Strategizing Your Social Media
1. Define Your Goals
Everything you post in any social media forum should have a defined end goal, rather than just spewing out information and hoping for the best return from it. Take some time to figure out what it is you want to accomplish and then outline how you can effectively meet those goals. Social media is ever-evolving, so you should spend time educating yourself on the newest trends in each forum to get the maximum benefit from each strategy you implement.
2. Take Cues from Others
You should never discount what your competition is doing – instead you should see what is working for them and what isn’t working for them and then use that knowledge to create something that will work for you. Learn from their mistakes rather than making the same mistake.
3. Don’t Ignore Customers
Because social media is such an interactive experience many people won’t hesitate to tell you their opinions on things – whether it’s a good opinion or a bad one. You should listen to what people’s reactions are to different campaigns you’ve rolled out. It doesn’t matter how good you think a certain strategy is if you’re customers hate it, because ultimately it’s their opinion that matters.
4. Implement and Review
Once you’ve figured out what you want to accomplish with your social media and formed a campaign you should test it out to get people’s opinions and reactions and then come back and review it. Analyze if it was as successful as you thought it would be or if it tanked and figure out why. That way you can adapt the plan to better fit you and your customer’s needs.
5. Network Often
Use social media to network online and in person. You should never limit yourself to only one way of interacting with people because it will end up limiting you. Instead take some time to meet people within your niche market at networking events to form relationships and contacts outside of the online world. That way you can learn from them and potentially work together in the future.
Jumping into anything blind is never a good approach, and the same is true for your social media tactics. Social media is becoming increasingly important in the business world, and you should strengthen your social media know-how to benefit from all that it has to offer. Don’t wait until 2012 is here; get a head start on it and start now!
Author Bio : This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.