Connecting with your community on social channels

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17 Jul 2023

Connecting with your community on social channels

Building an active and loyal community on social media platforms requires a genuine love for what you do, and a strategic approach tailored to each platform's unique features and what each audience likes (and doesn't like) to see. We're going to give you a handful of social media best practices for building an authentic community on TikTok, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Building a TikTok Community:

Leverage trending challenges

For your content creation, think about participating in popular TikTok challenges and trends to engage with the wider TikTok community and show who you are, increasing your visibility.

Create authentic and entertaining content

TikTok's users appreciate authenticity and creativity. Develop engaging videos that align with your brand while being entertaining, informative, or inspiring. Education, humour and quick, snappy video do especially well on TikTok.

Use hashtags

Research and use relevant hashtags to increase the discoverability of your content. Engage with other creators using the same hashtags to foster connections within the TikTok community.

Engage with comments and duets

Respond to comments on your videos and engage with users through duets (split-screen collaborations). This interactive community management approach helps create a sense of community and encourages other users to participate.

Building a LinkedIn Community:

Share valuable industry insights

LinkedIn is a professional platform where users appreciate educational and informative content. Share industry-related insights, tips, and updates to establish yourself as a thought leader and attract professionals in your niche.

Join and engage in relevant groups

Join and actively participate in LinkedIn groups that match with your community's interests. Share valuable content, participate in discussions, and connect with other group members to expand your network and be relatable to your customers.

Network with industry professionals

Audience targeting is easy on LinkedIn, as you can connect with professionals in your field by searching by job title. Once you’ve found them, engage with their content, leave thoughtful comments, and initiate conversations. Building meaningful relationships with industry leaders can help you grow your community.

Use LinkedIn's publishing platform

Publish long-form articles on LinkedIn about your industry or field to showcase your expertise and share valuable insights. This will give you a good chance of attracting an audience who are interested in your niche, and establishing credibility.

Building an Instagram Community:

Keep your visual branding consistent

Make sure your brand stands out by using consistent colours, fonts, and themes across your Instagram posts. This helps create a recognisable business brand and encourages users to follow and engage with your content.

Use Instagram Stories and live videos

Take advantage of the ephemeral nature of Instagram Stories to provide behind-the-scenes glimpses, share quick tips, and conduct Q&A sessions. Live videos allow you to engage directly with your audience in real time.

Encourage user-generated content

Suggest fun and interesting ways for your community to create and share content related to your brand or products. Feature user-generated content on your Instagram account to foster a sense of community and reward your followers' contributions.

Engage with your followers

Respond to comments, direct messages, and engage with your followers' content. Show appreciation for their support, answer their questions, and build a personal connection with them.

Hopefully that's given you several actionable tips, so you can get started. Remember, building a community takes time and consistent effort. Focus on creating valuable content, connecting with your audience, building genuine engagement, and fostering a sense of belonging to build an active and loyal community on each platform.

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