Social media has become a cornerstone of marketing for businesses and individual services worldwide. Whether brick-and-mortar or Internet based, companies of all sizes are getting in on the social media marketing game, and with huge success. Not every platform is right for all types of businesses, but to ignore this huge elephant of a marketing strategy is selling yourself short of maximizing your business reach – and your profits.
The Platforms Are Aplenty
From Facebook to Pinterest and everything in between, you likely have your own personal relationship with social media – but does your business? Teens, stay-at-home-moms and dads, business associates and even grandparents crave the connection these outlets provide, visiting their accounts multiple times each day (some bordering on the obsessive). When it comes to social media, there truly is something for everyone. Consider the following popular avenues in which we stay socially connected:
- … and a whole host of others (literally – there’s something for everyone)
Give Thanks to the Information Superhighway
Thank you, Internet (and Al Gore). Congruent with the rise in social media popularity for staying connected with others, businesses everywhere have leveraged the world’s love for the Internet as a chance to be seen and heard by the masses. No matter where you are in the world, you can direct a significant share of your marketing towards your target demographics, often at no to low cost (think PPC and AdWords). With a well-planned social media strategy, your business can reach a much larger audience, even targeting those whom you previously overlooked as potential clients.
Location, Location, Location
Yes, the Internet is everywhere. But jockeying for that coveted first page of Google rankings means a great deal to many a company. Given the world’s love and devotion to social media, the potential for widespread information exchange is exponential and affords the opportunity for well-placed content to bring in new and repeat business. “Content is king,” three words having become an axiom for Internet/social media marketing, rings true – but only as it best relates to your business, brand and marketing goals. Your efforts on social media, and your company website, should include content, images, infographics and the like to appropriately engage your audience. Only when you have your target market’s full attention will you convert engagement to sales. Position your content wisely, and reap great rewards.
Branding Through Social Media
Social media is an excellent way to brand your business, products or services. The key is determining which social media channels best support your marketing/branding objectives. Consumers are smart and often know exactly what they’re looking for. It’s important to choose the right platforms, and remain genuine and truthful in your message to best engage your audience organically.
No matter your business or position within an organization, you could say you have the world at your fingertips. If you find the task of social media daunting, it’s often well worth it to hire a social media marketing manager. In either case, don’t let this enormous opportunity to further your business reach pass you by.