Advantages & Disadvantages of Hashtags
Hashing Out The Almighty #Hashtag
- Hashtags make it easier for people to find and follow discussions about brands, events, and promotions
- They allow brands to track the performance of promotions across social media.
- They started out on Twitter, but have spread to Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Google search, and other platforms.
- Individuals can see a 100% increase in engagement by using hashtags while brands can see a 50% increase.
Using Hashtags On Twitter
- Tweets with hastags get 2 times more engagement than tweets without.
- Tweets with one or two hashtags have 21% higher engagement than those with three or more hashtags.
- But when you use more than two hashtags, engagement drops by an average of 17%
Using Hashtags On Instagram
- Instagram, the opposite of Twitter, shows posts with 11 or more hashtags have the highest interactions.
- Use LOTS of hashtags on Instagram to build your community.
Using Hashtags On Facebook.
- Facebook post without hashtags outperform those with hashtags.
- Rarely use hashtags on Facebook to categorize (for business- oriented followers) or build a community (for community-oriented followers).
- Too many hashtags on Facebook leads to fewer interactions.
Tips For Successful Hashtag Campaigns.
What is a good hashtag?
- Relevant to your campaign.
Find A Balance
- Hashtags should be distinctive and simple for followers to remember
- Don’t use generic hashtags, like food, people, or places they are too broad and too hard to track.
Create An Easy-To-Understand Message:
- Craft a hashtag around one particular message.
- Keep it short.
- Make the call-to-action clear, consistent, and easy.
- Avoid anything too abstract.
- Capitalize multi-word hashtags
Create Your Own Momentum:
- Identify your audience’s influencers.
- Look to you fans to inspire new campaign hashtags.
Utilize Your Band:
- Consider using your brand’s name in a hashtag.
- Consider your hashtag means something else entirely
- Steer clear of slang.
- Before you finalize a list of hashtags, check if yours are being used elsewhere in an entirely different context.
Proofread Them Proofread Again:
- If a hashtag can be misread, it will be.
- Make sure when capitalization is removed, the words in a hashtag do no create other words or messages.
Have A Backup Plan:
- Test a hashtag before heavily marketing it.
- Have an alternative campaign prepared if your initial idea is co-opted
Incorporate Hashtags Into Traditional Media:
- Consider using hashtags on billboards, television commercials, etc.
Monitor The Conversation:
- Follow hashtags to keep track of trends in your industry.
- See what your competition does, what influencers say, and how customers react.
Live Tweet During A Big Event:
- Find a way to incorporate your hashtag into elections, sports championships, awards shows, and other major events.
Hashtags can be a great way to engage with followers on the proper platform, to introduce new products or services, and gain traction for an event. #UseHashtags.
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