The Benefits of Social Media for Building a Brand
Building a brand is a time-consuming process that requires lots of marketing, advertising and trying to get your name out there while establishing trust with your potential customer audience. Here’s how social media could be helping your business;
Growing Awareness – If no one knows about your business and the types of products and services offered, they aren’t likely to choose you above your competitors.
Social media presents you with billions of potential customers to market to, gradually growing brand awareness. Now, considering 95% of 18-34 year-olds on social media follow at least one brand, this is wasted potential when used ineffectively or not at all.
Meaningful Connections – Anyone can be marketed to on social media with the power of targeted advertising. However, social media users are growing increasingly impatient with promoted content popping up in their feeds and some even see it as intrusive.
Potential customers want to see relationships forming between brands and their audiences, and social media is a good way to humanise your brand by regularly communicating with customers and creating a “brand voice” across all platforms. This brand voice is used to give your social media accounts some personality. It also helps your customers see that you’re more than just a corporate entity scouting for income; you’re a business building a family of patrons.
Brand Loyalty – Brand loyalty is important and the key factor in retaining a returning customer base, helped by social media platforms that give businesses the tools they need for instant communication with their customers and potential customers. In addition to providing a digital notice board where customers can see company updates and upcoming offers, it allows for real-time problem solving for queries and complaints.
Stay Relevant – In the modern digital world, information is constantly changing, whether it’s news updates from around the world, what’s going on with friends and family, or the latest offers from big brands. With social media going 24/7, it can be difficult to remain at the top of feeds and keep the attention of your customers, but social media makes staying relevant easy and allows you to be in constant communication with your followers.
Be A Thought Leader – As mentioned before, social media users are becoming less patient with the constant barrage of advertising and marketing which is why it’s become even more important to establish your brand as a “thought leader”.
Thought leaders are considered trusted sources of information in an industry and we see businesses moving away from constantly trying to sell, instead establishing themselves as informative accounts that are available to answer any questions from their followers and potential customers.
Sharing relevant industry content, writing educational articles on industry updates and creating discussions around industry topics are great ways to begin launching your brand as a trusted authority.