Welcome to the 21st century, where self-driving cars are no longer a distant sci-fi fantasy, kids have smartphones in preschool, digital marketing works better than traditional marketing,
Whether you have a social media expert on staff or outsource to an agency, social media marketing is vital to the success of any modern business. When you hire an expert social media manager, you’re hiring someone with a multifaceted skill set who has the power to take your small business to new heights.
Here are 38 reasons why every business needs a social media expert:
1. Sales/Leads: The end goal of any marketing strategy is to make more money. Social media experts are highly skilled in turning followers into customers. 75% of companies that marketed their products on social media reported an increase in sales within 12 months. Furthermore, 74% of consumers use social media to make purchase decisions.
2. Tracking & Measure: Before acquiring sales, you need a way to track it. A social media expert can help set up Facebook pixels, conversion tracking codes, remarketing audiences and more. This will help determine how an audience is progressing through the marketing funnel from product view, lead, add to cart, sale, etc.
3. Timeliness: There’s more strategy behind social media marketing than meets the eye. An expert knows what times to post certain information on specific platforms to achieve optimal engagement.
4. Quality Work: To keep your business’s social media profiles engaging, you’ll need more than just a few basic images and some Facebook ads. Good content marketing is about publishing content that is relevant and engaging to your audience. This will encourage audience participation and engagement in ways beyond generic postings. Take a look at some of LYFE Marketing’s design work:
5. Lifelong learning: Consistently keeping up with all the latest social media trends is nearly impossible for the average person. Social media experts, however, are used to the lifelong learning process required to keep up with the constantly evolving field.
Most fields change every few years but social media platforms change every few weeks! It takes a special kind of person to have the stamina to keep up!
6. Build recognition & credibility: Beyond acquiring sales, one of the main goals of social media marketing is to build your brand’s image. A social media expert can help your brand become thought leaders in your industry and gain a favorable online reputation. This can, in turn, transfer to real world brand recognition.
In this day and age, no one trusts a company without a social media presence. If you want to run a trustworthy, credible business, you need an attractive social media presence. An expert can help you achieve this.
7. Monitoring: When you’re running a business, checking your company’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram isn’t the first thing on your mind every day. However, these platforms should be monitored daily to remove spam comments, respond to questions, and engage with potential customers. While this can be time consuming, you can use the help of a social media expert or software tools such as HubSpot and Social Media Examiner to streamline this process.
8. Grow a long term audience: Marketing isn’t all about instant gratification (though there certainly are some instant benefits). Growing an established audience is something that happens over a long period of time, and with the help of a strong social media strategy.
Once you’ve established a sizable following, you can advertise to thousands of people for free simply by making a social media post!
9. Targeting: Social media experts know who’s on what platform and at what time. They also have a wealth of information on social media users’ interests, buying habits, and more. With all this information, they can create target audiences tailored perfectly to your brand. Whether you’re targeting specific Facebook groups, certain Instagram shoppers, younger audiences on Snapchat, or even informational bloggers on LinkedIn, these platforms allow you to reach the exact audience you’re looking for. This ensures the people you are advertising to are those who are most likely to be genuinely interested in your product.
10. Crisis Management: Bad press can destroy a business. Online marketing experts are there to provide an immediate response to concerns and criticisms. Never let a bad review go unremedied!
11. Increase website traffic: It’s not enough to sit and hope people will find your website on their own. You need to lead them there! Social media experts craft content and advertisements to direct customers to your website from all across your social networks.
12. Increase engagement: Interaction with your followers can turn them into customers and can turn customers into repeat customers! With the help of an expert from a marketing agency, you can reach more leads across all of your social media channels.
Social media experts encourage engagement in the form of likes, comments, and shares, which in turn encourages customer loyalty. 53% of Americans who follow brands on social media are reported to be more loyal to those brands. Likewise, 90% of businesses have reported increased exposure from social media!
13. Modernization: Once upon a time, TV, Magazine, billboard, and radio ads were enough. Now, business owners have to adopt social media marketing strategies for their companies to keep up in the modern age. After all, social media is proven to now be more efficient than other forms of advertising.
14. Save money: Everyone wants to see results without spending too much money. If done correctly, social media marketing can do just that! Not only is social media more effective than other forms of advertising, but it’s more affordable too!
15. Analytic lens: So you have results, now what? A social media expert can tell you what those results mean and how to change your strategy if the results aren’t what you want them to be.
Are your leads not turning into sales? Are your boosted posts not getting the engagement you want? A dedicated social media expert will get you the results you need!
16. #Hashtags: The right hashtags can encourage organic awareness for your brand. Hashtags are also useful for organizing photos from events and helping businesses find their audience. Experts know which tags to use and when!
17. Cut out the waste: Social media experts can optimize ads and quickly learn from data sets. They can ensure you don’t waste any ad dollars through A/B split testing.
A/B split testing is when two or more versions of an ad are tested against one another to figure out which one is more effective.
18. Use data to your advantage: Facebook marketing gives you access to massive quantities of data via audience insights. Social media experts can combine this information with their own data to put your business at an advantage.
For example, an expert can target a Facebook ad specifically to users who have already clicked on your website and have a history of making online purchases.
19. Go viral: Viral social media content is like word of mouth advertising for the 21st century. 92% of people trust recommendations from individuals over brands. Just imagine what thousands of shares and retweets can do for your business!
