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What is Social Media Marketing?

What is Social MediaI know all of you must have heard about social media it’s everywhere and it has changed the whole world of Internet and it also has changed the world of Internet marketers. if implied in a correct manner social media marketing can bring a significant amount of success to your business.

So,what exactly is social media marketing

Social Media marketing simply means leveraging social media platforms to achieve your marketing goals.

These goals can include

  • Branding
  • Attention
  • Engagement
  • Lead Generation
  • & Various Other

And these goals are achieved by brands by involving themselves in social media activities like sharing content, video, images and communicating with your prospects & customers on social media platforms.

But after this quick introduction, the question that comes to most of the mind is

Why do I need social media marketing for my business or company?

Let me tell you one thing that whether you are running a small business or you are a global enterprise. your customers are online and they are engaging with their friends, family, colleagues and other brands on social media channels and they are looking for relevant information and recommendations.

If your company or business is not around them to help them find what they’re looking for chances are your competitors will take away our customers or prospects.

Now you must have understood why you and your business have a dire need for doing social media marketing.

So now let’s discover some of the most popular social media channels:-

Facebook

facebook sign upAlmost all of us must have heard about Facebook its the most popular social networking site in the world with the largest number of users.

Youtube

youtube homepageYouTube is a global video-sharing platform and surprisingly it is the second largest search engine after Google. being owned by google it still recognised as a different social network.

Twitter

twitter-homepageTwitter is widely popular among users to communicate and stay connected through the exchange short messages of less than 140 characters which are also termed as “tweets” .

Linkedin 

linkedin home pageLinkedIn is the world largest business-oriented social network that helps the professionals to connect and engage with other users.

Pinterest 

pintrest home pagePinterest is a social network widely used to share visual content and goal of this social network is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting”.

Google+

google home pageGoogle+ is one of the fastest growing social network on the web owned by google it has all the popular social media features like posts,comments, photo & video sharing and much more.

Instagram

instagram home pageIt is a free online photo sharing and social media platform that enables it’s users to share their content privately or publicly through the Instagram app.

Tumblr

tumblr home pageTumblr is a microblogging platform which helps the users to share everything ranging from a Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be.

Flicker

flicker home pageFlicker is a popular photo and video hosting social media channels it allows users to share, organise and enjoy photos and video content.

Reddit

reddit home pageReddit is a social news and entertainment networking website where the members can share content like direct links, text, post etc.

Isn’t it appears very overwhelming and confusing to determine which Channel to choose for your various marketing objectives?

So for making things clearer for you I would like to tell you that there are only two Categories of social media channels in which all the major social media platforms can be divided:-

The First one are the Seekers Channels

Seeker Channels refer to those where user come to seek information. Users tend to consume content on such media channels. Examples of seekers channels can be YouTube, Pinterest, Vimeo and so on.

These channels are best suited-

  • When you need to aware your prospect about your products or services
  • When you are looking to sell your products or services

The Second One are the Engagement Channels

Engagement Channels Refer to those Channels where user come to engage with others. Users tend to consume the short form of content on these channels. Examples of engagement channels can be Facebook, twitter, linked in and so on.

These Channels are best suited-

  • For networking with your customers or prospects
  • For your brand awareness
  • For listening to the queries of your prospects or customers

There is also an interesting Hybrids channel known as Instagram which shares the features of both Seeker as well as Engagement Channels.

While you certainly have learned a lot about what is social media marketing. We’ve really just scratched the surface when it comes to social media marketing. And that’s why stay in loop with The Marketing Central by signing up for my newsletter to make sure that you never miss out on any of my new Blog Post because there is a lot more to come.

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