Driving Traffic With Social Media

Regardless if you’re B2C or B2B — the potential for brand
awareness, engagement and growth through social media channels
cannot be underestimated.

You may be telling yourself: “Hey, we already use social
media!”

But the real question isn’t whether or not you are doing it,
but whether or not you are doing it well.

The art of social media and increased traffic comes down to more
than just follower count. Active engagement and valuable postings
are just a few of the necessary components of a traffic driven
social media strategy. The rest revolves around a robust
understanding of inbound and digital strategy.

To
truly take advantage of driving traffic
through social media it
takes right combination of design, development and strategy.

But to get you started, here are the 5 Ways to Drive Traffic
With Social Media.

Content Content Content

Not much has changed over the past few years, content still
holds the crown. The term “content is king” has been tossed
around as a buzz phrase but that is because it is true.

Just remember to always stay T.R.U.E.

Timely Content should be timely, meaning that your
content should pertain to the events that are occuring at that
given time. A bad example of this would be posting a holiday image
a week late.

Relevant The content you decide to publish should pertain
to your audience. This means you need to know who follows you and
pay close attention to what posts get the most engagement. This
will give you an indication as to what kind of content you should
consistently publish.

Useful Content should be valuable to your desired or
current audience. However, value comes in many forms. It can be
anything from educational to entertainment. Just make sure it
provides a sense of usefulness to anyone that may see your
post.

Engaging Your content should also be engaging. This means
that it should prompt your audience or followers to interact with a
post. There are many ways to do this and even some shortcuts you
can take like prompting engagement through giveaways or
contests.

Once you have a handle on these four principles you can begin
implementing a strategy to drive them toward content that lives on
your website. This content can be anything from an article, to a
video to your products or services.

Know Which Platforms You Should Use

There are a lot of social media platforms available but almost
every business sticks to the big four.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn

The truth is you don’t need to be on all four. If you already
have them all, it may be worth taking a deep dive into your
analytics to better understand which platform is performing the
best. If you find that a platform or two of yours is basically dead
compared to the others — it’s probably worth abandoning so that
you can better focus on better performing platforms.

If you’re just getting started it’s important to understand
that all of these platforms have their own intent. For instance,
Instagram is for sharing visuals, typically in a fun or informative
way. While LinkedIn relies on profesional connectivity and
informative content to sustain itself.

Getting to know your specific niche or follower base will help
you better understand which platforms you should be on. And
furthermore, even if you do have active engagement on all platforms
— some content should only live on certain platforms.

Each and every platform has a specified space for a URL to your
website to live so that it is easily accessible to your followers.
Make sure this is up-to-date and reflects where you want your
visitors to land on your website.

Connect Brand Vision and Content

Brand consistency has always been a staple of any marketing
effort and social media is no different.

But even more important than visual brand representation is the
connection your content has to the vision of your business. Your
content should reflect what your brand stands for. A great
example of this is Patagonia.

Consider Influencers

Over the years brands have found massive success partnering with
social media influencers. These are people that have established a
strong social media presence with engaged followers that consider
them to be a trusted source.

Think about it like recommendation from a friend — channels
with a strong influence have built rapport over the years and have
the power to convert their followers into your leads.

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