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.
One of last week’s blog posts was about how to convert your Instagram account from personal to business. Since Instagram is quickly becoming one of the top social media platforms, today’s blog post is about three lesser known features to help you up your game.
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?
For many of us, Facebook is the social media platform where our target market and ideal clients hang out. In light of this, we’re always trying to find the best ways to market our businesses on this ever changing platform. With the constant “tweaks” Facebook makes to its algorithms, it is increasingly difficult to reach your target market. Your organic reach keeps shrinking, and it seems as if all of our efforts are for naught.
So what do you do?
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.
I read an article on Mashable.com this morning about how there are so many social media platforms out there, it has become completely overwhelming when trying to decide what to post on which of our social media platforms.
Personally speaking, I can relate.
The primary goal of marketing is to get your products and services out in front of your target market so they can see and experience your awesomeness. In today’s digital world, it’s easier to get in front of your target market and ideal client, but requires a little more schmoozing and a “different kind” of effort than it did in the older days when we could just take out a big fat, expensive ad in the Yellow Pages (you remember those, right?), place an ad in the newspaper or send out brochures and flyers via snail mail.
Are you on Twitter?
It doesn’t seem to get as much action as it did way back in 2008 when I first opened my account, but it’s still a very viable social media platform if you want to be “seen.” And most business owners realize being “seen” or “visible” is one of the primary goals of marketing.