Social media strategy is crucial for your brand… blah blah blah.
We all know this. We’ve all heard the stats. The real issue with the consumer-business relationship that is facilitated by social media is the balance between complete irrelevance and a pure sales pitch.
I’m not saying that sales and genuine engagement are mutually exclusive; indeed, engagement is a means to an end (with the end being fulfilling conversion goals). But organisations that prioritise selling over engagement (or get too trigger-happy with random posts) will probably end up hoist on their own petard.
So how can you nail this tricky concept as flawlessly as some of the most recognisable brands on social media?
Just like girls on Tinder, consumers can recognise weak corporate pick-up lines a mile away. Drop the cheesy come-ons and tired calls-to-action and create genuine content with genuine value. Still don’t get it? Spend a few minutes scrolling through the Facebook page dedicated to calling out corporate clichés.
In order to make the most of your social media engagement, you really do have to appreciate and understand how it plays into the bigger picture. Studies show that when used effectively, social channels can:
As an example, a new customer’s journey may look like this:
Once you have an understanding of this path, you can work backwards to create valuable content that drives people through the funnel.
If you have a few minutes, make sure you check out GoPro’s social channels. As the king of user-generated content, every piece they share represents the brand and generates interest – not only are the images themselves incredible (i.e. shareable), they represent everything GoPro claims to be about: adventure, excitement, and quality visuals.
It’s pretty simple – while not every product or service lends itself to user-generated content, you can certainly involve your audience in a way that is genuine and authentic. If you’re starting out with a small following, don’t be afraid to dedicate some time to creating buyer guides, whitepapers or tips and tricks specific to your niche that you can share without asking for anything in return. Most channels are pay-to-play these days as well, so splashing a few bucks to promote a solid post to your target audience is likely to pay off in the grand scheme of things.
Before you create a piece of content for social channels, think about these things:
And if you ever intend to post something that could be controversial (or even just for standard posts!), ask yourself:
Making your mark amongst the memes doesn’t have to be hard! Are you a diehard fan of solid social strategy or do you prefer to wing it?