You've probably wished people would just break it down for you quickly, after all, ain't nobody got time for that. Social media branding and marketing takes time, but where to begin and what to do?
music think tank has written a great overview that you can use to get your company started in the right direction. (Continue Reading)
More and more the ages old idea of "Top of Mind Awareness" is quickly being supplanted by the idea of "Friend of Mine" awareness. In years past companies did everything they could to make sure that when the need arose, they were the supplier or provider the customer thought of first. Now, social media is turning it over to your friends to do it for them.
Why is this happening? Well, there are at least 3 reasons:
1. Nothing is ever purchased without emotion
This has been true since the first transaction took place. We buy with emotion, we explain the reason with logic. That is not to say NO logic is used in the purchase, it's simply not dominate in the process.
2. We all seek affirmation
It's just part of the human psyche...I want you to approve of the way I think. You do the same thing. strategy varies, but we are all affirmation-seeking missiles. Therefore, if I recommend someone and you agree, you have affirmed me! (Thank you)
3. Social media is an outlet for both
It's a perfect storm of people seeking affirmation and espousing or emoting about their own decision or recommended choice.
If you click on the image to the left, you'll see a post about Stink Bugs being everywhere in Cincinnati. Simple enough. Innocuous enough, right?
As you move through the thread you see more banter on the subject, but then suddenly a "affirmation-seeking missile" rains down on the thread. "Call my guy," is essentially the post and within seconds, affirmation is provided. The thread went from the commercially unimportant to a full blown endorsement; which will be seen by each listed in the thread AND their entire networks possibly.
What are your thoughts? Share your ideas as to why social media is so effective promoting "friend of mine" awareness.
SEO (search engine optimization) to SMI (social marketing integration): What’s Going on and 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Content.
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…No, Charles Dickens was not referring to a company trying to keep its website up in the rankings, but it sure does seem to fit does it not? As few as five years ago just a little bit of content and a truck load of backlinks and you were on your way to page one with a bullet. Okay, so maybe it was never quite that easy, but you have to admit, it was a clearer, simpler time.
Not only are search engines expecting good content, with the proliferation of one social media outlet after another, they now expect your content to be popular and yea verily even shared. Oh, by the way, your followers and those you follow play a role is the algorithm as well. (Remember - in through the nose; out through the mouth.)
It has been said that the first step on the road to recovery is the admission you have a problem. I wasted a bunch of years in denial over the fact that I just plain suck at some stuff. I was that person that would take on responsibilities and projects I had no business with AT ALL. It was obvious to everyone BUT me sadly. In the last 36 months or so I have had the freeing experience of acknowledging my lack and found teammates or partners that have talent where I have deficits. Subsequently, what I am gifted to do, I have more time to do and do it far better!
So here are 3 things you can do right now if you realize you have a web presence problem.
1. Build Community AND Content – Frankly, unless you’re living under a rock and do not do any research at all, quality content is not that difficult. You do not have to game the system as I stated in my post 5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Website. Where it becomes more challenging is getting others to promote your content. Let me ask, how many times have you had someone write a testimonial for you without some sort of prompting? I know, I know, it happens but not with the regularity you need to have the desired result. In the same way you have to engage your communities to such a degree that they are compelled to share your content. You have to be obsessed with your communities; obsessed like your first teenage crush obsessed. Yes you are right, it will take a bunch of time but look at it this way; if you do not you will find yourself with no customers and all kinds of time. There is a group of young people that in 10 years will be your customer and they will have already built a brand bond with another who was busy courting new members to the marketplace and you will have – well – time.
2. Build Consistency – Your community(ies) need to depend on you for the content they desire and the great news is it does not need to be Pulitzer prize winning prose…just solid. Fret less; share more should be your mantra. If you blog or release other content twice a week…do it on the same day and time. You can drop in other content periodically, but you have to be solid about whatever your minimum delivery will be.
3. Build Continuity – Just like consistency, your community also wants to know that you are the source for “Widget News/Info” and every Friday they can learn from you. (and stop being stingy with your knowledge – unless it is proprietary…SHARE)
Link your content to others content as well as your own. When you put content on the internet you monkey around with a search engines reputation, make them look awesome by having the right tags and keywords with the appropriate content.
Given enough good content over enough time there is no reason you should not see the desired results. If not, you should consider having someone audit your keywords and content against competition and relevance.
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