Is Your Social Media Boring Your Potential Customers?

Social media is a strong tool for internet marketers to attract more customers.  Here are 4 tips to ensure your social media is attracting a large audience and not boring your potential customers:

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1. Providing value (even in a dull niche)

One thing you might be wondering, is how exactly you provide entertaining, engaging value when you run a website about life insurance. What could you possibly do on Instagram or on Pinterest that would be appropriate?

The answer is to think not about the service directly but rather about the value proposition and audience. Your aim is to post things that will be interesting to the same demographic and that will be relevant – that doesn’t have to mean that you only ever post directly about life insurance!

One example of this might be to make an Instagram account all about ways to spend time with your family and take care of them as a Mum or Dad. This has a very broad appeal but it is also directly relevant to life insurance – because life insurance is all about looking after your family once you’re gone. People who want to be better Mums and Dads can follow your Instagram, which will be in the same spirit as your business, and once you have their ear, you can recommend life insurance policy X.

Likewise, you could do something similar with a Pinterest account. How about making this all about ways to save money as a family? You could show money saving hacks, budgeting tips etc. and then use that in order to promote your life insurance as the best financial option, or your website as the best place to learn about life insurance.

2. Targeting a specific audience

Another important tip is to think about your audience and who they are. If you want people to share your posts (this is the best way to ensure that they reach the maximum number of people), then you need to be sure that you are targeting your audience specifically. This is important, seeing as trying to reach too wide an audience will ultimately mean that you don’t specifically appeal to anyone.

This is the mistake that a lot of people make with their posts on ‘How to Get Abs’. They think that they need to appeal to everyone and thus they end up with very safe and very generic content.

But content performs best when it is targeting specifically at a particular type of person. This all relates to the psychology of sharing. Why do we ever share content? There are two simple reasons: to express ourselves OR to communicate.

We communicate by sharing things that we think will appeal to someone we know. If you see a post on ‘How Working From Home Turns Your Brain to Mush’, then you’re going to share that with your friend Bill who works from home as a cheeky joke, as a way to help them work from home better, or perhaps just as a way to show you’re thinking of them.

If you work from home yourself, then you might post it to express how you feel about working from home and to help others to understand you better.

But notice that in both these scenarios, the post only works because it applies so specifically to people who work from home.

While being very specific might appear to exclude potential customers, it makes it much easier for you to market to the particular type of person who is likely to buy from you.

And to make this work you need to spend some time profiling what that person is like. How old are they? What gender are they? What are their hobbies? What websites do they spend time on?

You’ll see why this is even more important shortly…

3. Making a strong brand

Once you’ve decided how you’re going to provide value, through sharing your blog posts or by posting images, you then need to make sure that you have a strong brand that will have good visibility and that will tie your social media channels neatly to your website. It’s important that when someone sees a post from you, that they know it’s from that same website they saw the other day.

So make sure you have a good logo and use that as your profile picture or your cover image on each account. Likewise, use the same name wherever possible. For help creating a logo, try www.canva.com or www.fiverr.com.

Another tip is to integrate your social media and your website as closely as possible. It will take a while to build up momentum on your social media but one thing you can do to help that along, is to add social media buttons to your website so that people can check out your Facebook directly from your website. Ideally, you will gain new followers each time someone goes to your website and that way, they’ll be more likely to see your future posts and share them, bringing in yet more visitors who can subsequently become followers!

Also important is simply to ask people to follow you on social media. This is particularly effective in videos – so if you have a YouTube channel, then don’t be shy to simply ask the people watching to follow you on Twitter and to give them some good reasons to do so! Similarly, at the end of a blog post why not just ask your readers to share the post with their friends using the handy sharing buttons you provide?

It’s also a good idea to integrate your various different posts to save time and to ensure that you fill each channel with as much content as possible. For example, you can make it so that you post all your Tweets on your Facebook page, or so that each new YouTube video is automatically shared on Twitter.

4. Interact

Don’t forget that social media is still primarily a communication tool. One of the best ways to ensure that people are engaged with you is to actually talk with them and doing something as simple as just following people or liking their pictures. If you have ever used Instagram, then likely you’ll be familiar with how pleasing it is to find that someone has started following you – especially if they look like a professional brand! Likewise, it’s great when they commend and say ‘nice pic!’.

This will then motivate you to check out their channel and in many cases, to follow it! So just spend some time posting and of course be sure to actually respond to people. Running contests and surveying your audience can also be a very good way to increase engagement and to get a better idea of what your followers want to see from you!

A good example of a contest is to award a follower with a free gift if you get ‘over X number of likes’. This can help you to build more shares and likes as well as being a great way to thank your fans!

Another important tip is to think about your audience and who they are. If you want people to share your posts (this is the best way to ensure that they reach the maximum number of people), then you need to be sure that you are targeting your audience specifically. This is important, seeing as trying to reach too wide an audience will ultimately mean that you don’t specifically appeal to anyone.

This is the mistake that a lot of people make with their posts on ‘How to Get Abs’. They think that they need to appeal to everyone and thus they end up with very safe and very generic content.

But content performs best when it is targeting specifically at a particular type of person. This all relates to the psychology of sharing. Why do we ever share content? There are two simple reasons: to express ourselves OR to communicate.

We communicate by sharing things that we think will appeal to someone we know. If you see a post on ‘How Working From Home Turns Your Brain to Mush’, then you’re going to share that with your friend Bill who works from home as a cheeky joke, as a way to help them work from home better, or perhaps just as a way to show you’re thinking of them.

If you work from home yourself, then you might post it to express how you feel about working from home and to help others to understand you better.

But notice that in both these scenarios, the post only works because it applies so specifically to people who work from home.

While being very specific might appear to exclude potential customers, it makes it much easier for you to market to the particular type of person who is likely to buy from you.

And to make this work you need to spend some time profiling what that person is like. How old are they? What gender are they? What are their hobbies? What websites do they spend time on?

Jo Ward
 

Internet Entrepreneur | Property Investor | Business Coach | Luxury Addict

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