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If you run a small or medium sized business you will know that getting the word out about your products and services is one of the most important contributors to your business success. However you will also know that marketing can be expensive. Advertising, even in a local paper can put quite a dent in the budget and you can never be sure if you’re reaching your target market.

So if above the line advertising is simply too expensive how do you get the word out about that special product or a new launch that you are absolutely sure will bring in a strong revenue stream?

 

The answer may lie with social media marketing.

Social media marketing takes advantage of the power of the social media to spread the word about company’s, as well as their products and brands through sharing the content that they place on the social media. The social media is also ideal for low cost advertising because of the fact that much of the marketing activity can be handled in house.

This means that extra costs can be avoided and a pricey advertising agency is not required. However developing the best marketing content can still be a considerable challenge.

Great content means that the brand message will be spread far and wide, bad content, or content that is simply stacked to the gills with meaningless keywords will do damage to the brand.

 

So how can you ensure that your social media marketing campaign has what it takes to ensure that the word is spread quickly and effectively?

Can you take action to motivate sharing of your messages so that your new product or service reaches the right target market?

There are some quick and easy avenues to making sure that the content is engaging and will grab attention. The first of these is to make sure that your campaign on the social media has the right mix of media. Experts recommend that a great mix should consist of video, images and copy, all posted at different times. Be sure that you are not over posting as the oversupply of messages can leave your audience confused, Rather choose the best that you have and highlight that on your social media pages. Be sure to include a call to action, such as a great discount for loyal customers or even first time buyers.

Another very effective tactic is to run a competition on the social media. Ask your customers to submit a video or or an endorsement of your new product. you will be pleasantly surprised at how valuable visitors to your social media site will find the opinion of real people who are using the product in real world situations.

When in doubt reach out to social media experts, especially those who can advise you on how to create exceptional content that adds value to the Internet experience o the visitors to your sites. It’ll cost far less than retaining the services of an ad agencies and the returns are potentially enormous.

Social Media Engagement

When I first got into social media marketing, I admit that I really had no idea what I was doing. I had never used sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ before. Now, I’m no Luddite, but I just never had a reason to use these sites. I don’t need to know what everyone is doing at all hours of the day, and they don’t need to know it about me. However, I found I was in desperate need of social media marketing etiquette when I began publishing my novels and had no idea how to market them outside of ads and blog spots. (Which I also had to educate myself on.)

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Everyone told me to get into social media. Now, once I made all these accounts, I had no idea what to do. I barely knew what a tweet was. Sure I dabbled a bit, and eventually got the hang of hashtags, but I was at my wits end making it work for me as a marketing tool. I ended up buying a book on ebook marketing that basically told me to shout into the ether.

I’m not proud of this, but I turned into a spammer without realizing it. I scheduled tweets for every hour on the hour. I packed my tweets with terrible hashtags. Not only that, but I would friend people for the sole purpose of having them friend me back. Sure, I had about 10,000 friends by the end of the first month, but they weren’t “friends.” Or followers, I guess. Either way, they had no interest in my tweets. Or my status updates. Or my whatevers. In fact, they got sick of them pretty quickly. Instead of boosting my sales or seeing my tweets retweeted until the end of time, I steadily began to lose followers. In some cases, users completely blocked me from communicating with them.

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What had happened? My friend soon told me she was this close to defriending me because she couldn’t take it anymore. She said, “If I didn’t know you so well, I would be inspired to never buy a book from you. Because if this is the way you do business, then I can only imagine the quality of your writing.” That took me aback and made me rethink a few things. If even my own friends didn’t want to be friends with me online because I was so annoying, then what was I telling total strangers? I was mortified. I promptly stopped for a while and reassessed what I was doing.

Social Media Engagement

Social Media Engagement

I studied popular authors. I noticed that they rarely promoted their own works, and instead engaged their followers in conversation. By George, they were people! You may laugh, but this was an interesting concept to me. I tried it out. Soon I had real friends on social media, and they actually bought my books. Then we would talk about my books.

I cringe when I think about how I started of marketing online. But now that I know what I know, I want to make sure that other authors don’t make the same mistakes I did.

AA consultant