Striving for that pot of gold in the wedding business can be daunting, as obstacles you never considered to envision crop up. Price shopping brides, Bridezillas, Groomzillas, limited time, and tight budgets can all be a factor as the workload starts to pile up with not quite enough bookings rolling in.
However, having the right business tools will help you get on the right track to maximize your time… and get a hold on your sanity. Here is a list of what we consider 5 must needed tools in your wedding business arsenal.
A Mobile Responsive Website
Fact: In 2013 more brides will use mobile phones to view your website than desktop PCs. The computer world has been turned upside down. The days of a bride surfing for wedding pros at work on the company computer are over. She may still be surfing the web, but now it’s on her smart phone.
Yes, you have a website. But here’s the problem… you most likely also don’t have a mobile website. Whereas this may well not have been a crisis in 2010, it’s rapidly becoming incredibly crucial to have a mobile version of your website for brides.
If you do not have a responsive mobile website, it’s time you made the leap. Brides viewing on their smartphone expect to have a easier mobile experience.
Even though current mobile phones can view standard websites, brides expect a site that loads easily, with no pinch-zooming and is set-up for mobile users.
Steady Content With A Blog
The almighty Oz… ahem, I mean The Google, loves websites with good content posted regularly on blogs.
Posting regular tips, photos and events on your blog is a superb way to publicize your wedding biz. By posting content you engage with brides and web visitors, establish expertise in your category and let people and the search engines know that your site is active.
When it comes to SEO, having quality blog content tells “The Google” that your biz is worthy. For that reason, to be worthy of better search results you need to have regular, unique, quality content on wedding website’s blog.
Keep in mind that your blog isn’t about selling “stuff”, but to show your peeps that you know your stuff – that you are the expert in your wedding category. By giving relevant bride ideas, showcasing past weddings and keeping them informed you establish trust and become the go to company in your category.
Keep a Finger On the Pulse With Google Analytics
Being a small business wedding pro, do you know the amount of visitors your site is getting? Or do you know what sources your traffic is coming from? If you paid to list on TheKnot or WeddingWire, just how many brides are coming from those sites? It’s crucial to know your exact website traffic data to be able to assess your marketing success.
Google Analytics is a free tool that gives you in-depth details on where your website visitors are reaching your website from in real time. The reality that you can see how your prospects interact with your website can help you greatly in strengthening your website and business.
Instead of than guessing about how many people are visiting, you can get for a free account to keep track things like visitors, the traffic sources, keywords used and even their geographic location.
Build Relationships With Facebook
Yes, there are other social platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn, but Facebook for business is the most important and the best place to start your social marketing. Facebook is the largest social community in existence and it’s where your brides, customers, friends and peers are.
Facebook is best used not to sell per se, but as an engagement tool. A nicely developed Facebook business page that is kept up to date with engaging content can be extremely effective to establish trust and gain exposure. What Facebook allows you do is to show social “proof” that you are an authority in your wedding category.
As an added benefit, when your fan share your posts you more exposure and your page can to index in The Google. This gives you even more exposure and trust to the brides that are searching for wedding vendors.
Of all of the social platforms, Facebook is a essential in the wedding industry because of its interconnectedness among users… and your brides expect you to be there.
Boost Results With An Email Marketing Service
We all how to use email. Your Inbox probably get flooded with them. When it comes to sending out bulk emails, though, you are far wiser to rely on a professional email marketing service.
If you, like many other wedding pros, are still using systems like Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. for email marketing, then you are making a big mistake. Why? These are consumer grade email accounts and are not equipped for business email marketing. For this reason they have major disadvantages that can in fact undermine instead of helping your follow-up efforts.
Professional email marketing services are approved to send bulk email with less emails getting blocked. You can track how many brides received, opened and clicked to your website for better follow-up. Also, you’ll get data on unsubscribes, bounces, and spam complaints. Other benefits include list management, email personalization, HTML Templates, easy unsubscribe, correct formatting, CAN SPAM ACT legal requirements and time savings.
The bottom line is your brides will love your new email professionalism and you’ll love getting a handle on your email marketing. We have used and lots of the email services but we found that GetResponse and Constant Contact were best for the needs the wedding industry.
What do you think?
Let us know what you think of the these marketing tools! We would love to hear your comments
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