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Published January 03, 2012, 10:23 PM

Metro businesses market through social networking

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Small businesses are starting to take advantage of social media, enticing shoppers with deals and discounts. Marketing can cost thousands of dollars, so for an extra boost in business some owners are bringing in bargain-hunters through Facebook.

Small businesses are starting to take advantage of social media, enticing shoppers with deals and discounts. Marketing can cost thousands of dollars, so for an extra boost in business some owners are bringing in bargain-hunters through Facebook.

My Best Friend's Closet is a tiny, tucked away consignment shop, so owner Glenda Haugen says marketing makes her business succeed.

Glenda Haugen – My Best Friend’s Closet: "In retail you have to be in the face of the customer all the time."

While marketing can cost around $2,500 a month, Facebook is free.

Glenda Haugen: "TV, radio, like I said the email."

So My Best Friend's Closet keeps consumers constantly clicking the "Like" button.

Rosie Savageau: "Every day that we post something to see if an item still available and sometimes there are threads of people," oh if she doesn't get it I want it."

Haugen says at least ten percent of shoppers, if not more, simply stop in because they saw something they liked on Facebook. The ladies come on here once a day.

Anna Lindberg - Manager: "Pictures of things that are on sale or things that come in."

Rosie Savageau: "Things you can't buy, brands we don't necessarily carry in this area that we do get in."

So to Haugen, it's a necessary part of promotions.

Glenda Haugen: "It's not just friends we have on Facebook, it's all the friends and the word of mouth as it spread."

It's still a new concept, and not all shoppers are already on board, but some say it's a great idea.

Ashley Simmons - Shopper: "There are so many people on Facebook, and I know everyone is looking to save money, especially businesses, so why not use it?'

As a sure-fire way of boosting business with these posts, these social media mavens are making use of this massive free marketing tool.

Ann Lindberg: "People will buy things. They'll see them, come in for them, and people will buy them."

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