Your brand must be an integral part of your social media strategy.
More healthcare marketers are adopting social media as a component of their marketing efforts. But it must reflect our brand. Social media provides the opportunity to humanize the brand and empower it.
Heidi Cohen identified five tactics for using social media to cultivate a brand and expand its reach. Her comments appeared in SmartBlog on Social Media.
1. Give your brand a human voice (or other sounds) on social media.
A brand can be humanized by how it sounds. Corporate speak doesn’t resonate with consumers. Instead, consider your brand’s language, accent and other noises. Sound like a human.
2. Enhance the visual signals associated wit your brand.
Carefully consider colors, images, icons, type and photographs to make sure they enhance your brand and communicate the brand’s personality.
3. Tell your brand’s story.
Brands aren’t a collection of facts or products or services. They’re about stories. Stories of the company, employees and customers told in a human voice. Give your brand a personality. Create with stories.
4. Develop and incorporate a culture into your brand.
A unique corporate culture is important to community building. Create a special language, actions and attributes to set your brand apart from the competition.
5. Brand your employees.
Brands need real people to represent their organization. It provides a human face. It builds trust and sincerity. Brand employees and let employees project the brand.
Social media can be very useful to hospital marketers. And it’s important to let your brand shine through in those social media efforts. Social media is a unique opportunity to humanize your brand, to create a brand personality and to connect your brand to your consumers.