“Hashtags” is a term that many may have heard, but not necessarily know very much about. It has fast become a social buzzword and it’s now encroaching on more and more social media sites. In essence, the hashtag is a word or full phrase prefixed by the hashtag symbol (#) which are hyperlinks to relative topics. Originally a stand out feature belonging to Twitter, it can now be found on Google Plus, Facebook and Instagram.
How It Works
When using hashtags, you are posting links directly from your update into a forum of related, categorised topics, words or phrases. In essence, it allows both you and others to search for keywords or phrases related to your market by collecting all updates which share the same tagged content and grouping them into one place. For example, if you hash tagged #SocialMedia in an update and then clicked on the tag, you would be taken to a page where that tag has been used by others. From there, you can reply and connect with people who you know are talking about the same interests.
How To Make It Work For You
Hashtags are a simple yet effective social marketing strategy for any business simply because they are a really great way of connecting with people and thus, expanding your audience or customer base via social marketing. By adding a hashtag to your social posts, you are increasing the level of engagement as you are creating links to allow others to find you.
For example, if you’re a book shop, you could be using #Books followed by the genre #Crime #SciFi #Romance and so on. This way, people can not only see what you have on offer if they are searching for those keywords.
If you’re company is having a sale, be sure to hashtag #sale so that you have an extra marketing tool at your exposure to target more people.
Avoid Making A Hash Of It
Although they are a fun, quirky and key social marketing tool, it is possible to use them in an adverse manner which could do your brand more harm than good. Key hashtag do’s and don’ts are:
- DON’T jump on the bandwagon. Just because a certain hashtag is trending, don’t try and use it to your benefit if it’s irrelevant to your brand. For example, if #OneDirection is the days most popular tag, adding it to one of your updates about the new kitchen appliances your shop is now selling is inappropriate and could result in ridicule and bad feedback.
- DO keep it simple and keep it short. Single words are great for hash tagging and so are short phrases, but adding full sentences wont work as it becomes hard to read and looks odd. For example #thiswouldbearathersillyuseofhashtags!
- DON’T use spaces or punctuation between words if you’re using more than one. You can differentiate between words by using capitals instead. #ForExample
- DO remember to use it across all social platforms. Long gone are the days when it was a Twitter exclusive, be sure you use them on Facebook, G+ and Instagram also to really make the most of them.
- DON’T over hashtag. You only need one or two tags per update. Hash tagging too many words per update will look wrong and defeat the purpose of impact key word marketing. #Do #Not #Hashtag #Every #Word – Watch the video at the end to see how using too many hashtags can look.
- DO remember that you don’t need to just think of what it is you’re hash tagging. Search the various platforms for keywords that hashtags flag to see who else is talking about those topics and then reach out to them.
Social media hashtags are a really excellent way of both marketing your goods and offers as well as finding others who have posted about them and allowing you to connect directly. It’s a proactive tool which all businesses should be embracing on social and increasing engagement and consumer audience.
#Over #Use #Of #Hashtags!