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Tips on Tuesday

It can be difficult when you’re starting out on social media to know what content works and what doesn’t and finding the right content to share is half the battle.

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Don’t be afraid to check what your established competitors are doing.  Obviously you don’t want to copy them, but you can certainly get a feel of what content they find successful and use that to help your own strategy.

Once you’re sharing your own ideas, you can roughly gauge if the content works by checking: –

  • Did it have any positive likes or interaction?
  • Did anyone recycle your content or share it on their timeline?
  • Did anyone acknowledge you as a source.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with differing content styles until you find your niche.

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The great thing about social media, is the ability to reach people on a very small budget!

Have you thought about using the “Events” tool on Facebook?

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If you have the type of business where you want people to physically attend a certain event, do try out this tool.  Whether you’re hosting a one-off event, would like people to attend on the first day of a sale, or even just arranging a get together, “Events” is a great way of creating a bit of a buzz surrounding your business and monitoring attendees.

As with all tools on Facebook you can either use it organically, or simply add a small budget to boost your post to reach a wider audience. 

Why not give it a try and see what response you get.  Remember Facebook is all about fostering interaction, and this could be a great way to start a conversation!

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We’ve spoken often about how important it is to add images to your posts on social media.

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Studies show that after 72 hours people only remember 10% of what the read, however with the use of a carefully chosen image, that figure can rise to a massive 65%!

A few times recently, we’ve seen people posting “image for attention” in their posts, and the image used has no relevance whatsoever to the post in question.

Make sure when you use an image, you make it pertinent to your content.  A funny picture is lovely, but if it has no meaning it won’t be long before your followers will get bored.  

There is a vast stock of royalty free images on the web – make sure you choose carefully and share away!

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You’ve written a great blog post, or you have a great special offer on, or you have a really important event coming up; what is the best way to ensure messages like this are really visible on your social media channels?

We’re big fans of the “pinned post” facility on both Facebook and Twitter.

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When you’ve shared your link, or written your content – make sure you pin that post.  This keeps the post at the top of your Facebook page, whilst on Twitter it means the tweet is pinned to your profile, keeping it easily visible when people check your page!

Whilst a pinning facility isn’t currently available in the same way on Instagram, you can create Stories and add pertinent content thereto.  Stories can be pinned into your Instagram profile and sorted by genre.

A word of warning, make sure once the content is outdated, you remove the pin, thus returning the content to the relevant place by date on your timelines.  There’s nothing worse than seeing a great product you want to buy, only to find out it was on sale 6 months ago!

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You’ve, obviously, been following Tips on Tuesday from the start, and your social media profiles are absolutely fantastic.

But people know how to find them, right?

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Don’t make people work to find your profiles.  Link them from anywhere and everywhere! Have your handles on your business cards, email signatures, websites, literature and make your usernames as intuitive as possible.  There is nothing more frustrating for someone who wants to listen to what you have to say, but cannot hear it because they can’t find it!

Make sure you make it as simple as possible to hear what you have to say!

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Ok so here’s the thing.  You’ve created a fantastic social media profile, now you can relax, right?  WRONG!

ProfileAlways make sure your profile is up-to-date.  Make sure any website changes are reflected therein.  Keep on top of contact changes, changes to contact details and changes to team members.

There’s nothing more frustrating for a potential customer than to follow a link on your social media only to find it is out of date.  The customer is trying to contact you – make it easy for them! It is unlikely you’ll get a second chance.

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A lot of our Tips on Tuesday are about how you can use social media to promote your online presence, but it is always worth thinking about the mechanics of social media and more generic online matters.

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Today’s tip is a really simple one.  Think about your online security.  Make sure you don’t have the same password for all your social media accounts and make the password something strong and difficult to crack.  After all you wouldn’t have the same PIN for all your bank cards would you…WOULD you?!

It is important to maintain your social accounts as professionally as possible – and by having strong and secure passwords you are minimising the risk of hacking. 

 

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A slight deviation from our usual brand of tips, but a subject close to our heart!

We are part of the team (along with ES Editorial) who created and deliver Bingley Business Expo.

Bingley Business Expo

The mission behind Bingley Business Expo is to showcase the skills, expertise and services of those businesses based in Bingley and the Aire Valley, with the event established to provide a platform in which local business can showcase their offering to both the local and wider business community.

Our aim is to not only encourage local businesses to collaborate and take advantage of the services available on their doorstep but to also attract attention from further afield.

This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better with space secured for more exhibitors. If you’re an Aire Valley business owner, you can join us as an exhibitor and use your stand to showcase your business, raise brand awareness, network and generate new leads.

We also invite business owners and decision makers from Bingley and beyond to attend. Delegates will have the opportunity to liaise directly with exhibitors, connect with fellow visitors and most importantly, forge valuable working relationships.

Our chosen charity for September’s event is Manorlands Hospice who provide incredible palliative care and complementary therapy services to support people with life-limiting conditions. Last year, we raised £400 for The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.

Bingley Business Expo logo

So today’s Tip on Tuesday is to make the most of free networking events and register for Bingley Business Expo! It only takes a minute and you will become part of a growing community benefitting from this event.

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When making a post on any of your social media channels it is important to get a good balance of content.

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That means not making it all about you!

Make sure your posts are a decent mix of your news together with posts that add value for people reading, sharing interesting content and simply interacting with other people.  There is nothing more likely to make followers hit the big “unfollow” button than a social media feed that contains nothing but posts on what you’re selling.

Be creative, be innovative and share well!

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Picture the scene, you’ve set up your social media profiles and think they look great.  All that’s left is to make them live, right? Wrong!

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Before you put anything live, make sure you take a look at it through your customers’ eyes.  Use a private window to view the profiles to make sure they look as good to other people as they do to you!

Such a small and quick activity, but one that could make a huge difference to your online presence.