Freshen Up Your Social Media Content with These Tips
Do you get stuck when it comes to social media content?
Many Virtual Assistants say they don’t know what to post, and so they end up either wasting time, or posting nothing at all.
But social media is one of the best tools you can use to market your VA business.
I don’t know about you, but when I come across someone that I might want to work with, I immediately check out their online presence, and that includes their social media profiles and content.
No matter what your service offerings are, I want to see that content in your social media posts.
If you are struggling with what to put out there, here are some tips to help you get unstuck, and getting your profiles to work for you.
1. Plan ahead
So many VAs try to just post spontaneously, and then they say they don’t know what to post or write. Your social media is marketing – and you need to present a cohesive message to your audience that lets them know what you do and how you can help them. Without a plan, you will not be able to make sure that your message is consistent and clear.
2. Focus on 1-2 platforms
It is tempting to be everywhere and do everything, but the more you try to do (especially without a great plan), the more you will dilute your efforts – and your results will reflect that. Focus on 1 platform at a time, and really do it well. Facebook or LinkedIn are usually the two biggest places that VAs post. Clients are generally in one or the other, and you will have the time to interact with people better when you don’t have to go 5 places. Master one platform, and then start to work with another.
3. Schedule and Be Spontaneous
Some people will tell you to never schedule any social media, but it helps to make sure you are consistent. Don’t rely on scheduling everything, however. The idea behind social media is to be social. Schedule one post a day to Facebook, and make an effort to be present at least once a day to share and be social. When you aren’t present, your content will reflect that.
4. Curate Great Content
Your social media channels don’t have to be all about you. Find content that others are posting and share that with your audience as well. Of course make sure it is congruent with your own marketing message. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every post. If you see some great information that someone else has shared about a topic that your audience will be interested in, share it. They will appreciate it!
5. Check Your Messaging
Make sure your messaging is consistent with what you are talking to clients about on a regular basis. If your service offerings have changed, or if your target market has changed, make sure that your social media has changed too. It’s important that your marketing message is consistent across your online channels. You sometimes don’t know how a client finds you – so you want your message to be the same no matter where they are finding you.
6. Create Your Own Images
Sharing other people’s images is easy – but it’s not always the best idea (or even legal!). Creating your own images helps you to ensure that you have original content – and you can brand them to suit your business. It is a fact that posts with images garner much more interest that posts without them. Do yourself a favour and have some images made or make your own with a software like Canva.
7. Educate, Don’t Sell
Many VAs get challenged by the ratio of content to sell their services versus those that don’t sell. You will hear percentages like 20% or 25% sales posts. But what you really should be focusing on it educating your audience. When you do that, you are seeding your service offerings without providing a link for them to buy something. Focus your posts on providing information and your audience will get the message that you can help them.
Whether you are new to social media, or stuck in a rut of ‘I don’t know what to post’, it’s about strategy and congruency.
Freshen up your social media by taking these two things into account. Sell less. Educate more. Make things look nice, and branded for your business. Share relevant content always. Schedule but be present.
To make sure your marketing message is congruent and working properly for you, check out this blog post: Get The Most Out of Your Marketing Message