Do you keep up with your business’ social media? Is it really necessary?
The short answer is yes.
Social media is a powerful tool for businesses, and investing in social media management from marketing experts can help boost your business’ online presence significantly. Here is why you should consider social media management services for your business:
In 2017, research showed that the average person spends almost two hours on social media every day, which is more time than people spend eating, drinking, and socializing each day (1). If you want to reach your customers where they’re already spending their time, social media is where you need to be. The fact that all major social media platforms have apps that make them easily accessible from smartphones and other mobile devices means that social media can help you reach people whether they are at home or on the go.
We can customize your social media plan to reach your targeted audience. According to recent studies from Pew Research, older audiences tend to use Facebook and YouTube, while younger audiences are the majority users for social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat (2). Ads on social media platforms allow you to choose your audience based on demographics, location, or interest to make sure you’re showing your ads exactly where they need to be.
The more social media platforms that you have branded with your business, the more search results you will show up in. Boost your SEO and dominate the first page of search results with help from professional social media management. Social media can also help you drive more traffic to optimized pages on your website by posting links on your social media platforms.
Social media platforms come equipped with all kinds of tools that you can use to expand your current audience and get more customers. Do some hashtag research or use search functions to actively seek out people looking for what you offer or use targeting features to put your ads in front of people who might not currently follow your business.
You can also get valuable insights to what your audience likes and dislikes from social media analytics data. Find out what time of day your audience is more likely to engage, what kind of posts get the most interaction, and who your audience actually consists of. WTI’s custom reporting software helps us pull data from all of your different social media platforms to make it available in one place. This helps you get the quick insights you need and it helps us build a plan based on real-time data.
Social media is a place where you can not only advertise your products or services, but where your business can actually interact with your customers and potential customers on a day-to-day basis. Connect with your customers by entertaining them, giving them useful information, and answering or asking questions to build stronger relationships with them to increase customer loyalty.
The more your customers see your brand and associate it with valuable content, the more they will trust you. Show leadership and establish yourself as an expert in your field by offering advice and answering questions on social media. Social media gives you a level playing field to stand out from your competitors by connecting to your audience directly.
Professional social media management is more than just posting updates to your business’ page. It involves designing and implementing a strategy to engage with your current customers and get your name and brand in front of new potential customers. Team WTI works to create cohesive social media plans for our clients that incorporate multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. We use custom reporting software to analyze traffic and engagement on posts to constantly fine-tune and customize a social media strategy for your business.
Social media is constantly changing. Instagram has been rumored to be testing out several new features according to TechCrunch. These new features could help out your business in several ways. Check out some of the new features to keep on top of the latest Instagram trends.
With over a billion users on Instagram, it is important to keep up on the latest trends. Here are a few rumored features up and coming on the platform.
The hashtag selector tool feature would allow Instagram users to add hashtags to their posts without being listed in the caption. Why does this matter? This allows users to post a smaller amount of hashtags on the actual post, allowing users to not be distracted by all the hashtags.
The hashtag selector tool could also potentially give Instagram users a broader reach with their organic posts. Companies can now add several hashtags without worrying that their post’s caption will be cluttered.
The geo-fenced posts would allow Instagram users to aim their organic content in different geographic areas within a list of countries where the post should show. Ads are able to be targeted by a zip code or mile-radius, but this allows organic posts to have a similar targeting feature by country.
The video tagging feature includes a button on videos that list people who are tagged in it. It is rumored that this feature shows Instagram is moving more towards e-commerce and will allow companies to have better video capabilities on the platform.
Instagram is also rumored to be creating a standalone app for e-commerce shopping. This app will allow users to browse and purchase products directly from merchants. This will allow merchants wanting more of a direct e-commerce stance on their Instagram to directly sell to their followers.
At WTI, we have a team of highly trained Digital Marketing Specialists who keep up with the latest social media trends. Contact WTI today if you are tired of trying to keep you with all the latest social media trends. We offer Social Media Management packages that can benefit your company. Our Digital Marketing Specialists will take care of all of your social media accounts for you, and you can focus your attention on your business. Contact us today to learn about how you can get more leads from your social media marketing and advertising.
It’s been around for a bit, but up till now, it was a secret that only teenagers seemed to know about. Boomerang is a fun App from Instagram that you can use to make super short videos (not much longer than a GIF) to add to your Instagram profile.
It’s important to change things up to keep your followers engaged, and Boomerang is a fun way to do it. It is super easy to use, and the app is free at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. You can read up more on how to use the app here: http://blog.instagram.com/post/131684343987/boomerang-from-instagram. Boomerang takes a series of photos in quick succession and then plays it forward and backwards to create a fun loop video. You can catch someone jumping in the air, or as you can see above, blowing a bubble! Be creative and use it to show people more about your business, or just use it to show your fun side.
