3 lessons in social media brilliance from Rihanna

The music star gives a master class in how to use social media to connect with fans (consumers) and elevate a brand. See these insights for how match her game—at least on social media.

This article originally appeared on PR Daily in January of 2018.

As social media becomes more popular and necessary, organizations are reaching out through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a means of marketing and providing customer service.

How can you master the art of reaching people through short, typed posts to the internet?

One popular singer and successful entrepreneur, Rihanna, transformed her career through her social media presence and continues to enchant followers with every post. None of her accomplishments were by mistake; every post was crafted thoughtfully and with purpose as part of her long-term approach to connect with fans and customers.

Here are three ways to customize social media marketing strategies for your business as Rihanna has:

1. Listen first; post second.

One of the key components to Rihanna’s success with her new beauty line, Fenty Beauty, is her ability to pay attention to the conversations happening on the internet, learn from them and then create products or content people want to see.

Within the online beauty community, she saw a desire for brands to expand their foundation color ranges, so she did exactly that. When Fenty Beauty launched, the company offered a range of 40 foundation shades, catering to customers traditionally ignored by the beauty industry. This led to ecstatic reviews of Rihanna’s makeup line, all filled with relief and excitement from fans.

What Rihanna realized is that social media isn’t just a platform for putting content out and receiving feedback; it’s a tool that should be used to understand what consumers are asking for. Practice gathering social media research by following clients/customers back, reviewing their accounts, paying attention to what they’re posting and giving them what they want—not what you think they need.

 

2. Let your true colors show.

How does Rihanna promote herself without sounding like an infomercial? Instead of opting for a 100% promotional front for her social media, her marketing includes her charm and vernacular.

Millennials make up the majority of social media users, and are less likely to respond to traditional forms of marketing; instead they look for authenticity.

That’s where Rihanna hits the nail on the head.

She creates content that social media users can relate to; her followers read her posts and think, “That’s something I would say,” instead of, “That sounds like a business.” Companies can unintentionally dehumanize themselves when they create social media content that is only about the business itself or a product. Ways to create relatable social media content like Rihanna are:

  • Have an opinion: Whether it’s about a favorite recipe or a good movie, showing that your business cares about something beyond itself displays humanity.
  • Give thanks: Rihanna thanks those who helped her get to where she is today: her fans. Creating content that shows followers that you see them and appreciate them is a simple way to personalize your content.

3. Have fun.

Many things can be said about Rihanna, but “stale” isn’t one of them.

Part of what makes her Instagram page so interesting is the stream of unique, lighthearted content. She shares photos and videos from both her professional shoots and personal life. This variation of style in combination with colorful and constant content is enticing.

Businesses can replicate this in their marketing strategies by sharing behind the scenes photos, keeping the color scheme bright and fun, and personalizing captions on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Who are your favorites to follow on social media, PR Daily readers?

Sedona Wall is a publicity assistant with Three Girls Media. A version of this article originally appeared on the Three Girls Media blog.

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COMMENT

One Response to “3 lessons in social media brilliance from Rihanna”

    Lauren says:

    Bottom line – celebrity content works because they are a celebrity. It wouldn’t matter what she posted or used social media for, she’d still get engagement because of who she is. It’s not because she is some social media guru/strategist.

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