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What is Social Media Advocacy?

You’re reading about social media advocacy more and more but what is it?

It’s when you ask for support from your employees or team members. They help you share content on across social media platforms organically.

This can include news, announcements, specials, pictures, blogs or events.

This lengthens your organic reach. It also helps your business become more than just one voice but a collective of great ideas that will help more people connect with your brand.

How do you implement this strategy? Try these 3 simple steps.

  1. Make it simple for your employees and teams members to share. Let them take pictures in your store, eatery or office. Ask them to share your events. This can be done on their personal pages #hashtaging to your business. Set aside 10 minutes a day or week for each employee or team member.
  2. Employees or team members are able to make or suggest social updates. This is done by adding people to your Facebook page with either editor or moderator. Or through Hootsuite or buffer which are social media dashboards where you can post to multiple social media platforms.
  3. Companies should in return embrace, support and promote their employees and team members. Praise them publicly for their hard work to help your business grow.

Extra Credit – Try having contests or giveaways to reward the employees or team members that brings you the most engagement or new likes and followers.

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Are Social Media Management Tools Dead?

You may have read the many recent articles that social media management tools like Hoootsuite and Buffer are dead. The claim that scheduled posts aren’t getting the reach that they used too and that readers know that its scheduled and aren’t interested. This is the second round of management tools death talk. The first round was around 2012-2013.

I talked about this with my colleagues. For me a red flag went up. Not that it isn’t possible but how would the average Facebook reader know. They look at the pictures and maybe the first line. They don’t care that it says #navigatoraimee aimee mcwhorter compton or even know what that means.

I did some investigation on the pages I manage to see if engagement and visibility is actually down when posts come from Hootsuite. I compared it with Facebook scheduling, realtime posting and included automatic posting from Mailchimp and WordPress.

What mattered most? Time of day and not where it came from. The sweet spots for most of my clients this past week was between 8-10 am and 7-9 pm.

There was one exception – a nonprofit garden page. This is the perfect example of why it’s critical to know your audience. Looking at the Insights for this page, I can see the average fan is between the ages of 55 – 64. The sweet spot to post for this page is between 2-5 pm.

The only posts with a reach in the single digits-
*made 2 posts without a picture. One with hashtags one without.
*made 2 posts, same time of day from the same site but different blogs. They both had the same picture (government funded site) the second post was in the single digits.

I also compared posting multiple times a day to multiple times a month. The more posts the higher the reach over all. Now that doesn’t mean go crazy and post 20 times a day on Facebook. Every post isn’t a winner but overall higher with the exception again of the nonprofit garden page. It’s because their fans are actually visiting the page. I do manage one page that’s an anomaly but that’s a story for another day.

For me at this time I’m not seeing lower visibility from Hootsuite posts so I asked a friend that uses Buffer what he’s noticed. He hasn’t noticed a change yet either. He recommended this blog from Buffer on the subject.

We decided it’s something we’ll continue to watch, not that we wouldn’t. We’ll also continue to use all of our resources and not rely on Hootsuite or Buffer for everything. Please share your experiences in the comments.

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How Many #Hashtags Should You Use?

Have you ever seen the share on Instagram or status on Facebook that has 20 hashtags?

You will find many differing opinions. One blog says 11 hashtags is the sweet spot another might say 3. Hootsuite recommends no more than 5 and I agree with Hootsuite.

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to use too many hashtags. You look inexperienced and spammy.  Ever see the person on Instagram that puts 20 hashtags and spaces in between each one? Don’t do that! It annoys your followers.

You may ask why? Well, using too many hashtags attracts the wrong crowd. Its kind of like hanging out behind the gym in social media. Instead of just using every hashtag that pops into your head give it a bit more thought. Think about your community. Who are you try to attract? Search the hashtag see who else is using it. Do you want to be associated with them or that?

Quick tips to hashtags-

  1. You should always use your company or brand name.
  2. What are you selling? #shirts #cookies #blankets
  3. Connect with others about a particular story or group. #sportsteam #scifi #NationalMargaritaDay   *One tip here. Do NOT cash in on someones misery to promote yourself. Very bad!
  4. Don’t use something so original no one will find or even understand what it means.
  5. No more than 5 hashtags.

 

Hashtags are actually pretty simple. Have fun with it and HAPPY #hashtagging!

 

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Do Page “Likes” Bring ROI?

 

I’ve been asked many times – How do I get more followers or  page likes? In my opinion this is the wrong question.

Yes, it looks good at first glance. You check out a page and it has 1000 or even 10,000 likes.  However, high numbers doesn’t mean your business will grow or sales will skyrocket. Have you ever checked out these so-called followers or page likes. I have, if most of the followers are from India and you own a coffee shop in Poulsbo, Washington how will that help your business or ROI? I’ve worked with people that payed for likes or followers but it’s just for appearance. Why put your money there?

The real question should be – How Do I Get more Engagement? The most important factor is to build a community that’s relevant to you. It’s far better to have a small number of fans that are engaged. This is where you should spend the money or your time. Set aside 10  minutes a day and engage with your social media community.

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