Can Spending Time on Social Media Help You Run a Contracting Business?

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t spend any time on social media. In fact, you probably can’t scroll without seeing some article about screen time. But for a modern business, engagement with social media platforms is a must. As a business owner, you’ll use a lot of practical skills that help you run your business more effectively. Here’s how your social media time can become an advantage.

Keep Track of the Latest Trends
Social media certainly has changed the way we look at marketing trends. Decades ago, a certain practice for selling or marketing your services might become popular or unpopular over the course of a year or two. These days, if you blink, you miss it. Social media trends start quickly and can fade out just as fast. If you’re trying to keep track of them as an outsider, you will perpetually be at least a few months behind. By participating in social media, especially the most popular platforms, you can get a feel for where the trends are going and have an up-to-the-minute understanding of them.

Understanding Marketing Advice for Social Media
Unless you’re hiring a marketing firm to do all of this for you, you’re probably going to need to understand what’s going on. There are tons of tips and tricks for marketing your business online, particularly aimed at creating or improving your social media presence. But if you have no idea what they’re talking about, you’re not going to be able to take advantage of that advice. Most advice, especially information published within the last few months, will make specific recommendations based on the platform. The more experience you have engaging on the platform and interacting with others, the easier it will be for you to incorporate those tips into your business.

Find Potential Clients
Hundreds of millions of people spend as much as several hours a day browsing social media. It’s not a surprise that many businesses have realized that if they want to find their customers, they’ve got to be on social media too. It’s a good idea to research information about social media use based on demographic, so that you have a sense for the places your target customers spend their time. But browsing social media on your own also gives you ideas for where you can find these people.

Identify Gaps Where Your Business Could Make a Difference
While you’re using social media as a way to unwind or connect with other people in your community, you can start to gather information about the way that businesses like yours engage with potential clients. For example, you might discover that most of your competitors don’t even have a social media presence, or that their profiles are seriously outdated. That’s a great opportunity for you to build a presence without as much competition. You can also look for problems that people bring up in your community that could be solved by your business. Learning more about people’s struggles can help you target your services more efficiently.

Test Out New Strategies
When you start to build a marketing plan for your business, you want it to go well on your first try, if possible. But that might mean that you need to test things out to get a feel for them. For example, if you want to see what kind of engagement you can expect at a certain time of day, you can try posting from your personal accounts and see what happens. This is free information that you can use to help you tailor your marketing strategies more effectively.

Don’t feel bad about spending time on social media. You’re learning how to make your business better. For more information on becoming a licensed contractor, visit CSLS today!