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Ask a Marketer: Which social channel should I focus on?

First, consider your audience — and why you think your company needs to be using social media to begin with, columnist Sean Sutherland advises.

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Ask Sean a marketing Q

Q: Which social channel should I focus on?

A: There’s no shortage of social media platforms to spend your time on, especially considering the investment that Meta (formerly Facebook) has made in developing the metaverse. With the popularity of the video platform TikTok not abating, and with brands recognizing the true potential of connecting with their customers, there’s never a bad time to focus on expanding your social media marketing efforts.

At a startup, or a company at really any stage of development, your time is pulled in several different directions so when considering what social channels to focus on, distill it down to two questions:

  • What’s the purpose of your social media marketing efforts?
  • What network has the best chance of getting me/my company/my product in front of my target customer?

Depending on your answers to the above questions, that’s where you should focus your efforts.

I’m a firm believer, as well, in the notion of whole-assing one thing instead of half-assing multiple things, so it might be best to focus on one or two core platforms first before trying to build out presences on all the other sites. The worst thing you can do is recycle content from one platform to another; it doesn’t work. Trust me on this. Each individual platform has it’s own quirks, and a simple copy-paste or scheduling through Hootsuite is going to make it look like you can’t speak on any of them.

For instance, if you’re looking to connect with a younger audience, consider TikTok or Instagram. Older, go Facebook. And if you have the budget and are going to connect on a more B2B level, LinkedIn’s the route to go.

The most important thing though to ask yourself before taking the plunge is this: Why am I bothering to be on a social media platform to begin with? There has to be a reason, and for the most part, you’ll at least come away with an answer like: my customers are there and I want to have a better connection to them.

If you’re consistent enough, give them a reason to come back to your account, you’ll have not wasted your efforts.

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