Social media hype drips from the keyboard of many enthusiasts.
Yes, it’s a way of developing a conversation, yes it’s a way of improving rapport and yes it’s possible to display your expertise.
However, without making sales, or promoting sales the whole exercise with social media is pointless and a complete waste of time.
Remember business lives and dies by the profits it makes. Not because profit is bad but simply because a business needs profit to invest and grow.
There are 5 simple steps you can take to ensure you get your social media marketing efforts working for you. And I’ll come to those shortly.
Social Media Can Easily Waste Your Time
I’ve now officially lost count of all the people who claim to be social media experts. Just like I’ve lost count of all those that claim to be marketing gurus.
And that’s because there are now so many facets to social media, for example:
- The Twitter Phenomena
- Blogging, still going despite attempts to stifle or kill it
- Digg, Stumbleupon and Reddit still keeping people up to date with good sites and news
- All the blogging sites in all their various blog forms, like lenses, hubs and the like
- Article directories
- Business networking sites like LinkedIn and Ecademy
- Mixed personal and business networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo
- Second Life
And on, and on and so many different ways to take advantage of it all
You really could spend all day, every day “doing” social media.
The 5 Simple Steps To Win At Social Media Marketing
So how do decide what to do?
Social Media Marketing Step 1: Realise that if you’re in your own business and you’re unlikely to have the time to experiment with or understand all that is available in the social media arena.
Social Media Marketing Step 2: Understand that it’s better to ask for some training to give you an overview of what can be done.
Social Media Marketing Step 3: Once you’ve got an appreciation set-up a social media strategy that delivers the experiences you want your clients and prospects to get from your business and which lead to more sales!
Social Media Marketing Step 4: Work out a set of social marketing tactics that can deliver the strategy.
Social Media Marketing Step 5: Ensure you get value for money from each tactic employed by constantly measuring results. If you get little or no results tweak until you do or until you see that it’s obvious that particular social media tactic wont work for your business.