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Advice Social Media Marketing: Small Businesses

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It is not easy to market a small business via social media. Many social media channels are saturated in content today.

And you never hear that the “algorithm” is making it It’s easier Right?

You must have a strategy in place to be successful on social media for small businesses.

So, today we’re sharing the top 15 inexpensive ways to not only succeed but Profit Social media marketing is a great way to market a small business. Follow this guide step by step to get some great tools for your small business.

Let’s get started!

Here are 15 things to do when marketing a small business on social media

1. Get to know your target audience


If you don’t know who your target audience is, you’re not going to succeed as a business- let alone on social media.

Two things are required for your target audience: they must be specific and easily identifiable.

Your target audience is not “everyone.” It’s also not “women ages 35+ in the U.S.” Descriptors like that are still too broad.

How do they relate to your products or services? This is the best way to determine your target audience.

Why should they purchase your product? What are their reasons for using your service and product?

Do you want to accomplish a particular goal? To solve a particular problem.

So that you are able to reach the right audience, write down five of your business goals as well as five pain points.

This will enable you to establish relationships with your customers and get to know them better.

2. Choose the right platform


Once you’ve got a grasp on who your target audience is, it’s time to figure out where they spend most of their time.

Are you able to find it on Facebook? What about Instagram? TikTok? LinkedIn?



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You don’t want to waste time investing your efforts and limited resources into a social media platform that doesn’t hold a high percentage of your target market.

It is important to select the right social media platform for your audience.

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3. Run a Competitor Analysis


A competitor analysis is a great practice when marketing small businesses on social media.

This means researching your competitors to see if they’re on social media and if so, how well they’re doing.

It is possible to learn from the success of your competitors. And poorly. You’ll learn what tactics to implement and which to stay away from.

The reason it’s good to run a competitor analysis is because you can effectively market. Because you are part of a targeted market, this makes it possible to do so. Paying attention to what’s working well for them will tell you what your target audience likes and dislikes.

This should guide your social media strategy.

4. A list of ideas for content creation


Your list of your target market’s goals and pain points as well as your competitor analysis should inform the type of content you intend to create.

Super quick, if you’ve never considered influencer marketing or brand ambassadors, now is the time! They guarantee engagement and quality content, as well as helping you reach new people.

You don’t want to create content that’s about you. You want to create content that’s about your audience.

Posts that are centered around how great your business name is will garner less engagement than posts that speak directly to your audience’s goals and pain points.

So, take the market research you’ve done up to this point and list at least five topics or content ideas that you think will resonate with your audience.

After you’ve tested those five content ideas out for 30 days, keep the top-performing topics in your calendar and rotate out the rest with some fresh ideas.

Keep doing it over and again to ensure that your content is always fresh. This will keep you relevant to your audience.

5. A Brand Guide is created


The brand guide describes how your content should look. You can include your logo and brand colors as well as fonts.

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You will also find instructions on how to use them and what they can be used together.

If you’re not sure how to create a visual branding guide, check out that blog post.

A brand guide will help ensure your content is consistent, identifiable and branded no matter what person you have working on it.

Consistent branding in your social media posts will help you build brand recognition among your followers.

Brand nurture is key to sales.

6. Make short videos


When it comes to short-form media content, there are lots of marketing options. Short-form videos like TikToks or Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts are currently the most popular media types.

Some small businesses have seen viral growth due to short-form video.

Imagine your brand suddenly having thousands or hundreds of thousands of eyes on it.

You can post short videos. Short videos will be supported better by an algorithm than static images.

If you’ve never used Instagram Reels or Facebook Reels but want to get started, check out those blog posts. This blog can help you get started in TikTok Marketing.

If you’re not sure what kind of short videos to post, you can check out our top 25 TikTok Ideas for Businesses that Are Applicable to All Three Platforms

7. You can go live


Consumers today care more about authenticity and transparency of brands. It doesn’t get much more transparent than going live.

Going live means you’ll be filming live in real-time, and viewers will be watching and responding live in real-time.

This makes it easy for consumers to trust your brand and make connections with you in a rwise edited and filtered world.

If going live intimidates you or if you’re not exactly sure what to go live about, check out our blog on live streaming to help get you started.

8. Post Stories


Stories can be found on almost all social media platforms.


Stories don’t take up a permanent place on your feed. Instead, they stay visible for 24 hours, unless you remove them from your highlights.

Another great method to share authentic, real content is through stories. They are less scripted and more natural than your feed posts.

Stories are another option to help you content stack. Content stacking refers to when one piece of content is used to promote another.

Stories can be used by small businesses for announcements such as a new post to their Facebook feed or a YouTube video, or a blog post.

Sharing stories on Stories can help break through algorithm noise, and keep your brand front-and-center for your followers.

9. Make Content in a Month Ahead


It’s no secret that small business owners are busy (to say the least).

Startup entrepreneurs, especially, have often had to take on many roles until they could form a cohesive team.

