Lacking insight into the social behaviors of your customers?
No data, no problem!
Chances are your competitors have done all the hard work and all you need to do is look for it.
In this post, I’ll show you how to research the competition’s social game plan so you can build a solid social media strategy of your own.
Finding the Fundamentals
When it comes to social media marketing, you need to answer a few fundamental questions:
- Should your business be on social media?
- What networks should you choose?
- How do you create a great profile?
- What type of content should you post, and when should you post it?
Everyone must answer these questions, including business owners who want to create a strategy for their own business, marketing managers who need to convince their CEO to invest in social media and consultants who create strategies for clients in a wide variety of industries.
Fortunately, you can find answers through the process of competitor research.
Keep reading to discover how to get insight on your competitors.
#1: Comparing Audience Size
While you shouldn’t obsess about how many fans or followers your competitors have, noting these numbers at the beginning of your campaign can help you answer the following important questions.
Do your customers spend time on LinkedIn?
Finding an effective social strategy to reach the right audience for each of your products and services can be challenging.
LinkedIn helps you solve this problem with its LinkedIn Showcase Pages.
In this article, I’ll show you how your business can benefit from LinkedIn Showcase Pages.
What are LinkedIn Showcase Pages?
Today, few businesses are islands.
Many companies are complex, offering various and disparate products and services for which they must create multiple marketing campaigns to reach different audiences.
This can make social media marketing resemble a juggling act. And that’s fine, even unavoidable; but while juggling, you need to make sure you don’t drop any metaphorical balls.
Showcase pages allow companies with multiple brand messages to segment them easily and deliver them to the right audiences.
Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week?
Facebook News Feed Update Delivers Higher-Quality Content: Facebook will “be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high-quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook when people click on those stories on mobile. This means that high-quality articles you or others read may show up a bit more prominently in your news feed, and meme photos may show up a bit less prominently.”
Are you wondering how to use Twitter to grow your online influence?
To learn how to best use Twitter for your business, I interview Joel Comm for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Joel Comm, author of numerous books including Twitter Power 2.0 and So, What Do You Do? He’s also the host of The Joel Comm Show, a business podcast.
Joel shares how he uses Twitter to grow his platform.
You’ll learn how to grow a quality Twitter following, and which types of content work best.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!
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Have you considered using Facebook voice messages to connect with your customers?
If you connect with customers on your personal profile, you can use Facebook voice messages with great success.
In this article, I’ll show you four ways Facebook voice messages can benefit your business.
What are Facebook Voice Messages?
Facebook voice messages are 60-second audio messages you record from an iOS or Android smartphone/tablet and send to friends and followers whom you’ve followed back.
Are you wondering which tools can help you grow your followers on Pinterest?
In this article, I’ll show you 4 tools to help you analyze and grow your presence on Pinterest.
Why Pinterest Tools?
That means to compete, you have to be able to serve up fantastic images, measure the impact of your efforts and connect with new followers on a regular basis.
If you don’t have a large budget to sink into your Pinterest strategy, integrating the time-saving shortcuts and functions of a few affordable tools can work wonders.
Has your business kept up with the growing mobile social media opportunities?
New research seems to show all roads leading to mobile. Whether we’re talking about Facebook, YouTube or the latest new toy, Snapchat—research shows that well-executed mobile strategies will offer the biggest payoff for marketers.
Here’s a summary of the latest research…
#1: Facebook Mobile is the Largest Source of Social Traffic
There are two reasons for this. First, as of September 2013, 874 million people used Facebook’s mobile app, up by 45% from the year before. Second, smartphone use has reached critical mass here in the U.S. (53% of Americans are smartphone owners).