Remember social media is your online shop window, so every business with social media channels is putting themselves out there to be visible.
With such a wealth of information out there, don’t be afraid to take a look at what your competitors are doing social media wise! Obviously we aren’t advocating plagiarizing and we emphasise the importance of creating your own content, however market analysis can be useful to monitor established accounts within your sector to get an idea of what sort of posts work well, what timing works and even which channels are most successful for businesses like yours.
There are so many examples out there and freely available – make use of them! Just don’t get so bogged down in comparison you spend more time on their channels than your own!
Whilst creating content is key across your social media platforms, there are of course those days when inspiration simply doesn’t strike.
A really great way to help you out on those days when you’re suffering a bout of writer’s block is to create a social media calendar. Quite simply pull together a list of dates that mixes key dates that are important to your business (maybe a sale, a new product launch, the anniversary of your opening) and more national dates you can have fun with e.g. National Cup of Tea Day, National Biscuit Day.
Dates like these give an immediate way to create content and have fun when you might be struggling for something to say. Followers like to see the people they follow have fun, so don’t be afraid to let loose and create some great new content for dry spells!
Let us know what your favourite social media day to celebrate is, the more unusual the better!
For our final Tips on Tuesday of 2021 (yes, even we’re having a rest next week!) we’re giving you a generic tip.
Whilst we’ve often said how the consistency of social media posting is important, it is equally important for you to be recharged, rested and ready for all the challenges of 2022. By all means do some pertinent holiday posts, but then give yourself time away from insights, responses and general scrolling through your timeline.
When you’re rested and refreshed you will face the challenges of digital marketing and your online presence with renewed zeal.
A very Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2022 to all!
With 2022 fast approaching (no we don’t quite know how either!), now is a good time to take stock of your online year!
It’s important to remember that social media – and your wider online presence – is an ever-changing landscape, and this has never been more true than the last two years!
At this time of year we always recommend reviewing your online year. Check back using social media insights and analytical tools into which posts worked, and which were less successful. You can then use the data you collect to create your online schedule and plan for next year!
Remember, as Warren Buffet said “it’s a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones.”
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?
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. Certainly at this time of year with Christmas shopping and events in everyone’s mind, this tool can be so useful for getting the word out!
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 encouraging interaction, and this could be a great way to start a conversation!
We love a plan. We especially love a social media marketing plan – you really need a firm outline of your social media aims and needs to make your channels as useful as possible.
However, we’re also a fan of flexibility and the ability to change direction.
If the last two years have taught us anything, it is that the best laid plans often come to nought and that it is ok to deviate from your plan. We think of our social media plans as a guideline; the type of document you stick to when everything is normal rather than a piece of work that is set in stone.
As we’re faced daily with the potential for yet more change, don’t worry if you have to deviate from your plan. Don’t worry if you haven’t the headspace to post for a few days and miss some posts you had planned. There is always time to catch up. Christmas is also a great time of year for some ad hoc posting – something away from the planned posts and the potential to have a little spontaneous fun.
The most successful plans we have seen, whilst giving an overview of aims and content strands also allow the user to be flexible when necessary and acknowledges that this is very likely!
Oh it’s only November, there’s plenty of time……then you realise that Christmas Eve is four weeks on Friday!
It is very likely your working hours will be affected by the Christmas break. Make decisions on when you will be open and available for contact and start rolling out the information to your online profiles now.
People are busy over Christmas – that’s a fact. If you want to maintain attracting customers over the Christmas period, you need to give them the information as soon as possible so they can factor you into their plans!
At this time of year we always recommend starting to consider your social media strategy for next year.
As with all good strategies, you first need a goal. Now is the time to decide what your social media goals are for the upcoming period. Do you want to increase awareness of your brand? Do you want to engage more with current customers? Do you want to increase your audiences? Do you want to convert your audiences into customers? Do you want to become an influencer in your field?
You cannot begin to create a firm strategy for your social media channels without knowing what you’re aiming for! Don’t forget, the goal isn’t set is stone and can be amended throughout the year by regularly reviewing your strategies.
Ok, bear with us – we know it is only the 9th November, however that leaves only 5 Tips on Tuesday sessions before our Christmas break, so time to start talking the run up to the big day, and what happens afterwards!
Our first tip is one we discuss every year, and whilst the way we celebrate Christmas might look a big different, this year it feels so important to acknowledge this tip. And that is PLAN A BREAK. The mental load we’ve all had for a second year running has been like no other, and it is so important for mental and physical health that we take time away from work to rest, relax and regroup.
Whether you plan your break as a full shut down, or simply factor in your away time by scheduling your social posts in advance, the important thing is that you have some time for you.
We’re hoping for a full digital detox over part of the Christmas break which means time away from phones and other digital devices – how about you?!