Establishing and expanding your target audience is one of the most complex challenges you will encounter in growing your business and developing your brand. Social media, with its mind-boggling broad-reach potential, is one of the best ways to achieve your goals. Your objective, however, is not explicitly to reach as many people as you can, but, more specifically, to reach as many people as you can that are going to be fully interested in engaging with your business. And, this is where the challenge lies – in determining who, or more to the point, where these people are.
Although social media can make your life a lot easier (especially in terms of reaching people via a social media marketing campaign versus reaching people via traditional advertising methods), you definitely need to do your homework. Knowledge is power and the more you know about your brand’s position within the social media cosmos, the easier it will be for you to find your audience.
Conduct Advanced Searches
There are numerous social media sites of which you can make use to find out exactly who is buzzing about your brand and what, precisely, the buzz is. Twitter and Facebook both offer inclusive search functionalities. Google Blog Search is another appropriate choice. It’s important to remember when conducting your research, to not just look for your own company, but also search out your competition – both direct and indirect.
Using Lots of Keywords is Key
Search out industry-specific keywords. Twitter further provides an advanced search feature that allows you to source out users based on keywords & phrases. Think words that will generate the best matches in terms of your products and services, as well as competitive keywords.
Make Use of Groups & Lists
The fundamentals of social media rely on the fact that we, as humans, are just that: social beings that love to connect and need to feel like we’re a part of something. The “sense of community” aspect is a central characteristic of each social network.
Twitter thrives on lists and there are currently thousands of Facebook groups out there, not to mention the LinkedIn groups. You can easily use keyword searches to access Twitter lists and Facebook & LinkedIn groups to source out people who could potentially be interested in doing business with you.
Remember, patience is a virtue. A social media marketing campaign can be a very effective and viable way of turning your business into an exceedingly lucrative venture. But, it won’t happen overnight. You need to invest your precious time and some energy into putting it all together – and gaining access to your target audience puts you halfway there.