As more authors scramble to market themselves and sell their books, knowing that book signings, library appearances, and public events are non-existent or will be limited, they are turning to the digital landscape with urgency and a willingness to explore. So what kind of social media strategy is right for you?
First, determine how many platforms you want to be active on -- and identify specific ones that you plan to dedicate your time, energy, and mindshare to. Will you choose from big ones, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest & Instagram – or smaller, but targeted ones?
Second, think about – realistically – how much time you can devote to each platform. Are you ready to post, connect, and engage on a daily basis?
Third, stick to a plan and a schedule for your posting. Will you post once, three times, five times or more per day?
Fourth, what type of content do you plan to share or create? Can you come up with an editorial calendar for scheduling posts and knowing ahead of time what they will consist of?
Fifth, can you diversify your portfolio of content, so that it’s balanced between words, visuals, and sound? Mix it up, with photos, charts, illustrations, text, video, and audio.
Sixth, the quickest way to grow your connections is to tap into the connections of others. Email your list of family, friends, relatives, colleagues, church members, old school chums, etc. and ask them to connect with you on a specific platform. Give them your handle for that site. Agree to follow/connect with them as well. Then ask them to share a piece of content from you on their social media platforms.
Seventh, experiment and learn as much as you can about the platform you post on. See what models or best practices exist. Observe and watch what others do to get attention. You can do what they do.
Eighth, you could use ads to boost your clicks and connections, but if you want long-lasting connections, it is best to grow them organically.
Ninth, think about the persona or voice that you want to carry in your social media. Are you the intellect, comic, or angry guy? Are you the caring mom, sexy girl next door, or the supportive friend? Will you rant or rave? Will you be known for raising questions, challenging norms, or being different? Will you be a cheerleader, a yes=person, or someone else? Who will you be online? Decide – and remain in that character. Consistency is key.
Tenth, try to avoid confusing getting clicks with being successful. We get addicted to the discussions online and the reward of seeing our number of followers or impressions rise, but more important than that is your conversion rate. How much of your digital activity raises your brand profile, sells books, or allows you to commoditize or capitalize on your fame? Pay attention to the bottom line.
The right social media strategy will balance your time with a pay-off and it will be one that leads towards achieving bigger goals. It is a piece of the book marketing puzzle. It is needed, but there is no reason for it to dominate all that you do. Keep it in perspective and you might just find the right measure of activity and reward.
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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent. This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.
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