20 reasons why use social media for business
There is a good reason why so many businesses use social media to market themselves. Because it works. And it doesn’t require a huge amount of your budget, yet still has the ability to help to build your brand and find new business opportunities. If you are not convinced or just getting started, this is why you should consider making social media part of your marketing strategy:
1. Increased brand awareness
With the volume of social media users, you are reaching a large number of potential clients who were previously unaware of your business and the digital nature of social channels means that there are no geographical limitations. It won’t happen immediately, but you will see the real benefits as your social influence grows - the more people know about you, the more likely it is that they will remember you when they are looking for products and services you provide.
2. Improved brand loyalty
Social media helps your brand to stand out and keep in touch with your existing customers. You can use it to inform them about anything new, remind them about your products and services and encourage to spread the word via their own social networks. You are also able to interact and answer questions in real-time, building trust with customers and making them feel valued.
3. Giving your business a human face
Social media helps to add a face to your brand and shows your clients who the people behind your business are. It’s very often not what you do, but how you do it and social media is a great way to show your clients your company’s personality and tell your story.
4. Social listening
Listening in on conversations online helps to identify who talks about your business or industry, find new leads and see what your competitors are doing. Your potential clients share a lot about their wants, needs and pain points on social media, which helps with making your first contact with them much more personalized – and more likely to trigger their interest.
5. Social search
According to Salesforce, 87% of people start their search for a new product on digital channels. Your potential clients are likely to be already using social search to find potential companies and brands they want to buy from and work with, and would form an opinion about each of these based on what they are seeing online.
6. Thought leadership
Social media is a great place for you to establish yourself as a thought leader via sharing relevant content, engaging in conversations and responding to questions. Your profile will stand out the more engaged you are, making you a go-to subject matter expert as you build your brand as a thought leader.
7. Reputation management
Over time, people will talk about your business and it’s important to listen to what they are saying so that you can respond accordingly and use their feedback for ongoing improvements. It’s a powerful way to tailor your business’ offering to what your potential clients are asking for.
8. Real-time customer service
Having customer issues shared publicly is not ideal, but being able to respond to them in real-time is very helpful – both for your customers and your brand’s reputation. It’s also a more time-efficient way to communicate compared to calls and emails.
9. Targeted advertising
With the large volume of data available on user demographics and interests, social media platforms allow for detailed segmentation and audience targeting, making your marketing campaigns and messaging much more personal and specific to your potential clients.
10. Lead generation
The likelihood is that most of your potential clients are already using at least one social network, ready to hear from you and you should always be present where your potential clients are. Connecting with actual people via social networks is an effective way to build long term relationships and trust.
When you Google your company’s name, what comes up in top results are your social media profiles. Effective social media marketing improves your SEO rankings, so if you are struggling with getting your website on the top search pages, your regular online activity will help to make your website more visible
12. Employee engagement
Employees are great brand advocates and keeping them engaged in social sharing can not only help with your brand awareness but also with building a culture where everyone is actively involved in content creation and sharing. The more people share, the larger the audience you are reaching.
13. Increased website traffic
By sharing content published on your website via social media you are attracting new visitors to your website and increasing your brand awareness, especially if you can share engaging content that has the potential to go viral.
14. Digital storytelling
Social media is the ultimate place to tell your story, especially with the recently launched new story features. Using visual and written content and having a consistent, unique story is an effective way to generate and maintain your audience’s interest.
15. Events engagements
Social media can also be very effective as part of your event marketing – both when it comes to pre-event promotions as well as live updates from your event. A simple way to start is to introduce a hashtag that you and your guest can use with any event-related updates.
16. Cost efficiency
Compared to traditional marketing, social media marketing is cheaper, yet one of the most effective ways to promote a business of any size. In fact, you are only investing your time if you are not using any of the paid features.
17. Online community
Engaging in online conversations not only helps to connect with your existing social media followers, but it also opens up the potential of those followers sharing your content with others, creating a rapidly growing online community who recognizes and talks about your business. What helps is sharing interesting content and sharing it regularly.
Social media not only helps to showcase your brand, but it’s also an important learning resource. You can educate yourself on what your clients are saying and keep on top of the latest industry news and insights.
19. Competitor analysis
Because everyone is sharing their best work, social media is a great place to keep informed about your competitor’s activities and helps you learn from their successes and failures.
Talking about your recruitment requirements on social media is a cost-effective way to attract new talent and spread the word about open roles through your existing connections.
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