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Growing Your Social Media Community – The Dos and Don’ts

June 3rd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Growing Your Social Media Community – The Dos and Don’ts”

Your followers are more than just a number; they are part of your online community. Viewing them as such will influence how you engage with and treat them. Growing your online community takes time and patience, and while there are some shortcuts that you can take to boost your following in the short term, these can have detrimental effects on your brand. We unpack some of our dos and don’ts when it comes to growing your social media community. 

Know Your Audience

This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised by how many brands and businesses don’t know their target audience, especially online. It’s important to be specific here – considering “everyone” as your target audience will only make it harder for you to create content and engage with them. Define your target audience’s age bracket, their interests, the challenges they face and so on. 

Thoughtfully Engage with Your Audience

Knowing your audience will help you appropriately engage with them. Create content that is relevant to your followers and give them the opportunity to get to know the real you. Ask them questions, and ask for feedback on products or services – creating a poll on Instagram is a fun way to do this. 

No one likes being ignored, so when a follower asks a question, sends a DM or tags you in a post, it’s important to respond. Taking the time to do this will also show that you care and value them. Meta Business Suite allows you to have saved replies for generic questions, and you can also set up an auto-reply for any DMs sent outside of your working hours. We recommend checking your inbox at least twice a day – once in the morning and the afternoon. 

Be Authentic 

People connect with people, and sharing your story will help you build a stronger connection with your audience based on shared values and interests. Your community wants to know that you are not just a faceless brand – share the people behind your brand, share your story along with your struggles and successes.

Collaborating with Other Brands

Collaborating is not just about working with a brand or influencer that has a huge following. Quality is as important, if not more important, than quantity. Choose like-minded brands or people who your audience will relate to. Instead of paying large amounts of money for influencers, consider working with brand ambassadors who genuinely believe in your brand and will tell their friends and family about it. Your audience trusts you and looks to you for sound advice, don’t collaborate with brands you don’t believe in. 

A common way to collaborate with other brands is through a giveaway. Remember, the goal is to widen your reach and acquire new followers that may turn into customers. To do this, you need to collaborate with a brand that will expose you to a new audience that will also care about your product or service.  

Don’t Buy followers. Ever

Yes, you can buy followers, but this is against Instagram’s terms of service, so the price you pay could be more than monetary. At worst, it could cost you your Instagram account and, at best, a decrease in engagement. When you buy followers, they are mostly bots and inactive accounts that won’t be adding any value and what good are thousands of followers who don’t engage with you? Engagement is key to how Instagram’s algorithm shows posts to users. Without likes or comments, your post probably won’t show up on your audience’s newsfeeds and it won’t show up on any Explore Pages. Other users may also be deterred seeing that you have thousands of followers and no engagement, which is why you should get followers the right way.

Don’t Play the Follow/Unfollow Game

How is this game played? By following accounts in your niche every day hoping that they will follow you back. After a few days, whether these accounts follow you back or not, you unfollow them to lower your follower/following ratio to make your account cleaner and manageable. This may seem like a good idea, but there are some major downsides! Instagram can detect how many accounts you are following and unfollowing, so they will block your page if they find you are taking shortcuts. You’ll lose the trust of your followers because this shows that they are just another number to you. You’ll also waste time keeping track of which accounts you have followed/unfollowed.

Followers need to be acquired the right way, through engagement, authenticity and quality content. Don’t be afraid to ask people to follow you too, you can work it into your content by pitching what your audience will get if they follow you or by hinting at upcoming content that they won’t want to miss. Sometimes people just need a nudge.


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Everything You Need to Know About Meta Business Suite

April 4th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Everything You Need to Know About Meta Business Suite”

It’s been just over a year since Meta launched Business Suite, a free platform where you can manage both your Facebook and Instagram pages. No more constant flipping between the two, this all-in-one platform was designed to save business owners time and allow you to manage your pages in one place. There is always the initial awkward stage of getting used to Meta’s updates, but it is best to get acquainted with Meta Business Suite as it looks like it is here to stay and will most likely replace Facebook Business Manager.

Meta Business Suite vs Facebook Business Manager vs Creator Studio – Making sense of it all

You can do everything on Meta Business Suite that you could do on Facebook Business Manager, however, it offers more powerful features. It combines key components that you need to successfully manage your Facebook and Instagram accounts, these include posting, insights, advertising and messaging. 

Creator Studio is especially similar to Meta Business Suite. While Meta Business Suite lets you create and schedule posts, stories and ads across platforms, Creator Studio focuses on content tools for content creators and includes monetization features, post setup, post testing and a collection of royalty-free sounds.

Business Suite Features and How to use them 

Some of the keys features of Meta Business Suite include the following:

Posts and Stories 

Creating and scheduling posts and stories is one of the most used features of Meta Business Suite. Under the navigation menu, click on posts and stories. Here you can create posts and stories across Facebook and Instagram or schedule them for a later time. It even gives you insight into when your optimal times are to post.

