How social media marketing strengthens relationships with customers
“Social media can really give your brand a voice and personality. It gives prospective customers a glimpse into who you are. It allows you to connect with both them and the fans you already have..”
Put social media to work
It’s the largest social network, and the place where people can stay updated on what’s happening with their friends and favorite businesses. Facebook helps you consistently connect with your customers, whether by promoting new products or simply having fun with a photo contest.
This fast-paced social media site uses short messages to entertain or educate followers. You can exponentially expand your market reach when one tweet gets retweeted by dozens or even hundreds of people to their own Twitter followers.
This photo-sharing smartphone app makes the most sense for businesses selling products with a strong visual appeal, such as jewelry or fashion.
This business-oriented network’s 300 million members use it to share their career activities, monitor industry news and pursue job opportunities. B2B marketers can benefit from a LinkedIn profile that lets them connect with decision makers at target client firms.
Social Media Presence Activate!
- Look for opportunities to start conversations
If you run a restaurant, you might use Twitter to advertise daily specials. A florist could showcase its best arrangements on Instagram. The owners of a running store might use Facebook to ask people about their favorite running routes, or invite them to post pictures from local races.
- Find ways to encourage interaction
Asking questions or hosting contests can be a great way to create a dialog with potential and current customers. For example, Medtronic Diabetes, a maker of insulin pumps, launched a Facebook campaign asking customers to share photos of themselves living with diabetes, and later transformed those pictures into a successful advertising campaign. Including a visual component is a great way to encourage people to share your content. One study revealed that Facebook posts that include a video are shared twice as much as non-video posts (5).
- But don’t be brazenly promotional
Social networks aren’t keen on companies that blatantly ask for likes or shares of their posts. For example, Facebook announced last year that it will de-emphasize content in its news feeds from publishers posting so-called “like-bait.” (6) Instead of asking for likes and shares, focus on creating content that speaks to your audience so they’re inspired to take action on their own.
“Social can deepen the relationship with your customers and create brand loyalists..”