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Social media for your business

Most have a good understanding about what common social media platforms offer. Some think the more the better (target as many people on all corners of social media and you’ll reach more potential customers), but with social media this isn’t necessarily the case. The best way to approach social media is to find channels that are the most beneficial to your businesses unique needs. Each platform attracts different age, gender and even industry demographics. Depending on your target audience you want to be present on the platforms your audience is using most often.

Facebook: facebook

This is the best platform to start on for any business, it has the widest range of age demographics, and currently has 2.38 billion active monthly users. This is a great platform to make connections and build community. You can easily share important aspects of your business, and find potential customers. On this platform you want to post videos and curated content. Although if your business is targeting a younger audience, ages 13-17 this age group spends less time on Facebook than 18 and up.

 

Instagram:Instagram

Instagram has quickly become a massive platform, with 1 billion active monthly users. This platform is great for product based businesses, as it is highly visual and just recently released the shopping feature making it even easier for customers to buy your products. Instagram is focused on creativity and building community. If your target demographic is under 35 this is a platform you cannot skip. 63% of users are between the ages of 18 to 34, and to make it even better its virtually an even split between male and female users. On this platform you want to post good quality aesthetically pleasing images and stories, use this platform to become more personal with your customers.

 

Twitter:Twitter

Twitter is the go-to platform for being updated on the latest news and trends, it is fairly fast paced so posting often is key. This is another great platform for sharing interesting information, or contributing to a conversation about your industry. Studies show that tweeting content with visuals does significantly better than without, although other studies show posting your traditional “one liner” tweet is just as good (we’ll leave it up to you to decide for your business on this one.) This platform also tends to have a younger audience 38% user are 18-29. But with that said, still a high number of users age 30-49 are active on Twitter making up for 26% of adult users. Both male and females are active on Twitter so if your business targets one or the other, or both this is a great platform to gain exposure on.

 

LinkedIn:LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the best platforms for professionals. This channel is best used for business-to-business brands aiming to make interactions with the decision makers of a business. Gender demographics are well balanced here as neither male or females are more active on this platform. Businesses are looking for certain industries or job titles rather than ages or genders. This is a great place to post job openings, update other business owners and professionals on company changes and share professional content. 34% of users between the ages of 18 to 29 and 33% of users between the ages of 30 to 49 are active on LinkedIn.

 

Pinterest:Pinterest

Pinterest is a platform that is often overlooked as it used to be a community of home makers sharing recipes and DIY projects. While this is still true, the user base is more female dominant on this platform, 50% of new accounts are being made by males. Pinterest should be seen as a search engine more than a social media platform as 2 billion searches are made every month. It’s a great site to direct traffic to your website and gain exposure for blog post, and products. The content on this platform is highly product based, as users on Pinterest are usually searching for a product.

 

There are so many more platforms you can choose to be active on but these are the biggest ones you want to focus on as they are highly popular. Social media is a great way to reach more people and build rapport with customers. It’s a way to show off your aspects of your business that may otherwise be looked over.

Tip: remember to be social on the accounts you have, respond/leave comments,  and share things you find interesting. Whatever your company culture may be let your content also express this same energy to your viewers. Your account can be whatever you want it to be, not just what everyone else in your industry is doing!

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social media for business

Social Media has been an important part of business for a while now. It’s not going away any time soon and will continue to be a player in business. However, not all social media channels are created equally for business. Each has their place and purpose, especially depending on your businesses industry.

But where do you even start?

Sometimes it can feel like a daunting task looking at all the different platforms and thinking about signing up for, creating accounts for and content for all of these accounts.

The good news is; well you don’t have to do that. Yes, there are many platforms, and yes it would be amazing if you could be active on them all. However it’s not necessary. So let’s take a look at how to figure out what social media platforms are best for your business and how to keep them active.

There are many platforms but generally here are the major ones:

First, take a look at who your demographic is? Who is your client/customer? Do you service other businesses? Maybe a platform like LinkedIn and Twitter are a better place to spend your efforts connecting to other business people and building those relationships. Do you sell a product or service for a younger demographic? You are more likely to find them on Snapchat or Instagram. Do you sell craft supplies, fashion items or nearly anything you ship worldwide? Pinterest might be the place you put your time and energy.

