Facebook is all about social, and social media is about the people that use it.You may have tens of thousands of ‘likes’ on your Facebook page and therefore think you’ve achieved success because of those numbers. Well, think again!
Unless you actually work for Facebook, then you need to stop having your social media marketing plan entirely focused here. If your entire strategy is using Facebook to reach out to new clients and potential customers, or to raise brand awareness then you really need to go back to the drawing board and think again. Oh, and buying ‘likes’ isn’t a marketing strategy either!
Social networking is constantly changing and in a recent survey 10% fewer teens named Facebook as their most important site compared to a year ago. They were also less interested in the other mainstream platforms such as Twitter, YouTube & Tumblr. The same survey found that upcoming chat networks like Kik & Snapchat were popular, proving that mobile friendly social platforms were increasing in dominance for the younger generation.
We are all well-aware that Facebook has been increasing its revenue stream by selling adverts and promoted posts to business pages and our feeds are full of suggested pages and sponsored posts. Businesses are spending thousands of pounds to add their voice to this noise and many Facebook users are getting fed up with them. Not only that, there is evidence to show that spending money to promote Facebook pages isn’t as effective as we are led to believe and is a poor use of money.
I think it’s safe to say that adverts are becoming quite intrusive in our every day lives and we are bombarded with them everywhere we look. When we use the internet we therefore start to become immune to seeing them. The commercialisation of the internet, and the once ‘all powerful’ Facebook means we are looking to turn to other social channels.
You must understand your target audience whichever social media network they are using. Once you learn what your community appreciate you can then create a plan for your business to use social media more effectively.