The Business Owner’s Guide to Social Media Marketing
Social media marketing – you have definitely heard of it, you have probably dabbled in it, and you may even have a full-blown plan. But when it comes to the who, what, where, when, and why of social media, do you have the answers? The Lure Creative team does, and we are here to fill you in!
Who should be using social media marketing?
At Lure Creative we have found that nearly every business should be using social media to interact with its customers. Yes, this includes small and medium sized businesses, in addition to the large ones. Whether your industry is heating and cooling, remodeling, or grocery, your customers and potential customers want to interact with you.
Why should your business be on social media?
The next question most business owners have is why? The first reason is because social media allows for businesses to interact with their customers and potential customers directly. Facebook allows people to comment on your business’ page and Twitter allows people to mention your company in a tweet, just to name a few. This is a very powerful tool that can increase your customer base and customer service when used.
A second reason businesses should be using social media is to display their company culture. Your website is important for defining who your company is, what services or products you offer, and how customers can get ahold of your company. In other words, it is used to show the professional side of your business. Social media, on the other hand, should display the personal side of your business. This is the side that customers and potential customers can relate to, the side that allows them to form a deeper connection with your company. How does that work? People connect with people, not companies. By breaking your business down into individuals and specific stories, your customers connect on a personal level rather than a professional one.
A third reason businesses should be on social media is to generate more website traffic. Social media is an integral part of directing customers and potential customers to your website and into the lead generation funnel. Through industry research, social leads have proven to be more qualified leads.
Where should your business be focusing its social media marketing efforts?
We recommend that you use one or two networks correctly and consistently instead of using numerous networks poorly. Which network your business should be using depends on your customer base and industry. Our advice is to work with an agency or individual that is well versed in the social media world to help your company determine this.
What should you be posting on social media and when?
Believe it or not, there are social media best practices for businesses to follow. Yes, that means there is a specific way to craft a tweet and Facebook post. Our team recently put together a Prezi on How to Use Facebook & Twitter Like an Xpert. This guide breaks down what to post on social media, when to post, and a few additional best practices.