We have had an amazing week of warm weather here in Michigan. Considering that just a few weeks ago we had unusually cold weather with snow flurries, it’s a welcome sight. Since we’re in the full swing of Spring, it got me thinking, am I ready for the midway mark of 2016? More than likely, it’s time for some social media marketing spring cleaning.
Spruce Up Your Social Media
If you conduct a social media spring cleaning inventory, you might find that there are some things you are missing, should change or needs improvement. Let’s take a look at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to see where you might need to do a little sprucing up.
How’s Your Headshot?
If your profile picture is more than a couple of years old, it’s time to upload a new headshot. Make sure it’s head and shoulders and professional.
Update Your Cover Photo
Spring is a good time to give your page a fresh new look with a new cover photo. Maybe you want to have something designed that fits your brand and represents your business. You may also want to make a collage of photos of your products or a collection of photos from events.
Check Your About Section
Make sure the About section accurately portrays what you do. Is it up to date? If applicable, include your hours of business and contact information. Hopefully you have a vanity URL in place. Secure one if you don’t already. For example, is your business page URL: facebook.com/(a bunch of random numbers and letters) or does your URL include your business name like mine: facebook.com/socialwithsara.
Are you verified?
If you have a brick and mortar business, meaning you have a physical location, you can verify your page. Here’s how to do it.
Next, consider cleaning out your “friends” and “likes.” If your page has fraudulent likes (as the result of “like farms”), it can really skew any paid advertising you do on Facebook. For this reason you’ll want to clean out any fake accounts.
Set Up Authorship
Facebook allows you to set up authorship so that your blog posts are attributed to you when they’re posted on the platform. I discuss how to set up Authorship among other Facebook features in this post.
Try Something New
Ready to shake things up a bit on Facebook? Why not incorporate Facebook Live in your social media marketing? It’s very easy to use and it’s a great way to get in front of your audience in a simple engaging way. Here are some tips from Social Media Examiner on how to do it.
Optimize Your Bio
How you set up your bio on Instagram is crucial. Make it interesting and easy to look at with spacing, emojis and symbols. This helps break up the text. You’ll want to include keywords around what you do such as: Travel, Photography, Foodie, LA-based (don’t forget to use a location tag 📍)
Include your contact information and website. This is the only area in Instagram where urls are hyperlinked. So, if you’re promoting something special like an ebook that you want your visitors to land on, you’ll want to put it here in the bio section.
It helps to use the same filter to give it a balanced look. If you use text images with tips, set up a template with your logo and brand colors so that your images are recognizable with your brand.
Hashtags Are Mandatory
Did you know that according to a Simply Measured Instagram study, posts with at least one Instagram hashtag average 12.6% more engagement than posts without a hashtag? The use of hashtags is a great way to target new audiences on Instagram. It will also help other Instagram users discover, follow, and engage with you.
Use niche specific hashtags that already have an engaging community behind them and use the ones that your audience is already using.
- Add your personal or company website to your bio if you haven’t already.
- Consider updating your photo, especially if it’s outdated. Always keep it current.
- If you’ve updated logos or colors, you should also consider changing your header photo and background color to accurately reflect your brand.
Who are you following?
Some people you may want to consider unfollowing: Those who post about things that don’t interest you or those who never post.
For followers, check to make sure they aren’t spam accounts. Spammers can add fake accounts to your list of followers. Find out who’s fake, then delete or block those accounts. A great tool for cleaning up your followers is ManageFlitter.
Consider creating Twitter lists to organize friends or those in your industry. Even make a list of those accounts whose content you want to see for content curation purposes.
You may also want to check up on your app permissions. See which apps or sites you have given permission to access your profile and remove any that you’re no longer using.
I recently wrote a blog post on Creating A Winning LinkedIn Profile. It contains an infographic to illustrate all the keys areas. It’s a great place to start to get your LI profile where it needs to be. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
- Your headline is seen more than anything else, so make sure it contains the keywords that you want to be found with.
- Is your headshot outdated? Always keep your headshot up to date with a current professional headshot.
- Work on your summary to highlight your best skills and experience.
- Make sure your contact information is updated so clients and others can get in touch with you.
- Personalize your profile’s URL with your name or business name.
- Are there new projects that you’ve done since your last update that showcase your abilities? Add them!
- Do you need some new recommendations? It’s ok to ask.
- What about your connections? When you first joined LinkedIn, you probably connected with everyone. I did the same. But once you’ve been on the platform for a while, it makes sense to be strategic with your connections. Make sure they’re relevant to your industry.
Spring cleaning your social media marketing will get you on the road to being ready for the second half of 2016. Don’t forget to check your analytics and insights to see if there are adjustments you can make to your strategy for better results.