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How to Win Customers and Influence People - Finding the Right Platforms to Reach your Audience

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How B2B marketers can find the best social media platform to reach their target market. …

How B2B marketers can find the best social media platform to reach their target market.

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  • 1. How To Win Customers And Influence People: Finding The Right Platforms To Reach Your Audience
  • 2. How To Win Customers And Influence People: Finding The Right Platforms To Reach Your Audience Despite some reluctance to embrace social media as a B2B marketing channel, 91% of B2B marketers are using social media to spread their message. Plus, 58% of marketers who have been using social media for more than 3 years report it has helped them improve sales. But with so many platforms available, it can be tempting to sign up to more than you can handle. The key is focusing your efforts on the networks where your target audience is already waiting.
  • 3. WHICH AUDIENCE, WHERE? Age: The 18-29 audience is commonly the biggest on every social media platform, but bear in mind these statistics:
  • 4. WHICH AUDIENCE, WHERE? 46% Age: Facebook users aged 45+ The 18-29 audience is commonly the biggest on every social media platform, but bear in mind these statistics:
  • 5. WHICH AUDIENCE, WHERE? 50 % 46% Age: Google+ users under 24 Facebook users aged 45+ The 18-29 audience is commonly the biggest on every social media platform, but bear in mind these statistics:
  • 6. WHICH AUDIENCE, WHERE? 50 % 46% Age: The 18-29 audience is commonly the biggest on every social media platform, but bear in mind these statistics: LinkedIn users under 34 Google+ users under 24 Facebook users aged 45+ 19%
  • 7. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 42% 58%
  • 8. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 37% 63%
  • 9. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 54 % 46%
  • 10. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 64% 36%
  • 11. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 54% 46%
  • 12. Gender: Platform use is fairly evenly balanced between men and women, with the notable exception being Pinterest, which is used by a considerably higher number of women than men. 28% 72%
  • 13. However, B2B social media marketing has more facets to it than B2C marketing. B2B marketers must identify relevant industry dialogue regardless of basic audience demographics.
  • 14. However, B2B social media marketing has more facets to it than B2C marketing. B2B marketers must identify relevant industry dialogue regardless of basic audience demographics. Conversions come from conversation; engagement and dialogue is the axis of a solid social media presence. But finding the right conversations amid the deafening noise of social media can be tricky. For optimum effective reach, then, B2B marketers should: • Target platforms with large user bases. • Use keywords and relevant messaging to target the right potential customers.
  • 15. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting:
  • 16. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: LinkedIn 93%
  • 17. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% Twitter LinkedIn 84%
  • 18. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% 84% YouTube Twitter LinkedIn 71%
  • 19. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% 84% 71% SlideShare YouTube Twitter LinkedIn 56%
  • 20. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% 84% 71% 56% Facebook SlideShare YouTube Twitter LinkedIn 35%
  • 21. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% 84% 71% 56% 35% Vimeo Facebook SlideShare YouTube Twitter LinkedIn 26%
  • 22. In a recent survey by Gleanster, top B2B performers indicated LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and SlideShare as the best platforms for user targeting: 93% 84% 71% 56% 24% Google+ Facebook SlideShare YouTube Twitter LinkedIn 26% Vimeo 35%
  • 23. However, this is not to say that some of the lower scoring platforms may not be more suited to your needs. Consider these points: Facebook proves a successful B2B marketing platform in tech industries and those lending themselves to a sense of community (consultancies, services to businesses, caterers, etc).
  • 24. However, this is not to say that some of the lower scoring platforms may not be more suited to your needs. Consider these points: Facebook proves a successful B2B marketing platform in tech industries and those lending themselves to a sense of community (consultancies, services to businesses, caterers, etc). Google+ now boasts more than 350 million users and is quickly becoming a hot new B2B destination. Business pages, video conferencing and improved search rankings are just some of the B2B marketing benefits offered by the site.
  • 25. However, this is not to say that some of the lower scoring platforms may not be more suited to your needs. Consider these points: Facebook proves a successful B2B marketing platform in tech industries and those lending themselves to a sense of community (consultancies, services to businesses, caterers, etc). Google+ now boasts more than 350 million users and is quickly becoming a hot new B2B destination. Business pages, video conferencing and improved search rankings are just some of the B2B marketing benefits offered by the site. Pinterest doesn’t even appear on the list of targetable platforms, but it shouldn’t be ignored, especially if yours is a visually-driven brand. Click-through rates can be twice as high as Twitter or Facebook, and it provides a strong platform from which to humanise your company.
  • 26. Finding the right platform Use social media to seek out your competitors and see where they’re focusing their efforts (and how successfully!)
  • 27. Finding the right platform Use social media to seek out your competitors and see where they’re focusing their efforts (and how successfully!) Get involved in online conversations to see what buyers are saying about social. Are they referencing forums, blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts? Follow the trail of breadcrumbs and set up camp in places your customers are already visiting.
  • 28. Finding the right platform Use social media to seek out your competitors and see where they’re focusing their efforts (and how successfully!) Get involved in online conversations to see what buyers are saying about social. Are they referencing forums, blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts? Follow the trail of breadcrumbs and set up camp in places your customers are already visiting. Ask for feedback from your business customers; a short survey alongside your latest email correspondence, for example. A simple ‘Which social platforms does your business use?’ will suffice.
  • 29. Engaging your audience Engaging a B2B audience is often more challenging than engaging a B2C demographic, but there are several crossover lessons to be had: Listen to what your connections saying, then find content that resonates deeply with them. Make yourself memorable and they’ll remember you in their next buying decision
  • 30. Engaging your audience Engaging a B2B audience is often more challenging than engaging a B2C demographic, but there are several crossover lessons to be had: Listen to what your connections saying, then find content that resonates deeply with them. Make yourself memorable and they’ll remember you in their next buying decision Embrace video content – social media users are watching more videos, and responding to them more positively, than ever before
  • 31. Engaging your audience Engaging a B2B audience is often more challenging than engaging a B2C demographic, but there are several crossover lessons to be had: Listen to what your connections saying, then find content that resonates deeply with them. Make yourself memorable and they’ll remember you in their next buying decision Embrace video content – social media users are watching more videos, and responding to them more positively, than ever before Be mobile optimised – the advent of the ‘bring your own device’ trend means more and more business decision makers are accessing social through tablets and smartphones (78% of companies say there are more than twice as many personal devices connecting to corporate networks now than compared to two years ago)
  • 32. Engaging your audience Engaging a B2B audience is often more challenging than engaging a B2C demographic, but there are several crossover lessons to be had: Listen to what your connections saying, then find content that resonates deeply with them. Make yourself memorable and they’ll remember you in their next buying decision Embrace video content – social media users are watching more videos, and responding to them more positively, than ever before Be mobile optimised – the advent of the ‘bring your own device’ trend means more and more business decision makers are accessing social through tablets and smartphones (78% of companies say there are more than twice as many personal devices connecting to corporate networks now than compared to two years ago) B2B businesses can apply the same ROI metrics to their social campaigns as B2C companies, so use analytics information to determine what’s working and what’s not – and then change it if needs be!
  • 33. Increase your lead generation with the right social strategy. Download your free eGuide now: www.tomorrow-people.com How To Generate Leads From Social Media How to generate leads from social media

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