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We love our hometown and are so thankful for our community. myWestliberty.com has put together this promo video and we can't thank them enough for it. Never underestimate the power of a small community and what it can do to enhance our lives. Keep shopping local and watch your community grow.
Each year, we like to spotlight unique holiday gift ideas at some of our favorite small, local businesses. As small business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of shopping local.
When you purchase from a local business, you aren't paying for another grand vacation, new car, or summer house for a large company CEO. You're purchasing from your friends and neighbors who will use that money to purchase soccer cleats for their kids or groceries for their families. Of every $100 spent at big businesses, $42 stays in your community. Of every $100 spent LOCALLY, $89 stays in your community, and ZERO dollars stay in your community when you shop online. YOU have the power to make a difference, and there's no better time to make a difference in your community than during the holiday season!
In 2016, we're once again challenging our community to SPEND LOCAL during the holidays. To assist with our challenge, each day in the month of December, we'll highlight one of our favorite local spots to #ShopLocal. We'll feature some familiar favorites, some newcomers and some businesses that many local folks never knew were options to #ShopLocal.
If you would like to see your local business featured, let us know!
Check our blog regularly this month and be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW our FACEBOOK PAGE to receive regular reminders to #ShopLocal in your Facebook feed.
Are you taking advantage of Facebook marketing for your small business? Whether you're a new small business owner or an established business in the community, you should have a well-defined presence on the world's largest social media home (over 1 billion users and counting!).
In our conversations with local business owners, we hear two excuses more than any other when it comes to their lack of social media presence.
1) "I don't have the time to mess with that."
2) "I don't know how to create a page because I'm not a big social media person."
Those are the perfect reasons to utilize Berry Digital Solutions to help establish and/or manage your social media presence.
Through Champaign County Chamber of Commerce events, we met Laura and learned of her husband Humberto's dream to start a food truck. As big fans of local entrepreneurs (and food delivered in truck-form), we loved receiving our regular updates from Laura about how Humberto's new business venture was coming along.
At a summer Chamber event, Laura finally broke the great news! Humberto's food truck was finally finished! He was ready to hit the road to provide Champaign and Logan Countians with the best Mexican food they've ever tasted.
That's when it dawned on Laura and Humberto. Old-fashioned word-of-mouth wasn't enough to help inform the masses about this wonderful new food opportunity in our community. They needed word-of-mouth on steroids, which is how we often affectionately refer to Facebook.
About a month ago, Laura and Humberto welcomed us into their West Liberty home. They shared Humberto's story, his dream and eventually, we got around to talking Facebook. Laura and Humberto had personal pages, but as new entrepreneurs, they had no experience establishing a business' presence on Facebook.
Chris took lots and lots of notes during that meeting, and he left with all the information he needed to establish a new Facebook home for Humberto and Laura to communicate with fans, customers and other local businesses. The next day, the page was created, but our job was far from finished.
Next, we needed to grow the pages' following. Invitations were sent. Other well-established Facebook pages (managed by Berry Digital Solutions) shared the great news and introduced The Flying Pepper Food Truck to the community.
Meanwhile, Laura and Humberto were armed with helpful tips and tricks so that they could continue growing and managing their Facebook following. Berry Digital Solutions even boosted a post that reached several thousand local Facebook users in a couple of days, gaining another 150 likes, 60 shares and countless positive vibes for the start of business. Within a couple of weeks of contacting Berry Digital Solutions, The Flying Pepper Food Truck had over 300 loyal Facebook followers and over 10,000 local impressions...all for less than $200.
So if you're unsure how to get your local business started on Facebook, give us a call. And if you're a small business owner who's ever thought or said, "I don't have time for social media," give us a call and talk to us about our monthly social media marketing plans.
We love promoting local entrepreneurs and small businesses! Speaking of which...if you haven't already, LIKE The Flying Pepper Food Truck on Facebook and follow Humberto's dream of bringing his amazing authentic Mexican food to our community! Burritos, tacos, queso, tamales and more! He also caters!
We are elated to announce our newest site launch. A couple of local broadcasters (Shane Oelker & Erich "Hoppy" Hopkins") came to us at the beginning of August with a tall task. They had just been informed that the local radio station they worked for was no longer covering local high school football.
Shane and Hoppy love bringing live game broadcasts to the area every Friday night, so they didn't want to give up on something they (and local sports fans) loved. They wanted to know what it would take to get something up and running in time for tonight's statewide High School Football kickoff night. We immediately got started on the challenge.
Ryan and Chris (and Ryan's daughter Hailey, also pictured above) took advantage of a wonderful opportunity this week. Business consultant and local author Jon Umstead invited the duo to appear on his weekly podcast show, "Business is ART." Through Jon and TrueChat.org, we were able to share Berry Digital Solutions' story, while also discussing Search Engine Optimization, online presence, Entrepreneurship, and other aspects of starting a business in Champaign County, Ohio.
It was a fun experience and a worthwhile listen if you are interested in any of those topics. Find the entire podcast at truechat.org/businessisart/, and if Jon Umstead ever invites you to appear on his podcast, do it!
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