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7 Social Media Marketing Guidelines

7 Social Media Marketing GuidelinesBeing present on social networks has become part of the promotional strategy of most brands, but it’s not enough to just have an account on Twitter, Facebook or any other SN. It’s important for them to follow some Social Media Marketing guidelines taking into account Customer Service to achieve a better followers engagement, so this will help them increase sales, which is the ultimate goal of every business.

For proper presence in Social Media a brand should follow these guidelines:

1.-Choose which social networks are suited to its target audience:

It’s not the same for a brand in the industrial sector or when they deal with a young or a much older audience or when they have products easier to sell by using pictures, videos or text. For more details you can check the following post.

2.-Use good content:

Publish posts that have to do with your business and products but at the same time are of interest to your potential customers. Don’t forget to use attractive images and comment everything in a synthetic and effective way. Convey emotion and humanise your brand.

3.-Be interactive:

It’s not enough to schedule your posts with publications tools but you must also strive to reply your fans properly in due time and form. Generate discussion through questions like “What’s your opinion about?” or “What do you think?” Intervene when necessary, always in a polite way and caring for your brand image.

4.-Be thankful and humble:

Thank your followers for their comments even if they are unfavorable. Recognise your mistakes and apologise when you have committed a mistake as a brand. Try to find a solution to any situation that may have irritated your clients and know how to deal with those most”difficult“. All this will help you to achieve “flipping” any complicated situation into favorable for your brand.

5.- “Seduce” your allies:

Locate your most loyal and influential supporters, give them your full attention so that in a social media crisis you may count on them to support you.

6.-Segmentate and personalise:

You definitely need to use a good CRM and useful tools like Google Plus Circles or Facebook segmentation options so they can help you to address your message to your target audience. It is also fundamental to communicate with your customers in their language for those products oriented to different markets. Make a good diversity management.

7.-Be always active:

If you have a page where you post once a month, you’d better close it. Therefore if you really want to keep that channel alive, it has to be managed day by day by a proactive Community Manager with a very clear orientation towards excellence both in promotional and relational marketing to make your fanpages grow in quality and followers with the ultimate goal of achieving your customers engagement.

6 Useful Customer Service Tips on Google Plus

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Google Plus is a social network that is gaining more and more followers and companies are rapidly including it in their SMM strategy. It has about 540 million active followers, compared to 1230 million Facebook followers, yet growing fast enough especially in the younger age groups and new technologies lovers. There’s less interactivity on its brand pages because its use is still unknown for many of its followers. Yet it is highly recommended for brands to be present on it for many reasons such as SEO positioning and an excellent virality. I’ve made a study of Google Plus presence for several American and European companies in different sectors and I’ve found that many of them need to enhance their Social Customer Service on it. I don’t mention their names for professional discretion.

These are the tips on customer service on Google Plus brands need to follow:

1.-Do not open a brand page on G+ and leave it abandoned:

With few exceptions, customers interaction is not replied by brands as quickly as it should. If a brand is really interested to be present on G+, then it has to manage that account in the same way that it does with its accounts on Facebook or Twitter. We know that there are also cases of mismanagement on these other social networks but these are even more usual on Google Plus.

2.-When dealing with different countries, assist your customers in their language:

Of course your communication with your customers has to be in their own language. Consequently you need multilingual Community Managers.

3.-Make your feedback using the same channel (Google Plus):

If a customer wishes to contact a brand via G+, the response should be through the same channel. I’ve found the case of an airline passenger who complained because they offered to help him on Facebook since they considered their G+ account as promotional only and he had no account on that social network.

4.-Promote your Google Plus account:

It shows that it is alive, that you expect people to interact on it. Publish posts, ask questions, announce events, organise hangouts, open a community. Make it known online and offline that your brand has a page on that social network and promote it also on other Social Media channels.

5.-Use the Circles:

This is an awesome G+ advantage. You can create various circles and segment your messages to each target audience.

6.-Of course, use your experience on other Social Networks:

You can follow the same recommendations about Social Customer Service that I explained on my post 8 Steps for Effective Customer Service on Facebook.

6 Useful Customer Service Tips on Google Plus

Social Networks According to Type of Target Customer

Social Networks According to Type of Target Customer

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The wide variety of SN give brands the opportunity to choose which are best suited to address to their target audience. Consequently, we can classify as follows without being exhaustive the best known Social Networks according to type of target customer:

