How do I launch a new website on social media?

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Launching a new website on social media can be difficult if you don’t have a good strategy. In order for your new website to gain traction with social media users you need to create excitement and anticipation about its launch. 

The most important aspect when launching a new website is to ensure your website is beautifully created and easy to use. The best way to do this is to use a professional website builder. Here at Go SiteBuilder we aim to make the web design process as simple as possible, allowing you to create the best website for your business. 

Stay socially relevant 

In order to successfully launch your website you must make sure your social media profiles are up to date. Make sure you have a presence across multiple platforms and are keeping followers updated with what is happening in your business. Posting regularly and interacting with followers will make social media a more useful tool for your business. 

Give your website a launch date 

By giving your website a launch date you create a sense of anticipation on the arrival of your website. Make sure you announce your website launch date about a month or so before you publish your website, this allows you to create a social media marketing campaign around your website. 

There are a couple of ways you can make the lead up to your website launch more engaging for your current followers and for new followers:

  1. Create a countdown – post something new everyday and remind your followers of how long there is until your website launches
  2. Use giveaways – this can be coupled with the countdown with a different gift every day for the last week for example. Alternatively, give the first 5 people who visit your website a service you offer (for example a photoshoot if you are a photography website)
  3. Give sneak peeks on what your website is going to look like and what you’re going to sell. For example if you are a clothing brand you may post photographs of your new clothes. 

Boost your posts

There are a few social media marketing tips to increase the number of people who see your posts on social media. Boosting the numbers of people who see your posts should increase the number of people who are exposed to your business. These people may look at your profile and follow you as a result of one boosted post. Some of these options are free and some have a cost associated with them: 

Use boost features:

Many social media platforms have services which will boost your posts so that more people see them. Often these services do cost a small amount of money, but if you have one post which you believe will help your website launch it may be worth it. Facebook also offers targeted ads that promote your posts to people within your target audience demographic. 

Work with influencers or general interest profiles:

If your website is in a specific field such as beauty, working with beauty influencers can help boost the exposure of your company. Often influencers will charge for these services or ask for products in return. Check out this blog for more tips on how to work with influencers.

Alternatively you could work with platforms that post photos from other profiles in their domain. For example, for a travel website you may approach an Instagram profile which collates and publishes other users’ travel photos (WildTravelers on Instagram is a good option) ask them to share a photo of yours. 

Use hashtags:

Using hashtags can help boost the number of people who view your posts. Many users of social media may search for hashtags if they want inspiration on a certain topic. If your post is under a hashtag they search then you have a higher chance of being noticed. 

Make your launch an event 

Once you have decided on a date to launch your website you need to decide what to post on the day. There are a number of ways you can create buzz around the launch of your website. For example:

  • Hold a launch party – this is where you can showcase your stock, and you can post photographs from the party on social media. If your store is only online, post Instagram or Facebook Live videos showing off your clothes and counting down to your website launch. 
  • Have giveaways as part of your launch 
  • Create enticements for people to sign up to your mailing list if they do it on launch day (for example 10% off your products). 

If you’re ready to build an amazing website for your business, then look no further than Go Sitebuilder. With a wide range of features, our simple website builder design means you can have a professional looking website up and running in minutes. Try our 14-day free trial today!

How do you introduce a current website to social media?

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So you’ve already set up an amazing website but are yet to connect your website to your social media. Creating an integrated online presence for your business will drastically improve interaction with your business, on your website and on your social media platforms. 

The most important aspect of integrating your online presence is to ensure you have a strong website. Using a website builder such as Go SiteBuilder can be a really useful way to ensure that you have stunning web design and an effective layout. Make sure all pages of your website are finished and you have added all the information you need to before you start to introduce it to your social media. 

Use your social media presence

If you already have a strong social media presence then introducing your website to potential new customers is much easier. A strong social media presence is indicated by a high number of followers and engagement levels (i.e. followers like and comment on your posts). If you have a strong social media presence there is a higher chance that followers and others will visit your website once you integrate it into your social media platforms. 

However, if you do not have a strong social media presence already there are some ways you can easily improve it. Social media is extremely important in growing your business; with over 3.48 billion users across social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, creating a presence is vital to access such a large market. 

Ensure you have social media accounts across multiple platforms, whether you pick two or all social media platforms. Think about what you post and how often you post, as this will increase engagement. For more tips check out our blog on how to create a social media marketing strategy.

