Social media is not only a platform best suited for consuming cat photos or stalking your ex, but it can also be your best source for leads.
It’s time to start taking social media seriously when developing sales strategies. In particular, identifying prospective customers on social media may be the best new initiative you can try.
We have a tendency to broadcast our lives on social media. We post images of what makes us happy, our deepest fears, or our current challenges. This content should not be used to solely entertain our followers. This content should be used to identify leads that may be interested in our products or services.
Here’s your key to social selling and why social media should be your best source for leads.
Social Selling Tip 1: Choose The Right Networks
Once you understand your audience, you can begin to understand where you should be sharing content. Typically your audience demographics, as well as your type of business, should provide a clue on what social network to use.
For instance, if you’re looking to attract a wide demographic of everyday customers between the ages of 18 to 65, Facebook is the best social network.
Keep in mind, I have seen many organizations build a large following on Facebook but do not have the budget to efficiently reach their audience.
Although you cannot reach 100 percent of your Facebook audience, there are ways you can optimize your Facebook posts to reach more users.
If you’re looking to attract Black 18 to 29-year-olds, Instagram is a great social network for you. If you choose Instagram as your network of choice, you should determine how users engage on this network.
Specifically, understanding how your target audience engages is even better.
For instance, do they respond better to quotes or infographics?
Take a glance at your analytics to see how Instagram is contributing to your bottom line.
Although there are several ways to engage your B2B customers on Instagram, LinkedIn is the preeminent network for professionals. On this network, users are accustomed to networking with peers and more willing to dialog over business deals.
Consider it this way:
Eighty percent of LinkedIn users say they want to connect with companies, and they are almost 50 percent more likely to buy from a company they engage with on LinkedIn.
Twitter is about people and ideas. If you are capable of captivating your audience in 140 characters accompanied by links to articles of interest, you will provide great value to potential leads.
Choosing the right social network is very important. Once you determine where to engage with prospective customers, it will have a significant impact on the number of leads that follow.
Social Selling Tip 2: Grow Your Target Audience
Before developing any social selling strategies you must do everything you can to build an audience. Start by promoting your social handles to your customers in the physical world.
You might think this tip is elementary and widely known to many businesses. But, you’d be surprised to how often businesses consider social media an after-thought–especially when it comes to selling.
Turning your physical audience into your social audience is also the first phase of your social media sales funnel.
Yes, there is such a thing as a social media sales funnel.
The more customers you engage with via social media, the easier it is to convert them.
Many businesses market to the masses on social media. I highly suggest building a targeted audience rather than promoting your social account to the masses.
As I mentioned earlier, many businesses consider social media an after-thought. Just because it’s easier to have a social media presence does not mean you should only use social media for brand awareness campaigns.
Develop a following that resembles your audience base in the physical world. If done correctly, that following will generate more leads and increase conversions.
Social Selling Tip 3: Interact With Users
Once you have chosen the right social networks and begun to grow your audience, it’s important to engage with them on a daily basis.
Typically, when a user engages on social media, they expect a response or action within 24 hours.
Keep in mind that engagement goes beyond responding to user’s questions. It involves developing insightful content that influences users to engage and amplify your marketing message.
That’s the key to social selling.
When social selling, here are great ways to interact with users:
- Step outside the box. Think beyond traditional methods of engaging with users. Instead of white papers, try creating videos that present your information in an entertaining fashion.
- Get your audience’s attention. Ask a thought-provoking question to initiate the conversation that may eventually turn into a lead.
- Establish an interesting profile that make potential leads excited to engage with your brand. Make sure all your social media graphic identity is appropriate for the network in which it resides. Be sure to have a strong call-to-action prominently displayed on the network to immediately engage potential leads.
- Be helpful. That pretty much sums it up. Provide help, and leads will follow.
- Demonstrate your expertise. Develop a strong content marketing plan that will establish your brand as a resource. Ask yourself how your brand has shaped, influenced, or contributed to your industry? Once you’ve figured it out, begin developing content based on your answer.
When social selling to potential leads, try the aforementioned tactics to see if it helps increase your leads. If one tactic is ineffective, keep trying. You never know how much impact a particular engagement may garner.
In the business industry, social media is a great place to gather leads. No matter what business you’re in, social media can still be your most conducive marketing strategy for generating leads. If you’re looking to enhance your marketing strategies, social selling should not be overlooked.
Have you benefitted from social selling? What challenges should marketers consider when social selling?
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