Social media strategies for a successful business
In the quest to build a successful business, sooner or later you’ll realize you need social media strategies. When doing so, the down side is all the options, which can overwhelm you quickly. We are discussing some of the essential social media strategies that can help your business grow in terms of popularity, traffic and sales. Here we go!
- Create a mind map
A mind map is one of the fastest ways of coming up with new ideas. You place your name in the center and circle it, then let your mind come up with all sorts of ideas represented by the lines radiating out. The main heading for each idea is at the top of each arm. From there, you can list other ideas as they flash into your mind. The process takes only a few minutes.
- Define Your Goals
It’s important to define the purpose of your social media campaign(s). Is it to be a one-time affair? Is it to promote a product/service launch? Is it to build your brand? All of your short and long-term plans need to be taken into account and written down.
- The Importance of List Building
When creating a social media strategy, list building should be one of the top priorities. If you only focus on the one-time goal of selling your product or service, you’re missing out on many more opportunities to sell to the same client over and over again. Selling after the fact is much easier to do with a customer that trusts you. More to the point, the customers on your list are likely to represent as much as 90% or more of your income over the long-term.
- Beware of Shiny Object Syndrome
This is the tendency to become distracted by the many tools, opportunities and ideas that are available. Symptoms of Shiny Object Syndrome are: Procrastination, poor decision making, wasted resources and unfinished projects. Going for every strategy that comes into your life can quickly dilute your focus and seriously impair your ability to get things done. The antidote is to choose only a few tools to use, stay focused and work with a schedule. The emphasis is on productivity and reducing distractions.
- Outsource Your Marketing Efforts
One challenge you’ll have when marketing is- time. If this is an issue, consider outsourcing some or all of your marketing, using sites such as: Odesk, Elance, Fiverr, etc.
One option worth considering is crowdfunding, where you raise funds for your business using a site designed for this purpose. Essentially, you tell your story (video is great for this purpose) and offer perks (rewards) to contributors in exchange for a donation.
- Leverage Your Content
When creating a campaign, think about the different ways that you can leverage your content with a minimum amount of effort. As an example, let’s say that you wrote an article. The most obvious thing is to publish it in some of the free article directories, such as ezinearticles.com or GoArticles.com.
- Give Before You Get
As mentioned earlier, list building should be a top priority. To do so, make sure you give before you get. This could be in the form of a report, video, or even a discount off your product or service up-front. This way, people will be more inclined to sign up for your offer. And when they do, you’ll have the opportunity to send them marketing messages after the fact.
- Include a Compelling Call to Action
This is where you give users a reason to want to be a part of your marketing effort. Here’s an example of a call to action: “Download your FREE copy of: The 7 Ways Garages Rip You Off, And What to Do About It.”
- Consistent Efforts
In order to reap the rewards of marketing it’s crucial to be consistent in your efforts, whether those are daily, weekly or monthly. This is especially important if you run a blog, an email newsletter or post to a news site.