Microsoft Word – Social Media And Online Marketing.docx
In an era where social media has become part of our daily life mostly for communication across the borders and socializing. Most businesses have taken this opportunity to leverage the power of social media on all platforms and make use of its influence in networking with investors and possible partners. Social media has presented a platform where businesses get to engage with their customers and potential customers as well.
In the early days if you were to start a business, as a means to get your brand some attention there was always a need for marketing and advertising. This would be made possible maybe by placing an ad in the paper or by using an advert on the television. All this was costly and there definitely was a need for quite a strong financial base to make it possible. For an entrepreneur just starting, affording all this might be a challenge. Social media marketing has made reaching out easy to achieve while still being affordable.
Social media marketing is a form of internet marketing that involves creating or sharing content on social media networks to achieve your marketing and branding goals. It gives a platform to connect with your audience and establish your brand. It entails the whole process of creating content that is tailored to the context of different social platforms online. Just like there is a need for creative thinking when making a television ad, the same level of input is also needed when there is the use of social media so that the content can end up achieving the target goal. Just like social media has become a platform involved in building global communities online, networking, and encouraging engagement when we incorporate all that into the business there is no place else to go than flourish.
Before you begin your journey of using social media for marketing you ought to have your business goals clearly in sight. Identify the reason why you want to market using social media. It might be for brand awareness or creating an opportunity to be able to engage with clients, increase in website traffic, or to push up sales, a clear goal always makes it easier to create the specified social media strategy. You have to identify what you want to achieve first and what group of people will be your target audience as all this will define the kind of content and social platform you will use. With your target audience in mind, you now choose the social platform they are mostly found, if you are looking for a partnership or investors one would make try and engage some with their content on LinkedIn if it is probably young people then you would find yourself creating content on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
It is important to have a clear vision of the message about your brand that you are trying to put across. Your content will have to reflect the message in its entirety. Understand your audience and bring to the table what captures them. The more engaged your audience is the easier it will be for you to achieve your marketing goals. Research and brainstorm as much as you can on content that interests the target audience at the same time evaluating what are other businesses in the same trade are doing when it comes to their social media marketing. It is necessary to keep an eye on the competition to see how they are going about their social media marketing and the platforms they are using which are working for them.
Even when using different social media platforms your brand still has to maintain a consistent brand image although it is being put across in different ways. Each platform has a unique environment and language which requires you to adapt to but your business core identity should still shine through. Upload content constantly to establish a more consistent way of engaging with the audience. When you are engaging and listening to your clients it will be easier to analyze your results and keep track of the growth of the brand. You have to know how many people you are reaching out to and if there is an increase in a given period.
When results have been analyzed there is always a need to reflect and re‐strategize. Your content or way of doing things doesn’t have to be fixed, on social media things evolve daily so there is a need to be up to date on the changes and try to incorporate them into your strategy. When done right social media marketing will have people talking about your brand, commenting on their feedback some even sharing on their social platforms in the process increasing the circle of influence for your brand.
With enough funds, you can even consider social media advertising as part of your marketing as it allows you to reach a wider audience than those already following you. This can be done by reaching out to different social media advertising platforms like well‐known blogs, the use of brand ambassadors on social platforms, YouTube ads, or other well‐established advertising pages on different platforms that are known to have more followers. When displaying your ads you can even create your target audience based on interest and demographics.
Social media marketing has become a powerful tool for businesses to reach prospects and customers. To increase sales by reaching out to more people. There is a need for every business big or small to leverage this power and impact social media now has on today’s society.