While many modern businesses understand the benefits of using social media as part of their digital strategy to promote their brand and to engage with their customers, there are a number of social media mistakes that companies continue to make. Take a look at the list below to make sure you’re not making any of these classic errors.
Not Listening To Your Audience
Using social media to talk to and engage with your audience is one of the most valuable tools you have. Listening to what your audience has to say whether it’s good or bad, is a way of learning what people are saying about you as well not just to you. Many people do discuss brands online but don’t follow them, so it’s essential to listen beyond your page and your feed to find out who is talking about you and what they’re saying. This is vital to shaping your social media strategy, finding out what people like, what they want to see and hear. There are many social media listening tools available which you can use to tap into those conversations that people are having effectively. You can research the market, find out if people are interested in what you’re selling and promoting and also give the audience what they want. Informed marketing allows you to drive customers to your business and your social media channels thus enhancing satisfaction.
You can start interacting with your leads in real time and use the insights gained from the social listening tools to improve your processes. Most of the devices are easy to use, you should be able to enter your keywords and set up alerts to let you know what’s going on and then you can get some fascinating, valuable and data-driven results immediately.
Not Knowing Your Objectives
Many businesses don’t have a clearly defined goal, no meaningful objectives and no idea what you want to achieve in the next months or years. While you should be setting goals for your business anyway, you should also be doing this for your social media strategy. There is no point just posting random updates and posts here there and everywhere, hoping that people will ‘like’ and ‘share’ and more people will start to follow and notice you. To attract a steady stream of likes, engagement, new followers and ultimately new sales, you need to broaden your reach, invest in advertising, track engagements and results and set clear goals. Analyze your social media performance each month and then use the insights to inform your strategy for the next month.
When it comes to advertising on social media, you need to set a budget and establish much how much you need to pay to win one customer potentially.
Connect your social media output to your broader business aims so that each different part is linked and working together toward the one goal. By setting specific goals and aligning spending with goals, you are sure to see a return on investment in a short time.
You’re not differentiating between each platform
There are many social media platforms available to use, and while it’s good to use a range, it’s no good if you’re using them for all the same thing, the same messages, etc. Each platform is different for a different reason, you will succeed on some more than others depending on the nature of your business, and there are pros and cons to each one. Be smart about using each platform to deliver your message.
A common mistake business owners often make is to copy and replicate each post and share them on the different platforms. This can not only appear lazy, but it also overlooks the fact that the audiences are different on each social network. They are unique, and they expected to be treated as such.
You need to try and think outside the box and reflect the platform you’re using. If you realize that one social account isn’t working for you then it might be a good idea to take your business off it, you don’t need to be on all of them if one is just not working for you.
It’s possible that you’re posting too much as well, make sure that the posts you are putting out are of more value, it’s quality over quantity. Plan and schedule posts that are tailored to each different platform, content that has shown in the past that it works well.
You Have No Focus
Another common mistake to be too active on too many channels and not focusing or getting results anywhere in particular. By spreading yourself too thin, you are putting all the effort in but not wielding any results. You need to pay attention to which channel is working for you and invest your time and money into that. Make sure you use analytics and insights so that you know what’s working and what’s not. There are excellent analytics tools to do this for you as well, to tell you what posts are performing the best, to help you create meaningful content.
You’re Not Offering Real Value
It’s also very common for companies to push their sales and brand but not provide any benefit to going with it. People follow your page for interesting, funny, informative content - yes they want to know what deals are on too, but if all the messages are branded, then it just appears like you’re selling to people all the time and not appreciating them. You do want to build awareness, but the primary purpose is to engage and interact with your audience and customers not just to sell. Create content that people will want to share; they will want to tag their friends in or comment on. A variety of different material will also make your page more attractive and exciting, use infographics, blog posts, videos – that answers a question or delivers a message that resonates with your audience. Content that humors enlightens evokes emotion or a reaction.
There is no point wasting your time doing anything in your business that has no thought or planning behind it, so remember the same is the case for your social media.