Brand Building: Organic vs. Inorganic Growth

Whether you’re grocery shopping, or trying to grow your business, organic is always better.

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You’ve probably heard of paying for Instagram or Twitter followers, and while this sounds like an easy way to jump-start your business and popularity, it could actually cause a lot more harm than good. By choosing to take the organic route with your social media accounts, you are building a stronger future, saving money, creating real connections, and avoiding potential scams and stigmas that could harm your business in the long run.

Organic social media growth can be defined as using strategic social media marketing tactics to gain followers, and build brand awareness and loyalty. Building an organic following on social media takes time. It requires hours of following, commenting, liking, messaging, and everything in between. At first, it can feel like you’re going nowhere. But the connections you do create are genuine. People will follow you because they want to, and because they have an interest in your business.

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Organic growth is also free! That’s the great thing about social media. It’s free to use, and that’s all you have to do to build an organic following; use it. When you’re just starting out as a small business, it’s very important to not spend money where it isn’t needed. And it isn’t needed to spend time on your Instagram feed searching for interesting accounts and potential clients. Think of it as modern day cold-calling!

Over time, organic growth will pay off.

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Inorganic social media growth is the exact opposite. Inorganic growth refers to follower growth that is forged, and not natural. In contrast to organic growth, inorganic growth is falsified by purchasing followers through apps or websites. While inorganic growth can seem to have benefits, such as the appearance of popularity and the potential starting point for a business, bought followers are not all they’re cracked up to be. All they will give you is the illusion that you have a large following; they won’t actually give you a large following.

Most often, the followers you buy will be bots, or inactive accounts that merely look real. These are not the type of followers you need to grow a business and a brand. Sure, bought followers might give you an initial boost by increasing your follower base, but for real business growth you will still need to actively engage with users.

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People who regularly use Instagram can easily spot when a new account has purchased followers. Bots are easy to spot, and they typically come with a stigma. Why would you support a business that has to buy a fake appearance? It’s not a good first impression for potentially real followers.

Above all else, a lot of online companies that advertise paid followers are scams, so if you do choose this option, be sure to read reviews and do your research.

It’s important to remember that inorganic growth is only a short-term solution.

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In conclusion, if you choose to build your brand by organically gaining new followers and creating real, human connections, your business will be stronger and more successful. If you choose to use an inorganic growth strategy your business will eventually suffer from it.

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Best Locations in #YEG For Impromptu Photoshoots

Get the perfect photos to make your Instagram account stand out without even leaving the city!

No, Edmonton is not so exotic, and no, we don’t have a plethora of world famous landmarks, but Edmonton is actually full of amazingly Instagrammable hotspots. Did you know that images that are the most relatable get the most likes? What better way to connect to your Edmonton audience than to post content found right here at home.

Here are 6 locations in Edmonton that make for the perfect Instagram photo shoot.

The Alberta Legislature Building & Grounds

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Located in the heart of the city, this beautiful building offers a historic background for any photo. The Greek, Roman, and French architectural influences add elegance to the surrounding fountains and trees. This spot is great because it’s perfect in the summer, and in the winter. It may not iconic to the rest of the world, but it’s certainly iconic in YEG and a great feature on your Instagram page.

Whyte Avenue

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Did you really think this one wouldn’t be on our list? If anyone knows Edmonton, they know that Whyte Ave is a truly unique pocket of the city featuring some amazing buildings, people, and graffiti. There’s not one best spot on Whyte Ave for an Insta photo. There’s plenty! So go explore, and don’t be scared to walk down a few back alleys. That’s where you’ll find some of the best photo shoot locations.

The End of the World

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To get the best views of Edmonton’s river valley and the North Saskatchewan River visit 7433 Saskatchewan Dr NW. You won’t be disappointed. This spot has gained popularity for its breathtaking views, and because it makes for a great Instagram photo. Guaranteed likes on this one! Just be careful if you plan on climbing out to the edge.