Create your social media content calendar for the month of January to save time, stress and money.

You can make sure that you have an experienced social media manager managing it. They Make sure to plan your month ahead!

This ensures consistent content publishing. Out sick one day? Struck with writer’s block? Are you running out of ideas?

You don’t have to worry about scrambling to push a social media post out the day of.

It’s already been created and set up a month prior!

You also have the option to edit or change things as you need them throughout the month by planning ahead.

10. Cross-Promote Content


As you grow with the latest trends, you’ll likely start to take on multiple marketing channels if you haven’t already.

Work smarter not harder and make sure you’re cross-promoting your content! You should make sure that your YouTube followers are following you on Instagram, and vice versa.

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Your LinkedIn followers should be notified if you share exclusive content!

Cross-promoting can be one of the easiest ways to get the most out of every social media platform’s follower base.

11. Take care of your Instagram Feed


Particularly Instagram is one of (if not the) most popular social media platforms. The Most) social media sites are visual or aesthetic.

It is not uncommon for creators or businesses to be intentional about how their social media feeds (aka videos and thumbnails) appear on the profile landing page.

The reason is because it’s often the difference in whether you get a follow or not!

Even if your industry is not “artsy,” you can still ensure your feed looks put together and cohesive as opposed to outdated and sloppy.

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Using too many stock images, photos that aren’t high resolution or photos of every color under the sun outside of your brand guide will result in an ugly feed.

A bad feed is not going to get you noticed. So make sure you’re intentional with the way your Instagram feed looks.

12. Pay for social ads


Facebook was a paid-to-play site for quite some time, but other social media platforms now follow its lead.

Don’t get us wrong, short-form videos have made it a lot easier to get organic reach on every platform again.

A paid advertising budget is still possible to get more views and followers. You can use this if your budget is tight or limited. This can be used for Facebook, Instagram, Google, Video, Email, and other advertising platforms.

Email marketing is an excellent way to retain customers. All you’ll need is an email marketing platform, an email list and from there you can send email ads, building your target audience. This is a good alternative to direct mailing.

You can find ad campaigns that optimize for online business sales and lead completions.

You’ll want to take advantage of these marketing campaign objectives to see maximum results from not just your followers, but your target audience in general on the platform.

You may feel that you are in need of a This blog post contains a tutorial on social media advertising to get you started.

13. Monitor Your Engagement Daily


The more you grow, the more engagement and lead generations you’ll receive. Engagement includes more than likes and shares. This includes direct messages, comments, and even suggestions.

On some platforms, your DMs then break up into separate folders like “Request” DMs vs your already-accepted DMs and so on.

You’ll want to take part in reputation management and make sure you’re responding to every legitimate comment and DM you receive. If it’s a spammy comment, you can like it or “heart” it and move on.

If it’s an inappropriate comment or DM, you can delete and block it if necessary. However, for every legitimate message you need to respond,

You should also respond in 24 hours.

Some social media platforms offer an auto-response feature where followers can at least receive a message that says…

…“Thank you for sending! A team member will follow up with you as soon as possible.”

This is a great marketing automation option for business owners who don’t have a lot of time to answer messages every day…

…because the sender feels acknowledged at the bare minimum while they wait to hear from you.

Either way, you’ll want to carve out time to monitor and respond to your engagement daily.

Customers love social media because they can directly connect to brands.

If you’re not actively responding to your followers, you’ll likely lose out on them as both a follower and a customer.

Customer reviews and online reviews are another great way to keep your customers happy. You can gain insight into your customer’s buying habits by allowing them to review your product/services.

14. Make Your Platform Analytics Familiar


Each platform on social media comes completely unattached with an analytics tool.

Oftentimes, business owners can get lost in the fun and creative aspect of social media, but it’s important to keep constant contact with the analytical aspect as well.

Analytics will tell you how many followers you’re gaining each month, and of those, what your engagement rate is like.

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It’ll tell you when the best time to post is based on when your followers are online and so much more.



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When it comes to marketing a small business on social media, whether or not it’s a new business, you want to let data over “feelings” guide your decisions.

Smart, profitable decisions can be made by letting your social media analytics guide your social media marketing decisions.

15. You can measure your ROI


Ultimately, you’re marketing a small business on social media because you’re hoping to make money from those efforts, right?

Measure your return on investment after three months have passed since you implemented your local SEO/social media marketing strategy.

SEO ROI promises a higher return on your investment. Most company’s have come to the conclusion that search engine optimization is key if you want to thrive on the Internet.

Check Google Analytics and ensure that you’re receiving sales, generating leads or both directly from the social media platforms you’re active on.

If you’re not, you may need to pivot your strategy. If you are, then it may be time to scale and invest more into what’s working.

Either way, don’t fly blindly and continue on with your social media marketing business plan without measuring your ROI.

Ensure that your efforts pay off.

Check out our social marketing services if you are looking for more assistance with your small business’s social media marketing. These services are the focus of our digital marketing agency and we would love to assist you.

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