Pro tip: Diversify your posts across social media

The other day I was on LinkedIn and came across this ad:

LI bad tip #7

At first glance, it seems like a really good idea. I mean, why not save the effort and energy, and post the same content across all of your social networks?

If you’re asking someone to put their trust in you enough to follow you on more than one social network, you should reward them by giving them killer content when they arrive. If you’ve posted the same thing across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and G+, there’s no need for followers to follow you on more than one social network. They know they’ll get the same information by just following you on one.

It’ll pay off. “Arts and cultural organizations that tweet more than four times per day and do not replicate Facebook content on their Twitter feed have more followers and a higher rate of engagement than others.”

Plus, each network has different strengths. Images work great on Facebook or Pinterest, but not very well on Twitter or LinkedIn. Sending one generic message out may not be the best use of your efforts.

Beyond that, it makes you and your business appear much less human. Would you rather answer a phone call and talk to your mother, or pick up the phone call to find a generic prerecorded message from your mom sent to you AND your siblings?

Not quite right, is it?

If you’re just starting out on social media, or maybe are short on time or energy, I suppose you can send a content blast across all of your networks (make sure you consider the time and effort involved in maintaining a presence on each network before you jump in with both feet). It’s better to be there and post regularly than not at all. But as you progress with your efforts to conquer the world of social media, start making small efforts to diversity your content streams. It’ll pay off in the end.

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