Follow these steps to learn about your audience, engage with them and boost your social media presence.
Identify your plans and goals and what you want to achieve. Explore social media avenues before you start posting and ensure you know how to use them correctly. This will show professionalism and competence, which audiences will respond well to.
Q & A
Not gaining the customer relationship you crave? Then interact with your customers and consumers. Set up Q and A sessions where your customers have dedicated time with you to ask queries they may not have had the opportunity to do before. Everyone can use twitter at any time of the day, but actively inviting users to ask questions through a customer-dedicated service, shows a real sense of customer care. If you dont engage you dont connect.
But dont go jumping in unprepared. Plan your Q & As with a list of topics to inspire Twitter users. Research current trends and themes related to your industry, so when conversations hit a lull you can re-engage with your audience.
So how will people know about your live Q & A? Create an engaging hashtag and promote the events throughout your social media activities. A little £Spend can go a long way on social media.
So you've approached your customers on Twitter to propose questions in a live Q & A session. Whats next? Now its time for you to ask the questions. Get potential customers excited about your product and find out what makes your customers tick. Unsure what to ask? Well, for example, if youre a company that produces desserts, ask peoples preferences over their desired dessert and what inspires their sweet tooth.
Tweet your blogs
With just 140 characters theres not a lot you can get across to your followers. A way to get around this is blogging about a certain topic and asking an engaging question including the link to your blog. The question draws people in and encourages them to click the link, which in turn drives traffic to your website.
You are not a robot
Although social media is a faceless process, it doesnt mean that you cant show your humanity. Write as if you are talking, (to a certain extent!) and interact naturally. Yes people are paid to sit at a desk and tweet, but your audience will be clued up, and theyll know the genuine tweets to respond to and the pre-generated ones to ignore.
Are you visible
A fairly simple one, but how visible are your social media icons? If your social links are not easy to find on your website, then chances are people wont hunt you down directly on social media. Make it easy for people to find you by creating easy-to-see icons on your website. Not only your website, but your email signatures too. Its just another easy way to create links to your business.
Know your audience
You should research your audience before beginning a social media campaign. Find who your key target audience is, see what interests they have, follow them and begin to tweet and post about activities that will interest them.
If you receive a complaint via social media, the best action is to respond quickly. It shows great customer service. Also, potential customers will pick up on this and see that you value your customers.
Have a strategy
Create a marketing calendar outlining your key industry dates. Make it open and visible to your employees to enable them to add in information and mark important business dates.
Write content that will interest them
Dont write what interests you; write what will interest your customers. Publish articles and blogs from your website that will entice them to click again and again. Also, its important to remember that your business copy not only interest your followers, but benefit them, too.
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