Social media strategies for an international audience

Published on 28/11/2023

Engaging a global audience on social media requires a considered strategic approach, given the cultural, linguistic and behavioural differences between different regions of the world. Here are a few strategies to consider to maximise your social media campaign:

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  1. Understand your audience 
  2. Content strategy 
  3. At local level 
  4. Relevant tips 
  5. Analyse and adjust 

Understand your audience 

Before you start, carry out in-depth research into the cultural preferences, online habits and behaviours of your target audience in different parts of the world. This will help you adapt your content and approach accordingly.

1.    Choose the right social media 

Every region has its favourite social media. For example, networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are popular in North America and Europe, while WeChat and Weibo dominate in China. 

Choose the platforms that are most relevant to your target audience and your social media strategy. In some cases, it may be preferable to set up a mobile application for e-commerce sites.

2.    Smart scheduling 

Publish your marketing content on social media at times when your target audience is most active. Use analysis tools to determine the optimum times for different time zones in different regions.

3.    Engage with your audience 

Respond proactively to comments, messages and mentions. Show that you value interaction and dialogue with your audience.

4.    Pay attention to comments and private messages 

Respond quickly and thoughtfully to comments and private messages from your global audience. This shows that you are committed to interacting with them.

Content strategy 

1.    Multilingual content 

If your target audience speaks different languages, create content in several languages to reach a wider range of people. Use professional translators to avoid embarrassing translation errors. Our translation agency AbroadLink can help.

2.    Adapt the cultural content 

Avoid cultural misunderstandings by adapting your content to the cultural norms and differences of each region. Use appropriate images, references and events.

3.    Use eye-catching visuals 

Images and videos transcend language barriers and can evoke universal emotions. Use high-quality visuals to grab your audience's attention.

4.    Tell stories 

Depending on your objective, you can create universal stories, local stories or both.

Universal stories: they touch on universal human emotions and are more likely to resonate with a global audience.

Local stories: share success stories and customer testimonials or use cases specific to each region to strengthen the local connection.

5.    Share behind-the-scenes experiences 

Offer a glimpse behind the scenes of your company. Share photos and videos to build transparency and trust with your global audience.

6.    Encourage participation 

Organise competitions, surveys or challenges that encourage your global audience to actively participate. Make sure the rules and instructions are clear and understandable to everyone.

At local level 

1.    Follow local trends 

Keep abreast of events, trends and popular topics in each region you target. Incorporate these elements into your digital marketing strategy to show that you are aware of local interests.

2.    Local partnerships 

Launch a social media campaign with local influencers or partners to gain credibility and access to new audiences. This can also help to establish more personal connections with your target audience in each region.

3.    Use geolocation 

Do you have events, promotions or information specific to certain regions? 

Use the geolocation function to target your marketing campaigns at specific audiences.

4.    Use targeted advertising 

Advanced targeting options on social media platforms allow you to reach audiences in certain regions, according to their interests and demographics.

Relevant tips 

1.    Use relevant hashtags 

Use popular and relevant hashtags for each region. This will enable your content to be discovered by a wider audience interested in the same subjects.

2.    Use emojis with caution 

Emojis can be interpreted differently in different cultures. Use them with care to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.

3.    Be authentic 

Stay true to your brand while adapting your content for each region. Prospects appreciate authenticity and transparency.

4.    Promote cultural diversity 

Celebrate cultural differences and showcase inspiring stories from around the world. This will show that you respect and value diversity.

Analyse and adjust 

Keep a close eye on engagement data, click-through rates and reactions to your posts. Adjust your social media strategy accordingly to maximise effectiveness.

Ultimately, engaging a global audience on social media requires a personal and flexible approach. Be prepared to learn and adapt as you connect with your global audience.

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