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How businesses use social media

A look at the business use case for social media management.

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Social media’s impact on business 

Social media has been around for a long time with the first blogging sites coming into existence in 1999. After that, social media burst into fresh life with the launch of sites like MySpace, Flickr and LinkedIn in the early 2000s. YouTube launched in 2005, offering a new way for people to communicate. In 2006, Facebook and Twitter exploded onto the scene, changing forever the means by which people exchange and share information.

But let’s take a look at some numbers to fully grasp the enormity of social media. Here is a breakdown of digital impact according to Hootsuite:

  • Of a total population of 7.6 billion people:
    • Over 4.3 billion people use the internet
    • Over 3.4 billion people are active social media users
    • Over 5.1 billion people are unique mobile users
    • Over 3.2 billion people are active mobile social users
  • And in America, 78% of adults use social media

Considering these statistics, any business that neglects to employ a social strategy is undoubtedly overlooking a cost-effective means to reach half of the global population.

How can I use social media for business?

Silence on social media is not an option for any small business wanting to thrive in today’s digital age. The good thing is, it’s relatively simple and cheap to start using your online presence to promote your company.

Start with a social media strategy 

Make sure all of your social media strategy efforts support what you’re trying to achieve as a business.

  • What do you want to say and to whom?
  • What is your competition saying?
  • Create a calendar for your posts and stick to the 80/20 rule: use 80% of your posts to entertain, educate or converse with your audience and the remaining 20% to talk about your brand or product

Choose which platforms are right for you

 There are lots to choose from – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn – and we’ll come to those in more detail in a while.

Start posting before you seek followers and customers

Think about what your customers want to hear from you. Maybe provide some social media tips or information about your industry, or your town if you’re a local business seeking local customers. Some social media best practices you should consider are posting pictures of your business, products, and brand. If you’ve got any video, think about uploading it to YouTube, with links to your other social media platforms.  And do ‘like’ and ‘favorite’ other YouTube videos, as your followers will be able to see these on your page.

Engage, engage, engage!

Social media management is all about building relationships, not an information push. Every time you post, it’s an opportunity to have a conversation with a customer.

Ask questions on your customers’ posts. Like their comments and repost where appropriate.

Stay positive and upbeat. No one likes a glum brand. Especially not social media branding companies like ours. 

Keep your audience informed about updates with your business

Vary the content in your calendar to keep your followers interested. If you launch a new line, open a new office, welcome new staff or get a dog – post about it!

Make time for social media management

Think of your social platforms in the same way you would consider any sales funnel. Make time every day to respond to comments and share new posts.

Keep track of your performance

You don’t need our social media specialists to tell you that you should be tracking your company’s social media KPIs. By keeping track of historical performance, you can better gauge the effectiveness of your social media strategy and whether or not you need to explore different posting opportunities, like participating in more current social media trends.

Social media platforms

There are so many platforms to choose from, it’s quite mind-boggling. Let’s run a few numbers to position what kind of usage there is in the US and which platforms social media branding companies like ours would recommend:

Facebook: 205 million unique monthly users

Nearly 70% of adults and 50% of teens in the US use Facebook to share content, read the news, shop and catch up with friends. Around 75% of users visit the site at least once a day.

Twitter: 110 million unique monthly users

22% of Americans say they use Twitter, predominantly for news. Users skew younger, wealthier and better educated than other US adults overall.

LinkedIn: 154 million Americans have profiles

50% of college graduates use LinkedIn, 3 million jobs are posted every month and 30 million companies have profile pages

Pinterest: 87 million unique monthly users

90% of weekly users utilize Pinterest to make purchase decisions and 98% of users try the ideas they find on Pinterest. Pinterest added more American users between 2017-18 than Facebook and Twitter combined.

Google My Business

A free tool that helps customers find your business, Google My Business offers your company better search visibility (the top panel on page 1 of a Google search) and displays useful information that you can manage.  According to Google, 50% of all mobile consumers that search for a local business tend to visit it too, with 18% converting to purchase.

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Start working with a social media specialist today

I think it’s fair to say that a good few of your customers and many more of your potential customers use the platforms that your business could usefully employ to spread your message! Social media for business can be time-consuming initially but a business without a social media presence nowadays is missing a huge opportunity. 

If you want a hand setting up social media platforms to give your business a big online boost, give us a call at (615) 219-9181. When it comes to social media for business, our social media specialists at Take the Stairs are experts at crafting a social strategy that can be used for all kinds of companies, large and small. Let us help you!