what is engagement bridgetwillard.com

Everyone talks about engagement. But what is it? How do you do it? What does engagement on social media really look like? Short answer: it’s a conversation. A back and forth of exchanges. Someone has to start the conversation. Someone has to keep it going.

Firstly, you should respond to your audience: whether it is a tweet, Instagram post, or a blog comment.

But engagement is more than just responding. As a brand, who is building your awareness and audience, you will want to go out of your way to engage. Think of it as outreach.

What is engagement?

Merriam-Webster states that engagement is the state of being engaging, “tending to draw favorable attention or interest.

Drawing attention to your brand by being polite and interesting is the way to engage on social media.

What about short comments?

Are short comments less valuable? In a word: no.

It’s a conversation. Sometimes you say hi to someone in the grocery store or in the coffee room at work or while you’re at the neighborhood bar. The engagement isn’t less important; it’s just brief.

Conversations are valuable regardless of the length. I’ve talked about the value of small talk before. Often small talk is a way to build trust before talking about deeper things.

Be Interested

If you want people interested in you, show interest in them.

Whatever you choose to do, I recommend spending five minutes a day finding posts you can reply to. Set a timer if it helps you. Do it in the morning or after lunch. I enjoy scrolling Twitter while I am drinking my coffee in the morning.

Here are some recent examples of people who reply often.

https://twitter.com/southbaysome/status/1126507006670467073

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxP4gDTjDIG/

Engagement is up to you.

Think about engagement as outreach. It’s allowing people to know that you are relevant. It’s keeping your brand top of mind. For business engagement shows you’re still in business.

In most lines of work referrals are our bread and butter. Why wouldn’t you want to build relationships on social media? It’s not different than “real life.” We work in digital; we live in digital. Let’s succeed in digital.

About Bridget Willard

Observing human behavior and predicting it is what makes the way I approach content management different. I mirror your voice in my social media management. I analyze your dreams when I consult. I think deeply and respond appropriately. I have time to work on your business. Do you?

2 Comments

  1. Tess Wittler on April 5, 2021 at 7:59 am

    I really like the idea of setting aside time each day to engage with social media (like an appointment on your calendar). I am not always the best at engagement, but your post reminds me that I can take 5-10 minutes a day. 😀

    • Bridget Willard on April 5, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks, Tess. It helps me if I make it an appointment.

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