Why Your Followers Aren’t Engaging With Your Social Media Posts

Social media might seem easy — you post some articles and legal tips online and move on with your day, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple — a strong social media marketing campaign requires much more thought about the kinds of content you’re posting, who you’re trying to reach and how you’re trying to engage your audience. Too many law firms (and businesses in general) simply do not take the correct approach to their social campaigns, and end up having a hard time attracting followers or getting the followers they do have to interact with their brand.

Here are just a few of the most common reasons brands fail to engage their followers on social platforms:

  • You don’t know your audience: If you’re not talking to the right people, then you’re going to have a hard time engaging your audience. You need to have an understanding of who is most likely to use your services and the kinds of content that will interest those people.

  • You’re not posting enough: If you only post once a week, for example, you’re going to have a hard time getting attention. While you don’t necessarily need to post something every day, you should try to make it a priority at least three or four times a week, otherwise people will forget about your pages and you’ll be hurt in the algorithms.

  • You’re posting too much: There’s also such a thing as posting too much. You should focus on quality over quantity—there’s no need to post multiple times per day. Keeping a good balance with post quantity ensures people will have the time to see and take in what you’re posting and then engage with that content.

  • You’re not working hard enough at building your following: Don’t expect to get a lot of engagement right off the bat. Just because you start posting on social media doesn’t mean you’re immediately going to start getting shares, follows, comments or likes. It can take a long time to build up a steady following online—it’s a very gradual process. Don’t give up just because you’re not getting the results you want right away.

  • You post at the wrong times: Try to post when you know the people following you are going to be online. Publishing posts in the middle of the night or at odd times on weekends is less likely to create engagement than publishing around midday, or at times of the day when people are likely to be taking breaks from work.

  • You’re talking at people rather than to/with them: If you’re always advertising or pitching in hopes of getting something out of your audience, they’re going to tune you out quickly. Think of social media as a spot to have conversations and build relationships rather than to sell your firm and its services.

 

Post originally appeared on Day Law Library, read the full post here.

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