51% of users follow a creator on social media to learn something new.
38% of users follow to gain inspiration.
49% of users follow to watch entertaining or uplifting content
That means your audience goes online to either learn something new or for entertainment.
So, if you want to add value to their lives, you have to create content that educates, entertains, and inspires.
Value-added content acts as a solution for your audience’s pain points. It will help you build a strong relationship with them.
You can take National Geographic’s Instagram platform as an example here.
They utilized Instagram well by providing information content with beautiful photographs. Because of their informative captions currently, they’ve over 184m loyal followers.
2. Be Consistent
Consistency is the ultimate key to gain trust for your brand on social media.
To be successful in this digital world, you need to establish a strong presence on every social platform.
Now, you won’t want your brand to send inconsistent messages on each social platform. To build trust, your brand’s message and personality must stay consistent throughout all the channels.
Consistent brand presentation in all platforms increases revenue by 23%. If you maintain a consistent image on social media, the audience can easily recognize your brand. And, brand recognition is the first step to build a loyal audience base.
So, don’t just share anything you want on social media. Share what’s relevant, authentic, and valuable to your users’ life.
Find a consistent balance when posting on social platforms. You don’t have to post too much or show up once a month. You can use a post-scheduling tool to find a good balance when posting.
Here we can talk about Nike’s social media presence as an example. The brand is known for its motivational voice.
From the slogan “Just do it” to Inspiring posts featuring famous sports personalities, Nike has maintained consistency successfully across all platforms.
3. Respond to Comments And Messages
83% of users like it when brands respond to their questions on social media. And, 72% of millennials stated that they’re more loyal to brands that respond to social media feedback.
After all, the point of being active on social media is to be there for your audience.
Because being there for your audience shows your brand cares about their needs. Being responsive to their questions can increase brand loyalty.
People on social channels can ask different questions related to your brand’s products and services. They can leave comments and DMs to interact.
So, as a brand, it’s your responsibility to be quick to respond to their queries.
You can even take your social engagement to the next level by posting comment-worthy content. Doing this will help you build trust and a positive brand image in the long run.
For example, Starbucks Coffee never fails to respond to the comments and feedback of its audience. Despite being one of the giant companies around the globe, they always give individual attention to their customers.
Their customers never shy away from asking questions about their menus, services, store offers, and much more. To maintain a trustworthy relationship with their customers, Starbucks social media team are always quick with their responses. Here’s one example:
4. Interact With Your Audience
On social media, building trust is way more difficult than acquiring new followers. Audiences expect your brand to interact with them consistently to form a long-term relationship.
However, most brands fail to live up to their audience expectations. According to Salesforce, 54% of customers reported that they feel they’re interacting with siloed departments.
That’s why, to drive engagement and build a loyal customer base, you have to transform the way you interact on social media channels. Here are some ways you can use:
Run a contest: You can organize different contests to interact with your audience. For example, invite your followers to post something funny on Twitter. The funniest tweets will get a free offer, discount, or bonus points.
Play fun games: Play fun games like quizzes, polls to add entertainment to your social channels. For instance, Nickelodeon uses Instagram stories to post fun polls. This way, they’re successfully managing to gain trust from the audience.
Run giveaways: You can also run giveaways to strengthen audience trust. In fact, 61% of customers reported surprise offers and gifts are the best way to increase customer engagement.
So, you can host Facebook or Instgram giveaways. For example, ask your audience to leave a comment telling “why they should win” or “tag the person they’d like to share the giveaway price with”.
You can provide a free service, free product, coupon cards, offers, free trial, and much more as a giveaway price.
5. Don’t Hard Sell on Your Social Media
How many times have you unfollowed brands on social media that constantly show up with their promotional posts? Probably a hundred times?
Because the hard-selling approach never goes well on social media.
We know it’s tempting to push sales messages and self-promoting posts when you have a few followers on social media.
You think talking about your product or services on social media posts can help you win customers. But, the reality is far different!
Nobody goes online to receive your advertisements or sales pitches. Your ‘salesy’ content doesn’t add any value. This means the hard-selling approach won’t help you build trust in the long run.
You have to show up consistently with valuable content that highlights the needs and expectations of your audience.
Also, to gain trust, listen to the challenges and issues your followers face. Read their feedback, comments, posts to understand what their pain points are. And finally, tell them how your products or services can solve those challenges.
6. Share Your Customer Testimonial & Results
When you purchase something online, what’s the first thing you consider?
Reviews and recommendations from customers, the price, or something else?
Of course, you look for the reviews first.
Customer testimonials, reviews serve as social proof. And human beings tend to make decisions based on social proof.
According to Sproutsocial, 40% of customers follow brands online based on recommendations from friends and family. And 91% of customers read online reviews before purchasing something.
That’s the power of social proof or testimonials. It helps you gain trust and a lot of sales.
There are tons of ways you can use social media to share social proof, for example:
When a social media user leaves feedback on your posts, don’t keep it to yourself. Let your followers know by retweeting or sharing feedback on all your social media platforms.
You can take Slack’s Twitter profile as an example here. Slack created a Twitter account called @SlackLoveTweets to share their follower’s love with the world. They retweet all the positive feedback from their users to build trust and authority.
Another way to build brand trust is by sharing user-generated content. Your customers are your biggest marketer. So, use user-generated content as social proof to build trustworthy relationships with your followers.
A quick heads up: User-generated content means photos, videos, and other content that your customers created using your product or service. This type of content is more trustworthy as real customers and not your brand share them.
One of the best examples of brands using user-generated content on social media is GoPro.
GoPro encourages their customers to shoot a photo or video using their products, doing things they love. The best photo or video gets rewarded by GoPro with exposure, cash, and gear.
This challenge increases the purchase and helps to show their camera’s quality and build trust among the users.
7. Show The Behind The Scenes
57% of consumers feel trust, and 86% of consumers appreciate authenticity in brands, according to Renderforest Survey 2020.
And what’s the best way to gain trust than showing the behind-the-scenes (BTS) of a company?
Posting BTS content on social media can help you show the real side of your brand. With BTS videos or images, your audience can quickly humanize with the products and services offered by your brand.
As a loyal customer, your audience deserves to know who they’re purchasing from. They want to connect with your brand. With BTS content, you can show them:
The process goes behind building a product.
You can also share the BTS image of your employees to make your brand relatable and human.
You can provide updates on your future projects or upcoming product launch to share your progress.
This way, you’ll develop trust and real connections with the audience.
Let’s take the example of General Electric here. The brand has been around for more than 125 years. The GE team managed to gain trust throughout the years by sharing behind-the-scenes videos and photos related to their products, work process, and innovation.