The old proverb says, “Give a man a fish and he won't starve for a day. Teach a man how to fish and he won't starve for his entire life” and that’s how the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce feels about helping local businesses. In today’s world, it is easy to rely on consultants and service oriented businesses to assist where you may lack the expertise or time. However, social media is one way you can take control of your business and the Chamber is ready to show you how.
The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce their Social Media Workshops, sponsored by Holiday Inn and Suites, are ready and set for business professionals and owners. Whether you are the business owner or you send your manager, these workshops will make it easier for consumers to find your business, increase brand recognition, create brand ambassadors, show you care about your business by being there and being ready to have meaningful conversations with consumers about your brand and their needs and expectations. With half of the world’s population under 30 years old and technology and social media being engrained in their everyday functions, it is necessary for businesses to embrace and take social media serious.
The Chamber’s workshops were created to help your social media strategy on every level. These workshops will be 100% interactive where participants will be asked to bring their laptop with various materials ready go on it so specific tasks can be accomplished during the workshops. Also, to help the participants get the most out of the workshops they will be kept to a 12 person maximum so personalized help will be achieved.
Introduction to Facebook For Your Business is the first class which will help business set up their business page or resurrect a neglected page. The Intro class will explain the new Timeline pages and teach the basic how-tos of Facebook Pages: settings and permissions you should set up on your page, Facebook etiquette, apps that could make your page interesting and effective for business and how to promote your page to get likes. Intro classes are going to be held Thursday, May 31, from 8:30AM-11AM and Friday, June 1, from Noon-2:30PM.
Intermediate: Facebook For your Business is the class for businesses who have grasped the basics, understand how to use Facebook and much of its features but are looking for a leg up on marketing. This workshop will focus on the Insights and Analytics of your audience and what that means. Also, we will look at how to implement apps on a Facebook Page and use their ad feature to increase awareness on a budget. This class is scheduled for Thursday, June 7th, from 8:30AM-11AM.
LinkedIn for Business Professionals and Your Business is a wonderful class for all business owners and business professionals looking to increase sales leads and clients, recruiting employees and getting referrals. This workshop will start at the baseline view of how to set up an account and how to use your account before getting into the in-depth functions of referrals, leads and recruiting employees. This class is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20th, from 8:30AM-11AM.
Cost of each workshop is $35 for Chamber Members and $40 for Non-Chamber Members. All classes are held in the Meeting Room of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites located next to Sweet Lou’s in Ponderay, 477326 U.S. 95. If one class fills up and you are not able to register, please contact the Chamber and more classes will be held until the community’s needs are satisfied. If you are interested in others like YouTube, Twitter, Foursquare and Pinterest, please contact the Chamber so they know what they should plan for the future. For more information or to register for these workshops, please call the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at 263-2161 or visit them online at www.sandpointchamber.com.