Social Media Marketing
Creating Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies
Within the lead generation process (attract > convert > close > delight), social media addresses the first and last steps. It’s less about selling and more about engaging.
So, how is it done? The basic instructions are (1) develop a strategy, (2) choose your platform, (3) engage with like-minded organizations, (4) build your audience, (5) keep followers engaged with relevant, helpful, timely, content. Sounds simple, but before you start, know that social media marketing is a long-term tactic that requires dedication and resources. Doing it well requires a well-thought-out plan that aligns with your mission as well as your user experience and content marketing strategies.
How We Do It
Establish SMART Goals
Social media marketing is a great way to connect with the community, but, for business, it has become a sophisticated endeavor. “Success” isn’t always obvious and not everyone will see massive ROI return on investment). To set up for success, we help our partners establish SMART goals:
- Specific—Know exactly what you want to do before you start.
- Measurable—Set goals that can be measured (e.g., increase reach on Facebook by 2% vs. be more popular on Facebook).
- Attainable—Don’t set your sights too high; make sure that what you want to accomplish is possible.
- Relevant—Make sure social goals support your brand and overall marketing strategy.
- Timely—Set realistic, short-term goals.
Leverage Competitive Research
Another way to approach (and improve!) engagement on social media marketing is to research what other organizations are already doing. Your competitors have similar goals and audiences. You can gain relevant information from an analysis of their efforts. We can help you discover opportunities and avoid pitfalls while also developing a deeper understanding of the social environment.
Create a Content Calendar
One of the trickiest parts of successful social media marketing is being able to present relevant information on a consistent basis. We highly recommend that you create and follow a content calendar. We can help you plot a strategic content mix that works with any social media platform to build trust in your brand, drive engagement, and foster growth.
Test and Test Again
Social media success takes time and resources. Don’t expect overnight ROI and be prepared to be flexible. In addition to SMART goals, research, and good content, it’s important to analyze what’s working (and what isn’t). We help our partners test, evaluate, and adjust social media strategy to get the most out of content, appeal to the right followers, and continuously improve results.
the work we do
We are passionate about making a positive impact on the communities in which we live. We work with organizations to create websites that are both beautiful and beneficial. We truly enjoy what we do. We invite you to take a look at some of our recent work.