Asheville Social Media

When you think about social media in Asheville, there are many things you could be thinking about. The term “social media” in itself has been overplayed and covers such a wide variety of topics and services. Some of us have been through it all. Years ago we were simply social, or unsocial. Then we evolved to social networking and opening up online. Now social media is the buzz word and social marketing has gotten strategic.

Asheville social media and networking online is vast. Successful micro-communities such as “Asheville Reddit,” a bookmarking section of the site, has grown online by people networking together and sharing media around a commonality with each other… AVL! I hear several in this group actually social network in person, “real” life, face to face in the area. What about Foursquare in the Asheville community? People networked together by telling others where they are, sharing photos, leaving tips, commenting and more. Our community is closer than ever before.

When people mention to me that they do social media part-time (whatever that is) or for a living; I usually ask “what kind of social media?” Do you tweet, write, seo, post blogs, build brands, make websites social, take & share photos, make & share videos, Facebook post, audience building, campaign distribution, interaction, list building, email marketing? What exactly do you do again???

Several key groups in the Asheville area have teamed up with AskAsheville to provide local based businesses in the area with a robust custom social media package and online marketing plan that fits their specific needs. Are you looking for a blog post every week or month? A video every quarter? SEO for your website and media? A comprehensive Facebook and Twitter strategy where your in-house team can get involved? A brand redesign and new website that represents the new social you? Train you to DIY? Our team can meet with your company for a complimentary consultation to answer any questions and to show you several Asheville Social Media package options. Contact Us for More Information.

Asheville SEO – Search Engine Optimization

Search engine optimization is nothing new to Asheville North Carolina. As a matter of fact, we have some quiet (& a few loud) SEO pros living in these mountains. Now just because you were once an “expert” does not mean you are still one. The industry constantly changes, and if you do not educate yourself on a daily, weekly or monthly basis; you could quickly fall off of the scene. The industry has taken a step up. Charging clients $1000 a month for an automated report or for a blog post that nobody reads just doesn’t work around this town. You demand results and want to see progress on a regular basis. We make sure this happens.

When Asheville businesses inquire about Search Engine Optimization, the team does an evaluation of what you currently have in place. Having your website optimized for the search engines at minimum is vital to your online life. Once that is complete, there are certain things you can do to improve your SEO on a monthly basis whether it is local here in Asheville, Regional, Nationwide or Worldwide. Search engine spiders are smart. People are smarter and want real results and information. Whether it is blogging on-site or on a 3rd party blog, SEO with videos, applicable backlinks, directory submissions of your website or blog or an array of other options; our team can successfully do this for your Asheville business.

Let’s do an article about your company and vision! Let’s do videos of how you came to be! Planting seeds online each month will increase your digital footprint tremendously, and thus your business. We can easily add the Asheville social media, distribution and marketing aspect to this… people will click a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube to see your website and content, and your search engine optimization credibility increases. We are currently building a social media coop where many businesses will be heavily co-supporting each other online in SEO and SM.

We have many testimonials and years of references showing what we have done for companies in the Asheville area and beyond. SEO packages from the inside team at AskAsheville start at as little as $300 per month under a small biz plan 6-month contract so you can see what we can do for you. Our team can also accommodate custom, larger and corporate packages up to $10k+ per month. Contact G Social Media for more information.

Small Business Social Media in Asheville

Social media in Asheville wears many hats. Sometimes the more you look at it, the less defined it becomes. Social can be Friendship, Connections, Networking, Media, Interaction, Relationship Development, Information Distribution, Marketing, Sales and much more. This is bigger than you can imagine.

You have plenty of companies using the term “social media,” but few that can do the caliber of work to legitimize the costs they are charging. Some companies in the Asheville area charge $1000 per month for a simple blog post, and some local companies charge $500 per month for absolutely nothing. They call this social media and bank on it. They slander every competitor, and specialize in keeping biz owners in the dark. This is the only business model they have lol. Some “SEO and SM experts” have gotten comfortable with charging hundreds of dollars for an automated one minute report without any actual work being done. This is the kind of work that digs your business deeper in a hole with no return on investment. Then your small business dies and these “experts” go after the next naive business owner. And then the tech world wonders why businesses are so disillusioned with the social media world. They have been victimized for the most part.

Businesses beware of these companies. Yes, they know social media, but only about 10% more than you do. They talk social media, but in their personal lives, they are unsociable and rude. They may even be highly educated, but their person to person skills are dead. “Entitled Asshole” is written all over their resume, and sometimes on their forehead. And these people are going to help your business? I do not think so.

Just because you have a blog does not make you a “social media consultant;” it makes you a blogger. Sure you know how to send some information out on Twitter and Facebook, and you know how to respond to the 5 people you think are good enough to talk to; but you are far from a social entity of any type. The only reason you have any business is because you have been referred by people and organizations who are just as blinded as you are.

When all this transpires, what ends up happening? You end up with your business growth plans crushed and “friends” patting you on the back blaming it on the economy, tourism etc. Do not let this happen to you!

I do not have a pitch here for you with a link to hire us for social media. I did not put a fancy social media graphic in this post. I am just venting. It is frustrating to watch business owners and friends lose because of not doing enough research to make an educated marketing decision to really help their company. Hopefully this post will cause your business to dig a little deeper.

Local Asheville Business Expo Social Media Station

The RelyLocal Asheville Business Expo on Saturday March 3rd from 10am – 6pm now has a G Social Media Station with sponsors including OX+CO, SignARama, and Tom Denmark Computer Repair. Stop by the booth to “Check In” on Foursquare, say hello, take some pics with us and tweet tweet tweet! You can also request social media information and evaluations by filling out a form with some basic information about your business.

New G Social Media website

We are so excited about today! Asheville based G Social Media just launched the new website about an hour ago. This website was not only a project for Gary, but for many key people in the community.

Currently, G Social Media is doing work in all 48 Continental US States and several other locations worldwide. Their team also developed AskAsheville from scratch and built a YouTube channel, a Twitter platform & many other media outlets for the Asheville community.