What is Social Media Optimization and Why is it Important?

If you want to run a successful marketing campaign, you need to know how to evaluate your progress. You can’t just assume you’re doing a good job if you’re not tracking the results of your efforts. In the world of online business, every cent invested must bring a return.

This includes; your website, your traffic, your investment — if something isn’t tracking properly, you’re losing out.

I often get questions from entrepreneurs and business owners about how to track the performance of their digital campaigns.  It’s because the tools bring so much data that they are lost trying to figure out what it really means.

And so they give up, and claim that they don’t really need to measure everything, just the basics, like traffic and conversions.

However, all data tells you a story. You need to read the numbers to understand your customer journey.

It isn’t enough to just look for increases in traffic or conversions.  The real secret is to dig into the data and identify patterns that will help improve your marketing over time.

You need to understand how visitors are finding you, what they do once they get there, and what the best-qualified leads look like.

In addition, you need to know your “true bounce rates“. Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors that leave a webpage without taking an action, such as clicking on a link, filling out a form, or making a purchase. 

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A very important first step is to do an audit of your social profiles. You will want to focus on your brand and marketing voice.

Key questions to ask yourself while doing your audit can be:

  1. Is my brand voice and visuals consistent across all of my platforms? This can include; logos, hashtags, slogans or taglines, etc.
  2. Are my marketing messages and languages unified with my current marketing promotions?
  3. Am I using appropriate links and call-to-actions that convert visitors to our landing pages?
  4. Am I using appropriate landing pages or do I have a high bounce rate?
  5. If I was a first time visitor, have I created a seamless customer experience?

While it is important to keep a consistent brand identity across each social media platform, each platform may not align with your marketing strategy goals. For this reason, treat each of your platforms differently when it comes to the appropriate call-to-actions and landing pages! 

For a more indepth look at how to do a social media audit check out sproutsocial’s article on how to conduct a speedy social media audit.

Optimization for Searchability

Social media has really taken off in the last few years. From Facebook to Twitter, people are always posting something new on their favorite platforms! So it’s not surprising that as social networks grow so do the number of profiles making an appearance on search engine result pages (SERP). Make sure you’re following best practices for SEO techniques when creating content or else your target audience may never find out about what great things happen at YOUR business because no one will be able to find you!

In order to find high-converting keywords, it’s important that you do keyword research for both your niche industry and brand specific terms. From these findings we can optimize your:

  • A united brand voice and presence will help you maintain consistency between different platforms. Creating a consistent social media handle for each of your accounts is one example, as it creates an individualized identity that makes tracking messages easier. As shown in the image below, DCM has consistent social media handles across all of their platforms. 
  • Your ‘About’ and bio section should be filled with keywords that pertain to your marketing strategy!
  • Each post should have keywords and hashtags for each caption that relate to your business. Do not always go for the generic hashtags. If you use a hashtag with millions of posts, your post is unlikely to be seen by your audience. However, if you were to choose niche hashtags that had a smaller view count, there is a higher probability that your content will be seen by your target audience.

When optimizing for searchability, it is also very important to make sure that key details are included in your bio and ‘about sections’. They should be fully filled out and consistent across all social platforms. This includes; address, contact information, services and more.

By following these best practices for searchability, it will help increase your business’s visibility.

Content Strategy Optimization

Quality content is key to building a successful business. Do you know the best way of ensuring consistent and high-quality production? Keep your audience engaged and measure how they are responding! 

Don’t just churn out any old thing on the off chance that it’ll be good enough–ensure you’re producing top-notch work! It is important to keep in mind that content strategy optimization should be based on your business’s analytics as every target audience is different. 

A common mistake made by small businesses is that they do not have a consistent publishing frequency. This can stem from taking on more than you can handle. It is important to use the platforms that best support your goals. You might notice that you are not getting enough goal conversion from Twitter, perhaps it does not align with your goals and should be somewhere that you take a step back from.

Posting Schedule Optimization

To rank higher in the social media algorithm it is important to choose a posting schedule that you can sustain. Quality over quantity is an important motto to live by. Your optimal posting schedule can vary depending on each industry. It is important to constantly be researching best practices for your industry. 

Not sure when to post? There are tons of tools you can use to find out your optimal posting schedule. For example, Facebook has a free tool that allows you to see when your followers are likely to be online. For more useful tools on how to select your optimal posting schedule proceed to Useful Optimization Tools.

Post Optimization

It is important to first establish what types of content your target audience wants to see. To find out what has and hasn’t been working for you, you will want to analyze your post data over the past year. A few key points to look into and ask yourself while analysing includes:

  • What type of asset does your target audience engage with most? For example, you might find that video works best for increasing your audience’s engagement over a single image post. Supplying your audience with the most engaging options will boost your visibility.
  • Are my video and image formats up to date? The social media platforms are always changing, it’s important that we keep evolving our formats as well as this will increase our visibility. 
  • Deciding which content to publish on which platform can be difficult, especially if you’re publishing it for the first time. Take Instagram and LinkedIn as examples of different audiences with differing tastes; one might not want their post brimming over with inspirational quotes while another may find them more interesting than usual!

Don’t forget to use what you have learned in Searchability when writing your captions for each post and that it follows your brand voice.

Performance Optimization

Social metrics are an easy way to measure the success of your company. However, it can be quite overwhelming to look at all of the data provided. The best thing to do is to focus on metrics that support your goals. For example, social referral traffic, click-through rate (CTR) and conversions are linked with both sales goals as well as marketing strategies in order for you to track these important numbers before they reach your goal! 

You’ll also want a publishing strategy that incorporates UTM tracking so that all data collected on different platforms will be put together in one place; this allows businesses like yours more visibility into what works best across digital platforms. Useful UTM Tag generator tools can be found in our Useful Optimization Tools Section.

Each social platform has its own analytics tools and programs such as Google Analytics or Shopify come equipped by default when using eCommerce sites. There are also third-party services available that provide even greater detail about how customers interact with-in them, find more information under Useful Optimization Tools.