Want to know the best ways to leverage social media for your small business?
If you haven’t used social media to market your products and services, you’re going to love how easy it is to get started.
In this article, I’ll show you seven steps you can take to make social media marketing work for you.
Why Social Media for Small Businesses?
As a startup or small business owner, you know there’s a lot to accomplish with limited resources.
Traditional marketing can be a drain on your funds. Social media marketing, on the other hand, is pretty low-cost and gives you a direct line to current and prospective customers.
Are you ready to take the plunge and use content to connect with your audience on social media?
If you shift your thinking and perception about what makes your brand successful, you can tease out great content that will undoubtedly catch the attention of potential customers.
In this article, I’ll show you how to start building an engaging presence on social media in four easy steps.
#1: Build a Targeted Community
The first step is to build a community of people who care about what your brand has to offer.
It doesn’t matter if you have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ page or all of the above. As long as you have a starting point, you can start building your audience on social media.
Haphazardly trying to build a large community won’t be very helpful. Your best bet will be to build a targeted community. How do you build targeted communities? Generally speaking, there are two ways.
To build a community through organic means, you must provide share-worthy and useful content that’s relevant specifically to the audience you want to reach. The more your content (on any social network) gets shared, the more eyes see it.
Do you know how to engage the reddit community?
In this article I’ll show you how brands can engage on reddit and create a successful lead generation campaign using Reddit sponsored headlines.
Reddit is a website that showcases popular links and information. Reddit’s unique culture can make it hard for brands to navigate.
Redditors expect extreme transparency and authenticity from advertisers. Spam and hard selling aren’t tolerated and using either tactic will damage your brand’s reputation.
It doesn’t matter how awesome your content is. You can’t approach reddit the same way that you do Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. If you jump in and submit content blindly, you could find yourself banned or your websites blacklisted.
How Does Engagement on Reddit Work?
Engagement on reddit takes place in subreddits. Subreddits are niche communities filled with people who are passionate about a specific topic.
Examples of subreddits include:
- http://www.reddit.com/r/frugal discusses ways to save money
- http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc discusses how to build a pc
- http://www.reddit.com/r/whiskey discusses all things whiskey-related
- http://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful shares visual representations of data
As a business, you need to learn the ropes and focus on supporting the subreddits you join, instead of marketing to them. Think more about offering solutions, sharing resources or asking questions, and less about selling.
Subreddits are most often created and moderated by reddit community members, but in rare cases a brand creates a subreddit.
For example, last year, Ford Motor Company created the /r/FordPiDayChallenge and worked hand in hand with the reddit team to run a campaign for Pi Day on March 14.
Every 3 minutes and 14 seconds, Ford posted a math question to their subreddit. Each question included a reference to a Ford vehicle.
Are you wondering if it makes sense to advertise on your favorite social network? Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all have different demographic profiles and use cases that may provide good advertising opportunities.
All three platforms are also developing new and innovative ways to target advertising messages, based on the overwhelming amount of data they possess about their users. Marketers should explore the paid opportunities social networks offer with as much thought and effort as they experiment with the “earned” and “owned” aspects that these networks provide.
Depending on your business objective, one platform will likely prove more useful than others. In this article, I will explore the functionality each provides and how you can integrate the paid activity for maximum impact and return.