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Steps To a Winning Social Media Strategy

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The clout of Social Media Marketing is immense in the business world, so much so that even if you are running a brick and mortar business, and not taking social media marketing seriously, then you are ringing a death knell for yourself. However, for those who are interested in this medium but unable to figure out where to begin, then peruse the following strategies and take in a plunge right away to expand your business globally.

Read: Effective Social Media Tips
Also Read: How Social Media Can Help Make Your Business Grow
Check: TOP ADVANTAGES OF SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING (SMM)


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1] Know thy self, know they Target Audience

First, determine who you are? What product you intend to sell? For instance, if you are a motivational speaker, or someone who’s interested in running an online book shop, or a restaurant business, an in-depth study of your business will help you zero down on your target audience. Then, pen down the basic profile of your common audiences. His age, hobbies, likes, dislikes et al.

2] Adapt colloquial language

Speak to your audience in their language. In other words, your tone should be very conversational. High –Octane, high-brow stuff won’t help you connect with the audience online, let alone convey your message. Conversational approach is a great ice-breaker. Be it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs or social bookmarking sites, use common parlance.

3] Address Audience’s Pressing Problems

When you play the blogger’s role, be ready to tackle the tricky questions the customer’s put forth. A better way out is to make a checklist of questions that your target audience are most likely to ask on various social media sites. This will help you express your standpoint scrupulously. Nonetheless, don’t panic. You will have enough time to research and answer the questions of your audience. However, some amount of homework invariably helps. In doing this on constant basis, will help you establish a rapport with the audience.

4] Schedule Your Content

To schedule your content, consider what formats you will be sending and how often. Applications such as Tweet Deck, Hoot Suite and Social Oomph will let you simultaneously post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others.

5] Decide How you’ll Fulfill the Content

One thing to keep in mind: whatever schedule you set for yourself or your staff will no doubt require more time than you think, especially in the beginning. Getting started with social media content has a learning curve, so be prepared for the extra time needed to get comfortable with the process.

6] Quality Over Quantity

You don’t have to post every day to create an effective presence with your social media. Find the frequency that makes sense for your business and go with that. Remember, quality must always trump quantity. If you can’t maintain the quality level of your content at the rate you’re trying for, reduce the frequency until you can.

Social media does have value, but you must be willing to:

  • Climb the social media marketing ladder and invest in each and every step
  • Develop a clear and concise strategy that you and your team can follow
  • Be committed
  • Be consistent

Set benchmarks and milestones to gauge what’s working and what’s not working – this will help in finding social media marketing success.

Social media marketing does work, but it does not work overnight – it takes work! Invest in it, you won’t regret it.

Article by Margaret Jules

Margaret has written 2 articles.

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  • Amelia

    Quality and quantity play a vital role in that because as we all know very well now-a-days google has became more smart after launched Google Panda and over optimization so we should keep in mind these two things so well.

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  • Jamie Northrup

    Be true to what you preach, be yourself and make real connections instead of trying to gain random followers quickly.

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  • Charlotte

    Howdy very nice blog!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds also?I am glad to find so many helpful information here within the publish, we need develop more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

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  • Uday Ghulaxe

    Social media marketing is the best way to drive traffic to our blog and now search engins are giving more importance to the sites which have more social media linking .
    I like your point “Know thy self, know they Target Audience”.
    Its better to be uware about whats our audience wants and what material we should give to them.

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