How To Properly Implement Hashtags Into Your Social Media Marketing Strategy
Hashtags can be very useful on social media both as part of a post, or in the comment section. When used properly, hashtags can be an extremely effective way to increase engagement and cultivate community online by serving as a tool to categorize ideas and unite like-minded people, resulting in an excellent way to build relationships with potential followers or customers.
It is all too common that many in social media marketing overuse hashtags and post as many as possible wherever they can. This, unfortunately, results in confusion and sometimes will completely change the intended message – eventually causing hashtags to work against you, not with you.
So what is the correct way to use hashtags?
Hashtags are best used with the intention to grow a conversation or to keep it going, thus, we’ve included a few tips below to help you get there:
Choose hashtags that are relevant. If you pick a hashtag that doesn’t make sense with your content, you’ll confuse your readers, almost looking like you’re spamming them. As an example, if you’re posting a photo of a meal in an effort to promote a restaurant, and you use the hashtag #kitchen, it can drop your image into a “bucket” of actual kitchens or home remodeling conversations as opposed to where you intended for it to go.
Investigate. Sometimes, you’ll find that a hashtag you were planning to use, might not mean what you think. Online, the meaning of your chosen hashtag is not always obvious just from the term you’ve chosen, which is why we always suggest taking a look before attaching your piece of content to that specific online category. A few spaces we’ve found that are especially tricky include brand names, anything to do with politics, or a hashtag related to charity.
Keep up with the trends. Different hashtags trend at different times, and knowing which ones are the most popular at the times you’re looking to engage will help you to capitalize on your hashtag usage. For example, if posting an old photo on a Thursday, you may choose to use the widely known hashtag #tbt, which stands for “Throwback Thursday.”
When used properly, hashtags can help communicate meaning and engage your followers. Used improperly, hashtags can result in mixed messaging and a confused audience, which is why we suggest keeping these tips in mind for a more streamlined social media marketing strategy.