VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Wooden Nickel Pub as this week’s Leading Business of the Week.
Wooden Nickel has been a staple in the Valdosta area for many years, more than 30 to be exact. Starting out on North Valdosta road, the business closed in 2005 and reopened in 2006. An article by Jennifer Tanner written in 2006 about the re-opening stated that “In less than a week, the Wooden Nickel had already served over 5,000 people and as many as 30 people were still waiting outside daily for its doors to open.”
Wooden Nickel Pub has been a member of the Chamber since it’s re-opening in 2006.
Wooden Nickel is located at 3269 Inner Perimeter Road and is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week. More information can be found by contacting Robin, owner or Shauna, manager at 229-247-7750.
The Leading Business of the Week program is designed to recognize members who have partnered with the Chamber for at least five years. The 2016 Leading Business of the Week program is proudly sponsored by Ashley’s Business Solutions. For more information, visit www.ValdostaChamber.com/Leading-Business-of-the-Week.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting in honor of the grand re-opening of Langdale KIA.
The dealership’s new management, Anthony and Yvette Jefferson, oversaw the renovations of the front lobby.
Approximately 50 guests were in attendance at Thursday afternoon’s event, including Mayor John Gayle along with City Council members and County Commissioners. Big Nick’s catered the event.
Langdale KIA has been a member of the Chamber since 2009.
For more information about Langdale KIA, visit them at 1508 North Ashley Street or call 229-242-0715.
For pictures and further information about this event, visit ValdostaChamber.com.
7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business
Grow your small business with LinkedIn by using these seven proven tactics.
There are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States, but only half of them will make it past five years. To ensure your small business is in the successful half, we encourage you to capitalize on the various ways LinkedIn can evolve your business.
With LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, you can generate leads, produce sales, and hire top professionals to fuel your growth. Here are seven ways to grow your business using LinkedIn:
1. Create a LinkedIn Company Page
We’ve found that LinkedIn members are 50% more likely to buy once they’ve engaged with your business on LinkedIn. But they can’t connect with you if you don’t have a LinkedIn Company Page. According to Forbes, only 57% of companies have pages. The remaining 43% are missing out on a free opportunity to generate leads, talent, and, ultimately, revenue.
If you don’t already have one, create a LinkedIn Company Page. Personal profiles don’t have the same marketing, advertising, and recruiting features as Company Pages, making them less effective at promoting your business. As you create your page, think about the kind of impression you want to create among potential customers and employees. This will help you select the right photos and messages to use on your page.
For a step-by-step guide on how to create an above and beyond Company Page, view our LinkedIn Company Page Best Practices.
2. Promote Your Company Page
Once you have a Company Page, announce it to your clients, employees, and personal network. This will help you gain your first followers, who in turn will help to promote your Company Page on the content you post to it.
Promoting your page on other platforms or via email is also a great way to grow your audience. Here are some simple ways to get the word out:
3. Share Content Regularly
The more you post, the more people you can potentially reach and convert. Best-in-class LinkedIn Company Pages are consistently updated to ensure that visitors have plenty of new content to consume and share.
To get started, try posting at least once per week. It’s not uncommon for companies to post three or more times per day. Post whenever you have something worth saying. Posting consistently shows Company Page visitors that your company is active on LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn’s Company Page analytics to see your top performing updates, your best times to post, and which members of your audience are the most engaged. With this information, it’s easy to make data-driven decisions to optimize your Company Page content.
In addition to posting often, here are a few more stats to help you boost engagement:
When a post gets good engagement, consider promoting it to a wider audience with LinkedIn Sponsored Content. Take the Sponsored Content Tour and discover how Sponsored Content amplifies your best content.
4. Showcase Thought Leadership
Seventy nine percent of buyers say thought leadership is critical for determining which companies they want to learn more about. To get started with thought leadership content, try to provide a unique perspective on your industry, product, or organization. Sharing your opinion on the future of your industry or creating a definitive guide on your product are just two ways to demonstrate your expertise and position your company as a credible partner.
For more ideas and advice on expanding your brand’s authority, download our Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to Thought Leadership to learn more.
5. Target Sales Prospects
LinkedIn has over 500 million users to date. That may seem like a lot to sort through, but LinkedIn also provides you with tools to identify and target your ideal audience.
