Which Social Media Platform Should Your Business Use?

02 April, 2015

Does your business need to be on social media? Definitely.

Is it a must? Definitely.

Do you have to? You bet.

Do you need to have an account on every social platform out there? No, you don’t.

You only need to be on the social platforms that are relevant to your buyer persona.

I get asked these questions so many times by clients, and because it is such an important detail, I thought it might be helpful if I lay out the basic use of the most popular social media platforms available on the market.

Before I begin, here is a list of questions that I want business owners or marketing executives to think about; Describe your buyer personas. Try it. Try it now. Describe your buyer persona in writing.

  • Now, which social platforms do your buyer personas use?
  • Can you create compelling content to be used remarkably on these platforms?
  • List 5 reasons you want to be using social media. What are your goals?
  • Do you have the required resources to manage your social media effectively? Including reputation management?
  • Will you be putting in time and effort into your social media management? It’s a commitment!


Once you have given thought to the questions, it is time to familiarize yourself with the most popular social networks on the market today and learn how social media can benefit your business. This list is not the complete list. There are other platforms online. However, these are the ones that I use the most with a wide array of clients. Which social media platform should your business use?

Facebook

The most widely used platform on social media, Facebook is optimum for consumer-facing businesses. Even though Facebook has started to make it extremely difficult for businesses to reach audiences organically, paid ads or posts effectively build your fan base or shout out a promotion or event. Worldwide, there are over 1.39 billion monthly active Facebook users (MAUs), a 13 percent increase year over year. (Source: Facebook as of 1/28/15) What this means for you: In case you had any lingering doubts. Statistically, Facebook is too big to ignore.

Twitter

Twitter is very much so my favorite social media platform. Yes, I have a biased here! It is a great tool to use for content sharing and to drive traffic to your website. It is also a brilliant tool for participating in industry-related conversations. It is defined, quick to the point, and, I would say, the fastest way to get information out.

With Twitter cards, too, you can really play with content in wicked ways. Twitter, I like to say, is for intellectual brands. It’s information-based and is loaded with beneficial information. According to Jeff Bullas, there are over 241 million monthly users on Twitter, and the figures are just continuing to increase by the day. So what that means for your business is the possibility of reaching a whole lot of people.

YouTube

Do you have video content? 2015 is all about video content. People don’t read so much these days and would rather watch a short video clip. So if your business is one where you can easily create video content, then Youtube is a good one for you. Sneak tip: go for the how-to video - it’s always a winner.

YouTube has more than 1 billion users. The number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month is up 50% year on year. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. YouTube is localized in 75 countries and available in 61 languages. Half of YouTube views are on mobile devices. More than a million advertisers are using Google ad platforms; most of these advertisers are small businesses. It is quite obvious what this means for your business.

LinkedIn

In my humble opinion, LinkedIn is essential for B2B companies and those that want to connect with professional services or are on the hunt for recruiting hand-selected candidates. LinkedIn is a super great tool for lead generation and a treating tool for qualifying prospects. In addition, you can set up a company page that follows the LinkedIn business page best practices as a business. 

LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, with more than 347 million members in over 200 countries and territories. In addition, over 3 million businesses have set a company page on the platform. As a result, 1 out of 3 professionals on the planet has a LinkedIn profile. 

 

Pinterest

If your business has a visual side to it and wants to connect with women, then Pinterest is a great choice for you. The majority of Pinterest subscribers are women who love to be inspired by viewing images of almost every topic out there. From fashion to retail, to home decoration, to wit through memes, to jewelry, travel destinations, real estate projects, baby clothes, hairstyles, home accessories, and so on.

Basically, anything that can be sold via a visual. A Pinterest plugin allows the user to “Pin” the image straight from their browser. This is a priceless tool, as it is a great way to have your images shared. Pinterest has about 70 million users. Out of this number, 56% are females, and 44% are males. There are over 30 billion pins on this platform.

Instagram

 

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Another brilliant platform to be on if your business uses visuals, strong visuals. Instagram has a great set of filters that give you space to create with your visuals. It is a very bright way to communicate with your customers or fans instantly.

No need for long articles, edits, or posts. None of that. It’s as simple as a great photo related to your brand, polished up with a filter, and bam, it’s shared with #hashtags too.

There are now plugins that allow your photos to be reshared by your followers. I love to use Instagram to showcase the company's voice, the company culture, the mood, the personalities, the sense of humor, the workspace, the behind-the-scenes, the human side of online businesses.

There have been over 20 billion photos shared on the platform. Instagrammers share 70 million (plus) photos and videos each day, and the number of registered users has reached 300 million monthly active users. Instagram has 50x more engagement than on Twitter.

Vine

Vine makes video fun. Users can watch, create and share short looping videos -- anytime, anywhere. These videos, called Vines, have an entirely new medium to express themselves and their creativity. Vine empowers anyone to share stories with the world and is a space where people can connect, entertain, and be entertained.

A great way to use Vine for your business is to find influencers for your buyer persona and have them create Vines for you. It’s fun, it’s new, it’s fast, and it’s dynamic. Vine has 40 million users, and 100 million people watch Vine videos monthly. This equals almost 12 million videos added a day. So top Viners have much influence.

Foursquare

Foursquare's main strength comes from its users. They have the power to write a personal recommendation and share it on different social media platforms. Nowadays, usually by seeing where their friends are going and the places they regularly frequent, they would be more likely to visit if the recommendation is positive.

As a business using Foursquare, you have to claim your business, and once this is done, you are then entitled to a venue page, which you can run promotions and offers on. It's super useful. I strongly recommend that if your business is B2C to use Foursquare. More than 1.9 million businesses have claimed their locations to connect with their customers.  More than 55 million people worldwide have checked in over 6 billion Check-ins, with millions more every day.

To add to the Foursquare statistics, last Monday, March 25th, 2015, Twitter announced that it has partnered with Foursquare. Beyond the product implications for Twitter, this deal highlights an aspect of Foursquare that the company is eager to tout: Namely, Foursquare is sitting on a mountain of valuable data for social media giants like Twitter to pay for it. Congratulations to Twitter and Foursquare on their new partnership.

I hope you find this useful. Please do let me know which social media platform you like to use for your businesses and why? 

Ranya Barakat

Ranya Barakat

Ranya is an entrepreneur with over a decade experience in pulling up her sleeves and getting S*** done. She is specialized in inbound marketing and inbound sales.

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