Cue the Chatbots

Earlier this month, we posted a blog all about the use of AI in marketing. If you are following along with us, maybe you are ready to let the robots take over. If so, we need to let you in on a little not-so-secret helper for your customer’s overall experience with your brand: Chatbots.

Have you ever visited a company’s website and had a little bubble pop up, with someone (or in some cases something) asking if you need any help? If you have a Polly Anna complex, you may have thought “Oh how sweet, there is someone just waiting on the other side wanting to help me should anything arise!” If you are more of a realist, you know that this is a chatbot, or an example of using AI to assist your customer in real time.

Chatbots come in all forms but are mainly created to help take the burden off your customer service team. There are a wide variety of easily answered questions and queries that automation can simplify for your brand when it comes to interacting with the customer. Chatbots leverage platforms such as texting, messaging, and website chat windows to receive and respond to messages. They are programmed to respond to keywords, phrases and can learn to adapt as time goes on.

Technological Tool for Saving Time

We aren’t just talking about saving time on YOUR end, although your time is extremely valuable. We are also talking about saving your consumers time when they have a question or issue. Who wants to be on the phone with customer service, where long wait times, multiple transfers and misunderstandings abound. If you give your customers one gift this year, please let it be less of that hold music!

You will also be saving on precious time for your employees, who can focus on helping customers with more complex issues instead of wasting their workday answering the same repeated questions. What will your HR team do with all that time? We think some extra vacation days are a good idea.

Aren’t Chatbots Complicated?

The best part about the tech boom we are seeing across all platforms of marketing is that things are becoming more user friendly and streamlined, rather than more complicated. Chatbots are no different. Instead of worrying about how to code and install a chatbot for your company, you can simply subscribe to an already existing platform that can take your website to the next level in terms of customer experience.

You may be surprised to find out that chatbots aren’t new to the scene. They haven’t been around quite as long as your brain has identified with the sound of dial up internet, but they have maintained a steady presence in the world of online marketing. Their latest boom comes from the past few years of a growing online presence for all consumers. This same boom has also brought more automation to every aspect of business. If you want to keep up with your competitors (and we know you do), you may need to investigate this simple but effective method of helping your consumers navigate your product or service.

 

 

Find a Brand Advocate to Help You Spread the Word

In the realm of social media, we have, many times over, heard the word “influencer.” Last month, we even wrote a  blog about why using the help of an influencer is a great tool, although sometimes difficult to navigate. One of the reasons as to why it can be hard is because you can’t always control what an influencer does with your product (or how they conduct themselves for that matter).

Choosing someone to represent your brand or get the word out about how awesome your business is can be a time-consuming task. And as with all time-consuming tasks, many brands want to opt for something easier or more efficient. You want to know the short cut? It’s called a Brand Advocate.

Talk that isn’t cheap

Word of mouth is one of the best ways to spread the … well … word about your business. But this isn’t because people love to listen to random people spouting off facts about an industry or product. When word of your brand is spread by someone who knows and loves your product of service, other people will naturally tend to wonder if it could do the same for them. A brand advocate is just that: someone who has used your product or knows your service and really likes it; they want to help you spread the word. Sometimes we call a brand advocate an “evangelist.” They are in the top five percent of your clients in terms of loyalty; you can count on them to be return customers, even in the face of a price increase or maybe even an occasional poor customer service experience.

Whereas the use of influencers can feel a bit contrived and commercial, brand advocacy is more organic. Your advocate will continue supporting and using your brand, all while letting their followers know of their loyalty. There is a time and place for both an influencer or brand advocate and one or both may not work for every business. Determining this requires you to know your consumer and keep your SMART goals in mind.

Is a brand advocate a good strategy for your business?

If you are aiming to reach a wider audience and want to get your brand’s name out to as many people as possible, brand advocacy may not be the way to go. An influencer is focused on gaining as many followers as they can, so anything they put out on their social media account will have a large impact. Influencers expect some form of payment, and you will need to negotiate a contract so that your brand is protected. We don’t mean that influencers will necessarily take advantage of you, but since they may not be familiar with your brand yet, you will need to give them a good idea of how you want your business to be portrayed in the online world.

A brand advocate, in contrast, is not paid. Instead, they are simply an enthusiastic fan. Because they are not an influencer, they may have a smaller following. Many companies will have current customers, employees, leadership, and company partners perform the role of advocate on social media. If you have ever asked your employees to share a company event or product on their page or account, for example, then you are already making use of brand advocacy.