Edmonton’s Neon Sign Museum

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A downtown treasure. The Neon Sign Museum is located on 104 Ave & 104 Street, across from Mercer Tavern. Installed by the City of Edmonton, it features a collection of functional historic signs that tell a story about Edmonton’s neon past. Pretty cool, right? It’s also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out this spot during the day, and at night for some eye-catching photos.

Muttart Conservatory

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Thought it was just for science nerds and school field trips? Think again. The Muttart Pyramids are full of exotic plants that can make you feel like you’re somewhere else. The scenery also makes for the perfect Instagram photo. Add some life to your profile!

Edmonton Ice Castles

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Winter isn’t all that bad. Every year, magnificent ice castles are built in Hawrelak Park. You have to pay admission, but once you’re in you can enjoy all the beauty the castles have to offer. The colours of the ice make any photo look stunning. Hint: the day time lighting is also great for selfies!

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That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more social tricks and tips. Don’t forget to tag us @coppersocialco in your next YEG Instagram hotspot! We love to see what the city has to offer.

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Quick Guide: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Here at Copper we know that a successful social media campaign can be overwhelming for many small business owners. Which is why we’re here to help!

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Have you ever found yourself asking which social media sites work best? How can they be used effectively? What are they for? The questions never end, right? Mastering the art of social media, like anything else, takes a lot of time and research, but lucky for you, we’ve already got you covered!

At Copper Social Co. we focus on three main social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Each platform is unique in design and functionality, which means that each platform is also unique in the ways that it can affect your business. Keep reading to learn more about why you should use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and how all of these social media sites can be beneficial to the success of your business.

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Instagram is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. With 700 million active users, Instagram is the perfect place to use eye-catching images to attract business. Instagram posts rely heavily on hashtags and a strong following in order to gain exposure and engagement, but with the right technique any Instagram account is capable of gaining popularity.

This platform should be primarily used for engaging with the larger community, and tailoring a feed that suits your audience’s exact wants and needs in order to gain and maintain popularity.

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Using Instagram to engage with followers, a.k.a. potential clients and customers, is actually pretty easy. Engaging with users on Instagram mainly consists of following accounts, liking and commenting on posts, and sending direct messages. The real struggle is finding the right accounts to follow, and engaging with them effectively.

Since you’re building a business, you will mainly want to follow accounts of people who you feel could be potential clients. Edmonton based company? Follow any account based in YEG. Aimed more towards women? Follow them all! Instagram is the best social network to build your following and connect with your community at large.

Once you have built your following, and have a feel about the type of audience your account attracts, you can tailor your content to fit exactly what your audience wants to see. For example, post content that you think would interest them, and use hashtags to attract similar accounts. This skill takes time to master so the more research you can do about your audience, the more successful your account, and your business will be.

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Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, with approximately 1.8 billion active users. Although a Facebook page may seem similar to a website, it has many unique features that will turn your business into a success. Since Facebook pages are more searchable on Google (and other search engines) compared to the other social media sites, it’s important that your business has one.

At Copper, we see Facebook as the link to all your other online activity that will attract business from near and far. Facebook’s sharing and posting features are key in driving traffic to your business. Facebook is used for sharing your very best Instagram photos, sharing your latest blog posts, sharing articles you’ve researched that may be interesting to your followers, and everything in between.

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Facebook is also another tool used to increase brand awareness through user engagement, and evoke positive word-of-mouth about your business. Once a person likes your page, they will receive your updates on their wall, where their friends will also see them. If they really like your content, perhaps they will share it as well. This helps to build awareness of your business. Customers can also post positive messages about your products or services on your page and to their friends where new people can easily see them. This creates a conversation about your business, and drives people to give you a chance.

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Twitter is a conversational social network that consists of short text-based tweets that can be accompanied by images, and hashtags. Around 300 million users are active on Twitter, but the lower number shouldn’t scare you away. This site still has a lot to offer!

