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12 Steps for an Effective Social Media Strategy

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When it comes to social media strategies, First Digital Media know only too well what works, what should work and what doesn’t work.

Are you struggling to your business the reach online it needs to be successful? Are you falling behind on your social media strategy and feel like you’re getting nowhere? Then our social media marketing team are the people you need to speak to!

By putting together the top 12 steps to creating an effective social media strategy, our team are able to plan, implement and monitor your results so that you don’t have to lift a finger!

1.      Find Your Target Audience

Finding your target audience is number one priority on your steps to social media strategies. When it comes to your potential consumer reach and your actual customers you need to be targeting those that are actually interested in your business.

Without the proper attention paid to your customers, you could be gaining followers, likes and shares from an audience that have no interaction with your business and you could be wasting your time. People you need to target include:

  • Current customers
  • Potential customers
  • Associates of current customers and potential clients
  • Bloggers
  • Journalists and editors
  • Suppliers
  • Affiliate businesses

2.      Research Your Buyer Personas

Behind every great social media strategy is a lot of research. You need to know your audience and their interests or you can be far from ever meeting their needs and desires. With a clear understanding of your audience and their personas, you can create a clear visualisation of them and somewhat humanise them online.

HubSpot recently stated that:

Buyer personas (sometimes referred to as marketing personas) are fictional, generalised representations of your ideal customers”.

You need to have a clear understanding of your buyer personas to drive sales, target content and keep customer retention high.

3.      Find Out More About Your Influencers

Your influencers don’t have to be your enemies. Look at them as family and you’re just looking for some guidance in your own growth. If they’re doing well in a certain area, check out what their consumers are interested in and follow the same paths.

It is not copying them or stealing their data, it’s just simply identifying what works for a certain audience and matching it with your own audience. You can then target them directly and build the relationships needed to get them on board with your business.

4.      Check Out Social Media Platforms Used by Your Buyer Personas

By using several social media platforms and searching for target keywords for your industry, you are able to follow conversations and topics that are already out there on the platforms. This can then lead to interviews with your current customers on their habits and the chance to watch how your audience travels through the social media platform.

Instagram is great to follow keywords by using the hashtag to search for certain topics of interests. See what people are posting, what is out there to share and what will interest your own followers to get them hooked on your business.

Business 2 Community said in 2015 that social media platforms drove 31.24% of traffic to websites, imagine what that figure would be now two years later?

5.      Check Out Your Competitors Platforms

It is also isn’t a crime to check out what your competitors are doing online. If you have a direct competitor who has launched a new social media strategy, see what they are doing!

Other websites that are performing well don’t necessarily hide their secrets when it comes to social media marketing. There is only so much that you can do with the platforms and find out what works best for you is easy enough found with a few trials on methods. This can give you an insight into what platforms will work best for your industry, rather than guessing and hoping for the best.

6.      Create Content That Will Target Your Buyer Personas

Of course, you need to create content that will resonate with your consumers and audience. If you are not creating content that will entice your consumers, then why not? Nowadays, businesses have no excuse to be sharing boring content with their audience and hoping that something will stick. With software, experts and First Digital Media around for you to make use of, why would you risk it?

Match your content with the right channel, engage with the times that your audience is most active and delve into conversations with your consumers. As we have said before, video content on Facebook is growing fast, so why would you not share some videos?

7.      Start A Content Back Log

By building yourself a content backlog of useful articles, news posts, images, videos and blogs, you never have to run out of quality content again. If you have a consumer ask a question you should be prepared to answer to the best of your ability and without pre-empting those questions with the material in a backlog, you could end up being caught out without an answer.

Having detailed content to fall back on at all times gives you time to plan other areas of the business and also lets you create a solid social media strategy that falls into a plan with your business. You should also look into creating infographics, images, videos and other content that will break up sections of blog posts and articles.

Remember that all consumers interact with different content formats, not just one!

8.      Build Relationships with Consumers

Of course, you have to create a relationship with your consumers otherwise you could be losing out on potential customers for your business. If you are getting a lot of conversation on your posts on social media, get involved and respond to what they are saying amongst each other. It’s time to engage with your consumers and make sure they are enjoying your content otherwise you might as well not bother!

9.      Create A Cycle of Content Publishing

Keeping your publishing cycle consistent with the times your consumers are most active will give you the highest chance of interaction. By following steps 1-8 you should have content aimed at your audience that meets them on certain platforms, in different formats. Using this in an organised manner is essentially your social media strategy and the rest is monitoring results!

10. Make an Investment to Get More Social Followers

First Digital Media also advise certain customers of ours to make investments into getting more social followers. If you are looking to getting more social followers, you need to invest both time and effort into building your audience.

First Digital Media specialises in building social followings and engaging with current audiences. Trying all natural techniques, we advise on paid advertising to get new followers where necessary. We don’t suggest to buy followers ever as that is bad marketing techniques but we do take the time to carefully plan your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn ads to gain the right target audience, not just as many followers as possible.

