By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Marketing Your Mastermind Group
When you want to connect with your audience and find prospects for your mastermind group or other products/services, social media offers many benefits. You can post your articles on social media sites, chat with your audience, and teach via live video. However, if you attempt to be highly active on all social media sites, you’ll spend your entire day toggling between them!
Instead, target your energy to those sites where your audience hangs out the most.
But which social media sites should you focus on?
One easy way is use sharing statistics to guide you. Here’s how:
You’ll be surprised!
For instance, my Synergy members who focus on project managers tell me that, “Project managers hang out on LinkedIn. They don’t use Facebook for their professional work.” The first blog post I found that used sharing buttons showed this (I wrote this blog post in 2018; the site has since changed their sharing code and it no longer shows share totals):
But be careful! I thought the empty social media totals for LinkedIn and Google+ meant people didn’t share on those sites. What it really meant was that those to social media sites weren’t properly tallying for this particular set of social media buttons. (I tried to share the article via LinkedIn, and the new total never showed up next to the LinkedIn sharing button like it does for the Facebook and Twitter button.)
Since this sharing button plugin wasn’t giving me totals for each social media site, I kept searching.
I found a different project management blog post, one that totaled all the shares for each social media site. And guess what? Yes, the readers shared the article on LinkedIn as expected, but they shared even more on Facebook!
You might make assumptions because you don’t use Facebook for your professional life others won’t either, but clearly project managers do use Facebook to share project management blog post. Don’t let your personal preferences skew your choice where you do your marketing. You’ll miss out on a huge portion of your audience, as shown below:
You’ll want to double-check these numbers to be sure they’re consistent across several blogs and websites. From this one blog post, you might assume all project managers focus primarily on Facebook and LinkedIn. But perhaps this author’s audience prefers those two social media platforms — one instance doesn’t equal the entire population’s choice. Check other authors’ blogs for patterns.
Look at the totals carefully; sometimes there’s an “other” category which indicates sharing via email or smaller social media sites. This is an example from my popular blog post, What Is A Mastermind Group:
The numbers from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn clearly don’t total 35,300. But if you were to go to the actual blog post and click the green “share’ button, you’d see an array of places where people can share, including sharing via email.
Lesson learned: don’t assume you know which social media sites your audience prefers. Look at the statistics for a realistic view of their behavior.