If the summer months are slow for your business, it doesn’t mean you should shut down your computer and walk away until fall. In fact, summer slowdown is the perfect opportunity for business owners to re-examine their social media strategy and see what is working, what isn’t working, what can be changed, where there is room for improvement, and decide what the coming months will look like for their social media marketing strategy and overall marketing plans.
Where to start?
- Update your social media profiles: When was the last time you updated your Facebook profile picture or your Facebook Page’s cover image? If it has been a while since they were last updated ask yourself: do you still look like your profile photo? Is the messaging on your cover image still current and applicable? Some businesses change the cover image on their Facebook Page or Twitter profile seasonally, which is great; so long as you remember to change it again after the season has ended (this is especially true if the image relates to Christmas or other holiday seasons). Regardless of the social media network, make sure your messaging is up to date, consistent and current. This may not seem like a big deal, but there is nothing worse than meeting with someone in person after they researched you online, only to have them mistaken the work you do simply because the messaging on your online channels were not in line with who you are or what your business does, sells or offers.
- Fine-tune your marketing message: With the first point in mind, summer slowdown is the perfect opportunity to fine-tune your marketing message. Does what you are broadcasting online about your business still apply? Are you still offering all the products and services that the “About” section of your Facebook Page states you are? And what about your LinkedIn profile? Do you have any skills, services or other information that should be removed, updated or added? Now is the time to go through all of this information and edit as needed.
- Refresh your opt-ins: If you have been relying on the same opt-ins to build your e-marketing list for more than a year, summer slowdown is the perfect time to think about creating new opt-ins that will attract a new audience, or if your opt-ins are doing well, slow periods are a great chance to take a look at the information you are providing in the opt-ins to see if it is still correct and relevant.
- Connect in person: If the summer months mean more free time, then take advantage of it and invite some of your online connections to meet in person. Meeting people in person is a great way to build a relationship with someone who may eventually become a client – or may know someone who would be interested in your services or products. Networking and meeting people in-person compliments and builds online relationships. Speaking with people in person after knowing them online will also give you a feel for what people think or know of you from your online presence. This may help you strategize, change and plan future online content.
- Plan: Plan for tomorrow today! What are your social media goals for the fall and winter months? What is it you hope to achieve using social media? Instead of scrambling to find quality social media content during your busy periods, plan out what you want to say now using content that is already available to you, such as old (but still relevant) blog posts, third-party articles and images that are appealing and of interest to your online audience.
These are just a few things that you should work on during your slow periods so that when business does get busy again you are not overwhelmed by your social media strategies, plans and content creation. By taking the time to strategize and plan your social media during slower periods means you will have more time, later on, to increase your online marketing even more!
If you need help with your digital marketing strategy to get further reach with your marketing efforts, send Sherry an email or call 613-880-1806.