Do you want more engagement for your social media campaigns?
Understanding how people respond to marketing tactics can help you achieve your social media marketing goals.
In this article I’ll share five ways to maximize social conversion and engagement by capitalizing on human behaviors.
#1: Tease Your Followers
A tease is designed to arouse desire or curiosity through urging or coaxing. As humans we love to tease and be teased. We simply can’t resist “staying tuned” to find out the rest of the story.
Increasingly marketers are learning the power of the tease, especially in social media.
In July 2013, Oscar de la Renta exclusively released ads from their fall 2013 campaign via Instagram before the official advertising launch in September print magazines.
The brand started by teasing the Instagram ads on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Then they revealed a sneak-peek announcement image (a closeup), on Instagram. In just two days they received 5,400 likes.
Instagram followers were given exclusive access to seven ad stills from the fall 2013 traditional ad campaign. A link at the end of each photo caption invited conversion by directing fans to place pre-sale orders on the brand’s ecommerce website.
Do you have a new product, service, event or ad campaign coming up that you could tease? What about behind the scenes at your company? Give your followers an orchestrated peek behind the curtain to boost interest.
#2: Put Others First
Howard Gossage, an influential advertising copywriter from the 1960s, said, “No one reads advertising. They read what interests them.” For marketers this means we must shift our perspective from pleasing ourselves with product feature–focused advertising to valuable content focused on helping our customers.
Instead of advertising to attract the small business target audience they’re interested in, American Express opted to be an educational resource with their Open Forum social media campaign. The Open Forum provides valuable operational, financial and marketing advice and information for small business owners.
By helping others, American Express helps itself grow. Non-AMEX clients are more likely to join them. In fact, AMEX says the Open Forum site has driven as many credit card inquiries as any other traditional marketing effort.
Helping others has drawn millions of site visitors, hundreds of contributors and over 200,000 Twitter followers with little advertising support. Scott Roen, VP of digital marketing, says, “Roughly 85-90% of our traffic comes from organic means. Not advertising.”
Do you have valuable content and knowledge you can share? Use it to put others’ interests first and draw your own appreciative, responsive crowd.
#3: Show, Don’t Tell
Research has found that including a photo can help increase people’s engagement with your social media posts.
Benefit Cosmetics, an international company known for its free-spirited brand and unique approach to marketing, used no traditional advertising. Benefit reaches its consumers entirely through social and digital channels so conversion relies on their digital content. The brand knows images are worth the time they take to create.
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In The Power of Visual Storytelling, Claudia Allwood, director of digital marketing for Benefit, says, “We wanted to create visual, shareable content … as instant as our beauty solutions.”
In 2012, the brand leveraged visual content including graphic quotes, product images and event photos to launch a new mascara product in the UK. In 6 months the campaign produced over 90,000 likes and a 500% increase in engaged social users. The brand also captured the title of UK’s #1 selling mascara.
What visual content can you leverage or create to share via social media? Put some time into your visuals and your next Twitter pic could be worth 1,000 likes or more.
#4: Present Social Proof
Humans are naturally skeptical. We find it hard to believe anyone who has reason to gain from what they are saying to us. That’s why 71% of online shoppers read reviews and trust them more than advertising.
Marketers can use consumer-generated reviews and testimonials in social content as social proof.
Wine retailer Invino encourages social sharing of its customers’ wine purchases through ShopSocially’s social commerce module. They also aggregate all of those social testimonials and republish them on the website with a product stories app.
Encouraging Invino shoppers to brag about their wine purchases on various social networks has paid off. The social proof they’ve gained has helped increase user engagement; the social testimonials directly delivered a 22% increase in sales conversion. The increased engagement has also produced brand loyalty and repeat purchases.
Your customers are talking about you all the time. Leverage customer social proof to support your marketing efforts.
#5: Create Urgency
We like immediate gratification. Given two similar rewards, people show a preference for one that arrives sooner rather than later. In other words, we discount the value of a later reward. The important point is that marketers should always add time constraints or sense of immediacy to social content.
Dell knows computer purchasers value immediacy. In 2009, Dell launched @DellOutlet where they offered products for sale through Twitter. The Twitter page generated $6.5 million in sales in 18 months.
What you’ll notice about most of the content on the Dell Outlet is that it emphasizes “now” through specific end dates, one-day sales or simply phrases such as shop now, 4 days left, only 72 hours, sale ends soon, and last days.
Is there enough “now” in your social media? Create excitement and incite action with time-sensitive deadlines to increase sales.
Successful marketers use insight into human behaviors to predict responses to an ad or campaign, then capitalize on those responses to achieve specific goals.
Use the tips above to help you create more engagement and conversions for your own social media campaigns.
What do you think? Have you noted and leveraged a human response for social media marketing success? What other social media tactics do you use? Let us know in the comments below.