Maintaining a presence on social media is essential for gaining and retaining customers, and you can’t attend the social media party as a wallflower. Actively forming connections with coworkers, your community, and the industry at large and then showcasing those connections through social media posts functions as indirect marketing for your business and benefits everyone involved.
First we’ll take a look at how to approach your social media management in order to have an effective presence—what to post and why—and then we’ll see how some of our ABRN Top Shops are using their social media sites to engage customers and connect to various communities.
What to post
So-so social media won’t cut it. Social media users only see about 10 percent of your content, so you have to make sure all of your posts are attention-worthy. Many marketing companies (Vizoop, 5 Stones Media, for example) advocate the 50/30/20 rule for social media posting.
50 percent: Entertaining content
People do not follow businesses, brands, and shops on social media because they want to be sold products or services. They want to be acknowledged, entertained, an educated as a human being, not as a pocketbook. Thus, you have to provide interesting and engaging posts that differentiate your shop from all the others and keep your fans coming back. While all of your social media content should engage your audience, 50 percent of your posts should be dedicated to fun, entertaining content. Share memes, videos, pictures, and blogs—industry related or otherwise—that will cultivate interactions.
The purpose of this kind of posting is to create activity: likes, shares, favorites, and comments. If your social media sites are void of interactions, new potential followers (customers) visiting your pages will likely dismiss what your shop has to offer because others are not responding to your posts and information.
These posts need to be representative of the kind of shop you run—friendly, modern, knowledgeable, courteous, etc. Think critically about how the content you post will affect your image and your followers—a couple of spelling mistakes or a series of slanted political posts can turn people away.
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30 percent: Tips and news
More and more people are relying on Facebook and Twitter to get their daily news. According to a study by the Media Insight Project, 47 percent of millennials say that getting news is a main motivation for logging on to their Facebook account, and 88 percent of them regularly get news from the site.
This statistic does not mean that you should feel responsible for providing your fans and followers with every bit of news under the sun. Just as the goal of your shop is to provide quality and value, you need to provide quality and value for your social media audience. Important car-related posts, whether it’s industry news or automotive tips, are helpful to your followers. You can also post news and information concerning community events.
Sharing information about industry influencers and your surrounding community builds your reputation and your customers’ trust. While providing useful content, you are also showing that you are connected with the world outside of your shop, that you care about being current and in the know.
If you are wondering how you’re going to be able to accrue a slew of news articles, remember that you can follow other shops, industry associations, and news sources on your social media sites. As you’re logging in to your page every day to make posts, you can see what other groups are talking about and share those links.