A few figures alone allow us to grasp the influence that social networks have on consumer behavior:
Due to a lack of time and/or knowledge in digital marketing, but also because they do not fully measure the benefits they can derive from it, many small businesses and convenience stores make little use of the potential of social networks. However, not taking advantage of social networks is tantamount to depriving themselves of an inexpensive and effective way to reach 64% of Luxembourg’s population, which has grown by more than 7% in the last 8 months.
So let’s take a closer look now at the various advantages that social networks bring to a local company’s digital strategy.
The most visible advantage of social networks is that they allow a company to address its audience directly and to interact with them in a more direct and transparent way than communication via a website. These two characteristics, which condition the audience – which is a quantitative criterion – and notoriety – which is a qualitative criterion, play an active role in building a company’s e-reputation, an e-reputation that is a determining factor in acquiring credit in the eyes of subscribers and customers.
Social networks are a real springboard to improve your visibility. Indeed, by giving a wider echo to the blog articles of your site, but also, for example, by publishing information such as events, promotions, news, you will be able, thanks to the strong reactivity of social networks, to attract a wider audience to your website which remains logically the main pillar of your digital communication.
SMO (Social Media Optimization) – which we will talk about in a future article – is the set of rules to follow to optimize the conversion of your publications on social networks and optimize their impact on your website. SMO does not have a direct effect on your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but by increasing the traffic on your site – and by building visitor loyalty – you send a positive signal to Google, which in turn will not fail to adapt the positioning of your site’s pages in its results.
If the choice of the social network to communicate on depends largely on the nature of your business and the digital habits of your target audience, the direct and regular links that you will maintain with your community of subscribers are the ideal way to:
Humanize your communication. Adapt your publications to the codes and expectations of your target audience, be entertaining and informative so that your subscribers are delighted to see the publications appearing in their feeds.
Affirm your personality. The relationship you establish with your customers is more intimate and more embodied than the one you can have with them through other media (including your own site).
Show yourself as an opinion leader. Whatever your industry, displaying your expertise and appearing as an opinion leader – i.e. being the source of information on topics related to your business – is a great way to gain the trust of consumers and to keep you in mind when they make their next purchase.
Unlike traditional media, where communication is one-way, social networks allow and promote exchanges with the target audience.
Social networks give you the opportunity to interact directly with your customers and subscribers. In fact, they will be able to comment on your publications, ask you questions or rate your company. Ratings and comments posted on Facebook or Google my Business are among the criteria that consumers consult the most before contacting a local business.
For your part, the comments that are sent to you allow you to better understand their needs as well as their appreciation of your services or products. Be careful to take their reactions and requests into account and take the time necessary to thank them and answer their questions.
Social media also allows you to collect data about your subscribers. This information will be useful to you to adapt your business decisions or your commercial strategy.
For example, a company page on Facebook gives you access to information such as:
This information that your website cannot provide you with allows you to better know your customers profile.
To generate leads with social networks there are two possibilities: virality and paid ads.
As a reminder, virality is a positive spiral that occurs when your subscribers or any other user of a social network begin to like, comment on and share your posts. In doing so, they share your posts with new audiences (usually their friends and subscribers) who in turn distribute them. This number of shares as well as other statistics such as:
…are part of the tracking tools integrated by Facebook, to allow you to measure the impact of your posts.
Going viral is not an easy task, although of course, without social networks, it would be almost impossible. So there is another alternative to reach beyond the audience of your subscribers: paid publications. These offer the advantage of being able to precisely target the consumption habits and profile of the audience you are targeting.
Social networks offer advertising formats specially designed to collect these leads. These ads can actively participate in your sales funnel (the process by which a new contact becomes a customer).
Unlike Google adwords ads that are based on the choice of keywords, social networks allow you to target buying intentions and behavioral profiles. Thanks to the crossing of several criteria: location, tastes and consumption habits, age, gender, CSP… ads on social networks make it possible to target your audience like a sniper to present them with a clearer and better-defined offer.
It’s decided, you want to set up a communication strategy in social media and take advantage of their many benefits? But you don’t have the time or the technical and marketing knowledge to do so?
Contact us! As experts in social media marketing we will be happy to take up this challenge and bring you the best results.