Spoiler Alert: I’m not going to tell you anything that you don’t already know in this post. I’m just reinforcing something that I was reminded of last night as I was helping my wife ramp up for her new job which is to do a little social media marketing for an online publication/content hub.
To be honest, it’s always easier to market a company that has great content and fortunately the company she is working for has great content in spades. It’s also makes it easy when a company hands you the reigns (with some guidance of course) but doesn’t give you eight billion rules and regulations that you need to follow (I know, I know… I worked in financial services for nine years… some companies need to be strict about how they market… but still).
Here comes the roll up the sleeves part. Yup, the part where I tell you why it’s the waltz versus the tango. As my wife was going through her company’s Twitter account we started talking about ways to engage their audience. By the way, as of yesterday, there had been seven status updates and seven followers and that’s not a knock against GC — hell, they at least had the self-awareness to know that they needed help — just a little background on the task at hand.
The easy thing to do might be to rush out and follow a list of 500 mommy bloggers. Or find a bunch of companies/people that auto-follow everyone back. That would certainly help with the optics around the follow/follower ratio. But would it do anything for the engagement level? Hardly. The first order of business was to reach out to a few of the seven followers and engage them in conversation (seeing some “@’s” in a company’s Twitter stream is the second thing I look for after a decent follow/follower ratio).
Twelve hours later, the number of followers on her company’s Twitter account had gone from seven to forty one. That may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things but now all of a sudden, her company has some content (a dozen new tweets) and a little groundswell (the new followers) at its back. Yes, they have a long way to go because realistically, they need to be closer to 4,000 or even 40,000 followers before they start to see some meaningful ROI. But as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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