Boost Your Brand with Employee Advocacy

In today's digital age, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. From Facebook to Instagram, and Twitter to LinkedIn, social media platforms have evolved into powerful tools for businesses to connect with their customers and promote their brands. However, a recent strategy that is gaining popularity among companies is employee advocacy through social media.

Employee advocacy is the promotion of a company's brand, products, or services by its employees on social media platforms. It is a powerful tool for companies to increase their brand awareness and credibility among their target audience. In this blog post, we will explore why employee advocacy on social media is important to companies.

1. Increases brand reach

Employee advocacy on social media helps companies increase their overall brand reach. When employees share company content via their social media profiles, it has the potential to reach a wider audience beyond the company's existing followers. This increases the reach of the company's message, helping attract a new audience including potential customers. 

Just starting employee advocacy in your company? Consider starting with LinkedIn! With more and more features being added to the platform, it's easier than ever for users to interact and share posts with their connections. For example, the ˜Repost with Thoughts' feature makes it easy for users to share an original post from a user or company and add additional context. Using this feature, both the original post and comment from the said user will be shared with their followers and/or connections. A Double-Whammy!

2. Builds trust and credibility

People are more likely to trust other people. Corporate content can only go so far, and people love to see authentic content from their friends and peers. That's why employee advocacy on social media helps build trust and credibility for a company's brand. When employees share company content on their social media profiles, it can help humanize the brand and make it more relatable to potential customers. This, in turn, can help build trust and credibility for the brand. Think ˜modern-age word-of-mouth.' 

3. Attracts talent

This concept can also help attract talent to a company. According to GlassDoor, 79% of job applicants use social media in their job search. It's important to meet your potential employees where they're already at. And when employees share their positive experiences working for a company on social media, it can help showcase the company's culture and values. This can be attractive to potential job candidates who are looking for a company that aligns with their values and beliefs.

4. Boosts employee morale

Employee advocacy on social media can also boost employee morale. When employees are encouraged to share their positive experiences working for a company on social media, it can make them feel valued and appreciated. This can lead to higher job satisfaction and employee retention.

5. Cost-effective marketing

Employee advocacy on social media is a cost-effective marketing strategy. It is a way for companies to leverage their existing resources “ their employees “ to promote their brand. This can save companies money on marketing and advertising costs, while still reaching a wide audience. In fact, according to everyonesocial.com, an employee advocacy program costs, on average, 1/10 of paid advertising. So, what are you waiting for?!

In conclusion, employee advocacy on social media is an important tool for companies to increase their brand awareness, credibility, and reach. It can also help attract top talent, boost employee morale, and minimize marketing costs. Companies that encourage employee advocacy on social media can reap the benefits of this powerful marketing strategy.

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A Guide to LinkedIn Employee Advocacy

LinkedIn Employee Advocacy isn't exactly what it sounds like; while we at Random are all for providing people with ample benefits, robust lines of communication, and developing a healthy work-life balance, employee advocacy on LinkedIn is about your employees advocating for your business. It's the LinkedIn equivalent of an influencer campaign, but (often) virtually free.

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Step One: Establish Clear Goals

A successful employee advocacy campaign begins with a clear goal. There are many functions an employee advocacy campaign can serve: 

Step Two: Find Your Ambassadors

Which of your employees should you recruit to be your first employee advocates? If you're a small company, the answer may be everyone! If you're a large company, start with leadership and your most social-savvy team members.

If the company's top brass get on the employee advocacy train, it's far more likely that other team members will follow suit and understand the importance of your advocacy campaign.

Social media masters will make the launch of your new initiative smoother. Think also about what teams would have the biggest impact on social media. Sales, marketing, and human resources are all excellent places to start. After onboarding your experienced employees, over time you can add those who are more apprehensive about social media. Provide lunches and seminars to educate new additions, and enlist your first recruits to help teach and train as you grow your employee advocacy network.

No matter what, remind employees of how their participation in an advocacy program benefits them: greater power and influence in the company, and a larger professional reputation.

Step Three: Content and Contact

Recommend content to your new employee advocates. Content could include articles, polls, quizzes, sales, job listings, photographs, statistics, fun facts, surveys, events, webinars, and more.

Follow the 4-1-1 Rule for every 6 pieces of content:

Be sure that no more than 25% of the content your employees share is company related. Your audience will lose interest quickly if employees exclusively share dry company content. People on all social platforms want content that they'll find useful and interesting.

LinkedIn Elevate, GaggleAMP, Bambu from Sprout Social, and Hootsuite Amplify are just a few of many tools that can be used to manage employee advocacy. However, if these aren't feasible for your company due to price or company size, sending a simple weekly email to employees with recommended articles to share, company information or blogs, and promotional content will suffice. If you use an email, be sure to include headlines, short shareable blurbs about the content, and native links to allow employees to share with ease and clarity.

Step Four: Report Results

Be sure to continue to monitor growth and results, ideally with a report at least once a month to ensure your strategy is working.

If you use an employee advocacy tool, monitoring the impact of employee advocacy will be relatively easy! Otherwise, you'll have to manually pull data from your employees' posts, such as link clicks and engaged demograhics, as well as other KPIs such as sales, website traffic, and job applicants.

Check out these great employee advocacy tools: https://www.oktopost.com/blog/top-10-employee-advocacy-tools/

Step Five: Longevity

Employee advocacy is a long game. Keep the ball rolling by reporting successes and growth to employees, adjusting your campaign strategy as needed, and offer fun reward initiatives for engaged employees.

Finally, good luck! If you'd like to chat more about employee advocacy or any other social media needs you may have, reach out to us below.