Unique update on the Introduction to Social Media Marketing


Social media marketing is a form of internet marketing that involves creating and sharing content on social media networks in order to achieve

 To set things off, we should begin with a definition of the term Social Media Marketing. Social media marketing is defined as a form of internet marketing that involves creating and sharing content on social media networks in order to achieve your marketing and branding goals. This mode of marketing involves such activities as posting texts and image updates, videos, and any other content that will drive the audience engagement, as well as paid social media advertising. This post aims to give a somewhat comprehensive discussion on social media marketing and for this reason, we shall go about it in a step after step procedure. For reasons of clarity and flow of information, we shall discuss under various sub-headings like The Best Social Media Marketing Tips To Boost Your Business, How To Choose The Right Social Media Platforms For Your Business, and so on. After all, the first thing that should cross your mind is to know why you need the social media in your business, or put in another way, what benefits do you stand to gain in the growth of your business by using the social media and how to go about it, how do you know the right platform to use if you finally make up your mind to use the social media? Before starting a social media campaign, you must first have a social strategy in mind after considering your business goals. The answers to the questions raised above depend on your type of business which will essentially drive and inform your social media marketing strategy. Explained in great depth below, are some social media marketing tips that will kick off your social media campaigns.

(1). Content Planning In The Social Media.
It is essential to build a social media marketing plan. To do this effectively, you may have to consider keyword research and competitive research to help in content ideas that will interest your target audience. Consider also what other businesses in your industry are doing to drive engagement on social media.

(2). Create Great Social Content.
The content reigns supreme which is consistent with other areas of online marketing. To do this well, do not just post content regularly, but also offer valuable information that your customers will find helpful and interesting. Such shared contents on social media may include images, videos, infographics, how-to guides, and much more.

(3). Maintain A Consistent Brand Image.
The use of social media to promote your business enables you to protect your brand image across a variety of different social media platforms. Each platform has its unique environment and voice and your business's core identity should also stay consistent.

(4). Use Social Media To Promote Your Content.
You can use social media to share your best site and blog content with readers. This sharing of content will build a loyal following on social media and so you can always post all your new content and make sure that your readers can find new stuff right away. Furthermore, great blog content will generate more followers, and the more followers you get, the more the likelihood that you will receive more patronage. After all, people who follow you are likely to buy from you than those who they do not know at all.

(5). Endeavor To Share Curated Links With Others.  
Curating and sharing with outside sources leverage your own unique, original content to gain followers, fans, and devotees. You can also link to outside articles as well and whenever other sources provide great, valuable information that you think your target audience will enjoy, link to them as well. This builds trust and reliability and may provide you with some links in return too.

(6). Never Fail To Keep Track Of Your Competitors.
Do always keep an eye on your competitors because they can be a source of valuable data for keyword research and can provide you with other social media marketing insight. If any competitor is using any vibrant social media channel that is working for them, consider doing the same too. It is essential to keep an eye on your competitors since whatever is good for them, is equally good for you. Try it too!

(7). Use Analytics To Measure Success.
Without tracking data, you cannot determine the success or otherwise of your social media marketing strategies. A great social media marketing tool is Google Analytics that can help you to measure your most successful social media marketing technique, as well ad determines which strategies are better abandoned altogether. To do this effectively, you may have to attach tracking tags to your social media marketing campaigns for proper monitoring. Ensure that analytics are used within each social platform for more insight into which of your content the audience receives best.

(8). Always Generate A Conversation Around Your Brand.
A good social media marketing strategy involves creating a discussion about your brand, products, or even partners and these conversations may lead to a lot of feedback which can cause your audience to actually know that there is someone behind the brand. To achieve effectively, focus on creating content that evokes a conversation. This you can achieve in many ways like shouting out to other companies you network with, soliciting for feedback about your products, and also asking open-ended questions while allowing your audience to reply and thus get them to be actively involved. Whenever your audience comment on your social media messages, engage them on it and make them feel they are really valued, otherwise they may think they are dealing with a robot.

(9). Make Sure You Learn How To Connect With Your Audience Through Social Listening.
 Social listening is the process of monitoring social conversations around certain topics of interest. This process enables you to understand what is important to your audience and also identify any trends your target audience may be following. This will allow you to learn what they are struggling with, which will help you to create content that will address those complaints. In summary, make it a part of your daily routine to do some social listening and so hear what people are saying in your industry. For more intensive listening, check out Mention, the listening tool used by the CoSchedule team.

