Looking back on this Social Media Research & Techniques course, I’ve learnt a lot about what it takes to successfully brand your business online. It has given me a very good understanding of the importance of ethics, brand personalities and subject relevancy when promoting your brand through social media.
Most importantly, the three key takeaways for me have been:
1. Keeping it simple:
Blogs & social media posts require much simpler language vs. more traditional forms of communication. Users need to be able to read through things quickly to get the message without putting much thought into them, so clear, concise posts are best. This has been a critical learning for me since my writing style tends to stay the same, regardless of the platform. I am now much more conscious of this and am continuously working to get my point across in as few words as possible!
2. The importance of influencers:
Whether it be through Klout or some other form of measurement tool, finding your brand ambassadors who have the broadest reach & ability to influence is critical to spreading your message online. This learning has helped me to realize that it’s not just about the quantity or frequency of posts a brand or company spits out, it’s about the quality and how well these posts resonate with users. Connecting with your brand loyalists in a meaningful way and giving them the opportunity to recruit new users are some of the most useful aspects of social media for your business.
3. Measuring success in real-time:
Without measurable objectives and monitoring, a company will never know what the ROI is on a social media campaign or the benefits it can provide. Setting short-term goals is important due to the fast pace and real-time results the internet provides. In my job, I’m used to setting monthly or yearly objectives and assessing performance basically only at month’s or year’s end. In recognizing the value of real-time results, it’s clear that there are many more opportunities to re-assess and adjust plans as needed in order to meet or exceed objectives.
Now that I have learnt the fundamentals of building a successful social media presence, I’d like to apply these learnings in my current job. It’s such an asset to have been able to study this prior to launching our brand into the social sphere so I plan to share as many learnings as possible with colleagues to help make this launch a huge success!