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Cracking the social media code: Why consistency holds the key to long-term brand success

- August 18, 2023 3 MIN READ

In a world driven by digital connectivity, where brands strive to make their mark in a constantly evolving landscape, this fundamental fact will remain true no matter how often social media platforms or algorithms evolve. And that simple truth is, “Consistency is the linchpin of enduring success”., writes social media expert Emily-Rose Hills, founder of the Social Media Coach.

This isn’t just another pep talk; it’s a reality check for every brand working to crack the social media code. I can’t emphasise this enough! Consistency is the cornerstone of your brand’s future. Even when the economy seems like it’s going to the dogs, or you’re personally going through the wringer, you need to show up!

Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go: Brand success is about the long game. In a world where instant gratification typically takes the spotlight, I’m here to remind you that while you might not see jaw-dropping returns today or tomorrow, you’re laying the groundwork for the return next year – and the year after that! And that is the real game-changer.

Why paid social media visibility isn’t a long-term solution

Picture this: you’re in a race to build a lasting brand presence. You’re sprinting on the paid social media track, pouring money into platforms to grab your audience’s attention. But here’s the twist! Every time you want to reach your customers, you have to reach for your wallet. It’s like renting space on a billboard; once your funds run out, your visibility drops.

A paid social approach might seem like a winning strategy, but short term, it’s a bit like playing a risky, expensive game of Monopoly. After you’ve packed away the game, there’s nothing to show for it. Sure, you might snag those ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ today, but what happens when platforms decide to crank up the advertising costs? It’s not a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ And when that day comes, your marketing budget better be ready to scale up because guess what? You’re essentially renting your audience from the platforms.

 Cracking the code to brand success

Here’s where the golden rule of brand success comes in—owning your customer. This is where the “a-ha!” moment hits. If you put all your marketing eggs in the paid social media basket, you’re essentially handing over control to the various social media platforms. They hold the reins, and you’re just along for the ride. Wouldn’t you rather steer the ship?

So, what’s the remedy? It’s not a magical potion or a secret formula; it’s a simple yet transformative shift in your approach. Drumroll, please… Start collaborating, harnessing the power of email. Your email list is crucial to building a solid, reliable audience base that you actually own.

When you have a growing email list, you have a direct line to your audience – no middleman. Your messages land right in their inbox, and that’s where the magic happens. It’s not just about the ‘open rates’ or ‘click-through rates’; it’s about the real connections you’re forging with your customers.

Turn customers into loyal supporters with organic consistency

When you’re consistently nurturing your email list, you’re cultivating relationships that can withstand the test of time. You’re creating a community of loyal supporters who look forward to hearing from you – not just because of a fleeting algorithm, but because they genuinely want to engage with your brand.

And let’s not forget the power of the “F” word – future-proofing. As trends change and platforms evolve, your email list remains a constant anchor. It’s a foundation that you can build upon, adapt, and innovate from. No sudden platform policy changes, no roller-coaster ad costs – just a solid foundation for your brand’s growth.

Here’s what it boils down to: consistency is like your trusted guide. It’s not about chasing quick wins; it’s about forging a reliable route that paves the way for brand longevity. Embrace the power of your email list (and if you haven’t been building one, NOW is the time to start) and take care of your community.

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