Social Media: Be Active About It
Posted by Amanda G. Barillas
Social Media was a matter that did not concern Public Relations specialists decade ago. Now, it is one of the most efficient ways to interact with an audience. PR is all about two-way communication, but the way an agency and a Public Relations specialist will use the communication they receive from an audience is essential to guage the public’s response to a client’s service or product.
However, a flower in a vase is beautiful until it is neglected. Then it’s better not to have a flower at all. Social media is a great way to connect with your audience, but the second you cease a consistent update, or neglect to answer questions, comments, or address concerns, social media can have a negative impact on your client.
The rule to live by: You only get out of it what you put into it. Different businesses might not benefit from social media. This is why they maintain a subtle but consistent, if any, presence in the social media world. There are some companies that position Social Media high on their priority list. Whatever the case, consistency is something to maintain.
Another key element to remember: keep to your brand. Your audience is depending on your active social media campaigns to reassure that your company is maintaining a certain image. Any deviation from that image might confuse the audience, and may even lose following.
The final and major point as to why it is important to keep up your social media output is the main reason why any business would want to have a social media presence: the maintain a connection. If you do not attempt to connect with your audience via postings, blogs, etc., your social media presence does nothing for your business, and if it does something, it is more often detrimental than helpful.
Never forget that social media can be a wonderful tool to help you really get an inside look into your audience: they can send you message, leave comments, like posts, and send you feedback you may not otherwise receive. However, it is important to remember to maintain that presence actively, and you’ll receive active useful feedback, which can translate to a number of improvements in your business.
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About Amanda G. BarillasI'm a BU student, majoring in PR and Psychology. I live to write.
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