Before you can run out and jump into the complex world of television domination and plugging your company during the Super Bowl, you need to start somewhere. That “somewhere” should always consist of a good social media marketing plan. If you approach this correctly and follow the right advice, it will put you over top of the competition. You just need to handle it with more self confidence.
Invest in ad space on Facebook or other websites. These ads are targeted towards users who have used certain keywords related to your business in their status updates. You should get a lot of targeted visitors who will learn about your products even if they do not decide to ‘like’ your page.
Experiment with letting your customers help out each other. Many social media sites will allow you to put a user discussion forum on your social media page. Not only does this help build a community among your customers, it can help enhance your customer service. Customers may discuss different products with others and come to your sales representatives already knowing what they want.
Use Facebook to get some very low cost marketing opportunities. Make a professional business account or create a business fan page. Take some time to look up your competitors on Facebook to see how much of a presence they have, and what they did to get that. Do not copy what they did, but use their page as an example for what is working or what is not.
It is important to push your media in different languages, but don’t base them all from the same social networking profiles. Seeing all these different languages mashed together will often confuse newcomers and send them to a more user-friendly competitor. Create separate accounts for each language, and know the difference between each one.
Some larger companies have helped their employees bond and come together through successful social media marketing. It can link employees from all over the world to one site and help build a team of connected workers even though they may never meet in person. This will also expose you to all your employees’ contacts if they share content from the company social site.
An important thing to remember about social media marketing is that you want to create content that people will want to share with others. So be sure to create content that is informative and interesting. This will catch the attention of people and will want to make them pass it on to their friends.
Often overlooked in social media marketing are the various photo sharing web sites. Use flickr and other photo sharing sites to help market your brand. Join groups related to your products or services and post your pictures, make comments and otherwise, interact in the groups. Avoid directly trying to push for sales. Instead, focus on creating a pleasing image of your brand, its uses, and on developing good relationships with other users who may become future buyers.
To create social media marketing materials that get noticed, learn how to write attention grabbing headlines. It does not matter how good your products or pieces are unless the headline is good enough to draw in a reader. Facebook fans are skimming over many posts within their feed. How do yours stand out worthy of a closer look?
When you begin a social media marketing campaign leave room for trial and error. Depending on you target audience, some things that are effective for other businesses may not work for you. Watch for what is and is not working and make changes as necessary. This will show your customers that you are connected with their needs as well.
Enhance your profile thanks to background images or Facebook photostrips. You should create a design that reflects the current season, or simply use colors associated with your brand. Change the design of your profile regularly, or use different designs on special occasions only, before switching back to your usual design.
If followed and applied correctly through a good product, everyone profits and everyone is happy. That is the goal of an SMM strategy. As quickly as possible to get in there and get out with enough time to catch some sleep and start all over again. Just depends on your drive and motivation.