Okay, let's be honest, there are so many social media platforms out there that it can be incredibly difficult as a business to know where you should be spending your time and efforts. Heck, it's hard to know which ones to choose as a consumer. Ultimately, as a consumer, the decision usually comes down to which platform provides the most value or is the greatest source of entertainment. Knowing this, as a business, is so important. If you know consumers are looking for value and entertainment, provide those things (within what's appropriate for your industry) on the platforms they're frequenting. Unsure about what social media platforms they're frequenting these days? Well, that's why we've written this blog.
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Social media is an incredible tool that allows you to connect instantaneously with users all over the world in the blink of the eye. Increasingly, businesses are utilizing social media as a way to connect with clients and prospects. However, what many professionals don't realize is: it’s all too easy to commit social media taboos and not even know it!
Why does this matter? Because, believe it or not, you can be penalized, or receive flak or kickback from these, and you definitely want to avoid that. Read on to discover six of the most common taboos we've identified that can harm you.
Once, I was sitting in on a marketing class (that I had admittedly not signed up for), listening to a professor give a lecture on social media and the impact it has on society and the business world. About 40 minutes into the lecture, an older student raised his hand and said, "Everyone knows that social media is just for millennials. How can it possibly be useful for businesses?"
The professor, who was in his early 60s, replied, "Is it? Then why do I have ads popping up on my news feed targeted at old balding men like me?"
Twitter can improve your business. Twitter is an interactive information distribution method that can be very effective when used as an advertising medium. The number of businesses that regularly use Twitter to communicate to their target audience is growing daily at an exponential rate, which is why many businesses are getting a grasp on social media management. In the next three posts, I will explain how Twitter can improve your business and how to use it effectively as a marketing and sales tool.
5 ways your company can benefit from Twitter:Customer Service in the Twitterverse
Having a dedicated twitter account for your company opens a line of instant communication between you and your clients. Over Twitter, you can provide basic tech support, answer sales questions and respond to feedback about your company and its products and services.
You’ve identified which social media platforms will work for you and created several accounts. Now you are completely overwhelmed. You have to check them every day and write clever posts, not to mention you have to interact with your followers. What if it was easier? It can be and here’s how.
Write In Advance
Separate out all of your networks and decide the kind of content you would like on each one. Then start writing. We recommend writing posts for an entire month. This way you get it out of the way and you can focus on other things. This content will be the foundation of the platform. You will make sure you have at least one great post a day.
You have established your business and what you want your brand to be. Now is time to decided which social media platforms make sense for you and your business. Here at Tribute Media we use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google +, and YouTube. We have all of these accounts, but the ones that we use the most are definitely Facebook and Twitter. These platforms are where our customer base is. We are a web design and marketing agency so these platforms make sense for our business.
I felt that it might be appropriate to speak to the nature of communication and how it has evolved over the course of humanity. By communication, I’m not referring to the evolution of interaction in the linguistic sense, but rather how the spread of communication via media and news has evolved over the years.
Social media is an intricate part of our world, personally and professionally. People now expect companies to post new and interesting information relevent to their industry and company.
We have reached a point where we can no longer consider Social Media the new trend in marketing. Plenty of brands have taken their marketing efforts to Facebook and Twitter, and while new social platforms continue to arise, such as Pinterest, it doesn’t mean that there is some new magic to it. Social Media is about being social, and if you aren’t taking the time to engage, then you aren’t doing Social Media correctly.
Whether you have a new product, brand, podcast or startup, Social Media allows you to connect with others and get acquainted, unlike any medium has ever allowed before. You can engage in personal conversations, receive feedback, and make important announcements that reach a significant number of people who are already interested in what you have to say. However, simply blasting out information and not putting the proper time and energy into your social media accounts could have a very negative effect on how your brand is viewed.