When the question ‘should we sponsor this local football team?’ came up at WATB we unanimously said yes. All of us were really excited by the idea for many reasons, the main one being, we love football.
The football team itself is called Caterham Eagles, they started in 2011 as a group of mates, they’re a Sunday League team in the Redhill & District Division 4. Having spoken to Caterham Eagles they came across as a really nice bunch of people trying to do something good in the community with little money, they provide their kit to charity games, they’ve raised money for charity. Their involvement in memorial games around Surrey sets a good example and helps the local areas. They’ve also been nominated for the Sportsmanship Cup by their fellow teams in the league, which goes to show they are playing with a great mentality.
To be honest, it’s these factors that made us want to help, I guess you could say we’re paying it forwards. When 20 guys are trying to do something positive in their area the least companies like ours can do is try to help. Whether that be financial contributions, moral support, mentioning them on blogs, social media or other outlets, every small contribution helps.
We received the kits this week and we’re delighted with them! Take a look for yourselves.
We also wanted to follow in Caterham’s footsteps and help out a local charity that we think are doing great things, so we had the Reedham Children’s trust logo popped on the back of the kit to show our support.
As local businesses, I believe we should look to help locals and local projects. Let’s be honest, no one else has our backs, the government is there to help major players, not the small ones.
Let’s look to support each other in the most grass roots way possible.
In order to promote your business and reach consumers that spend an entire 24 hours a week online, you need to make sure that you have a viable social media strategy in place.
By posting unique and interesting content on your social media platforms, and by actively engaging with followers, you can start to turn this into a funnel for generating leads.
In order to stay on top of your social media strategy, it’s important to have some form of social media management software to do some of the heavy lifting. Software such as this is imperative for scheduling, tracking and monitoring social media content.
At its best, social media management software can help you not only plan your content months in advance, but also remain reactive by letting you tune into ongoing news stories or trending topics.
There are a whole bunch of social media management companies out there and all of them offer roughly the same sort of package but Hootsuite is the only one that offers an actually free service (as opposed to just a free trial period).
They do try to hide it on their website though so make sure you follow this link in order to get to the right page.
The free version of this software lets you:
Of course, there’s also a number of paid-for packages that you can buy from Hootsuite that give you access to a great number of services including higher ad spend budgets, automated post scheduling and custom analytics.
But if you’re a small business looking to get started, the free version of the software should be comprehensive enough to allow you to get your social media strategy in motion.
We’ve said before that the secret to a successful lead generation strategy is to keep analysing and refining your methods. Well, website tracking software is the best way to conduct this analysis.
By digging into the analytics of your visitors’ actions, you can start to gain a better picture of why people come to your site, what they want from it, what they dislike about it and how you can improve upon their experience next time.
There are a wide variety of services that can fall into the category of website tracking software, including heatmaps, funnels, user polls, surveys, visitor recordings and more.
Basically, any kind of software that collects data about the ways in which your visitors interact with your site can be considered website tracking software.
Whereas there are a multitude of smaller software companies that focus in on just one website tracking service, Hotjar offers an array of useful tools.
Hotjar tools include:
Hotjar’s free service is able to collect data from 2000 page views a day and will give you access to up to 300 visitor recordings and 3 heatmaps, forms, funnels, polls and surveys. Unlimited users can be added to your account and Hotjar will also store your data for a full year.
While we’d normally recommend free services when possible, it’s probably worth paying for Hotjar’s Plus plan to begin with.
For just under £25 a month you can collect data from 10,000 page views a day and have unlimited services and reports. Plus there’s even a 15-day free trial for you to test out whether you like their software or not.
Lead generation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour.
What’s important is that you put real effort into all of your interactions with potential leads - whether that’s through educational and informative blog posts, social media interactions or even just a chat on the phone.
If you believe in your business’ ability to help its customers then all you have to do is let that shine through.
Ultimately, these tools are just there to help you meet potential leads on their level. The rest is up to you.
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