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10 Tips on How to Drive traffic to your events using twitter and social media by Diane Shawe

Drive Targeted Traffic to Your events using social media

Live-tweeting events is a great way not only to gain new followers, but also to get people to your other social media links and website that is advertising your event. To do this, one of the quickest vehicles is your Twitter profile which needs to resonate with event attendees who are also tracking the event hashtag.

For starters you should Rewrite your Twitter bio to align with the event. For example, if the event is about a hair and beauty event, mention this in your bio and include the event hashtag.

Create a landing page for the event with a free download that complements the event. For example, offer a top-ten list of ways small businesses can master attracting more customers to there hair and beauty business or if you’re at a trade show, provide a code that attendees can use to collect a free prize at your exhibition stand. Put the link to the landing page in the website area of your Twitter, Instagram and facebook profile.

#Tweets that provides a link to the free download. Include the hashtag for the event and an eye-catching image so the tweet stands out to attendees.

On your website, create a Twitter wall of all tweets generated from the event. You can do this with tools like Tint, TweetWall Pro, Postano, Twitterfall, LiveTweetApp or Wall of Tweets. Embed the Twitter wall in a page on your site and include a sidebar with relevant information about what your event and how people can contact you, get a ticket, exhibit or advertise. Then tweet that link to other attendees.

1: Live-Tweeting Tips

  • Keep tweets concise.
  • Avoid splitting a thought into two tweets.
  • Remember to use @[name] when starting a tweet with a name.
  • Tweet your own content—photos, quotes and commentary.
  • Link to books or films mentioned.
  • Monitor other attendees who are tweeting. Retweet, favorite and reply to tweets and direct messages.

2: Showcase Your Services

There are a number of ways you can live-tweet about your services without spamming the event hashtag. I like to call this method the “sideways tweet.”

3: Generate Product Buzz

Use live-tweeting to generate interest for a contest or make an important announcement during an event. But make sure you’re not spamming the event hashtag.

In the tweet below, i3DCreatives announced the company was giving away a free 3D printer during an event and made sure to include the event hashtag.

Startups frequently benefit from live-tweeting at big technology events. You can build interest from people tweeting about your products and services throughout the event.

4: Capture the Attention of Journalists

Before the event, find out if any journalists or bloggers will be attending. Often, you can get a list of these people from the event organiser. Request this list a few days before the event.

Make sure you note their Twitter handles before the event and keep an eye on their tweets. Create a private Twitter list so you can track their tweets more easily. Be sure to retweet them when it’s relevant

If you’re launching a product or announcing important news at the event, let journalists know that you’re available for follow-up questions during and after the event. Create a digital press kit with high-quality photos and your press release and provide a link to your announcement page.

5: Connect With Influencers

One way to create relationships with influencers is to live-tweet their speeches. Make sure you’ve noted the correct Twitter handle for the speaker and then start tweeting important nuggets from the presentation. This provides valuable information not only for people at the event, but also for interested people who weren’t able to attend. Remember you can share to Twitter from I#nstagram, #snapchat, Google, #Pinterest #Facebook and LinkedIn

Your tweets also make speakers aware of you and your brand, and they may retweet them to their audience. This helps create a connection between you and the speakers.

You can even take it a step further and interview speakers to generate rich content for your followers and establish rapport with influencers. Forming meaningful connections with influencers can be a game-changing move for your event.

If you develop rapport with speakers for your event or exhibitors for your event, ask if you can interview them. In the video above.

To make a lasting impression, think about why you’re connecting with an influencer and what interests that person. If you’ve interviewed him or her on camera or recorded the audio, share the end product after the event. This then gives that person the opportunity to share it with others.

6: Establish a Reputation as an Expert

Depending on the event, you may be able to get transcripts of presentations ahead of time, as they’re sometimes included in press kits. If you maintain a blog that is relevant to the event, you may be able to get access to the press kit.

7: Create a e-press – influencer Press kit

The information in this kit can help you plan tweets that complement the presentation, such as relevant quotes, links to books, videos, movies or even images that you’ve branded with your company logo. Preparing tweets ahead of time helps you build your reputation with both attendees and non-attendees using the event hashtag. Try http://www.peopleperhour.com if your out of time and need laser support at affordable rate. Tip skroll down because the rates become more competitive.

8: Create Compelling branded Images

Because visually compelling images can go viral at events, creating branded visual content in advance can capture more attention for your brand. Also create blank-quote Twitter templates with your logo to capture important points from speakers.

