Which social media platforms are best for your business?
What is social media good for, anyway?
In the simplest terms, social media is good for getting your name in front of as many people as possible! While building an email list and running an email marketing campaign is certainly a more focused endeavor – how do you get that list started? Even once that list is started, how do you continue to develop it? Social media is a fantastic way to give word of mouth that kickstart it needs, and show any potential customers that you’re about providing quality. But there are so many platforms out there – which social media outlets are best for you? Simply ‘all of them’ isn’t always a valid possibility. Don’t worry, at Mr. WPress, we’ll give you a quick primer on the advantages of each platform.
Choose which social media giants fit your needs
- Facebook is a great way to build a community of people interested in your business or products. You’ll have a platform to make some in depth posts. Plus, you can connect with your followers in the comments section with polls, contests, sales, and more. One thing to keep in mind about Facebook is that people tend to look at your content on their own time. This means it’s generally not the place for flash sales or quick, back and forth conversations.
- Twitter is all about quick conversations, with most people’s purely chronological post feed. And with the 140 character limit on posts, the whole platform has become casual, too. This is the place to run flash sales, post sound bite updates that aren’t necessarily critical to your business, and develop your company’s fun side. Already have a Twitter account? Check out some methods to get more Twitter followers.
- Google+ is more than just an upgraded way for people to review your services. Even more than Facebook, it’s a way to connect with people who are truly passionate about what you offer. This usually manifests in branching discussion threads and reviews. It’s not so much about directly posting ads, but about showing your consumers that you’re truly passionate about your field, and not just trying to earn a quick buck.
A little less conversation, a little more action
- Instagram is for posting photos and videos (usually displaying art or a DIY) for your user’s enjoyment. There’s not a ton of interaction here, but if you have original, quality content to post it can still be a great way to build your audience.
- Pinterest is similar to Instagram, although it’s more for the sharing of ideas than art (e.g. recipes, home improvement, lifehacks). Though you can certainly still post art on Pinterest, too. There’s still not as much conversation as other platforms, but if Instagram isn’t quite the right fit for you, this can be a good alternative.
- LinkedIn is mostly about touting your accomplishments, sharing your accolades, and finding potential employees. There’s not much customer interaction here, but for cultivating a formal and professional image, LinkedIn is your top choice.
- Yelp is a review platform, plain and simple. Any company in the service industry can set up a Yelp page outlining all they have on offer, then leave it for people to review the service. Checking back regularly is good to respond to reviews and keep your page up to date, but this is one of the least work-intensive platforms on the market.
- YouTube, in contrast to Yelp, is one of the most time consuming and resource demanding platforms on the Internet. It’s also the most versatile. The naturally more diverse nature of videos means they can showcase your business no matter what – whether you’re sharing recipes, giving motivational speeches, or selling shoes. You can even share and embed these videos on most other social media platforms. But quality is important here – so don’t try to tackle the YouTube market unless you’ve got the time and resources to truly do it well.
Get help with your social media marketing plan!
So now, maybe you’ve chosen the social media platforms where you want to start running a profile. But how do you get started? What are the best practices? At Mr. WPress, we’re here to help! Part of our online marketing service is setting up and even helping run social media profiles for our clients. Not ready to choose which social media platforms you need? We also offer email marketing and Google AdWords services. Reach out for a free quote today!