Social media has become the main tool by which most of society communicates. Wonder what Aunt Karen is up to in her modern sculpture class? Check Facebook. Want to see the latest pictures of your second cousin’s best friend’s kids in their Halloween costumes? Instagram has you covered. Looking to send a not-so-flattering selfie to an old classmate you haven’t seen since college? Open Snapchat and let your freak flag fly.
However you’re using social media in your personal life, the game changes when you’re running social for a business. It’s not just about updating your followers on your cats anymore – you’re trying to sell your business and your product. Typically when I think about corporate content on social media, I envision the same inspirational quotes, fun staff photos, and nonsensical stock imagery across the board. Can you use all of these things and still succeed? Yes. Can you do it in a way that won’t make your consumers roll their eyes and scroll faster? Also, yes.
Enter the art of misusing social media. Consider your key demographic – what do they like to do? Where do they live? What music do they listen to? What would they like to see different in the marketplace? As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t want to see your content on social media, most likely your demographic won’t want to see it either. This is going to sound like a cliché but stick with me: you need to think outside the box. Tear the box up if you have to. If you want to post an inspirational quote as content on your business page, think about how you can do it differently. Maybe you have a younger demographic focused on street fashion – your demographic would probably be open to seeing an inspirational quote as street art. Same content idea, different approach.
The key to misusing social media to gain a foothold with your following is creative problem solving. If your main problem is common content, how many different ways can you take it a step further? Create content that will set you apart from your competitors while creating impact for your audience. Know the limits of your platforms so you can push the boundaries.