Insights

Under the insights tab, you can view how your content is performing on both Facebook and Instagram. You can also access key metrics such as trends, reach, demographic and geographic data presented in easy to read visual reports.  

Meta Business Insights tab

Manage Your Inbox

Read and respond to messages and comments across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. You can also create automated replies and save these to respond faster to frequently asked questions.

Inbox on Meta Business Suite

Commerce

You will first have to set up a commerce account on Facebook Commerce Manager before you can access your inventory and sales through Business Suite. First set up a shop and/or a catalogue. Shop lets customers browse items via a “Shop” tab on Facebook and Instagram, and Catalogues allow you to integrate with your eCommerce solution to advertise products you sell off of Facebook and Instagram.

Third-party Apps 

If you use third-party apps such as WooCommerce or Canva, yes you guessed it, you can also connect these to Business Suite. Go to All Tools, under Manage you will find the Business Apps tab. Search for the app that you would like to add, select the app and then click on Connect.

Third Party Apps Meta Business Suite

Woocommerce Meta Business Suite

Facebook Business Suite is a useful, free tool that saves you time by allowing you to manage your Instagram and Facebook accounts in one place. This platform will likely change and evolve, so we recommend getting familiar with it sooner rather than later. We are passionate about helping you flourish online, so if you need assistance, click here to get in touch with the Lambs.


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5 Useful Social Media Marketing Tools for 2021

October 15th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 5 comments on “5 Useful Social Media Marketing Tools for 2021”

If you’ve been struggling to come up with creative and effective content ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We know finding inspiration to get things done at this time of the year is a challenge, so we want to help you stay on top of your game. Social Media is fun, rewarding and it really works when you invest time in constantly improving your content and strategy. There are many tools available online that can help your business improve its Social Media Marketing efforts to attract more clients. 

  1. AnswerThePublic

AnswerThePublic is a website that provides search insights directly from Google for free. You enter the keyword you want insights for, and this tool provides you with the top questions people search for in relation to your keyword. This is amazing for social media content creation as it’s so important to know what people actually want to know about a certain product or service. Once you know what people’s concerns are, you can create content that positions your product or service as the solution to their worries.

2.Unsplash

Ever struggle to find high quality pictures to post in relation to your brand’s personality? Unsplash is the answer. This website has thousands of free professional images shot by Photographers that you can download. The search bar allows you to find the image you need for a specific post, the best part is, you don’t even need to create an account. Many photographers have created their own portfolios on this website, and after a while, you realize which photographer’s images best capture your brand’s tone and aesthetic.

 3.Canva 

Canva is an easy-to-use graphic design tool that is free with the ability to upgrade to a paid subscription. This website/app is great for creating social media graphics, logos, posters and much more. What’s unique about Canva is that it provides editable predesigned templates that social media managers and content creators can use to help brands show up authentically and professionally online. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create high-quality designs, you just need to familiarize yourself with the many hacks and tips available to make designing that much easier on the app. 

 4.YouTube

Nothing beats getting tips, updates and tricks directly from Social Media professionals around the world. YouTube is a platform where you can search for anything social media related and find the answers you’re looking for in video format. Social Media Managers use YouTube to share their knowledge and expertise while making money from their videos. Video content is easy to digest and you get to create playlists of videos you’ve watched that you want to refer to at a later stage. Whenever you’re unsure of something, just look it up on YouTube and find a video that correlates to your preferred style of learning. Some enjoy step-by-step tutorials while others enjoy watching someone get a task done in real-time. 

5.Online Social Media Training

Signing up for group training for your team or one-on-one training is a great way to learn from a Social Media Marketing Specialist. Social media is ever-evolving, every platform has regular updates and it’s not easy to stay up to date with how to best use each social media platform. Periodic social media training ensures that you stay in the loop when it comes to trends and best practices so your business can show up online and connect to its target audience. 

At The Social Lamb, we offer specialized Social Media Training online to help businesses understand how to best use social media platforms such as Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook. We live, breathe and love social media – we’re passionate about helping your brand flourish online. Click here to get in touch with the Lambs for your next virtual training.

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Social Media Trends 2021

February 4th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Social Media Trends 2021”
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Social Media Trends 2021

2020 was a year of big changes and transformation. As we entered lockdown, we became increasingly reliant on social media and digital platforms to run our businesses, connect with family and friends, do our shopping, help others in need and have fun. With more businesses and customers on social media, it can be difficult to stand out and engage with your audience. This is where a social media strategy comes in. Knowing current social media trends and incorporating them into your strategy can fuel your marketing and help you to stand out online.

