Setting up social media accounts is an easy way to reach a target audience for a low price. It only takes a few minutes to sign up for a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account – but maintaining it is another story. To make the most of all of your business social media accounts, be sure you are using these helpful tools:
Consumers like leaders to be available to the public eye. A BRANDFog survey found that 82 percent of consumers trust a company more if its leadership engages on social media and 77 percent said leadership’s social media presence makes them more likely to buy. It’s clear that consumers want leaders to be online – but what about the inherent “fishbowl” risks of social media?
Digital video content is getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason. Facebook reports that videos uploaded to its platform are clicked 4 billion times every day – and that is just one location. Consumers like the ease, interactivity and fun of digital video content and it is driving up views globally.
Video is not the only visual way to reach your customer base, though. Smart use of infographics can be a strong way to engage consumers and let them absorb the information in their own way. Infographics combine the benefits of both read-only and video media and can be posted in a variety of formats.
While there are many articles out there telling you what to do with social media, it’s just as important to understand what not to do. We take inspiration from a few companies that have fallen flat on their faces when it comes to using social media.
USAirways Gets Inappropriate
Last year, after some back and forth tweeting with a disgruntled USAirways customer, the person managing the social media account sent a graphic and offensive image that was seen around the world.
Even though Twitter might seem like it’s for a niche crowd and doesn’t look like it would be able to gain mainstream popularity, Twitter is more popular than ever. Who would have ever thought that a social network that limited each of its posts to 140 characters could explode the way that it has?
Worried about the future of your company? It might surprise you to realize you hold your business’ future in your hands. It’s what you do — or rather what you don’t do — that sets your course for success or failure.