In today’s post, we are designing an integrated marketing strategy using two of the best ways to connect with prospects and customers on the internet, social media and email. The goal is to present a consistent and engaging digital presence for customers and prospective customers.
According to We Are Social and Hootsuite, the number of internet users is growing by an average of 1 million more each day. As the next graphic shows, there are 3.484 billion active social media users in the world today.
One of the essential steps for creating a profitable business is identifying your best target audience. Reaching those who have no interest in your products and services is a waste of time and money.
A second step is figuring out how to reach them. Social media can be an effective avenue for reaching your target audience. Teaming up social media with email marketing can be one of the best ways to achieve success in digital marketing.
Social Media Targeting
Let’s start with identifying who we can best reach using the best social media for our target audience. The top social media platforms are Facebook and YouTube, but if they aren’t the best for reaching your best target audience, they may not work well for your business.
According to published by the Pew Research Center:
- 73% of U.S. adults use YouTube
- 68% use Facebook
- 35% use Instagram
- 29% use Pinterest
- 27% use Snapchat
- 25% use LinkedIn
- 24% use Twitter
Let’s look at the demographics for each of these.
Social Media Marketing Platforms Demographic Information
Facebook demographics, according to Omnicore:
- Facebook users are 43% female and 57% male.
- Of all the people on the internet, 83% of Women & 75% of Men use Facebook.
- Average Facebook user has 155 “friends”.
- 62% of online Seniors aged 65+ are on Facebook and 72% are between age 50-64.
- 88% of online users of age 18-29 are on Facebook, 84% of those 30-49.
- 82% of college graduates are on Facebook.
- 72% of online users of income more than $75K are on Facebook.
- 85% of Facebook’s Daily Active Users Come from Outside the US/Canada.
- The largest population on Facebook is from India with over 270 million users followed by 190 million from the US.
- Brazil and Indonesia both have around 120 million users.
- Monthly Active Users from Asia are 1 billion.
- Europe has 385 million Facebook users.
- 96% of Facebook users accessed via mobile devices.
YouTube demographics, according to Omnicore:
- 73% of US adults use YouTube.
- 62% of YouTube users are Males.
- 78% of US men adults use YouTube.
- 68% of US women adults use YouTube.
- 80% of YouTube users come from outside the U.S.
- 62% of businesses use YouTube.
- 9% of small businesses are on YouTube.
- 35+ and 55+ age groups are the fastest growing YouTube demographics.
- 75% of adults turn to YouTube for nostalgia rather than tutorials or current events.
- Millennials prefer YouTube two to one over traditional television.
- 51% of YouTube users say they visit the site daily.
- 37% of the coveted 18 – 34 demographic are binge-watching.
- 70% of YouTube watch time comes from mobile devices.
- YouTube services are available in 91 countries in 80 languages (or 95% of all internet users).
- Males are primarily watching soccer or strategy games.
- Females are primarily watching beauty videos.
- 95% of global internet population watches YouTube.
- There 50 million creators on YouTube.
- YouTube has 265 million active users in India.
Instagram demographics, according to Omnicare:
- 52% of Instagram users are Females and 42% are male.
- 110 million Instagram users are from the US.
- Instagram is used by 43% of American women and 31% of men.
- 37% of US adults use Instagram and the United States has the most number of Instagram users.
- Six in ten online adults have Instagram accounts.
- 32% of all Internet users are on Instagram.
- 31% of internet users between the ages of 18 and 24 use Instagram and 32% of internet users between the ages of 25 and 34 use Instagram.
- 72% of teens use Instagram.
- 130 million Instagram accounts tap on a shopping post to learn more about products every month.
- 35% of US teenagers say Instagram is their preferred social media platform.
- 63% of Americans use Instagram daily.
Pinterest demographics, according to Omnicore:
- 70% of Pinterest users are actually Females.
- 40% of New Signups are Men; 60% New Signups are Women.
- Men account for only 7% of total pins on Pinterest.
- 50%+ Pinners live outside the US.
- 34% of Users aged 18-29 in the US uses Pinterest.
- 42% US women adults who uses Pinterest.
- 80% of US mothers who use the internet uses Pinterest.
- Millennials use Pinterest as much as Instagram.
- The median age of a Pinterest user is 40, however, the majority of active pinners are below 40.
- Half of Pinterest users earn $50K or greater per year, with 10 percent of Pinteresting households making greater than $125K.
- 144.5 million – Number of people that pinterest reports can be reached with adverts on pinterest
- 28% of all US social media users are Pinterest users.
Snapchat demographics, according to Omnicore:
- 75% of Snapchat users are under 34 years old.
- 90% of Snapchat users are 13-24 years old.
- Roughly 61% of Snapchat users are female and 38% are male.
- 69% of US teens say they use Snapchat.
- 24% of US adults use Snapchat.
- Roughly 61% of Snapchat users access the platform daily.
- 41% of US teenagers say Snapchat is their preferred social media platform.
- People under the age of 25 use Snapchat for 40 minutes on average every day, more than Instagram’s latest stat for the same demographic.
- 20% of US College students use Snapchat.
- 50% of Male College students share selfies on Snapchat, the number is higher for Female college students. 77% to be precise.
- 39% of Snapchat users are aged between 18-24.
- 71% of Snapchat users aged 18 through 24 use Snapchat multiple times per day.
- More than 37.5% of UK Smartphone users are on Snapchat, in Norway the number goes up to 50%.
- 61 million users use Snapchat daily in Europe.
- Ireland, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden have the highest levels of Snapchat penetration of their population aged 16+.
