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Mobile marketing is getting more spotlight these days. Revenue from mobile advertising accounted for 30% of total ad spend in the first half of 2015, according to the IAB, and it’s on track to account for more than one-third in the second half of the year.
Social media and mobile marketing go hand in hand. Most people have a smartphone these days, and apps make it so much easier to check your social networks on the go. Phone calls are no longer even the primary function of a phone. A recent study of Samsung users found that 39% of their customers said social media was their favorite thing to do with their phone, and over a billion of them have downloaded the Facebook app.
So how can a small business tap into the powers of social mobile marketing and connect with their audience, even when they’re on the go? Leveraging your mobile presence can be tricky, but we have some tips that should get you on the right track and make your mobile marketing magical:
Think Mobile First
Content is now viewed on a mobile device more than ever, so it’s important that anything you produce is mobile-friendly and responsive. Isn’t frustrating when you go to look at something on your mobile device and you can’t read it because it’s too small or formatted incorrectly to consume on your mobile device? Make sure that the content you create is formatted in a readable and shareable way, and that any images will respond and resize to the appropriate mobile device screen.
When you have internal links you want to place in your content, make sure and look at whether they will take the reader to another piece of mobile-friendly content. Mobile users share content twice as often as desktop users, so it’s important to make sure your social buttons are properly working across all platforms – this allows your audience to easily post your content straight onto their social networks.
Schedule Your Content to Post at the Right Time
Newsfeeds and timelines get updated so regularly that your content needs to be published right in front of your audience’s eyes. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ time of the day to aim for, but Facebook’s insights feature will tell you when your fans are online.
As a good rule of thumb, your audience will be looking for new content on the commute to and from work and when they are sitting around on their lunch break. People are more likely to engage with and share content when they have time on their hands, so targeting them while they are at work or after they have gone to bed is unlikely to get you the traction you desire.
Repurpose Content for Different Channels
The great thing about social channels is that they all have their different strengths and advantages. Facebook is great for longer written posts, Twitter gets the message across in a bit sized tweet, Pinterest and Instagram focus on pictures, and YouTube is obviously brilliant for videos.
When creating a piece of content, think about how you can utilize these channels to make the most of your content on every different social media app. Mobile users love visuals, and content with visuals is much more likely to grab someone’s attention on a smaller screen or device. Consider using tools like Canva or Picktochart, they enable anyone to become a designer.
Don’t Wait for Free, Use Paid Advertising
It is estimated that by the end of this year, the global mobile ad market will surpass $100 billion and count for more than half of digital ad spend. In 2015, 78% of people who clicked on a mobile ad then went on to make a purchase a couple of days later.
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all offer a range of advertising opportunities that can easily be tracked and amended, and short social ad campaigns can be relatively inexpensive. Instead of taking up a small space in the sidebar, social media advertisements on mobile take up a large chunk of the user’s screen, meaning they are more likely to be seen and clicked on.
Your business should have a consistent brand presence across all social channels, but a surprising number of businesses don’t. It’s important to keep all your contact details up to date and to use the same logo and branding across all channels. Mobile devices have small screens, so quick and easy recognition is key, and sometimes just having a consistent logo can make all the difference to a user recognizing your brand.
Try and be active on each of your social channels on a regular basis, so your audience knows to expect regular content from you. Mobile users have a shorter attention span and want fresh, relevant content presented to them as soon as they check their phones, this means you need to keep your posts consistent and engage with your audience at every opportunity.
The Take Away
The world of social media and mobile marketing is always changing, but it’s good to stay on top of your game and focus on the areas you can control. There are lots of different ways to maximize your social media strategy on mobile, you just need to build up your following and post regular, engaging content.
Monitor your efforts and track your audience’s internet habits, then analyze the results and tweak your strategy where necessary. In an ever-evolving world of digital marketing, sometimes it’s just about keeping your engagement levels high and showing your audience the human behind the brand.