How social media engagement leads to print sales

Posted by Matthew Parker

Do you have any friends you regret losing touch with?

Over the years I’ve had a few friends that I used speak with regularly. But now the friendship is dead. There is just silence between me and them.

It’s all my fault.

I didn’t do enough to keep in touch. If I’d made more of an effort those friendships still might be alive today.

It’s the same with social media. If you don’t make the effort, the relationship with your connections will fade away.

With both friendships and social media it’s vital to stay engaged

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It’s important to stay in touch with friends and social media connections

People who make the effort to stay in touch on social media are the ones who create valuable relationships. They are the ones who will be in control of their sales pipeline. They will achieve what they want from their social media activity.

Those who connect and forget will struggle to achieve much on social media, no matter how much time they spend prospecting. They will have connections but they won’t have relationships.

Here are three ways that staying in touch will benefit you on social media.

You will create interest

If you stay in touch with your connections and send them information that is valuable they will take more of an interest in you. If you are lucky, they will see you as a valuable source of information. They will actually keep a lookout for your social media activity.

The first aim of your engagement is to become a valuable resource for your contacts. That way, you will stay front of mind for them. You will be the person they go to if they have a question or a problem.

That’s the second benefit of staying in touch on social media.

You will start engagements from your connections

If you post interesting information and encourage discussions you will get a reaction. You will find that people comment on your posts. You will find that they contact you directly.

It’s the start of a two-way conversation. That two-way conversation allows the third benefit to happen.

You will create opportunities for off-line engagement

Remember, what we discovered at the beginning of this course? You will almost certainly have to take relationships away from social media to sell successfully.

Once you have two-way engagement, it becomes much easier to move your social media relationships further forwards. That often leads to sales.

This is an extract from “How To Sell Print Using Social Media”. It launches 15th September, price $139.
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