Tips to Improve Your Social Media Findability (Pt 1)

Sherlock

Sometimes it seems like the owners of social programs believe that their consumers have all the detective skills and deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes. It appears that they purposely go out of their way to hide them.

Findability is the most important factor to the success of any digital media, whether it be a corporate web site; a Facebook page or an online video series. With an ultra-bagillion web pages, a gazillion social media sites and bujeezillion minutes of online video uploaded each day, making it easy for your consumers to find your program is an absolute must. Even if you have superb, dynamic content that is not only relevant but timely, it’s still easy to get lost in the maelstrom of data available online. Here is the first of a series of tips to help both you and your consumers find one another:

Who Links Wins

It may seem like stating the obvious but actually linking to your social programs on your main web site is a magnificent help to improving your findability. That said, you’d be surprised how many times I’ve seen Fortune 500 companies completely ignore this basic step. And then they wonder why their Facebook page only has a handful of fans.

Your brand has resonance. Your advocates will actively seek out everything you’re doing so they can be part of your brand experience. Make it easy for them, but also make it easy for your casual users to join your online community. The more opportunities you give them the greater the chance of turning them into advocates.

Don’t make them wade into the deep-linking jungle of your web site. The links need to be as close to the top tier of your site as possible and repeated as often as you can possibly get away with it. If you have lots of programs that doesn’t mean you should clutter every page with every link, but at least offer a link to a portal site where your programs can be easily found.

Also link to every platform you’re using, not just the main ones. I’ve seen major social campaigns provide links to Facebook and Twitter and completely ignore their YouTube channel, even though they have a hundred videos hosted there. Ideally every platform should also link back to every other platform, even if it’s just through social media icons. That way you can offer your opportunities more opportunities to engage at every stage of your program. Start with a video or twitter and guide them to your Facebook page and micro-site, and then back again. Any social program should be an exercise that is always in perpetual motion.

Linking from your social platforms back to your main web site or micro-site can also help with its search engine optimisation. High profile sites like Facebook and YouTube offer a lot of ‘juice‘ and can be excellent ways to improve your ranking

Here are some further tips:
Tips to Improve Your Social Media Findability (Pt 2)

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About the Author: skribe

Based in Perth, Australia, Antonio Barimen (aka skribe) is a writer, digital media consultant and social media producer.

He is available to help you develop social marketing and digital media strategies, improving communication between staff, partners and suppliers or just increasing the number of fans on Facebook. He has developed successful digital and social media projects for clients including CBS, Evian, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Networks, Pernod Ricard and American Express.

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Post Under Advice, Marketing, Social Media April 26, 2011