Social media is the Midas Touch of modern marketing techniques. You can turn something seemingly hard to get off the ground into a campaign that’s both recognized widely and extremely profitable to you.
The problem is, that much like the legend behind the Midas Touch, it can also be a curse. Simple social media mistakes can drag your campaign down to the realm where nothing you do will ever amount to anything.
It’s really an easy way to run yourself ragged.
To avoid those common social media mistakes, I’ve decided to take a look at 5 of the most blaring Facebook marketing mistakes that companies tend to make. Just keep in mind that these mistakes are unique to the other 3 Common Facebook Mistakes I posted about previously.
1. Incomplete Profiles or Pages
The foundation of a home shares many similarities to the foundation that a proper social media marketing campaign should have; unless the foundation is solid, it will inevitably collapse.
That’s why filling out your entire social media profile is a thing that you have to do.
Business hours, an address, photographs of your products and employees, and everything else that will help your potential and actual fans learn about your company should be on your Facebook Fan Page.
Even the vanity URL you use should be something that looks aesthetically pleasing while being informative about your business.
2. Posting Too Much
When it comes to social media, even your best audiences can get enough of you. Posting too much in too short of a time period will lead to less positive reception by your fans, to the point where they might ignore everything that you have to say in the future.
But wait, – what about keeping ahead of all the other Fan Pages they have flooding their feed?
Don’t worry about competing in terms of quantity. Compete in terms of quality, as posts with my interaction will naturally rise to the top of Timeline feeds.
3. Bad Cover Photos
The prevalence of Cover Photos that violate Facebook’s terms of service is astounding. This can result in suspension, removal of your page or removal of your ability to administrate your page.
None of those are things you want. Plus, when you review what isn’t allowed, you’ll understand that these things can just make your Facebook Page look plain tacky.
Under Facebook guidelines, you’re not allowed to have the following in your Cover Photo on your Facebook Fan Page:
- Price information, discount codes or anything other text that could be construed as incentives for Liking your page.
- Any calls to action, which include to Like, share, comment, download, share, refer your friends, or actions that would otherwise benefit you.
- Contact information, which includes but isn’t limited to: phone numbers, email addresses, physical address or website forms.
What should you use as a cover photo? Coca-Cola has an amazing example of the type of Cover Photo you should use.
In other words, you want something that showcases your products without actively telling your fans to buy them. If you can’t manage that, then go with something that showcases your company’s intrinsic values or the employees that work for you.
Remember that a picture’s worth more than just a thousand words on social media.
4. Focusing on Likes Too Much
While it’s true that Likes will likely drive your Fan Page towards success when the right people Like it, it’s not the end-all-be-all of Facebook marketing.
This is where a firm understand on how Facebook’s Fan Page mechanics work comes into play.
Likes by themselves only drive content up on a person’s Facebook Timeline so much. It’s comments and messages from other users to the Fan Page that allows it to show up on friend’s feeds and the like.
When it comes to obtaining more Likes, your best bet is to deliver exceedingly quality content that your fans share with like-minded people.
For more on how you can learn about this, see my Facebook Wealth Formula review. It covers a course that will likely provide you with the benefits you need to make your next Facebook marketing campaign a critical success.
5. Posting Unrelated Content
This is one of the biggest mistakes that small businesses tend to make. They think that they lack the type of content their fans want to see, so they post anything and everything they can find in the sheer hope that their fans will interact with their content.
This rarely works for building an audience, and it will only create an ineffective following when it does finally give you one.
That’s why you should always focus on on-brand material that works to ultimately promote yourself and the voices of your Fans.
Avoiding the Most Dire of Facebook Marketing Mistakes
Just keep these Facebook marketing mistakes in mind when you start your next campaign, and you’ll likely avoid any dramatic recoil that will hurt your social media marketing efforts.
When you employ the various time-tested Facebook marketing principles that I tend to write about, you’ll have a solid understanding of how Facebook marketing works and the things that will drive you towards success.
What social media mistakes do you think might be holding your social media marketing campaigns back? Let me hear in the comments below!