Brand advocates support your company’s growth by sharing their (hopefully positive) experience with your brand. Even though they may not have the following an influencer is likely to have, their honest opinion can be invaluable in gaining new customers. And because they WANT to help you spread the word, they will most likely succeed in bringing in a new and loyal audience.

It doesn’t hurt to try

If someone is already popping into your mind that may be a great brand advocate, there is no harm in testing out the waters now. If you are ready to share your brand’s social content with a larger audience, spreading the word through advocacy will be a great jumping off point to boost your followers and potential for customer growth.

Don’t take our word for it (although you should since this is what we do for a living). Go forth and spread the word like wildfire!

 

Influencers as a Social Media Strategy

Do you have that friend you go to for book recommendations, date night ideas and the occasional vent session? If you are lucky, you do have a bestie who is there for you to share their fave ideas and help you when you need it. In a way, an influencer is like a best friend you can trust to show you what is fun, hip and happening in the world of social media.

BFFs?

Although most people don’t have a close relationship with the influencers they follow on social media, you can think of these people (both celebrities and everyday people like you and I) as entrepreneurs who have gained a following and created a community around their personality as a brand. Companies will find influencers whose audience matches their target market and pay them to do brand endorsements and the like. This is called influencer marketing and, whether you intend to use it or not, it is something you should know about. (Read how P&A uses local influencers for clients!)

Like paid promotions on social media, if you aren’t doing it, your competitors probably are. The same goes for influencer marketing. You may think of an influencer as someone famous, but chances are they have just gained a following because they are good at what they do: marketing themselves. As with everything, there are pros and cons to inviting an influencer into your marketing strategy.

Why use the help of an influencer?

Back in the day, television was the largest source of mainstream media, aside from print. Target audiences could easily be ascertained from Nielsen ratings. It’s hard to image those pre-streaming, pre-cable days … when you could hit your audience without a lot of effort. Three or four stations in every city … easy peasy! Cable + streaming + internet and social media … brands must work hard to find their audience. Working with an influencer can help your business to zero in on a sizable chunk of that audience (aka the influencer’s followers).

Working with an influencer on social media allows you to tap into a niche market that may not otherwise see your posts. The catch is you need to have something up your sleeve that will make the users want to visit your website, purchase your product, and follow your social media account. It isn’t impossible to create a good strategy here, but it does take some planning.

That’s a hard pass

One concern when working with an influencer is that your brand is in someone else’s hands. You must make sure this representative aligns with your brand’s mission and will take care of your company’s reputation. Professionalism, maturity and non-offensive language are all highly important to many companies that typically have a legally binding contract for the influencer to sign. Trusting your influencer is highly important and creating a good relationship with them could make or break your successful marketing endeavors.

Before you buy

One interesting thing about influencer marketing is that it is driven so much by the preferences, likes and opinions of consumers. Trends come and go, and influencers do, too. In fact, what was popular a few years (or even months) ago on one particular social platform has probably gone the way of bell bottoms now. Oh wait, they are back?!?! How will we ever keep up?

One thing is for sure: social media may evolve, but it is here to stay and so is its impact on our marketing strategies. Influencers will always be around in one way or another, creating interesting content to attract a growing community of followers. Their methods of rolling a brand’s product seamlessly into their content will always be an important part of what they are able to do to capture your target audience.

Paid Social Media Posts?

Are you considering paid social media posts? To pay or not to pay … that seems to be the question …

Getting your message out there on social media seems easy enough, right? If you are following along with our tips, you know many of the most important guidelines when it comes to nailing it. But this begs the question: should you spend more money on promotions in your social accounts or should you just rely on your cleverness, charisma and business know-how?

Our verdict: Your competition is probably paying for social media promotions – boosted posts, Facebook ads, Instagram reels ads, etc. This doesn’t mean that you should blow your whole budget on running paid ads at every turn. There is a nuance to it, and we are here to help you parse it out.

Know your goals

Remember those SMART goals you set in one of our first blogs in this series of tips? You will need to return to those repeatedly to make sure you are keeping them at the forefront of your marketing strategy. Your goals will guide you in figuring out when to use paid advertising on social media versus when to go the more organic route.

