What You Didn’t Know About Social Media Marketing And Were Afraid to Ask

February 25, 2014 digital marketing

Your business can magnify its potential and elevate its customer base in a dramatic way by leveraging the power of content and social media marketing. But it is important, even as a business owner who will outsource your company’s SMM efforts to an agency, to understand what drives SMM. This understanding will allow you to build a foundation that will serve your brand, your customers and helps achieve your business goals.

It’s important to listen to what your target audience is saying

Your social media marketing efforts will be way more effective if you listen more than you talk. Try and understand what your target audience is saying online, join in their discussions to get to know their views and truly feel what’s important to them. These insights will help you create relevant content that is engaging and will allow you to spark conversations that they will want to participate in.

Have a specialty and don’t be a jack of all trades

It’s always better to be great at one thing than be just about ok in everything. A content marketing and social media strategy that is focused on one thing are known to have a better chance at success than a broader strategy that attempts to focus on everything all at once.

Quality is better than quantity

This is the case in real life as well. Quality is always better to have than quantity. On a social media set up, it is better to have 500 fans who share, read and interact with your content, rather than 1.5 million fans who connect with you just once and then disappear.

Success on social media doesn’t happen overnight

The process of seeing success on social media happens over time and is not an overnight thing. You need to prepared to commit to the long haul if you want to see lasting results in your campaign.

Focus on creating content that sells itself

Relevant content that is engaging and sticky and interests users will work on its own to be shared, commented on, liked and RTed, by fans and followers. You won’t really have to do much after you create your content to propagate it. If it is valuable enough, your fans will do the needful and share it on their Facebook and Twitter pages, on their blogs and more. This discussion and sharing of your content allow search engines like Google locate it in keyword searches, thereby offering an SEO perspective too. This could snowball into more and more ways for your target audience to find you and interact with you online.

Spend time finding the right people to interact with

When you target the correct audience, they are more likely to interact with your set of products and services. There are certain online influencers who you need to locate, who have their own set of loyal followers. Targeting these influencers means acquiring access to their set of followers and widening your follower base too.

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