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Step 7 of 12 – Why social media marketing campaigns usually fail.

Step 7 of 12 – Why social media marketing campaigns usually fail.

 

Spending a lot of time making social media posts will not grow your business. Why?

 

Imagine that your Facebook business page is like a store in a mall. People walk by, you maybe invite them in, they browse around, and on their way out the door, there is a buzzer labelled “like” that opens the door for them to leave.

That person might like your products, but he will probably never see the POSTer of the promotion you added into your window display.

“…only a tiny percentage of people see your posts or comments.”

How does this relate to a facebook page? Just posting a special offer or something is pretty much pointless even though you might have thousands of likes and followers. The reason for this is that only a very, very small percentage of people that liked your page will see your posts.

Now let’s go back to the store. If you, however, had a way to get someone’s details onto a database before he left your store, you can now directly target him with marketing. But this will cost you money because you would need to call him or send a text message. It is the same with Facebook.

So why would your Facebook posts and efforts not work for getting new customers?
1 – You do not spend money on running proper ads.
2 –  If you spend money on an ad, you have the wrong audience. Like I said in previous articles: If you sell to everyone, you sell to no one.
3 – You make posts just to interact and do not run actual ads.
4 – And like already mentioned, only a tiny percentage of people see your posts or comments.

A lot of people do not fully understand this, and that is why a lot of companies that rely on Facebook or social media posts do not grow or even succeed.

So how do you generate new customers or leads from facebook? Here are a few key points:

  1. Know your target audience – Even before you start creating an ad, take a moment to decide who the perfect person would be for the offer/special that you want to run. Create that targeted audience and make sure that only those potential buyers see your ad.
  2. Create a great offer – Just putting some words into your ad to have something is pointless. Make sure that the copy and the images you use in your ad speaks to that audience that you created.
  3. Spend money – Marketing will always cost you money, so make sure that you budget for running ads. The more money you push into a Facebook ad, the more high-quality prospects you will reach.
  4. Call To Action – People want to know what to do next. Make sure that when someone clicks on your ad that you take them to a well crafted and very relevant landing page or website with a strong call to action. Tell them what to do and where to do it so that you can make the sale.
  5. Follow up – Don’t think that just by running ads on Facebook that you now have an automated sales system. You need to collect the information of people that click on your ad, and you need to follow up with them to close the deal. Pick up the phone and call them. Send them into an automated email sequence. Send them a personalised text message. Anything you can think of to make contact with them and to finalise the sale.

If you implement these steps correctly, you will make money from spending money.

“Spending money on the right targeted audience will show ROI.”

So make sure that you know who your potential prospects are and target them with paid ads. Spending money on the right targeted audience will show ROI.

I’m not saying that you should not make posts or comments. It is still crucial for you to interact with your followers. But that is like chatting with someone in your store, not making a sale.

 

In the next Blog:
We will look at how social media can help your company to grow.

Step 8 of 12 – Using social media as a business growth tool.

Step 8 of 12 – Using social media as a business growth tool.

 

How social media can help your company grow.

 

The internet (especially social media platforms like Facebook) makes life easy for us. We have an effortless way to communicate, build contacts and market ourselves. So why not use it to grow your business?

“People trust the opinion of their friends.”

As a business owner, you need to get your product or service in front of people. But even then, if they don’t know you or like you, they might still not buy from you. The other challenge is also ensuring that the correct person, that is looking for a solution you offer, actually sees your offer.

Having a network of friends almost makes Facebook similar to search engines like google. You can ask almost anything, and within a short space of time, you will have your answer. I find it very interesting how many times a day I see a question on social media. Things like: “Where can I find this?” Or “ What would you recommend…?” Or “ What do you think about this or that?”

In Facebook, you will get an opinionated answer to your question or “search” and not factual like in google. Why is this important to know? Simple: People trust the opinion of their friends.

Therein lies the key to using social media to grow your business. “Ok I get that but how do you do it, Stephan?” Glad you asked.

