Using Social Media to Promote Your Sale

These days, there are articles and even books chock full of tips on how to use your social media networks to promote your business -- big business, small business, home business.  Here's the good news: a garage sale is a business too!  And many of the tips that apply to advertising any other financial venture apply to getting the word out about your garage sale.

A teen is using facebook as a social media to promote her sale.If you have a Twitter account, mention your garage sale a few times in the week or so beforehand.  Direct it towards anyone following you who you know would enjoy a garage sale lead, and give general information about when and where it is.  Depending on how frequently you Tweet, you could even have a countdown to the sale, and make it either personal (just a few more things to do!) or public.

Facebook is useful for a variety of reasons.  For one thing, you can update your status to let people know when and where your garage sale is going down.  You can also create an event, with details about what you'll be selling, nearby garage sales, and location details.  Invite your friends and ask them to invite their friends, and hopefully you'll get a few internet-driven shoppers.

Another way to use Facebook is to promote community sales by creating a group.  Anyone participating who has a Facebook page can join in, and discussions can start detailing what people plan to bring, who wants to do what, and other important details of a neighborhood or church sale.  Facebook gives you a great way to keep track of people attending, and provides you with an easy way to send out updates and instructions. 

There are other social media accounts available out there; some are more-community oriented, and may be useful in your use of the internet for promotional purposes.  No matter what site you use, you can help drive people to your sale by offering special discounts if someone mentions your account name.  Ideas for specials include giving away a certain set of items for free; allowing a customer to fill a paper bag for a set price; or offering a percentage discount.

Joining garage sale groups, either on Facebook or another similar social network, gets you in touch with like-minded people who may have additional tips for you or who may be interested to know when your yard sale is.  In Twitter, using hashtags connects you to the bigger conversation, so research to find some sale-related tags that will draw general attention to your post.

A more fun aspect of using social media is promoting any attractions or refreshments you'll be featuring at the sale.  If your dog will be performing, take a snapshot and post it with a creative caption; if you're going to bake your world-famous double-chocolate cookies, write up the story of where you got the recipe and include some "testimonials" about their deliciousness.

And of course, don't forget the best online resource of all: GarageSaleCow.com!  Everything is free, and you get instantly connected to a wide network of people who shop and sell just like you do.




Comments (8) -

Peter Mason
Peter Mason
2/14/2013 3:48:58 PM #

Facebook would be the best for me. It gives your business a lot of ground to cover since you have a lot of friends you could ask to like and follow your page. It could then have a grapevine effect and reach ten folds in a matter of time. In addition, selling clothes online is a great thing and nice business to advertise online. We should make use of what technology brings and utilize daily applications to make our life easier. I'm also planning to make my own site for my sports business soon.

Denzel Ward
Denzel Ward
2/14/2013 3:56:34 PM #

Contradictingly, I would recommend using twitter. You can have hash-tags and connect to a lot more people. If your business would be a trend then that would be very good for your sales. It will not cost you much and it will add the much needed publicity of your business. A basic thing is that you should have at least a few people to share your business information with so that they would be able to help you disseminate word about your business. It's like having a snowball, when you tell 3 people then they would share it to 6 then 9 and so on. It will grow like a snowball and spread like wildfire throughout the net and you could be an instant success.

Ronnie Leathers
Ronnie Leathers
2/22/2013 1:24:17 AM #

Facebook for me is more user friendly than twitter and it attracts more people. Compared to twitter, I can't get the gist of things with all the hash tags and all that stupid stuff.

But nothing beats the first social networking site - Friendster. I remember that I was in middle school back then,

Leon Walz
Leon Walz
2/22/2013 1:29:14 AM #

A recipe for success in social networking is the power of referrals. You need to give incentives or motivation to people who can spread the word about your garage sale. As the famous saying goes, "a man can doing anything if given the right motivation." If they know you'll pay them right, then they will perform their job and succeed no matter what.

Bill Gammon
Bill Gammon
2/22/2013 1:57:55 AM #

I see a lot of online shops in today's times sprouting like mushrooms. Some people are just very skillful and innovative that they make use of what they have and turn it into their advantage. I would have never expected that social networking sites could be used for business purposes. I just saw facebook as a past time, a place where I can stalk people Smile and play games. But they were different, they thought outside the box and improvised.

Savannah Raine
Savannah Raine
4/3/2013 7:22:44 AM #

The more social medias you are connected, the better. It would be of much help with your business being cowith all the stuff the internet has to offer because you can find almost everything in it. nnected to the social world. People from different places whom you don't get to meet personally will be able to see your ads on the internet. That's the power of technology and with just a click, Voila it's there! You advertised it for free! That's a major reason also why we need to be acquainted

Miles Davenought
Miles Davenought
4/3/2013 7:30:13 AM #

My aunt has an online shop and she uses facebook to promote her items. She told me that it's really of great help since you can advertise your goods and you could even connect to those customer who are willing to buy. No waste of money and effort for making calls since you can just have your conversations via facebook comments. She even added that if it weren't because of this social medias, she would have lesser chances being on this kind of business. A Great help to her family too.

Karen Whipper
Karen Whipper
4/10/2013 11:41:52 AM #

Use everything within your reach. The more advertisements you have, the better.

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