10 Common Social Media Marketing Mistakes

Social media marketing can be a great way to connect with customers and promote your business, but it can also be easy to make mistakes without knowing it. In this blog post, we’ll look at ten common social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them. Let’s get started!

Mistake #1: Not Setting Clear Goals for Social Media Marketing

Start by setting clear goals and objectives when creating your social media marketing strategy. What do you want to achieve with your social media marketing? Do you want to increase brand awareness, drive traffic to your website, or generate leads? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can create content and campaigns to help you achieve your goals.

Mistake #2 Not Researching Your Target Audience

Another common mistake business owners make is failing to research their target audience and what type of content interests them. If you create content that appeals to your target audience, you are more likely to see results from your social media marketing efforts.

Mistake #3 Posting Too Much or Too Little on social media

If you’re posting too often, you can be seen as spammy, and your followers may start to tune out your channel. On the other hand, if you’re not posting enough, you may not be reaching enough people.

Try to find a happy medium when it comes to posting frequency. You don’t need to post every day, but try to aim for at least a few times per week. Three days a week is an excellent place to start.

Mistake #4 Focusing Too Much on Sales

Social media is not “sales media.” Your social media content should not be all about promoting your business.

While sharing information about your products and services is essential, you should also share other types of content such as blog posts, infographics, images, and even social media contests.

The Pareto Principle of 80/20 is a great framework to strike a balance. For every post that’s a hard sell, make four other posts that are valuable and informative.

Mistake #5 Not Interacting with Your Followers

Social media is not a one-way street! Respond to comments and questions, and make an effort to connect with people who are interested in your business—interacting with your followers to see results from your social media marketing.

Mistake #6 Posting the Same Content On All Channels

It is important to remember that each platform is unique. What works on Facebook might not work on LinkedIn or Instagram, and vice versa. Make sure you customize your content for each social media platform and take advantage of the different features that each one offers. By tailoring your content to each social media platform, you are more likely to engage your audience and achieve your social media marketing goals.

Mistake #7 Not Tagging Businesses or Professionals on social media

When you tag someone in a social media post, they are more likely to see the post and engage with it. Tags help to increase the reach of your social media posts and can help you build relationships with other businesses and influencers in your industry.

When you use tags, remember that they are different on each platform. If you tag someone on Instagram and cross-post it to Facebook, the tag will not work on Facebook. Your tagged account will not be notified. Instead, post and tag on each platform separately.

Mistake #8 Using Too Many Platforms

A very common social media marketing mistake is trying to be active on too many platforms. If you spread yourself thin by trying to maintain a presence on all of them, you risk burnout and not being able to engage effectively across all channels. Focusing your efforts on a few well-chosen social media platforms is better. Find where your target audience is most active, and start there.

If you are on too many platforms to manage effectively, unpublish or deactivate the least important ones to your business. You can add them later once you are consistent with one or two primary channels. You may even find that you do not need the others and can delete them.

Mistake #9 Not Keeping Business Info Current

Your social media profile is essential! It is often the first thing people will see when they visit your social media page, so you want to ensure it’s updated and includes information about your business. Be sure to include a link to your website and a brief description of what your company does.

Mistake #10 Relying Only On Social Media to Market Your Business

Social media should not be your only marketing channel. While it can be a great way to reach potential customers, you should also use other marketing channels such as email marketing, content marketing, and traditional advertising.

Diversifying your marketing mix ensures that you are reaching the widest possible audience and that you are not putting all your eggs in one basket. It also helps to keep your marketing efforts fresh and prevent them from becoming stale.

Most importantly, if you lose access to your social media account or if the platform changes its algorithm and your reach decreases, you will still have other marketing channels to rely on.


Take a step back and evaluate your social media marketing efforts. Are you making any of these mistakes? If you are, it’s not too late to course-correct. Implement the tips shared in this post to turn it around and make social media work even better for your business.

Do you have any questions about social media marketing? If so, we’re happy to help! Get started with a Discovery Call.

In the meantime, for more social media marketing tips, check out “7 BEST PRACTICES FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING.” Thanks for reading!


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