How to Market Your Investigation Services

Promote Your Investigation Agency on Social Media
Learn how to promote your private investigation agency on social media networks.

This article explains how to market your investigation services using social media, advertising, and private investigator directories.

How to Promote Your Private Investigation Agency on Social Media

In this section, I’ll explain how to sign up and connect with others in the investigation industry. Also, I’ll explain how to drive traffic to your website, expand your audience, and get new clients.

Overview of Social Media

Social media allows you to promote yourself, your ideas, your business, and your services to a worldwide audience. There are hundreds of social media networks, but I recommend focusing your efforts on just a few: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus. Below, we’ll discuss how to get started with each to promote your business.

Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter started off as a way to connect with people you know, would like to know, or are interested in. Over the years, the networks have grown into much more. In addition to being a way to keep in touch and communicate with friends and family, they are now a powerful business marketing platform.

The number of regular users on both Facebook and Twitter is in the millions and steadily rising. Twitter has over 500 million users, while Facebook has over a billion. LinkedIn is one of the most used sites for professional networking, reaching millions of professionals worldwide. Most users on these platforms check their accounts at least once a day.

Related: View a list of the most popular social media networks.

More than 70 percent of online marketers use these networks to promote businesses. It is a cost-effective and easy method to reach out to millions around the world.

At least half of social media users agree that their purchases and choices are influenced primarily by social networking sites.

Getting Started

Create an account on the most popular networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+. Fill out your profile on each network completely. Customize your profile with images and logos. Be sure to include a link to your website.

Start building followers and connections. Ask friends and family to follow you, like your page, and share with their friends and followers. If you run an agency with multiple employees, have everyone in your organization create accounts, and follow each other.

Identify and follow influential members and organizations. If you connect with the right users, Twitter can be a great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the private investigation industry. Following others is a great way to get others to follow you. If they follow you back, send them a quick note to thank you.

Tweet often. The more you tweet, the more exposure you will get on the network. Focus on sharing helpful information such as how-to articles, industry reports, investigation tips, etc.

Like other people’s tweets, click on the heart icon under the post if you see something you like. This will appear in your activity thread and be visible to your followers. Be careful about what you “like” because it shapes others’ opinions of you and affects their perception of whether it is worthwhile to follow you. If you’re a crime scene investigator, but you’re constantly liking pictures of food, others may not find it worthwhile to stay connected.

Retweet helpful information to share with your followers.

Other Ideas for Leveraging Social Media

  • Download and install the primary social network apps on your mobile phone or tablet to stay in touch when you’re on the go.
  • Add links to your social media pages on every business website page. If you don’t have a website yet, learn how to set up a website.
  • If you send a newsletter, include links to your social profiles to help build followers.

Private Investigator Directories

Private Investigator Directories are a great way to market your investigation services. Check out the Private Investigator Directory. You can list your agency for as little as $3.95 a month and connect directly with people who need to hire a private investigator.

Advertising your business

Advertising is the primary method by which most companies create awareness about their products and services. Digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to 4,000 to 10,000 advertisements daily. Given all that noise, it is becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses to create advertising that works without investing much money.

Following are some suggestions for using advertising to market your investigation services:

  • Online advertising is likely the most affordable option to yield the best results. Online advertising comes in many forms, such as a banner on your state’s private investigator association.
  • Local advertising in newspapers and local magazines can be useful. However, I recommend that you avoid billboards and signage.
  • Brochures, flyers, pamphlets, and other printed materials can be useful during relevant events. Relevant events include those that your target market is attending. For example, if you specialize in background checks, then you would pass out marketing publications at events involving local businesses.

Questions and Comments

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  1. Very good article. Thanks!
    I am a Private investigator in Portland, Oregon and am increasingly using social media. Many private investigators are ‘behind-the-times’ and are not taking full advantage of social media promotion. In today’s world, it is one component of an effective low-cost marketing strategy that should not be over looked.

  2. This artical is very helpful with regards to PI marketing. Social media is also helpful in cross border cases but requires specialist Open Source Inteligence (OSInt) training in order to become professionally proficient.

  3. I’m also running the private detective agency in India it is going good, but after reading your article I’ll try to gather more clients. Thank you for posting this article.


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