11. Put A Plan in Place for Sharing Content

We are all aware that social media marketing takes time as there are so many platforms and methods to use at one given time. With there being so many networks to spread yourself across, you need to work through all of these 12 steps to create a plan with our team that works for you. Whether you leave it all to us or do some yourself, we need both be on the same page so that your audience get content that is targeted to their needs and purpose of your business.

12. Evaluate The Results and Work On Your Strategy from Here

Once you have gathered all of the evidence of your strategy, you can then see what worked and what didn’t. One of the steps that our team have mastered is number 12, as we can clearly see what works for our clients and what needs changing.

Using your results allows you to perfect the social media strategy you currently have, remove the weak links and create a solid strong plan to follow over the year. If after reading all of this you are panicking that you dont have the time or the insight into social media marketing, then you are in the right place. First Digital Media are only a call away!

Get in Touch

To arrange a call with a Digital Marketing Executive today give us a call on 0845 094 1830. We are here, ready and waiting to take over your social media platforms and totally transform your online presence. With 92% of marketers saying social media is important to their business, What are you waiting for?

Monitor Social Media Success with These Metrics

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Are you struggling to follow your social media success? First Digital Media have the solution right here!

Monitoring social media success doesn’t have to be difficult and can be done by both professionals and yourself. Following metrics, like those stated below, can be easily done but the hardest part is knowing how to use the data and how to act on it quickly.

First Digital Media are social media marketing experts for all kinds of industries and when it comes to monitoring metrics, we certainly know a thing or two. Acting on data and figures is what we do best and we have put together a few simple metrics you can follow yourself from the comfort of your own home.

Followers

Followers on twitter, likes on Facebook and followers on Instagram all come from a fan base that want to follow your business posts and updates. As they are interested in your business, it would be great that you were interested in them and follow the rate in which you are gaining followers and learn how you can improve those figures.

If you are gaining followers on a quick basis then you are doing something right clearly, if you are losing followers or not gaining as many as liked, maybe take a look at the topics of subjects you are posting and look at other methods of sharing with our social media team. With online marketing and social media marketing working closely together, followers are great but you can’t just rely on those figures for business success.

More and more young people are using social media and with the platform taking over TV as a news source, it really pays to get them on board on social.

Shares and Likes

Its quite obvious to watch how popular your content is when customers are sharing and liking your posts or your page but it can be quite hard to figure out what to do with those insights. If you can see that your audience are following your business online and are hungry for more information, you need to be sharing similar content that will entice them to delve further into your business and encourage others at the same time.

These figures can also show you what topics you should not be sharing, i.e. the ones your customers have no interaction with.

Social to Website Traffic

Ultimately, the end goal is to get traffic to your website and then using or buying your services/products. Social media is all well and good at interacting with your customers but your customers are only useful if they are actually doing something within your business.

Use Google Analytics to watch over your website traffic and check where the referrals came from. If the answer is social media, you are doing something right, if it isn’t high on the list, then you need professional social media marketing from First Digital Media.

With a total worldwide users of social media being 7.3 Billion (as of 2015), there are clearly a lot of customers you could be targeting, but what if they never go to your website?

Be The Leader in Your Industry

As well as monitoring your own stats and insight data, it can also be handy to monitor your competitors’ data. If they are the industry leaders, learn what they are doing and implement the methods into your own social media marketing skills.

Seeing what actually resonates with your customers is worthwhile and particularly helpful in getting customers to your website. You can track their movements and their interests to entice them into your business and give them the most information possible that they could ever need.

Listen and watch your customers to make content that interests them and become a leader in your industry.

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Learn more about metrics, social media marketing and Google Analytics with First Digital Media by calling us on 0845 094 1830.

Is Your Conversion Rate Slipping Day by Day?

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If your conversion rate is dropping and you’re not too sure why, First Digital Media can shed some light on the situation and bring your rates up into the stratosphere.

After recently attending the B2B Marketing Expo Event in London, we were the on the front row of a lot of masterclasses and seminars, discussing the movement and development of the marketing world. Conversion rates were quite often a topic of discussion amongst industry professionals and First Digital Media, along with the input of others, have come up with the top 3 ways to increase your conversion rates easily with our team.

A conversion rate is the percentage of customers who take the action you want them to on your website, i.e. call you, fill in the contact form or make a purchase.

Getting Your ‘Image’ Right First Time

Like in all walks of life, creating the right first impression counts and there is no exception to this rule in the digital marketing world. Your business website needs to give your potential customers the right impression first time, preferably on the home page, or the likelihood of them travelling through your site is poor and they definitely won’t bother calling you.

When your customers land on your site, what do they see first? If they get to see a nice scrolling image of your products and find out how to get in touch, chances are they don’t actually know what you do and are less likely to bother searching your site to find out. Why would they want to call you before they have even looked at your business?

If your customers get to land on your site and straight away are greeted with an opening line of what your business does, they can quickly make the judgement of whether to move forward with your site, which in most cases they will as that’s why they are on your site in the first place!

The right headline could dramatically increase your conversion rate”, Forbes.

Text Vs. Images

The team here at First Digital Media quite often get asked to create designs and images that speak a thousand words. In some cases, this is great, but we only apply that rule to those certain businesses who would benefit from images rather than text.

