Social media constantly grows. More people join the action every day. More people stick around for a few hours every day to see what tweets get posted on Twitter and what gets posted on their Facebook feeds.
With social media’s ever-growing popularity, some of the key components of success on social media have been forgotten. When people think of success on social media, they think of having a big audience, but success on social media is more than that. Success on social media is the combination of factors that most of us have forgotten. These are five of those forgotten factors of social media success:
#1: Be Social
The entire purpose of social media was to provide people with a way to communicate with one another from anywhere in the world. Social media was not originally created to give businesses an additional edge. When most entrepreneurs use social media, they focus on the business side. They focus on promoting their own content and their own products without bothering to interact with their audiences.
Interacting with your audience will allow you to develop stronger relationships with the members of your audience. Interacting will make people feel respected and make them feel as if they belong in your social media community. You want the people in your audience to feel as if they belong in your audience because this sense of feeling belonged results in strong relationships, returning visitors, word of mouth promotion, and sales.
When you interact to make your followers feel as if they belong, you must do so for the right reason. Don’t interact with someone just in hopes of making a sale. Only interact with your followers if that is what you want to do. There should never be an ulterior motive for social media interaction.
#2: It’s About Providing Value, Not Talking About Yourself
Many social media users make it a point to constantly talk about themselves or their own businesses. Some people tell their followers about their breakfast while other people talk about more meaningful things in your life such as relationship statuses and vacations. Mentioning those types of details once in a blue moon will allow your audiences to know about you, but if these details are common on your social networks, people will unfollow you because your social media posts will bore them.
You may wonder why celebrities who post pictures of themselves eating their breakfast, going on vacation, or getting married get more positive attention than the person who constantly tweets about the sandwich he had for breakfast. The reason celebrities get good exposure when they send out these types of posts is because the celebrities already have a large amount of attention, and most of the content on various celebrities’ feeds is about their professions. Singers primarily post content on their social networks related to their songs and audiences.
They don’t post pictures of their breakfast or vacations as much. That is why when those pictures are posted, they are more appreciated than the pictures from someone who exclusively posts those types of pictures.
Do less talking about yourself and focus on providing more value. You can do this by writing valuable blog posts and promoting them. Many bloggers including myself use social media to promote our own blog posts very often. We do this because we trust in the value our content provides and want to empower our followers with that value. Followers who feel empowered with value will stick around.
Followers who feel empowered with value will stick around.
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#3: Push Out More Content
Many social media users do their best to publish one new piece of content on at least one social network every day. However, that is not enough to get noticed. Social media is a noisy place with countless posts being sent every second. Billions of social media posts get created and published every day. It is challenging to stand out in the middle of that noise.
Instead of posting one new tweet on Twitter every day, I post 100 new tweets every day. Instead of doing one new YouTube video every month, I do one new YouTube video every week. Always look for ways to increase the frequency that you can push out content. By increasing the frequency in which you push out content, you will be seen by a larger percentage of your audience. As you get seen more, some people in your social media audience may decide to subscribe to your blog and buy your products. When you push out more content, never sacrifice value. It is better to publish one high value YouTube video every month than four poorly done YouTube videos every month.
#4: Social Media Success Does Not Mean Success
Many people want to believe that having a certain number of followers guarantees success and money. However, social media success is different from success based on a revenue making standpoint. Social media is a tool you can use to make more revenue, but social media is not the place where you can promote a product and expect it to pick up a life changing amount of sales.
Social media is a place to get more indirect sales. You simply use social media to promote your blog and landing pages. Then, your blog and landing pages will lead to more subscribers and visitors. Getting more subscribers and visitors will lead to more long-term sales for your products. Social media gets used to amplify the power of those indirect methods of making more revenue.
#5: One At A Time
Many people have a strong desire to master multiple social networks. This desire is critical towards mastering multiple social network and achieving social media domination. It is this same desire that can spell doom for your entire social media strategy.
You read those last two sentences right. Something so important for social media success is also a big downfall that many people face. You need to master one social network at a time just like you would master one new language at a time. Each time you master one social network, it will become easier for you to master other social networks (you will have a larger audience and more knowledge).
You need to learn one social network at a time instead of trying to master them at once. Would you only focus on learning Spanish or try to learn Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese at the same time? Do you only focus on Twitter (or your preferred choice), or do you try to focus on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus, Tumblr, and Flickr at the same time?
Sometimes, the best information we need is the information that was previously forgotten. People wouldn’t work at nine different 9-to-5 jobs at once, but now people are willing to learn and focus on that many social networks at once before mastering them. Social media success has confused the real meaning of financial success. We already know to push out content, but we need to push out more of it. We must provide value instead of posting about anything we can think of because people like to follow people who provide value. Interaction with your friends in real life is important, but so is interaction with your social media audience.
What were your thoughts on these forgotten tips? Do you have any other tip that you believe gets forgotten too often? Sound off in the comments section below.
Girish Sharma says
Thank you Marc for saving my life 🙂 .. I think I got lost doing multiple 9-5 jobs 😛
Marc Guberti says
Girlish, I am humbled that you took the time to leave your comment. It is possible, but very unlikely to find your passion and do what you love to do by doing multiple 9-to-5 jobs. There are better ways to make money. We work for about 1/3 of our lives. That is a lot of time to either be really happy or really upset. I am overjoyed to hear that you found yourself.
bruce Atchison - author says
Good article, Marc, but I have a problem. I have other things to do beside being on social networks. Would pushing out quality rather than quantity material be a better approach?
That’s a good point as well about talking too much about myself. We all need to remember that readers are looking for what’s in it for them. All of us bloggers need to think of the message or idea readers can take away.
Marc Guberti says
Pushing out quality is the better of the two approaches, but the best approach is to push a high quantity of quality at a consistent rate. I send over 100 tweets every day, but there isn’t enough time in a given day for me to manually schedule that many tweets and keep up with everything else. I use HootSuite Pro which allows me to schedule over 100 tweets in six clicks. Social media success requires that we get the best out of it but also in the most time effective manner.
I am happy that you took away the importance of the reader from this article. Too many people think more along the lines of “visit my blog and give me money” than “let’s see what I can do to provide you with value and make your time on my blog worthwhile.” It is a privilege to get a visitor on a blog. We must make the best of that privilege. We have one chance to entice someone to come back for a second time, a third time, and dozens of other times in the future.
Frances Hartge says
I liked the article.Well said.
Marc Guberti says
Thank you Frances 🙂
Hi Marc! You’re right! I tried to master 3 social networks and I realize it’s not a good choice because I had no time for all 3.And of course the quality was at medium level or even lower, so I decided to master just one till works.
Thank you for great content and for reminding that we have to ”keep it simple”.
Marc Guberti says
My pleasure Silviu. Simplicity is power. Just because something looks simpler doesn’t indicate slacking or no work being put in.
It amazes me how often, in all we do, we forget the basics. Good simple article to remind people about the ‘social’ side of social media. So many people today have forgotten HOW to be social because they do everything from their phones or computer. Connecting is the key and you can’t really connect unless you interact. Good job, Marc.
Marc Guberti says
Thank you Sandra. The basics may seem like a low level since it’s not advanced, but by utilizing the basics, you will have a solid foundation when it comes to implementing advanced methods.