Social Media Marketing: Does it Really Work?
Your success (or lack of it) on social media depends on your participation in each platform. If you spend minimal time posting and interacting, they you can expect minimal growth. However, is you are engaging and more active, and are posting at the right times, you can have a greater impact on the buzz you are generating, the traffic to your website, and your sales. Though it’s not instantaneous, with time and effort you can realize great results.
So what results can you expect?
Building a Brand
Who you are, your unique skills, knowledge and abilities, and your message are all a part of your brand. Using social media, you can get your message across to a greater number of people, gain credibility, and turn followers into loyal customers. By sharing what you know about your industry, answering questions, and helping others, you can develop greater worth in your potential customers’ eyes.
Creating a Buzz
By being present, consistently present, on social media, you can connect with your community in ways that are not possible with traditional forms of marketing. You are able to exchange interesting stories, links to information that matters, and get a peek into the personal lives of your followers. Social media also allows you to meet and interact with people you may not otherwise have met, opening your reach globally.
Build Your List of Subscribers
Social media allows entrepreneurs to offer content that matters to their market which often results in repeat traffic. And a good number of those who return stick around to subscribe to newsletters or sign up for free offers. The type of content that attracts are articles that are helpful like how-to’s and tutorials. By creating this type of resource for your audience, you can begin building a list as well and building your brand.
Your correct use of social media marketing can influence your sales. When done right, a sales offer can be a welcomed message. Whether your message sends potential buyers to a sales page, blog post, new products or free offers, it can translate into sales if the message is relevant and the offer meets the expressed needs of your target.
Social media can deliver powerful results if your marketing strategies are well thought-out and are consistently put into action.
Your Step Forward
Start by creating your social media marketing plan that includes some of the tactics listed above, then schedule a realistic amount of time daily to engage and interact with your followers. If you find you don’t have time to invest, then seek out social media marketing services that will reduce the overwhelm and help you build a profitable business online.