Social media is definitely one of the most powerful tools that a marketer has at their disposal, and an even better tool for direct sellers because like direct sales, start-up costs are either free or very minimal. Utilizing social media means that you have the ability to reach thousands or even millions of people at no cost. The problem is that 99% of the time, social media is being used inefficiently, and it just ends up being a waste of time.
So the question becomes: “How to use social media efficiently and effectively in direct sales?”
1) Choosing the channels that are most effective for your product
One of the most common mistakes is the idea that more is always better. Many people in direct sales embrace this philosophy and think that if they scream their message through 10 social media channels instead of 1, that they will be 10 times more effective. The truth is that while using more channels isn’t always a bad thing, just using more channels for the sake of having more is definitely a bad thing.
Each social media channel has its own strengths and weaknesses, which will help you select the right social networks to use. For example, if it’s a product that you need to demonstrate or show a visual proof for (for example a guitar or instrument), then Youtube is going to be a great option. If it’s a product set like a clothing line that is constantly releasing new products, then something like Instagram is going to be a better fit.
So first, analyze the products you are selling and the market you are selling to and focus your time on the social channels that are going to produce the best results.
2) Separate channels based on the messages you are sending
This is especially important for situations where you are trying to both sell products, and get people under you to sell products (so that you benefit from their sales as well). In situations like these, it’s important to realize that there are some people who might be interested in the products themselves but not selling, and others who might like to sell but have no desire to purchase the products.
To do this you need to split messages into separate channels based on what you are trying to accomplish. A lot people see their close friends as a pool of potential sales colleagues, so a channel like Facebook is probably better for recruiting efforts. This allows you to take channels like Twitter and Instagram that are less personal and really leverage those to make direct sales.
3) Separate Your Personal Channels from your business channels
This is the single biggest mistake that direct sales professionals make. They spend time screaming on their social media channels about other companies, or idiot drivers they see on the road, or general bad experiences…and then they try to post about their products. There is absolutely nothing wrong with venting or posting personal feelings or experiences on social media, that’s one of the reasons it’s there. But if you want to be a highly effective direct sales professional, then every post, photo, video, etc. has got to be about building the brand in some way. There just isn’t room for personal posts mixed in with business posts. You will alienate people, lose followers and attention to the brand, and ultimately just waste your time.
These aren’t brilliant points that dive into the deepest depths of social media, or that will let you sell a million products this year just using these tips. However, these are mistakes that most people in direct sales make on a daily basis. If you can simply inject these 3 principles into your social media strategies, your direct sales business will definitely be more efficient and more effective than it is now.
Patrick King is a Search Engine Marketing Manager for Premier Laser Spa. In addition to that, he is a highly respected business consultant who works heavily with direct sales professionals in developing their start-ups and taking their companies to the next level.