Top 9 best social media platforms for your business
Social media platforms are no longer for personal use only. Now, businesses and brands use social media as a part of their customer nurturing, client acquisition, marketing, and branding. A business, whether a small business or big corporation cannot afford to not be on social media platforms.
Undoubtedly, Facebook is by far the biggest social media platforms. It is not only popular for personal use but for business as well. also, Facebook allows you to create a Facebook business page. They have also introduced a “Facebook local” option which is great for local businesses and local SEO. Thus, Every business should use their Facebook business page to engage with clients and prospects. So, use your page to share company news, valuable industry related information, behind the scenes pictures, new product launch, and more. Therefore, your business must have an updated Facebook business page and is not an option but mandatory.
Twitter allows you to connect with your clients and prospects in 140 characters. It is the platform for businesses to communicate live with their followers; like texting. Using Twitter for business gives your company or brand a personal interaction. You can also use Twitter to advertise specials, events, company news, and more.
Although Google+ is not so much used as a social media platform it cannot be ignored by businesses due to SEO ranking. The platform is owned by Google, the biggest online search engine. For a business, especially local business not to have an updated business Google+ page is just an SEO no, no. Share professional information on this platform; videos are also great here.
Yes, Pinterest is not just for clothes and food recipes. Pinterest is actually one of the biggest growing social media platforms and underused by businesses and brands. Pinterest can be utilized by any type of business, not only because it now allows direct shopping options but for its SEO power. If you don’t have a business Pinterest page, get one today.
Okay, Snapchat is a tricky one, but it has grown greatly in 2016. Businesses and brands use it for behind the scenes updates, quick look at new product launches and just checking in videos. Snapchat does have a millennial audience so if that is your target, open an account immediately.
LinkedIn is the social media platform for professionals. You need to have a personal page and a business LinkedIn page. It is the place for more professional content and serious conversations. Your personal page should be current and your business page should be updated with fresh content. The SEO power of LinkedIn is also big, so don’t miss out.
Instagram is all about images so get creative and share breathtaking pictures. You could share product images, people interacting with your products, behind the scenes, and more. Instagram is very visual and all about the hashtags. Your business should connect with influencers, connect with their followers, and use geotagging for local SEO.
YouTube is all about videos and people have even created TV channels for their brands and business on it. Think about it, you can create hundreds of videos and host them for free. Also, let’s not forget Google, the biggest online search engine owns the platforms, making it an SEO must. You can record mini “how to” videos, commercials, etc. Thus, every business needs to have a YouTube channel and create some quality videos for it.
Periscope is a live stream channel that allows you to connect instantly with your audience. Think about Periscope as your business’ free TV channel. The live streaming is great for Q&A platforms and fun behind the scenes videos. In 2016 your business must have a Periscope channel as live streaming social media platforms have become very powerful.
It is clear that social media engagement on social media platforms is no longer optional for businesses and brands. Some small business and medium size business have failed to realize that. Social media is a part of big corporate’s business and marketing plan and budget because it works.
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