Remember that graphics need to meet Twitter’s frame guidelines, so you’ll need more than one person to execute them quickly and effectively at an event. Try Canva you can download it to your phone.

9: How to Create a Brand Presence When You’re Not at the Event

You don’t have to physically attend an event to make an impact. If you’re unable to attend, you can still actively participate by reacting and responding to live-tweets from the event. Retweet, favorite tweets, ask relevant questions and create your own content, such as graphics of interesting quotes from the event.

If you’re lucky, most events are live-streamed over the Internet in real time, so you can follow the presentations as if you were in the room. This is a great option if don’t have the budget or time to travel to the event.

10: Create a Google alert to track whether any articles are written about your company. If you find one, live-tweet a link to the article with the event hashtag. Don’t forget to also share the article on other social networks to get the most mileage from the coverage.

Conclusion

Live-tweeting is only one of the main vehicle for streamlining information about an events. So if you create, manage or go to events go prepared with a tweeting strategy, you’ll likely increase your visibility with your target audience and also make valuable business connections.

What do you think? Have you live-tweeted any events? If so, how did that benefit your business? Please share your experiences live-tweeting in the comments below. I’d love to hear your tips, too!

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Client loyalty is not the same as it use to be and here’s why

Loyalty is not the same as it once used to be. People move on fast and forget faster and the best dis-loyality tool is the mobile phone because it pumps tempting offers and inform them of alternative and your competitor in seconds!

Article by Diane Shawe

Admit it, we all use our mobile phone search tools like our life depended on it.

One of the problems many small businesses face is the challenge to stay current, modern and up to date. The temptations to scale up and expand instead of focussing on their core brand and what they stand for is often erased from any growth plans. For example, although I enjoyed the odd facial a this local beauty salon, I never quite figured out what they really stood for because they seem to offer all sorts of bits and bobs in the salon.. I take many felt the same way…

So I am going to focus on salons at the moment because I think they face a growing challenge each day from the swelling mobile provider.

How about your salon? Sometimes it is tempting to scale up by trying to innovate, hire more and invest in the next best computer systems, but if you take your eye off your brand’s core values, your clients will slowly start to move away from you.

That of course, does not mean you are not to leap from your current situation to the next stage (whatever that might be), but as you do, here are some things worth remembering…

If you don’t know what your salon brand stands for neither do your clients (we do hair is not enough) Perhaps you should consider another way that you can grow stronger and that could be by scaling back to basics.

If you don’t know where you are driving, chances of arriving anywhere is pretty slim

The latest computer systems do not mean higher sales, could have the opposite effect

Here are 5 tips to get you started on the right path to scaling back:

  1. Ugly flyers can give you more than you need to get busy on a Tuesday afternoon and ultimately.
  2. Every quarter, it is wise to unplug, review, reevaluate, then set in goals, visions, and targets.
  3. It is wise to craft your salon message than learn how to communicate with your clients. Use Social media it can be cheaper andvery effective.
  4. If you stop promotions and marketing you will cut the lifeline from your sales so don’t.
  5. If you don’t understand your individual team member’s needs and aspirations you will always be having staff walkouts (their needs is not what you think they are) Keeping your staff happy can bring in more sales.

… so the moral of this message is, when you are thinking about scaling up, remember, it’s not always about expansions and latest technological innovations, think holistically, think outside the box and remember sometimes scaling back will give you the boost you need to eventually scale up.

After all, when you give a cat some cream they purr, keeping your customers and enticing them to sell your exceptional services is worth investing some quality thinking time each quarter and then acting upon it.

Happy scaling back and leaping from this to that onto making your clients happy.

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10 Ways to Boost your Hair Extensions Business by Diane Shawe

Article by Diane Shawe Author: Extracts from Getting Started in the Hair Extensions Business

Sometimes you find things are going great and then the big slump takes a hold. How can you evaluate what you have done right and where you are going wrong?

Doing a SWOT analysis will give you a true picture of how your hair extension business could or should be running. It is essential to work out why some things are working in your business and why some are

SWOT stands for ‘strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats’. It is a well-known term in business and marketing. Performing a SWOT analysis is a very important part of running the business. It must be taken seriously

It is your own audit of your business no matter the size of it and should be done on a regular basis, at least annually. It’s not very complicated but could help keep you ahead of your competitors.