Twitter demographics, according to Omnicore:
- 34% of Twitter users are females and 66% are males.
- 22% of US adults use Twitter.
- 24% of All Internet male users use Twitter, whereas 21% of All Internet Female users use Twitter.
- There are 262 million International Twitter users (users outside the US) which make up 79% of all Twitter accounts.
- There are 68 million monthly active Twitter users in the US.
- Roughly 42% of Twitter users are on the platform daily.
- The total number of Twitter users in the UK is 14.1 million.
- 37% of Twitter users are between the ages of 18 and 29, 25% users are 30-49 years old.
- 56% of Twitter users $50,000 and more in a year.
- 80% of Twitter users are affluent millennials.
- The top three countries by user count outside the U.S. are Japan (36.7 million users), Saudi Arabia (9.9 million), and Turkey (8.6 million).
- 38% of Americans aged 18 to 29 years old use Twitter.
- 80% of Twitter users accessing the platform on a mobile device, and 93% of video views are on mobile.
LinkedIn demographics, according to Omnicore:
- More than 70% of Linkedin users are from Outside the US.
- 90 million LinkedIn users are senior level influencers and 63 million are in decision-making positions.
- 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn.
- There are 57% of male users and 43% female users on Linkedin.
- After US, India, Brazil, Great Britain and Canada have the highest number of Linkedin users.
- 25% of Millenials (18-24 years old) use Linkedin.
- There are 87 million Millennials on LinkedIn with 11 million in decision-making positions.
- 28% of All Internet male users use Linkedin, whereas 27% of All Internet Female users use Linkedin.
- 49% of Linkedin users earn more than $75,000 in a year.
- 51% of US College Graduates use LinkedIn.
- 190 million workers in the US have Linkedin profiles.
- 11% of adults aged 18+ can be reached with adverts on Linkedin.
Which Social Media Platforms Are Best For Your Business?
Which social media platform will best reach the best target audience for your products and services? One or more of them might jump out at you right now based on the demographic information about their users. Otherwise, it will take some experimentation on your part. As you use social media for your business, which one or ones give you the best response?
Consider the 3.484 billion people using social media. The Radicati Group estimates that there will be 2.9 billion people using email this year.
Linking the two provides you with an incredibly big potential audience, and pool of prospects. With social media, you can broadcast your message to billions of people, and with email you have the opportunity to present your message over and over again to a subscriber base that has chosen to receive your message.
What actions do we want to encourage using social media? Number one is getting people to sign up to your email list.
Do you have a Facebook business page? If so, add a sign-up page to your Facebook business page if you haven’t already done so. If you don’t have a business Facebook page, get one and post to it regularly.
Another platform for grabbing email subscribers is Twitter. Here’s a great infographic from SocialQuant that shows you how:
Let’s go throught the steps in the process.
- Tweet your lead magnet offer. If you’re not sure what a lead magnet is, go here. In your tweet, offer your lead magnet and provide an url to a landing page for your lead magnet.
- On your landing page, have a place for responders to enter their email address in exchange for your lead magnet.
- Provide value for your lead magnet is what you do before you offer it to anyone! Make sure that your lead magnet is valuable enough to spur interest in your business.
- Once you have secured email addresses, email your leads with great offers.
- Use regular emails to your subscribers to turn them into customers. How? See below.
This process will work with any social media that allows you to send prospects to a landing page. For more help with this, go here.
Adding Email To Your Marketing Mix
Once we’ve found our best prospects, how can we best market to them? This is where email marketing comes in. I’ve said it before – email marketing is king over all other marketing methods, delivering a 3800% return on investment. That’s a $38 return for every dollar invested, according to VentureBeat. Here’s another important stat for you: email is 40 times more effective for acquiring new customers than social media, according to management consulting firm McKinsey and Company. When you combine social media with email, you’ve broadened your reach significantly.
Delivering the right message at the right time to the right people is the way to succeed in marketing, and using email to deliver that right message is your best option. This is why building a list with an automated service like AWeber is so important. The more on your list, the more money you will make, if you are doing email marketing correctly. How do you do email marketing correctly? Let’s look at three types of emails to send to prospects and customers.
- We’ll start with transactional emails. A transactional email is an automated email that is sent when someone does something, like provide their email address on a landing page. Their action triggers an automated email response from you. Transactional emails get opened eight times more often than other emails. These automated responses could be to someone requesting your lead magnet, or making a purchase. There are a variety of actions that can trigger an automated email response. Your work at this point is to have your automated email responses ready to go and ensuring that those responses are written to build your reputation and future engagement with you.
- Second, create an automated sequence of follow up emails for your new subscribers. In this sequence, introduce yourself and your business. Best practices call for at least two different sequences – one for prospects and another for customers. Have a clear idea of what you want your follow up emails to do. Here are a few ideas from Active Campaign: Your follow up sequence is evergreen content. The follow ups will go to your new subscribers and customers and the information inside will not go stale over time. This is much different than broadcast emails.
- After your follow up sequence is completed, send broadcast emails out on a regular basis to your subscribers. Regular means different things to different internet marketers. Some send out every day, others once a week or less. Find a frequency that works for you and your subscribers. If you get a lot of unsubscribes, that could be an indication that you are emailing too frequently or not enough. What are broadcast emails? They are emails that you send to your entire list, or a segment of a list, for time-sensitive promotions, newsletters, or perhaps a digest of recent blog posts and/or promotions. The key to broadcast emails is that they demand immediate action.
That’s it. Combine social media and email marketing to achieve great results. If you’re already doing so, tell us how it’s working for you in the comments section. If you need help using social media for your business, click here.
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