The best asset of social networks used for B2B lead generation is that added ability to interact with the target audience in a way that’s not too transactional. It’s like seeing businesses step down from their supposed pedestal and reaching out to the people.
But that nature of interaction also has its downsides. Most marketers agree that there are really no definite measure of social media ROI, and that it is only a special channel through which prospects are easily contacted.
Whichever approach your lead generation campaigns may take, it doesn’t take away the fact that the power social media offers is something that shouldn’t be wasted on poorly executed strategies.
As per SocialMediaToday.com, these are some of the common reasons why social media campaigns backslide:
1. Not being where your target customers are. It’s not important to maintain a presence on just any social media network in order to engage with potential and current consumers; you have to be where they actually are. If you are posting content and updates blindly to Twitter, but members of your target market aren’t present there, what’s the point? The first step in effective use of social media for lead generation is to research and determine which social media sites your target audience is active on a regular basis.
2. Not providing valuable content. If you’re just pushing out content about your product and why it’s so “awesome,” more than likely, people will not want to share or engage with it. If someone is following your brand on Facebook, it’s probably to see what valuable content and offers you can offer them. Rather than product-focused content, focus on content rich with tips and tricks which can help to relieve your target customers’ pain points.
3. Not using calls-to-action or sharing targeted links to landing pages. Don’t just say you have a great blog or that your fans should check out your awesome new ebook, link to it, and use an enticing call-to-action to do so. You’d be surprised how commonly businesses neglect to do this. Furthermore, share targeted links.
4. Not integrating email and social media. Email marketing and social media are great friends, not enemies. They work together well, help each other out to promote content, and share one another’s information on a regular and consistent basis. You should promote your presence on social media sites through buttons on each email as well as share links to email opt-in forms for social followers to sign up to be a part of your email database.
5. Not analyzing the effectiveness of your social media efforts. You may be on the latest and great social platforms, sharing awesome content, listening and engaging with your potential audience, and collecting that valuable lead information, but how do you determine if it’s working as well as you want it to? You should be regularly analyzing how much traffic and leads you’re generating from each social platform you’re participating in as well as how valuable it is. This will allow your team to evaluate its efforts and make adjustments if needed.