Updated: Dec 29, 2019
Most people get found online while someone is simply looking for information. This means that people must be able to find your business when looking for what you offer. It all begins with understanding the client journey.
The Client Journey
The client journey is pretty simple. It follows along with the predictable ways you think people will discover your business online.
The search always begins with Internet research. So, think through some of the search terms people would use to specifically find your business online.
Where does this search lead them to? Most often, a website. Do you have a website? Do you have 'Google My Business' page? You cannot be found if you aren't there.
Let's say you're a wedding planner who specializes in eco-friendly websites. When people search for your specialty, will they find you?
Being present at these moments of greatest influence is what you must aim to achieve. These are called micro-moments. They happen when a person is looking for something that satisfies what they want or need.
Four possible micro-moments, for let's say, a bride-to-be could be:
I want to know if there are any wedding planners in my area
I want to go to one of the best wedding planners in NYC
I want to try using a wedding planning calendar
I want to buy a wedding planning package for day-of coordination
Again, you want to be present for these moments to increase your chances of getting new business. So, let's discuss three great places for your business to be present. Here's how to capitalize on micro-moments.
Your Mobile-Friendly Website
According to Forbes, more clients want to be mobile-only digital users. Create more vibrant content for each client touchpoint to benefit your business.
Capitalize on 'Want-To-Know Moments' by creating compelling, targeted content. The content should also be easy to scan.
Take advantage of 'Want-To-Go Moments' by using keyword research for what people are looking for most. Use the keywords throughout your website copy.
Creating videos on how to do stuff is great for getting people to connect with you for 'Want-To-Do Moments' on your site, too.
And, you can take advantage of 'Want-To-Buy Moments' by driving sales through social media and email marketing. You can also move people to a sale with strong calls-to-action.
Social Media Sites Like Facebook and Instagram
One of the best opportunities for a business to reach new clients is on Facebook. Millions of people are on Facebook as it is making it easier for people to find boutique companies on its platform.
Just make sure to fill out your entire profile. Many businesses leave out the about section and contact information, but people want to know about your business, so let them know.
As for Instagram, it has been profitable for many businesses as videos and pictures allow you to share engaging content. You also want to create an Instagram bio describing your business, and I strongly suggest changing your account to a business profile.
A business profile allows you to see Instagram post analytics, otherwise known as the data behind how people are engaging with your Instagram posts.
Care About Value, Not Your Follower Count
You don't need millions of social media followers. What you want are people who are genuinely interested in what your business has to offer.
Think of it like a birthday party. If one person shows, we don't cancel our party. We party with that person and have a good time.
If 50 people show up, you would think you are one popular person and be grateful to those who came out to show you love.
If 600 people came, you might not know what to do with yourself.
People want millions of social media followers but forget that like a party, 50 attendees is a lot of people, too.
Google and Yelp for Business
As for Yelp, did you know that clients can create a Yelp page for you? I am certain you want to control this narrative. So, get on Yelp if haven't. See if you already have a page and claim it if you do.
If a page exists, see if it has reviews. If reviews are good, promote your business page. If not, fix your profile and work on getting better reviews before promoting your page.
To increase your page rank, your profile must be complete. You should also list all relevant business categories and build a photo gallery.
And when describing your business, be sure to use keyword phrases in it so that people can find your business. Next, get those reviews up!
As for Google, do you know about 'Google My Business'? Google is the most frequently used search engine in the world. It averages about 7.8 billion searches daily, according to Vertical Response.
Google search can provide high visibility to businesses based on micro-moments.