Jenny asks, “What’s the best resource for 2019 social media strategy development?”
The same as 2018! The overall strategy, the why – use social media to accomplish business goals – doesn’t change. What changes is the what and the how. Watch the video for details about how to build your 2019 social media strategy.
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We begin with clear, measurable business-level goals. This data has to come from a CRM and/or marketing automation software.
Next, gather three sets of social media data – your company’s data, your competitors’ data, and your industry or niche.
Run a statistical analysis of your data and the data from your CRM and marketing automation to determine what social media activities, if any, drive business outcomes. Use statistical techniques like variable importance calculation to do this. ML will be very helpful.
Once you’ve identified the variables that potentially drive performance, compare your performance to your competitors and industry using the same variables if possible, minus the marketing automation and CRM data, which you won’t be able to see.
Identify what works and what doesn’t. Begin qualitative research to answer the “why” for all the “what” questions you ask.
Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
If you’re concerned that your industry lags behind, it’s fine to compare to a different industry, but make sure that industry has the same functional buying process.
What follows is an AI-generated transcript. The transcript may contain errors and is not a substitute for watching the video.
In today’s episode, Jenny asks, What are the best resources for
social media strategy development? Well,
so the same as 2018 and 2017 and 2016, the overall strategy of social media the why why you’re doing it doesn’t change. You’re using social media to accomplish business goals, What changes is the what what are you going to do and the how, how you’re going to do it.
The way that we do it at trust insights is with a multi step process based on data. So you begin with clear measurable business goals. What is the business goal that you’re trying to accomplish in a business goal is going to be one of really
On the b2b side, it’s going to be make money, save money, save time, those are those business goals on the b2c side, for the customer, it’s going to be make things better, faster, cheaper, so that the customer is more likely to buy it. So, but for the most part, companies are going to ask social media to to help them make money. Now, this may be expressed in terms like building brand or awareness and things like that, which is fine, but it still has to tie back to a a measurable outcome. And the way you get to that is you take all of your data from your CRM from your era p system, perhaps for your marketing automation software, and you extract that out into in a format that you can analyze. After that you gather your social media data and anything that sits between social media and the system. So chances are your web analytics are going to be in there.
possibly even things like email marketing data, maybe if that’s an integral part of how your company communicates its business proposition to its customers.
Once you have that, you want to gather three sets of social media data, you want to gather your data, you want to gather your competitors data, and you want to gather your industry’s data.
After you have those, that set of data you’re going to want to your data and then all of your down funnel data. So that is web analytics CRM, marketing automation, CRM, etc. And you’re going to run a statistical analysis complex statistical analysis to determine using I recommend the certain machine learning techniques I recommend looking into one called variable importance.
You’re going to run a statistical analysis to say okay, what an of the social media variables drives business outcomes.
Any and you’ve got to be prepared for the answer to be none Do you have to, you have to be
prepared for that potential outcome.
However, once you’ve identified the variables that potentially drive performance, you’re gonna want to compare that performance to your competitors. And then the industry using the same social media variables. If possible, you’re not going to get the marketing automation and CRM data, not legally. So you’ll want to identify your own variables, the things that matter the most, perhaps it’s dates or times or particular types of content or
actions that users taking its comments, for example, on Instagram,
whatever the variable is, you then want to do the competitive competitive analysis with the your competitors and the rest of industry to determine
is somebody else doing a better job with those things? And if so, what is it that they are doing that allows them to to win within your space?
Identify what works and what doesn’t work.
Now, here’s a tricky part which a lot of people get wrong. No amount of data mining is going to completely answer the question of why something works. You have to do qualitative research. You have to do focus groups. You have to do
interviews, maybe do some surveys, something that once you understand why you don’t want to understand what is happening, you can ask the audience Why do they make those choices? Why do you like this brand? And why is this brand was brands, coffee, the one that you go to
that will help you make more sense of the data and inform your strategy
ultimately for every what
variable you have, whether it’s comments, whether it’s likes, whether it’s
follows you want to have a companion why question you’ve asked a sample of the population of
Your population, why they made those choices. And then your strategy is you do more of what works and less of what doesn’t work. Now, one thing that people will say when you’re doing a social media audit is that in particularly will say
my industry lags behind it, or my competitors are lagging behind. I’m concerned that following best practices, it’s totally fine to compare it to a different industry, but the industry that you compare to has to have the same functional buying process. So suppose you work in the car industry, the purchase of a car is a long expensive complex sale, if you were to use social media strategy from like a chewing gum manufacturer. Well,
people are going to react differently to that product and and they will make different purchase decisions. It is a much smaller purchase than a car. And so things like awareness, consideration and evaluation.
the and the way audiences by is compressed. So you may want to compare the buying of a car to maybe what’s working in the mortgage industry or what’s working in the college industry because again, choosing an education is a big
cumbersome and very expensive purchase. And so the purchase decision, the the purchase deliberation that people will go through it will be very different other other prized expensive possessions because people take a lot of pride in the vehicle. Do they own other other prized possessions that are expensive that people purchase that they would interact with a brand on social media perhaps, you know, certainly some laptops and very high end phones are very expensive and you might be able to get some comparative data about that. But even that the laptop purchase process even if it was several thousand dollars for the best ones is still different than a cars purchase. There’s no title there’s no paperwork
Bring your credit card. And then you’ll marveling at the bill when you get it. So be aware. If you want to do competitive industry look for something that has the same functional buying process so that you are doing apples to apples with how a customer is going to interact with that brand.
So that’s your social media strategy for 2019 or any year it’s the why the what and the how,
where you will run into trouble is
not doing enough with your data or especially when you do that statistical analysis trying to do in Excel trying to do it by hand. There is no time
there’s there’s no convenient easy way of doing that without using some sort of machine learning technology because there’s just too much data you’re going to want to look at, you know, a year to date or or possibly a rolling year
brand has five or 10 or 20 social media accounts or is on 15 platforms or you get the idea. That spreadsheet starts getting real big, real fast. And it becomes very difficult to analyze without the assistance of machine learning technology. So know that that is going to be something you’re going to have to have in your arsenal. If you want to use the method, we use it trust insights, you’re going to need to have machine learning on your side to pull that off. But great question. It’s a fun question. And this is the time where you’re when everyone’s starting to do the Hey, what worked, what didn’t work you want to answer those questions and do it with data so that you have the best possible answer for your planning. Thanks for watching. Please leave a comment in the comment and subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon. What help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. This is trusted insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you.
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