Social media marketing holds an implausible grip over today?s online business and marketing trends. It offers the perfect mix relaying information to friends, family, and business associates topped up with higher chances of making new acquaintances and connections.
In as much as this type of marketing holds such an immense influence, it still needs to be taken seriously for its benefits to be evident. Doing the right things however is not always the path taken by many who wish to use social media as a marketing tool. Some of their common blunders emanate from the very key principles that govern the effective utilization of social media as a strategic marketing tool.
Here are some of the blunders to avoid when using social media for marketing.
Not Having a Target Market
The first step in any marketing strategy is to have a target market. You need to know what you are offering and know which people are in need of it, or tell them why they need your products. This sets precedence to every other activity or measures taken in using social media as a marketing tool.
Putting the Audience on Hold
Constant interactions between people is the lifeline of social media. Hence, to be abreast with what is current, you need to be in the game, which means interacting others. Putting the audience on hold is one blunder that should be avoided at all costs. The target audience is constantly hungry for new information. Answering to their inquiries, posting updates, and sharing various views and comments is the sure way of keeping the target audience (market) interested.
Turn a Blind Eye on Competitors
Irrespective of how well any marketing strategy is, turning a blind eye on competitors is the start of losing grip on the market. The same applies in social media marketing. Some people are quick to think that they have it going for them based on the number of people they have following them on their various social sites.
However, having the masses does not guarantee complete loyalty, and overlooking all probable angles that competitors can capitalize on to snatch way potential and existing clients is never the right path. It is better to also keep a close watch on the competitors? social media activities for a better and efficiency strategy plan in your social media marketing campaigns.
Lack of Relevance and Creativity
Social media is a huge platform upon which information distribution is amazingly quick, but that does not apply to every update or topic posted. The people are the heart of the platform, and it pays to take an interest in what they share, discuss, or comment about on their accounts.
On the same subject, it also pays to find/post topics that are relevant to needs of both the business while still having a clear sight on the target market. Nevertheless, relevance in very post is integral; it help to not only capture the interests of the market but also keeps them informed about the business objectives both present and in the future.