As humans, instant gratification is in our DNA, and we now live in a society which is increasingly being built on immediate access. When we want something, we want it now – we don’t want to wait in line or even wait for a mobile web page to load on our device. This is why you now have only eight seconds to make that first digital impression when your dream customer visits your blog, website or social network profiles.
When consumers are inconvenienced by a wait of any kind they’ll very often head straight to the next website, the next store, or they’ll skip the purchase altogether. Bottom line – time is our most valuable asset. We’ll pay more for almost any product or service, if doing so can save us time.
Business and marketing leaders aren’t much different. They want results today, not next year.
And while many executives will start out 2020 by discussing long term goals and objectives, it won’t be long before fists start banging on the board room tables, asking where the short term return is on projects that weren’t scheduled to have a solid return for months or even years out. Trust me, after spending 15+ years working in corporate America, I’ve had to help herd the impatient cats and keep the sanity in many of these meetings, and they are not fun.
But why would we think that marketers and business leaders would think any different when it comes to social media?
I remember the early days of social media and watching the tweets fly with offers like:
- Free marketing with social media, join my workshop
- I can help you use free marketing with Facebook NOW
- Get instant results with this super duper quick social media plan
It’s no wonder the marketers and business leaders, new to the social world, have expectations of instant results. It’s what the “gurus” have been promising them through blog posts, podcasts, live videos and more for years.
How many times have you read a statement like:
“You HAVE to be on [insert social network flavor of the month] if you want to market to any human being aged 10 to 75 on planet earth.”
So what is the moral of this story?
Here’s the real truth – social media is not a one night stand. Social media marketing success requires a long term commitment. It’s not driven by the latest shiny object, it’s not granted by sharing the latest memes.
You can’t build a blog, launch a Facebook profile, post beautiful photos on your Instagram page and call it a day – social media marketing requires time to build, to establish an audience, to establish your brand, and grow.
Don’t call it quits before you get started
Too many business owners and marketers are calling it quits before they even get started – they launch the blog, the invest in the brand, they optimize their company profiles. Then they wait for the profits to flow in
However, here’s the problem – shortly after their “launch”, they give up. They give up because they don’t then see the ROI they made up in their mind that they should – they fail to recognize that you can’t build an engaged, profitable online community overnight.
It’s the equivalent to going to the gym and working out for a couple of hours to lose weight, and then being upset that you didn’t lose the weight you wanted to within two hours.
AUTHOR Pam Moore