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“Social proof, a term coined by Robert Cialdini in his 1984 book, Influence, is also known as informational social influence. It describes a psychological and social phenomenon wherein people copy the actions of others in an attempt to undertake behavior in a given situation.” (Wikipedia)

If your friends jumped off a bridge would you jump off too?  Psychology says you would.  Social Proof is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others to reflect the right behavior for certain situations. read more

August 7, 2019 / / Social Media
  • Do you have a Yelp profile?
  • Do you have Yelp reviews?
  • Do you get constant calls and emails from Yelp Sales Reps offering help to “boost your visibility” on Yelp?

If you have wondered if it’s worth it or not, you need to judge for yourself.

What is Yelp

Yelp is a business directory service and crowd-sourced review form designed to help local businesses by publishing crowd-sourced reviews about businesses. (Wikipedia)

Allowing consumers to view reviews and make purchasing decisions based on these reviews.

Yelp by the Numbers

  1. 35 million unique visitors, on average, visit the site monthly.
  2. Over 184 million reviews were written on yelp (by the end of Q1 2019.)
  3. 45% of consumers say they are likely to check reviews on Yelp before visiting a business.

The five most reviewed business categories on the site are:

  1. Restaurants
  2. Home and Local Services
  3. Beauty and Fitness
  4. Arts and Entertainment
  5. Events

How consumers find reviews on Yelp:

  • 75% use the Search feature.
  • 21% look up the business directly.
  • 1% link to reviews through email.
  • 94% find reviews via Social Media (46% of these people find the links on Facebook.)
  • 03% find business reviews via display advertising.


Claiming your business profile is free.  Once claimed you can upload photos, menus, services, address, phone number, etc.  You can also add links to your website and Social Media profiles. read more

If you haven’t noticed, Social Media is mainstream.  The fun little sites for teens to share funny memes and keep in touch with friends is now a staple of life.

Businesses who understand the power of Social Sites leverage the marketing and advertising opportunities to their advantage.  If you are still not sure Social Media is worth your budget, here are a 8 more reasons you need to be using Social Media to market and advertise your business.

1.    A Lot of People Use It

3.196 billion people globally use Social Media, equaling 42% penetration. Over 80% of all Americans have a Social Media account. read more

March 27, 2017 / / Facebook

The current climate of Social Media can be a bit hot as of late.  Updates people feel very strongly about tend to draw some serious commenting, often not very pleasant.  While most of the really nasty, negative comments are aimed at personal updates or news articles, occasionally negative feedback or comments make their way to a business page, perhaps even to your business page.

Here are 3 tips for handling these comments like a Social Media Marketer without damaging your reputation.

1.    Be Polite and Helpful

Even when you don’t want to be nice, be nice!  Again, this is a very public display of how your business’ customer service issues.  Respond directly to the commenter and attempt to correct any issues.  Highlighting your customer service skills for everyone to see will let potential customers see your willingness and readiness to address and solve any problems, contributing to your company’s overall reputation. read more

July 27, 2016 / / Facebook

Facebook Business Pages provide a lot of tools and features to help a business grow and generate new revenue.  Business Pages offer a place for consumers to connect with the business and other consumers.

In addition to a business sharing information and news through daily updates, the Business Page also allows a place for customers to ask questions and receive answers, communicate their experience with the products/services, voice their negative experience and share their positive experiences.

Here are 4 reasons you need to start paying a lot more attention to Facebook reviews: read more

January 12, 2016 / / Mobile Marketing

Facebook IQ has been studying parents, they interviewed parents aged 25 through 65 of children of all ages in eight different markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US.  They analyzed their usage of Facebook and Instagram.

They found that mobile devices have become crucial tools for parents.  These parents also spend 1.3 times more time on Facebook mobile than non-parents.

However, parents are not just using their mobile devices to share milestones or research parenting information. They are using mobile devices to “make more informed purchasing decisions.” (Facebook IQ) read more

January 6, 2016 / / Advertising

Facebook has a secret.  If you own a service company, you should really know about it.

Search Engine Land discovered an area on Facebook (desktop only) called “Facebook Professional Services.”  This area lists local businesses and service companies with user reviews, all in one place.

Facebook has not formally announced this feature, and a Facebook spokesperson emailed Search Engine Land saying “We’re in the early stages of testing a way for people to easily find more Pages for the services they’re interested in.” read more