Every time a new social media channel starts to become popular, or sometimes even before, blog posts start popping up everywhere about why you HAVE to be on that new channel immediately or your entire social strategy will end up in the toilet. Those people make me laugh because how do they know what will kill my social strategy? The point is, quality counts over quantity. We’ve all heard it, but it also applies to social media. Here are the questions you should ask yourself before jumping in with a presence on the “next big social media channel.”
Does the New Channel Fit with your Strategy?
Not every channel fits every strategy. There’s no other way to say it than that. If your strategy includes targeting men, then Pinterest is probably not the place for you. Look at your goals, and if you think this new channel will help you accomplish them, then it’s worth a look. If not, then the answer is simple. Don’t jump in!
Do You Already Have a Channel with the Same Features?
Vine, Instagram and YouTube all do varieties of the same thing: video. Be strategic in the channels you pick. If you have diverse enough content to sustain different video content on all three channels, and you have a distinct purpose for being on all three, go for it! But I think for the majority of us, that’s not feasible. Pick one channel in each category and commit to it.
Does Your Content Fit There?
Some content is better discussed in words, other content looks great in pictures, and even others dominate video. Whatever your content lends itself to, make sure your social channels will let it shine. Type of content isn’t the only thing, though, subject of content matters, too. Make sure the audience on the new channel wants to hear the subject you have to talk about.
Do You Have the Manpower to Maintain Another Channel?
Even if all these other answers point to yes, if you don’t have the time and ability to properly maintain another channel, the answer should still be no. Throwing things together, and not giving the audience you have what they deserve is detrimental, rather than helpful. If you can write content that is diverse and interesting, it may be the correct decision to hold off on joining another social media channel.