LinkedIn members are more likely than other social media users to keep their profiles up-to-date, making it easier for you to find the right people. Use LinkedIn profile data to search for LinkedIn members based on geographic location, education, experience, and even connections. Once you’ve found prospects using the search feature, visit their profiles. Their endorsements or recent profile views might surface additional qualified prospects, too.
For more ways to reach your ideal audience, learn how to advertise on LinkedIn.
6. Build an All-Star Team
LinkedIn has helped 75% of job switchers make informed career decisions, making LinkedIn a top recruiting network. What are candidates looking for when making those decisions? Our research shows that 66% of candidates want to see company culture over everything else. To take advantage of this preference, consider enhancing your Company Page with a LinkedIn Career Page.
Career Pages allow you to target audiences with a personalized look into your company, culture, and jobs. They give you dedicated Life and Jobs Tabs on your Company Page that attract and engage relevant professionals.
In addition to creating Career Pages, encourage employees to share job postings and “day in the life” content as well. This gives visitors a genuine idea of what it’s like to work for you and adds to your authenticity. If you have a few employees who lead the pack in sharing content, consider linking them to your Company Page’s Life Tab. Their shared articles and recent updates will automatically populate, providing visitors with up-to-date information. Watch our video below on how to use the Life Tab to attract the right talent for your company.
7. Hire Freelancers
You’ve probably had an employee who took on a task outside of their domain. You might have even done it yourself a few times. While the effort is commendable, learning on the fly can also be detrimental.
Fortunately, finding the right talent for the task at hand isn’t as tricky as it once was, even if you can’t afford the salary of a full time employee.
LinkedIn ProFinder enables you to post your projects, receive free proposals, and hire trustworthy professionals all in one place. ProFinder will even pair you with local professionals to ensure you have the best freelance experience possible. With 172 professional services available on ProFinder, it’s easy to find the perfect professional for any task.
LinkedIn vets all the professionals on the platform to ensure they are qualified and leverages your network to find freelancers your connections have used, so you’re never in the dark about who you’re hiring.
By using freelancers, you’ll get access to outside perspectives & broad experience of professionals of all kinds, from creating websites and designing logos to managing your books or crafting your marketing strategy. Plus, with none of the management overhead of a full-time employee, you can focus solely on the job at hand.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors honored Toads and Teacups as this week’s Leading Business of the Week.
Established in 2005, Toads and Teacups has made quite the name for themselves in Valdosta. They are a full line kid’s store that has gained a loyal following since day one. They love meeting their customers’ needs year after year.
Toads and Teacups is an incredibly unique children’s store. They are basically a privately owned department store offering anything a child could desire. The store carries a wide variety of leading brands.
In 2008, Toads and Teacups took on an entirely new department of music, which has thrived in the last nine years. A large assortment of instruments can be purchased at the store. Toads and Teacups Music Department caters towards kids looking for some fun all the way through high school band.
For more information Toads and Teacups, call (229) 244-7220 or visit them at 1601 Baytree Road. Suite B2 in Valdosta.
VALDOSTA, GA – The Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting in honor of the grand opening of Titletown Wrestling Academy.
Titletown Wrestling Academy may be an athletic facility, but they aim to provide much more than just physical fitness. They offer a unique and regimented youth wrestling program while focusing on the total development of young athletes. Titletown Wrestling Academy prepares young athletes for success both on and off the wrestling mat.
Titletown’s goal is to enhance the overall lives of Valdosta’s youth through athletic activity and lessons learned in athletic competition. In their opinion, “The purpose of youth sports is to provide experiences for future life activities by introducing the concepts and skills that will help promote growth in character and mental strength,” explains director and head coach, Antonio Del Vecchio. While countless life lessons are taught in sports, Del Vecchio and his staff place a particular emphasis on worth ethic, mental toughness and character.
Titletown Wrestling Academy has a place for all children. “Every child can wrestle,” Del Vecchio says. Athletes of all shapes and sizes are welcomed as it is taught to all students that athletic aptitude does not trump hard work. Titletown Wrestling Academy eagerly promotes positive self - image and healthy self - esteem.
Since opening their doors in May, Titletown has seen great growth. They have gained over 30 members, one of which has placed in multiple categories in a state-wide competition. They are excited to grow as a business while bringing positive self-esteem and core values to Valdosta’s youth.
Visit Titletown Wrestling Academy at 434 Northside Dr. in Valdosta or contact them by calling 229-251-7340.