If you want your business to succeed online, you can’t just sell to customers — you have to actually connect with them. Luckily, there are tons of different ways you can do this. And members of our small business community are well versed in all of those different techniques. Check out some of their top tips below.
Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting Through Instagram
If you use Instagram for your business, then you have access to a great tool for connecting with customers and other members of your target audience. But there are some do’s and don’ts to consider when using the platform. Lexie Lu elaborates  in this post on Design Roast.
Consider User Intent With Your SEO Efforts
Your SEO efforts aren’t likely to go very far if you don’t put yourself in your customers’ or visitors’ shoes. That’s why user intent can be a very important part of the process, as Julia McCoy explains  in this Content Marketing Institute post.
Start Caring About Organic SEO
When building a blog or other website, SEO can be key. But organic SEO may differ from the techniques you’re used to reading about. In this post, Jane Sheeba of The DoSplash Blog explains what organic SEO is and why your business should care. And BizSugar members commented  on the post here.
Connect With People in These Facebook Groups
Facebook groups can be a great way to find and communicate with like-minded individuals on social media. If you’re a blogger, you might want to check out  the groups in this Mostly Blogging post by Janice Wald. And then see what the BizSugar community had to say  about Facebook groups here.
Apply Emotional Marketing to Your Facebook Ads
When connecting with customers online, it can help to appeal to people’s emotions. That’s also true when it comes to Facebook ads. This Kissmetrics post by Karola Karlson includes  some genius ways you can apply emotional marketing to your Facebook ads.
Use These Social Media Marketing Tips for Local Businesses
If you run a local business, you can still use social media to connect with your customers online. There are plenty of effective tactics to consider. Blair Evan Ball of Prepare 1 shares  some tips for local businesses in this post.
Determine Your Audience of One
Connecting with an individual can be a lot easier than trying to connect with a whole group. That’s why some businesses find it beneficial to create an “audience of one.” Learn more  in this Resonance Content Marketing post and video by Rachel Parker. Then check out  what BizSugar members had to say here.
Create More Personalization in Your Business
Personalization can be a great way to really connect with customers and get their attention online. But in order for your business to really employ complete personalization, you’ll need the key elements listed  in this Target Marketing post by Stephen H. Yu.
Blow Up Your Blog Visits via Community Management
Blogging isn’t just a way for you to promote your business and share helpful content. It can also help you build a community online. And if you’re able to effectively manage that community, you can give your blog a major boost. This Basic Blog Tips post by Disha Dinesh offers some insights  on the topic.
Build Your Own Content Marketing Strategy
If your business doesn’t have a content marketing strategy by now, it may finally be time to consider jumping on the bandwagon. This Biz Epic post by Ivan Widjaya goes into more detail  about why such a strategy is so important.
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