(10). Endeavour To Tell Your Brand's Story.
Social media is a great means of sharing your brand's mission and also sharing stories and effective stories can have a tremendous impact on your brand's image. Share the stories of people who use your product or service and if these people have given you great feedback, share it too, this will spread the message that your product is effective enough for customers to give you positive feedback. Nothing sells your brand more than this strategy, so use it whenever you can.

(11). To Improve, Gather Data From The Audience Research.
The audience research is much similar to social listening and it also uses the keywords your audience will be using, though it is more focused on your specific product. Most social media platforms allow you to view the reach and insights of all your posts like Facebook and Twitter, for instance. In order to view the insight on your Facebook page, go to where you are the admin and they will be beside your photo and for Twitter, they have an option to view every tweet you post at the bottom of each tweet.

(12). Keep Your Customers Happy By Providing Exceptional Customer Service.
Generally speaking, customers now expect companies to handle their requests and complaints through social media and so a strong investment in customer service can build meaningful relationships between your company and your customers. With social media, the challenges of customer service remains a very demanding one, but in the end, it pays dividends. Interestingly, social media allows for immediate interaction and customer feedback. In the United States, for instance, customers use social media to ask questions about products or services, and therefore have a social media customer service strategy is extremely important. If you happen to have separate teams for social media and customer service, it is important to maintain a strong flow of information between the two. In this way, your teams do not get tangled up when providing customer service through social media.

(13). Build Customer Loyalty Through Excellent Service.
Nothing beats building brand loyalty and what is more, it can be accomplished for free. It should be noted that customers follow and interact with those brands they enjoy and most of those who follow your business are likely to buy from you than from your competition. Interestingly, loyal customers increase your traffic, so be sure to keep your loyal audience engaged and happy. There are positive tips to create loyalty; offer promo codes for discounts through the social media to your followers, ask open-ended questions that allow your audience to reply and finally, give away inexpensive gifts like stickers, pins, patches, shirts, sunglasses and hats that will make a long-lasting and loyal impression on your customers. For a strategy that targets growth, this is a cinch anywhere.

(14). Use Social Media To Increase Your Traffic.
Effective social media marketing can assist in sending customers directly to your site. Not all your online traffic is expected to come from search engines since social media channels allow for more diverse inbound traffic streams. You may have to consider not only what you post, but also how often you post it or else you risk becoming an overbearing marketer who turns off customers. To prevent that from happening, it is good to follow a set schedule for posting your content and this will help you to ensure that your content is not only posted at a time that is most effective but that which will also give you time to edit your content to help you with your SEO(Search Engine Optimization). You may use bit.ly to shorten your links and place them within your posts and profiles. These shortened links are sure to save space and not look overbearing to the audience which can be done with bit.ly integration in your CoSchedule social media calendar.

(15). Creating Social Media Profiles Is Almost Free.
Yes, it is almost completely free to create a social media profile and also to post organic content. However, if you wish to any further with your adverts, you may choose to pay for your promotion which is liable to increase your exposure. You can improve your business on Facebook or Twitter on any budget, both of which will direct your adverts automatically towards users that are interested in what you're advertising. Please take care to ensure that you do not end up writing organic content that sounds like an advert which will surely make your posts look like spam. To prevent getting far-reaching adverts without paying for them, social media platforms have a restriction on the reach of unpaid adverts, and paying for your adverts will make them look professional and get you a good reach.

(16). Establish Your Brand As A Topical Authority.
 Being a topical authority means your business is a trusted avenue for information on good topics and therefore establishing topical authority is a subset of content marketing. Please note that the more you use social media to post relevant content, the more search engines are likely to pick you up as an authority on that subject matter. This can make you become something like a go-to authority on that particular topic and the more authoritative your page becomes, the more your traffic will increase. You can see how interrelated these things are and all to your benefits. Wow! Really, there is nothing to beat the social media on this turf anywhere! When searching for a source or writing content, you may want to use the Moz tool in order to help you find valuable sources, and the higher the number, the better for you. You can build a list of about twenty-four sources that you think are authoritative enough and use the Moz's free toolbar to determine which sites are more authoritative, a great tool for finding out what websites and blog posts have topical authority. It will do well to remember that a new website may not have gained any authority no matter how good it is.