Ensure you link your website correctly

This seems like an obvious step but many social media platforms fail to put the correct links in the right places for their website. Your website’s homepage should be linked in your ‘bio’ or ‘profile’ depending on the social media platform. Remember that on Instagram you can’t add links to separate posts, so you need to make sure the link is in your bio. 

If you make a post about a specific part of your website, for example your gallery page, make sure you put a link to your gallery page in the description. Although this will not appear as a hyperlink on some social media platforms, having the link is still very important as users can copy it and find the page your post is about. 

Launch your website

Even though your website already exists, having some kind of recognition on your social media is really important. You may wish to launch your website as if you have just published, if so check out our post on how to launch a new website on social media. However, if you want to create more of an integrated ‘soft launch’ to your website, this can be done in a number of ways, for example:

  • A post dedicated to each section of your website – include screenshots of your website 
  • Reviews of your website/comments on your website 
  • Tips on what website builder you used or how you created your website
  • Showing any new changes you have made to your website 

Promote your website

Introducing a website to social media can be difficult, especially if you do not have a large social media presence. There are a variety of ways to promote your website. The easiest way is to ensure you use hashtags and location tags to your advantage. This means following trending hashtags and adding them to your posts when relevant. By using trending hashtags you increase the chance that social media users will see your posts. 

Location tags are a little different as they do not work for every business. However, for businesses such as photography, travel or fashion they can be a great way to promote your posts. This is most useful on Instagram, but can be used on other platforms. Users search for a location to see posts relating to an event in that area. Therefore, if your post is featured among others in this location tag then more people will see your posts. 

If you’re ready to build an amazing website for your business, then look no further than Go Sitebuilder. With a wide range of features, our simple website builder design means you can have a professional looking website up and running in minutes. Try our 14-day free trial today!

How can I create a social media marketing strategy?

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The way businesses use marketing has changed drastically throughout the years, especially with the invention of social media platforms. The sheer volume of people you can reach through social media means that you must consider creating a social media marketing plan when trying to promote your business. 

A social media marketing plan is a simple plan that a business will use to outline steps to promote their business through social media. Social media plans can be as complicated or simple as you want them to be, but you simply cannot ignore social media in your marketing strategy. If you want to find out how to create a simple but effective social media marketing plan, then read on!

Choose your Platform(s)

One key element of social media marketing is creating a presence across multiple platforms. This means creating a profile or a page on different social media sites. Something to consider when setting up your business on social media is to create a business email, as you will need an email to register with these various platforms.  Below are some of the most commonly used social media platforms and how they might be more beneficial for some businesses than others: 

Facebook: With over 2.5 billion monthly users Facebook is one of the biggest social media sites globally. Facebook is often the first point of call for many social media users as accounts are easy to find and can often be more information heavy than other sites.  

Instagram: Instagram is particularly useful if your business is reliant on visuals, like a photography business or a beauty salon. Instagram allows you to post photographs with captions, but you cannot add multiple links within captions. 

Twitter: Twitter can be a really useful tool to promote your business. Comprised of short “tweets” of 280 characters you can easily share updates on your business and can add photographs or videos should you wish to. Most businesses should have a Twitter account, but for businesses who need to correspond directly with customers (such as event planning) it is an essential tool. 

Linkedin: Linkedin is a networking platform for businesses. Once your profile is created you can make valuable connections with businesses and people that have skills that could complement your business. 

Other Smaller Platforms:

  • Tumblr: an informal blogging platform, good for visually focused related businesses such as art and travel 
  • Flickr: another visual platform, particularly used by photographers 
  • Pinterest: good for creating an aesthetic or developing a brand image

Other factors to consider when choosing which social media platforms to use are:

  • The age of your target market – generally speaking slightly older audiences are found on Facebook and Linkedin, whereas teenagers and Gen Z individuals use sites such as Instagram and TikTok more. 
  • The type of business you are – do you need somewhere that is image-focused or information-focused?
  • Do you have the time to dedicate to multiple platforms? 

Complete Your Profile

The best social media marketing plans have a completed profile to work with. Ensure you fill out every possible section of your social media platform to give visitors the most information possible. Also do not ignore the profile picture, make sure to use something that relates to your business or a logo.

Link to Your Website

Another aspect many social media marketing strategies use is linking your social media to your website. This can be done easily in your profile bio or about section, and can be reiterated in various posts as well. Your web design should also include a social media bar, which many website builders have as a feature, so that readers can easily share your content across various social media platforms. 

