4 Considerations for Your New Business's Social Media Strategy
The use of social media has exploded in recent years, and both small and large companies have quickly realized the value of marketing campaigns aimed at social network users. You want to make sure your social media marketing strategy is both successful and straightforward to execute, so here are four things to bear in mind:
1. Know Your Audience
Before you begin, determine who your target audience is and whether they are active on social media. Doesn't it sound self-evident? You'd be shocked by how many people hop on the social media bandwagon because they feel obligated to do so, even though it's not the most powerful channel for reaching their target market. By clearly identifying your audience and ensuring that they are online, you will begin to target your message to a very specific demographic. It is preferable to engage a small number of people effectively than to have a large following but no involvement.
2. Set Goals and Expectations
Many company owners who launch social media marketing campaigns are dissatisfied with the outcome. Set some realistic targets before you begin to help you monitor your progress. Do you want to increase your Facebook fan base? Set a target of attracting 200 new fans in the next six months; to accomplish this, your strategy should include ideas like including a link to your Facebook page on your website, in your newsletter, and your email. Perhaps you will use ads to draw followers or send an email to your clients asking them to Like your Facebook page. Do you want to produce leads as a result of your efforts? Then it would be best if you had deals, push people to your website, and get people to connect with you. Setting targets first helps you to adapt your strategy to your objectives. Set clear (and reasonable) goals before you start, and you'll be happier with the result.
3. Remain Connected to Your Target Audience
Finding a way to react to your posts' feedback efficiently is one of the most challenging aspects of implementing a social media marketing strategy. Ensure you have a system in place for monitoring interactions and remarks and that someone in your organization is in charge of this operation. If you are the only person in your company or believe you are the only person who can represent it, your Social Marketing Plan should begin with just one site. Before you add a lot of social media profiles, make sure you can respond to them all. Remember, social media is so named because it is social. You cannot disregard people and expect to get results; you must have a strategy to involve them in a discussion. Of course, your original post must be engaging to start the conversation, but more on that later.
4. Identify Influencers (and Be Generous)
Who is reaching the audience you want to target? Is it possible to collaborate online and meet a larger audience than you do on your own? Identify people in your industry and plan to include them in your social media correspondence – interview them as subject matter experts, invite them to be guest bloggers, post a question from them on Facebook, quote or retweet what they tweeted. By sharing others' perspectives generously, you will add value to your network of followers and can open up new networks if they share your insights or mention that they are on your site, for example.
Today, social media marketing moves into a more concerning phase with return on investment, new technology, and, most importantly, building trust between brands and their consumers. Understanding your audience, regularly reviewing your social media marketing plan, making the necessary changes, focusing on tactics that work, and building trust in your campaigns are the best ways to survive this.