20. Personalization: Few advertising platforms offer the level of personalization social media advertising allows. Geo-targeting and other features allow social media marketers to personalize content and ads for different sections of your target audience.
21. Track ROI: It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what your return on investment is when it comes to social media marketing. An expert knows what to look at and how to calculate results.
Social Media marketing is extremely trackable. A skilled social media marketer can measure sales, website traffic, app downloads, email subscriptions, and more. Plus they can compare results to the amount of time and money spent to determine ROI.
22. Necessity: People research everything online first, so if your business isn’t active on social media, no one will take it seriously. It takes more than just having a Facebook page; it takes an active and successful digital presence. When your business shows up well on social media, your services can even carry into Google search engine results.
23. Experience: Social media marketing experts have experience. They know how to create ads, optimize your campaign, and scale it! They know what works and what doesn’t based on industry experience. That isn’t something you can learn just from Googling it.
24. Measurement & Reporting: There are a many elements to analyze and data points available to pull on social media. For some, it can take hours to properly track, measure and analyze correctly. Having an expert who knows which data points are most valuable and develop monthly reports for the business is critical. Also, experts have the ability to determine whether or not the social media marketing campaign is headed in the positive or negative direction and can offer assistance on how to game plan for the upcoming month.
25. Voice: Consistency is key! Having an expert craft your business’s posts can ensure a consistent voice across all content. Is your brand witty? Serious? Punny? A social media expert will be sure to embody your brand’s personality.
26. Precise audience targeting: When you launch an ad on television, you don’t get much control over who sees it. You just have to hope your target audience is watching the right channel at the right time.
With social media ads, a strategist can pinpoint your perfect audience based on an extensive bank of data. Once an audience has been optimized, the ads will be shown to just the right people. This way you don’t have to waste money showing ads to people they don’t apply to.
27. Competitor analysis: One great feature of social media is that it doesn’t just connect you to your audience, it connects you to your competition as well. Social media experts can analyze your competitors’ accounts to find out what strategies work for them and where their weak points are.
28. Relaxation: Social media management and marketing can be stressful. However, it’s easy for someone who has devoted their life to it. Sit back, relax, and leave the hard work to your social media expert!
29. Instant feedback: Commercials take a long time to plan and even more time to start generating responses. With social media, posts can be instant. This allows your brand to capitalize on current events in real time and start tracking responses right away.
With the undelayed communication available through internet marketing, the possibilities are endless!
30. Rapidly expanding field: Commercials and billboards alone will no longer suffice without working in conjunction with social media. Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users while Facebook added more than 200 million users in less than a year!
A social media expert can modernize your business’s marketing strategies. They will also continuously update strategies as social media platforms grow and evolve.
31. Storytelling: A social media expert has the ability to tell a story in 140 characters or less. That’s a feat in and of itself!
There is a very distinct skill set associated with social media marketing. Being a good writer isn’t enough. Social media experts are more than just good writers. They also know how to cater language to specific target audiences and how to convey a lot of information in a brief tweet or Instagram caption.
32. Advertise without being obvious: People reject advertisements because they see them as an attempt to control how they think or act. Social media advertisements, however, can work around this phenomenon.
Sponsored posts look like your friends’ posts on Instagram or Facebook. This technique makes your audience less likely to reject your ads. A social media expert is skilled at writing ads that don’t sound like ads. This way they can generate more leads and sales than traditional advertisements.
33. Motivation: You can’t keep up with social media if you aren’t motivated to do so. You have to enjoy it to be good at it because there’s always something changing and something new to learn.
A new platform can basically revolutionize the field overnight. Remember when MySpace ruled the pre-Facebook social media experience? Social media experts become experts because they have the motivation to keep up.
34. Save time: Social media management is extremely time-consuming. Leave it to an expert who has the time to devote to it because it’s their job.
For a business, the opportunity cost of having someone skilled in something else spend too much time on social media can mean you’re actually losing money. You’re better off hiring an expert.
35. Complicated terms and conditions: Does anyone actually read Facebook or Twitter’s terms and conditions? Yes! Your social media marketing managers do.
Experts make themselves aware of even the most extensive and convoluted rules. They can ensure your business’s page won’t be blocked for violating even the weirdest terms. For example, did you know Facebook does not allow ads with images that contain over 20% text?
And aside from these complicated terms, data privacy has also been a concern last year. In fact, 22% of online marketers say that data security, ad blocking and restrictions in tracking have the biggest impression in their businesses this past year. If you have a social media expert working for your business, you can be assured that they can pull off your ad strategies without those tracking and privacy issues. Why? Well, again simply because they keep themselves updated with these regulations.
36. Business savviness: Social media for business is very different from personal social media use. Someone whose knowledge of social media management comes entirely from their personal account would not begin to understand the world of boosted posts, SEO, and lead campaigns. Every business needs SEO, whether they realize it or not!
It takes an expert to know both the personal and business end of social media and to know when to employ which strategies.
37. Constant contact: Social media allows you to remain in constant contact with your customers/fanbase. You can respond to comments, answer questions, and remove spam in real time.
Having a social media specialist managing your business’s accounts means there will always be someone there to let your audience know there’s a person on the other side.
38. Influencer marketing: 84% of marketers plan on executing at least one influencer marketing campaign this year. If you want your business to keep up, you need to adopt the same strategies.
Social media experts are ahead of the curve when it comes to influencer marketing. They can track down the perfect influencer to benefit your business!
So there you have it, that’s 38 reasons why you should hire a social media expert to help your business grow today!