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7 SOCIAL MEDIA WINS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD FOLLOW

7 SOCIAL MEDIA WINS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD FOLLOW

Over the years, businesses have enhanced their digital footprints tremendously. Social media is undoubtedly one of the best vehicles that brands can use to drive their business objectives and achieve their goals. With that being said, not all businesses achieve success through social media. Here are a couple of things that you can do to gain an edge over your competitors.

 

1. CONTENT THAT DRIVES BUSINESS OBJECTIVES

Social media is not fluffy, it is a strategic tool that can be used to drive tangible business value. These objectives could include (but not limited to): brand awareness, building a database, increase app downloads, registering for an upcoming event or driving traffic to your online store. Whatever your objective, it is important to create content that provides value to both the business as well as the customer.

 

2. UTILISING THE RICH PLATFORM DATA

The various social media platforms have gathered an incredible amount of user data, by utilising this data you are able to communicate directly to your ideal customer with little to no wastage. You are able to target your ideal customer based on demographics, interests or behavioural data. Thus, allowing your business to speak to the right person, at the right time, with the right message – at scale.

3. SUPPORT THE ENTIRE CUSTOMER LIFE CYCLE

 Social media can support the entire customer life cycle all the way from brand awareness through to the actual sale and even after sales support. With the data contained within the various social media platforms you are also able to track and retarget users with customised content based on where they are in the sales cycle and to support them throughout their customer journey.

 

4. CUSTOMER SERVICE THAT DELIGHTS

 Customer service online should not just be a box that needs ticking. It is important that when your customers reach out to you online with questions, queries or complaints you are able to respond quickly and effectively. There is nothing more frustrating than reaching out to a brand online only to be redirected to a dusty email inbox. It is important that your community managers are empowered to solve issues in real-time.

 

5. PEOPLE DON’T HATE ADS

People don’t hate ads; they hate irrelevant ads. Social media allows brands to connect and advertise directly to their ideal customer solving real problems, offering solutions and adding value. Make sure to customise your content and messaging based on your target audience.

 

6. CONTENT SCHEDULE

 It is important to keep track of your digital marketing strategy. A good way to do this, is by preparing a monthly / weekly content schedule. Not only is this for time management, but this allows you to have a bird’s eye view of your key messaging, content and publishing dates.

 

7. LESS IS MORE

The saying ‘less is more” is oh so relevant on social media. The notion that businesses have to post every day is flawed. Content creation is expensive and takes a lot of time and resources, thus you have to ensure that you’re getting the most value out of the assets that you have created. Focus should be on quality over quantity. This is where utilising paid adverting can be useful in terms of extending the longevity of your posts.

 

READ MORE: 7 SOCIAL MEDIA SINS EVERY BUSINESS SHOULD AVOID

 

If your business needs support with its overall digital strategy, paid media booking, content creation or community management schedule a free call with one of our digital specialists CLICK HERE  or mail us at: info@socialmedia101.co.za 

 

 

 

 

COMMON MISTAKES BRANDS MAKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

COMMON MISTAKES BRANDS MAKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Running a successful social media campaign can be tricky. Below we have highlighted the most common mistakes that brands make on social media and how to avoid them.

 

1. INCONSISTENT POSTING:

When it comes to social media marketing, consistency is key. Similar to traditional marketing efforts brands still need 6-8 touch points on social media in order to convert their prospective customers. It is therefore important to share regular updates that help build brand awareness and trust – so that when your customer is ready to buy, your product or brand is top of mind.

 

2. POOR QUALITY CONTENT:

Social media is all about snap judgments and just like in real-life first impressions matter. Before a customer will buy from you, they will do some product research. Whether that is checking out your catalog, website, or social media pages. If you content is badly sized, not legible on mobile, pixelated, or blurry it will leave a negative impression. Business owners spend a lot of time making sure that their in-store experience is positive, but often forget that the same principles and attention to detail is required for their online presence.

 

3. ADDING NO VALUE:

There is nothing more annoying than brands that take, take and take. When building an online brand it is important that business’s focus on a healthy value exchange. Content shared on social media should add value to both the customer and business. Successful brands keep their audience updated and engaged with valuable content.

 

4. OBSESSING OVER PAGE FOLLOWERS:

Historically having a large audience allowed you to share regular updates with customers who have opted to follow and hear from your business. Unfortunately, as the platforms have evolved organic reach drastically decreased and social media now is a pay to play platform. Page followers have become a vanity metric. Having a large audience makes you look good, but contributes very little to your overall marketing success, because you are no longer able to speak to them.

 

5. NOT RESPONDING TO QUESTIONS, QUERIES AND COMPLAINTS:

You would not turn your back on a customer in real-life, so why do it online? We are always shocked to see how many customer questions go unanswered. Customers are the life force of any business, without them there is no business. It is important that brands respond to customer questions, queries and complaints timeously.

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Post a lot of social media content for business success. [FALSE]

Post a lot of social media content for business success. [FALSE]

We get this too often, a new client brief asking for 3 posts per day per platform and generally the brief is asking for at least three platforms. We hear you, social media is about being social, it about engaging, it’s fast paced. Live fast die young – with reference to social media posts that is.

 

The reality is that people don’t unfollow brands who don’t post. They unfollow brands who post too much.

 

If you were to post three social media updates per day, across three platforms, that’s nine posts per day. That makes 63 posts a week (including weekends) and a staggering 270 individual social media posts every month. Keep in mind that ideally all of these should be well-thought-out valuable pieces; is there even that many things to say in a month? There are exceptions in the case of media houses or publicists where it is part of their brand mandate to provide ongoing, updated news and content. Oh and of course influencers who mostly document their daily lives.

