Easy Ways to Fit Social Media Into Your Business
How do you incorporate the latest and greatest new social media platforms into your marketing strategy without increasing the workload?
We got advice from members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization of promising young entrepreneurs that has access to tools, mentoring and resources that support each stage of business development. The organization promotes entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and under-employment.
1. Determine the goal. "[Look at] how the new social media platform aligns with your overall social media goals by asking these questions: Will it create more sales? More engagement? Better customer service? Next, establish forecasts and measure the costs against the benefits. If it makes sense to add the new platform to the mix, try it out for a few weeks to see what happens."
2. Outsource other things. "Unless you want your social media accounts to read like robots are writing, you're going to have to put in some time and effort. Outsource other things that you don't do well so you can focus on true engagement. Social media is a strong tool to nurture clients and leads. Of course it's going to take work, but it's well worth the returns."
3. Syndicate existing content. "Whenever a new social media platform appears on the scene, I start by syndicating what I'm already doing to [the new one]. It's rarely the best approach to get full benefits, but it allows me to start learning that platform without stressing about using it perfectly. That way, the new platform doesn't dramatically add to the workload. Then, as best practices emerge, I can evolve my strategies and rearrange priorities."
4. Focus on quality. "It’s all about quality over quantity when it comes to social media. Post strategically and you will not have to overload yourself trying to keep up a constant presence on all new sites. Prioritize each social media platform by which one has provided you with the best ROI and focus the majority of your time there."
5. Prioritize your presence. "Prioritize where you want to focus your social marketing efforts. You don’t have to be present on every little social media platform. Find the ones that fit your needs and provide the most success and focus your time there."
6. Repurpose old content. "If you have posts that worked well on Twitter or Facebook, rewrite them in a different way and share them on new networks when they emerge (such as Pinterest). Content is king and if you have valuable stuff, don't spend time re-creating it. Instead, spend your time distributing it to the masses."
7. Adapt to a management platform. "Using tools like HootSuite or Buffer, you can add multiple social network accounts into one dashboard to view. Send all of your updates from there. Both tools allow you to schedule updates to go out on multiple platforms. Buffer especially will find the best times for you to tweet to receive the most return response and maximum exposure. HootSuite enables you to have side-by-side timelines for reading and sending."
8. Make it work with ifttt. "[The company]'s claim that it will 'put the Internet to work for you,' is a good one. Social media can take up a lot of time, so a tool [such as ifttt] that gives you one hub where you can update numerous platforms is a touchdown. Update one platform from ifttt while it updates the others without you having to manually do it."
Put these resources to work for your business by trying these tips from upcoming entrepreneurs on effective social media strategies.
What helpful advice have you gotten about social media lately?