Social Media Marketing – Breaking down what to DO

If you are looking to launch a social media campaign, the last thing you want to hear is that a bad campaign may be worse than no campaign but once you see the potentials negatives, they’re easy(ish) to avoid. Going into a campaign it’s easy to underestimate the requirements:

  • The time it takes to post (or schedule)
  • Imagination to make your posts unique
  • Time to engage with people who leave comments
  • Choosing the right platform(s)

Having said that, the biggest plus points to starting a social media campaign:

  • it’s free
  • it’s easy to see which posts are received well
  • you can learn as you go – at least having a presence is a start

the Do’s

DO take the time to find out which days of the week and which time of day work best for your audience – using analytics will help you get those ‘likes’ instead of posting to no response.

DO engage visitors who take the time to comment on your post. Starting a dialogue will reinforce your connection and could lead to valuable feedback or a new client. This must be done in a timely manner – no checking the account weekly!

DO be unique – take your best images or slogans and brands. Post them in a way that is consistent with your business image but put a social twist on them to make them interesting and engaging within a split second. The same content that viewers search for on your site probably won’t work.

DO be colorful and quirky – boring just doesn’t get shared or remembered.

DO encourage people to share your posts and visit your feed – actively foster excitement via a contest or a ‘live’ upcoming event. Maybe they are entered into a competition if they share your post and add a comment. That’s a great way to leverage their social media network to spread the word about your great product or service.

DO stick at it – it’s worth the time because it does create leads and raises awareness of your brand. It looks professional and can be a huge asset to your company (not a burden).

DO seek professional help if you can’t take it on yourself.  (OK – it’s then no longer free but hopefully worth the investment)

DO consider paid advertising on your chosen platform is you find you are reaching leads and generating business.

DO walk before you can run. Take on one campaign at a time and learn how best to leverage it. Starting across every platform you can think of will be overwhelming.

DO ask for feedback from colleagues and friends.

DO ask those same colleagues and friends to ‘follow’ you and help share your posts.

DO have a plan and think ahead. It’s no good thinking about a Holiday campaign mid -December. Plan ahead and if you are scheduling posts weeks in advance, pay attention to special dates coming up that you want to mark in a significant manner.

DO re-post a picture or text if it is truly awesome – just not too soon.

DO connect your social media profiles to your website so that if a potential client wants to find out more, they know where to go.

DO change your social media account to a business account if it is for your business – separate your personal accounts from your corporate ones.

DO make your social media easy to reach – display your social media logos with links on your website.

 

If the world of social media marketing seems daunting or if you’re looking for a professional team to create and run a social media campaign, check out our website at trulium.com or contact us today.

How Often Should I Post To Social Media?

It’s impossible to give a blanket answer to such a broad question as every business is different, but there are factors to consider in helping you find the right balance for you.

Time Requirement

It’s fine deciding to launch a social media marketing campaign and obviously, the hope is to reach new prospects, engage with current clients and promote your brand.That’s easy to say although the time commitment involved may be more than you anticipated. There are ways to mitigate the time outlay, one is to choose a single social media platform only – ideally the one favored by your customer demographic – and focus on doing one campaign well. This could be a better strategy than spreading your time too thinly across multiple platforms, being unable to do a really good job on any. Another way is to hire a social media marketing agency to action the posts on your behalf.
The time commitment is not merely in creating content for social media as a good campaign should be interactive – this means in addition to posting, time needs to be scheduled to monitor feedback and engage with any customer comments or questions.

How much do you have to say?

It’s difficult to rework posts with little or no new content to share. Conversely, when you have exciting news or are frequently launching new products, this lends itself to being able to post more frequently. If you’re lucky enough to have news to share maybe twice a month or more, posting will form its own natural schedule and you needn’t try to bolster the post numbers.

Don’t be over zealous

We all have one (or more!) friends on social media who share everything, it can be exhausting trying to keep up! In the world of social media, quality posts will beat out quantity any day. Raising brand awareness is most effectively done by creating interesting content rather than creating an overwhelming barrage of posts.

Use insights to drive strategy

Check out the data available within the social media accounts to see what are the most popular times of the day or days of the week to post. Tailor your plan to optimize the time you post. If in doubt, switch up your schedules and then record the results. Maybe posting at the weekend is better, maybe posting at 6 pm is your perfect time. Take a mix of the data already available to you and then periodically review your strategy and fine tune your schedule.
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Drip feed over time

Maybe your jewelry business has just started selling a new line of necklaces. You have beautiful promotional shots and want to share them on Pinterest. You have an established following who eagerly await new pins for inspiration. You could stretch or drip feed your new material over time to fill your social media posting schedule rather than pinning 50 images and then having nothing new to pin for a few months.

