Common Mistakes in Social Media Marketing
- Following someone else’s identity instead of establishing your own
It’s easy to get caught up looking at everyone else’s social profiles and trying to be what they are. The result is feeling forced, a sense of pressure, and a lack of authenticity. There are unique qualities about you that your audience likes. God made each of us different and there is no one like you. If we were all the same, the world would be very boring.
Remember that your community is valuable and focus on providing value to them. If the community is smaller this shouldn’t be a discouragement. You are able to engage with the smaller community followers that trust you. Our community is a small group of friends. You sit down with your friends and give them honest advice, do the same with your community in your platforms.
- Not Streamlining your workflow –
Posting content and responding without using a centralized scheduling tool. When you’re jumping from platform to another without a plan in place, you’re actually spending more time on your marketing. Plan it out on a content scheduler and have a centralized area for responding to your customers. Planning out your content also helps you maintain credibility, by giving you adequate time to research your topics. You’re not speaking off the top of your head, your content is relevant because you took the time to research.
- Running out of content –
Have a list of content available beforehand. This sets you up for success in providing value to your audience. Focus on what your customers are asking you. Use this information to drive more content in the form of a response. When you focus on the same content your audience will lose interest. Mix up your content by making a list of different questions that you received from your clients or customers. Answer those questions for your topics.
Your responses will also help prepare you for sales conversations and gain confidence. When you write down your list of responses you are more likely to remember them. ” A study of university students and recent graduates has revealed that writing on physical paper can lead to more brain activity when remembering the information an hour later.” (Ref: footer) Researchers say writing by hand on physical paper is likely what leads to improved memory.
Challenges are necessary for any type of growth. Identifying some common mistakes and coming up with a game plan before will save you time and help you provide more value to your customers. Establish your own identity. Streamline your workflow with scheduling. Keep yourself aware of what your customers are asking by writing a list and you won’t run out of content. Social media marketing is supposed to be fun. Be you and engage with your community.
Creating content is about creating the habit so that you can be consistent. Consistency is key with social media because it is not the same as face-to-face interaction. Face to face interaction takes less time than social media does. One way that you can save time with your content is to repurpose it. Post it first and then move it around to different social media platforms. It is the intention behind the content that matters. Thinking of it as “we get to do it” instead of “we have to do it”.
Grab attention and then hold the attention. Your audience wants to interact with someone that they know like and trust 1. focus on the foundation of your content by storytelling, giving value, and brand awareness 2. provide resources and value in your post, do what feels natural to you, what aligns with your mission, what you’re passionate about and be authentic. If it feels forced, it’s not going to convert. You must be OK with who you are. Attraction marketing is about expression and an opportunity to build a relationship with your client.
The more content you create the more clarity you will gain. Do some research and find out how people feel with your content. Here are a few questions to keep in mind when you’re creating content. Does your audience like video or photos better? Go in with the mindset of service and leadership, truly wanting to help your audience. It’s not just about sales. What are your values? Is your Content in direct alignment with your values, your story, your mission and your purpose? Remember that we are backed by purpose not a paycheck.
There are three types of content video, audio, and print. Scale the one type of content that you like and that your customers engage with the most. Previously content was mostly created on commercials, TV, and radio. Today content is created more on YouTube, podcasts and in social media. 80% of people are visual learners so video is a great way to engage with your audience. Print content is normally in the form of quotes for short form and storytelling for long form content. Live videos are an opportunity to build instant engagement with your audience and provide a useful way to interact with them in real time. You can mix all of these content types too your audience to find out which one resonates with them the most but also to give your audience a different views on your content based on what they like.
How does your brand make your audience feel? Your brand is the soul of your business, your name, values, personality, energy. It’s the storytelling of your business and the relationship connection. Your brand brings awareness to your business. Lead by example and stay in alignment with what you believe.