Starting Points For Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Business

On February 24, 2012, wrote:

Social media seems to be dominating the lives of Internet users today, with 800 million users alone on Facebook. Other sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube don’t seem to be doing too bad, either.

It is amidst the rise of this new era of social media that businesses are now adopting new online marketing strategies to promote their products and services. Yes, we’re talking about the increasing importance of having a social media strategy. This post provides some guidelines on creating your own social media strategy, as well as a number of essential tips on marketing on today’s most popular social networks and platforms.

Define your goals: Before you take the plunge into social media, it’s important to define your objectives first. What do you really hope to achieve by going social? Do you intend to boost traffic? Would you like to increase your number of followers? Do you aim to promote a new campaign or brand awareness program? Have a brainstorming session and jot down the goals which you are looking to achieve by joining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and so on.

Determine your target group: Once you’ve defined your goals, it’s time to determine who your target audiences are. For this, you need to carry out proper research. It’s not enough to know them; you have to understand them, know their wants and needs. Also, make sure you see what they have to say about you and things related to your niche.

Assign roles and responsibility: It’s difficult to carry out a social media strategy without first assigning roles and responsibilities to people. Chalk out a proper plan to determine who tweets to whom, who responds to comments on Facebook, who posts new content and links, etc.

Engage your audience: Once you’ve made your presence felt on social media, slowly you will come across people. Engage them. Interact with them. Speak to them about your brand, collect feedback from them, and find new ways to improve based on what they say and expect.

Promote your networks: Sure, you’re promoting your brand via social media. But that doesn’t mean you can’t promote your social media networks as a part of your brand. You can do so by leveraging other online marketing platforms like E-mail signatures, newsletters, and online ad in order to get more people to join and connect to your social networks.

An effective social media strategy can truly help a business flourish. Don’t worry if you’re new to the whole concept; slowly and steadily – with the help of the above tips – you’ll see a valuable return to the time and money you invest in social media marketing.

About the author: Brianne is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology. Beside this she is fond of books. Recently an article on best microwave attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on Home remedies.

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7 responses to “Starting Points For Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Business”

  1. Mary Rose says:

    I’m currently searching about online advertising and I’m looking for the best tool or way to promote my small business. I think social media is a great way for me to do that. Thanks for the advice.

  2. Fiona Wong says:

    There are a lot of social media strategies that companies are currently using. As an advertising officer, I think that it is much better to think of a new strategy that no one else had used before. These key points you posted are great reminders for those who are about to create a social media strategy.

  3. WilmaP says:

    Great piece of advice! I can use these tips when I use social media for my business in the future. This post is really helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Janet Krakowski says:

    If I will put up a business I will use social media as one of my strategies to promote my business. I think this is the most convincing and convenient strategy to inform people about my store.

  5. Dandundun says:

    I experienced promoting my business through social media. At first I thought that it will not be worth it but then after I put a lot of time and effort on this strategy, I noticed that more customers are asking me about my business.

  6. Melg says:

    I can say that social media is my savior. Without this I can’t do my job as an online entrepreneur. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if social media was not invented.

  7. Roshaun Philips says:

    Maybe someday social media will kick off other advertising strategies.

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