Social media is an effective tool for B2B marketers. It also helps buyers easily discover and establish communication with vendors. Also, to succeed in social media marketing, you should implement effective marketing strategies. Let’s discuss such strategies in detail.
As per IDC, social media greatly influences 75% of B2B buyers during their buying process.
Capitalize on the power of social media and use this medium for marketing.
Determining Your Purpose for Marketing
Before working on marketing, you should define the purpose of promoting your business in the first place. After all, you’re investing your time and amount in social media marketing.
There can be many purposes for promoting on social media such as:
- Acquiring leads
- Expanding online presence
- Increasing sales
- Spreading brand awareness
Once you define your objectives, you can easily implement an effective social media marketing strategy.
Research is always important before implementing a plan. You conduct extensive research, design a plan, test it and then execute it.
The best way of conducting research is to see how different businesses are using social media for marketing purposes.
These businesses are your competitors. View their social media handles regularly and see what they’re up to. Closely observe the strategies which they’ve executed to engage their audiences.
The number of likes and the type of comments lets you view how people respond to their posts. You get inspiration from this data and plan your own tactics for effectively advertising on social media.
Maximizing Marketing on Popular Social Media Platforms
Social media platforms are increasing in number. But every platform is not feasible for B2B marketing.
You should focus on using popular social media platforms for B2B marketing as these platforms have good traffic.
LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter currently rank among the top five social media platforms for B2B marketing as per Gartner.
As far as effectiveness is concerned, LinkedIn is topping the list by producing the best results for 79% of B2B marketers as per Statista.
Producing Effective Content
Content matters a lot when it comes to attracting new customers and engaging existing ones. Right now, content marketing is currently a priority for 69% of B2B marketers as per Sagefrog.
Social media posts are a commonly used form of content marketing. According to the Content Marketing Institute, 94% of B2B marketers use social media posts for content marketing.
Content can be in various forms such as images, videos, case studies, tweets, and much more. Advertisements and promotional offers are very common.
But rather than just promoting your business, you should also focus on posting important information for the audience.
Polls and surveys are a great way to engage the audience and understand their opinions. These let you learn the needs of your audience and prepare content accordingly.
Video marketing is also very commonplace. It drives traffic and generates a good return on investment (ROI) for 87% of marketers as per Wyzowl.
Create interesting videos to captivate your audience with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Start a YouTube channel that not only drives traffic but also becomes a money-making tool with good subscription and viewership count.
The primary reason for promoting your business and products on social media is to attract maximum customers.
This is possible only if you put in some effort to maximally promote your social media posts.
Social media platforms provide the option to boost your posts for reaching a maximum audience and there are different payment options available.
Prices vary depending on the time period which you want to use to display your advertisement. These platforms boost your posts on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
The other option which requires some effort on your part is to manually promote your posts on social media.
Suppose you’re running a business page on Facebook. Join relevant business groups and share your posts regularly in those groups.
Utilize relevant trending hashtags in your posts which makes it easier for your audience to find your posts. And let your relevant leads reach you.
Ensuring Effective Communication
Understanding your audience is very important. Instead of just promoting your business or products, you should also post about other topics.
For example, you can post on any news or any trending topic on social media that either closely or loosely relates to your industry. It’s the best way to grab the attention of users and increase traffic to your page.
Communicate with your audiences. Train agents and appoint them in different shifts to respond to clients immediately. The reason is that customers want quick responses.
Your agents should also be attentive to the comments section. They should immediately respond to relevant comments from the audience. They should reply to them in case of any queries.
Using Best Social Media Tools
Imagine you’ve created accounts on all major social media platforms. It becomes difficult for you to manage all these platforms and regularly keep posting.
The best way to resolve this issue is to install good social media tools like Hootsuite and Sprout Social. The primary benefit of these tools is to automate your social media posts.
You can simultaneously create posts in your free time and schedule your posts on a specific date and time in the future.
It simplifies your social media handling and keeps you active on social media on a regular basis.
Take advantage of the popularity of social media.
Use the right tactics at the right time to target the right audience and become the champion of social media marketing in your industry.