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Hopefully by now you know the importance of building your brand’s presence on social media.

Often times, social can seem overwhelming and confusing.  For example, you may log onto Pinterest to try to figure it all out, only to realize that three hours have gone by and the only thing you’ve found is an amazing recipe for a Chai Tea Latte (marijuana optional).

Most cannabis business owners have got the “weed porn” portion of social down – meaning they know how to post pictures of weed on Instagram and Facebook but don’t worry about much else.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a lot more to social than weed porn.

Weed porn is one of the big red flags for Facebook and Instagram and, it’s a great way to get your account shut down.

If you are ignoring a larger content marketing strategy and only posting content that is full of hype and sales, you are not only likely to get your account shut down but you are also very likely to turn off your prospective customers.

Thanks in part to an over saturation of weed porn and constantly changing algorithms (Facebook, Instagram … who’s next?) there is a need for a robust strategy that can evolve.  

Like most marketing strategies, this can seem like a ton of work and may not have your full attention.

So on that note, here are 4 easy ways to maximize your social presence and make social media marketing work for you (beyond weed porn and pot brownies).

Choose Your Platform(s).

You don’t need to be an expert at every channel.  Pick the two or three channels where you know your audience hangs out and master them.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are the big three that you should know how to use strategically.

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Make Sure Your Imagery Matches Your Brand’s Promise and is Consistent.

From your logo to your profile name and picture, everything across your social channels should be instantly recognizable and should represent your brand’s promise. Make sure you are following your branding guidelines and using the correct fonts and colors to design your pages and establish your brand.

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Create Engagement with Valuable and Shareable Content.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of posting things that you and your employees like without really knowing if your audience feels the same way.  Make sure you are creating content that your audience is excited about and eager to share. One of the easiest ways to determine what content your audience likes is by tracking the likes, comments and shares on your posts and by watching what other successful brands within your niche are doing.

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Engage With Your Followers by Taking Part in the Discussion.

One of the quickest ways to create your tribe is to socialize your content.  The easiest way to do this is to reach out to industry influencers and mention their names in your posts.  Once you do that you can start to create a relationship with the key players in the industry and inspire them to connect with you and share your content.

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Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

 

Again, the content needs to be fresh, relevant and exciting.  

Weed porn alone won’t cut it.