There’s no doubt that social media should be an integral part of your business plan. However when you’re using social media for marketing as opposed to just keeping up with friends and family, there are a few common mistakes you need to avoid.
These are 10 of the biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make using social media marketing.
Building a social media presence for your business will provide a way for you to connect with more people in your target market and build a relationship with them. And in the end people buy from those they know, like and trust. Learn more about relationship marketing in this post.
You need to have a plan and clear goals. Staring at a blank screen with no idea what to post wastes just as much time as scrolling while thinking of what to post. With an editorial calendar filled out, you know exactly what you’ll post and when.
When setting goals start with the big picture and break that goal down into smaller, easier-to-achieve daily goals.
Embrace the importance of consistent posting. You need to keep your name in front of your target market – otherwise they’re likely to forget about you. Also keep in mind that if a potential customer finds your Facebook Business Page, for example, but sees that you haven’t been active in a few months they may very well believe you’ve gone out of business, and move on to your competitor’s page instead.
One of the nice things about social media is that it lets you be a little more personal. However, while you want to be personal, you don’t want to be too personal. You need to keep things as relevant as possible. Someone who happens upon your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social media profile should be able to figure out what you’re about right away.
While there is no rule set in stone about what times you should be posting on your social media sites, there are certain times that sites like Facebook and Twitter have what’s known as peak usage. Of course these change over time so you should check current stats occasionally. Sprout Social is an excellent resource to do this which they update often. Check it out here.
Ultimately social media posting at the ‘right times’ is going to boil down to when your audience is most active. In order to find this out pay attention to your stats and see when you get the most interaction from your audience.
One of the best things you can do is provide multiple ways for people to find and follow you and this means using all the communication channels you have available to promote your social media presence. Promote in your newsletter, email signature and on your website.
Each and every social media platform is unique and should be used for different things. Keep in mind that there will be different rules for every social media site as well. Basic ‘rules’ you should follow:
Social media is not meant to be used as just another way to advertise your stuff. It’s about building relationships and getting to know people on a more personal level. It’s about conversation and engaging with others. A good question to ask is: am I speaking to my connections or with them? You want to be talking with them not at them.
You need to build your brand across your network including the social media platforms you’re utilizing. If possible, you should always use the same name on each and every site. Similarly, you should also try to use the same profile and cover images on every site. Although your meme may vary make sure you are using your brand colors, fonts and logo on all images.
Do you know if social media works for you? Do you know whether Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn produces more sales? Have you tested and tracked your efforts verses your results? Here are four easy ways that you can measure your social media marketing ROI:
If you’ve been active in social media for a while, now is the time to look at your strategies and take steps to eliminate what’s not working, and to start improving your efforts. With these top 10 mistakes in mind, you’re in a good position to greatly increase your social media effectiveness – and have some fun doing it!