6 Techniques to Sharpen your Social Media Skills

Social media is a powerful platform no longer limited to just sharing the occasional personal experiences or insights.

Contrary to what some critics think, social networks do not isolate people from others. As of 2014, 74% of all Internet users use social networks, and the trends indicate saturation is only bound to increase.
With so many people validating the experience, participating in social networks is a great way to build trust, community spirit, and tolerance. You can use it to expand your social relationships, leverage a career, or create business opportunities.

However, in order to take advantage of it for personal or professional reasons, you need to know these social media strategies.

Manage your social media profiles

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One of the first things you need to do is to keep your social media profiles updated.

You might think that’s no big deal, but if you need it to sell your business or advance your career, you need to make a point of keeping all your profiles updated and interesting. It is of course better to have one active social media account rather than making several accounts from several platforms while having no time to use or update any of those accounts.

With one or many, make a point of making the information consistent across platforms, and fill up all the information about you. Make sure all your contact information is current and your profile photo flattering.

You should also add keywords to make your social profiles search engine optimized for your purposes. It can’t hurt to have some people endorse you and your business, either. You can do all of this in under an hour at first, and less than 15 minutes to do it regularly.

Learn the art of social media photography

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You probably give little thought to the photos you post on your social networks, but that would be a big mistake.

Photos make up 75% of Facebook content, mostly because people engage better with photos than text. Well-chosen images are extremely useful in delivering the right message in social media. It cuts across language barriers, much more effective than words in this respect.

While you’re at it, you should really learn to take better photos, or share the right ones to pique the interest of your audience. Just make sure you have the right to use it to avoid copyright infringement issues. You can these suggestions to put images and photos to good purpose in your social media posts.

Know what is trending in social media

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Listen. It is important to know what is trending in the different social networks connected to your career or business.

Most people are only interested in what other people are saying about them, their brand or their product. This will give you an idea of what people would like to see or know about. It will not be easy, since much of that kind of data doesn’t really follow a structure.

You can automate the process to make it easier. There are quite a few tools such as Google Alert or other data mining and analysis software. Some software and services are free, while others are paid. Choose the best that you can afford to get the most out of your social media monitoring.

Get in touch with professionals

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Using social media to help you in your career or business is a great idea, but unless you are a social media professional, it means it is not part of your skill set.

You can learn it along the way, of course, but it will take some time to do it well enough to be effective. BestEssays article writer Joe Morton advised, “Professional editors and writers can help you with your content and even make recommendations on how to improve it further.” You can save time and money that can more than offset the cost of outsourcing your content.

Engage your audience

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Posting content and updating your social media accounts is not enough to make it an effective tool for self-promotion. You need to engage your audience into starting a conversation; otherwise, you’ll just be talking to yourself.

Think of it as going to a party and standing in the corner by yourself. You’re there, people see you, but there’s no interaction. You have to make the effort and take the time to talk about what people are interested in to engage them. This is where your nice photos, data mining, and professional help will really pay off.

Build relationships

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When you engage your audience, it is inevitable that you connect with your target audience. You are building relationships, hopefully a good one.

However, you can save a lot of time and effort if you target influencers in your field. It can fast track your goal of creating a reputation as a trustworthy and credible member of the community. This can help your career and brand immeasurably.

The greatest benefit of social media is to create a connection with your target audience. It can be of immense help in promoting yourself or your business if you use it properly. Follow these six techniques to sharpen your social media skills to expand your reach, engage your audience, and make the most of this excellent opportunity.

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Paige Donahue

Paige Donahue

Paige Donahue is an editor and blogger from Pennsylvania. Her love for discovering new things, meeting people and sharing her experiences with others fuel her work. You can connect with her via Twitter and Google+