Social media is a powerful way to build a following, turn prospects into leads, and drive sales. One of the biggest complaints I hear is that business owners are investing lots of time in social media and not seeing the returns on those efforts. If you arenâ€™t getting the social media results you are looking for, perhaps itâ€™s time to look at new tactics. If you are ready to get more out of your social media marketing, hereâ€™s 6 techniques to try: 1. Use Facebook Live. Video marketing is a powerful addition to your marketing mix. But live video is shown to keep users watching for 3 times longer than a recorded video. Fans love the feeling of listening to what you have to share in the moment. Try answering questions and providing tips while live. Other ways to use Facebook Live is to broadcast an update when you are networking or attending events. Or share a Facebook live update on any launches coming down the pipe. 2. Offer Opt-In Gifts to Grow Your Marketing List. People canâ€™t resist getting a checklist, blueprint, app, or white paper that offers valuable information. When you give value first, it goes a long way to building trust and rapport with your followers. Plus, this allows you to capture your social media leads into your email marketing list. Give them something they canâ€™t refuse and send them to a landing page to sign up. That way you can keep in contact via email sharing additional offers and information in a drip campaign. 3. Invite People to Take Action. Be strategic with your calls to action to get the most out of your social media efforts. In addition to sharing a mix of posts, be sure to offer ways your fans can dive deeper with you. This can include a free consultation, special offers and discount deals, webinars, participation in your Facebook group, and more. 4. Build Your Fan Base Organically. Never hire someone from Fiverr who can add 10,000 fans for a fee. This is a bad idea on many levels. Instead, find groups with people in your target audience. Be helpful. Start real conversations. Invite them to join your social media page or group. Donâ€™t be afraid to reach out with private messaging to respond to questions they have or share resources or advice. So donâ€™t buy followers. Itâ€™s about quality of followers, not quantity. Itâ€™s better to have 1000 raving fans you have attracted, than to have 10,000 fans who donâ€™t really know you or have investment in the connection. 5. Offer a Mix of Post Content. People love variety. Be creative and provide a variety of content formats including how-to articles, videos, graphics, and infographics. An ideal content marketing strategy is to always keep your target market in mind and post what you think they will best want to receive from you. 6. Post at the Ideal Time for Best Exposure. Timing is everything. If you share an incredible post, you want to ensure the most people possible can see it! There are many social media tools to help you see the best times to post content to reach the biggest audience. This may vary from platform to platform. So donâ€™t guess when you can use analytic tools with reports that help you identify the ideal time to post. Social media is evolving and growing fast. There is a lot of opportunity get leads, drive sales, and build a following but you have to get creative. You canâ€™t just rely on the old tactics you have used in the past; you need to implement new techniques and tools if you want to stay ahead of the competition.