherwood Group to find out how we can help you dominate your market.

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Attracting millennials, the driving force behind changes in the world of media and Internet developments, is the new marketing challenge. This generation has grown up alongside a host of novel technological developments. As a result, millennials love constant communication and brand engagement and aren’t allured by traditional marketing techniques.

 

4 Ways to Attract Millennials To Your Website

With a head count of 75.4 million people in the U.S., millennials—who are defined as being between 18 and 34 years old—have just surpassed baby boomers in number according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 report. As brands, it is therefore important to take specific qualities into consideration when developing a marketing strategy, especially when it comes to webpages, in order to attract such a large audience. Check out these quick tips on how to do just that.

1. Link Latest Social Media

It’s well-known that social media is a tool most popular among millennials. Therefore, keeping up with each new social media craze is important in staying relevant to your audience. Link your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat account to your website to promote new social content and encourage engagement. Social media is a part of millennials’ everyday life. So social media presence means audiences will get to know your brand on a more personal level and be able to interact with it more often.

2. Feature Engaging Content

Millennials are often easily bored and seek to be part of something new and different. Bearing this in mind, website content has to constantly engage. Research conducted by Millennial Marketing illustrates that brands that stand for a particular cause receive more attention from millennials. Try affiliating your brand with a relevant charity or cause to boost brand personality or start a movement of your own with original hashtags and competitions. Millennials love to feel part of something bigger and are quick to get involved.

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3. Make It Mobile

A defining trait of millennials is that they’re engagement with media is constant. This means on the bus, walking down the street, at work, at home, at the gym and anywhere else, brands have the ability to reach audiences. How? Through mobile. Get your website online and format it accordingly to make it user-friendly on phones. Millennials will appreciate it.

4. Creative Web Design

On top of a website design that has mobile and social links, what other creative techniques attract millennials? Millennials are fast-paced and often on the move, so having the most important information within one or two clicks is important. For example, Amway’s blog has featured articles and latest posts on the homepage to make it easier for audiences to reach. They also include YouTube videos on their blog to cater to millennials’ love for all mediums. Integrating games and loyalty, as well as testimonials is another great way of attracting millennials.

Millennials are a large audience for brands and are often considered when strategizing business techniques. Therefore, adjusting your website and associated marketing techniques is important to maintaining engagement to attract millennials among this target market. Try implementing these techniques to keep millennials excited about your brand and build your relationship with one of the largest demographics in the country.

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When you think about marketing your business, you might think about using a variety of different advertising methods. However, of all of them, your website should be one of your top priorities. Here are just three of many reasons why your website needs to be at the center of your marketing plan.

 

Why Your Website Needs To Be at the Center of Your Marketing Plan

1. The World Wide Web is Only Getting More Popular

The internet is only going to become more and more popular over time. If you think that direct mail advertising or other older marketing strategies are going to take back over, there’s a good chance that you’re wrong. It’s important to understand and embrace today’s tech-savvy world if you want your business to be a true success, and focusing on your website is one important part of that.

2. Websites Require Constant Attention

The truth is that websites require constant attention. Google algorithms are always changing, so it’s important to stay on top of the game if you want your website to do well on the search engine rankings. Adding regular blog posts and making other updates to your website on a regular basis is critical if you want your website to keep up with your competitors’.

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3. Your Website Gives You the Most Bang for Your Buck

When compared to other marketing mediums, your websites probably gives you the most bang for your buck. In the grand scheme of things, a website is surprisingly affordable and allows you to literally advertise your business to the entire world.

As you can see, if your website is not the center of your marketing focus, it should be. If you need help with making your website a true success, contact us at The Sherwood Group, Graphic Design & Website Design today.

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Of all the new social media platforms around today, Twitter is still one of the most effective ways of reaching your audience and building a relationship with new customers. Conversely, it’s also one of the toughest platforms to figure out how to use effectively, especially if you’re new to the social media world.

 

Building Your Brand One Tweet at a Time

Even if you’re an Instagram and Facebook wiz, Twitter can still leave you feeling a little lost. What do you post? What do you retweet? More importantly, how do you get others to retweet, tag and generally engage with you so you get some help building your brand?

There is no magic answer. The truth is that no one knows your business like you do and discovering your niche is different for every business, even different for each social media platform; so what may work for you on Instagram or Facebook may not work on Twitter. Here’s what makes Twitter different, and what you need to know before you tackle the Twittersphere to build your brand.

Straight From the Blue Bird’s Mouth

Take it from Twitter Business, every tweet was not created equal. Before you press send on a post, there are several things you need to keep in mind. The first is the character limit. Yes, tweets, unlike Instagram and Facebook posts, are limited to just 140 characters. That includes emojis, spaces between words and punctuation. While this may feel limiting at first, it’s best to think of it as liberating. You don’t have to write a novel. In fact, you don’t even want to give away the whole story. Use tweets about your business to spark an interest in your followers and prospective followers. Include a link to your website so they can learn or read more about a product or a blog post. This is how you convert tweets to sales, by driving that traffic to your website.

