Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media
Social media helps businesses connect with consumers, but it can also help businesses grow. While many business have a Facebook, Twitter, or Linked accounts, many don’t utilize it as well as they should. Here’s some ways to use social media to help your business grow.
Connect Your Social Media Accounts
Consumers expect businesses to be a part of multiple social media platforms. By connecting these different platforms, you make it easier for your followers to connect with you, and easier for you to manage multiple social media accounts. For example, if you connect your Instagram with your Facebook, any images you post on Instagram will also be posted on your Facebook. This cuts down the amount of time you have to spend updating your social media pages. You can also connect your social media pages to your blog and/or website which will give you more exposure.
It’s All About Hashtags
Hashtags are a vital part of making social media work for you. They help you to reach new people and can help you keep track of who’s talking about you. Hashtags can be intimidating for those who are just beginning to use social media, but they don’t have to be. The best way to utilize hashtags is by writing your social media post as you always have and then turn two keywords into hashtags. This can be done by including a # in front of the word. Do not include a space between the symbol and the word.
Social media only works for businesses when they post consistently. Research shows that social media accounts that post on a regular basis have more followers than those that don’t. It’s beneficial to create a posting schedule to help hold you accountable. Another way to help you post consistently is to post pictures or statuses related to popular daily hashtags such as #MotivationMonday or #ThrowbackThursday. Another way to make sure you post consistently is to schedule posts. Many social media platforms have an option for you to schedule a post for the future.
Social media is there to help you create connections with your followers. Connections aren’t made by just posting pictures and statuses. Businesses who interact with their followers get the most out of social media. Interacting with followers can help to create loyalty and trust. This interaction can be as simple as responding to messages or comments made by followers or perhaps holding a question and answer session over social media. When people have a positive interaction with a business, it encourages them to tell others about it. Perhaps they will share more of your posts or perhaps they will tell people they know about you. Either way, you gain a lot by just interacting with followers a little.
Any business can be successful if they know how to utilize social media. Social media is all about making connections consistently and respecting your followers. Both of those can be fulfilled by simply following the four tips discussed here. Remember, connect your social media accounts, use hashtags thoughtfully, post consistently, and interact with your followers.