Never wait till you need a business network to start trying to grow and nurture your community all at one time. Building a social media community takes time and effort and almost always never happens overnight.
It doesn’t matter what social network you’re choosing to be on, having followers doesn’t mean you have a community. Jennifer Michelle was gracious enough to have me on her podcast Healthcare Lead Generation podcast, and we had an interesting melting post conversation on social media in the healthcare industry.
In this 3- Part podcast interview we covered:
- How to build your social media community: Learn how to use social media to create a community for your healthcare company. You’ll discover ways to measure your ROI and why your social media needs to integrate with the rest of your marketing.
- How to excel at “Thought Leadership” more specifically on Twitter: Discover why Twitter is so useful for building thought leadership in the healthcare sector. Find out where to connect with journalists online and why the most important thing is to be approachable.
- Top 3 Mistakes Healthcare business make using social media: Find out why a short-term social media strategy will always fail. Learn how even a one-person marketing team can build a strong network.
If you have a business whether it’s in the healthcare industry or not there are quite a few tips you can take away to help market your business online. Listen to the episode by clicking here.
The episode I’m sharing with you today is from Healthcare Lead Generation with Jennifer Michelle, a podcast that mixes lead generation tips with interviews of healthcare IT disruptors, innovative healthcare providers and health sector company leaders. Follow the podcast and #HCLeadGen to learn about growth strategies and navigating change in the healthcare sector.
Do you plan on creating a social media strategy?
I hope so.
Don’t make the same mistake I made when I first started out using social media.
I would spend countless hours trying to find random content to share. Then I would spend several hours posting those pieces of content that I had found. There was no real purpose to what I was doing.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, I would then sit down and spent hours trying to figure out what I was supposed to do now that I’m on these social platforms. I wasted so much time not knowing where to start, what my purpose was, nor where I was going.
If I have to do it all again I would have started by creating a simple social media strategy to help guide me in the direction that I needed to go.
Here are three key things to consider before you get started creating your strategy.
1. Define and assess your key goals
How do you know what direction to take, if you don’t know where you are going?
Before you start posting content to your social media networks, take a few minutes to look over your marketing strategy and define your overall goals for being online.
Is your objective to increase traffic to your website or maybe your blog. Maybe your goal is to increase sign-ups for an upcoming event that you have.
It is important to create smart goals. My SMART stands for:
– Time Based
Once you have the determined your goals and also have begun to implement them after a period of time, you will want to assess how you’re doing. During this time, if what you have created is working, then great, BUT if not, you will have to reassess what your goals are and what you need to do to achieve them through the use of social media marketing.
2. Perform a social media branding audit to develop your content strategy
Having an audit done is one of the best ways to get an idea of what kind of social media content your audience will deem valuable.
What you need is not determined by what you want to offer your audience. Instead you need to take time to identify the needs of your potential,current, and previous clients.
Ask yourself what problems can you help them solve, what kind of content format they prefer.
For example your audience may prefer text content, Images, video, and or e-book format for their content consumption
If you’re new to business and wondering how you will do your own audit you can try something simple as identifying someone in your niche with a similar audience and analyzing what kind of content they are sharing.
If the content shared with their community is engaging AND you share a similar audience, then it’s safe to say your audience will engage with it as well. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
3. Do the three C’s of social media
Create valuable content.
Valuable content depends upon your audience and the people that you were trying to reach.
What is valuable to one community may not be the same for your, so take time to consider what is valuable and provide that.
Community, you need to build relationships. The success of your business is partially dependent upon the relationships you build, nurture, and grow.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect and authentically engage with others in your niche and with your potential clients
The last is consistency. Don’t create your own ghost town within your social networks.
Be clear about the purpose and the value you want to provide and do that in small steps as often as possible.
Consistently engaged and consistently share other people’s content, Follow the 80/20 rule that’s always helpful.
To sum it up!
Social media marketing is really about networking online to find and grow meaningful relationships that can be mutually beneficial for everyone involved.
Creating your social media strategy doesn’t have to be complicated.
It just takes a little planning.
In the comment below and tell me what is one thing you wish you knew before you started before getting on social media!