Welcome to part 5 of 5 of my mini series 5 Steps to Building an Engaged Audience on Social Media. In this series, we’ll focus on who you’re talking to, why you’re not getting any reactions to your posts, getting your audience to recognize your brand and, engaging your audience in lively conversation.
Social media is a powerful technology but it’s also misunderstood. In its simplest form, social media is a way to connect with old friends from childhood or college and a way to share snippets of your daily life. In its more complex form, social media is a unique way to market your business and products to the entire world in a short amount of time. While you can take months or years to study the intricacies of social media and craft business strategies, there are three common myths about social media that business owners can dispel today.
You must use every single social media platform.
Expanding your reach is certainly a goal for business owners and coaches as that yields more sales and personal clients, which equals increased income. However, the real question to ask before signing up for every platform is: where is my ideal client? Using Facebook just because it has over 1 billion users doesn’t mean those 1 billion users will find you and start purchasing. Identify your ideal client and find out where they hang out. Those are the platforms you should use.
Aim for every post to go viral.
It’s always fun to see a post go viral as they are usually entertaining or thought provoking but of the viral campaigns you’ve noticed recently, could you say what company sponsored them? I can’t either. Aim to provide value in your posts mixed in with some of your personality as opposed to aiming for shock or entertainment value. Your ideal client wants to learn from you so your valuable lesson will be heard and remembered long after the latest viral video fades away.
Having a large number of followers equals increased profits.
It sure is an ego boost to see a large number of social media followers but are these followers interacting with you? Are they liking or sharing your posts? Are they leaving comments? If not, then chances are they are not your ideal client and chances are they will never purchase one of your packages. Evaluate your own posts; it’s quite possible they’re boring and that’s the reason for no response. Be more creative with your posts and watch for audience interaction. This directs back to the need for niching down to your ideal customer. You’re not appealing to everyone; you’re appealing to a small fraction of the world’s population. Pay attention to finding that demographic and the number of engaged audience members will follow, as will the profits.
Develop Your Personalized Action Plan at Social Media Bootcamp
Dig deeper into your business and develop your unique social media plan by joining my Social Media Bootcamp. In this home study course, you’ll receive 4 modules that focus on the important steps necessary to craft a strategic social media plan. Work at your own pace; no pressure from me! Each module has thought-provoking exercises plus Action Plans to use as to do lists for making things happen in your social media world. Invest in yourself and you’ll see a change in your audience and your engagement.