Tag: social media marketing
Your brand’s social actions are just as important as its social content. Now don’t get me wrong, content is a driving force behind a successful social media campaign. But there is a lot to be said about a brand’s social interactions in addition to the information that it proactively publishes.
Does your company have a protocol for how to respond to negative user comments on your brand’s social media pages? How about positive posts? If your answer is yes, then you’re off to a good start. If your answer is no, then we have a little bit of work to do. The point of having a social media campaign is to have SOCIAL interaction with other users. So when users like your Facebook content or Retweet certain Twitter Tweets, there should be some additional form of followup. It could be as simple as a thank you; or perhaps a Retweet of their content. Conversely, if your brand receives negative comments or an influx of customer service queries, these comments should be addressed publicly in order for others to know that your brand is hearing their demands and is there to provide support. (continue reading…)
Today, social media marketing is everywhere, but marketers can be hugely successful by practicing another kind of social marketing. That social marketing is using marketing to solve social problems. Consider the following examples:
Social media marketing, advertising, and PR are all important components of an effective marketing strategy. However, those components lose their effectiveness, and even become detrimental, when the brand itself is faultering. Advertising is about increasing brand awareness, but when people think negatively about your brand, increasing awareness does not help. Similarly, the social media landscape is where people are communicating among each other about you, about your competition, and about everything else. But again, when people have negative thoughts about you, encouraging more conversations is counterproductive.
Successful brands are those that are singularly focused on delivering the best products and services in markets consumers demand. Consider companies like Apple. On top of their other successes, their iPad is on target to being the fastest product in history to reach the $1 billion mark. Although Apple invests in marketing (principally advertising and minimally in social media), it own’s the public’s perception as a company that delivers the most innovative and desirable devices. Apple is focused on product and customer first, which then enables effective communication options.
On the other hand, companies that cannot consistently meet and exceed their customers’ expectations will faulter no matter how much attention is paid to the remainder of the marketing mix. Their focus should instead be on their products and service. Once those are on the right track, companies can once again employ communication tools to regain growth.
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Everyone today is jumping on the social media bandwagon, mostly because everyone is jumping on the social media bandwagon. But when it comes time to determine the success or failure of a program, most marketers cannot do so. In some cases, there are no easily identified metrics, and in other cases, the easily identified ones might be misleading.
One typical metric is the number of fans/followers/members/etc. This is simple to define and easy to track, but is it valuable? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. It depends on the make-up of the fan base and the goal of the social media program. Is the goal to engage consumers in product enhancement exercises? Is the goal to offer online CRM services? Is it to keep customers abreast of news and/or promotions? Or is it something else?
The answers to those questions should probably guide the nature of the social media efforts, which in turn will help define the success metrics. For example, a coffee chain might do well engaging with millions of online fans. But does a toilet paper company need a fan page? Might other online/social media avenues be more productive?
Social media is a growing component of marketing communications plans. But as with any other tool, it’s important to use it in the most effective manner, whether or not everyone else is or is not doing the same.