  • FACEBOOK: the main social network, with nearly one thousand million followers on a global level. For that reason all brands whatever their niche market must be present on it.
  • GOOGLE PLUS: with nearly 250 million followers worldwide and becoming increasingly popular, especially for those already on Facebook and looking for something new and different. It grows like wildfire and it’s an interesting choice to address “techies”. The majority of their users are men and also with an economic and cultural level higher than Facebook’s average, so it’s especially interesting for these targets. Furthermore, the fact of belonging to the world’s largest search engine is definitely its strongest point, particularly regarding SEO, so little by little it’s being increasingly used by brands.
  • TWITTER: the most interactive social network, caracterised by the speed of shared short messages called tweets. Brands must be concious that its users expect much more rapidity in replies on it than on the other networks, so it’s necessary for companies that their Twitter profile have a very clear and visible information with their business hours and they do not exceed in any case more than 4 or 5 hours to answer customer tweets. The fastest the response, the better for the brand image. It is especially indicated for the service sector, for example in banking, airlines or telephone companies.
  • PINTEREST, FLICKR, INSTAGRAM: for companies where it’s particularly interesting the use of images to sell the product such as fashion, automotive or travel. The most used is Pinterest, with over 11 million users worldwide of which 80% are women, that’s why brands with female oriented products should always include it in their strategies, although it’s being increasingly followed also by males. Flickr is the least popular of them. As for Instagram, it is only available on iPhone and Android, but do not forget that the future is SoLoMo and the trend is to increasingly access the Internet through smartphones, consequently the most advanced users in that sense use to be very loyal to it.
  • YOU TUBE, VIMEO: Social Networks used to promote brands through videos, with all that it means in terms of virality and SEO positioning. Vimeo has a much higher quality than YouTube but has far fewer followers. Consequently at the present time, most brands use You Tube in order to reach more users. Vimeo is indicated to target an audience more demanding with image quality.
  • LINKED IN: initially oriented to people of high professional level, this is changing rapidly and it’s becoming increasingly popular. For brands it is often used to strengthen the company’s corporate image.
  • FOURSQUARE: Geotagging and geolocation Social Network. Used by businesses of all sizes to be located and allow opinions of their customers. Perfect for shops, bars and restaurants. Its competition are Google Places and Facebook Places.
  • TRIP ADVISOR: excellent travel guide used to promote destinations, hotels, restaurants, museums and sightseeings in general. Its users comment and give their score of those places they have visited. Interesting for tourism and gastronomy. Its audience are travel enthusiasts that are classified at different levels by Trip Advisor depending on the amount of comments received.

As we have seen, there is a wide range of Social Networks and we haven’t mentioned all of them. Many are generalists and others for very specific niche markets. There will be even more in the coming years according to estimates. Those brands that will not be present on those more suited to their marketing strategy, image and target customers will fall behind so they have to do it as soon as possible since there is no other choice. However, it is not enough to have accounts on them but they must do it right and not only in the sense of promotional marketing but they must also offer an excellent Social Customer Service in order to obtain the engagement of their community and this can only be achieved with properly trained customer oriented Community Managers.

8 Steps for Effective Customer Service on Facebook

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Facebook is the largest social network in the world with over one billion users worldwide. That’s the reason why it is the one most companies nowadays prefer to use to communicate with their customers. Consequently there is a growing need for community managers able to manage the increasing number of people who choose to contact brands through Facebook and it cannot be neglected in their online marketing strategy.

I will explain in this article 8 Steps for Effective Customer Service on Facebook :

1. – Respond individually to each post :

Never use “copy-paste” messages. The answer needs to be personalised with name of sender and receiver.

2. – Correction and Diplomacy :

When we write to respond to questions or complaints, we must always be cautious and correct (a message can sometimes be interpreted in different ways)

3. – Reply to messages quickly :

The maximum recommended for Facebook is 24 hours. Otherwise, the client may feel ignored.

4. – Use always the same channel if possible, Facebook in this case :

When a customer wishes to contact us through Facebook, it is because he/she expects a response through the same channel. Only in those cases where for any reason it could be unavoidable to continue communication by phone or mail, you must use them. It is important however, that the customer is handled by the same person from start to finish. That’s why Community Managers need to have some training in offline Customer Service.

5. – Create and include attention-grabbing content :

Talk about various topics who could be interesting to your Facebook fans related to the brand and products including reviews, pictures, videos, etc. It is interesting to observe and measure their responses (comments and likes) so you know what kind of content are the most attractive to them in order to keep including these topics in the future.

6. – Ask questions :

The inputs we receive through our fans and other users through our Facebook page are an invaluable feedback that allow us to know what they expect from our brand or products, so asking them questions is a way to obtain a little more of that information.

7 – Get in conversation with customers / fans :

Create conversation topics and participate in those started by customers / fans. Intervene to encourage and moderate the discussions.

8. – Use a tool to help us manage the account when there are large volume of users :

Some of the most used are: Hootsuite, Get Satisfaction, Parature, UserEcho and Assistly. They all deserve an explanation but in that case this post would be too long and anyway the best way to determine the usefulness of each of them is going into their websites and find out if you like them for your daily work.

If you follow all these steps together with other good marketing strategies online and offline, you will be closer to get the loyalty and engagement of your fans and customers to your brand.