You may discover problems that you had no idea even existed. These can be addressed before they get out of hand. It will also highlight many assets, which could be utilised better, even opportunities, which could be taken advantage of.

The results of your SWOT analysis will be the basis for your marketing plans and decisions.

‘What they don’t tell you about getting started in the hair extension business’ summary from page 20 – 35 author Shawe D 2007

1) Form business alliances

Join up with other businesses to help each other build a bigger clientele.

Form an alliance with another business that has the same type of clientele as yours, for instance a business which involves beauty, nails, tanning, or fashion.

You can take this alliance as far as you like. You could set up shop together, or just refer clients to each other. You could do some advertising together and share the cost. Another idea is to hand out gift vouchers for each other. Each gift voucher could be for a free service.

It’s best if you both cater to clients who are at the same end of the market.

There’s not much point in marketing to people who simply can’t afford to come to your hair extension studio or pay for your services.
2. Choosing a Business

Choose a business where the people have the same business ethics as yours and a good database of clients.

3) Network

Throw the occasional cocktail party and invite the surrounding business owners, managers and employees of your choice. If you can build relationships with these people you may gain them as clients. Remember most men have girlfriends or wives and most women have other lady friends also.

They might also refer some of their customers and friends to you. Do this especially with the staff of beauty and fashion shops in your area. They are ideal people to get referrals from.
4) Get Quality Training

There are over 36 different hair extension techniques in the market place. If you really want to plan to be a success in this market, then you have to choose to become totally proficient in several techniques. There are many types of clients out there with varying hair problems, plan to be of service to you target market. Restricting yourself is restricting your potential income.

5) Be Classy (even if your working from home)

It’s best to set your hair extension studio up so that the right impact is made right from the moment the clients make an entrance or you make an entrance. Remember that the more professional the hair extension studio looks, the more you will be able to charge, as you will attract a more up market clientele. I always advise that the overall look must not out way the warmth and welcome of the studio. Clients like to feel relaxed with the staff and environment, not as if they are on show.
6) Flowers at reception or at your home always add a touch of class.

So does a smiling face, which helps to make each client’s, visit a welcoming visit right from the start. You can make the waiting area more impressive by including a great retail area, some hair extension brochures, and a book containing before and after photos. Provide some new, interesting magazines and hair books. Toss the old or torn ones out.
7) Always protect the clients clothing.

There should be a cupboard or rack for coats, or like some hair dressers have, a small dressing room for clients, who are given a gown to wear. This is a great idea as it removes the problem of high collars being in the way and clothes being ruined.

8) Get rid of shabby items.

Make sure there is a place for everything and enough storage space, so that the hair extension studio can be kept tidy. Get rid of the old wraps, used or shabby towels, and worn brushes. Never have dirty combs or tongs lying around. All of these things make a bad impression on clients.
9) No Carrier bags or damaged cases.

If you are mobile don’t turn up with carrier bags or a damaged beauty case. Make sure you are presentable and that your hair looks emaculate.
10) Don’t be afraid to change with the times.

If your hair extension studio starts to look outdated give it a facelift. Invest in the latest equipment. Make sure that the chairs not only look good, but also feel comfortable. If you are mobile make sure your equipment is up to date in line with your techniques.

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Difference Between Remy and None Remy Hair Extensions

Extracted from ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced Treated and Graded by Diane Shawe

• Remy hair: Hair that has been cut and maintained with the roots aligned and bound together at the top of the bundle. These bundles are carefully preserved throughout the export process and arrive at the factory still intact.

• Non-Remy hair: Hair that does not have its roots aligned. It may have been collected off the floor, or there may be some other reason they were unable to keep the roots together and running in the same direction. This hair is sold at a much cheaper price than remy hair.

Once the hair arrives at the factory, it is treated in a hydrochloric acid bath to remove the cuticle. A word of warning – hydrochloric acid is extremely hazardous. Please do not put yourself at risk by experimenting with this chemical! But back to the problem. It’s not the remy hair; remy hair is relatively easy to process and the damage inflicted during de-cuticalization is slight. Non-remy hair is the villain.

Non-remy hair requires a higher concentration of acid since the cuticle runs in both directions. This frequently results in hair with very low moisture content that appears dry and straw-like. Moisture is critical to good-looking hair. Human hair usually contains 10.5% – 11% moisture (measured in a controlled environment of ISO 40% – 63% moisture). Non-remy hair has trouble retaining this vital moisture.

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