FDR won because of radio, JFK won because of television, Trump won because of social media
That’s how powerful a marketing tool it is in the 21st century.
Social media marketing can help with a number of goals, such as:
- Increasing website traffic
- Building conversions
- Raising brand awareness
- Creating a brand identity and positive brand association
- Improving communication and interaction with key audiences
Which social platform to use?
Facebook’s casual, friendly environment begins with creating a Facebook Business Fan Page. Social media marketing for business pages revolves around furthering your conversation with audiences by posting industry-related articles, images, videos, etc. However, don’t make it all industry related as this can be boring. Try, if you can, to add a personal touch. Tell YOUR story. Give your audience something for nothing. Share stories, pitfalls you face. Be revealing and be real in order to start online conversations.
Google+ is the new Facebook competitor, and it promotes the same fun, casual atmosphere. On Google+ you can upload and share photos, videos, links, and view all your +1s. Also take advantage of Google+ circles, which allow you to segment your followers into smaller groups, enabling you to share information with some followers while barring others. For example, you might try creating a “super-fan” circle, and share special discounts and exclusive offers only with that group.
Pinterest is the latest in social media marketing trends. Pinterest’s image-centered platform is ideal for retail, but anyone can benefit from using Pinterest for social media purposes.
Pinterest allows small businesses to showcase their own product offerings while also developing their own brand’s personality with some unique pinboards.
Twitter is the social media marketing tool that lets you broadcast your updates across the web. Follow tweeters in your industry or related fields, and you should gain a steady stream of followers in return.
Mix up your official-related tweets about specials, discounts, and news updates with some fun and quirky tweets interspersed. Be sure to retweet when a customer has something nice to say about you, and don’t forget answer people’s questions when possible. Interact as much as possible. If you can link something you are doing, regarding your business or not, with someone famous then they may retweet or follow to their millions of followers.
LinkedIn is one of the more professional social media marketing sites. LinkedIn Groups is a great venue for entering into a professional dialog with people in similar industries and provides a place to share content with like-minded individuals.
Encourage customers or clients to give your business a recommendation on your LinkedIn profile. Recommendations makes your business appear more credible and reliable for new customers. Also browse the Questions section of LinkedIn; providing answers helps you get established and earns trust.
YouTube is the number one place for creating video content, with can be an incredibly powerful social media marketing tool. Many businesses try to create video content with the aim of having their video “go viral,” but in reality those chances are pretty slim. Instead, focus on creating useful, instructive “how-to” videos. These how-to videos also have the added benefit of ranking on the video search results of Google, so don't under-estimate the power of video content!
Snapchat is primarily used for creating multimedia messages referred to as "snaps"; snaps can consist of a photo or a short video, and can be edited to include filters and effects, text captions, and drawings.
"Stories" are viewed in chronological order, and each segment is accessible for 24 hours.
This is an idea platform if you are appealing to a younger market of 16-24 year olds.
Social media is particularly important for small businesses with little or no marketing budget.
It is free and, if used properly and effectively, can reap great rewards.
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