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7 Ways to Successfully Advertise on Social Media

7 Ways to Successfully Advertise on Social Media

If you’re an entrepreneur, it’s no secret that you’re going to end up relying heavily on your online presence to get your business noticed. But you can’t just haphazardly start up a Facebook page and think that you’ll immediately gain a following. Just like all other aspects of a business, marketing and advertising on Facebook and other social media pages must be done methodically if you want to get your company off the ground. As long as you follow these maxims, your company should eventually start to experience exponential growth.

1. Listen to your audience

Your customer base is, obviously, the entire reason your company exists in the first place. But your audience won’t stick around for long if you only tell them what you think they want to hear instead of actually listening to them. Pay attention to what they like about your online campaigns and make sure you keep moving in that direction. More importantly, recognize your audience’s complaints about your product or company, and do what you can to alleviate their issues.

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2. Target a specific audience

It might be tempting to cast a wide net, knowing that potentially millions of people may be exposed to your company. But of those millions, how many people will have a use for what you’re offering? Instead, focus on the specific demographic that will best benefit from your product or service. Rather than spreading your business too thin trying to cater to everyone’s needs, focus on making your service available to as many people in your target demographic as possible.

3. Value quality over quantity

You don’t want to cast a wide net, and you definitely don’t want to overexpose yourself. More content certainly does not mean better content. In my personal experience, and I’m sure many of you can agree, the more posts I see from a Facebook page or Twitter feed in a day, the more likely I am to unfollow it—especially if the posts are riddled with typos and were obviously rushed out to capitalize on a trending piece of news. Don’t produce clickbait. You may get an initial rush of hits to your site, but you’ll end up losing followers in the process. Instead, focus on creating powerful, well put-together content that authentically engages your audience.

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4. Be persistent

Like I said in the intro: If think you can just create a Facebook page and immediately go viral, your thoughts have been tricked by one too many get-rich-quick schemes. You have to be in it for the long haul if you want to experience the type of success all entrepreneurs dream of. This means building a following from the ground up. Don’t be discouraged if you only have a few dozen followers in your first week. Think about it, if all 50 of your current followers tell three of their friends about your page, you’ll have 200 followers next week. Then they tell three friends and…well, you see where I’m going. The larger your following is, the more likely your quality content is to go viral in the long run.

5. Seek out the influencers

One of the greatest things about social media is that it’s easy to reach out to those who have already established themselves in your industry. Even though they most likely are incredibly busy, some top players are more than happy to share their insight with you, whether it’s through their own website, ebook, or mailing list. On the one hand, they’re paying it forward, knowing they were once budding entrepreneurs like just like you. On the other hand, they’re establishing yet another authentic customer (you) who will respect the product they’re selling: themselves. Of course, you also want to reach out to them to show what you bring to the table as well. You never know when a connection you’ve made will propel your business into the upper echelon.

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6. Cooperate with your competition

It is obvious you will not be offering a product or service that isn’t original, innovative, or can otherwise improve the lives of your target demographic in some way. But it’s unhealthy for your company to not acknowledge the other major players in your industry. For example, when Sony launched the PS4 in 2013, the people behind the Microsoft Xbox’s Twitter page sent out a congratulatory message to the rival company. Instead of adopting an adversarial mindset for your business, acknowledge your competitors’ accomplishments. By doing so, you show your audience that you’re a fan of innovation within your industry, even if it doesn’t come from your own company.

7. Be personable

Having an online hub for your company allows you to connect with your audience like never before. You have the potential to forge actual, authentic relationships with your customers in a way that simply wasn’t possible with mail-in satisfaction surveys. Because of this, you have to prepare to be accessible to your audience at almost any given time. And you can’t be robotic, either. Just because you run a company doesn’t mean you’re not a person; be personable with your audience. They’ll recognize the authenticity, and will hold your company in a higher regard because of it.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

“If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

3. Go to All Office Networking Events

Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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4. Show Initiative

Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

7. Find a Mentor

With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

9. Set Your Professional Bar High

Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

The Bottom Line

Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

“Half of life is showing up.”

The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

Remember, your career is your business!

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