If your business has a lot to say and needs to inform the customer about your services, then why leave it chance with simply images and no content? Give them the content they need to base judgment on your business but don’t overload them with masses and masses of text. Keep content compelling enough to interest customers but keep it short enough to entice them to contact you for more.

Using generic, tacky stock photos can send the wrong message about your brand. Use professional-quality photos where possible”, Entrepreneur.

Finding the balance of content and design is exactly what the team here at First Digital Media do on the daily.

Is It Easy for Your Customers to Get in Touch?

If your potential customers flick through your site and don’t see a clear and simple way of getting in touch, they are not going to waste time finding one. With the average attention span of humans now being less than that of a goldfish, grabbing your customers’ attention is vital.

We run the rule of taking ten seconds for customers to make a decision on your website and business. If in those first ten seconds they don’t feel comfortable on your site, can’t see a clear navigation and have no idea what you actually do, then your business website could be the reason your conversion rates are dropping.

All pages need an end goal, a path of direction and a clear call to action section that allows the customer to get in touch with your business. Whether this be to purchase, get a quote or to arrange a consultation, this needs to be achievable in as little clicks possible.

Clearly showing contact information, perhaps a phone number and/or live chat options, typically increases conversions by giving visitors confidence that your company is “real” and is there to answer any questions they have”, Forbes.

Get in Touch

Discover how your business can benefit from increased conversion rate optimisation and call First Digital Media today. Providing ‘jargon free’ insight into how your business can improve, there is no reason to not start actively improving your online presence now!

Do You Know What Social Media Monitoring Is?

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Although you may think that social media monitoring is someone sat at a computer liking posts and searching the web for cool cat pictures, the practice is actually becoming a leading portion of marketing and is taking over traditional methods of traffic generation.

As your social media management team, here at First Digital Media, we take social media very seriously and only ever search the internet for cat pictures on a Friday afternoonJoke! Using analytics and intelligence, we are able to give our clients insights into their social media efforts and prove where audiences have been reached, providing valuable data that all businesses need to succeed.

Social Investment

By investing time and resources into social media management you are propelling your business forwards into a legitimate important sector of marketing, which many top companies are following. Some of these top companies are household names like Old Spice, Newcastle Brown Ale, Starbucks and even NASA. Who would have thought about tweeting from the moon? NASA of course!

All of the leading companies using social media marketing in their campaigns included emotive elements, interaction with consumers and created an idea of easy and effective marketing without the large costs of earning global recognition. Whichever route you choose to take with your social campaign, it is imperative that you are aware of the terms used throughout the industry and use our team to your advantage in conquering the social media world.

What You Need to Know

Cut out all of the jargon, long words and intensity and social media monitoring is essentially ‘monitoring your social media accounts’. Including social media listening, intelligence, management and analytics the process consists of many other elements in order to succeed in its purpose – spreading the world about your business and gaining traffic.

  • Listening

Using your ears throughout daily life is important to know what is going on, to hear what people are saying and finding out how people feel about you – the same goes for businesses online! You need to seek understanding through your customer’s attitude, emotions and discussions to keep an eye on how your campaign is being received. Know your customers and drive product innovation in their direction to stay ahead of your competitors.

  • Monitoring

Visually watching your results happen in real time and seeing exactly where your main target audience are is essential with social media monitoring. Following analytics and keeping track of success is capable with all social platforms. Gain instant access into real time customer conversations from every corner of the globe, or from just down the road.

  • Analytics

Using numbers, data and insights can show you how many mentions, retweets, likes, impressions and comments you have received across all platforms. With this data you are able to see exactly where your success lies and how many of these interactions have led to the final outcome your business started with.

Be The Digital Fly On the Wall

Social media plays an important role in customer experience management”. At the same time as monitoring your customer’s experience you have the ability to improve it for the benefit of both your customers and your business. With the huge amount of organic conversations taking place day in, day out, social media allows businesses to turn data into research opportunities and to be aware of faults in your business from the customer’s perspective if there are any!

A company’s relationship with its consumers is often more important that the sole principle of the business. Without your consumers, your business would not exist or at least be anywhere near successful, so paying attention to your customers really matters in today’s world.

Get in Touch

Social media monitoring is much more than just posting and collecting likes. With FDM’s help, you can put yourself in your customer’s shoes and create the brand you would want to see through their eyes. Build confidence within your consumers and create brand recognition amongst the online world. Social media is not the enemy and never will be, so connect now with our help and make the most out of it while you can.

Call us on 0845 094 1830 to speak to our team about social media monitoring for your business.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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2016 has been a great year for First Digital Media and we want to take the time to say a massive Thank You to all of the team involved and to our valued clients.

Building on customer service is what we are proud of and our growing list of clients is a testament to the team’s hard work and dedication. As social media and the internet never sleeps, we are here over the Christmas period, answering calls, taking emails and making sure our clients are ready to take on the new year with full force.

Let’s look forward to 2017 together and keep moving forward with the digital world.

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a great New Year from everyone here at First Digital Media!