Can TikTok Hurt Your Business?

Have You Been Thinking About Diving Into TikTok?

Now, I know what you are thinking…Everybody and their mother is telling you that right now you should be on TikTok maximizing their insane organic reach.

Been struggling on IG lately? Well, the Caribbean just got reels and all the experts are saying you should be using it to experience explosive growth!

So how on earth are you asking a question like can short-form content on TikTok or reels hurt your business?

Well… let’s talk about it.

Here are 3 ways that doubling down on TikTok can hurt your business if you aren’t mindful.


Surface Level Content

Sacrificing Quality For Quantity

The vast majority of the content I see on TikTok and Reels…is super surface level. However…business owners who have never seen growth on any other social media platform ever…are there taking advantage as best as they can.

It’s become a landgrab…trying to get as many followers as possible before TikTok does what every other social media platform before it has done…Change their algorithm and limit organic reach.

What many people forget is that so many of the big accounts on Instagram…built their followings during a time when the platforms weren’t so limited.

So now that there is a new kid on the block…business owners are there and trying to post 3x per day and sacrificing Quality content for Quantity, in a race to grab as many followers as possible.

The question they need to start looking at is if all of these followers are converting…and don’t just say yes, I’m getting sales. Have you installed any mechanisms within your brand to track where your sales and leads are coming from?


Sacrificing Long-Form Content

Business owners are sacrificing long-form content for short-form content. This is critical because CHANGE doesn’t happen via 1 min videos.

In order to make a change, you need long-form content that will allow you to explore a topic in various depths and you need a curriculum to bring people through a process.

By simply jumping onto the TikTok and Reels wagon and no longer working on long-form content…sure you might grab followers but you are not diving into anything with depth and showcasing your expertise.

Business owners need to find a happy marriage with Short-form content, long-form content and positioning their products/services as the solutions to solve customer problems or achieve their desires.

Business Owners…You have a BUSINESS!!! This means that you need to keep that at the forefront of your content strategy and your overall digital strategy.

The goal should be not to only have short-form content since there is only so much you can pack into it…but to have it as a compliment to your long-form content.


No Overall Digital Strategy

Short-form content is getting favoured because it is perceived as quick and easy to put together…but it does not replace an overall strategy.

Building your brand on 1 social media platform hurts your business overall because you throw everything out the window with respect to a holistic digital strategy.

Most business owners doubling down on short-form content are throwing out the window things like their website, email list, notification list, Retargetting, WhatsApp business, PPC, SEM, SMS, Messenger campaigns, data collection and much much more.

Now, you might be thinking…well the reason we focus on social media is that social media is free…But it’s not…access might be free but it still costs you time and money to create the content you post onto free social media platforms…Think about all the tools, software, equipment you use to create content. Social media costs!

It’s better that you sacrifice time and energy learning the different mechanisms of a digital strategy than just going all-in on 1 platform…especially as a business owner.

Sure you might get leads and sales…but the goal isn’t to only be relevant on 1 platform but learn how to become omnipresent.

Your business needs to be an ecosystem and not a 1 trick pony standing on flimsy ground.

Business Owners…Stop sacrificing your overall Digital & Business Strategies to gain a big following on TikTok, IG or Linkedin.

Every single channel has its purposes in order to build the longevity of your business but also collect your data, drive your leads, sales and help real transformation amongst your audience.


I love the fact that short-form content is on the rise amongst many of the top digital platforms…but as a business owner, remember that short-form content needs to be a part of an overall digital strategy. While TikTok is being very generous with its traffic, you should be making sure it’s feeding into your digital strategy and not just focusing on building followers there. 

So can TikTok hurt your business? Yes but only if you aren’t mindful and ditch your overall digital strategy.

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