Business owners should step up their social strategies this summer.
Summer is a good time to refocus on social because it's typically the last lull before the hectic holiday season. What's more, the warm temperatures and frequent BBQs give consumers more time to relax and check their social feeds.
One of the first places to start when revamping a brand's social presence is with the profile page. While it is important to make sure the aesthetic of the profile (cover photo and logo) looks good, it is just as important to optimize the bio section - especially on Twitter. This is because the bio section is featured in the News Feed when a consumer hovers over a brand name or mention. Many consumers use this feature for help making their decision whether to follow a brand's handle.
Make sure your brand's bio is optimized to attract followers by checking out the five ways to spruce this section up below:
1. Be Descriptive
Unless your brand is a household name, it is best to describe - in basic terms - exactly what your brand does and why someone should follow it on Twitter. Avery Brewing Co., for instance, uses a clear description that will definitely entice any craft beer lover to hit follow.
2. Fill Out All Fields
The bio section isn't the only thing that should be filled out on a brand's profile page, as it is equally important to include location and website information. This is especially true for brick-and-mortar businesses like Bull & Bear. Instead of simply putting the city where its bar and grill is located, the business also includes its address to make it easier for customers to find directions.
3. Promote Other Social Accounts
In addition to including a website link in your bio section, it is a good idea to cross-promote other branded social accounts. Many brands, including NBC News, have been including their Snapchat name in the bio section of their Twitter profiles in order to grow their audience on this channel. NBC News, however, takes this strategy a step further by also including a link to its Facebook Page.
4. Encourage Interaction
5. Offer Contact Info
With more consumers turning to social media as a customer service channel, it is a good idea for brands to include contact information in their bio section. This can be done by adding the customer service phone number to this section (like Nordstrom does), or by including a link to a specific customer service handle and/or contact page - like H&M does in the example below.
I'm a creative and adaptable journalist with experience in both print and digital media. Some of my best attributes include my social media management, writing and video editing skills. Skills: • Managing social media accounts with tools like HootSuite and Sprout Social • Creating and marketing content for print and digital media • Editing videos with software like Avid Media Composer • Composing articles with Adobe InCopy • Strong knowledge of AP Style • Skilled at interviewing and writing • Able to work on a deadline and produce quality results • Organized and detail oriented • Innovative problem solver