How a Few Words Can Increase Social Media Engagement
I’m sure you’ve noticed there’s no shortage of social media techniques and tips out there!
But have you also noticed the majority of those tips focus on general info, like how to get more followers or likes, or how to post compelling content to engage your users?
Those resources are important, but I notice that sometimes hashtags get forgotten about.
They’re rarely mentioned in marketing articles, but they’re such a great tool for building your brand, raising awareness around marketing campaigns and engaging/entertaining your audience.
How Do Hashtags Work?
If you’re new to social media, I know it can seem overwhelming.
You may have seen these words with the # in front of them on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest. (The hashtag actually got its start in 2007, when Twitter began using it to index keywords to make them more searchable.)
But what are these words supposed to do? Should you use them? Why are they seemingly random?
I’ve put together this guide to help you understand how to use hashtags (and what the heck they are!) so you can increase social media engagement and leads.
Think of hashtags as a way to categorize your content.
Ultimately, they help people find and share posts on a specific topic.
When you create your social media post, you take a word or words and put the pound sign (#) in front of it. If you use two words, don’t put a space between them. Now, the phrase is clickable and searchable on the social media platform the user is on.
Choosing the Right Hashtags
When done correctly, these tags can help you gain more exposure for your business and increase social media engagement. But like any social media strategy, you have to do your research and think before you post.
I’ll make this process easier for you. Here are 7 ways to start choosing the right hashtags:
1. Create them for events.
This is one of the best ways to increase excitement and engagement on your social media accounts. For example, the Cornucopia wine festival in Whistler shared many posts on their Twitter and Instagram accounts with the hashtag #Cornucopia2019, and so did their followers and attendees.
2. Tag famous people or big brands.
Take a look at what’s trending on Twitter, and try and incorporate it into your posts; but only if it’s relevant. People are going to know if you’re trying to force it or be fake.
Some examples are big sporting events, record releases by musicians, holidays and popular books. If someone who’s famous in your industry makes the news, you could use that tag in one of your posts.
3. Do your research.
Whether you are doing research on the latest news for an upcoming Canadian Federal election or hockey playoffs, you could do a hashtag search to find several posts on the subject.
Searching tags on social media platforms can be a perfect way to find new ideas and spy on your competition.