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3 Big Social Media Mistakes Your Business Might Be Making

As a small business owner, you know that having a strong social media presence is crucial for connecting with your local community, building brand awareness, and driving sales.

However, social media changes can be exhausting at times, especially for small businesses, artisans, crafters, and local market vendors who may be new to digital marketing.

Here are three social media mistakes we see small business may be making on social media.

Mistake #1: Not Understanding Your Audience

One of the most common problems for small businesses on social media is a lack of understanding their target audience.

It's not enough to create a bunch of accounts on every platform and start posting - you need to deeply understand who your ideal customers are, what they care about, and where they spend their time online.

1. Ask yourself, "Who is my ideal customer?"

What is your ideal customers age, gender, location, interests, pain points, and buying behaviors. This will help you tailor your content and messaging to resonate with the specific needs and preferences of your target audience rather than throwing ideas at a wall hoping one will stick.

Have a conversation with Chat GPT. Use this prompt: "I need to generate my buyer persona. What are some questions I should consider?"

2. Aligning Your Platforms

Next, research which social media platforms your audience is most active on.

For example, a local artisan selling handmade jewelry may find greater success on visual-driven platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, while a B2B small business offering professional services may do well on LinkedIn.

Align your social media presence with the platforms your customers frequent, rather than trying to be everywhere at once. That in itself can be super exhausting.

3. Crafting Relevant Content

Once you've identified your target audience and the best social channels to reach them, focus on creating content that genuinely resonates with them.

Share behind-the-scenes glimpses of your creative process, showcase your products in action, or provide valuable tips and insights related to your industry.

Do NOT oversell, instead, aim to educate, entertain, and/or engage your followers.

Mistake #2: Skipping a Social Media Plan

Another common pitfall for small businesses is the lack of a well-defined social media strategy.

Without a clear plan in place, your efforts can quickly become ineffective, and a drain on your valuable time and resources.

1. Establishing Your Goals

Start by clearly defining your social media goals. Are you aiming to increase brand awareness, drive website traffic, generate leads, or boost sales?

Having a specific, measurable objective will help you create a more focused strategy and track your progress over time.

2. Create a Content Calendar

Develop a content calendar that outlines the type of posts you'll share, the frequency of your updates, and the best times to reach your audience. Consistency is key when it comes to social media, so strive to post at regular intervals, whether that's daily, weekly, or a few times per week.

Here at Miami Friendors, we like to work two weeks out on our content calendar. That doesn't mean that the content is completed. It just means we know what's coming in the next few days.

Here's a BTS of our calendar:

Mistake #3: Failing to Engage with Your Audience

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes small businesses make on social media is not actively engaging with their followers.

Social media is, after all, a two-way street - it's not enough to simply post content and expect your audience to interact.

1. Responding to Comments and Messages

Make it a priority to respond promptly to any comments, questions, or direct messages from your followers. This not only helps build trust and loyalty, but it also signals to the social media algorithms that your content is valuable and engaging.

2. Participating in Conversations

Go beyond just responding to your own followers and actively engage with others in your industry or local community.

This can help you expand your reach, create new connections, and position your business as a trusted authority in your field.

3. Leveraging User-Generated Content

Encourage your followers to share their own content featuring your products or services. This user-generated content not only helps to spread awareness of your brand, but it also gives your audience a sense of ownership and investment in your success.

Optimizing Your Social Media Presence for Maximum Impact

1. Crafting Visually Compelling Content

In social media, visual content reigns supreme.

Whether you're sharing product photos, behind-the-scenes videos, or eye-catching graphics, always make sure your visuals are high-quality, on-brand, and optimized for each platform's preferred aspect ratios and file sizes.

2. Collaborating with Influencers and Complementary Brands

Partnering with local influencers, complementary small businesses, or community organizations can help you expand your reach and tap into new audiences.

3. Investing in Paid Social Advertising

While organic social media efforts are essential, don't be afraid to supplement your strategy with targeted paid advertising.

Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn all offer powerful advertising tools that can help you reach your ideal customers and drive tangible results.

4. Continuously Analyzing and Adapting Your Approach

Social media is a constantly evolving so it's crucial to regularly review your performance, identify what's working (and what's not), and make adjustments to your strategy accordingly. Experiment with new ideas, and be willing to pivot when necessary.

By mastering these social media strategies, you'll position your small business for long-term success and ensure that your presence is a powerful driver of growth, engagement, and community connection.


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