Today we’re talking how to cross post the right way on social media. This is one of my biggest pet peeves … and of course is entirely subjective. My goal is to help Make Sense of Social Media for you though, so this is what I know to be true about cross posting and promoting.
What I mean when I say cross posting on social media is, taking the same piece of content [i.e. blog post, video, quote image] and sharing it onto your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. [easily done through HootSuite…but beware]. Cross posting is in itself a very wise habit to create and or maintain, however, if you do it wrong and without a strategy you really risk damaging your social media reputation and potentially losing fans and followers.
Having LOTS of followers is no longer the ONLY thing that is imperative to successful social media marketing; in fact, I wonder how ultimately important the numbers really are anymore. What DOES matter is where those numbers are coming from; targeting your ideal audience and ensuring THEY are seeing your content. That is what matters most; and cross posting can help you to this end, but only if you do it the right way.
Here is an example of what bugs me the most, as I started off this blog post by saying this was one of my biggest pet peeves …
This is a Tweet by a reputable hotel company, local to me; so let’s examine it, shall we?
First of all, the text itself indicates that not much thought has gone into who will be reading this Tweet. “Always a fun time” … where, when, over what, with who? What does this even mean? Lots of things are a fun time; there is no way for me to even remotely grasp what they are talking about. When describing something in a social media post, even if that is a link, ensure that the text on it’s own makes sense, as the likelihood of your link being clicked, ANY link, is very slim.
Second of all, this Twitter account is assuming that I will click that obvious Facebook link to discover what this fun time is about. What if I don’t care to, or feel like it? Chances are HIGH, to anyone who uses Twitter regularly, that they know this is a Facebook link and will potentially feel miffed or put off that the content creator is not creating content that is Twitter exclusive [or even relevant].
You may be thinking now, “but Lorri, cross posting effectively sounds like it takes more time and effort”, and you would be right. However, the long term gain from approaching this from a “who is reading my content” as opposed to “what do I want to say” standpoint is great, and worth the effort.
When you DO create great content on a daily or weekly basis, ensure that the scheduled posts [or unscheduled for that matter] are PER platform. Here are some pro tips for you:
- use different visuals per platform; size them accordingly
- use different hashtags per platform
- use different descriptions per platform
- learn what it takes, per platform, to keep your audience engaged
You may, in the beginning of this practice, spend a bit more time creating your posts to set this up properly, but in the end your readers and fans will KNOW you have laid out your content for THEM and not just a random “butter spread too thin on toast” approach of having your content potentially seen.
Just about every single time I see a fb.me/******** post on Twitter I scroll right on past for I KNOW that the content creator simply has a rule set up to Tweet every time a Facebook update is posted. Not all posts are created equally.
As a side note; I am by no means perfect, as I often post my Instagram pictures to my Twitter account, however, I ensure that the description, to the best of my ability, is still something that my Twitter followers want to engage with.
Know your audience, PER PLATFORM, know what they need and serve them the best you can. THAT is how you cross post on social media, the RIGHT way!