Defining a Target Audience

One of the most important things that marketers can do is to develop a clear understanding of the company’s target audience because this information is what established all the other elements of a social media marketing strategy.

Defining a target audience means identifying and understanding the company’s niche, and then dominating that part of the market. Marketers do this through audience research, and with it, they’re able to create relevant and insightful content, ads, and messaging. All of that leads to higher conversion rates, as well as improved social media return on investment (ROI).

Researching a company’s target audience isn’t too complicated, as what it mainly entails is narrowing down the company’s focus while also expanding its reach.

Data

The first step in defining a company’s target audience is to gather all of the data the company has on its existing customers and audience online. The people that are already making purchases, keeping up with updates, and interacting with posts have a lot of valuable information for the company.

Marketers can learn about their age, location, language, spending patterns, spending power, their interests, pain points, the buying decisions, and for B2B businesses, the size of the target businesses.

The great thing about all of this data is that it’s already available on various social media platforms because most of them have their own social media analytics tools.

Social Listening

Another way to learn more about the target audience, and to define it even further is through social listening. Marketers do this by monitoring relevant hashtags and keywords across social media platforms to find out what the public, and the target audience, are saying about the company as well as its competitors, even when they aren’t directly mentioned and tagged in those posts or conversations.

Social Channels

After learning those details about the audience and what these people are talking about online, it’s time to learn about the platforms they’re using most of the time. There are several tools that are already available to companies looking to gather this information, with one of the biggest ones being Google Analytics.

With tools like these, marketers can learn which social media platforms the audience prefers using to reach out to the company – or refer back to it. In addition, these tools also show information such as which specific posts are driving the most engagement and traffic to the company’s website or social platforms.

Pain Points

Finally, marketers should learn what the target audience wants from the company’s social media profiles. This is closely tied to the company’s products or services, which are made to help make the audience’s life better, easier, or more interesting.

Through social media platforms, brands can create even more value for the target audience, based on those pain points. These strategies can focus on helping the audience overcome any obstacles in their buying journey, moving them along that buying journey, or providing entertaining or educational content that the audience will engage with.