Which Social Media Networks are Worth Your Time?

Which social network is right for your business?

Do you struggle with determining which social media networks are worth your time?

You’re not alone.

When building a social media plan, deciding which social media channels to focus on is one of the important steps you must take — whether you’re just starting out or you’re evaluating your existing efforts.

After all, you don’t want to waste your time on a social media channel that won’t help you drive results for your business.

 Which Social Media Channel is Right For Your Business

So, how do you know which social media channel is right for your business? How do you determine whether you should invest your time in Facebook, Pinterest or Snapchat?

Taking these steps will help you decide.

1. Find your audience.

It doesn’t make sense to talk to an empty room. You must figure out where your target audience hangs out online.

Not sure how to do that?

Here are some ideas on how to get this information:

2. Consider how your content fits on the channel.

Nearly 20 percent of the world’s population is on Facebook. There’s a good chance your audience hangs out there.

But, will your content fit there? Will your audience want to hear from you on Facebook?

Remember, your content on Facebook is competing for attention with pictures of people’s kids and the latest cat meme. Will people want to avert their eyes from that to see what you have to say there?

For instance, we worked with a company that detects and locates leaks in pipelines. Facebook doesn’t make a lot of sense for them. On the other hand, a local property management company that rents apartments and houses is a great fit for Facebook.

This doesn’t just apply to Facebook. Think about each social network and consider if your content will fit.

3. Test it out.

Once you’ve done your research and considered where your content might be a good fit, you have to dive in and test it out.

You don’t truly know how your company will fare on social media until you try it.

But, if you’re going to jump into a new social media channel, you have to go all in with your efforts. Invest the time and energy to do it right. Give it at least three to six months to see how it’s working for you.

During the time, you’ve also got to be willing to experiment with new and different tactics so you can determine what works best for your audience.

4. Evaluate your efforts.

Last week, Copyblogger — one of the most popular blogs in the world — shut down their Facebook page.


It wasn’t working for them.

Although Copyblogger had a huge audience on Facebook, they weren’t getting any interaction with their efforts. They even tested and tried a number of new tactics to see if they could re-energize the page.

Despite following best practices, Facebook wasn’t where their audience wanted to engage with them.

You must determine what you’re trying to accomplish with each social media channel and regularly evaluate if your efforts are working for you.

Sometimes, a social media channel doesn’t work out. And that’s okay.

As the song goes, you’ve got to know when to fold ‘em.

After all, there’s no sense in wasting your time on social media channel that’s not helping your business.

What about you? Have you ever shut down one of your social media channels? Are you struggling to decide if an effort is working?



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Laura Click

Laura Click is brand strategist, speaker, podcaster and the founder of Blue Kite. Learn more about Laura and her work at Blue Kite.

2 replies on “Which Social Media Networks are Worth Your Time?”

I think that was such a brave (and buzz generating!) move by Copyblogger. They have a strong brand that is thriving “at home,” and have found what works for them on other social channels, so they can afford to abandon ship. I wonder how many will follow suit!

I have often maintained that with Facebook being so ubiquitous, it’s good to have a presence for the majority of businesses. But you make such a good point that if it’s not working – and you are applying best practices & testing new things – you should not waste your time there just to check a box. That goes for any marketing approach, not just social media!

Danielle – it will be interesting to see if people join the Copyblogger bandwagon. I just hope people don’t blindly abandon Facebook. You HAVE to evaluate whether it works for you. Different goals and different businesses will require different social media strategies.

And, to your last point, it’s far too easy to just DO social media to check the box. But, if it’s not effectively helping you reach your goals, then it’s a waste of time!

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