How to Get More Out of Social Media—Tips from an Expert
If you are constructing a social media strategy it can be hard to know where to start—or how to make it pay off in the long run.
In this event of this Hootsuite podcast, we talk with electronic Marketing pro-Amber Naslund about ways to get the maximum from your social plan. Amber is the coauthor of the best-selling business book The NOW Revolution, former SVP of marketing for Sysomos and advisor to Fortune 500 companies like AmEx, Coca-Cola, and Kraft Foods. She works at Hootsuite since the senior manager of business direction.
In this podcast you will learn:
- The secret to getting more out of your social investment
- Social engagements hints for entrepreneurs
- What metrics you need to be monitoring
- Cools brands on societal which you’d not anticipate
Press play to listen to the show from its Entirety, or if you do not have a pair of headphones handy, browse the transcription of the conversation under.
Q&A with digital marketing expert Amber Naslund
You are an influencer and you have Assembled your brand on societal. What information can you give to somebody who’s hoping to construct their new?
I think having something to say is significant, and then locating a platform to state it on. Back in the day I picked blogging, and now I love to write so that is exactly what I did. And that I did not set out to collect an audience, I only really wanted to link and assist people who had been coping with the very same sorts of problems I had been.
You have to have a perspective and be inclined to get out there to participate with individuals and have discussions. It is not really simple to do but it is the 1 thing that pushes everything else.
So using a definite purpose and Message and setting out content that is in accord with this?
Yeah, and locating the issues or Questions people have and searching for answers.
Have you discovered that there are several Quick wins social? Easy items which you may do this give you a fantastic return?
No. and I believe that is the Solution Everybody hates. If folks ask, “Are there any fast things you can do in order to succeed?” And my response is, “No, it is consistency, time, and repeat.” So using a voice that is consistent, being prepared to make content, invest time and doing this well. Not wanting for shortcuts. You know, not attempting to make something which goes viral or creates something which’s super too smart.
It truly Is about time and consistency, as having authenticity in a distance is much more about the very long game compared to the brief one.
What are you saying is entrepreneurs get Stuck focusing on fast wins rather than looking at the extended game?
Yeah, I believe so. And I really Believe trying to find the quick wins may lead individuals into frustration since they are pursuing every new platform or tool, or they are trying to emulate something which worked for someone else and make an instantaneous success. And there isn’t any such thing.
I mean when I began, actually folks Started discovering what I was doing back in 2004 or 2005, then when I began to get a following and an audience on the internet, I had been blogging for ten decades. So ‘overnight’ success really took me a couple of years.
What is your day to day like on societal? How long can you spend listening, engaging, curating, generating original articles, posting content that is original? Does it change? Is it different or have you got a small formula?
It has really changed quite a little through time, and now I typically spend probably an hour or so in the morning coffee. I utilize Flipboard a great deal and proceed through topics which are of interest to me personally. I use Twitter much for a news feed. I have a few of my hunts put up in Hootsuite to watch for certain topics.
And that I devote an hour of this day only type of swallowing that material, after which I spend probably just another half an hour sharing things, possibly through my Hootsuite platform. But that is not a lot of my own day.
How long would you state that you Spend throughout the remainder of the day engaging on societal?
I handle social websites kind of this They are constantly in the background. I typically have a tab open with my FB stuff, or I have my Hootsuite columns upward along with my alarms pinging.
And I am definitely always keeping Half an eye on the participation side of things since I know from experience that if you only pump a lot of things out there then do not ever associate with the men and women that are communicating with you, you eliminate a great deal of momentum and you also eliminate plenty of relationships which are extremely valuable.
Can you have a favorite brand on social or was there an effort that you watched lately that you loved?
I have a few, and they are not the Ones you’d expect. Among those customer brands which most folks understand is Lowe’s. They are among the few brands which could quickly jump on a brand new platform or tool and get it done very well and thoughtfully.
Vine is dead today but Lowe’s utilized to Do this Repair in Six, a six-second media of small home reno jobs, and they create it into a moment on Facebook. And they have adapted some of them to Snapchat. They are really smart about utilizing the uniqueness of these platforms to truly shine. So I am constantly impressed with what they’re doing.
Among my favorite Facebook pages Is, in fact, the Police Department at Bangor, Maine. They’re humorous and so human it is unbelievable. They discuss goofy arrests they needed to create or things happening in town.
They probably have some good stories.
Oh, it is great, and it is so small-town feeling. You do not need to be the conventional consumer brand to produce an impact on societal just like they are doing. And they chose one stage –Facebook–and concentrate on doing this really, really nice. And it is wonderful.
And there’s a couple of other ones, such as Royal Dutch Airlines does some very cool things on the internet, and they do a great deal of surprise and pleasure kind stuff with their clients.
Surprise and pleasure is something That we have really discussed on this series before, but do you mind–only on your own words–moving into a bit and what a few of the benefits of that strategy would be?
It is actually a very Customer-focused idea where you are paying attention to what your customers do and how they are either buying your things or participating with your new and locating particular little moments for folks to feel recognized and seen.
So whether it is thanking them for their business or showing up when they’ve had a bad day with a plate of warm cookies or whatever it is, to make them feel noticed and special. Since plenty of consumers can feel like you in a sea of numbers and they’re handled in bulk, not separately.
So it is taking those minutes to find People and cause them to feel appreciated.
Absolutely. The attractiveness of doing these Things through social stations is your audience that accompanies it. Therefore, in the event that you do something to contact someone, you are also benefiting by providing the warm fuzzies into the remainder of your audience who’s going, “Oh, I simply observed something quite cool” And that then opens their heads to your organization.
If you’re given complete control of a Brand’s social plan, what is the very first thing you would do?
Believe it or not, the first thing I do is peel down it. Since I think most men and women attempt to do a great deal, and consequently their attempts are extremely deluded. I would also do a good audit of what is happening and what we’re focusing on, and at which we are discovering a success.
And I often pare things down into some Few essential components which we are able to replicate, do very well all of the time, and also do at scale. I believe a good deal of brands wish to be anyplace and be all to everybody, and that is not a recipe for success on societal. If anything I am the person who’s likely to bring it back a couple of notches.
I believe that is really good information, as a huge issue for digital marketers is that we now have many new platforms coming out there. There are constantly new tools and approaches, and that I believe people are becoming very overwhelmed with the notion of needing to be on all these various stations. And you cannot do them well.
No wonder, and there is already Such an immense quantity of content and sound and individuals vying for attention, so I feel that the response isn’t to be a sledgehammer except to start looking for the scalpel, where it is possible to get very precise with all the audiences you’re able to achieve and the sort of articles you can perform well and do this. It is a lot more successful in the long term.
From everything you have seen and where Items are now, would you have any predictions for societal during the next few years?
I believe artificial intelligence is Going to make a huge effect on advertising. It is already beginning with small matters, such as bots.
It is such a strong set of technology and capabilities, together with the information that comes from this. I think Marketers have constantly fought to measure the worth of our attempts. How can we Understand that advertising really drove that purchase or obtained that client? I think as intelligence, artificial or otherwise, gets even deeper—and the more data we have—the smarter we get about what we can do.