Your brand is very valuable. You put tons of money, blood, sweat and tears into it. Putting it at risk drives fear into you and your work colleagues. There is logic in protecting your brand. That said, social media still has this paralyzing affect on business people, not only here in the Edmonton area but I venture, just about everywhere. Pure fear.
So, picking up where I left off in my last post about not paying for social media profile services. This is where you pay someone, or a company, to set-up your shiny new Twitter page, Facebook profile or YouTube channel for you.
Next, look to avoid blindly creating “chit chat” or continuous “self-promotion” as the core of your new content development strategy.
Here’s the question you should ask “before” you agree to work with any individual or company on your social media presence.
First, you want to converse with others in the world, digital or otherwise. Having said that, ask your new “social media guru” what their content plan is for you. If they answer by saying, “we’re just going to start talking and engaging” put your cheque book away. What they’ve just told you is that not only do they not understand social media strategy deployment, they also don’t understand you, your customers, your culture or your business objectives. Yet, they intend to announce your brand to the online world and you’ve just paid them to do that.
Why would you cut corners on your digital strategy?
The web is filled with case studies of companies who leverage social media in unique ways to grow their businesses, brands, influence and presence. Yet, for everyone one of those success stories there’s another thousand who hired the lowest quote, and just started babbling on Twitter. Worse yet, the plan is to beg for followers.
Gaming social media to pump up numbers, pump up perceived influence isn’t valuable, it detracts from your brand, reputation and real world influence.
Has your organization been down the following path?
1.) Start twitter account
2.) Start tweeting about yourself
3.) Not much initial response, so you follow 1000 accounts thinking everyone will automatically follow you back.
4.) You deem your 100 new followers as twitter success
5.) Reality sets in that you’re not gaining any new business from the first 2 weeks on Twitter and abandon the effort.
Thank goodness you didn’t spend much money on this plan in the first place…but…
6.) You buy twitter followers thinking that somehow this is a win for your organization.
Instead, think of context, think relevancy and think of how you can provide value to your community. You’ll build a reputation in the right way and for the right reasons. A reputation built on pure values rather than fake numbers. This is a marathon not a sprint, lay a strong foundation and be committed to the long-term.
Ultimately, you have a choice.
Hire someone who’s adding social media to their list of other services or hire a dedicated digital agency. Of course, I have an opinion on which way you should go, but it’s your brand, your company and your budget…
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