social media marketing tips

With the way marketing is changing, specifically, the way businesses can reach consumers, social media is becoming more important, as the older forms of marketing aren’t reaching the same number of people (television and radio commercials aren’t reaching as many viewers as streaming and on-demand programming is becoming for popular).

Therefore, social media is taking a larger role when it comes to advertising—because more people are using social media, it provides a larger potential audience.

Below are some tips that anyone attempting to market on social media should take into consideration.

Planning

Every iteration of social media is different and represents a different demographic. It’s imperative to keep that in mind, and create a plan that is specific to each platform—YouTube is going to be different from Facebook, which will be different from Twitter and so on.

Post, Post, Post

You need to establish a pattern to keep followers engaged, and part of that is posting consistently. With so much content available, it’s easy to forget about people/companies, especially if they allow that to happen by not posting content consistently.

Relevance

Sure, that cat video might be funny, but does it have anything to do with your brand? When you’re attempting to market yourself/company on social media, you need to make sure your posting content that is related to what you’re trying to promote, otherwise, people will tune you out.

Take Advantage of Social Media Management Tools

the amount of time it takes to make sure people are engaging with the content you are sharing is staggering, so it’s important to streamline the process as much as possible and take advantage of software that can simplify the process and make it easier to navigate.

A Picture Speaks 1,000 Words

In today’s market, people don’t want to read long blocks of text. If you can get the same message across in a picture, the chances are it will reach a wider audience than a block of text.

A/B Testing

Rather than hitting the publish button and then moving on to the next post, try each post out on different social media platforms with different headlines to see which ones engage a larger audience.

Analytics

It’s great to stay active and post a lot of engaging, relevant content, but if you don’t track the analytics, you won’t know if it’s actually working. Just as important as posting consistent content, is keeping track of what is working for your audiences and what isn’t.

Engage with Communities

It’s also important to reach out to other members of the community and engage with them as well. This can also help widen your net of potential audiences.

Friends Close Enemies Closer

Keep an eye on what your competitors are doing. Is it working and can you follow suit? It’s important to adapt and evolve as your competition does; if you don’t, you’ll be left behind.

Strategic Partnerships

Forming a connection with an established brand can be a great way to piggyback off their success and start to build your own.