When I told my father that I’m a Community Manager at Wix, he felt very proud – and so do I. Until one day he introduced me to a friend of his, and said, I quote: “You know my son Manu, he’s working in computers.” Come on. I know Microsoft Office, that’s true, I can handle Paint without a problem, but computer expert is way off the mark. On the other hand, all of my friends smile when I tell them what I do for a living because they believe that I spend most of my time on Facebook. Which is kind of true. But not for the reasons that you might think of.
Nowadays, community management is an essential part of every business aiming to have a powerful online presence. It allows you to reach an ever-expanding audience and to target relevant people for your business in a familiar environment, all without spending a single Ruble. Once you’ve created a stunning website – using Wix of course, and I’m not biased – building a community around it is one of the most efficient ways to market it.
So the one-million-dollar question is:
Essentially, community management consists of building an online community around your business – you would have never guessed that, right? And the path to doing that is creating and managing your business’s social channels and blog. Why? Because it gives you the opportunity to interact with your followers/subscribers in a more direct, eye-level and authentic way. More than that, publishing content on these channels will help drive more interest toward your brand – by using, what they call in the professional jargon, content marketing. To sum it up, the goal is to help, to inform and to entertain your community. Oh, and I almost forgot the cherry on the cake: it’s free.
Now that the general concept is a bit clearer, all you have to do is tailor a social strategy to your own brand; and that means asking yourself a few basic questions: Where should I publish content? How often should I post? What kind of content should I be putting out there?
Let’s dig into it:
Each and every social media platform has its own way of functioning and satisfies different needs and expectations. According to your business identity and your target audience, each of the following networks will, to a certain extent, match your marketing goals:
The biggest social empire – as of today. Almost every business should have a presence there. But the magnitude of the platform (almost 2 billion users) is both its positive and negative side. On one hand, you have the possibility to reach an almost infinite audience. On the other hand, the algorithm is built to push the most engaging posts to more people. To sum it up: if you don’t grab the attention and generate immediate engagement (AKA reactions), your publications might die as quickly as a character on Game of Thrones.
Here’s a full guide on to how to be successful on Facebook >>
The kingdom of the two screen addicts (you know, Tweeting on a mobile device about what’s happening on TV). Twitter is a very fast-paced and dynamic social media channel – you have only 140 characters per Tweet. The blue bird territory can be very interesting for brands who base their marketing on written content and who react quickly to the news.
All you need to know in order to master Twitter is here >>
In the era of selfies and food porn, Instagram has proven itself to be one of the strongest visual social media outlets. If your marketing strength relies on visual content, there is no doubt you should give this a try. Restaurants, artists, photographers, fashion designers and so on have to be there, but many stores and services can take advantage of the platform, too.
Here are pro tips to becoming an Instagram guru >>
Today, video content is the heart of the marketing war. Even giants like Facebook try to innovate and push video content in order to increase their share in this very competitive (and lucrative) field. You see me coming. YouTube is unavoidable for businesses who produce video content – tutorials, commercials, testimonials, etc. And if you have time, it would be a nice move to start your own channel.
Snapchat is one of the most popular social platforms among generation Z; you know, teenagers and young adults – not Zombies, even though it could have been fun. The app can be a bit destabilizing in the first stages since the interface is different in comparison to other social platforms. In addition, the ephemeral aspect of the snaps isn’t very natural for “old school” social media users. But let’s face it: Snapchat users are the consumers of tomorrow. It’s worth giving it a try just to understand the mindset of this generation.
Get some great Snapchat tips here>>
LinkedIn is a network for professionals. All informative content, as well as HR-related information and company news, are welcome. There is, of course, some flexibility, but that’s the general spirit.
There are many good reasons to start a blog for your business. A blog lets you express your creativity, show your expertise, share your business’s news and communicate on everything related to your professional field. In addition, a blog is a great tool to boost your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and improve your online visibility. The amount of work is a bit more time-consuming, but the effort is totally worth the investment.
Want to start blogging? You’ll find these tips on how to write a good blog useful>>>
Needless to say, there are many other social networks that you can use. For instance, I didn’t mention Pinterest, which is great for visual goods, particularly for those selling online. In any case, investigating the channels above is definitely a good start. Here is an extensive article on how to choose the best social network for your business – don’t thank me, it’s my pleasure.
According to the nature of the social networks you want to invest in, the content you publish should vary significantly. With that said, here are a few recommendations that you should consider regardless what your <3 favors:
Needless to say that these tips are just the tip of the iceberg – it’s no coincidence that this article looks like a Wikipedia page, considering how many hyperlinks are in here. You don’t have to publish everywhere, every day; which is a good thing since, as a small business owner, this is not even an option – time is a precious resource.
Pick your battles according to your brand’s needs and you’ll slowly discover where to invest your efforts and what content to focus on. In other words, if there is one point to remember, it would be: try and learn. You’ll truly discover the magical world of community management just by jumping into the water and getting your hands dirty (interesting figure of speech combination isn’t it?). What an adventure right?
Hope you’ll have as much fun as we do managing your community!
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