Ever heard the phrase, "change is inevitable"? We're sure, if you're at least old enough to understand the meaning, you've heard of it. As much as we may not like to deal with change, the phrase is very true. Specifically speaking...social media! No, we're not referring to the fun and games of social media, we are referring to the business of social media. Wait! Social media is a business? Yes! For many entrepreneurs, business owners and yes...authors, it's the new wave of connecting your work with people you may not have ever been able to reach otherwise.
Untamed Publishing is proud to have Brand and Social Media Manager and CEO of LDC Management, LaVan Collins to give helpful tips and discuss exactly why you should care about social media marketing.
Have you thought about how far we’ve come with technology? I often think back to the days when we had answering machines, beepers, and phone books. Today we have the ability to grab our mobile devices and/or laptops with the ability to connect with friends, family, co-workers and potential customers. The continued advancement of technology is inevitable. What worked for you a couple of years ago, may not work at all today. The ever growing presence of online and social network users, continue to increase rapidly.
Years ago, it was hard to believe that social media would be such an important aspect of our everyday lives. Some users are especially loyal to social media sites because it helps them stay in touch with old friends, family and classmates. According to research at Pew Research Center, (65%) of adults now use social networking sites – a nearly tenfold jump in the past decade. One thing is certain; the online world will continue advancing, but as a small business owner you may be asking what social media has to do with your company or more importantly, what social media can do for your company.
The spike in the number of online shoppers and social media users over the years changed the landscape of how promoters, advertising and marketing agencies conduct business. Advertising and marketing experts started incorporating social media and online platforms to reach online buyers. In addition, online platforms opened the doors for entrepreneurs and small businesses to compete and gain the attention of potential buyers. Social media has a place in our professional lives, too. According to a report published by Texas Tech University, brands who engage on social media channels enjoy higher loyalty from their customers. For many companies, social media is an essential tool for marketing, customer feedback and various day-to-day tasks. Still have reservations about the importance of social media?
Here are a few reasons why social media marketing is important:
Increases brand recognition
Increase traffic and online presence
Ability to convert online users to potential buyers
Build/Improve brand loyalty
Humanizes the brand through online interaction
Improved customer experience
Increase sales and revenue
Minimize marketing cost
Here are a few successful tips and resources I use:
Identify your social media objective
Build a Plan
Determine social media platform best for your brand
All about timing your post
Share original & relevant content
Engage often and be visible
Fresh images and reduce links (Invest in custom graphics)
Email subscriptions to promote social media
This past year, we've seen the importance of visual content emphasized by the changes that occurred across most major social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. If you need assistance with selecting an image for your post, read "How to Select the Perfect Image for Your Next Blog Post" -- and pay close attention to the section about copyright law.
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Why millennials are running from Facebook, Social Media Marketing Facts, Tips How To Use Social Media For Marketing, Social Media Marketing Industry Report, Building an Integrated Online Marketing Plan
10 Laws of Social Media Marketing
LaVan Collins is a Brand and Social Media Manager and CEO of LDC Management. He is also on the Advisory Panel with PBS and a Designer Partner with VIDA Voices. You can keep up with LaVan here:
In the age of technology, social media has quickly become a valuable asset for many businesses. If utilized and understood properly, it can be an affordable and effective tool to assist you with building your brand and gaining business. Keep up with ever-changing times and watch your business grow! Remember, invest in yourself and your readers, clients and customers will invest in U!
Until next time...