Have you ever watched an episode of MythBusters? Well, if you haven’t, it’s a TV series that puts some of the world’s most iconic scenes, phrases, and myths to the test and challenges their truth. In today’s blog, we’ll do something similar and put some of the biggest social media myths to the test.
1. Social Media Can’t Drive Sales
We’ve heard this one before: Social media can’t drive sales. But the fact is, this isn’t true. Social media can and does drive sales – the key is to post quality content regularly. If you frequently post content that your followers genuinely enjoy, they will become engaged and interested. An audience that is engaged and interested will foster stronger customer relationships and enhance brand awareness – which all leads to increases in sales.
2. Followers Are the Best Metrics to Track
Contrary to popular belief, followers are not the best metric to track. Don’t get me wrong, followers are good metrics since you need to have a following to be successful in the first place. BUT, they’re not great metrics as they are generally only vanity metrics and don’t directly affect the success of your social media strategy. So, what is a great metric? The most important metric you can rely on is the engagement rate of your content and click-through and bounce rates. Even with a small social media following, you can be successful if you are directly connecting and engaging with your followers and they’re engaging back. These engagements turn your audience into loyal followers, long-term paying customers, and even brand advocates!
3. You Need to Be on Every Channel
The belief that businesses that engage in social media need to be on every social media channel couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, being on every social media channel could potentially do more harm than good for you, especially if it’s a channel that’s costing you more than you reap.
Not every single social media channel is going to provide you with the same success and you can’t always expend your efforts on every viable project or channel – which is why you need to strategically select which channels to be on.
Think about your target audience. Where are they more likely to spend their time? Which platform are they most engaged with? Consider their demographics and the type of product or service you provide, and this should lead you to determine the channels you should focus your efforts o
Now, we’ve just debunked some of the greatest social media myths and proved them wrong. While the world of social media still has many more mysterious and myths to be debunked, that will be saved for another day.