Nowadays, nearly every business has some sort of social media presence. The rise of social media has become impossible to ignore, and for that reason, most businesses make use of digital marketing in some way. However, what they aren’t doing is putting in the long-term effort necessary to achieve the best results. They’ll create profiles, post content regularly for perhaps a month or so at most, and then… nothing. That initial stream of content will trickle to a halt, and the profiles will lie dormant, aside from the odd post when the marketing team remember that they exist. Small-to-medium sized businesses tend to be the most guilty of this, since many of them simply won’t have the time to dedicate to large-scale social media campaigns. They assume that to get the most out of social media, they need to make a big splash with massive ideas and campaigns. But in reality, there’s one key factor that most businesses miss out on when it comes to social media, and marketing in general: consistency.
If you want to achieve anything in life, then you need to keep working at it. That’s true for so many things, from putting in time at the gym every day, to keeping your teeth clean and healthy by brushing them regularly. So, naturally, the same thing goes for your marketing. If you only go to the gym once a month, then all the effort in the world will go to waste- you aren’t being consistent enough to achieve real results. That’s true for marketing, too- your customers are much more likely to remember you if they hear from you regularly than if you only put out content once in a blue moon. Makes sense, right? So how come so few companies actually put this method into practice?
The reason is, most businesses think that when it comes to marketing, it’s intensity that counts the most. They believe that only huge marketing campaigns have any hope of success, and so that’s what they focus their time and resources on. Except there’s a problem here- most smaller businesses won’t have the money to keep this approach up for very long. Intensity does bring short-term results, but it’s an expensive attitude to take, and it simply doesn’t fit in with any long-term marketing strategies. Whether it’s social media marketing or other outlets, you need to ensure that there’s a method behind your marketing, and that’s only possible if you’re committed to being consistent.
Not only does consistency with your digital marketing deliver greater results and brand awareness over the long term, it also takes a lot of the pressure off you with creating content, too. Instead of feeling like you have to change the world with every single thing you post, you can take a gentler, more relaxed approach. For instance, one lengthy blog post might provide readers with a lot of information, but it leaves you in a bit of a rut with where to go next. What’s more, in today’s age of the smartphone, we have so many different options open to us that it can be difficult for the average reader to stay focused on something so long. So, not only does that intense, content-heavy post sap your creative juices and lead to a long period of radio silence, it’s also an extremely ineffective way to reach your target audience.
Let’s contrast that with a series of shorter articles that you post on social media over a long period of time. When added together, they may well contain the same amount of information as that longer piece in our last example. However, breaking it up into chunks makes the content a lot easier for your audience to digest, so they’ll come away from it feeling like they’ve learned something of value. They’ll also be hungry for more, and that’s where the other main advantage of consistency over intensity comes into place. Giving your audience regular updates and articles will gradually train them to expect this content from you, and they’ll turn into a loyal core audience who genuinely want to stay up-to-date with your content. The more engaged they are with you, then the more likely they will be to share your content to their own profiles- helping you to reach a larger audience, and saving you money on promoting your posts non-organically.
Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to digital marketing, since every company is different. However, when you’ve worked out what method best suits your business, then don’t make the same mistakes as everyone else. Remember that to keep hold of your audience, you have to keep offering them something, and ensure that you’re staying regular with your marketing. That’s not to say that you should compromise on quality and just put out any old rubbish so long as it’s to a schedule, but consistent content is the only way to get real results when it comes to digital marketing.
Of course, it can be tricky to keep coming up with high-quality content on a regular basis, especially if your day-to-day work takes up a lot of your time. That’s why it’s a smart idea to team up with a dedicated marketing team to take care of things for you- and luckily for you, we’re always happy to help new customers! I Want Fish And Chips are on hand to provide your business with the consistent, effective marketing materials and social media content that you need to thrive. We’ll work hard to come up with content that builds a real buzz around your business, and by sticking to a regular schedule, you’ll soon have that crucial loyal following hanging on your every post.
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