How Many Social Media Platforms Should You Focus On?
One of the challenges that a lot of B2B companies struggle with is what how should they handle social media? Should they be on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat? Do they need to be on TikTok?
Do they need to be on all of these platforms, or should they just focus on one and just do a really good job on there?
To answer these questions I turned to social media expert Amanda Fountain and this is what she had to say.
What Are Your Social Media Resources?
What you are asking is actually two questions rolled into one because what you are really asking is what are your resources and where is your audience?
Social media can open a lot of doors for businesses, but if you don’t have the right resources, it just becomes harder. Harder to manage, harder to see results, harder to feel good about what you’re doing on it. Harder to see results if it’s not overwhelmingly good.
And that’s usually what happens, when you have limited resources, you do the best you can, but it’s not great.
It’s just the best that you can possibly do. And that can hurt. Which is a weird thing to think about, but it can hurt if it’s not great for social. Because there’s so much that’s happening, that your stuff has to stand out.
When I say great, I don’t mean like the highest quality videos are the highest quality graphics, it’s just great content that is really
well tailored for your audience.
That’s the ‘great’ that you’re looking for. It doesn’t have to be highly produced content, it just has to be really well tailored for your audience.
Where Is Your Audience On Social Media?
The second part of your question is where is your audience? If you know that you have limited resources and you know that your audience is most active on Twitter, for example, spend your time there.
This is a much better strategic approach, to find where your audience is, and put your time and effort there, rather than trying to separate your time across every single platform.
Maybe claim profiles and have a regular cadence for occasionally posting on other places, but put your time and efforts to where your audience is.
And then the next phase of that is if you can get a good cadence of producing content that your audience likes and engages with, then you can look to expand your social media presence to the platforms where your audience will be.
One of the things I always think about is who is my next audience, right? Because people grow up in their careers.
The people who are decision makers now, are maybe not, maybe not big Instagram users, but the people who are in their twenties and thirties who have them, will eventually be a decision maker
It’s a platform they’re used to using and seeing. So you can’t ignore it forever, but think about when you need to start kind of getting in front of them.
That’s why it’s more important to have a regular cadence, even if it’s only occasional, in order to be in front of those other audiences.
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