(17). Using Social Media, Retarget Your Audience.
Retargeting is seen as a wonderful tool for social media marketing and only a negligible percentage of those who visit your site for the first time will actually buy something, but with advertising, the other larger percentage can be reached. One way to do this us by retargeting which is done by keeping a list of the people who visit your site and place anonymous cookies within their browser. When next they visit social media, the retargeting service then displays the adverts. Thus, retargeting gets your business in the eyes of the customer beyond just when they are on your site. Some good retargeting tools are out there and also, they are easy to use. Use them to promote your business, but ensure that you do not annoy your customers.

(18). Help Your Cause To Go Viral.
We are all very conversant with viral adverts. When anything is said to go viral, it means it has the tendency of getting shared, and by so doing becoming very widespread. This is a wealth of positive publicity and the beauty of viral adverts is that you can get a lot of attention for relatively little effort. Your primary concern however must not be on forcing your adverts to go viral. Allow this to happen naturally and of its own accord, but never force it, as doing so is both risky and expensive. Virality will surely come with good content and better promotion. Get it through natural and laudable means.

(19). Make Sure You Drive Conversions.
Online traffic may not be just traffic really, especially since good traffic drives conversions. 

To effectively drive conversions, you may need to: (a). Add calls to action which is helpful because it motivates your customers to do something by feeling empowered to purchase your product. You may also design your social media messages to appeal to the customer so much so that they will want to take a specific action, such as buying your product. These adverts can be placed anywhere on social media and can effectively direct the customer to your site. Be sure to keep your customer engaged enough to want to continue buying the product. (b). If you organize contests, giveaways, free stuff, which you may not really want to, but in the end, they pay dividends. Customers are likely to be compelled to purchase from you, for your free gesture, then a company from which they have got nothing. (c). Execute advertisements rigorously on social media to grab people's attention even when they are there for a different purpose. Grab their attention and make them want to purchase your product or service without creating a bad impression on them, so in this, do be careful. The social media allows you to place adverts directly without letting the customer feel tricked, to support this drive, Facebook and Twitter will allow you to place adverts directly on your target market's timeline. These adverts will lead directly to your page and thus drive conversions upward. Wow! This is sure cool. You may want to create a mixture of the three things discussed here, but do not rely on just one of them. A good mix will surely drive conversions and your customers would not be overwhelmed. Building landing pages to which your direct traffic will also help you to increase conversions from social media and landing pages are likened to blog posts except that they have a call to action in them. If you happen to be building your website through WordPress, there are plugins that will definitely help you to build landing pages or you can even use Unbounce if you are having trouble building a landing page.

(20). Be Sure To Promote Your Content.
Yes, by promoting the content, you are inadvertently promoting the product. It is what they call 'quid pro quo' which means one good turn deserves another. To be able to promote effectively, you may have to have good headlines, have a good image, and ensure proper timing. All of these must be taken into consideration when writing any social media message. Keep it at the back of your mind always that the most important thing in writing your messages is to be creative and post original content. Being creative and telling stories is an effective way to promote content without having to seem like an advert and this will allow the customers to build their own perception of the product. So, essentially, challenge yourself to gain mastery in storytelling that relates to your product or service which will help your customer relate to you. A social media scheduler like CoScheduler will be of help here. Try it.

(21). Communicate With Your Customers About Niche Topics You Mutually Love.
 There are thousands of groups on social media and chances are that your target market is among them, and finding them and getting them involved with your products will help your business. To do this well, you may need to follow them by isolating those who post about subjects in your industry. If they eventually like what they see in your company, they will follow you back. Most people are likely to purchase products from your business after they follow you. Therefore, build your own Facebook and Linkedin group about the industry you are in.

(22). Connect With Potential Customers Like Your Audience Through The Use Of Social Media.
  People are likely to patronize you when they see others doing so and not when you are deserted which will mean that you do not have anything or much to offer. Essentially, no one wants to get the content that no one else cares about; they want to have that which everybody desires and that is doing well. The content that is shared extensively must have some authority or must be creative and good. To achieve through this, you may want to include buttons on your blog and websites to display how many shares your content has gotten. These buttons are, in most part, convenient and allow for quick sharing.

(23). Use Easy A/B Testing To Get The Biggest Results.

  A/B testing is when different versions of the same websites are presented to different people. To do this, rather than using different websites, try similar posts, and track the reach and conversion results of each post. Twitter has recently made it easier to track the results of a tweet which is likely to help you to narrow down your most effective social media posts. It is important to track the results of these tests to ensure that you are looking at the test results correctly. Out there, we have some great tools that will help you with using A/B testing and you ought to put effort to track these results.

