If you think social media marketing for your business is a take it or leave it proposition, you are seriously underestimating your competition. With the continuing Google algorithm updates and a deluge of quick start e commerce stores infesting the web, gaining leverage among the current swarm of on line peddlers is not as easy as it used to be. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing web pages to the top of the search engine snake pit. These days, on-line marketing is as much about good old fashioned marketability as it is about tech savvy SEO tricks.
One of the ways companies are standing out from the crowd is by allocating a sufficient amount of resources to social media campaigns. Social web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Google Plus and Pinterest have cornered the market on direct contact marketing. Small businesses are once again seeing the value of old fashioned ‘word of mouth’ communication. Just as an organic link in the vast expanse of Google is worth its weight in gold, a strong ‘like’ campaign on Facebook is a sure fire way to generate traffic for your business. Most on-line businesses have already developed intricate, professional social media campaigns. Some companies, who did not heed the warning of the impending social media explosion, are now trying to catch up.
One of the most important aspects of creating social media to benefit your company is to remember the age old rule of Internet marketing, ‘content is king’. Just uploading a few images and tagging hot products will not build your presence on social media, people want interesting and engaging content. A quick surfing session and a few click throughs to some social media marketing pages and you will be able to gauge what is going on in the social marketing world. Many of the more established on-line organizations have launched entertaining, thought provoking pages; while many others are struggling to get out of the starting gate.
The greatest temptation in the social media movement is for organizations to attempt to cut costs by going it alone. Many small business owners have engaged in social media personally, or have associates who are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, so they log on and start creating their own content. There is not enough room on this page to list the reasons why this is a bad idea. The same benefits that make social media marketing such an appetizing endeavor for business also make it a dangerous one. Producing poor content on a social media site can have a negative impact on a company’s reputation almost immediately. Unlike submitting content to search engines and waiting for days to see your hard work come to fruition, social media posts are available instantly.
For these reasons it is imperative to seek a professional campaign manager. A well developed, well planned social media campaign will increase your businesses on-line visibility substantially. A professionally designed home page, image placement, engaging articles, well timed posts, and customer relationship management through your social media site are crucial to your success. Maintaining a social media campaign is no less important than managing any other aspect of your business; and like other aspects of your business, the results you achieve will depend on how you approach the task from day one.