Once you have defined your demographic and where they might be hanging out then you can start to develop a plan around building that platform. Find content related to your business or your client and start to post. Post often (3-7 times a week) but not too often (3-7 times a day!). You can share your own blog posts, ones you love, photos or memes.

Most importantly BE SOCIAL! Social media is about being social. Post things, but also engage with the people around you. Like and comment and have conversations on other peoples content as well. Did you read a funny meme someone shared and it actually made you laugh a bit out loud? Let them know! Was an article or blog post shared that you found great information in? Share your views on the topic.

Once you feel like you have got a good handle on a platform or that it’s performing well/has a decent following, then you can work on tackling another platform. This helps prevent a little bit of the burn out from social media channels and the overwhelm!

 

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To many marketers, Snapchat is a ridiculous, confusing app for the younger generations to fool around on. These people are not sure as to why the app still exists when it is such a difficult app to market on and wonder how the app is still running!

This article is for the marketers who are open to learning about the bizarre app. I hope to inform you on who Snapchat users are, what they are looking for, and how to market to them.

About 71% of Snapchat users are under the age of 34 and about ¾ of the users are female. Be sure to keep this in mind as you create your advertisements. I fall into both of these categories and would love to help marketers market to me.

What are Snapchat users looking for in content marketed to them you ask? Well, they aren’t looking to be marketed to at all. I have a previous blog explaining some of those thoughts and it can be found here.

The trick is to market to your audience without them knowing it. And you may already use this strategy in your other marketing platforms. For your advertisements to work on snapchat it is necessary that they feel “organic.” Snapchat gives you the opportunity to do so by placing the advertisement you create in between the stories of friends and the pages on Snapchats channels.

I have seen a couple of advertisement on Snapchat that have been in rotation and I thought they were actual posts from my friends. I would watch the whole advertisement (about a whole 5 seconds long) to the end and then realize it was an ad. I remember being impressed of their ability to make me believe the advertisement was a real story. Because they were able to do this, I was marketed to and awareness was grown.

“The more organic the ad feels and the later the branding appears, the more likely a user is to swipe up to view long-form content or web content,”- Liam Copeland

When a Snapchat user is advertised to, they have the ability to pass the video or to scroll up. If the user scrolls up, you did an awesome job in gaining user interest! (all the high fives to you!) When they scroll up they can be driven to the app store to download the app you just successfully advertised to them. They can be sent to your website, read your article or watch a longer video.

The way you want your potential customers react to your advertisement will help you create your Snapchat advertisement.

One aspect of Snapchat that draws in younger ages is how it is trendy and so are their best advertisements. An advertisement was created well when it is able to convince its young, contemporary audience that it’s product or service is cool. If your advertisement can convince Snapchat users that what you are selling will better their life with convenience or trendiness you are sure to gain customers as those two aspects are major sellers.

Pepsi and 7/11 filter on my sister

Another way to use Snapchat effectively for your advertising needs is through their face filters! Big industries create a filter that morphs the user’s face, usually in a funny way and also displays their logo on the screen. This is a great strategy as the users will take the good-humoured picture, post it and your brand will be shared via friends! Talk about innovative word of mouth referrals.

Canmore Alberta geofilter

You can also advertise by creating a geofilter. These are filters that display the place at which a person took a picture. Snapchat users use these to show their friends when they are at the concert in town or asking their friends if anyone else will be at the university till late that night and so on. These geofilters can be created to advertise your place of work or an event that you are hosting and again, work great for referrals from friends.

It is very possible to advertise on Snapchat and it is very possible to gain customers through Snapchat. Those that are successful to do this have the great potential of their brand becoming very popular with the young market Snapchat provides you with.

Good luck, I hope to see your amazing ad on my Snapchat feed!

Tess Houcher

Snapchat’s website to begin your advertising through them is right here!