(24). Use The Hashtag(#) To Increase Your Reach. The hashtag(#) is a powerful tool that can connect people or a group of like-minded individuals together through social media. It is therefore a sure way to greatly increase your reach. What is more, using a hashtag is free especially since tweets that have up to two hashtags are more likely to be re-tweeted. However, remember that more hashtags do not translate into more patronage or engagement, in fact, too many hashtags will devalue the strength of your message and it will get lost very quickly indeed.,Therefore, use hashtags sparingly and ensure that you put them on words that are most effective. You can always find relevant hashtags by using Twitter's Trending page which will show you the highest-ranking and most used hashtags at any given time.

(25). Keep Your Customers Up-To-Date On Everything.
In order to ensure that you keep your customers up-to-date, you may have to regularly get them informed on new products, new services, new updates, and new expansions or departments. The Moz tool can be of significant help in this regard.
The social media marketing strategy has made every kind of conventional (or traditional) ways of advertisement -by way of newspapers, journals, radio jingles, or television- pale into insignificance and obscurity! However, the greatest marvel is the little or no cost you incur to avail yourself of all these monumental opportunities on social media. Having shown some of the greatest tips on how to use the social media above, it is now pertinent to complete the picture by explaining ways and means through which you can choose the best platforms in the social media to use for your business. In the course. if doing that, we shall also say enough on your type of audience or customers.

The CoSchedule Is Your Best Bet. Try It. Now.
All the marvelous benefits of social media in online marketing that we have studied so far in this post ( and more) can be enjoyed readily and always with CoSchedule and FOR FREE in the first fourteen(14) days. This stands as the best means to manage and execute your social media marketing planning and execution. This tool allows you to have constant communication to help you manage multiple projects easily and at once. All you need is an idea of what you are going to post in the future and from there CoSchedule will give you time to ensure that each of your posts contains quality content and is fully edited to the best of your abilities. To do you one better, even your entire team can be on the same schedule, thereby allowing you to collaborate better than ever.
 The CoSchedule is equipped with a range of features like:
(a). All your projects can be stored in one place.
(b). Each and every member of the team has the benefit of constant communication.
(c). You are at liberty to set deadlines for each project or task.
(d). You can monitor the progression of every project.
(e). Each member of the team can handle more than one project with the calendar. The CoSchedule is certainly the all-in-one social media tool for you. Try it out, for free, in the first fourteen days now.

How To Choose The Best Social Media Platforms For Your Business.

The process of choosing the best social media platform for your business should start with, first, identifying who your audience is. To do this well, you must be able to answer the following questions, for a good guide:
Identifying your audience.
(1). Who are your typical customers?
(2). How old are they?
(3). Are they male or female?
(4). What is their income and possibly even their education level?
(5). What are they interested in outside of your product or service?
Once you are able to answer these questions and other related ones, you have built the profile of your customer and now you know who is your target audience.

Define your goals.
You now know your audience, next you need to define goals for that audience. Your primary goal will most certainly be to drive sales by attracting customers, but there are other creative goals for social media. Some people use social media to drive brand recognition and also foster good relationships with potential customers, others use social media for customer support actually. Netflix, for instance, uses Twitter to handle @Netflixhelps to address vital customer related issues. This strategy does not only free their phone lines but also gives satisfied customers the opportunity to promote their brand. What ingenuity! To effectively create social media goals, brainstorm a list of both ordinary and unusual ways and means through which social media can work for you.

Finding Your Audience.
You have now gotten your audience profiled and your goals defined, so it is high time you find your audience. To do this, first, determine which social media platform your audience uses by looking at the demographics of the users on each.platform. Consider how active your audience is on this platform, for example, young people may have accounts with Facebook, but they are adjudged to be more active on Instagram, right? Also, look out how people use the platform besides demographics and engagements.

Social media is, without any shred of doubt, a marvel indeed. When it comes to getting you and your products noticed, you can't beat the reach of social media, at least not by a long shot. To make matters more astonishing, social media does all this at little or no cost at all when compared to the exorbitant costs of using traditional media like newspapers, the radio, and television. The era of social media has now made it very feasible to 'invade' the most secret places in customers' lives and get you noticed. At least, we now know that nowhere is far enough and no crowd is too large, for social media to announce to you. Having written extensively on how to make the most of the social media in online marketing, how to select and target your audience and also how to choose the most applicable social media platforms for your businesses, what is left now is for us to put this wealth of information to good use for the growth of our businesses. A stitch in time, they say, is worth nine and know what? I believe them and so should you.


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Unique update on the Introduction to Social Media Marketing
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