5 SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL MARKETING
LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE.
Social media experts know that, without our audience, we have nothing. Understand the importance of listening to what your customers want. If you just sat back and spit out whatever content you felt like with no regard to your audience, you would be missing a ton of potential.
Social media experts pay attention to what their consumers are saying and how they’re saying it. Then we take that information and use it to create more content. We take note of what works and what doesn’t, what gets engagement and what gets ignored. They play off of what their audience likes and what they don’t.
UTILIZE THE DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
Every social media platform is different, and social media marketers take advantage of that. Each platform caters to different demographics. Depending on the industry of their business, marketers choose to focus on the few platforms that will benefit them the most, instead of spreading themselves too thin by trying to tackle all of them.
Social media marketers also pay attention to what kind of information does that best, at what time. Each platform has certain types of content that outshine the rest and certain posting times that usually get more engagement.
Pinterest seems to perform better in the evening, and Facebook tends to get more engagement during the day. Paying attention to these differences can make a world of a difference in your marketing strategy.
SET CLEAR, ATTAINABLE GOALS.
In order for social media experts to meet a goal…they have to have one. The more specific the better, that way they can easily tell if what they were doing is working or not.
For example, if you want to increase your Facebook page likes, you should have a specific number or percentage in mind. Why? Because if you look at your page and you have 250 likes and you want to “increase them,” than technically getting 1 “like” would make you meet your goal. Would you be happy with a +1 increase? Probably not.
When you get specific about your goals, it gives you a clear visualization of what matters. By saying “I want to increase my Facebook likes by 50 because it will increase my exposure with potential clients,” you’re giving yourself a very clear objective. Now that you know what you want and why, all you need is the how. Understanding your goals can help you plan out a strategy that will benefit your business in the most powerful way.
Also, don’t set goals that are too far out of your reach. Start your goals small. Small improvements can add up to big successes, without the stress and discouragement.
TRACK & ANALYZE THE IMPORTANT DATA.
In order to get insights from your social media efforts, experts track and analyze a lot of information. Which information do they look at directly? Well that depends on the goal they have. (See why #3 is so important?!)
They break down their goals and pay attention to the data that affects them. If something isn’t working, they adjust it. Tracking and analyzing information helps them to compare numbers…which ultimately helps them decide if their efforts are working or not.
If you’re just tossing content out there to your audience and you’re not measuring it’s effectiveness, how are you going to make it better? You would have nothing to compare it to. It’s like going into a war zone…..blind-folded and just hoping for the best.
ENGAGE AND CONNECT WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS.
Okay, so we know that to be successful in social media you have to listen to your audience (that was #1), but what you also have to do is connect with them. That’s the whole point of social media, right? To be social.
Social media marketers we try to build meaningful relationships with their customers, because without their customers, there’s no business. They share great content with them, comment on their thoughts and opinions, and ultimately let them know that, as a customer, they’re important.
Connecting with your audience and engaging with them, whether it’s from posting tips/tricks, commenting or conversations, builds trust. They start to see a personality behind the business, which makes your business more authentic and personable, and ultimately leads to more trust & more sales.
When it comes to social media marketing, there’s more than meets the eye. If you want to get the most from your efforts, you have to develop the best habits that surround them. Social media is forever changing, but understanding the habits of social media experts can help your efforts be powerful and effective, regardless of the algorithm.