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Are you Using These 5 Networks For Your Small Business?

How Often Should You Post on the Top 5 Social Networks?

I’ve found that the following five networks hold the most potential for small business and/or fitness industries. Here I explain how often you should be posting.

While every social media platform has strengths and weaknesses, these networks are proven to deliver the results that you are looking for. The importance of each will vary based on the types of content you create, but in general, their importance goes in the following order: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest.

social media network checklist

Facebook

RECOMMENDED POSTS: 2-3

DailyPRIMARY POST TYPES: VIDS/PICS

MINIMUM OBJECTIVE: 10,000 Likes

In regard to posting, remember that Facebook prefers original posts, not shared links to vids or pics. Uploading a video directly to Facebook will have a much greater impact than sharing a You-Tube link. Your goal is to increase your following on Facebook and to convert your followers into website visitors.

Facebook Tips:

Never post links without pics or videos

Never post text without associated media

All posts can be enhanced by pics or vids

You can share other people’s vids, but it should only be 10% of the time

Instagram

RECOMMENDED POSTS: 2-5 Daily

PRIMARY POST TYPES: VIDS/PICS

MINIMUM OBJECTIVE: 5,000 Likes

Not all of your videos need to go on YouTube. If it’s something simple, or just a Feat of Strength, you’re better off just using it for Instagram. Consider Instagram as your show-off location. To keep your marketing and branding effective, every picture you take needs to be on point.

Instagram Tips:

If you’re the primary trainer or feature of your account, make sure you’re in at least 50% of your posts

Don’t be afraid to get goofy/funny with your posts sometimes; it will endear you to your followersry to post pics from a similar location often

Only share unoriginal content once for every ten posts if you’re trying to build your brand and not just your audience

YouTube

RECOMMENDED POSTS: 1 Weekly

PRIMARY POST TYPES: VIDS

MINIMUM OBJECTIVE: 5,000 Subscribers

YouTube is where you should be putting all of the media that is going to be embedded in the content of your website. In this way, each video will be doing double-duty for promoting your business: you get followers and views on YouTube AND you get traffic by posting more interesting content on your website.

YouTube Tips:

Never disable comments. Instead, set comments for “Approved only”

Always write a description

Always put a link to associated content on your website as the first line of your video description

Twitter

RECOMMENEDED POSTS: 5-10 Daily

PRIMARY POST TYPES: TEXT/LINKS

MINIMUM OBJECTIVE: 5,000 Followers

Consider Twitter your “news” platform for everything related to your business. Whenever you post something new or have upcoming events, gym schedule updates, time-sensitive deals, etc., you need to inform your following using Twitter. People who constantly review their Twitter feeds are looking for bite-sized chunks of useful information that they can apply instantly. Remember this when you set up your tweets.

Twitter Tips:

Don’t just target your primary market. Use Twitter to promote complementary businesses and potential partners

You can’t tweet too much. Whenever you can, post something new on Twitter

Be sure to follow competitors and other feeds that your target market may follow in order to identify evolving trends in the marketplace.

Pinterest

RECOMMENDED POSTS: 5-10 Daily

PRIMARY POST TYPES: PICS

MINIMUM OBJECTIVE: 5,000 Followers

If you’re looking to target 30-40 year old moms, Pinterest is probably going to be your bread and butter. 80% of users are women and they are extremely active on boards related to DIY. You can take advantage of this by providing graphics that feature exercises and workouts that they can do at home using minimal equipment and time. This is the only network where I recommend sharing other people’s content as much as you share your original content, as you’ll have to in order to keep up with the demand for frequent daily posting.

Pinterest Tips:

Think of your graphics as something that would be useful as a poster on the wall of a gym

Always include a description that is between 200-300 characters and follow your typical SEO writing guidelines

Always include a link to your related webpage, and make sure you use the full URL Slug rather than a short link

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