UpdatedJuly 5, 2023
December 12, 2018
AuthorMichaletz ZwiefMarketing and digital communications agency specializing in smart, meaningful content development.
Topic Social Media
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Marketers are spending more of their budgets on digital marketing, including social media, which now comprises 17% of the average marketing budget. Marketing propels businesses as it increases brand awareness, customer engagement and sales. With online media rising, there is a higher demand for social marketing.
What is Social Media Marketing?
Social media marketing refers to techniques that use social networks to increase brand or company awareness or promote particular products. Social media marketing campaigns usually center around creating shareable or interesting content.
Regardless of the social media platform, such as LinkedIn business pages, Twitter for business, Instagram, or TikTok, social marketing is intended to connect individuals. Since 2002, with the advent of the “Golden Era” of social media, social media marketing has quickly evolved and continues to innovate.
How does Social Media Marketing Benefit a Business?
Social media marketing gives your business human qualities, such as demonstrating how your customer service department is personable and easy to work with. It also allows companies to become content authorities by sharing meaningful and helpful content.
Social marketing can be very efficient since it involves others sharing your content organically. Customers become advocates who talk about your products, influencing others to conduct business with you. Brand awareness also increases as individuals share their insights and thoughts about your products or service offerings.
The 4 Ps of Social Marketing
Just as in the traditional marketing mix, social marketing employs the 4 Ps model. The 4 Ps model is designed to put the right product, at the right price, in the right place at the right time.
- Product—your product is your content, so make sure you speak in a consistent voice across all your marketing efforts, including social media.
- Price—establishes how much the product or service will cost and impacts everything from profit margins to supply, demand and marketing strategy. Make sure you are using the right tools, such as HubSpot, to measure your social media ROI.
- Place—take the time to understand which social media platforms your customers use. For B2B it's likely LinkedIn. And don't forget about YouTube—it's one of the hottest platforms since videos have become so popular.
- Promotion—How are you promoting your product or service on social media sites? Do contests make sense? Are you creating valuable content that encourages your customers to share and comment? Social sites are also an excellent way to promote webinars, conferences and events. Look at what your competitors are doing on social media, too, to get more ideas.
How to be Successful with Social Marketing
Grow Your Audience
In order to grow your social following, you need to grab your audience’s attention and hold their interest with engaging, pertinent and remarkable content geared toward their pain points and interests. You will also want to follow people that are interested in your product, service or company as these individuals are more likely to share your posts and advocate for you with their followers.
Interact with your followers. If they message, comment or reply to a post, it's crucial to respond in a timely matter. Incorporate hashtags into your posts, following best practices for each social platform to help get the ball rolling on the topic, encouraging your audience to respond.
Posting frequency is directly related to engagement and follower count. However, don't post simply for the sake of posting. Content needs to be valuable to your audience or you'll annoy followers and do more harm than good. It is also important to be seen on a variety of mediums directed at your marketing personas to reach a larger portion of your target audience.
Visuals Are Key
Much of social media is all about the visual. Learn about social media image optimization to ensure your visuals fit each platform. Make sure to have a variety of content alternating between videos, images, slideshares, polls, eBooks, infographics and text to effectively engage the audience.
At MZ we enjoy interacting with our clients and followers. We share our marketing expertise, but also we value connecting on a personal level through social marketing. We’ve seen how social marketing positively impacts our customers.