Digital Marketing Tips to Grow Advisors Business
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Social media has become extremely popular over the past decade. In fact, more than 500,000 users sign-up for Facebook every day with nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults active at least once per month on the network. While the financial services sector has been slow to adopt social media, new regulatory guidance has cleared the way for advisors to leverage these powerful mediums to attract new clients and keep existing clients engaged with their practice.
Let’s take a look at some digital marketing tips that advisors may want to consider in order to maximize the effectiveness of their social media campaigns. (For more, see: Do’s and Don’ts of Digital Marketing.)
Start With LinkedIn
With over 433 million users, LinkedIn has rapidly become the most popular social media network for financial advisors. In addition to having a wealthier demographic than other social media networks, LinkedIn makes it easier to take advantage of second- and third-degree connections to attract referrals and glean insights. These attributes make it an excellent starting point for financial advisors looking to use social media in their practice.
Financial advisors should start by creating a high-quality profile that includes a professional image, compelling headline, and as many details as possible. After investing some time in a profile, advisors should build connections with classmates, colleagues, and clients. Many advisors have also started asking clients for introductions to five or ten of their friends that might find value in their services—a simple act that can dramatically build networks.
The next step is to leverage LinkedIn to build relationships and land new clients. If an advisor has a blog, it’s a good idea to share content that may benefit his or her connections, such as how to roll over a 401(k) or how much to save for retirement. Readers looking for more information may then reach out, engage, and eventually hire the advisor. It’s also a good idea to check for relevant connections to new clients before meeting them in order to build rapport. (For more, see: LinkedIn/Microsoft Deal: What Advisors Should Know.)
Don’t Spread Too Thin
There are many different social networks that are commonly used these days, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and others. While some of these networks are natural places to make connections, others are primarily used for entertainment rather than business. Financial advisors should stick to social networks that have the greatest potential to deliver real value to their business, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and perhaps Twitter.
Advisors should also carefully consider how much time they have to devote to keeping social media updated. It’s much better to properly maintain a single account than to haphazardly manage three separate accounts. According to social media manager Buffer, LinkedIn should be updated once per day, Facebook should be updated five to 10 times per week, and Twitter