Engagement is the buzz word around Social Media and should in all honesty be around all of your marketing. You want to make people feel and think about you, your company, product or service and to do that you need to engage the audience. You have to start a conversation that relates to them that will also spur them into action!

What action do you say? Well it’s whatever action you would like them to take. For example; When someone arrives on your website and finds what they were looking for, what is the next action they should take? Or when you meet a new contact at a network meeting or in a conference, what do you say to them that makes them want to ask you the next question?

Meaning of engagement; involve somebody. Become involved.

So how do you engage your audience with your business giving them an authentic experience of your brand, company personality and product or service?

#1: The quickest and easiest way to do this is to get to know them better!

What do they like and what don’t they like.

How do they see your product/ service?

Have you asked them if you can improve what you do in some way?

Engagement is about becoming involved with the people you want to buy your product or service. So how can you involve yourself or your brand with them. I’d like to hear about how you have engaged your audience.

#2: When you understand more about your target audience you then need to create the product or service that they want.

Now I can appreciate not everyone wants the same thing and at this point you can tailor the end result to their requirements, but before you do that you need to give them what they want.

#3: Develop a feedback and follow up strategy where you can get comments on how you are doing as a business.

How is the product/ service performing?

Without feedback you could keep doing things that they don’t want which in turn could lead them to someone or something that can.

#4: Act upon the feedback and show them that you are listening and taking note of what they are saying.

For example; Kodak made one change to a product by adding a mic jack to one of their HD Pocket Video Cameras (zi6) after they received feedback from Twitter. Kodak worked out the cost and how quickly they could do it, then did it! That product out-sold their competition by 10-1 from one tweet!

Take a look at these 4 suggestions and have a go. Let me know how you get on with them to see how much more engagement you get.

Number 3 can be done in many ways, get creative with it!

Remember; it’s not what you know, or who you know, it’s how well you know them.