If you’re a small business, integrating social media into your site is essential. Integrating social media into your site can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know what to do or how to do it.
Your social media channels should work with your site to help your brand gain exposure on the internet.
How do you do this?
Use visible social media buttons on your site
While this may seem obvious, double check. Make sure that your social media buttons appear on every page of your site. Also, so that users don’t navigate away from your site, make sure that when the user selects the button, the social media site opens in another window. The goal is to increase the interaction the user has with your brand, not to lead them away.
On the image below, The Empress Secret has chosen to add their social media icons on the top right of the site:
Integrate social media posts into your home page
Google and other web search engines crawl the internet looking for updated content continually. If the home page of your site contains a ‘feed’ of your twitter or blog content, the content is being updated every time that you blog or tweet.
Next, if there is a feed to your home page, make sure that you’re updating your social media on a consistent basis. Showing old material or content dates on your home page does not show well for your brand. New, relevant material on your site shows your customers that you take your business and your product seriously and you’re providing relevant, up to date material.
Below, Diginomica shows a series of recent conversations from their social media on their site:
Include Share Buttons
Think of Share buttons like this: If you take the time to write and post content, why not also make sure that your followers can share it with their friends? If you don’t, you could potentially be missing out on a ton of business.
To do this, check out apps like http://www.addthis.com/ or http://www.sharethis.com.
Internet Retailer shows the social media “share” buttons in the left column, beside this article. When you scroll down on the site, the icons follow as you scroll.
Look to Google Analytics for Help
Google analytics can help you to track how people are using your social media buttons. They suggest setting up Event Tracking in your Analytics account. If you don’t know how to do this, Google provides a easy to use guide, just select the link above.
Allow social log ins to make it easier to connect to you.
With social log ins, users don’t have to create an account on your site. Instead, they use their own log in information from their favorite social media site to log into your site.
Using social log ins helps to create a community for your brand quickly. From here, engage with your followers for more sales.
There you have it. Some quick ideas on integrating social media into your site.