Create a Posting Schedule

As mentioned in our blog on how to make your blog stand out,  if you are creating content, posting regularly will give your social media more momentum and give you a larger following. Whether this is once a week or every day, having a posting schedule that you stick to is incredibly important in a social media marketing strategy. If you need more information about when you should be posting, check out this blog on how often to post to each social media platform

Use Promoting Features

Sites such as Facebook and Instagram have features built in to allow you to promote certain posts or images to visitors to their site. You do have to pay for some of these features, but they can be a great way of spreading the word on your business. You can also use features such as hashtags and location to increase the chances of people seeing your posts. 

If you need a great website builder to back up your social media marketing plan, then look no further than Go Sitebuilder. With a wide range features to link to your social media, our simple website builder design means you can have a professional looking website up and running in minutes. Try our 14-day free trial today!

Where can I find stickers to put on photos

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Adding stickers to your photos can be a fun and quirky way to liven up your image. Whether you’re starting up a blog or building your own online business, stickers add a contemporary and relatable edge to any image, making it individual to you. And the best thing about customising your photos with stickers is that it is completely free and super easy to do!

For social media fans

The easiest way to add stickers onto your image is via social media apps such as Facebook Messenger or Snapchat. Snapchat stickers are our personal favourite as they let you create add your own bitmoji stickers (a cartoon avatar of yourself which you can create via Bitmoji). This helps viewers identify you as the content creator and makes your online presence slightly more human. 

For iOS and Android users

Downloading an app is a really convenient way to put stickers onto photos. Pics Art Photo Editor provides you with a step-by-step guide to follow. It gives you complete flexibility to personalise your own images by syncing photos from your camera roll to the app. What’s more, it has a huge range of stickers to choose from, although don’t let its sheer variety deter you: its search bar lets you find the perfect sticker quickly and effortlessly. Another app you can download is FotoRus. Their addition of Emoticon stickers means your images can become expressive and fun to view. 

A web-based alternative

If you prefer to edit your computers on your laptop, Fotor is a tool you can use to add stickers to your photo via the computer. It adds a professional look to your image by creating a theme specific to the sticker you select. It also provides you with the opportunity to create collages for your images, giving you full reign to be as creative as you want when customising your picture. 

By putting stickers onto your images, your online business becomes more identifiable – the first step in creating an online brand! This is of particular importance when building your own online website. Go Sitebuilder makes this all the easier, with ready to go websites for you to use to boost your online presence. Try our free 14-day trial to start building your online business today!

How to introduce a new website on social media

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A huge part of the success of marketing your new website could come down to its presence on social media. Read on to discover how social media can help to get your website noticed!

Create a social media presence

If you don’t already have your social media accounts set up for your business, then the launch of a new website is the perfect time to do so!

You should first decide which networks are the most suitable for your brand. For example, if you are a B2C business that sells visually enticing products, then Instagram could be the perfect platform for you. On the other hand, if you are a B2B company looking to work with some of the industry’s experts, then perhaps LinkedIn is the best platform for your business to be on.

Once you have decided on the platforms, create your accounts, selecting the same username across the platforms and filling out all the profile information, including placing your new website’s URL address in the main body of the profile.

Get followers

The next important step is to begin to gain a following. Do this by inviting your colleagues, friends, family and customers to follow your profile, as well as by creating posts with relevant hashtags and location tags to draw in users that could be interested in your business.

Ensure you post to your page on a regular basis, using a range of engaging and informative posts which include call-to-actions that drive users to your website.

Use paid ads to promote your website

All the major social media networks offer a variety of ad spend services that can promote website URLs. Whether you choose to boost a Facebook post, promote Pinterest pins or Instagram stories, there are a plethora of opportunities for you to select.

When using paid ads, you can select who sees your adverts based on their interests, location, age and much more. This will help the right people to see your website on their social feeds.

Create teasers

When launching your new site, it can be fun to drum up excitement by launching teaser images on your social media sites. You can blur, curtain or paste a ‘coming soon’ sticker over a screenshot of your website to get your followers excited.

Share customer testimonials

Once a few customers have used your service or purchased your products, you can ask them to send you a review and start sharing it on social media.

According to a recent YouGov poll, it is becoming clear that people trust other people’s opinions of products/services, rather than brands talking about how great their products are. Therefore, using customer testimonials on your social networks can be another way of driving more traffic to your new website. Make sure to include a CTA (call to action) to your website to drive people to where you’d like them to be.

