As the use of social media marketing spreads out, more companies are starting to exploit it. A number of businesses are currently starting to recognize the leverage of online tools in setting up a community wherein their potential clients can mingle – the crucial groundwork of social media marketing. On the other hand, the current query amongst these businesses is “what must we do now?”For companies that may have already created online communities and possess a certain familiarity on how to make an online presence, the next step to be done would be to use social media marketing advanced tactics.These social media marketing advanced tactics are strategies that go beyond the standard social media presence. Prior to carrying on with the utilization of advanced tactics, you have to make sure that your business has already understood the basic ideas about social marketing, has crucial comprehension on online marketing, and has a familiarity with drawing the attention of prospects. Once you have fulfilled all of these conditions, you may now use all or any of the following social media marketing advanced tactics:1. Take Advantage of MultimediaMultimedia is an efficient strategy to capture the attention of prospects because of the fact that the web is broadly utilized by people nowadays in looking for photos or videos of products that they would like to purchase. What’s good about this strategy is that it is not difficult to carry out, and has been proven to be competent, among other social media marketing advanced tactics.Show images of your goods, as well as your workers. By doing so, you may gain your customers’ trust and provide them the assurance that they can avail of your products safely. Video clips are very much effective as well, seeing that they could make your prospective customers feel important, and you can even make use of videos to construct powerful online communities in social networking sites. Furthermore, videos also let consumers have a comprehensive knowledge of the concepts in relation to your products – superior to any well-written piece of writing.2. Mix Online and Offline MarketingWhile many users utilize the web, there are still a few who depend on offline advertisements to learn more about products. By merging online and offline advertising, you could reach more prospective customers.You may do this by putting your site or online community’s URL on your flyers, posters, and other offline advertising means. With this tactic, you can cause your community to grow, and even earn the trust of more prospective customers.3. Personalization of Messages on Social Networking WebsitesSocial networking websites let you achieve a certain kind of bond with your potential clients, but it’s quite repugnant if the updates you post are the same for EACH social networking site. The fact is that prospects would not like reading posts that apparently appear to be programmed. So whenever you update your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or any alike social networking site, remember to customize your messages, and make it sound like you’re directly speaking to your followers. Also make sure that the message you post on one social media website doesn’t relay the exact similar message as what you posted on another.4. Directories and ListingsThis is probably among the primary social media marketing advanced tactics considering that it is normally the technique that can earn you a lot of customers. It is important that you post your company on online directories so that prospects can discover it without much trouble. Furthermore, if you have an outlet or place they can go to, don’t forget to add it to online maps such as Google’s and Yahoo’s.5. Promos and ContestsSocial media marketing doesn’t stop at making your online community develop. A strong connection with your clients is an important step in making your community grow. A great technique to reinforce the connection between your business and clients is to hold contests. Doing so will make you get AND keep your prospects’ interest by connecting them through enjoyable activities. Discounts and promos solely given to them is also an effective technique to make them believe that being a member of your community is worth it. This social media marketing advanced tactic is certain to turn prospects into actual buyers.Social media marketing is more than building a presence for your business. It involves making your online community grow and be productive. The said social media marketing advanced tactics will surely help you make your marketing more successful and your sales develop.For more information regarding advanced social media marketing tactics, please refer to my author bio below.
