Welcome to the we are slam show where we share marketing agency, insights, best practices and ideas to help your business grow. My name is tyler kelly, i’m the co-founder and chief strategist. At slam agency. We are a small but mighty full-service marketing agency, that really works as an outsourced, marketing department for marketing directors like you marketing directors that have an idea and a vision for where you want to go.
But you don’t have the team the time or the bandwidth to make it happen. That’s where we come in now today, we’re going to give you some insight into how we do social media. In fact, these are my best practices for social media networking now, typically, this is the type of information that an agency would want to keep to itself, but we’re not that way. As a matter of fact, we know that the more we give the more we receive, and so we just want to give you as much knowledge as much value as many insights as we possibly can, and this show today is going to do just that.
Okay, so let me ask you a question: what do you think is the number one reason people unfollow a brand on a social network, any ideas. Well, let me tell you it’s because their posts are too promotional. Okay, I’m going to share with you our rule here at slam. We call it the 80 % rule. This is a big one. I want you to write this down. No more than 2 out of every 10 post should be promotional, and this is true on every network, no more than 2 out of every 10 post should be promotional.
This is the 80 % rule. As a matter of fact here at slam we like to we try to make that the 90 % rule and with many of our clients we try to make that to 90 % rule, and so now I know you’re thinking as a marketing director. Well, you know my job is to promote the business that I work for. My job is to promote my brands, so you’re telling me that I’m I shouldn’t really be doing that in social media.
What should I do good question key is to really create content that people on an engagement network can get behind can share, can engage with, can can have conversations around. This is the type of content that you like to share. As a matter of fact, we do social media for an HVAC company. Can you believe it an HVAC company now, typically, this would be. You would think pretty dry content right. It’s like hey, let’s fix the boiler, let’s fix the furnace.
Let’s those are all promotional types of things, so when we got around as a group and we begin to brainstorm what types of content would work well, we had to come up with content that wasn’t necessarily focused on what they did and so what we had. So what we did was we looked at you know, associations we looked at, you know where were they giving money? Where were they donating their time and one of the things that we realized was that they were really dedicated and devoted to the humane society, to making sure that pups had a home? And so what we wanted to do was number one was highlight.
That association highlight that relationship, and we did it by creating a pet of the month contest where essentially, people would submit photos of their pets, and we would select a winner each month where professional artist would then create a portrait of their pet. We would give them the portrait. The client would give them the portrait and then that portrait would be hung in a pet Hall of Fame and our clients office, and this has been going for over for almost two years now, and it has been one of the most viral campaigns we’ve ever put Out because people are engaged and what this does is, it puts our client on their radar so that when it’s time to pick an HVAC company, they know who they are, what they do and they have a connection to their brands.
So they’re going to call this company that’s one way that you can promote without promoting in social media. So one of my five best practices well number one is what I call pee pee pee pee. Now we hear all the time about b2b and b2c, which, if you’re wondering business-to-business business sumer these are these acronyms that we hear all the time in social media. I really want you to be focused on this idea of p2p okay.
This stands for person-to-person. Social media is a personal experience right when you log in and you’re you’re you’re scrolling through your facebook feed, or you know, you’re flipping through Instagram photos or stories. It’s personal, it’s personal to you and so as a brand. What you have to do is you have to make sure that everything you do is personal. It’s person-to-person, don’t think of it like you’re on this, don’t think of it as like you’re on this big hill and you’re talking down it’s.
Never it’s never about me as a brand talking to this, this mass of people right, it’s about me as a brand as as a person connecting with another human being person to person. Okay, if you keep that in mind, then when you sit down to write your social media post, when you sit down and communicate, then you’re no longer communicating to the masses but you’re communicating to individuals to human beings and you’ll notice that your copy will dramatically improve.
If every time you sit down to write something you think P to P, the second best practice is the 80/20 rule I mentioned and again, because it’s key, no more than two out of every ten post should be promotional. Okay, the number one reason that people unfollow brands on social media is because they post too many promotional posts. My number three best practice is perception is reality now I really want you to think about this, because this is really key.
