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Jul 10, 2024
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Using Social Media Channels to Promote Your New Business

New businesses provide several opportunities for promoting and marketing the goods and services you provide. It is significantly vital to figure out how you want to promote your new business. There are traditional channels, such as radio, television and print; however, those spaces are rather expensive and returns can vary. More so, new media provides a better chance to target and reach your audience. Content marketing, search engine optimization and social media are great ways to connect with your potential customers. Social media provides you with a powerful opportunity. Determining how to market via social media is a valuable skill to learn and can help you position your business for great success. Here is a closer look at the steps to take in order to use social media effectively for your business.



1. Develop a Marketing Strategy for Social Media

Before jumping into the creative process and developing social media campaigns, take a step back and create an overarching strategy. Start by determining why you want a social media strategy and asking yourself the following:


Are you looking to boost your brand awareness, get more leads and drive traffic to your website?

Do you want to boost revenue or improve customer service?


Be clear and concise about the reasoning for your desire to develop a social media presence. With that, you can define the types of posts you want to create.



2. Know the Core Platforms

There are hundreds of social media outlets where you can build a presence. However, most companies focus on some of the big players, which include:

• Facebook. With nearly 3 billion monthly active users worldwide, Facebook is the

world’s most popular platform. You can create business pages on Facebook, build or

join groups and create cross-posts on Instagram

• Instagram. A photo-sharing platform owned by Facebook’s parent company, Meta,

Instagram is a valuable platform for visual content, including photos and videos

• X (formerly Twitter). This platform provides short, text-based, usually real-time

responsive and news-breaking content. The character-limited platform has been

rebranded, causing many users to abandon the space. X Premium, a fee-based option,

provides greater visibility

• TikTok. This video-sharing platform allows users to create and monetize content and can

lead to viral videos that generate followers, revenue and interest

• LinkedIn. This business-focused platform has shifted in recent years from prioritizing  only job searches and connecting recruiters with candidates to a platform for brand building, content sharing and launching

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• Pinterest. This photo-based search engine site helps create virtual shopping lists and helps in efforts to organize around specific interests, hobbies or even ideas

• YouTube. This longer-form video platform is for sharing and offers a search engine as an ideal way to

share content with users for visually compelling and auditory experiences



3. Understand Your Target Audience

You need to decide on  a target audience for your social media platform. The target audience are those who need and want your products or services. Usually, a target audience will share a common demographic. When creating your social media strategy, you’ll want to know what platforms your target customers are on, what content interests them most and the prime times they are online. Doing research on your target audience is important. You can ask your audience about what they need through surveys or use your posts to ask questions. You can also use analytics that are available on some social media platforms or from third-party providers in order to learn more about your customers and your competitors.


The analysis can also help determine where you should base your business. Understanding your customers' demographics and work can help inform you of where you need to be, whether it’s with a brick-and-mortar store or customer service hours. Starting a business in California, may make a lot of sense if you have a predominantly West Coast customer base.


4. Create a Social Media Budget


You can spend a lot of resources on your social media strategy or you can utilize free services. Nearly every social media platform allows you to create accounts, profiles and spaces for free. Often, you can also post content for free.


This organic approach is a good way to connect you to your target audience. However, most platforms include opportunities to invest in advertising campaigns and insights that can help you find and target customers. These tools can potentially be extremely valuable in regards to reaching those who are most likely to purchase what you’re selling.



5. Select the Right Social Media Platforms for Your Brand


There is nothing like finding the right channel for your products and services. With a strong strategy in place and the right audiences identified, you can make an informed decision about where to invest in social media.

Once you’ve selected the ideal platforms, it is time to start developing content. Learn about how the platforms work and how to deploy the content that is going to be compelling and worthwhile. You may need to create different types of content for different platforms. You may also need to experiment to see which content and messages work best.


6. Find the Right Posting Cadence

Not all social media platforms are built the same way. They are each driven by algorithms that govern when and to whom content is displayed. Consistent engagement is important, but the frequency can vary widely based on the platform. Here are some of the ideal target frequencies across platforms for posting content:

• Facebook: 1-2 posts daily

• Instagram: 3-5 posts weekly

• X: 2-3 posts daily

• TikTok: 3-5 posts weekly

• LinkedIn: 1-2 posts daily

• Pinterest: 1 post weekly


Content calendars and scheduling programs are one great way to build a strategic array of posts. These calendars help you stay organized and, in some cases, can be used for creating, tracking and organizing the posts you provide, with analytics that help you understand their reach and impact.



7. Maximize Your Profiles


Your profile is an important component across all social media platforms. A profile is a

way to easily educate a buyer on your goods and services. However, be sure to use compelling visuals and a consistent application of your brand’s image, voice and style.


You can also think about which links to include. Some platforms only link to your home page. Others use a link aggregator, like link in bio, that allows you to post multiple connection points.


By signing up for a business account, you may have more options in your profile content. Keywords, calls to action (CTAs) and contact information can enhance and extend your marketing beyond daily posts.


8. Let Users Build Content

User-generated content (UGC) is a great way to connect with your customers and expand your reach. With UGC, customers can share their experiences with your company; hopefully, it is positive and provides uplifting content. When users tag and use keywords related to your brand, you reach their followings as well as your own.



9. Tag Strategically


Hashtags are a common use in social media and can help connect your content to search terms, trends and customers. Be sure to use these hashtags judiciously and strategically, with tags that are truly relevant to your brand and business. Niche hashtags can help you target specific interests or identities. Think about those tags that are timeless and those that are short-term opportunities for your marketing approach.



10. Go Live


Several platforms allow for you to go live, interacting in real time via a video allowance with your

audience. It’s a terrific way to connect, get to know customers, share news, answer questions and provide sources of entertainment.


Remember that social media is a two-way street. You do not just want to push content on readers or viewers. Use your platforms to gain insights and information, obtain feedback and respond to the questions and needs of your audience.



11. Build a Community

The connective, collective and communal power of social media can be transformational. Between your posts, interactions and live content, you can create powerful connections that endure, build customer loyalty and interact in meaningful ways.


You can also use social media tools to build groups, launch contests and promote and develop a sense of trust with your customers. Be sure to think of social media as an extension of your customer service work. With social media, users can and will share feedback, good and bad, with your company.


By responding to this feedback, you show that you’re paying attention and caring for the customers that support your business. Social media can be an amazing part of your business development strategy in helping to draw and retain customers and get the message out about your company, products and services.

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