 

If you’re ready to start your own social media marketing journey, Trulium can help. Contact us today to get started.

How to choose Hashtags

If you’re active on social media you’ve probably seen hashtags even if you aren’t using them. A post may end with words or phrases prefixed with the # symbol.

It might seem like a fad but there are real benefits for a business to jump in and adopt a hashtag strategy. On certain social media platforms (like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Instagram), the hashtags are a great way to extend your reach and present your content to new potential clients.

Hashtags basically act as a filing cabinet across the social media world, they pull together similar posts so that they can be searched for and seen together. Think of a big file with all the #food posts, then each file can be subdivided further to make it more specific eg. #donut or #cake

It’s, therefore, important to stay on track and relevant to the use of hashtags. It would be pointless to post a picture of a waterfall with #delicious, but there are many options which would be more appropriate like #nature #scenic #scenery

There is no need to separate hashtags with commas, just a space, and if you want to use a phrase, run the words together like #naturephotography

It’s best not to get too long and complicated, as it can be difficult to read and it’s very unlikely someone will find your content through a search.

Choose hashtags that reinforce your brand or the quality of your product. For example #businessname #bestnatureshots

One way to find popular hashtags is to click on the magnifying glass within Instagram, click on tags and start to enter one of the words you want to use. A list will come up showing some of the most utilized terms. Here is an example:

instagram hashtags

It’s important to think about the audience you are trying to connect with, reaching thousands of people may not deliver one lead. The secret is to hashtag to hone in on your target demographic. If you are selling honeymoon packages, a good hashtag may be #futureMrs for instance.

As a business, it is likely you will not only connect with potential clients but will also build a network of like-minded professionals who may follow your feed or ‘like’ your posts. If you see a business similar to your own and like their content, click on their profile and look at a couple of posts to see how they are targeting their audience. Are they using a hashtag strategy that could also work well for you? Your inspiration may come from the other side of the world as the searches yield international results. If your business is multilingual, use hashtags in different languages.

Actively searching the hashtags you are using also demonstrates how your posts compare to the competition out there. Are your posts of the best quality? Are others using filters and editing to create more original content?

Taking the first step is the most daunting. Once you get started, experiment with new hashtags, see what works for you. There are many who say don’t use more than 1 or 2 hashtags but every business is unique and your hashtag journey is yours alone.

If you want help planning a social media marketing campaign or want to explore a new internet marketing strategy, contact us today.

To hashtag or not to hashtag

That is the question

It was familiar, it’s still right there on our telephones, trusty and recognizable – “Please enter your date of birth followed by the pound sign ….”

Social Media Marketing DenverNowadays a whole generation will have to translate in their heads “Oh .. by pound sign they mean hashtag”, because for every time you see or use the ‘pound’ sign (#) you will see the same symbol followed by keywords or catchy phrases as hashtags, ubiquitous on social media platforms like twitter, facebook, instagram, google+ and pinterest.

So should you pay attention?

The answer (whether you are still denying their meteoric rise or not) is yes. Their popularity shows no sign of slowing down and even if you weren’t jumping onto a ‘popularity’ bandwagon, they work as an effective tool in marketing. The seemingly fickle # can:

  • help you connect with other vendors in the same arena
  • help you find new customers
  • bring your brand to a wider audience
  • get you marketing exposure
  • give your social media campaign credibility
  • help you keep pace with competitors who are leveraging the #’s reach

Even more food for thought:

  • It’s free
  • It takes time to discover what works best for your brand, so the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll find out what works for you and how much time and effort is worth investing – every product or service provider has a different niche and it would be naive to suggest that everyone would benefit equally.
  • If your sector or brand name are not already popular in the world of #s and their search results, you can ‘claim’ them now and make them work for you. If someone else has a very similar name or is already using hashtags which would fit your campaign, it will be harder to join that established forum, whereas a savvy marketing campaign starting from scratch would look to set up something unique.
  • What works on one platform works on another – not only does this make your hashtag strategy easier, it reinforces your branding and helps pass your message consistently across your social media platforms.

