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Engagement is the immediate goal for most professional service firms’ social media presence.
Law firms, architects, staffing companies and more go to great lengths to measure and analyze engagement with likes, favorites, shares, retweets, reach, clicks and other metrics.
Yet only a small share of professional service firm posts are the type that actually encourage engagement and solicit participation. These are the interactive posts like surveys, contests, polls, trivia or opinion questions that request a response.
Our Social Media Use by Professional Services (SMUPS) study of 25 top Detroit professional service firms (as ranked by Crain’s Detroit Business) showed that an average of some 94 percent of these firms’ social media posts on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are not of this interactive category.
Interactive posts engage more because they target the one subject that the follower is the most interested in – himself or herself. The best interactive posts ask for opinions, viewpoints or preferences. They allow the participant to talk about, or express, themselves … or to share their knowledge or creativity.
Here are 7 ways you can make your firm’s posts more interactive:
Whatever you do, make it fun and create custom posts – on a regular basis – that will appeal to your followers as human beings.
The bottom line:
If you want to generate more engagement in your firm’s social media channels, spend more time and effort creating and posting thoughtful questions, contests or opportunities that encourage your followers to interact. The metrics will follow.
Bianchi Public Relations’ professional service social media study reviewed social media usage for a three-month period in early 2015 by top Detroit professional service organizations (law firms, accounting firms, engineering companies, architectural firms and staffing companies) as ranked by Crain’s Detroit Business.