4 Ways To Build Your Brand In Social Media
As more brands clamor for the attention of users across the social media landscape it becomes increasingly difficult for any one of them to capture the eye of their intended audience. Every day the din of products and companies is growing in the social universe. They flash across our field of vision competing for the precious scant time we are willing to afford them.
If you are going to mount a campaign to capture the attention of your audience in an effort to nurture raving fans who can wave your flag as brand mavens, you had better exercise as many options as possible to get people to connect to your content.
Your best bet will be to spend a little quality time researching your audience as it relates to your particular industry. Understanding the relationship between what you do and who you do it for will help you devise the most effective type of social media campaign.
In broad strokes, there are essentially four different ways you can leverage social media in an effort to win the attention of your audience. Understanding the various ways your brand can make use of these avenues will aid you in keeping the content flowing over time.
Consider these as you develop exactly how you will use social media to your advantage:
1. As Communication: The use of online channels such as You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and forums to build and maintain a communication platform between you and your audience. If you have a lot of content to share on a regular basis, getting it out in as many venues as possible will be instrumental to success.
2. As Collaboration: Drawing people together to interact with each other and your brand. Contests, suggestions, giveaways and polls are just a few different ways to inspire your audience to interact and help generate content around your brand.
3. As Education: Product presentations, demonstrations and how-to’s can be welcome forms of content specific to many different business types. All of these serve to educate customers about your brand. This extends to the sharing of your company values, news items and related industry information that your audience may find useful.
4. As Entertainment: Never be boring. Engage your audience by posting content that is interesting, and relevant to the connection they have to your offerings. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks — sometimes poking silly fun at yourself can trigger a windfall of viral activity.
Building a captive audience in social media is no small task, but taking advantage of these four inroads to content development can help you keep the buzz growing.