 

Video Continues to Rise

 

Video is one of the most engaging forms of marketing content, and its use will only continue to increase. Social media platforms are placing greater emphasis on video content, and one of these examples is Instagram Reels. Reels are an exciting way to create 15 to 30 second long video clips. What makes them fun and engaging is that you can add music and text to these videos too!

 

Social Commerce

 

As we adapted to the new normal, businesses had to pivot to drive sales through online platforms. Facebook and Instagram Shopping have revolutionized the shopping experience, allowing customers to purchase products they have seen in a post without having to leave the app. This is not only convenient for customers, but it also provides businesses without an eCommerce store the capabilities to effectively sell products online. With more customers preferring contactless shopping, we are going to see more marketers and business owners turning to these platforms to drive sales.

 

Humanise Your Brand

 

As the world has faced many challenges over this past year, customers have also been mindful of the messaging and conversations that brands are having around world events. People value authenticity and transparency in the brands that they support. Humanising your brand in what it stands for and having thoughtful and meaningful conversations with your audience, is key to building their trust and increasing your brand awareness as a company that cares about people. This year, we can expect more customers to choose brands based on authenticity and transparency, and to hold brands accountable to what they stand for.

 

Going Live

 

Unable to host in-person events, many businesses were forced to take their conferences and events online. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter give your business the opportunity to host and stream live events, Q&A sessions, interviews, tutorials and other types of content. Not only has live streaming enabled businesses to continue hosting events, but it has kept audiences engaged with brands and helped to broaden the reach by bringing events to followers who otherwise may not be able to attend.

 

Revolutionising Customer Experience

 

What made your customer experience unique? Perhaps it was ambient music and lighting in your store? Or a free cup of coffee? All of these elements that have helped to shape customer experiences may not be feasible anymore, which means that businesses are turning to social media to create unique and personalized experiences and to improve customer service. How businesses interact with their customers online and how they respond to their queries and complaints, will shape customer experience and perception.

 

While the list of social media trends goes on, it is important to recognise what is best for your business. Take the time to do research and understand your customers’ online behaviour and social media data, this will help you to determine which trends to prioritise and include in your strategy.

 

If you need help navigating these new trends or wrapping your head around social media, The Lambs have got your back!

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Social Media Trends for 2020 and Beyond!

January 17th, 2020 Posted by General 0 comments on “Social Media Trends for 2020 and Beyond!”

Social Media Trends for 2020 and Beyond!

Well, we’ve made it to the year 2020, and above all else, this feels like a year of CHANGE! 

Whether that be changing up your social media strategy, looking at how you engage with your audience differently, or asking yourself how your efforts on social can be more targeted and more effective in expanding your audience, and ultimately bringing in new customers and new business.

To ensure businesses remain competitive in this rapidly evolving consumer landscape, they should be asking themselves questions such as: ‘How do we make sure our content lands with our customers? How do we improve our messaging so it resonates more with our audiences? And how can we use social media to be even more of service to our customers this year?

Customers of the future expect better service delivery and more real-time feedback than ever before. So how can business and brands use social media platforms to connect more closely with their audiences in a way that creates impact and effectiveness? Here are some ways:

Use Social Media for Customer Service

Social media has evolved from a place to connect and share content with family and friends, to a sales and marketing tool, a product discovery platform, and, more recently, even a customer service channel. Take advantage of the real-time, direct nature of social platforms to give your customers access to your service teams so they can get the assistance they need quickly and efficiently.

Focus on Personalisation & Use Local Targeting

Although it may not be possible to create tailor-made content for every customer group, it will be important to ensure that your business is using location-based advertising as much as possible to take advantage of local customers and markets.

Continue Using User-Generated Content

Invite your audience into your world. Get their feedback. Ask them to be a part of creating and telling the story of your brand online. This helps to build credibility and a sense of authenticity about your product or service.

Create a Community

Creating a community will continue to be important this year. Establish your values, and talk about them often to draw those who hold the same values closer. This will establish a sense of loyalty and trust with your customers.

Be More Sensitive to the way Your Business Collects Users’ Data

As users become more aware of topical issues like data ethics and privacy, businesses and brands should expect tighter regulation and restrictions on certain platforms regarding access to users’ data and should be considering how they can collect and use user data in the most respectful way.

Here at The Social Lamb, we’re super excited to get to know even more of you this year. We look forward to using our expertise and experience to help bring your business or brand into the future!

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The importance of strategy to your Social Media plan

August 29th, 2017 Posted by Social Media 0 comments on “The importance of strategy to your Social Media plan”

The Importance of Strategy to Your Social Media Plan

Very often, due to limited time or resources, small businesses can make the mistake of knowing that they have to post something on their Social Media accounts, but failing to do so with any real thought or strategic know-how. Many people think that posting something is better than nothing at all but an ill-considered or haphazard post can often leave your followers confused and wondering about your brand’s messaging and direction in general.


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