Guest Blog: Social Media – Connect First, Market Later
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[Chair scrapes on the floor as she gets to her feet]
“Hello there, I…I’m a copywriter and a social media user.”
Phew, finally I’ve said it. Yes, I am a social media user and I’m proud of it.
It’s not only a great way of making new connections, finding new clients and generally interacting with fun people it also means you can network all the time. Face to face events are great but social media gives you the power to network 24/7 if you really wanted to.
There is one problem though – there are a lot of auditionees for Spamalot out there.
You see, social media and social networking isn’t about pushing your business all the time. Yes, they are effective marketing channels but not if that’s all you do. Some business users will just constantly tweet about their promotions, news, what they’re doing, a few more promotions and then they wonder why people have stopped following them.
The problem is constant self promotion is spam and social media is more about connecting with people than selling to them.
Before you start shouting, yes, social media is a marketing tool:
- You can encourage newsletter sign ups
- Promote eBooks and give-aways
- Promote offers and use a call to action to send them to your website
- Give information that points to particular products
But if that is the only way you use it, it won’t be long before you’ve really hacked off your followers. Lets face it, if you went to a networking event and launched into your sales patter without introducing yourself and asking about your conversation partner you’d become very lonely very quickly.
Think of it primarily as a tool to connect with people:
- Listen to what people are talking about, you might be able to help them
- Find out what they’re saying about you (great for customer research)
- Engage with followers to find out what they are looking for
- Build relationships with people you wouldn’t normally come across
- Give advice and ask for help
You can also use social media to promote other people. If someone’s helped you out tell people. If you come across someone who can help another follower, put them in touch.
Social media is about connecting, reciprocity and marketing
To get the most out of it, use it wisely, be generous with your information, connect and build relationships.
Sally is a freelance copywriter based in the UK. Through her business, Briar Copywriting, she works with a vast range of companies, from home businesses and SMEs to blue chip companies around the world to create eye-catching, compelling copy which boost their sales and market visibility. Also a prolific blogger and twitter, when she’s not working she’s being mum’s taxi to her 2 sons.
This entry was posted by Fiona Monks on 3 May 2011 at 16:10 and is filed under Announcements, BT Tradespace blog, Blogging & podcasting. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
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