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Social Priorities: How to Choose

In 2018, more than 1 million new people joined social media every day, with at least 50 social media channels ready to engage these new users.

While it may seem like these numbers signal endless opportunities for a company to connect with its audience, that might not be the reality. Brands can’t be everywhere at once, and shouldn’t be.

With no end in sight for the platforms to leverage, how does a business decide which social channel to use? It’s critical to analyze social channels to determine if your brand needs to be “on trend” with the latest channel or if there’s a better place for your business’s voice to resonate.

We always found our analysis with data and metrics that are available to make an informed decision:

  • Where are the most active users?

When you’re researching social media channels, having users is not the same thing as having people active on said channel.

Overall, research tells us that Facebook still has the most active users – 2.27 billion of them monthly. Instagram is pretty close with 1 billion monthly active users. Whereas, Pinterest has 250 million monthly active users.

As you’re researching new platforms to use, find out the number of active users to better understand whether people are truly engaging on the platform.

  • Where is your target audience engaging?

Common demographic data for social media usage gives us insight into gender, location, age group, income and education. Additionally, new Hootsuite research touts that 52% of brand discovery happens in public social feeds. Whereas data from GlobalWebIndex shows that 63% of people say messaging apps are where they feel most comfortable sharing and talking about content. It’s important to research these demographics and engagement to determine which channel or channels – public or private – align with your target audience.

One other piece of audience data that is right at your fingertips is your website data. Review your website traffic to see which channel(s) already drive traffic to your site and be sure to take that into your social media prioritization.

  • Does the channel have measurable engagement?

Our marketing activities are only worth as much as what we can show, which is why leveraging channels that give you metrics to demonstrate success and opportunities is key.

Whether it’s impressions, clicks, likes – even if it’s available to the public – video views or new followers, social media channels that are measurable give insight into how the content performs.

Social media gives us the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your audience at scale. The trick is finding the right channel for your messages and audience. We can help.