7 Biggest Social Media Mistakes and How To Fix Them
As a social media service provider it’s common to hear from people that have put time and money into social media, but have gotten few results.
These small businesses that have poured months of themselves into social media, but aren’t seeing any benefits.
They want to know why…
What am I doing wrong?
What’s wrong with my fanpage?
Does social media really just not work?
It’s understandable. At some point we joined Facebook, learned the ropes and things work perfectly.
You connect with friends and family, build up your friends, share moments, and enjoy checking up on everyone when you have time.
(Updated on March 16, 2015)
Biggest Social Media Mistakes
- Abandoning Accounts
A common thing we see is people setting up a social media presence, adding a few posts,
advertising on their website and in emails, and eventually abandoning the account, not
updating often, or only using promotional updates.
Let me be clear: An inconsistent presence, or one only using promotional content will
NOT deliver positive results. In fact, the lack of updates, while still sending visitors to the
account will only waste traffic you otherwise had engaged elsewhere.
- Only Promotional Updates
A large number of fan pages exist only to update their followers on sales. Not only is this type
of promotional unfriendly in social media, but it borders on insulting. It seems to produce little result and leaves followers looking for someone more engaging to follow.
- Too Many Updates at Once
The number 1 reason for people unfollowing someone is too many updates. If they are not
spaced out, they can fill the follower’s feed blocking anyone else from entering. Lesson
learned here: Annoying followers does pay off.
- Just Regular Updates
By only using daily (or even less regular) updates, there are so many opportunities being
missed, it leaves little, if any at all, interaction with fans. These are the interactions that lead to relationships, and the relationships that turn into customers, so keep this in mind.
- Not Responding to Followers
Recently Social Bakers set out to challenge companies to provide 100% response to fans and
followers. The idea is that when a company responds to their followers, they aren’t feeling
ignored, and can share the interaction with others. On top of that, visitors responded to are
more likely to make a purchase.
- No Strategy
With no strategy, visitors have no idea what to do next, and conversion rates are at their
lowest possible point. Without leading visitors from one activity to another, they aren’t sure
what to do, and they are easily lost at any point of the buying cycle.
It doesn’t take long to come up with a strategy, and only requires consistent action to follow
through with it. It is worth it, no matter how small the business is.
- Lack of Participation in Community
As pointed out before, daily updates are just the tip of the iceberg, but participation is the real
place to implement a strategy, collect fans or followers and develop relationships.
Social Media for Business is Different
You’d think that starting a fanpage and telling all of your friends about it would bring in dozens to hundreds of new likes for you. It sounds easy enough.
You make a fanpage, hit up each of your friends for them to like it, and they all share it with the world. Before your know it, you should have thousands of fans. In reality, it just doesn’t work this way.
The same social media that makes it easy to stay in touch with friends, gets brutal when you bring business into it. It’s the opposite of easy, unless you understand what you are doing.
I hope this post will help you pick out why your social media efforts aren’t working, and make a fix that will turn your fate around.
You aren’t posting enough– When you don’t post often, you aren’t activating the fans you do have, that will share, like, and comment.
These three things bring in the most viral views, and help you grow. It might seem silly to only post to a few fans, but if you don’t have an active account, new visitors won’t like or follow you.
Fix- No matter how many people like or follow you, STAY ACTIVE!!
You don’t know what to post– This is common for so many people. But there are so many things you can post.
Post anything that you think your followers will enjoy. And, when all else fails share something that someone else has posted. Here are some suggestions for what to post and when.
Fix- Share others’ posts, visit my list of things to post.
You aren’t being personable– The problem with a lot of companies is they aren’t personable in their social media. They don’t show personality, talk about themselves, share their experiences, or get to know their followers.
The main point in social media is CONNECTING, so keep this in mind. People want to connect with someone at your company!
Fix- Be yourself, let followers get to know you. Relax a bit when posting, it doesn’t all have to be highly professional.
You are too scared to screw up, so you aren’t taking action– Perfectionists have this problem with a lot of things, they get overwhelmed by the expectations and don’t do anything because they don’t want to mess up.
When it comes to social media, you have to get started, start posting, interacting and building relationships.
Fix- Just do it!!- Nike
You aren’t making an investment– Social media takes time and/or money. Just like anything with your business, you have to invest the time to make it work.
You should spend a few hours a week working on your social media, if you really want it to work. Plan ahead, write up your posts and schedule them out, then take time to check on your accounts everyday.
Fix- Put in the time, or you won’t get results.
You aren’t active in social media communities– There are already very active communities on social media, in your industry. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but you do need to find them and participate.
On Facebook there are fanpages, on Twitter there are chats and hashtags, and on Linkedin there are groups to join. By ignoring these things you miss out on a huge part of networking that will really catapult your business.
Fix- Find communities, groups and active accounts, and begin interacting with them.
It’s all about you, you, you– Your social media accounts are not the place to constantly broadcast information about your business.
Sure, you can do this some of the time, but if that is what you mostly do, no one will want to follow or interact with you, so there’s no point.
Fix- Make it about the fans, what would they want from liking or following you. Figure out how you can provide that, and do it. You’ll see much better results.
You hired the wrong person– There are a lot of people out there that call themselves social media experts. Just because they’ve used social media for their personal lives, they think they can help businesses do the same.
These are the same people that will take $8 an hour jobs for social media, because they enjoy it. The problem is, they have no training, no experience, and no idea how business needs to work with social media, and thus causing them to make mistakes.
Fix- Make sure the person you hire is a social media expert, with past clients, results, a website and active social media profiles.
You took the wrong advice– This goes hand in hand with the previous problem. You took advice from someone that didn’t have the expertise to offer it. It happens all of the time. The best thing to do is to research any advice you get, ask for second opinions, and make sure you understand why it will be effective.
Fix- Ask around, check their website to be sure they have the expertise to offer advice, get a second opinion.
You haven’t given it enough time– It takes time to build a following. You have to be patient and consistent to make it work, and it’ll be months before you see measurable results that work for your business. You have to put effort into each and every day.
Fix- Give it a few months of daily work.
Social media can be difficult, be sure to check with several websites, research tips and strategies, and ask around if you have questions. I’d be glad to help if you ever have a question, I just like to help.
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