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Knowing Whether Social Media Is Ideal For Your Business

The hype associated with Social Media Marketing (SMM) has been around for several years now. Since it has been on the lips of everyone and companies alike – both large and small – have taken the plunge and launched Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as blogs.

Social media marketing should not be embarked on blindly. Of great importance is getting to know whether social media is right for YOUR particular business.

Regrettably, this is a question that very few business people ask themselves prior to registering for a Twitter account or creating a blog. You must be asking yourself, ‘What is the best way of determining whether my business should employ social media to boost sales?’ The first step should be monitoring what your potential and current customers are saying presently and note which medium they use as their mouthpiece.

Having a Facebook fan page would seem very appropriate, but what if your fan base/followers are on Twitter only? Having a blog may seem like a no-brainer but if none of your clientele (present and potential) read blogs or subscribe to their feeds, it would be futile. You have to know exactly which media will give you maximum results and thus being worth your while.

I agree that collecting complete and accurate statistics for your Social Media Marketing campaign can be somewhat tricky and at the same time, very time consuming. Gurus in social media marketing have come up with a tactic that can help in determining the best way of deciding whether you should employ Social Media Marketing and if so, which media would be ideal for you. Begin pilot programs of various media campaigns and allocate equal time dedication per week. Post blogs, update profiles and statuses, and get to build as many relationships as possible. Keep this going for approximately two months since it is virtually impossible to create a buzz in a day or two.

After establishing your brand, analyze which ones have managed to generate the largest buzz. If more people are visiting and making purchases via your Twitter page or LinkedIn profile maintain them. If for whichever reason blogs aren’t getting you the needed attention, then you need to get to shut them down or dedicate less time and just make an online presence. In brevity, what I mean is that you should focus greatly on marketing outlets that are making you visible in the online fraternity since they are the ideal ones for your line and scope of business.

This is a vital process that allows you to avoid blindly following the social media hype which may end up being a waste of precious time. It allows you to join a social media where most of your customers can be found and allow you to converse with them whenever need be. It is important to be open minded when conducting the feasibility study knowing that NOT every business will require social media in order to be successful.

Happy monitoring 🙂 . Here’s to the future of your business and staying ahead of the game!

What does Google Love?

That Google shows a preference towards fresh content is now common knowledge. This includes various spheres such as blogs, podcasts, videos, bookmarking, social media marketing, etc.

In order to maximize your exposure on the internet it is essential that you create an amalgam of social networks, social media sites, podcasts, bookmarking sites, blogs, and video sites. This should work in being able to provide content which is rich and also points towards your website.

What attracts most: SMM or SEM?

Given the high use of internet for most of our activities today, it is important that we devise online marketing strategies. Two very important internet marketing strategies widely used today are Social Media Marketing and Search Engine Marketing. Both these strategies are different only in approach and the kind of traffic they attract. However, you should remember that these are two sides of a coin and need to go hand in hand for any internet marketing strategy to be successful.

Search engine marketing is a kind of internet marketing through which companies improve their rankings on search engines and ensure more traffic to their websites. Search engine marketing is largely of three types, using pay per click advertising method, placing strategic advertisements containing precise information on various search engine websites and lastly, with some search engines, it is possible to pay and be included as a higher ranking page. However, the best way to ensure success in search engine marketing is to make your website search engines optimized by using appropriate keywords, unique content and other SEO techniques.
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Social media marketing, on the other hand, is a way in which you engage with your customers by using various social media tools. By using various social media tools, you can actually disseminate information about your company to a group of people who are actually interested in reading about it. By giving people opportunity to air their opinions on a particular aspect of your business, you are actually building relationships. A good profile with excellent content and by directing good traffic to your website, you can use this strategy effectively.

The primary difference between the two strategies is the time taken by each to generate incoming traffic to your website. It is seen that search engine marketing brings in more traffic to your website at a much faster rate than social media marketing, which takes some time to generate quality traffic to your website. However, even if social media marketing takes time, it ensures long lasting relations with the people who visit your website.

Secondly, people often state that it is difficult to measure social media marketing but it is not impossible. Using the right analytics, it is possible to measure the ROI of a blog as well as the exact amount of traffic coming from social media sites to your website. Measurability is very easy in search engine marketing as the course of incoming web traffic to your site is more visible. In addition, pay per click strategy and placement of paid ads help in measuring the impact.

Third difference is the kind of traffic attracted by each marketing strategy. Search engine marketing attracts SEO traffic, which include people who are actively searching for your product or service, thereby ensuring high rate of conversion into customers. Social media marketing, on the other hand, attracts organic traffic, which may or may not be interested in what you have to offer. However, once you have managed to convince the person about the relevance of your company, the conversion is absolute and one that will continue for a long period.

In conclusion, it is best to say that for any internet marketing strategy to be successful, both strategies should be used in tandem, starting with the search engine marketing strategy to create large number of hits to your website and then following it up with the social media marketing strategy to ensure your customers stay loyal.