You'll also know that scheduling updates and managing your social channels takes time. But before even thinking about content, many businesses need to ensure that their social profiles are optimised properly and completed fully.
This doesn't have to take too much time. We've put together this checklist that you can use to guide you through the process of giving your social profiles a much-needed health check...
Reducing the cost of visual content creationVisual marketing is becoming ever more important; a crucial aspect of your overall content marketing strategy in 2016. Not all content is king; it's visual content that is poised to take the throne. But producing visuals, creating engaging content for social media and making sure your branding is on point all take time and cost money. And these are resources that small businesses do not necessarily have. There are some simple tools that can reduce these costs. Visuals needn't be time-consuming. Nor do you need to shell out on expensive graphic design software to acheive this. Instead - with a little planning - you can build a suite of tools to help you create visual content more easily.
How does social media differ for small businesses?
Social media is a great tool for small businesses and - relatively speaking - the cost of entry is low. According to the social media marketing industry report, 92% of small business agree that social media is a crucial part to their marketing. More than 50% of small businesses agree that social media increases sales.
However, small businesses fail when trying to compete with bigger companies. Bigger companies have what seems like unlimited content while small businesses do not have the funds or time to reach the same level. Rather than competing with the big boys, however, small companies can grow by concentrating on creating loyalty, brand awareness and increasing the traffic to their website.
It's easy to forget that social media is social. With the rush to an ever-expanding list of new mediums and networks, SMEs need to invest time in engaging with their community of followers and connections. Are you just broadcasting your message out to the world? Or are you truly engaging with your customers and audience?