If your SME business still lacks a social media presence, while your customers are actively using it, there is a great chance that they are buying from your competitors rather than you!
If you do have a social media presence but lack strategy, then without doubt you’ll be finding it hard to generate the return on investment!
With just a couple of weeks to go before we roll into 2016, it’s a good time to look back at what worked thus far and what new trends are likely to emerge that can potentially impact the buying behavior of our customers on social media channels.
If you have tried the regular way of social media posting – telling about a service and linking the post back to the website, try giving this a shot!
Story-telling in social media can be interesting and done in a number of way. Such as a series of catchy posts leading up to a big event or accomplishment for your business. This creates a beginning, climax and end to a post and gives your fans something to look forward to and get them coming back to your page.
Social media pages are treated as any other page on the web!
If a search query matches the content of a social media page, it will show in search results increasing your chances to get more click-through and traffic to your social media page, which can then be directed to your website!
So, as a SME business owner what do you need to do to keep up with the social media trend in 2016?
Growing your number of real targeted followers, getting a diverse number of external inbound links, optimising the post for searches, social shares, locally optimising the posts and increasing your reputation on social media, can all slowly add up to result in better Google ranking!
3. Complement Marketing with User Generated Content
How will this emerging social media trend impact small businesses?
While it is easier for large corporate companies to adapt this with larger budget, what does rise of ‘Live streaming’ in-the-moment updates mean for a SME business owner? This means its high-time to capitalise visual marketing and gear up to show the human side of your business to your customers.
This could include behind the scene shots, sneak peek into up-coming products, tutorials and webinars, real time question and answer sessions with your social media fan base and offering time sensitive discounts and offers.
5. Assure Privacy Protection
This year you may have seen SnapChat’s rise to popularity, one of the reasons being its secure environment for communication. Similarly, Facebook also rolled a new set of privacy awareness tool in 2015.
Moving towards 2016, the rise in the privacy concerns of social media users will require businesses to back off their intrusive marketing methods and respect their user’s privacy more.
What do you need to do to keep up with this social media trend in 2016?
6. Leverage From Search Made Through Social Networks
Users are searching for products and services directly from Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube because they are relying more on product reviews, feedback and testimonials that can be easily found on such social networks. Additionally, users find videos and image based information more credible.
As a SME business owner what do you need to do to leverage from this update? With the holiday season approaching fast, expect more people to search for discount deals, special offers, and gift ideas, make sure to redefine your keywords and hashtags and share information such as promotional codes and product reviews more frequently on social media. This will increase your chances to turn up in local searches made within a given social media channel.
Some of the other trends that will lead the way are Facebook and Pinterest “Buy Buttons” that allow users to make a single click and complete a purchase.
2016 will see a rise in brand story-telling and use of rich content as a unique and original way to get closer to your customers and develop brand authority! Small business will up their budget on social media ads, make privacy protection a priority and consumers will be using social media through their mobiles to search for local business online.
We hope now you have found the answers to the following questions:
What are the top social media marketing trends to look out for my small business?
How will emerging social media trends will impact my online business?
What can I do to keep up with the social media trends in 2016?
Do I need to have different outsourcing partners for SEO & Social Media in 2016?
Don’t forget to keep out an eye for my next article in which ill discuss “How Social Selling will change your small business in 2016.”
With less than a month to go before the year ends, this is high-time for you as a forward looking SME business owner to take a leap and get ahead of your online competitors by adopting these leading Social Media Marketing trends. Remember! The ultimate bottom line is to convert more leads for your business online! With Facebook providing incentive to business owners with new tools to manage communications on Facebook business page, Google partnering with Twitter and showing Google Plus posts in search results, social media marketing can no longer be overlooked by small business owners.
If you are wondering: Do I need to have different outsourcing partners for SEO & Social Media in 2016?
The answer is NO! The simple reason being that social media marketing is an integral part of SEO, both aiming towards one goal: Growing your online business! Assigning the job to two different partners cannot work as well as having one outsourcing partner who understand all aspects of your business.
Make sure your outsourcing company is well-versed with the ever evolving trends in the online landscape and can help you achieve your online marketing goals.
If you are a SME business owner looking for a partner to outsource social media marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation and content marketing that is up to the mark and in line with the latest technology trends then we can help you succeed in 2016 and beyond!
At SolomoIT, we are a team of digital marketing and website design and development professionals, actively integrating latest technology trends serving a diverse client base comprising of small and medium business in Australia for more than a decade.
With an Australian based sales & marketing staff focus and with our own technical team of experts based in Sri Lanka, we are well positioned to support with your local needs and marketplace capitalising on our cost-effective off-shore business model.
Want your business to thrive online, then Contact us to book your free one hour consultation on how your SME business can leverage social media marketing to increase your company’s bottom line in 2016 and beyond.