A Couple Tips to Master Social Media Marketing

13 Jul

According to a new study, one in six marriages that began in the last three years has resulted from an interaction that started online. At the same time, Nielsen also reports that four out of every five corporations in America are now leveraging social media to help expand their client base and build relationships with customers.

It’s no secret that social media is here to stay and that its stake in the success or failure of a business is growing larger everyday. If you’re looking to ramp up your own presence and quickly master the art of social media marketing for business, follow these tips:

Learn Management Software

There’s an almost limitless supply of social media management apps and tools out there to choose from. Hootsuite and Buffer are good beginner apps that cover the vast majority of social accounts and are easy to navigate, while tools like Narrow.io and Twibble serve more specific functions. The right combination of tools will vary based on your organization’s needs and objectives.

Once you choose a social media management software program, take the time to really learn the ins and outs of it. Most people simply use these tools to schedule posts and glance at their feeds, but new features and updates are being added every day that go far beyond the basic functions. If you want to master social media marketing, you’ll want to use these to their fullest extent.

Automate Everything

You have better things to do than execute the same repetitive tasks over and over again. When it comes to social media marketing, automation is everything. Here’s a short list of some of the tasks you can automate now and no longer waste your time on:

  • Following people back when they follow you
  • Retweeting interesting messages on Twitter
  • Mentioning other users in your messages
  • Responding to direct messages
  • Automating posts from another expert’s website
  • Posting to LinkedIn Twitter, or Facebook from another network

The bottom line is this: the more you automate, the more time you have to manage other aspects of your business or create great content for your posts. Simply put, it’s a must do for active business owners.

A word of caution: automation is necessary, but being human is still important. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that because you have your systems and processes automated, you don’t have to actually authentically participate or engage with people in real-time anymore. Strive to automate while still keeping things personal.

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