Instagram is quickly making its way up there as one of my personal favorite social media platforms to use for marketing my business. Mostly because it’s so darn easy to use, and because it doesn’t have all the drama of Facebook. Just snap a photo, add a caption, some hashtags, and you’re done.
Social media is one of the biggest and most effective marketing platforms for online businesses today.
When I look at my business, even 10 years ago, my marketing plan was much more complicated AND required a much bigger marketing budget. Don’t get me started about how expensive and time-consuming it was when I opened my business in 1991!
LinkedIn is a different fish altogether when it comes to social media platforms. Facebook and Twitter and even Instagram are much more socially inclined, and can often lead to some pretty in-depth conversations on just about anything (OK, well maybe not Instagram for the in-depth conversations.). LinkedIn is on the more serious, “let’s do business” side. And while it might be easier to build relationships on the other platforms, for many of us, it’s where are target market and higher paying clients hang out. With that in mind, I’ve been working really hard at beefing up my LinkedIn Profile. And I’m seeing some pretty good results for all of my efforts.
I became friends on Social Media with a gentleman I met briefly at a conference last year. We’ve been Facebook friends for about 6 or 7 months. However, I don’t know him any better now than I did when we first met. I don’t know him because he only posts about his business. On his personal profile, not his business page. Not only is it against Facebook’s terms of service to use your profile as a business, but it’s boring. Posting only about your business doesn’t allow anyone to get to know you. If others can’t get to know you, how can you possibly build relationships so others can know, like and trust you?
Do you market your business on Instagram? If you do, do you have a personal or business account? If you’ve got a personal account, it’s pretty easy to switch to a business account. But maybe you’re saying “what’s the difference, and why should I care?”
It might seem like such a little thing, but a quick thank you when someone retweets your content or mentions you or your content on Twitter, can go a long way toward building relationships.
Content is super important when it comes to blog posts. You want to fill your blog with content that provides value and benefit to your audience. In addition to great content, you also want to make sure your post is visually appealing, and easy to read.
Do you have a hard time reading for more than 40 minutes at a time all of a sudden? You’re not alone! Do you get bored four minutes into a YouTube video? So do most other people. Find yourself scrolling down to get to the point of almost every web page you visit? Join the club!
For those of us whose target market and ideal clients are virtual, social media marketing seems to be at the top of the marketing strategy food chain, and has become one of the top ways we market our businesses.
However, it should not be our only marketing strategy – no matter how much we think it works. To have a truly effective marketing strategy, we also need to incorporate other forms of marketing into the mix.