Social Media Mistakes For Chicago Businesses To Avoid Part 2

Don't bully your fans

Don’t bully your fans

In our last post, we discussed some ways that companies frequently make mistakes while using social media for their business, resulting in a passive approach and eventually a failing social media campaign. The following tips will help you and your company avoid making the opposite types of mistakes, being too aggressive with social media:

Creating Pages On Too Many Sites: Since social media for business is a time consuming endeavor, it is impossible to reach everyone and be involved on every social media website, all while running a successful business. Devote some time to research your industry on different social media sites and identify which ones will benefit your company the most. You need to find the place that will allow you to interact the most with your potential customers, and that is going to be different for every company.

Abusing The Rules: Social media users are a group of intelligent people that don’t want to be manipulated. If your organization uses certain techniques, for example, posting multiple spam-like messages in Facebook or Twitter to try and attract more fans, people will get upset with your company and stop following you. The majority of companies that make this mistake are just starting their efforts in social media and want to try and get their message out to the highest number of people as fast as possible. However, the better approach is to sign up, read what other people are talking about and get a good feeling about the overall conversation on that social media site, and then slowly join in with valuable information.

Obvious Selling: Companies that go on social media and try the usual hard sell tactics in business will find that followers/fans don’t respond positively to it. The whole social media culture is based on people communicating with others in order to help everyone. It is not about businesses selling their products to consumers in the social media realm, so don’t treat your followers like they are just there to buy your product. Remember, you have to contribute to the conversation before you can expect anyone to buy what you’re offering.

Deliberate SEO: It is not a secret that social media has become an important part of search engine optimization. This shouldn’t mean that the only reason why you’re on social media sites is to get more links to your website. Your success on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else depends on how much you offer other people. They aren’t just search engine robots scanning your page and looking for keywords, so don’t expect them to stay your follower if all you’re looking for are keywords and backlinks.

Be a proactive social media business

Be a proactive social media business

Chicago social media is becoming more and more prominent within the small business community. Whether a company runs their own social media campaign or hires a Chicago social media expert to bring results, we should all be aware of certain mistakes that companies across the country have made on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The most common mistakes companies of all sizes have been making in the social media community since businesses started promoting themselves can be broken down into two categories. There are the mistakes that are made because a company is not being proactive enough, and there are the mistakes made because they are being too aggressive with their social media campaigns. Here are some mistakes that fall in the first category:

 

 

Incomplete Profiles: Nobody recommends businesses to join every social media outlet; it’s just too time consuming. So if you choose two to three of the most beneficial ones to your company, there should be no reason why your efforts on that site aren’t completely devoted to succeeding there. If you make the decision to create an account, take the time to enter all your information and make your identity unique to your company. Add pictures, descriptions etc. so you can show people who you are. This is where your social media brand begins, and it is very important to have a good start so visitors know you are involved in social media for the right reasons and will have a better chance to engage with you.

Not Communicating With Fans: If you have a following, however large it is, make sure you are part of the conversation. If you don’t engage with the people who are talking about you on social media sites, their expectations won’t be met. There are plenty of companies that are great at responding to fans or even replying with a thank you, which means if you don’t do that consistently you will loser followers.

Quitting Your Campaign Too Early: Many of the small businesses in Chicago try out social media but don’t give it enough time to see results, so they just give up. Try to begin with a good marketing plan before you setup all your accounts, and use different tactics to engage with your followers/fans.

Inconsistent Posting: Social media is an ongoing approach to marketing your organization, and you need to understand that people use it every day and expect new content from you on a regular basis. You don’t have to update your pages every day, but if you take weeks at a time to post something new, you will most likely lose followers.

Coming up: social media mistakes because of being too aggressive.

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SEO vs SEM

SEO vs SEM

Just about everyone knows that search engines are a powerful tool to reach potential customers. You want your company to be on the top of the search engine results page for as many of your most important keywords that you have. There are, however, many different ways to go about this undertaking. Two of the most commonly expressed services in the web design/internet marketing industry are search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM). These can be confusing to differentiate sometimes, as they are both related to very similar goals.

These two terms are commonly thrown around when dealing with ways to increase a website’s exposure, and often the different aspects of each will be viewed as SEO by one person but as SEM by another. For example, if a company says they will build links for you by submitting your site to multiple directories, they could consider that service part of their SEM package because it is an external effort, but they might also consider it SEO because it doesn’t necessarily involve paying for anything.

There are some general rules that almost all companies will accept. First, SEO is considered a part of your SEM efforts, because the search engine marketing will encompass a larger range of tasks. Second, any enhancements a company makes to their organic search results fall under SEO, because you are optimizing your website by creating meta tags and titles and so on. Finally, if a company is directly paying for their search engine results by using Google AdWords or other forms of paid advertising, this will be part of SEM, because you are paying for each time your link is clicked on.

As you can see, there are different benefits for using each. Search engine optimization will take longer to accomplish, but the results can be very beneficial and the traffic cost will always be zero. With online advertisements, a company will have to pay a large amount of money to keep their instant exposure, and the clicks or impressions their ad receives doesn’t always turn into sales for them. Don’t forget, if the marketing budget for online ads runs out, your company will lose the link exposure at the top of Google immediately, and your SEO will still be stuck in the same place.

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