 

The key focus is value. Quality over quantity, meaning less really is more. It is realistically impractical for brands to post this amount of social media content when considering the cost implication of designing, uploading and promoting all of these posts. Time is money and putting out such a vast amount of content requires a lot of resources that most businesses don’t have access to. Ideally, we are all about getting as much bang for your buck by being razor focused with the content in making sure that every post is contributing toward driving strategic business value. Content should be designed to align with over-arching marketing strategies and business objectives while also not spreading the brand too thin by trying to be everything to everyone on every platform. Decide on key messaging and then direct these posts through the channels where your customers are more likely to be and where they prefer to engage with your brand. Social media at the end of the day is about the user, not about the brand – think about how you use the platforms.

 

We have proven success with as little as 2 posts per month for some of the brands we work with. If you find yourself being overwhelmed with working out what to post next on social media, reach out to us and let us support you with a best fit strategy.

 

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Social media can’t drive sales. [FALSE]

Social media can’t drive sales. [FALSE]

Effectively the fundamental function of any advertising, be it on social media or other mediums, is to drive brand awareness. By virtue of people being aware of the brand, it is more likely that sales will happen. It’s like having the best product in the world, but if no one knows about it then no one is going to buy it. Rightly so, a mediocre competitive product might just gain more sales thanks to a great marketing plan, and even so just by pure brand awareness.

 

Marketing and PR are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the functionality of a well-executed social media campaign with brand awareness often-times being the start of the sales funnel.

 

Ultimately, every business wants to drive sales and in all cases potential clients require between 6 and 8 brand touch points in order to gain trust and convert to a paying customer. Social media is not the silver bullet in speeding up a sales cycle or marketing campaign, however with multiple touch points, digital strategies allow for a more organic sales cycle as opposed to a linear process, meaning that potential clients at any point within their journey could slot into your sales cycle.

 

With this in mind, sales is not always the only measure of success and it is key for businesses to identify where within their customer journey there are areas where they can drive conversion.

 

Social media has the ability to underpin and support the entire customer journey and with the added benefit and ability of razor focused targeting, your brand is able to speak to the right person at the right time with the right message.

 

A data footprint is collected online and everything can be tracked from impressions, to clicks to conversions making social media the best way to measure success of campaigns, it really comes down to what the objective is.

 

Whatever your business objective whether that growth, maintain or sustain sales we are able to assist with a tailored digital solution to support this. 

 

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My client isn’t on social media. [FALSE]

My client isn’t on social media. [FALSE]

There is a fair chance that that statement is true and that your client isn’t on social media. We agree, social media isn’t always the silver bullet and is not in every case the answer to all marketing woes. We also understand that there is a good portion of the population that aren’t enslaved by their phones, chasing likes and trawling through feeds. 

With that said, we also cannot ignore the absolutely stunning statistics that could favour the fact that your client might very well be on social media. Let’s break it down.

Currently, there are 57,82 million South Africans, alive and living in our beautiful country. Of those 57 odd Million people, an impressive 37,49 million of them are active internet users. This means that around 65% of the population trawls the internet to one degree or another.

Furthermore there are currently 19,69 million active social media users in South Africa meaning that approximately one in three people have a social media account and are actively checking back, posting and updating their profiles.

To that point, it is also important to note that currently there are 17,04 million South Africans who are under the age of 14. This is relevant since according to Facebook, users are only legally allowed to have a Facebook profile once they turn 13. We could assume then that roughly a third of our population isn’t on social media since they are too young and therefore giving better odds to your client contributing to the 19 odd Million who are active on social media.

Data can be used to measure statistics and probability of success, however with these numbers in favour of the internet and social media it is fair to say that at least one person per household is actively posting to their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram account.

With innovative strategies you can reach you can reach your ideal customer.

If you are interested in talking more on this, feel free to reach out. We would be delighted to hear from you and strategise how we can find your ideal client via social media. Get in touch with Social Media 101 CLICK HERE.

My product / service can’t be sold on social media. [FALSE]

My product / service can’t be sold on social media. [FALSE]

There are a few select products and services that are seemingly difficult to promote on social media, agreed. These might be B2B type products, highly engineered, technical or intangible while also only appealing to the very niche of industries. Your business might operate solely out of long standing and nurtured relationships. This could be relevant to highly regulated industries or even banned products. What about morbid industries like funeral homes or crime scene clean up. The reality is that however obscure, niche or intangible your product or service may seem there is in most cases a way to advertise, and dare we say it, on social media.

 

Niche product / market

Niche communities are really the silver lining of social media. People gather in topical groups and discussions to share their common experiences, beliefs and opinions. With the incredible rich data available on social media, businesses are able to tap into these communities and speak to their ideal customers. The best part is little to no wastage.

 

Exclusively business to business

Social media is also increasingly becoming a space to embrace business to business exchanges. With the inclusion or LinkedIn, businesses are able to target granular to decision makers. That’s not to take away from the other platforms, since at least for now….

 

Technical or intangible product and services

It is fair to say that everyone is open to receiving value on social media and in most cases, businesses hold a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise that can indeed be highly valuable. Content on social media that provides users with value are posts that are served at the right time, with the right message, to the right person.

 

Few select customers

For companies with reliable customer relationships, you are able to speak directly to these customers via the intimacy of their timeline or social media feed. Smart, innovative and creative strategies allow brands in highly regulated industries speak to their ideal target markets.

 

Social media excels in connecting niche communities. It’s about finding the right platform and the right communities to speak to about your product or service.

 

This cuts down on wastage and create a more valuable and valued experience for customers. There is no reason for your business to not be on social media, and if you would like to brainstorm more on how these platforms can be used to benefit your business, reach out to us to set up a meeting, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

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