 

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Snapchat was a one of a kind app which was created to be nothing like Facebook. People complain that the two apps are nothing alike and yet that was the point, and I will show you how the two differ. I use both apps and personally like that they are completely different.

Facebook was created to connect people. It connects you with your best friend from eighth grade who you haven’t talked to in years, your travelling aunt who is currently in Rome and your best friend you see every weekend. Facebook was created so that you and your friends could still be informed and active in each others lives without actually needing to have a personal conversation with them.

Facebook is a place to document the best moments in life, and a place to find support in the worst. Facebook has morphed into a place to play online games with your friends, a place to keep up with your favourite brands, celebrities, news sources and entertaining videos. Facebook is full of advertisements but it is “free and always will be!”

Snapchat is created for intimacy. Snapchat does not make it easy to find people and it does not make it easy for other people to find you. The posts you make on Snapchat are temporary, meaning people feel free to be their imperfect selves instead of painting a picture of what they want people to see. These factors make most users choose their friends carefully depending on their comfort level.

Snapchat was created around smartphones and their cameras, for documenting the events you experience in the moment. These moments can be shared to make others laugh, to show off you and your friends enjoying a night out, to share a selfie featuring a filter that can expresses your emotion, to add to a public story and be apart of the bigger picture. The uses for Snapchat stories are endless.

People love them because the people who can view your carefully constructed stories are specially chosen by you! Even though you love Grandma, she won’t be able to comment on your story and explain her concern over you being out so late in the middle of the work week for all of your friends to see.

Another ability of the latest updates on snapchat are that you can share your location or view the locations of your friends. This is if you have allowed the feature on your phone, re-establishing that snapchat lets you call the shots.

This is quite different from Facebook, where you were forced to download Facebook Messenger and are constantly notified to update information on yourself for your profile until they know everything about you.

What’s with the pushy attitude Facebook? Of course, to this question they would answer by explaining that in order to market best to you as an individual and to make sure that you are as connected as possible, they need to have all the information about you that you are willing to give.

But no one ever said they wanted to scroll through advertisements before getting to look at their new baby cousin’s photos. On Snapchat, I am advertised to when looking at the channels or between the stories of my friends. These ads I can choose to watch or tap to skip. Meaning I chose when I look at content other than stories.

SnapChat Logo

Another perk to Snapchat, is that the app is trendy. Snapchat is always updating, adding new filters and features and has a direct connection to the most popular magazines. This is not a quality of Facebook. Facebook is known for its use and influence of the older generations. Thus steering young people away from the social media platform.

Some people I know, myself included, don’t bother posting much of anything on Facebook because with too many Facebook friends, we don’t feel like we can post anything real about ourselves. Everything that is on Facebook is simply the image we want people to see of ourselves.


Obviously this article has expressed my favour for Snapchat. But I do still appreciate Facebook. I like that I can reach many people at once with a post. I love the usefulness of buy and sell pages, and my friends group chats. I don’t even mind some of the advertisements as they have been selected for me based on my likes, shares and other information they pick up.

I believe that Snapchat and Facebook have two very different uses and that if one app works for you while the other doesn’t, use the one. Use both of them like I do if you enjoy having two different audiences for your posts. And to my friends who disregard social media completely, enjoy your peace and quiet for me. 🙂

Tess Houcher

Interesting side note:

Before I had finished my article I went onto my snapchat to look at the BuzzFeed channel and all of its stories for the day and I was very intrigued by the voting poll of the day. For those of you who don’t know, Snapchat’s channels will often have quick polls. They usually ask questions that would help them figure out how to entertain their viewers better. For example: Which dessert is the most satisfying to watch being made? Then we are given a few choices and can click on one. I usually vote for these polls for two reasons. One, because I like to let the channels know what I am interested in so they can entertain me better. And two, they show you the current results of the poll after you vote and I find it very interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks. Anyways, the other day Snapchat had a poll asking if you use Snapchat or Instagram filters. I found the results quite interesting…

But is it real…?

Let me know your thoughts on Snapchat, Facebook and this poll in the comments! 

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