Paid promotions and boosted posts allow you to share your content with a specific target market. In today’s (almost) post-pandemic world, many people are still spending a lot of time on their phones (flashback to quarantine). To reach consumers who haven’t yet come across your brand, paid advertising will pop up in their newsfeed. You want to use paid promotions if your goals include:

  • Raise brand awareness and attract new followers
  • Promote the newest content and events, etc.
  • Generate leads
  • Drive conversion, including e-commerce sales

Organic social media refers to content that is free for you to post and can reach anyone, but mainly the followers you have already acquired. Your followers’ followers and people who search for hashtags you use may also see your post, which is a slow but steady way to grow your audience. Organic social media is a great way to grow connections and create a community surrounding your brand– an important aspect of brand loyalty. You want to use this type of social posting when:

  • You are establishing your personality and voice
  • You are trying to build a relationship with your target audience
  • You want to engage customers at every stage of their buying journey
  • You want to give the best customer service

B2C versus B2B

Next, it is important to know who you are trying to market your efforts toward. If you sell a B2C product or business to consumer, then your social accounts on Instagram, Facebook or even TikTok will probably be a beneficial place to start. If you are marketing yourself to other businesses, however, you will likely be aiming your sights on social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. The point is, no matter what you are selling, your tone should match that of your target audience and the feeling of the ad should be something they would gravitate toward.

Content matters, but especially if you are going to pay for an ad. You must make sure your voice matches your brand. You must also make sure your target audience will WANT to click on your ad. Have you ever been scrolling through your Instagram feed and been surprised by a terrible ad? Don’t be that brand. (Maybe that is our best advice yet.)

Integrate paid promotions into your already existing content

If you want to reach a larger audience and target ideal customers, chances are paid promotions will help you. Repeating: Don’t put all your eggs in this basket. It is important to take care of the mama hen, aka your current followers and community, as well. Settle into a nice combination of paid promotions and organic social content that will wow your target audience and help your brand to speak up within the saturated landscape of social media.

You can do this by boosting organic posts that have performed well AND by targeting people like your consumer base. Make sure to keep an eye on your data and measure your results, something we will talk about later in this series of social media tips. Until then, best of luck out there!

Community Building through Social Media

building community

Community building is the heart of the matter. In our last “22 in ‘22” post, we talked a lot about how to engage an audience. The truth is, we left the important matter of building a community out of that blog for one reason: it deserves its own place to shine.

Creating a community surrounding your brand is one of the best things you can do to ensure customer loyalty. But it isn’t an easy thing to do. You must play all your cards right if you want to make sure you are being authentic AND taking into account the marketing and demographics of your target audience.

Say goodbye to faceless corporate jargon

One thing is for sure: consumers do not want to be in a community founded by a big, faceless, bland corporation. The younger generation would call this “vanilla” meaning it lacks pizzaz. And then they would make fun of us for using the word “pizzaz.” But alas, we can’t please everyone at the same time.

Whether your brand is big or small, you need to work to build a company culture that will shine through to your consumers. Then, share yourself with them. Let them see the inner workings of what you and your team do. In fact, share team members on social. Have some humor, let them in on special deals, share articles you like, speak to them so they know you have a common ethos. Your company culture is your foundation, and it must be a values-based, non-negotiable entity.

Become a go-to place

Once you have established your company culture (or if you already have one, good for you!), you can draw your target audience to your social platforms and create a community. Be the account they want to see on a daily basis. Allow your values to morph into a brand personality online. Engage them by creating hashtags, asking for comments or opinions, showing videos and publishing NO BORING, SALESY, B.S. CONTENT EVER. <please> If you find yourself struggling to think of options, just know that the professional at P&A are here to answer the call …

The point is that your audience must find your content valuable. They should want to spend time reading and interacting with it, otherwise you will have a hard time getting them to come back for more.

Who runs it?

An important thing to ask yourself is, “Who will manage your social media accounts?” You can’t expect to build a community with an audience if you don’t have the right language or personality behind the scenes … or if you’re not posting regularly. It’s like The Great and Powerful Oz of social media — if you want to attract the target audience, you must put out the right message, or else Dorothy won’t even try to walk through that field of poppies to get to you.

For instance, if your target audience is mostly a younger generation, make sure you have people in that generation running your social media accounts or at least responding to comments IRT. Your voice must sound like your consumers, with the right lingo. And believe us, youth these days have come up with some real doozies that seem to change daily. On the other hand, if you are a construction company, make sure the person running your social media understands how to speak the industry jargon and responds to comments accordingly. (Call us “multi-lingual” at P&A … we “speak” healthcare, construction, senior living, human resources, legalese and fun lifestyle!)