At Copper, we believe that Twitter should be used to create relationships and dialogs with your followers. It’s the perfect networking tool. Twitter’s conversational structure makes it a little less formal than Instagram and Facebook, which is great for talking directly to other people in a relaxed, yet familiar medium.

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The most important reason your small business should use Twitter is because Twitter lets you engage your customers. Of course, you should be tweeting out your latest blogs and such, but Twitter is often used for customers to reach out to a business too. By responding quickly you can show customers that you care about their questions and concerns. Not only that, but you can use Twitter to find out everything your audience has to say about you: what they love, what they hate, and where they think you can improve. You can use this valuable information to make your business even better!

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To sum it up, social media is about finding what works best for you and your business. Each site is used for different things, which can attract different clientele. Practice makes perfect, so give all three sites a chance and don’t give up too easily. It takes time to build a brand and a following, but at least now you have a place to start!

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Don’t forget to follow Copper on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for everything you need to know about social media using the links below.

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10 Key Reasons Why Your Business NEEDS a Social Media Presence

The rise of social media and online communication has truly transformed the way we interact with the world. Facebook alone has over 500 million active users.

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With an ever-increasing growth rate, social media is now an imperative tool for businesses to advertise, grow, and engage with their customers. Here are 10 reasons why your business NEEDS social media:

Build brand loyalty and awareness: Social media is the best tool nowadays to get your name out there. You’ve seen a viral video before right? Well, it’s the same thing. Social media can be used to spread information across large audiences instantaneously. With an active and engaging social account, customers are more likely to stick around and see what you and your business are up to.

Cost-effective advertising: Social media is free to use so whether you’re posting on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you’re essentially getting free advertising. You heard that right: FREE! Engaging on social accounts aids in boosting your brand awareness. User generated content, like retweets on Twitter, and shares on Facebook are also forms of advertising. Some platforms offer paid targeted ads, which can be purchased for as little as $3 a day.

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Keep up with the competition: Scouring the social media accounts of your competitors helps you gain marketplace insight. You can learn everything about competitors from who they follow, what they post, and who they engage with. Social media is also an easy way to keep track of new competitors.  

Engage and interact personally with customers: Social media allows you to personally connect with your customers. By creating a voice and humanizing your business, not only with you build customer loyalty, but you will also build relationships. This will boost the customer’s experience and keep them coming back!

Increased brand authority: Social media allows you to respond to your customers faster, and easier. It helps you to create brand consistency, and in turn, brand credibility. Having authority with your business and your customers will keep you at the top of your industry.

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Increase brand recognition: It’s simple. The more you post and engage, the more you are recognized, shared, remembered, and recommended. A recent study showed that in 2017 81% of North American adults were actively using social media. That’s a lot of posts, and a lot of opportunities to get noticed!

Improve search engine optimization: Also known as SEO. All major search engines show and rank search results based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users. Having a higher SEO will make you appear higher on the list. Social media dominates the search engine result pages for brand names. Which means, social media profiles definitely have the power to rank in the top 10 results. Social media platforms are also used as search engines, so it’s important to get as much exposure as you can in order to build your brand.

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Find new customers: By having an effective social media presence you can connect with many different types of people and you can find customers you never knew you had. They can also find you!

Gain customer insight: Social media is the perfect opportunity to monitor what your customers want and need. You can really get to know them, and how they feel about you and your brand. You can also learn about how your customers feel about other brands. Getting to know your customers is key in building relationships with them.

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Provide a richer customer experience: Every customer interaction you have on social media is an opportunity to publicly demonstrate your customer service quality, and enrich your relationships with your customers. Customers who can see this, or experience your service firsthand, are more likely to return and tell their friends about you!

When executed effectively, social media can lead to more customers, more authority, more advertising, and it’s here to stay. If you want to succeed, your business needs an active social media presence, and we’re here to help! Stay tuned for more tips!

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