Launching your new website is an exciting first step in growing your business. In today’s world, it’s crucial that every business has a professional online presence to succeed. If you’re considering your options for getting online, check out Go Sitebuilder for free! You won’t need to hire an expensive professional, and you won’t need to learn any new skills. Try it now and see just how easy it is to build your dream website.

How do I launch a new website on social media?

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Whether you’re an established small business or you’re fresh off the starting blocks, in today’s world it all starts with a website. From there, it’s about getting the word out – and what better way than social media? It may seem like a simple case of creating a few profiles and watching the likes roll in, but the reality can be quite different. So, if you’re asking yourself how to launch your new website on social media, this quick guide is for you!

Step 1: Create your brand identity

One of the most common mistakes new businesses make when launching a social media presence is failing to stand out. With so many companies now utilising social media as a core marketing channel, it’s more important than ever to develop a true brand identity. Throwing a logo together in Microsoft Word simply won’t cut it, so be sure to take some time to build a brand that is visually consistent, engaging, and instantly recognisable – then update your profiles so they all reflect it. Be creative and choose a strategy that really represents your business and its values.

Step 2: Build a social media launch plan

Once you’re happy with the overall look of your profiles, it’s time to consider the ‘meat’ of your social media strategy – the content. Put simply, you can’t expect to set a page live and then see the follower numbers immediately skyrocket – it doesn’t always work that way. So, in order to support your launch, you’ll need to prepare the content you’ll be posting in the first weeks, or even months, of your new social profiles. This content could be blog posts on your new website (a great way to build traffic), videos, images (even fun things like memes), infographics, and so on.

Step 3: Incentivising new followers (the right way)

Okay, so let’s assume you’re up and running and you’re following a content calendar to drive visitors from your social channels to your website. What’s next? Well, you want those numbers to go up, of course! As we explained, the “build it and they will come” approach doesn’t work in today’s world. The key to building a social following for your website is incentivisation, at least at the beginning. These incentives can be anything you like, but one great option is to hold giveaways for small things (like gift vouchers) which won’t cost much but will drive engagement. Just don’t forget to ask people to like and follow to enter!

We hope this quick guide will help you hit the ground running when it comes to launching your website on social media. Of course, if you’re still in the early stages of launching your business and you haven’t yet built a website, there’s no better place to start than with our 14-day free trial of Go Sitebuilder.

How to build a social media following for your business

Building a social media following

Whether you’re a Facebooker, Instagrammer, or Tweeter, there’s no denying the importance of social media to modern business. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as throwing a profile onto each of the platforms and hoping for the best – there’s a bit more to it than that. So, if you’re a little behind when it comes to social media for business, here’s how to start building a following.

Step 1: Begin with who you know (and who they know)

If you’ve ever tried to build up a social media following from scratch, you’ll already know it’s an uphill battle. But, if you already have a group of friends or followers on social media for your personal accounts, you can use this as a springboard. No matter how small your circle may be, it’s a great idea to ask them to like/subscribe/follow your new profiles to serve as a base for more organic growth.

Step 2: Incentivise liking and sharing your content

One of the most common tactics you’ll see on platforms like Facebook and Twitter is competitions. Like many other tactics, this is simply a way to bring in even more followers. Consider this: if offering a prize worth £100 results in an additional 5000 users following you for a chance to win, that’s a great return on investment. If you incentivise sharing this way, you’re even more likely to see exponential growth.

Step 3: Post regular content which really engages your audience

One of the things some businesses get wrong when building a following is posting any old thing and then wondering why no growth follows. The reality is that – just like the rest of us – your following want to see something which really engages them. If you’re just posting what equates to adverts, followers are likely to unfollow pretty quickly. Instead, try to produce content which offers real value. This can come in the form of insightful industry articles or even one-off discount codes.

Step 4: Constantly monitor what works (and what doesn’t)

The final piece to this puzzle is perhaps the hardest part: ongoing monitoring and consistency. It’s all well and good to produce some social posts which gain real traction, but there’s no guarantee this will provide long-term growth. Keep an eye on the insights tools provided by the social platforms and try to understand exactly why certain posts succeed while others don’t. This will help you produce more posts which encourage more followers to join you on your journey.

Now that you know how to start building a social media following, you’ll need the perfect website to go along with it. If you’re wondering if you really need a website as well as social media; head over to our blog to decide for yourself. Try out Go Sitebuilder today for free and see what you could create.