If you’ve spent any time on the internet in the last several years, then you know that social media is the new coffeehouse. It is where people go to socialize with their friends and learn about what is going on in the world. You can cash in on this by marketing your business through these forums. This article will show you how.
Understand the notion of conversation. Getting feedback from a customer is the first step to starting a conversation about improving your business. Talking openly with your customers is necessary to improve your products. Take an interest in finding out their needs and wants, and use this information to develop your next promotion, or to think of innovative ways to improve your business.
Avoid the hard sell of your products when developing a following on your social networking website. Link to external stories, articles, and other content that is related to your particular niche or industry. Ask questions, run contests, and post pictures. It’s highly important that you engage your followers. Product engagement is preferable to simple product placement. Make it a goal to identify with your customer’s lifestyle, so that they will identify your product in a like manner, rather than viewing it as yet another thing to spend money on.
Think about creating a guest blog on your site where you let a popular niche blogger come in and write. Consider doing something similar on another site. This will help you garner more traffic to your own site. Anytime you agree to be a guest blogger on someone’s blog, ask that they put a link to your site in their blog roll or in the post. Do the same if you have guest bloggers. The other blogger’s readers are probably going to come and check you out.
Employing social media marketing strategies can be a great way to keep in contact with your customer base, and develop relationships. Customers that friend you on Facebook, or follow you on Twitter do so willingly. They want to hear from you. You can therefore notify them of new upcoming products, sales and discounts, or even just information concerning your business and industry without the fear of being too intrusive.
Have a reveal tab on your Facebook page: only your friends or followers will be able to see it. Encourage people to ‘like’ your page so they can have access to this unique content. You could for instance reveal a unique coupon code to the Facebook users who have ‘liked’ your page.
The velocity of the social media marketing campaigns can be frustrating. Successful campaigns do not happen overnight and their results are hard to measure. It is nothing like placing an advertisement on television with immediate results. The slow, steady approach is the only way to have successful marketing on social media.
Even if you’ve spent a great deal of time on social networking sites you may not have a clue about where to begin when it comes to using them for marketing. If you use the ideas that were suggested here, then you have a good running start on the process.