Growing a social media following organically is nearly impossible in 2017. There was a time where posting cool and interesting things on your page regularly were enough to get attention and have people follow you. Unfortunately, the competition on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In is now so fierce that it is hard to stand out amongst all the other brands looking to connect with your audience.
There are simple ways you can reach more people and engage with them more via social media. Try these easy tips from Stephens Social and see if your social media following increases.
1. Create a Schedule & Stick To It
The easiest way to keep your audience engage is to post often and on a regular basis. To make sure you don’t start strong and end up losing steam, create a posting schedule to help you know what to post and when
2. Post Polls & Questions To Improve Engagement
Asking your audience a question or taking a poll is more likely to compel them to participate. Keep questions related to your business and respond to any related questions that show up in your feed.
3. Offer Items of Value To Your Audience
Whether it’s a coupon for something discounted or free from your physical location or a downloadable checklist they can use to make an important decision, your audience is likely to respond to something free.
4. Try Influencer Marketing
One of the easiest ways to grow your following is to pair your brand with an influencer who already has a large social media following. Before you choose an influencer to partner with, take some time to familiarize yourself with the type of message they communicate and whether it aligns with your messaging.
5. Tailor Your Posting Times
Each social channel has a specific audience and times that those users are most active. For example, people tend to be more active on LinkedIn during working hours, as the content is more business related.
6. Create Videos To Engage With Different Types Of Users
While some people like to read articles on social media, others prefer to watch a video to get the content they are looking for. Creating videos can help your content reach those audiences that prefer visual content.
7. Measure Success & Tailor Your Campaigns
Most of the popular social media channels offer analytics that will help you understand what’s working and what isn’t. Check your analytics regularly and look for any patterns, including:
- Do posts made on a particular day or at a particular time do well?
- What hashtags have helped you gain visibility?
- How do users respond to polls? Photo posts? Open ended questions?
Running your company’s social media channels can be time-consuming, but well worth the investment. If you need expert help, Stephens Social is here to offer guidance and assistance. Learn more here.