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Sage Yazzie
May 25, 2023

A Guide For Outdoor Brands Looking to Grow Through Organic Social

How to Optimize Social Media for Outdoor Brands

Whether you're miles into the backcountry or sitting in an office, social media has become a force of nature. This doesn’t mean it’s unavoidable; I take a lot of pride in disconnecting from technology through ecotherapy. But for outdoor brands, social media is essential for growth and a great way to showcase their passion. With the right strategy, these companies can tap into their target audience's ambition for adventure, increase brand awareness, and foster a thriving online community.

Here are some tips for optimizing social media for outdoor brands:

  • Share stories that inspire. The great outdoors is flowing with stories of triumph, discovery, and wonder. As an outdoor brand, your social media channels should be a celebration of these experiences. Share captivating visuals, narrate thrilling adventures, and showcase the transformative power of nature. By creating content that resonates with your audience's desire for exploration, you'll not only captivate their attention but also inspire them to embark on their own journeys.
  • Harness the power of user-generated content (UGC). Your biggest asset is your community. Encourage your followers to share their own outdoor experiences using a designated hashtag or by tagging your brand. UGC is an oasis of authentic, relatable stories that reinforce your brand's message and create a sense of belonging among your audience. Plus, it's a fantastic way to showcase your products in action!
  • Partner with influencers. Influencers are the digital trailblazers of today, and partnering with them can propel your outdoor brand to new heights. By collaborating with influencers who embody your brand's values and have a dedicated following, you can tap into new audiences and enhance your credibility.
  • Engage and educate. Social media is a two-way street, and fostering genuine connections with your audience is key. Respond to comments, ask questions, and encourage conversations about the great outdoors. Additionally, use your platform to educate followers about environmental issues, responsible outdoor practices, and the benefits of spending time in nature. By positioning your brand as a knowledgeable resource and advocate for the environment, you'll cultivate trust and loyalty among your audience.
  • Embrace visual platforms. The great outdoors not only offers itself as a beautiful subject, but canvas for the presentation of your brand. Platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok are perfect for showcasing stunning landscapes, heart-pounding adventures, and innovative gear. If you believe you have a high-quality product, you need to Invest in high-quality visuals that capture the essence of your brand. There are no half-hearts in the passion for the outdoors, so why only give half effort when displaying it?

Ultimately, social media presents an incredible opportunity for outdoor brands to connect with their target audience, increase brand awareness, and inspire a love for adventure. The authenticity nature brings to any relationship is wonderful and should be utilized for optimum branding in the world of business. Sharing captivating stories, encouraging user-generated content, partnering with influencers, and fostering genuine connections are just some of the ways outdoor brands can conquer the digital wilderness and create a lasting impact. There are endless horizons inside this outlet and it could not be a better location for organic growth. So go forth, brave explorer, and let the great social media outdoors be your guide!

Here are some additional tips for optimizing social media for outdoor brands:

  • Use relevant hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to get your content seen by more people. When using hashtags, be sure to use ones that are relevant to your brand and target audience.
  • Run contests and giveaways. Contests and giveaways are a great way to engage your audience and generate excitement around your brand. When running a contest or giveaway, be sure to have clear rules and guidelines, and make sure the prizes are something that your audience will be interested in.
  • Optimize your social media profiles. Make sure your social media profiles are complete and up-to-date. Include high-quality photos and videos, and be sure to use a clear and concise bio that tells potential followers what your brand is all about.
  • Post regularly. The more often you post, the more likely people are to see your content. However, don't overdo it. Posting too much can be overwhelming and can actually turn people off from your brand.
  • Track your results. It's important to track your results so you can see what's working and what's not. There are a number of tools that can help you track your social media performance.

So there you have it. Admittedly, growing an organic following gets more and more labor intensive with each passing year, so if this how-to has left you feeling even more lost than when you stumbled upon it... feel free to reach out, we're here to help 🫡

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