Today, we briefly examine why social media is important for local roofing companies and 4 social media platforms that roof contractors should be active on.
Why is Social Media so Important?
With the Internet, people now have tons of new ways to communicate. Social media platforms have emerged as leading ways for people to interact with each other without the barriers of time or distance. There have never been greater opportunities for engaging prospects and converting them into customers.
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- Approximately 1 out of every 4 minutes spent online is spent on social media.
- Almost one-half of all Facebook users, which nowadays totals over 1 billion users, log into their Facebook accounts on a daily basis.
- 56% of Americans have a social media profile.
- 22% of Americans use social media daily.
- 64% of Americans say social media affects their purchasing decisions.
- 47% of Americans say that Facebook is the most influential social media platform on their purchasing decisions.
Any business that is not engaging these active users is simply missing out on generating free leads. This does not mean that social media should take up lots of time; just that some time and attention can pay off in the long run.
4 Social Media Platforms for Roofing Contractors
Now, let us take a look at which social media platforms are great opportunities for roof contractors.
Facebook is perhaps the second most important social media platform because of its number of users. Many contractors who are new to Facebook also find it easier to use than other social media platforms. It is not a bad idea to begin posting content on a weekly basis—start off slow and post content such as pictures or blog posts that explain a part of the roofing industry in clear, plain terms. Gear your content toward your audience—consider how you would see the content if you were in their shoes. Build up your online community on Facebook, and your content will appear with greater frequency in Facebook users’ social feeds. Then you can more fully benefit from your efforts and be more successful in generating leads. Be sure to ask satisfied customers for positive reviews on your Facebook page, too.
LinkedIn represents a prime opportunity for commercial roof contractors. Because it is a professional social network, interactions on this social media platform will mostly be business-oriented or professionally-oriented. LinkedIn also offers in-depth options for searching for users based on heavily broken down demographics. Among other things, you can search for users based on certain keywords within their profile, users’ job titles, number of employees at a company or place of employment, people located within certain distances of a specific zip code or location, and so much more. Other ways that you can leverage LinkedIn include building a referral network or connecting with other experts in your area. Established, lasting relationships can lead to great future business opportunities, and LinkedIn is prime territory for breaking the ice with key decision-makers and influencers.
Like Facebook, Twitter is the one of the most mainstream social media platforms today. You only have 140 characters for composing messages, or “tweets”, but the opportunities for building relationships with major brands or valuable contacts on this platform can be numerous. Because it is much more “in-the-moment” with its content-sharing than other platforms, Twitter can be a great place for your to share engaging content and have that content be quickly shared by others with their online audiences. Should you be looking to establish key business relationships, Twitter can represent a good opportunity for building a foundation as well. Locate key decision-makers at an organization that could benefit from your roofing services and then build credibility through interactions with them.
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