My #1 Piece of #SocialMedia Advice for Ongoing Success

My colleague Anna Lee has built her blog “small thoughts, big ideas” around short and simple posts, with great takeaways.  I’ve modeled this post similarly, and would like to share my opinion regarding the single most important thing you should do before launching any social media campaign.

CLEARLY DEFINE YOUR BUSINESS OBJECTIVES.

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Defining and setting objectives for your social media campaign may be the most important step in creating a solid plan. Here’s a few simple ways to help you develop objectives:

1) What do you want to accomplish? i.e. lead generation, additional traffic from social media, brand visibility… 

2) What does success in social media look like? i.e. revenue, larger following, customer service & satisfaction

3) How are you going to measure ROI and success from social media? i.e. customer feedback, sales figures

Asking these three simple questions can help to clarify your objectives and get everyone on the same page.  Remember to put the pieces together and communicate with your team, clients, or managers to solve the puzzle of what social media success within your business looks like. There’s no one simple answer, and this is a question you need to periodically ask and assess to ensure the ongoing performance of your social media efforts.

Do you agree? What’s your #1 piece of social media advice? Tweet me @MarissaPick, or leave a comment below :)

 

What Was Your #FirstTweet?…Celebrate Twitter’s 8th Birthday and Find Out!

As Twitter celebrate’s it’s 8th birthday today, they’ve enabled a quick way to take their users back to their first tweets.  Twitter launched this website today 

I’m breathing a sigh of my relief that my wasn’t totally awful.

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Remember to check out your first tweet and share online using #FirstTweet. With over 100k tweets within the first day of launch, this campaign looks to be a total home run for the Twitter team!

Enjoy the trip down memory lane…

Do You Have a Strategy for Responding to Negative Social Media Posts?

Earlier this month eMarketer posted a great article, Are You Still Missing a Strategy for Negative Social Posts? where they shared that most marketers respond within a day to negative posts.  A staggering 88% of employees will use social media for marketing in 2014 however many still have trouble identifying ROI, but also responding to the negative buzz from the posts. At my current company we’ve had several instances where negative buzz has surfaced online, and we’ve had to quickly escalate to the proper internal resources to mitigate the situation.  In responding quickly, we’ve turned online “ranters” to evangelists within a matter of days by promptly and effectively listening and responding to the issue at hand.

So what about the rest of you, are you responding online to negative posts? the Social Media Marketing University (SMMU) found that fewer than half of US marketing professionals had an effective plan for dealing with negative posts.  The slide below shows the breakdown of where the marketing professionals align when asked in February 2014.

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On top of having a strategy it’s impressive that 52% of marketers respond to a customer complaint on social media within 24 hours, and 18% respond within 1 hour. Click to Tweet this stat. A staggering 1 in 5 respondents said they rarely or never respond to negative social buzz altogether.

Do you have a strategy for responding to negative social media promotions online? If you don’t have a plan in place, I suggest you brainstorm and discuss one immediately.  Connecting and engaging with clients and fans is a great way to deepen trust and loyalty while showing the human side of your brand. No one’s perfect, and mistakes happen and often customers can get upset and complain.  With the growth and ease of social media networks customers now expect to log, share, and get resolutions through social media.

I’m curious to know how your brand deals with negative comments, and if you’ve got a strategy in place.  Please comment below, log your vote in the poll,  or tweet me @MarissaPick.