Small Business Saturday
Facebook Global Director of Small Business Dan Levy announced last November that the social network had more than 25 million active small business pages, and the latest initiative aimed at strengthening the company’s bond with that explosive market segment took flight last week, when the newly formed Small and Medium Business Council met at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Facebook mentions of Small Business Saturday were 1,200 percent higher on the actual day (Nov. 30) than during the week leading up to it, and the #smallbusinesssaturday hashtag saw usage skyrocket 2,300 percent that same day, according to statistics from the social network.
Small business owners comparing the environment today versus that of five years ago feel that the rise of Facebook and other social networks has been both a plus and a minus, making running their businesses more complicated, but offering them easier, inexpensive ways to market, according to a survey released Monday by engagement marketing firm Constant Contact.
Pretty much every small business could use a little extra cash and some guidance with social marketing. Luckily, Facebook and American Express want to help. By entering the “Big Break for Small Business” contest, smaller companies can win $25,000 and house calls from American Express and Facebook branding experts to help them launch a sound social marketing campaign.
Once you’ve allowed yourselves a short time to recover from Black Friday, Facebook and American Express are teaming up to promote Small Business Saturday.