That always seems to be a headache for people.
They spend hours and hours typing away on social media, but struggle to get people to share their ramblings.
This post has been picked from the archives to give you some handy tips on how you can get your content shared.
Social media is all about conversation and sharing.
The premise is simple:
- Generate great content
- People pick it up and share it with others
- You get more followers, fans and comments
That’s all well and good, but what happens when you’ve been using social media for a while and yet no one is sharing your stuff?
Well, you’ve obviously hit a few barriers because before the above can happen, people have to be able to find your content, they have to read it and then they have to want to share it.
Why is your content being ignored?
First of all, don’t panic. If no one is sharing, all you have to do is rethink how you’re using social media.
Below are 5 scenarios that could hold the answer to why your content isn’t being shared.
If you want people to share your stuff, they have to trust you.
Trust is developed through engaging with people, being open and chatting. If you’re merrily throwing stuff ‘out there’ without taking the time to get to know your followers and fans, it’s hardly surprising they don’t trust you.
2. Caring about your brand
People will only share your stuff if they care about your brand.
How do you get them to care about you? Well, for starters, you can’t make them care. Again, this one comes down to building relationships.
If you are generous with your information, tell them about offers, give away tips or even freebies, you will begin to develop a deeper relationship. They will follow you more closely and tell their friends to do the same.
3. Don’t be boring
No one wants to read something that’s boring, so they certainly won’t share it.
If you churn out blog posts, Facebook posts and tweets that are dull, you won’t be engaging with anyone.
Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of humour into your activities. People like to laugh; it makes them feel good. And if you can make someone feel good, guess what? They’ll share your stuff to make their friends feel good too.
Don’t panic, I’m not suggesting you have to get passionate with all your followers and fans.
If you want people to share your information, they have to feel passionate about what you do. This can be done by showing your human side.
Yes, I know that sounds scary, but if they can see you are human, they’ll warm to you. By writing about things you care about, you’ll be sharing your loves with others. And when we write about something we love, our emotion shines through and touches the reader.
5. Building relationships
There’s no getting away from it, if you want to engage people you have to build relationships.
Setting up your social media portfolio one day, and expecting great results the next, isn’t going to work.
Social media is something you have to work at.
You must listen, engage, chat and debate with your fans and followers to find out what they really want. If you put out information they’re not interested in, they’re not going to share it.
Create a strategy
If you’re in business and want to leverage the power of social media, you must have a strategy in place.
‘Doing’ social media properly is going to take time and effort, so you must make sure it pays off.
Your social media strategy should encourage engagement and prevent PR nightmares.
The most important thing to remember is that social media isn’t a form of advertising. Consumers are far cannier these days and won’t easily be fooled by expensive adverts. As a company, you have to use social media to engage with them and provide them with useful information.
The time has come to move on from yesterday’s market methods. Today, you must listen to your customers, find out what they want and provide it for them. In fact, you have to exceed their expectations.
Marketing is tough as there are more companies chasing a diminishing amount of cash. Today you have stand apart from you competitors and social media will help you do that.
Over to you
Are you successfully using social media?
Leave a comment below and share your experiences.