In your dash for Social Media don’t forget the power of the Newsletter

Recent research has shown that email newsletters are a much better way to stay in touch with your customers than updates posted on social networks like Facebook or Twitter. There seem to be three main reasons.

  1. A newsletter is delivered to the customer inbox and stays there until it is acted on. Social networks messages are “streamed” past the customer with new postings constantly pushing the old ones out of sight.
  2. Generally social networks are used mainly to keep in touch with friends and family. Business and corporate content can often mismatch with this and be seen to get in the way.
  3. The look and feel of a newsletter is mostly under your control and will deliver a more complete and complex message. The format of delivered information on Social Media is greatly restricted and this in turn will restrict the delivered message.

Additional research showed that users, when asked how they would like to receive updates from companies, 10% elected to do so through Social Media, while 90% opted for an email newsletter.

This is really horses for courses social media is very good at delivering nuggets of information such as breaking news and one off special offers.

If your newsletter is the most important way of communicating with loyal customers and fans, so it’s important to treat them well and as more important than audience on social networks. If you have an important message for your customers make sure to send out it out in your newsletter before through your social media channels (tweeting and Facebook news).

One last trick to use in your newsletter is to feed your subscribers snippets of news and offers that they can post to their own social contacts, making them feel more informed and involved – this gives them social advantage, improves loyalty and helps spreads your message.

Local Search, social media and real time will be three of the largest factors in search for 2011

Local, social, and real-time will be three of the largest factors in on-line search for 2011.

Of nearly a thousand apps added to Programmable Web’s MashUp directory, 270 of them tapped into the Google Maps API, nearly 200 tapped into Twitter’s, and nearly 100 tapped into Facebook’s and YouTube’s each.

Each of these is extremely valuable to search and show that the industry is targeting these sectors and so should you as a business.

Community Connections can help your business with all aspects of  Local Search and Social Media.