Social media has become a key component of many companies’ content marketing efforts because it is versatile and can quickly reach people around the world. But with so many businesses vying to connect with customers, it has also become incredibly competitive. Attention spans are short, and customers are constantly bombarded with information. That means you have to take steps to make your social media presence stand out and capture customers’ interest.
Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Be Authentic.
Make sure that your business has a clear mission, vision, and voice. Create content that is personable and connects with your customers. Show them what your business stands for and values, especially on topics that are relevant to your industry or audience. Let them know that you believe in your products, services, and people. Let them see “behind the scenes” at how things get done and who’s working in different departments to be more relatable and real.
2. Be Engaging.
Design posts that encourage customers to interact. Ask questions, take polls, and run contests. Give them a reason to get involved and allow them to make their voice heard. Share testimonials or customer-generated content if appropriate. Customers like to see and hear from people like them, and they like to know you’re listening and want their input.
3. Be Responsive.
Along those same lines, if you want customers to be engaged with your page, make sure you are responding to the good and the bad. Go through and answer questions, thank people for their feedback, share more information, and respond to concerns. Show that you value their feedback and are listening.
4. Make it Visual.
Post after post of text tends to blend together. Change things up and add pictures, images, and videos to your social media. Capture their attention with a visual, then share a compelling story, witty comment, or call to action in the caption. Why just tell them about your product or service when you can show it in action?
5. Know Your Audience.
Just because a social media platform exists does not mean that your business has to be on it. Customize your content to what performs best on each platform and where your customers are. That also means knowing your audience, how they want to connect with your business, and what type of posts they want to see. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Focus on what you do best and capitalize on that.
6. Stay Consistent.
Create a recognizable brand and be true to that. Make sure that you are showing consistent brand messaging across platforms so that no matter where or how customers find you, they get the same impression and quality experience.
Does your small business’ social media strategy need a refresh to stand out from the competition? Contact Grammar Chic today to learn more about how we can help.
Amanda E. Clark founded Grammar Chic in 2008. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and English. She launched Grammar Chic after freelancing for several years while simultaneously leading marketing and advertising initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies.