Critical Improvements for Social Media: Avance Electronics Checkup Part 2

 Are you looking for practical social media tips? In today's Ecommerce Marketing Checkup, our experts provide real-world recommendations for our example store, Avance Electronics.

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The Volusion Services Team selects one of our merchants every month for a comprehensive Ecommerce Marketing Checkup. Last week, our specialists offered advice for improving Avance Electronics’ SEO and conversion rates. This week we are shifting gears and exploring the same storefront’s social media potential.

Check out their recommendations below!

Social Media: Build Up the Networks & Begin Regular Engagement

“AvanceElectronics.com at one time created profiles on several of the major social media networks; however, they are not currently sharing any content nor engaging with an active audience. It’s time to plug back in and connect with an audience by regularly sharing engaging content, visuals and consumer-focused questions and product usage tips. Facebook advertisements and cross-promoting the social networks can also help build an active audience from the ground up.”

-Bethany Smith, Social & Search Marketing Specialist

The following suggestions are meant to reinvigorate AvanceElectronics.com’s social networks by establishing the brand as reliable, helpful and informative while also growing the target market to improve audience engagement.

Build Trust with Updated Profiles:

Avance Electronics has created profiles on several of the major social networks and claimed branded URLs on each of the networks such as “http://Twitter.com/GoAvance.” However, beyond the URL, many of these profiles are outdated and lacking in optimization. It’s important to maintain profiles to establish trust and relevancy. Up-to-date profiles help convey that a company is cutting edge, high quality and reliable, which is an integral image that an electronics and technology company such as Avance Electronics should always convey. Additionally, graphics across different social networks should reflect the brand’s voice, be consistent in design and have high resolution. Here’s how Avance Electronics can restore each of their networks to be up-to-date:

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Start Sharing & Establish Reliability:

Avance Electronics should focus on getting back into the social media sector by sharing regular status updates on their accounts. Consistent status updates  will establish the company as reliable and personable. To build a social following, Avance Electronics must be committed to delivering long-term value through their social networks. The first step is develop an engagement strategy. An editorial content calendar for planning statuses can help Avance Electronics outline a variety of posts to share and tailor them by network. To save time, a management tool such as HootSuite can be beneficial in making things even easier.

Because it has been months since the last statuses were shared, it would be a good idea for Avance Electronics to start off with a post that explains and apologies for the extended time away with a promise of commitment moving forward. This not only helps humanize the brand, but reiterates trust and reliability moving forward.

Ideally, posts should:

Seek Out and Expand Audience:

With a content strategy plan in place and networks that are updated, Avance Electronics should next focus on expanding their existing audiences to help grow engagement.

Inform Consumers of Social Presence with Promotion:

The AvanceElectronics.com domain does a great job promoting social networks and engagement. The footer of the site integrates buttons featuring links to the company’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram accounts. Each product page also includes social bookmarking options to allow customers to easily share products on their own personal social accounts.

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Social Media Promotion

Avance Electronics should continue spreading the word about their online presence and make links to their networks readily available not just on the website, but on the social networks themselves. Include links to Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram in the Facebook extended “about” section. Link Pinterest to Facebook and Twitter. Occasionally, use a tweet or Facebook status post to inform audiences about other networks. Let the audience know the value of joining the brand on a different network, or offer an incentive. For example, a good Facebook post might be: “Are you on Pinterest? Follow us as we share pics about the latest phone designs and we’ll follow you back.”

Facebook advertisements are also an easy way to promote the company website or other networks. In addition to building an audience on Facebook with a targeted campaign to generate page likes, Avance Electronics could promote pages on the website, encourage engagement on a status for increased visibility or even share another social network.

Reward Loyalty:

As the audience grows on each of Avance Electronics’ networks, loyalty should be recognized and rewarded. To do this, offer a discount for consumers who have liked the Facebook page, follow back pinners who engage on Pinterest, retweet users on Twitter, give an exclusive product glimpse to Instagram followers, etc. Also, respond quickly and professionally to any comments addressing the company. By showing respect and offering exceptional customer service on the social networks, Avance Electronics is making a promise to their social network audiences that they are personable and trustworthy brand. In turn, this trust will help foster and encourage future network engagements and even website sales.

Other Opportunities Worth Exploring:

Consumers often have questions about sturdiness, quality and product applications of electronics. To help explain and answer questions, a presence on a video-based social network would be a good opportunity for Avance Electronics. Brief how-tos, out-of-the-box product reviews, and drop tests would all make for great video content series on a network such as YouTube or Vine.

Additionally, these instructional and informational video series would be beneficial content to share on a blog. At one time, Avance Electronics created a blog on BlogSpot, but never updated it. If Avance Electronics is limited on time and unable to launch consistent blog updates, the “Discover” link should instead be removed from the website’s global navigation. However, if time is not an issue, Avance Electronics could establish themselves as an industry leader with blog articles. These articles could then be linked to by the other social networks for increased promotion.

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