Creating a community doesn’t need to be hard, but it does take work on your part. You need to identify the personality of your target market and make sure you align your company’s values with that. Then, let them see you as more than a faceless corporation. It will not only gain you followers, but you will be a social account they can trust and rely on for information and entertainment.

Speak Up or Keep That to Yourself?

The word “Dumpster Fire” has been awarded a whole new meaning in the last few years. Indeed, it has been a tough time for our country, with divisive (and explosive) politics, big time issues being brought to the surface, and many Americans wondering just how everything got so bad. So, when the s#!t hits the societal fan, what is a brand to do … do you express your support for one side, or do you keep your opinions to yourself?

The trouble with silence

Silence is good for many things: a Sunday morning, a walk in the woods, a moment of reflection. However, when it comes to hot button issues, studies show that silence may not be a brand’s best friend. Many consumers want to see the brands they love representing their values. However, if they think you are doing it just to sell more products, then you won’t be handsomely rewarded with loyal customers. Instead, you might find yourself caught in a whirlwind of scrutiny.

Company culture

The best thing to do is to build your company’s brand on a solid foundation of core values. Then, when issues arise that affect your customer base, your employees or other things you value, you can speak up knowing that your reputation is consistent. In business jargon, it is called your company’s culture, and it matters especially when we are talking about speaking up for what you believe in.

For example, the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade left our country divided and many women, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, struggling to find basic reproductive care. Many companies came out with statements in opposition or support of this ban. Dick’s Sporting Goods took the cake, with a corporate statement of intent to financially help any employee seeking an abortion. For those who were saddened by this tragic backslide for women’s rights, Dick’s came through with support out of the gate.

The best part about this brand’s story is that they have been consistent in their political stance since Day One. For a large corporation to build consistent values and a company culture dedicated to equality, justice and safety is not an easy task, but one that is paying off greatly as more consumers are considering Dick’s for their sporting goods needs.

You aren’t for everyone

When you are considering speaking up for something you believe in and using your brand as a mouthpiece, it is important to remember that you can’t please everyone. Whether you speak up or not, there will be criticism. The best thing to do is to consider those who matter most: your employees and your customers (and potential customers). If you built a company with a strong culture, your employees already know your values and what to expect. Your target market probably has a similar understanding. By showing your support of something you believe in, you are just making honesty an important part of your business identity.

How to speak up

According to the Institute for Public Relations, there are some steps to follow before and after speaking out about an issue that matters to you, your employees, your brand and your consumers:

  • Start from a solid foundation (aka your company’s culture and values)
  • Get employee buy-in
  • Demonstrate sustained commitment to the issues that matter most (meaning: don’t be wishy washy … if you speak up in support of something, make sure you continue to support it and do so by donating time or money to the effort)
  • Build on your brand’s promise to your consumers
  • Reassess every few months to see how you can best continue to support the issue at hand

There is nothing that irks today’s consumers more than a brand that falsely advertises support of a hot button issue. If you choose to speak up, which seems like an increasingly good idea given the opinions of consumers, make sure you are coming from a place of solid values and commit to continued support of that issue. Go forth and speak up.

 

 

Social Media Engagement for the Win!

Social media engagement is a buzzword that marketing folks like to throw around. What does it really mean? First off, we have a question for you:

Why do you scroll on social media?

Is it to laugh, connect, get your mind off the million-item long to-do list taped to your fridge? Regardless, something draws you to your favorite accounts. Our guess is that you enjoy engaging with the content and the community. But what does it mean to engage with content? And how can we translate that into a business’s need to grab target market attention?

Successful brands engage with their audience

When was the last time you took pleasure in being told something repeatedly? One mistake that brands make in the world of social media is getting caught in a loop of “broadcasting to” instead of “engaging with” consumers. Yes, it is important to tell your customers about your amazing brand and let them know important info about your industry. However, if you want them coming back for more, you will have to dig a little deeper.

Engaging your audience may look like:

  • Creating hashtags for your business, industry, events, and campaigns
  • Highlighting your employees
  • Publishing stories or reels
  • Showing customer testimonials
  • Sharing articles and other interesting things in real time
  • Sharing more about your company culture
  • Using “User Generated Content” (UGC leverages your brand evangelists)

By engaging your audience, we mean simply making them feel part of the dialogue. Asking their opinions or opening the floor for comments is another great way to engage consumers to be part of the discussion.

