Strategically planned social media can be a business’s best friend. Advertising is crucial to the success of a business, but why start with a billboard when you can spend a few minutes a day posting to social media and connecting with your audience?
This is not something that happens over night. You have to learn what form of social media your audience uses, when they check it and what will catch their eye.
- Most people have a Facebook account. Unfortunately, Facebook holds a lot of power over business pages, only showing a percent of your audience your posts.
(Did you know? Zuckerberg’s 25% stake made more money than all of Walmart last year, according to this article.)
- Instagram is a great source if you are selling something that captures people’s attention, or have a service that photographs well.
(Did you know? Instagram reached 10,000 users only hours after going live after being purchased by Facebook for $1 billion)
- News sources tend to go over well on Twitter if you tweet frequently to grab people as they quickly scroll.
(Did you know? The idea for Twitter came about at a playground over burritos with friends, according to this article, so don’t discount your Moe’s meals with friends!)
No matter how convenient it is for you, if you post while none of your consumers are online, you might as well be talking to the wall. Make sure to post while your target market is browsing the web. For the general work force this is early in the morning, or the evening after work. For college students, the times vary, but think lunch, afternoon breaks and night time.
Posting straight text or busy pictures is the best way to ensure that someone will scroll right past you. Make sure that everything you post is unique and colorful. This is valid for any business anywhere from a maid service to a fashion blogger.
Social media is a tricky combination of math and artistry that, if done well, can exponentially grow your success.