The number of people with social media accounts is rapidly increasing by the day. Even the people you’d least expect to be taking selfies and uploading them to social media are jumping on the bandwagon. However, there is a big difference between using social media for fun and using it to serve a purpose. It may seem like people with thousands or even millions of followers just post and magically obtain followers. You should know, however, that there’s often a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. They’ve more than likely been able to understand the dynamics of social media interaction and how to create content that people like. On that note, this article will give you practical tips on how to become more social media savvy.
Know Your Audience
Firstly, you’ve got to know who your audience is in order to become social media savvy. Knowing your audience means knowing as much as possible about the people that you want to interact with your brand. If, for example, you want to attract sports lovers, posting about animals won’t grab your demographics’ attention. Do a little research with Google analytics to find out what your target audience’s interests are and how you can tailor your posts to meet that need. This way, you can create content that they’ll be able to relate to and that will either inspire, entertain, or inform.
The tone you use is also significant when addressing your target audience, so study the type of language they use. Knowing your audience will also give you an indication of what social media platforms are best to use so that you’re not on Facebook when most of your audience uses Twitter.
Keep up With the Trends
Being conversant with current techniques and tools should help you a great deal. Tools, for one, enable you to do tons of social media related things such as schedule your posts, get a deeper insight into who your competitors are, create call-to-actions, and manage different accounts from one place. These are just a few functions offered by tools and there are several others out there that can help you achieve your social media objectives. New tools are constantly being created, so keeping up with what people are using to get ahead should work in your favour. Additionally, you should be current with social media trends. Trends you should look out for in 2018 include:
- Instagram stories.
- The expansion of live streaming.
- Personalised content.
- Influencer marketing.
- Voice search.
Knowing this sort of information will help you when you’re devising a social media strategy.
Engage With People
If you’ve been able to generate thousands of followers, that’s a great achievement. However, it may not be of much use if your followers don’t interact with your brand or your content. Your primary objective should be for your content to generate conversation. You can achieve this by asking questions that your audience would be inclined to answer. You could also focus on posting content that’s either controversial, entertaining, or informative as it should encourage people to interact as well.
Remember, social media is a communication tool and a conversation goes two ways. This means replying comments is extremely important as it will help in your bid to build relationships with followers. Sprouts Social Q4 2017 index found that one in three consumers mentioned a brand when sharing an accomplishment on social media. This, again, shows that people are open to communicating with brands, so it’s a good idea to keep the conversation going. Additionally, ensuring you try and post regularly is also a relevant part of relationship building. Consider planning your content weeks or months ahead. Don’t forget to be flexible while doing this, however, seeing as current affairs make for good conversation as well.
Being social media savvy takes research, creativity, and, of course, patience; you won’t get a million followers overnight. You should also remember that engagement is often more valuable than likes and followers as it indicates more authentic and long-term relationships with customers. At the core of your approach should be how to interact in the most natural way possible, as people tend to interact better with humans than they do with brands.
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