Engaging with a focused message

If you want your consumers to feel truly engaged, it is important to keep your messaging focused and purposeful. That is why we recommend only using few social media platforms where your target market
lives, instead of trying to post across all networks. This way, you can help consumers feel more engaged on these platforms, especially since many of them have different posting requirements.

Customer service is engagement

When it comes to engaging your audience, customer care matters, especially in the form of responding on social media. If you have comments on your feed, reply or like them so those who are entering into the discussion can feel engaged with a real person on your end. Conversations still mean something to consumers, and it is a great way to engage more users on your social feed.

If all else fails, make them laugh

Unless your business is something too serious for a good belly laugh, expect your consumers to engage the most with wit, sarcasm, and general silliness. It doesn’t mean you throw yourself, your employees, or your competition under the bus. But finding a fun, new way to relate to your target audience through humor can be a boost for your number of followers.

In fact, a whopping 72% of consumers are more likely to purchase something from a brand that uses humor on social media. Why are we all starved for a laugh? I don’t know … have you read the news lately? We do, however, need to throw in a caveat. As a PR company, we are begging you to make sure you don’t use humor that could offend anyone or invoke the need for a PR statement. OK, off our soapbox now.

Engaging with your consumers is one of the merits of social media and the reasons it has become such a popular way to market a brand. Make sure to post things that you yourself would find interesting if you were scrolling. Mix it up and encourage consumers to comment or talk to you. Ultimately, a community will begin to form surrounding your brand (but we will save that one for the next blog).

 

Promote Your Social Media Channels

social channel promotion

You’ve got the content dance down and feel like the world is your oyster. Now, it’s time to spread the word about your social media platforms. But how? In the good old analogue days, flyers and print ads would do the job. But now that the whole world lies at the fingertips of your target audience … how are they supposed to find you?

We wish we could tell you it is easy. Like everything else involving the interwoven internet, it takes some know how to get your consumers to click that like button. Nevertheless, we will persist (and we have a t-shirt to prove it …). Let’s start with the easiest thing you can do: Engaging your present customer base.

Add those icons to EVERYTHING

Once you have your social media platforms all set and ready to go, add the icons to your website, business cards and any other print materials, emails and newsletters (and link them to your account … obviously). This will allow you to spread the word to those you already know enjoy your brand.

Icons are easy to add to the header or footer of your webpage and create a one-click path to your social content. Make sure to invite your customers to check out your social media platforms and remind them to start following you for the latest updates, inside information and exclusive offers.

Cross promote

You know how busy bees will sometimes bring the pollen of one flower to another, creating a whole new species? It is known as cross pollination, and it isn’t a far cry from cross promoting. As the queen (or king) bee, you can benefit from posting about your Twitter account on Facebook or sharing videos from TikTok onto Instagram. Make it easy for your consumer base to find you on multiple channels and watch the flowers of followers bloom!

Don’t underestimate word of mouth … even in the digital age

We know, we know, everything is so different now! Back when we were kids all you had to do was post a flyer advertising your dog walking business at the local park. Now, you need a logo, branding and social for Patty’s Pups to be successful. Even though SOME print (i.e. business cards, snail mail coupons, etc.) is worth considering, you can benefit from combining good old word-of-mouth with the digital platforms your consumers know and love. We often remind our clients that something as simple as a little printed sign by the cash register or a door cling that urges customers to “follow along on social” can aid in the process.

Consider this: word of mouth in this age spreads like wildfire. When followers share a post of yours to their own feed, it means big time eyeballs for you. You may reach 10 or 100 new followers this way and maybe even more! Think of it as an authentic referral! Creating shareable content, therefore, is incredibly important in your success. See our last post about how to make sure you are creating something diverse and unique.

Dive into your social media analytics to discover what your target audience responds to, and then use that knowledge to your benefit when promoting your social channels. By following our steps, you already have success in your court, you just need to put in the effort now to get the word out!

Obviously, this blog involves organic promotion of social media — there are paid options like “boosting” that we will dive into at a later date!

 

 

Creating Your Social Media Content

When you are scrolling social media, what draws you in? Humor? Videos? Witty or informative text? Baby goats? (Because, hey, they are SO CUTE!) Remember, your target audience is a whole group of humans and, much like you, they want to see something enjoyable when they land on your content. That is why creating suitable content for your consumer base is so important if you want to make social media work for your business.

Set yourself apart from the crowd.

