Top Ten Tips For Using Social Media For Business

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Does social media steal your time and make your head spin? Are you wondering how you’ll ever get the hang of using social media for business? Help is here!

Social media is the hottest way businesses are reaching out to potential customers. When executed correctly, a social media marketing campaign can bring traffic to your website and serve as a fantastic lead generator. And so many options, from Facebook, to Twitter, to LinkedIn, to Instagram… the list goes on and on.

However, this never-ending set of choices is part of the challenge. To many entrepreneurs, social media can seem like an overwhelming burden with no end in sight. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

If this feeling sounds familiar to you, keep reading to get a handle on using social media for business.

How do you decide which social media platforms to use?

The simplest answer is to look at where your customers are searching for what you have to offer. Are they looking on Facebook for your type of product or service? Are they searching Twitter for your industry keywords? Are they women who can’t get enough of the visual smorgasbord otherwise known as Pinterest?

If you don’t know where your customers are hanging out just yet…

Start with the most commonly used platforms and learn the ropes. Read some articles and how-to’s on each platform. Review the FAQs, user guides, and take a look at your fellow business owners. Which platforms are they using?

I regularly see questions and comments from business owners still trying to figure out what they should be using. It’s ok to ask. Then you can check out some of the newer platforms and give them a try, but don’t be so quick to invest so much time on them. You have a business to run!

Why use social media as a marketing tool?

Small businesses are always looking for inexpensive ways to communicate their products to the public. If you have time and materials to network and market your business, you have all the resources you need to use social media. Don’t believe me? Ask me and I’ll show you how.

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Social media alone is not a marketing strategy. It is a tool that should be a part of your overall marketing strategy.

Social media is officially a part of our culture and lifestyle. It is here to stay. It may take some work, but you can do social!

 It doesn’t matter which social media platform you’re using, these tips apply to them all!

Top Ten Tips For Using Social Media For Business

  1. Stay consistent by providing high quality content regularly. Consistency is key!
  2. Complete all bios and profiles with relevant, up-to-date information. The more information you can share, the better your chance of people wanting to following you.
  3. Don’t buy followers. I repeat, NEVER BUY FOLLOWERS. We can check and see that they’re fake.
  4. Check your spelling and grammar. Auto-correct is a sure fire way to inadvertently post the wrong word choice. I know you’ve seen a few posts that made no sense because of auto-correct. Do a quick proofread before hitting any send/tweet/share buttons. You don’t look too bright when using misspelled words and poor grammar.
  5. Don’t create posts with the intention of going viral – create content for your audience.
  6. Host a contest, but adhere to the specific rules of each social media platform. Be sure to write a blog post about your contest with links and instructions to participate.
  7. Don’t talk only about you and share only your own content. Nobody likes a spotlight hog! Being social is about engagement, so actively engage by sharing other people’s content.
  8. Don’t share mass amounts of posts in a short time period – spread your posts out. Otherwise, you’ll flood people’s timelines. Or worse yet, your audience won’t see your posts because they aren’t active at that particular time.
  9. Be sure your social media buttons are prominent on your website and individual blog posts. You want people to be able to find you on the different networks, but you also want to make social sharing of your content as easy as possible.
  10. Do not write any post in ALL CAPS or with a bunch of exclamation marks!!!!!!!! That is, unless you are intentionally screaming at your audience. PLEASE DO NOT SCREAM AT ME!!!!

 

Have fun and be social! 

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

If you’re still having trouble, and really want to learn what to post, how often to post, and how to develop a dynamic profile that generates business, consider hiring a marketing professional for help.

Meet the Author

Miss Kemya is a Marketing & Social Media Strategist at Marketing Sparkler, a marketing consulting firm that facilitates the growth of small businesses through conventional marketing techniques merged with social media tactics. She is a Speaker, Trainer, and the best selling author of "I'm On Social Media, Now What Do I Say?" available on Amazon.com.


19 Comments

  • These are all really great tips, thank you for putting together the list. I have implemented some of these ideas already, but there’s always more to do/learn. 🙂

  • Ms. Kemya,

    I will be returning again and again for your tips and wisdom. I need a guide like you. Thanks for the Social Media Tips, great post. #SitsBloggingLUV 🙂

  • Most of my blog followers come from social media and I am trying to do one or two of them well before I move on to the next. I agree with you that consistency is key, and I feel like I have to master one before adding another to maintain that consistency.

    • That’s a good strategy Kim. My thinking is, you can be mediocre everywhere, or be a rockstar on 1. I use Twitter as my core, and then spread my time around to the others as I can.

      You don’t have to master one, who knows, you might like another platform better. Try them all and master your favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

  • This is so helpful! Thank you for this post! I am fairly new to social media and it is overwhelming to me. I’m just trying to do what I can do without feeling bombarded by it, and your tips really helped! I wish everyone would read them (I hate when my timelines are flooded! And I hate improper grammar! (The English teacher in me!)

    Thanks for a great post!
    Stopping by from SITS comment love! 🙂

    • So glad you enjoyed the tips Katie! Oh gosh the improper grammar gives me hives… but social media is a whirlwind of fun! Take it one day and one post at a time like I did, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

  • Ms. Cheevious

    I cannot believe I didn’t disagree with a thing you said! What? That was very thorough and you offered some great tips. BAM… Isn’t that what it’s all about? Providing content people enjoy? You just did that. Yep. 🙂

  • Zainab

    Great read! Social Media is very challenging for me promoting my business especially twitter it can be very tricky. Thanks so much for providing tips and ideas for the social media challenged 🙂

    • I’m so glad you found it useful! Social media can be tricky, just keep at it and you’ll figure out the tactics that work best and are most comfortable for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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