Another tip from Twitter Business is a no-brainer: Use pictures, video and GIFs to grab the attention of scrolling potential customers. If you don’t have any media attached to your tweet, then the verbiage needs to be extremely compelling to get liked or retweeted.

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Join the Conversation

When tweeting about a trending topic, it goes without saying to include the trending hashtag in your tweet. But what many tweeters fail to realize is that in order to join the conversation, you must do more than just throw your two cents into the ring. Once you post your tweet, click on the hashtag you used. Now you’re taken to a feed of all the people who have posted using this hashtag as well. Go through and like numerous tweets that you identify with, reply to tweets that you find specifically relevant and repost one or two that you think your followers would appreciate. This is how you drum up new followers, favorites and retweets. And it’s not just a technique to use for trending hashtags, although that’s when it’s most effective. It’s important to stay on top of relevant hashtags daily by interacting with people who use them.

Bring Something to the Table

Twitter is a great way to share your business with the world, but it’s also a platform in which you can bring value to your customers and potential customers in unexpected ways. Orkin Pest Control has got this concept down to a science. They use artistic photography, blog posts and humor to deliver value to their followers. If your entire feed is just talking about your business, you’re not going to gain many followers. Remember that no one is as interested in your business as you are, and that people buy things based off of emotion, not logic. They are also on social media to be entertained, and shopping is (hopefully) a byproduct. Scroll through the Orkin twitter page, you’ll find a Charlotte’s Web GIF as well as a blog post about what makes fireflies glow. These are loosely related to pest control and designed to pique interest, not sell something specific.

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When it comes to social media fatigue, there are several factors that contribute to the phenomenon. You can avoid it by incorporating some of these handy tools into your social media strategy. For one, they can help you boost your energy and motivation.

 

Suffering From Social Media Fatigue? Check Out These Tips:

Before understanding the remedies for social media fatigue, it’s important to first look at all the factors that compound it. These can range from disappointment, to fear, to old-fashioned headache and eyestrain.

You might feel like you’re working with a social media strategy that isn’t garnering the attention you want or you might feel like their aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with the myriad nuances of social media. So, before you call it quits on the social media front, take some time to reflect on what is driving your fatigue before you tackle it head-on.

Set sensible goals

Goal setting is an integral part of any company’s strategies. Set well, goals can be a motivating force and feel personally rewarding when met. Set arbitrarily, the effect of goal setting can take a turn for the worse, leaving you disempowered to continue on your current trajectory. Therefore, it’s critical to set goals that are reasonably attainable and based on prior experiences and thorough data analysis. For example, if a goal for Twitter is randomly set to accomplishing 500 retweets in a month when prior months consecutively demonstrated 50, 100, and 150 retweets, chances are that your new goal won’t be met. Instead, look at the trend and make an informed goal (in this case, 200 retweets). Lastly, consider that not all metric-based goals are of equal importance—those Facebook ‘likes’ may not hold as much value as you think. For more insight on the value of a ‘like,’ check out this important read.

Automate your posts

One of the handiest features of social media is the ability to stagger your posts without needing to be at the screen every time (or awake at weird hours, for that matter!). Just be sure that your posts are well crafted before they go into the rotation. Keep your voice aligned with your overall campaign and company ethos. And while this is an amazing tool, real-time posts have value, too, in that you can interact with your followers while they are still engaged with your post.

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Study up

Social media platforms are rapidly evolving to incorporate new and sophisticated features. So it’s normal to feel like you’ve gotten behind the times with regard to knowing the full ins-and-outs of your chosen platforms. Luckily there are plenty of courses you can enroll in through web-based providers like Hootsuite and Coursera in order to sharpen your skills.

Customize your news feeds

News feed customization is common among individual users throughout social media. But it can benefit you and your company too. If you use social media to follow your competition and allied organizations, consider opting to see their content first in your feed. This will save you lots of screen reading time, which your eyes will thank you for!

Choose your platforms wisely

New social media platforms crop up all the time, appealing to niche markets by interest or even geographical region. But many of these fail to gain a following. Don’t feel like you need to sign up for every new platform you see; instead, give it some time before you make an informed decision. Also note that the platforms that do gain a following sometimes make older platforms obsolete (such as the once-popular MySpace). While it won’t happen as often, evaluate your existing platforms annually to determine whether or not users tend to be dropping off, and potentially save yourself loads of time.

Ask for help

Maintaining the social media presence for a company is a time consuming job. If you find yourself unable to keep up with your workload, you may experience a whole host of issues including disappointment and apathy toward social media. Consider hiring some extra help to combat the issue while allowing you to get some waitlisted projects off the ground.

Even social media experts that feel like their goals are consistently met and their web-based projects are generally going pretty well sometimes need a break. It’s a perfectly normal thing. So sometimes the answer is simply to step back from the computer altogether and take a much-deserved vacation.

Guest Contributor: James Pointon is an experienced blogger and content creator working at OpenAgent – real estate experts from Australia. James is a staunch advocate of social media and often shares his knowledge about using them for promoting business.

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