Why People Un-Follow You On Social Media Platforms

We often look at why people follow us on social platforms and try to find create ways to tweak our social marketing to increase engagement. Social media is great to get new content in front of people and connect relevant people all over the web. At one point, it would have taken months to promote content, but it can now be done within a few hours. We often hear stories about how some bloggers attracted thousands of visitors within a few hours by posting high value, engaging content on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. No one can underestimate the power of social media and what it can do for brand awareness. However, we have to look at ways it can harm your blog. If you’re relying on social media to drive traffic to your blog, then you should ask yourself this question:

Why would people un-follow my brand on social platforms?

If you can answer this question, then you’ll protect yourself from making some of the fundamental mistakes others have made that can cost you huge social engagement.

After doing some research online, I was able to gather some key factors…

Let’s start with these quick facts…

  • 12% of Twitter users said they un-followed a brand in the last few days.
  • 25% of Facebook users un-followed in the last few months.
  • 49% on LinkedIn users said they never un-follow brands.

What do these statistics tell us?

If you’re using Twitter and Facebook, un-following brands are much higher than those engaging on LinkedIn. If you depend on Twitter and Facebook for exposure, then you should be careful NOT to make some of the mistakes below or you’ll fall victim to losing followers within a few days to a single month.


Reason 1 – Boring Content and Too Frequently

A majority of people said they’ll un-follow a brand if the content doesn’t provide substance or value. This shouldn’t come as a shock because we all should know the importance of high value content. People are using social media to find high quality content efficiently so posting low quality content isn’t going to meet their objective. Next,

Posting way too frequently becomes annoying and you should ONLY post content when you have written incredible content. You have to keep in mind that people have huge content available to them and your competition will be posting content for them as well. You have to stand out and produce the best content, then publish it on your social profiles so people can engage with it by “retweeting”, etc. The two things you have to remember is…

  • Do NOT post boring content
  • Be careful about the frequency

Reason 2 – Clutter

When doing research, I learned many people simply unsubscribed from emails because they wanted to un-clutter their inbox. However, did you know this applies to social media? For example,

Many businesses and consumers are utilizing tools to organize their social tweets. They use feeds, and software platforms like HootSuite.com and these can become cluttered as well. Just like people do with their email inbox, social media enthusiasts want to have a clean system that provides value and is completely organized. If you’re posting way too much on social platforms, then you might clutter their feed tools and they’ll begin to un-follow your brand. Not to mention, if you clutter with repetitive, boring content, it’s a recipe for disaster. Keep this in mind…

  • Many people will un-follow your brand if you’re cluttering their social platform with boring, repetitive content.

Reason 3 – Preferred Content Type

By content type, I’m referring to images, video, text, etc., and everyone has their own preference. It’s important to know the type of content preferred on social platforms. Did you know, on Twitter, many prefer images? Facebook is a bit different as text performs much better. It’s important to do your research, finding out the type of content people prefer in your niche, especially when sharing on social platforms. If how-to videos are favored and re-tweeted more often, then it’s a good idea to focus on these types of content going forward. Next,

Keep in mind, if the format of “preferred” content is NOT available to the social follower, they might simply un-follow your brand. Research other relevant content on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to find out why certain ones are engaging better than others. Formulate and plan, then start posting following some of the other tips above.

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