At least two or three times a week I am asked the question, “Do we really need to develop a social media strategy? Can we really benefit from participating?” 70-80% of the time my answer is yes, as almost any business can benefit long-term from participating in social media the RIGHT way. It occurred to me today, however, that I rarely document the occasions when I advise businesses to steer clear of this form of marketing. After looking through some meeting notes, here are some common reasons for a business to stay away from social marketing:1. Your company and/or management team does not believe in social media.This is always a tough one to handle. On the one hand, if everyone followed this rule then this form of marketing would be dead already, as most proponents start out as non-believers. On the other hand, if you are supposed to be the champion of the program and you don’t even believe in the benefits of social media, you’ll never sell it internally and if you do, you’ll never execute with passion and consistency.2. You’re not willing to build even a simple strategy for social media, or you’re not willing to figure out how social media fits into broader marketing and organizational goals.If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, I telegraphed this one for you. Tactics without strategy will eventually fail. Say it again. Tactics without strategy will eventually fail. 3. Your business bases everything on strict cost-benefit analysis, and defined ROI is expected quickly.Much of what you can expect to execute in this realm is going to be experimental initially. Very few organizations have found a concrete way to tie social media investment directly to revenue increases or cost savings. If your CFO or Controller or even your VP of Marketing is going to treat an investment in social marketing like an investment in direct mail or pay-per-click search engine marketing, it’s probably not going to work out for you.4. You or those you report to are going to base social media success on the number of followers, friends or connections you accumulate.Pet peeve alert! Unless you are representing a universal or nearly universal consumer product, stop counting followers, friends and connections. Do the smart thing. Identify a segment of the audience that you want to reach, and make the focus of your social marketing program reaching as many members of that segment as possible. Rinse and repeat with the next segment.If the focal point of your strategy is to accumulate as many friends, followers or connections as possible, you’ll fail in social media eventually. Or you’ll become very annoying to your audience, and they’ll start tuning you out…which I suppose is the same thing as failing.5. Your company’s executive leadership and/or thought leaders aren’t part of the social media effort.Certain types of social media are not inherently meant for corporate representation. They were built for individual representation, with the obvious benefit of creating a platform from which you can share business interests and news.Many companies abuse social media properties, and part of this abuse lies in the lack of participation from the real personalities that reflect the brand. See Will’s recent post on Zappos excellence in marketing and customer service, and in particular the involvement of their CEO in all social media efforts, for an example of the way this should be done.There are some Twitter business users with massive followings that remind me of Paris Hilton. Never accomplished much, famous for being famous, annoying as hell to listen to…and then the clincher comes when I hear that they have interns or assistants representing them on Twitter. That’s crap. Plain and simple. Ghostwriting is one thing, ghosttwittering is quite another.6. You can’t write well and can’t find someone that can write well.Again, if you’re a frequent reader of the Marketing Trenches, you know that we believe writing impacts the quality of everything. This applies to social marketing as well. Write poorly, and you give people reason to tune you out. Write well, and you at least have a chance to reach and engage your audience.7. You don’t have proprietary content, don’t want to author proprietary content, and aren’t willing to recommend or share others’ content.Like most marketing efforts, in social media content is king. You’re going to need web pages, blog posts, press releases, case studies, research reports…you get the point. To really take advantage of social marketing, you need to either produce that content internally or be willing to share content from outside sources that you deem valuable.8. Your business doesn’t have a tolerance for open, back-and-forth, sometimes unfiltered conversation.Social media has a way of enhancing some strengths, and more importantly exposing some weaknesses. Since social marketing does tend to represent a more open platform than the rest of your marketing programs, do a reality check first. If your business can’t handle the idea of some dirty laundry or even just some moderately dirty laundry being exposed, stay away.9. Your business is trying social media because it is viewed as a low-cost, low-effort marketing program.First of all, if you’re doing social marketing right it’s not low effort. It can be low cost as compared to the media dollars laid out for a search campaign or fees paid for a public relations effort, but that’s only because companies tend to put cheaper junior staffers on the social media beat. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting or “testing” social marketing. If low cost or low effort is what finally moves you to try it out, it’s probably not the right move to begin with.10. You’re going to hand your social media program to an intern because you think social media is the domain of the young.Will does a great job of explaining why this is a mistake in a recent post on Marketing Misconceptions. While an intern may understand the ins and outs of each property better than you do, guess what? They don’t understand the business implications of your social media strategy better than you do, and if they do…maybe you shouldn’t be sitting in the seat you’re sitting in.