All posts tagged social media marketing

Tech Tip: Utilizing Instagram and Facebook Stories


Social media is an important part of modern business, but when and what to post on a business’ social media platform can be confusing. Instagram and Facebook stories are yet another feature of social media. Stories are short video clips and images that appear at the top of an app’s newsfeed and are only available for 24 hours. How can a business apply these new features of social media to further their businesses?

Stories are seen as a way to grow business and engage clients. Embed Social, a company that works to optimize social media use, presents interesting statistics on how the use of social media stories are impactful. Current stories are seen by more than 500 million users, which help to quantify how users are adapting to these new features of the social networking sites. The trend does not seem to be short lived; it is projected to grow in the coming years.

The use of Instagram and Facebook stories also poses a positive trend for data collection. Stories allow for questions, polls, and quizzes to easily be sent out directly to consumers. The specificity of stories allows organizations to see who watched their stories and how they reacted. For example, social media enables the company to address how their customers swipe through and share the business’ stories, which is helpful as a business tracks engagement.

Adding a bit of fun and whimsy to a company’s Instagram or Facebook story is helpful in customer brand relationships. A more personal touch may be unplanned but can further the brand of an organization.

It should still be within the realm of the business’ values. For example, when the Oil City Warehouse Mall posts a story about their vendors it strengthens the brand with extra information and personality about the organization.

Using Instagram and Facebook stories to further a business is an increasingly important part of any company, using the insights and branding tools that Instagram and Facebook stories facilitate are a great way to do this. Join us on January 17th at 8 a.m. for our next Tech Talk on “Interacting Online.”

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s January 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Gaining Advice & Strategies at Monthly Tech Talks


With so much required of a business owner, it can be easy to put marketing at the bottom of the list. Between paying bills, training employees, working with vendors, and the everyday operations of a business, who has time to update a website and post on social media?

Marketing, however, plays a huge role in attracting customers and building relationships. Without marketing, how are people going to get to know you and learn about what you have to offer?

In February, we began a series of “Tech Talks,” to bring members together to discuss strategies for marketing their businesses and organizations. The idea was brought to us by Jessica and Saxon with Child Development Centers Inc.

“As we were working on growing our organization’s marketing, we needed a way to brainstorm with other advanced users and to get new ideas,” said Saxon.

“Each month, we leave with new strategies and a better understanding of marketing, and we are also able to learn more about other businesses and organizations in our region,” said Jessica.

Natalie Cubbon with the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA) has been a regular at the monthly Tech Talks and has been applying what she’s learned to her organization.

“Tech Talks at the Chamber allow me to grow as a digital content creator & social media marketer,” Natalie said. “Being able to learn from other businesses and organizations is so valuable and has been a great opportunity to form connections within our community.

Tech Talk topics have ranged from photography and videography, to online crisis management and analytics and measurement.

Our next Tech Talk will be Friday, December 20, and the topic will be “Instagram and Facebook Stories.” The Tech Talks are held on the third Friday of each month from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Chamber Office (24 Seneca Street, Oil City).

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Tech Tip: Analytics & Measurement


You may be familiar with the type of content to put on your website or social media, but is your content engaging and attracting the right customers? To know how well you are performing online, it’s important to look at your analytics and measurement tools.

These can include analytics tools within your site (such as Wix or WordPress), Google Analytics, social media insights, or other external tools. They tell you:

• Who is engaging with your content

• What kind of posts attract the most engagement

• Demographics (age, location, etc)

• The busiest day and times

On your website, they can also show:

• Number of unique visitors

• How long visitors stay on pages

• How people get to your site

• What search words people use to get to your site

• What people click on

You don’t need to look at these analytics each day, but reviewing them every once in awhile can help you learn what is working best, and then you can adapt if needed.

Although having an online presence and looking at your analytics is helpful, you don’t always know how people arrive at your page or website. It’s essential to use a variety of marketing tactics in addition to your social media and website, such as flyers, word of mouth, advertisements and sponsorships, press releases, and radio.

At the end of the day, it’s about finding what works best for your business!

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Gibbons Hires Social Media Marketing Specialist


The latest addition to the Gibbons Business Solutions, LLC team is Social Media Marketing Specialist Tara Fleming.  She will be assisting with creating and posting social media content and graphics for businesses whom GBS manages social media content.  Tara is also a talented photographer and will be utilizing those skills at GBS as well, capturing images for social media posts, websites and print publications.

Tara is excited to be introduced to local businesses and interacting with and getting to know the community better.  She was born and raised in Virginia, married a Franklin native while he was stationed in Norfolk, and moved here when he left the Navy in 2009.  

The growth of GBS, a Franklin based marketing company, has created a need to expand their team in three directions: office staff, social media marketing/management, and web design.  President/CEO Holly L. Gibbons says she anticipates filling several more positions in 2019.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.