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It’s not exactly considered the sexiest of industries but financial services social media is a necessity – it’s where your customers are so that’s where you need to be as well. The question is, how do you compete as a finance firm against influencers, funny viral videos, memes? How do you engage your audience and keep them interested?
In this blog post, I’m going to share social media marketing tips for financial services.
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And now, let’s get into those tips:
Social listening is an incredibly powerful tool that can bring a lot of value to your business. there are multiple ways that you can use it to your advantage, such as:
While you’re going to catch these comments with your social media management tool, it’s quite likely that people are talking about your brand and complaining about it even if they’re not tagging you in their posts or tagging you incorrectly.
But just because you don’t see these mentions, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist – and, in fact, could potentially be damaging your reputation. Social listening allows you to catch any mention of your brand as soon as it happens so that you can respond as soon as possible.
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Every company has its own set of brand guidelines – some more serious, others cheekier – but it’s important to remember that a very big part of social media is…well, being social. And that involves being occasionally funny, or getting a little personal, or sharing some behind-the-scenes shots – however, it’s completely up to you and your guidelines what’s appropriate and what isn’t.
For example, on the American Express Instagram account you’ll often see photos of delicious meals:
Or, they take pictures of American Express cards and beautiful places all over the world:
Use these types of content on your social media to help humanize your brand and to entertain your followers; for example:
Earlier, we covered types of content that aren’t exactly business related, but oh-so-popular on social media.
But what about when you need to get a little more serious? It can’t be all fun all the time, but it can also be difficult to come up with engaging social media content that is relevant to the financial services.
Plus, you want to be able to promote your business too.
One of the ways you can do this on social media is to tell a story – in this case, a story about your customers. Storytelling and social media go hand in hand and there are so many different ways that you can create stories, like for example:
These types of content will help humanize your brand and will show your fans and followers how your company can help them to improve their life and their lifestyle.
Another big reason why so many of us check our social media all the time is that we can find awesome content about the topics that interest us. In fact, social media has rapidly become one of the biggest sources of news for many people all over the world.
And the great news is, your business too can leverage this through content marketing. Plus, it’s a great way to break up all of your social content – and keep things more interesting than only posting your own content.
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When you curate content, there are a few different aspects that you need to keep in mind:
Or, you can build a hub where people know that they will consistently get amazing content from the finance industry; for example, you can use a tool like Flipboard to create a digital magazine which you then promote on your social profiles:
If you curate content carefully and make sure you only share the best and most interesting content, you could potentially create a hub where people know they can always go for the latest news and best content. That gives people a reason to engage with you for longer and most importantly for a financial company, it helps build trust in your company.
The financial services industry definitely has its challenges when it comes to social media, like trying to keep thing interesting and fun and dealing with negative comments and customer service issues 24/7. But it’s also one of the best ways to connect with your audience in a more meaningful way, engage them, and grow their trust in your business.
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