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Sometimes “short and sweet” is all you need!

Did you know 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound? That means your immediate action needs to be to make your video offering compelling without audio.

Ensure any speech is subtitled – not only does this mean you can capture those watching in silence through choice, but also people with hearing impairments; accessibility of content is such good practice!

Make your videos short, fun and above all on brand; sharing your message by image only. Of course this is a challenge, but one that will be worth it!

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Did you know passive content consumption is still consumption?

In the last 30 days, the average Facebook user has shared only one post, whilst they have made five comments and liked 12 posts.  The stats clearly show that reach and reactions are more realistic goals for any of your social media content.

With the average user spending 34 minutes of their day on Facebook, ensure you are adding value to their usage by providing good quality, informative and interesting content.

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True friends are always together in spirit.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

Friends forever!

Have you seen posts on Facebook asking you to tag a friend? If you haven’t, have YOU thought about posting relatable “tag a friend” content?

Try posting a relevant image to your business (maybe a new product, or your latest offer) and asking your audience to tag their friends. This is a great way of increasing engagement, increasing brand awareness, and gaining new followers without feeling overtly promotional.

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Who doesn’t like to win something?!

A quick and easy way – with relatively little investment – to increase your followers is to run a competition or giveaway on your social media channels. By engaging with these types of posts, your audience can assist you in getting a much greater reach!

Make sure you adhere to any terms and conditions on whichever platform you use, and ensure you include YOUR terms and conditions within the post. To run a successful competition, choose winners randomly and be transparent in the drawing of a winner (using a randomisation tool, and a video is great for this) and make sure you deliver on the prizes or giveaways promised! A prize handover is a really great way to get some feel-good content for your pages!

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“social media”

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Websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

Hello….is it us you’re looking for?!

The fundamental reason we’re all on social media is to communicate, so don’t forget to implement methods to encourage engagement within your marketing plans.

A great way to get people talking is, very simply, to ask them a question. “What do you think?”, “which do you prefer?”, “how do you feel about…?”. You can always add a Call to Action within your posts to encourage your readers to get in touch!

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Remember, your content doesn’t always have to be your own, you can share from other sources.

We’re a big fan of sharing relevant articles pertinent to the industry, wider reaching articles that tell a good story, articles that support a cause you’re interested in or even simply some good old-fashioned good news!

However, it is good practice to share articles that are free to read! It is irritating to follow a link to an article you really want to read, only to find out that you must pay to do so and the main body of the article is hidden behind a paywall. Remember there are plenty of news sources and industry resources out there where you can share their articles for free (with attribution of course – we’re a fan of simply sharing directly to the site carrying the article), and this will prove more worthwhile for you in the long run!

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Do the images you use in your social media posts meet our rule of six?!

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We know that posts that contain images perform better on social media, but how do you find the perfect image to accompany your post.

We’ve created a handy guide to help you choose the right image: –

  1. Are the images good quality? Images for social media don’t need to be professional quality but they need to be crisp and clear.
  2. Are they attractive? Images must add value to your post – an unattractive image will do the opposite!
  3. Are the images relevant? Make sure the image you choose has some bearing to the content of the post; choosing an image purely because it looks nice despite having no context is not a useful strategy.
  4. Is the image easy to see? If the image is too dark or too small, it will bring little value.
  5. Use text in your images sparingly; remember screen reading devices cannot read text on images so to make your posts accessible put the main text in your post.
  6. Add branding where necessary. Not every image will need branding especially if your profile shots are your logo, but if you choose to do so remember good branding is noticeable but not obtrusive. 

Have fun, enjoy creating and improve your social media channels by adding some great images!

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Whilst you want to be consistent in the frequency of your posting, make sure you mix up the rest of the details!

Time

Rather than always post at the same time, why not experiment with being active on your social media channels at various times and days e.g. outside normal business hours or on weekends.  By changing when you post, you have the opportunity to engage with a whole different audience.

You can use the analytical tools available on any social media channel to find out when you’re most successful posting time is and reformulate your social media plan to encompass those popular times!

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So, you’re on social media, great – but don’t be complacent!

View finderMake sure you make it as easy as possible for people to find your social media accounts.  It is such a waste if you create great content and there’s no-one there to see it!

Ensure your social media handles are consistent and intuitive. Make sure your profiles and unified and create a strong brand; using the same profile picture across all channels is a great way to be spotted quickly!

Use your marketing literature like a map; whether traditional leaflets or business cards, or online communications such as mailshots or email signatures, always include your social media handles. 

Help people to find you and communicate with you, after all that’s what social media is all about!

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Do you keep an eye on your competitors?

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If you have never carried out analysis on your competitors, you’re missing a trick.  Their social media profiles are as public as yours, this is a great way to compare your strategy with theirs are maybe get some ideas on how to change your performance. 

Ask yourself what your competitors are doing well; make a list of their strengths and weaknesses.  Are they posting a particular type of content that is getting them good engagement? 

Once you have taken a look at your competitors’ social media, come up with a plan of action to implement changes to your own social media strategy.  Of course, we would never advocate directly copying posts; but there is no harm in keeping your ideas fresh!