Step 1 – Get a business facebook page.
Step 2 – Make sure that it looks stunning. If someone goes to your page, you need to grab their attention within seconds.
Step 3 – Make it clear on your page what you offer. Don’t give someone time to wonder what it is that you do.
Step 4 – Have interaction on your page. Make posts, reply to comments and respond quickly. Make it look like a fun place to hang out to get people to return to your page.
Step 5 – Social proof. Get happy customers to comment on your page. Ask them to post testimonials or to make recommendations on your page.

Your page now almost acts like an “ego boost” for your business. People go to your website to see what you do, but they go to Facebook to see how you do it and if they can trust you. Make sure they can trust you and that they start to like you.

“Use social media as a trust builder”

Use social media as a trust builder. Use it as a place where you can show a potential buyer that it is ok for them to support you and to spend money with you. A place where you can say: “We do have great products/services. Look at what your friends say…”

 

In the next Blog:
How to launch a successful Facebook marketing campaign

Step 9 of 12 – Launching a successful social media marketing campaign

Step 9 of 12 – Launching a successful social media marketing campaign

 

Social Media Marketing Done Right

 

Having so many social media platforms available to use as a marketing tool can be confusing and (if you don’t know what you are doing) scary.

How do you decide which one to use for what?
How do you use it effectively?
What do you post or share?
How do you not offend or scare away potential customers?

Let’s explore a bit.

“…share the Right Information, to the Right Audience, at the Right Time”

The biggest issue with using social media as a useful marketing tool is not to load or share a post or to run an ad. That is the easy part. Your biggest challenge is to ensure (whether a post or ad): That you share the Right Information, to the Right Audience, at the Right Time. What do I mean when I say this?

You run a risk when you use social media just for sharing things, liking posts or randomly advertising a product or service. The danger is that if you do not approach this correctly, you can easily irritate people and scare of that one last sale for the week you were hoping for. Using the wrong platform, not having a clearly defined audience and not having consistent quality content can make the situation worse.

Here are a few key points to consider for your social media efforts:
1. DEFINE YOUR AUDIENCE
Who are you selling to? Remember we spoke previously about if you sell to everyone, you sell to no one? This is probably the biggest mistake you can make. Make an effort and take the time to determine your audience. Heres how.

In the last 6 months, who was your top 20% of clients? Who has spent the most money in your business? Create a persona from that information. Who are they? Gender? Age group? Sex? Likes? Dislikes? Demographics? Etc.

Figure out who your ideal customer is that you would like to have more of.

Now use this information and create your audience that you will market to. Be specific.

 

2. WHAT PRODUCT OR SERVICE WILL YOU OFFER THEM?
What do you have of value to offer this ideal customer that you now identified? What can you offer them that will change their lives or will solve a problem they have?

The worst thing you can do is to put your entire product range in front of them. Determine what that 1 thing is that a prospect will spend money on and create a compelling offer that can not be refused. It must be worth it to get the product or service from you and not your competitors.

 

3. DECIDE ON A PLATFORM
The fact that you have access to a wide range of social media platforms does not mean that you have to use all of them. You identified your ideal customer. Take the time now to figure out what platform that person will be using the most every day? Is it a businessman looking for opportunities on LinkedIn? Is it student wasting his time on Facebook? Is it a potential model going crazy on Instagram?

Determine what platform your prospect will be using and focus on that one. Don’t waste your money running ads on a variety of platforms just because you think you will reach more people. You won’t, you will only spend your money ineffectively.

 

4. HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN
Posting the same type of content day in and day out will most definitely harm your reputation on social media. Have a clearly defined plan.

Create a social media calendar that you can use to plan your actions online. What will you post, share or advertise? When will you do this? To whom? Will it be meaningful to them or just drive them away?

Having a plan like this also makes it a lot easier for you to run your marketing campaigns. Think about the amount of time you will save if you have the rest of the years’ social media posts planned and you just need to load it.

“Plan your social media strategy and execute it with precision.”

So, in conclusion, I feel that it is essential for you to not just be random on social media. Don’t just do what you feel like. Plan your social media strategy and execute it with precision. It will be worth the time you spent on it as soon as you make that first sale.

 

In the next Blog:
Why do you need to spend money on running Google ads? We will look at this next time and also what type of Google ads you need to use.

 

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