It’s hard to look beyond the media hype to decide if your brand should have a Threads marketing strategy. Threads burst onto the social media scene in early July with the kind of massive fanfare that induces FOMO. And that kind of shiny-new-toy buzz sends marketers – and usually their well-meaning but uninformed bosses – into a tailspin asking themselves: how can we start using this new marketing channel ASAP?
Y’all, that’s the wrong question. What you should be asking is: does my brand NEED to be using Threads?
And the answer isn’t an automatic “yes.”
Is Threads a marketing opportunity? Of course it is. But you don’t seize every other opportunity that’s available to you, so why should you give more weight to this one? Just because everyone is talking about it? That’s a hard “nope.”
First of all, let’s get one thing clear. The thirst for Threads is already dying down and it’s only been a few weeks since launch. Indeed, many are now speculating that Threads might be just another a flash in the pan that will go the way of BeReal.
But it IS owned by Meta (which owns Facebook and Instagram), and it IS anchored by Instagram users. That means there are some chops under the hood. So while you shouldn’t just dive in blindly, you also shouldn’t just ignore it completely without first asking yourself a few critical questions.
Should your brand have a Threads marketing strategy? Here’s how to tell.
Ask yourself some questions surrounding these three points:
1) RESOURCES: Do you have, or can you get, the resources required to manage yet another social media channel? If you’re not doing justice to the channels you’ve already had for years, adding a new one is only going to dilute the effectiveness of them all. And in social media marketing, success comes with going deep not wide. It’s better to go “all in” on fewer channels – reliable posting, proactive interaction with followers, tapping into current cultural trends – than just giving a light touch to many channels at once. Just “having” a channel doesn’t make it effective. “Working it” does. This advice even made the list (at #17) of our Top 20 Tips for Tourism PR & Marketing Agency Clients.
2) AUDIENCE: Because Threads is connected to Instagram, when users establish their Threads account they are asked if they want to follow the same accounts on Threads that they do on Instagram. So when your Threads account goes live (if it hasn’t already), your base of followers will be pulling from your existing Instagram following. Do you need to be speaking to the same group on two different channels? Will you share different content on Threads and Instagram, so that the same audience has a reason to follow you on each? Do you have a plan (and then the resources – see #1 above) to grow your audience on Threads beyond your current Instagram followers? And most importantly, is your target audience likely to be found on Threads? It’s too soon to tell what the typical Threads user will be like, but before you dive in and invest heavy resources there, you should see where that lands.
3) GAPS: Does your current marketing strategy have a hole in it that Threads can fill? Or can tapping Threads enhance work you’re already doing and/or accelerate results? There’s no point in doing any sort of marketing initiative that doesn’t tie back to the big picture strategy goals. So don’t let FOMO push you into “doing Threads for the sake of doing Threads.” There needs to be a legit reason why it’s the right channel at the right time for the right audience and at the right resource level.
So, with all that in mind…SHOULD your brand have a Threads marketing strategy? Maybe not. And that’s OK. There’s no absolute rule book in marketing. Just remember that the biggest resource drain in marketing – and the one that’s most often underfunded – is time. If you can’t invest the time to do it justice, it might be best for you to keep Threads on the shelf until you’re ready.