Mastering Social Media

Scheduling Your Social Media

The best way to create engagement on social medial is to be consistent. As a business owner, that can be a tall order. You can make it easier on yourself if you have a process. If you sit down and plan for the next few weeks or months, then you can batch schedule your social media.

Marketing Your Local Business on Social Media

Even local businesses can reap the benefits of maintaining a social media presence. If you haven’t, now’s the time. Here are a few facts: 78% of the US population has a social media profile and 97% percent of consumers aged 18 to 34 read online reviews. Just to bring this local, there is a Facebook group, called 422 Families, where people regularly ask for recommendations about local businesses. That group has over 7,700 members.

Video Content for Social Media

Video is becoming an essential part of social media content. It's favored by all the algorithms and people will stop their scroll to watch it. That’s why businesses should try to use video when they can. The great thing about video is that you can do it right from your phone.

Here are some helpful ideas for using video as social media content.

• Highlighting important features.

• Instructions about how to use your product.

Change Isn’t Always Bad

Facebook has signaled that their algorithm is changing again. If you’ve been thinking about starting a Facebook group, now might be the time to do it. Facebook is favoring more personal engagement, so your page might not reach as many people as it has in the past. Here are some things to consider about creating a group.

Give people an incentive for joining your group. You could offer early bird discounts to the members or previews for new products. Then once they are in, give them more information about your products and services.

Create and Automate your Email Funnels

Recently, I watched a video on YouTube on a subject of interest to me and after watching the video, decided to click on the “infamous link” below the video. Part of the reason for clicking on it was to experience the engagement funnel with this individual, as well as see how long she would send emails to me about it. Well, it is two weeks later, and I am still getting emails from her daily. They have taken different directions along the way.

Lead Generation Hacks on Instagram

Have you thought about Instagram for lead generation? If you haven’t, I have some hacks to generate leads from your existing followers. As you grow your business account you can use these strategies going forward.       

Your profile should have the following:

• A picture that reflects your brand.

• Your bio should be concise and clear about what you offer people. 

• A link in the bio — your website or a link to a newsletter signup.

Hashtags

Should I be using hashtags? That’s a question I hear a lot. The answer depends on the platform that you are using. Hashtags are used to index keywords for search results. They are more prevalent on some social media platforms than others.

The Power of Words…

They are the magic that can make the difference for your site to be found on the tenth page of a Google search or the first page. Blogs are the most powerful tool to building a site found on Google.

Social Media Should Be Social

Ok. So, you’ve spent all this time setting up Facebook, Instagram, or whatever platform you’re on. You have all the relevant information about your business on your page. Now what?

You need to think about what message you want to convey and how you go about it. Yes, you want to let people what your business, but no one wants to be sold to all the time. If all you are doing is trying to sell, you’re probably not seeing a lot of engagement on your social media.  You want to give them the answer to “why” they should be doing business with you.

Setting SMART Goals for Your Social Media

Setting SMART goals is an excellent way to focus your social media efforts. Creating goals for the month or quarter helps to dial down your message and measure if it is making an impact. Set aside some time to brainstorm your social media goals. Next look at the goals to see if they meet the criterial below.

• Specific — I want more Facebook followers is not a specific goal. However, I want to increase my Facebook followers by 500 or I want to increase the signups for my newsletter coming from Facebook by 50 percent are specific goals.

Holiday Success Starts with a Plan

I know that most of you aren’t ready to think about the holidays. Guess what? Now is the perfect time to start making a plan. We have no idea what this holiday season will look like, but it is a safe bet that people will be making many online purchases.

Here are the things you should be doing now to set up for your success later.

1. Confirm that all your information is up to date and consistent across social media.

2. Try to build brand awareness through your social media. Use different social media sites like Instagram, Reels Stories, and ads. 

How to be Consistent on Social Media

The last year has taught business owners the importance of connecting with their customer base. They can do this through social media. Most social media algorithms reward regular postings and engagements. That is important if you want people to find and get updates about your business.

Facebook is a great way to keep your customers informed about new information like changes to your hours. Customers will be more inclined to visit a business that has up to date information. You really do not want people showing up at your business when it is closed because the hours were wrong.

Free Tools for Social Media Creation

Now more than ever it’s important to have a presence on social media. You can DIY your social media with free tools. There is so much information out there, so here is a quick guide to get you started.

Graphics and stock photography

Content Creation Tips

There is no right way to post social media content. Truthfully, you must figure out a system that works for you and be consistent. The best way to stop being overwhelmed is to have a plan. Here are a few tips that might help.

Facebook Reviews — It’s All About the Ask

People buy from businesses that they know, like, and trust. One way to increase your trust factor is through Facebook Reviews. Customers can recommend your business to others and leave comments about it.

If you don’t have a review tab on your page, go to Settings then Templates and Tabs. You want to turn on reviews so that they will show up. Now that you have confirmed that your review tab is visible, it’s time to ask for some reviews.

Grow Your Audience with Instagram Reels

Are you looking to grow your Instagram account? Creating Reels on Instagram is an excellent way to work with the current algorithm to grow your account. Why? Reels is a new feature that Instagram is trying to grow, so they are rewarding Reels with increased reach.

Utilizing Video for Social Media

It is 2021 and video content is still an important tool for social media. Most, if not all, algorithms favor videos, and most people will stop scrolling to watch them. Right now, make a plan to incorporate video into your social media strategy as often as possible. If you only have a smart phone, you have everything you need to get started. Now, how can you incorporate video into your social media?

Making Instagram Work for Your Business

It is important that your Instagram account is set up as a business profile. With that, you will have access to Insights, a tool to help you understand your audience and the effectiveness of your posts, Stories, and IGTV. That information will help you grow.

Check out your Insights to see how your account is preforming. Here are some things you can see there:

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  • Profile Visits
  • Email Button Taps
  • Call Button Taps

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