10 Tips on becoming a successful #er

  1. Social Media Marketing DenverDon’t focus so much on the hashtags that you lose the focus of your message. Describe your post or picture and then apply hashtags that are appropriate to that particular post rather than your brand in general. When you have diverse posts the selection will automatically find the right audience. For example, if you sell tiaras and anklets, you may always #jewelry (which has over 25 million posts on instagram so far) but then only use #anklet on specific anklet pictures – don’t have a standard list you always use like #jewelry #anklets #tiaras #everythingelseIsell as viewers who don’t find what they expect are less likely to trust your brand.
  2. Switch it up! If you use the same set of hashtags on every post, you will be reaching the same audience each time. For the people who have already found you, they have the option to ‘follow’ you if they want to see more. Your goal in marketing is to reach new potential customers and impress them enough to be noticed.
  3. Do use your brand – # your business name if possible and you can reinforce that by adding your business name to the post as floating text or in a text bubble.
  4. Don’t be afraid of the #. The limit on instagram is 30 #s but rarely does anyone go anywhere near that limit. If you’re creative, you should be able to get your brand and everything you want to promote with 3-8 hashtags.
  5. Don’t make them too long. #ItsHardForYourAudienceToPayAttentionIfItGetsRidiculous
  6. Social Media Marketing DenverLearn what works for you. Look at the success of your posts and tweak future posts to explore that direction. It isn’t a popularity contest. Success here doesn’t mean the number of ‘likes’. A post with less likes but a solid lead which you can convert to a dialogue is worth more.
  7. Look at how your competitors are leveraging hashtags to give you ideas – don’t copy but instead let that inspire you to find your own social media identity.
  8. Have fun. Humor can be used effectively by almost every business.
  9. If you are a local business reliant on local customers, use your location as a hashtag as your customer base may well be searching to support local business interests.
  10. If you don’t know where to start, look to your SEO keywords as a great launching pad.

You are the expert in your business, if you want to launch an effective social media campaign, let us help you with a plan. Contact us today  info@trulium.com

Which social media platforms are right for your business?

Like it or hate it, social media is an important marketing tool. Chances are when you go to a place where people are having some ‘downtime’, like the airport lounge or riding the train, they’re not talking to each other but instead looking down at their ‘phones busily scrolling away. Along with all the personal catch up with “friends” and family, they’re checking out reviews on the latest restaurant or pricing services that they’re researching. These links matter as they not only represent your business in a different way, they are part of the net you cast to filter potential clients to your door. If your social media posts show your products or services in an engaging and positive manner, you’re one step closer to selling your product or initiating a new dialogue.

social media platformsChoosing which platform to use largely depends on what you are showcasing. A starting point may be to launch in the social media zone you like most and are most familiar with – if you look for ideas on Pinterest and it works well for you, look at if that tool will work for your business. If you don’t have help from a team experienced in social media, this will get you off on the right path and once you’ve taken the first step (no matter which tool you use), the next will follow more easily.

What factors are most important?

  • Who are you trying to reach? What social media platforms will they be using?
  • Do I need my posts to be seen quickly (for instance if you want to post a flash one day sale event, Facebook and Twitter are perfect for spreading the word. Facebook has far and away the most active users and is a good fit for virtually everyone.
  • For building a gallery or portfolio which can build over time and represent your brand, Pinterest is accessible and popular, primarily to females, which is great if they are your core demographic (eg wedding planning). Instagram is another image driven application (with more active users than Pinterest) allowing you to share instantly or filter and enhance your content, allowing you to highlight your brand and set yourself apart from your competitors. A plethora of supporting apps help morph your image into a piece of art!

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  • For professionals who want to network and build contacts, LinkedIn was designed just for you.
  • For local business visibility and for the power that Google brings, Google+ will continue to become more relevant – get in early and build your social platform.

If you’re still baffled, look to a competitor that is reaching your audience now. Checkout their website to see their links to social media. When a potential customer likes what they see on your website, they often click on your social media links to be reassured by your professionalism and follow or connect with you whilst considering your product or service.  An important note to take is that your branding should be consistent across all of your platforms, present what make you unique so that customers know you will be a good fit for their needs. The landscape changes over time and the customers of the future are embracing social media as a powerful tool. Your campaign needn’t be a burden – have fun with it, start new avenues for conversation and opportunity.

It’s not a popularity contest, look to build a loyal following of potential clients and attract prospects through new channels. Be attentive to your social media traffic and respond promptly to deliver a good experience. Set up a plan and start the journey. Once you’re up and running, use the tool analytics to guide your next strategy. If you’re looking for a helping hand, why not contact us today  info@trulium.com