Check back again soon for more fun social media tips from Websites to Impress. If you would like to work with Websites to Impress on your social media management, these are the types of tools we can help you use to manage your social media profiles.
Contact our team to learn more about these and other great social media ideas!
For those of us in Social Media Management, Instagram has finally cut us a big break. At WTI, we can tell you that we are definitely…..well, relieved! The way it has worked in the past, you had to log out of an account and login to an account to get to it, and passwords aren’t remembered. If you manage many Instagram accounts, this can be tedious at best and down right painful the rest of the time.
Instagram has changed how it allows you to manage multiple accounts, so here is a quick how-to on the process, as it is not completely intuitive on how to set it up.
|1. Log into your main account. Locate your settings button in your profile:||2. Scroll down to the bottom of your settings screen and locate “Add Account” and click it.|
|3. Log into the account you want to add to your profile with your username and password.||4. From that point on you can be able to toggle from one account to another!|
This is a huge win for everyone that works on social media. Not just groups like ours that offer full social media management. Whether you are a blogger and are toggling between your account and your blog account, or you just want to have a second account for your dog, it is now possible and easy thanks to the latest update from Instagram. If you are interested in social media management contact our team at WTI. We manage every type of social media including Facebook (including paid advertising!), Linkedin, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and more. Contact us for any marketing help that you need in Illinois at 309-489-0026 and in Iowa at 712-792-4427. Thank you Instagram for making our lives just a little bit easier!
In a world that is all about social media, we are all so quick to post. What you think in one moment you are posting in the next. Sometimes this is not the best approach, especially when your business can really benefit from well thought out and useful posts.
Status Updates: Make your post attention-grabbing, but at the same time make sure the content is up to date, relevant, and informative. You want to stay under 50 characters to keep your readers attention. It is also a good idea to engage your readers with a question.
Provide Links: This is good for Search Engine Optimization if you link to your website in your status update, but also can provide additional, useful information for your reader.
When People Comment, Reply: Interacting with your commenters will engage them with you further. It helps to build trust and relationships. During this time you can further tailor the post to the people that are commenting and also engage them to hopefully share your posts.
Engage your Reader with a Great Title: If you don’t catch them with the title, you might lose them before your even really had them. It’s the first thing they will read. Including keywords in your title will also help with SEO.
Draw People in with your First Paragraph: This is your chance to draw people in further and give them a feel for what they can expect in your article.
Add an Eye-Catching and Relevant Image: Images make the article more interesting for the reader and break up the text. It also makes the blog more shareable on other forms of social media.
The Length of Your Post Matters: It’s a best practice to keep your blog between 500 to 800 words. That way it is long enough to get your point across, but not so long you lose your reader.
End with a Call to Action: A summary at the end of your blog is always a good idea, and it is a great idea to link your blog to another blog (where relevant) or ask readers to comment on your blog or share the post in social media.
Share your Blog on your Social Media: Manually share your blog post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media or use a format such as Hootsuite to automatically post your blogs via RSS.
Facebook: Keep your posts positive, make sure to include images where you can and make sure those images are simple so they appear well on people’s mobile devices. After all, many users of Facebook are on their phones! Post when you will be available to reply to commenters to benefit the most from your posts, otherwise schedule them to post when you will be available.
Twitter: Make sure you provide a clear call to action in your 280 characters, avoiding abbreviations. Good grammar is still important! Shorten URLs using a tool like Bit.ly to optimize your 280 character posts. Use mentions and retweets when possible to engage more users and use questions where you can. Adding images or videos can also engage more users. Use hashtags wisely.
Pinterest: Believe it or not people don’t want to see people on Pinterest. Pin pictures without people in them as they are shared more frequently. Pin images with multiple colors as it is proven that they are also repinned more often.
Instagram: Use the rule of thirds for your images by putting the subject of your image in only two-thirds of the screen. This is eye-catching to viewers of the image. Again, hashtags rule on Instagram, and there are certain hashtags that come around on a weekly basis. It is good to familiarize yourself and use these popular hashtags. Make sure to reply to Instagram users that post to your images.
As Mark Cuban says in this video, a big mistake people make is not cleaning up their old posts. If you have old posts that are no longer relevant to your business, remove them. Social media doesn’t have to be daunting. It can be fun and extremely beneficial to your business. What you put into it is definitely what you will get out of it. The best part of social media is it is free. Use it often, use it wisely, and watch your business grow from your social media posts. If you need any assistance with social media management, Websites to Impress can help. Call us today with any questions!