What differentiates you from the competition? It takes some creativity and a whole lot of understanding just who your target audience is. Good thing you already did your research! Consumers are flooded with endless pictures, videos and sales pitches when they log onto their social media account. People easily spot inauthentic or contrived content. If you want to grab those eyeballs, diversity will serve you well.

Diverse content means a uniqueness that draws followers

Hear us out: jump onto Instagram. Find a favorite account that you follow. Take a look at their profile to see all of those little boxes in a grid format. What do you see? Is it all the same types of pictures over and over? Is it tons of videos? Or is it a little bit of everything? Do they talk about just their company and their sales? Or do they branch out and give you great information about the industry, the world, life hacks, something to laugh at and even a glance into everyday life at their company?

Most business social media accounts that perform well in terms of gaining followers and, therefore, hitting the mark regarding reaching their target audience, provide a diverse array of content. For your particular business, this can mean something different. For example, if you are a restaurant, you will want to show picture of your delicious food, but that doesn’t need to take up your whole feed. You can have videos of chefs giving tutorials, mixology memes or reels and more.

Whatever you do, make sure you follow the rules … kind of

Even though you want to stand apart from the crowd, there are still some golden rules to follow when it comes to social media:

  • Know your word count
  • Know your hashtags
  • Know what the best content type is for each channel

That last one is a biggie. Knowing what to post where can make a huge difference when it comes to being seen by your desired audience. While Facebook has a higher word count, for example, you shouldn’t take up all your space with words. Images are also popular on this social channel. Twitter followers, however, like the use of short but profound comments, mainly because of the word count limits. TikTok is obviously the place where videos shine, especially informative or humorous ones. Instagram has a nice combination of both images and videos, but reels are becoming even more important. All of these social media platforms have one thing in common: consistent posts to maintain relevance.

 

Timing is Everything … Especially in Social Media

timing social media

Once you have established your social media platforms, you are ready for business, right? Yes, but…believe it or not, there are even more considerations to make when posting content.

You know when you scroll YOUR social media account on Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok … first thing in the morning, last thing at night, waiting in “pick-up line” for your kid? Like it or not, your consumers aren’t on all day awaiting your post. In general, different demographics hop online at different times of the day. Not only that, but your content should be well thought out and planned to make the most of your contact with your consumers.

We know … it’s more work than you thought

We hear ya! P&A provides social media strategy and implementation – aka, doing the posting – for more than 50 social media accounts. Many of our clients don’t want to deal with the daily drag of social media minutia. If you are one of the brave ones, however, then read on to see what timing and planning you should take into consideration when posting on your account. Otherwise, give us a call and we can take it from here.

Let’s start with planning

So, you want to get some content out there, but you are unsure where to start? The most successful accounts have something in common: content is thoughtfully conceived and scheduled. In fact, many people create content calendars that cover an entire month of posts, but this depends on your industry. Some social accounts that rely on current events can’t get away with this but may be able to plan for a week’s worth of posts at a time.

The benefit of this is CONSISTENCY. Building a cadence achieves a consistent message delivered to your target audience. You plan so you don’t sound redundant, boring, or scattered. Also, planning means you won’t forget to post important information for your target market. For instance, many companies will create a social media cadence that allows different types of posts for each day of the week, such as #MondayMotivation, #TuesdayTestimonials, #WhyWednesdays, etc. Then, they can just fill in the missing pieces when they want to post on a particular day of the week.

Let a scheduler do the work

There are many ways to go about getting your content scheduled, but what matters most is that you use a scheduling platform that is easy to understand and efficient. Facebook offers a free scheduling tool and is a great place to start. Since Facebook owns Instagram, you can also schedule your Insta content from the same place. Other platforms include MeetEdgar, Loomly, Sendible and Hootsuite, among about a hundred others. Some of these require payment, others offer a free first account. Once you get your content into a scheduler, though, you are home free and won’t need to worry about posting to your platforms daily.

Timing matters!

One more word about scheduling:You will be able to set up your post to go out at any time of day you would like. What you DON’T want to do is miss out on the best times for your target market — the times when they are most likely to be online. Therefore, when you do your research, it is important to note when your targeted demographic is scrolling since they will be more likely to interact with your content.

The best times to post on various platforms shifts and changes depending on algorithms as well as consumer habits. Heck, even a change in the seasons can affect the way people are interacting with their social media. Check here for the best times to post during each day of the week if you use Instagram and here if you are a Facebook user. We would put the times into this blog but, unfortunately, they are always changing and, well, we just want to feel more timeless than that. Call us old fashioned.