Social Media Not Working? Try These 7 Simple Tactics.

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Social media promotion does work. If it’s not working, it probably has to do with strategy.

Over the years, I have seen hundreds of indie artists in action across social networks. When I worked as a journalist, I interviewed many. One thing I noticed right away is this: A majority of them couldn’t tell you who their audience is if you asked them.

As a result, those artists don’t know where these audiences like hanging out. And their accounts feature monologues and self-promotion ad nauseam. There is no storyline built around their work. There is no awareness of who their fans are and what they care about.

Actually, this is a global problem. Many small businesses and solopreneurs have no idea to whom they are selling.

Posting cute pictures or videos and inspirational quotes on your Facebook page is a great idea. People love them. However, their decision to follow you on social networks or subscribe to your blog stems from high expectations. They have questions that need answers and want you to show them why your product or service is the RIGHT fit for THEM.

In this era of hyper social media activity and competition, hard work, commitment, and patience are of the essence.

    1. Yes, Facebook currently has 1.49 billion monthly active users. But it doesn’t mean that your audience is there. Your job is to try and find them.
    2. Social networks are not uniform. Learn the fundamentals of each.
    3. Take the time to educate yourself on marketing, branding, and strategy.
    4. A Jack of all trades is often a master of none. Aim for specific expertise instead.
    5. Cut the “me me me” approach. Curate content from other sources too.
    6. Keep an open mind and learn the value of diversification.
    7. Set realistic goals.

Attention spans may have gotten shorter, basic needs remain the same. People use social media to entertain themselves and connect with like-minded folks and companies run by caring entrepreneurs.

That’s what it means to have a social business in 2015.

Cendrine Marrouat

Social media blogger, curator, author, Social Media Slant


Cendrine Marrouat is a social media blogger, curator, and author living in Canada. She is also the founder of #smslantchat and Social Media Slant, a blog focusing on social media tips, tools, stats, and news for small businesses and solo-preneurs. Cendrine writes for several other blogs, including and B2B News Network. Latest book: The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win (2014)

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