Which social channel is right for you?You may have heard people talking about someone who is “Instagram famous” or an overnight sensation video blogger like Jenna Marbles. People have turned these platforms into rewarding full time careers. Social media has changed the way we live, communicate and do business. In a recent study by the Social Media Examiner, 97% of marketers include social media in their marketing strategy. Coincidentally, 85% of those same marketers weren’t sure which social media channels were actually the most effective for their business. The field services industry is relatively new to the social media scene, but that’s exactly why this is an exciting new avenue for both service businesses and homeowners. It can be a rocky road learning to navigate something new like a Facebook business page or Google+. Here at mHelpDesk, we’ve learned a lot about how to best use social media through trial and error. We’re still learning more every day– but we’ve got some insights that are especially applicable for field service businesses. Based on what we’ve observed and experienced, here are the differences between the various social media sites for field service businesses, and how you can use them to increase your leads and jobs.
Here’s how we broke it down:
The “MUST HAVES”Based on our experience and analysis, these are the key places field service businesses should focus their social media energy.
Your Social Home1.11 billion visitors per month 665 million active users every day 645 million local business page views per week As the largest and most popular social media site worldwide, every business that is looking to grow, or keep the customers it has, should have a Facebook pages. The average age of a homeowner in the US (who is the most common field service customer) is 33 according to the most recent Zillow Survey. The average Facebook user in the US is between 25 and 44 years old — right in the field service sweet spot. For SPs: As a service provider, an awesome Facebook page should be a top priority for your business since the majority of homeowners are on Facebook and use it to find local businesses and services.
The Homeowner’s Go-To Services Directory100 million unique visitors each month Many homeowners want proof that a company provides great products and services before trusting them. Yelp, which is built entirely on customer reviews of local businesses, is a main place homeowners turn to get that proof. As a small business, Yelp is a great tool to utilize to help strengthen your online reputation. For SP’s: Yelp is imperative to small business success. Yelp can help you win the job or it can drive prospective customers away. You can learn 3 tricks to getting more leads from your Yelp page in our last blog post.
Search Engine Boost359 million active users per month Google+ can be considered a combination of Facebook and Twitter. Google+ business page results often show up as a picture on the right side of the results when someone searches in Google or Google Maps: Ex: A quick search for “ice cream” pulls these local results:
While it’s not used as often as Facebook or Yelp when searching, having a strong and complete Google+ profile and having several customer reviews there could improve the likelihood that potential customers find your business through a Google search. For SP’s: Google+ could potentially be used to boost your presence in search engine results, but it’s still not the highest priority when mapping out your social media strategy to help you reach more homeowners and potential leads.