Guest Post Written By Margie Heaneythe
Gaining exposure on social media is critical if a business wants to prevail online. Therefore, it pays, literally, to post regularly on social media and gain followers.
So, how do you do this? What will make you stand out in the social media sphere?
The first thing you want to keep in mind is that social media management involves dedication. You need to fully commit yourself to the process. Therefore, social media engagement takes some energy and work, but it is well worth the investment. Not only will you gain influence as a business, but you will also increase brand awareness and develop better customer relationships.
Let’s explore the steps it takes to follow through with a social media plan.
To engage in social media, you need to have followers on sites, such as YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. However, these followers must be bona fide and legit. If you contact a company that adds followers, you need to make sure they can deliver on this promise.
For example, if you are working with a company that provides real followers, you will probably need to give them your login credentials. Doing so will help the company review targeted people and unfollow some of them so they can replace them with real followers. Otherwise, you risk buying inactive or ghost followers or fans.
Don’t worry about giving the business your login details, as your social media accounts are linked to your phone number and email – contacts that social media platforms use to alert you about access. If you stop using the company, you can change your password at any time, as it will block the company’s connection to your media account.
By using a service that provides organic followers, you can continue to engage and expand on social media. This ensures that you are not wasting your time when explaining your products and services.
By taking this approach, you can narrow down followers to niche fans in specific geo-locations by city, state, or country. You can also target specific industries or fields. You usually will notice almost immediate results.
It only takes a few hours to see increased social media activity with respect to likes, traffic, and new followers. By continuing to use the service, you will experience a snowball effect or an escalation in followers.
Promoting the use of user-generated content represents a great way to promote engagement on social media. User-generated content is material created by your customers and shared on your company’s social media accounts.
Getting people to connect with your company and have their opinions and posts displayed on your page is an excellent way to increase engagement.
Inspire your fans to share images of their experiences with your goods or services by asking them to do so. Solicit their help in tagging your company in their photos. Whenever you come across their material, seek permission to put it on your social media profile, and schedule the item to appear on your page in advance.
Because it encourages followers to talk about your company’s offerings, user-generated content can trigger some amazing word-of-mouth testimonies for trying your products or services. Therefore, this type of response gives potential customers a bona fide idea of what it is like to use your products or services.
Therefore, this type of activity allows social media visitors to get a first-hand account from an actual user of your product or service lines. It also encourages people to interact with your business in the future, which continues to build trust in your brand.
To increase this response, add a hashtag. For example, you might add #SmithREAL, if Smith is your business name, to promote specific items and services.
It does not make sense to add followers and not interact. Actually, replying to followers is one of the easiest methods for increasing engagement. However, many businesses neglect to take this step. A lot of companies only post content but do not follow up on what is said. You miss the whole point of engagement when you take this stance.
After all, it takes two people to engage in a conversation. So, if you add content, you should also get into the habit of replying to comments. This allows you to start a dialogue about your brand. Even if a follower only writes the word, “Awesome,” in a post, make sure to thank them for their support.
When you reply back, you encourage continued engagement about your brand and offerings. This type of motivation also encourages individuals to continue to comment on future posts, which keeps them connected with your business. To increase engagement, use the person’s name when replying to comments. Doing so allows a fan or follower to feel more connected to what you have to offer.
It helps to post questions in the content you share, as doing so will get people to discuss a topic, which gives your business increased exposure.
When asking a question, stick to a subject that concerns your industry or brand. For example, if you run a clothing store, you would not ask followers about their tastes in draperies. Therefore, you want to make inquiries that directly relate to your company. Get them thinking about your brand and your products or services.
For instance, if you sell bagels, you might ask followers or visitors to post their favourite bagels. Ask them if they would like to see new bagel flavours in your line. You might narrow the topic even more by asking what they think, for example, about your blueberry bagel or the new asiago bagel you feature at your store.
Not only will you spark engagement, but you will also gain insights about improving or adding to your product or service offerings. Asking open-ended questions, such as, “Do you like salt or onion bagels better?” encourages debate and adds to your understanding of your customer’s likes or dislikes.
To add to your engagement in the social media sphere, you need to use high-quality graphics and visuals. This allows your social media content to stand out from the competition. Use the following visual to create further interest in your brand and company:
A visual captures a person’s attention immediately, which promotes a quick comment or response. To keep everything fresh, use various visuals to entertain and inform your audience. Visuals are more appealing than viewing a wall of writing. It’s better to combine your writing with images or graphics.
To keep everyone engaged, design your visuals so you highlight your brand. Doing so will build company recognition, which will help you stand out from the competition.
When you post often, you keep the momentum going, which allows people to see new content and comment on it regularly. People on social media platforms see a large volume of content coming through their newsfeeds. So, if you don’t post frequently, they will miss seeing what you have to communicate. Frequent posting ensures this will not happen.
To keep people engaged, post content to your social media platforms at least twice a week.
Post twice a week in the beginning and analyze the results to see if you need to post more frequently. You also have to consider the platform for your posts.
For example, you need to post regularly (perhaps daily) on Twitter, as the posts are short and do not involve a lot of time. You might post less frequently on a platform, such as Pinterest.
It takes a little bit of effort to calculate how many times per week you will need to post. To make things easier, use a media scheduling tool to organize your posts and social media campaigns. If you need to post frequently, you may forget to add a post. By using social media scheduling tools, you can streamline your campaign and keep your posts up-to-date.
Improving engagement in social media includes producing live videos. Doing so allows you to create a real-time interaction with your followers. It also helps them to interact with your business and brand.
For example, you might create a video that announces a product release, provides a tour of your business, or answers specific customer questions.
Producing a video allows customers to get to know you and your business better. It creates a dialogue that encourages future connections. To ensure your video is watched by more people, advertise the production before it goes live.
To make this happen, announce the time the video will air through your social media profile. That way, your audience will know when they can watch it. Doing so will create excitement around your brand.
To learn people’s involvement on your social media platform, you need to track statistics to see where you stand in this respect. By keeping an eye on posting performance, for instance, you can make any needed modifications in your social media strategy.
Some platforms feature built-in tools for assessing social interaction or you can access third-party tools to keep you informed as well. Whatever tool you use, it will provide helpful stats for increasing your brand’s influence and future social media involvement.
If you do not have the time to use social media tools to review engagement, you can also increase engagement by investing in social media management services. Doing so may be more expensive but is definitely worth it if you want to increase your influence and revenue.
As you can see, adding followers and building an audience on social media can be fun. You just need to know what steps to take to encourage continued interaction. The above tips will help you reach your next level as an influencer and brand online.