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3 Reasons Why Social Media May Not Be Helping Your Business Grow

3 Reasons Why Social Media May Not Be Helping Your Business Grow

We live in a social media driven world. If you look to your left or your right, you will see how social media is impacting your world. With this increase in social media usage many brands both large and small are beginning to feel the pressure of joining social media.

1. Not knowing your audience

Every day a new business joins Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the list goes on. While joining can be exciting, you must have a strategy ready to be executed.  Although it has almost become imperative for businesses to join social media, it is important to remember that not all social media sites are created equal. You must know your audience.

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Knowing your audience is important in all facets of marketing but it’s especially important when determining your social media presence. Not knowing your audience could have you in a space that you don’t belong. For example, if you are trying to target retires you probably have no reason to join snapchat or Instagram. Before you join any site, research the audience then determine if that audience matches yours. 23.68 billion dollars is spent each year on social media advertising. A moderate percentage of that money is wasted because some advertisers don’t do their due diligence.

There are several varying types of social media to pick from when determining your brand’s place online and making sure that you’re in the right place, at the right time. For example: if your business is focused on the gaming industry then it would be important to make sure that your business has a presence in online gaming communities. If your business is focused on professional development than it would be important for you to be involved in business communities. If your business goal is to get more interaction, then perhaps the more popular social media sites are what best fits your company landscape.

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2. Lack of Purposeful Engagement

In addition to knowing your audience you must also know why you are joining a particular social media site. Are you joining to promote, advertise, engage or listen? If you don’t know why you are joining you won’t have any insight on what you are going to say or do once you join. As a business owner you must have a purpose behind what you do in order to effectively measure results.

If you are unsure of which social media sites (if any) are right for your brand there are a variety of social tools available that tell you not only how well you are doing but offers suggestions on how you can improve engagement, best times to be active and what posts are most successful. These tools combined with your own market research can have your brand well on your way to a successful social media campaign.

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3. Wasting Time Thinking Through the Process

One of the biggest mistakes; however, that you can make is simply wasting time thinking through the process. If after you’ve done all your research you are still unable to determine which sites you should build your presence on then perhaps you can just simply run some testing.

Give any social media channel of your desire a shot and see how well it goes. If it fail, that’s okay. If it does well that’s even better but one of the biggest mistakes you can do is allow the fear of striking out to keep you out of the game.

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Think out the box, be willing to grow, be willing to learn and if all else fails, don’t fret because it’s better to have failed trying than to simply spend your valuable business resources not trying at all.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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