Okay, perception is reality. What does this mean? Well, what it means is that, however, I perceive you to be as a brand. That is my reality now remember. Social media is p2p, it’s person-to-person, so it’s not about what you think of your brand. It’s what I think of your brand. Okay, and for me, my perception is my reality: now you might be thinking. How can I influence someone’s perception of our brand and that’s a really good question? As a matter of fact, we talked about that a few weeks ago in our show about confirmation biases as a marketing director, you can utilize confirmation biases to your advantage by number one being aware of them and then number two by utilizing them ethically.
Okay, social media is a great place to apply some of the principles in that episode, which will link to in the show notes. Okay, here’s three things I want you to think about. When you think about perception is reality, number one is familiarity, bias. Okay. This is key if you are building a personal brand, if you’re building a brand, where there is somebody front and center, then you want to make sure as a marketing director you put that person front and center over and over and over again, because people buy from Those that they like and trust and in order to accelerate this liking, and this trusting you can build familiarity.
This is called the familiarity, biased, which simply says that the more people see you the more they like and trust you, okay, if you’re a brand that doesn’t have a person that you can put forward as the face, or you know a group of people that you Can put forward as the faces, then that’s where you really need to take a step back and think about how can we, as a brand that essentially, is recognized by a logo? How can we become more personal? How can we be more p2p so before we even get to this point, you have to think about p2p, and how can you do that as a logo as a corporation, if you’re just posting from this entity, that is unapproachable, then a lot of times you’re not Going to be as engaging in social media alright, this is why fast food in fast food, you see the trends with comedy it’s where Wendy’s and Jack the Box they’re really able to build this p2p to build.
This perception is reality through the molarity. By being out there by injecting their brands and making them more personal, okay, this is this is where comedy really comes into play. The number four best practice that I want you to be aware of is to follow blog norms. This is so huge because a lot of times this just doesn’t happen. Okay, we think that we can just create a article for youtube and then just like distribute it in facebook and in turn all these places.
But the thing is number one: each blog has its own norms in regards to formats in regards to times and links of articles in regards to the way that people communicate. This is a big one right so like on Instagram stories, I’m going to communicate differently than I would on a Facebook post. I can’t put hashtags in a Facebook post and expect those hashtags to go too far. The hashtags that I use on LinkedIn are going to be completely different than the hashtags that I use on Instagram and so, if you’re taking social media as if you’re taking the approach of I’m just going to create one piece of content and then put it everywhere.
You’re taking the wrong approach, you need to follow blog norms and what that means. It’s like you have to be in each blog authentically in a matter of fact, that’s number five number five is be authentic, no one likes it when you’re, fake and in social media. We can tell okay, we can tell when you’re, not being your true self, when you’re not being your true brand. Okay, it’s obvious people, they have a, they have a BS meter and and – and we can see it a lot of times – brands get into trouble because they’re trying to be something that they’re not remember, p2p, remember perception is reality and kind of just be yourself, be Authentic authenticity is all about being true to your brand values being true to your brand voice.
If you can do that, then you can be authentic. These are my best practices for social media networking and I hope that you’ve been able to take something from this article. I hope that you’ve been able to pull something that you can use today. I want to leave you with this one final tip editorial calendars, use them. Okay, it’s super important that you get organized as a marketing director and the best way to do that in social media is to utilize an editorial calendar, an editorial calendar just at a high level.
It allows you to organize your promotions. You know any special events, any dates that are that are important for your business. Your brand, you list those on a calendar in any kind of high-level, insert ideas for the types of content that you want to happen week in and week out on, each of the networks. Okay, I promise, if you, if you aren’t using the editorial calendar – and you start using one you’re, going to instantly – feel more organized you’re going to be able to report on what works.
What doesn’t work you’re going to know? What’s coming up, you’re going to stop doing things last minute or in the moment, and it’s really going to allow you to implement the best practices that we talked about and it’s going to allow you to really level up when it comes to your social media game. Okay, so a few quick tips for editorial calendars number one editorial calendars use them now. If you’ve enjoyed this episode of the we, our slam, show if you haven’t already please subscribe, you can do that on.
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