Eduardo asks, “Does it make sense to have an active social media account like Facebook if you’re not really active on it, I.e. putting likes, leaving comments?”
There are three primary reasons you’d want to have an active social media account. Watch the video to learn what they are.
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In today’s episode of The Bardo asks, Does it make sense to have an active social media account? like Facebook? If you’re not really active on it, like putting likes leaving comments for a business? The answer is yes. And there are two primary reasons, actually, three primary reasons you’d want to do. This number one is a defensive reason, which is to save once you set up an account and and get to the point where you can establish a custom URL and things you want to secure your brand’s name or a relevant product name, if you’re going product side to make sure that no one else can get it.
This is important less so now Well,
it’s important in general, because it requires you to take some effort, but that secures your name. Now, there’s a good chance on the mature networks that
like Twitter and Facebook that the names already been taken. So you’ll have to do it p a little creative, just like domain names for your website, but you still need one. And you still want to make sure that you get that account and keep it somewhat active, at least in the sense of like, post something every month, so that
the network realizes that you’re still there, because some services will shutter your account after a certain amount of lack of activity. The second reason is for analytics and tracking purposes, using things like facebook, facebook, in particular, has web analytics. It’s called Facebook analytics. And it’s okay. But having the data certainly doesn’t hurt is attribution and analysis is completely centered around itself, no surprise there. But you still want to be able to see that data
and being able to track particularly things like your your web properties, your off off network properties, but also your fans to if you do have people who are liking your page, just because he stumbled across it. It’s not a bad source of data. So there’s the second reason to have an actual account is data. The third reason and the big one is advertising. You want the ability to advertise to other people and for good or ill social networks, especially Facebook, and the Facebook family are where all the action is right now. Yeah, Facebook covers 2 billion and change people.
That’s a substantial part of the human race, more so than any other single product in history. And so if you want to be able to reach those people with advertising, you’re gonna have to use Facebook,
not even Google AdWords has that level of reach, I don’t think at least within one product,
Instagram has what 500 million active daily users as part of the Facebook family man, you have all the other Facebook properties of which in which advertising is starting to appear now like WhatsApp and messenger. So if you want to be able to advertise to those audiences, you need a Facebook account. And it needs to be an account a page specifically for brands, it can’t be a personal account has to be a page
facebook advertising, though I will say this up front, if you’re not active on Facebook, and you don’t really know that ecosystem, Facebook advertising is potentially a giant waste of money and time because
like Google AdWords was when it first started out.
advertising on social media is very much its own profession. advertising on Facebook is its own profession is it is a discipline of its own, it’s got its own quirks, and you can hide you can be very, very specialized within just Facebook advertising in order to maximize the impact of the platform. So if you’re just getting started, is a really good idea to take some of the free courses that Facebook offers in their business portal to learn how to our ties on Facebook effectively, there are a lot of tips, there are a lot of tricks there a lot of gotchas, there are all sorts of different ways that it can go sideways. And so taking those courses is a good idea. It is worth your time, because it will save you money in the long run. So make sure that you do that. But those are the three reasons that you would want to have an active account on social networks. Now, should it be every social network defensively, I think so it doesn’t hurt you to have your Twitter handle and your LinkedIn company page and your Pinterest page doesn’t have to have those lockdown
from an analytics
perspective. If your audiences there makes sense your audiences on Facebook period. And the story 2 billion people, your audience is there more niche networks like Pinterest, for example, your audience may or may not be there. So they may or may not be data worth scraping. And remember, there are a lot of social networks, humbler is still a thing particularly in the teenage crowd.
Twitter is still very relevant especially if you’re a politician
read it is is a not only thing but growing. And then they’re all the the the the third tier networks the little one off niches that are unique to your space. Those are worth your time if your audience is there yet just got to get to know the spaces and then on the third front in again, if you haven’t taken any training, I’d be very hesitant to have you actively go out and advertising unless you try it out like at $5 apiece just to just for the experience, but be super careful because you can spend a lot of money unintentionally that way. So great question and if you have questions, please leave them in the comments
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