To Tweet or Not to Tweet

I will admit that I finally signed up for Twitter a week ago, so I am a few years behind. I didn’t really understand the importance of Twitter until I hopped on the bandwagon. I was confused by all the hash marks and other symbols, that I didn’t recognize how powerful Twitter is as a business and marketing tool. Using 140 characters or less, Twitter can help any business promote and share its marketing efforts to a vast amount of people. Since Twitter is one of the largest social media outlets in the world, it has also become a new form of communication. Twitter is used to share content. Businesses want to share content to attract potential customers. So here’s a crazy idea: businesses can share their content on Twitter to attract customers to their company.

Twitter may seem confusing at first, but it is actually easy to use and provides many benefits to businesses.

Here are some of the benefits Twitter can bring to businesses:

  • Free and easy to set up
  • Can impact search rankings
  • Drive traffic to your business website
  • Can be used check competitors accounts to see what they are sharing and who they are following
  • Target the people you want to target in relation to your business
  • Twitter search allows you to follow relevant conversations, trends, and people
  • Hear feedback about your business from the content you share and conversations you start

Those are just a few benefits Twitter provides for businesses and marketers. Twitter also allows you to unleash your creative side. You can customize your profile, add a picture, and create a descriptive bio. Creativity combined with interesting and knowledgeable tweets will allow any business to be successful on Twitter. So the question is: to tweet or not to tweet? I will let you decide.

Blogging for Your Business

I never really knew or understood what the purpose of a blog was until I started writing blog entries. I used to think blogs were just for individuals who wrote about their lives, sort of like an online journal. But little did I know that businesses also use blogs to try to increase traffic and search rankings. Business blogs produce a wealth of information about a variety of topics. They are one of the key ingredients to a successful internet marketing plan.

Business blogs are a form of social media that is a communication mechanism used to create and build relationships. Content is key when initiating a blog for your business. Online users are eager to dive into information that is meaningful and engaging. Blogging also allows a business to have a personality. It gives customers a chance to get to know a business on a different level. This also gives businesses a chance to hear feedback that they probably normally wouldn’t hear. Feedback, whether it is positive or negative, is beneficial for a business because it produces interaction. Businesses need interaction to start the communication process.

Blogs are a fun way to share important content and information to customers. A blog will give a business a personality, express creativity, and produce a positive business culture.

How Social Media Can Help Your Business

Millions upon millions of people have created their own presence via social media. It isn’t just a place for individuals to keep in touch with family and friends, it has also grown into an extraordinary marketing tool that businesses should take advantage of. Facebook and Twitter for example have upwards of 600 million and 400 million users respectively, providing businesses and marketers with a vast platform of people to market to. Marketing is an action businesses need to take to attract consumers to their products or services. Social media marketing is just a new form of  marketing in the new digital age we are living in.

Social media marketing has many benefits for businesses. Here are 4 ways social media marketing can help businesses and marketers.

1. Increase exposure: If social media is just used at its simplest form by just minimally creating a presence and updating it on occasion, you are still creating exposure to your business. Social media marketing allows for your name to be seen. Since millions of people participate in social media, the more you use social media increases your chances for exposure.

2. Increased traffic: Social media marketing allows for traffic to be increased. One benefit of social media is that you can provide links to your website or anything else related to your business. By providing links and information for people, there is a higher probability of creating traffic as your exposure becomes more proficient.

3. Lead Generation: If you think just teens and college students are using social media you are wrong. Businesses all over the world are using social media for marketing. This provides businesses with another way to generate leads and interact with them. Social media networks also provide a wider reach and database of people who could be leads.

4. Advertising: One of the main benefits of social media is that most sites are free. This gives companies the ability to have their name present without spending a dime. The best part of using social media for advertising is that users that know and like you are automatically endorsing you.

Marketing via social media is a great way for businesses to get noticed. It is easy to get started as well as easy to maintain. Social media is changing the way we market businesses, products, and services.

Marketing Via YouTube

YouTube was developed by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. Since then it has become the second largest search engine behind Google. YouTube offers an array of different things, from music videos and commercials, to even the keyboard cat, YouTube has something for everyone. But did you know that YouTube is a helpful marketing tool? It is not obvious why a video sharing site would benefit businesses through marketing, but in fact marketers can utilize YouTube to distribute content and messages to consumers, hoping to inform or attract them to a product or service.

YouTube is a great way to give a business a presence online. Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter are a available to create a presence online, but why not expand that by using YouTube and allowing users to literally see information. One of the great benefits of YouTube is that its free, meaning it won’t hurt a business to try it out.

Here are 5 other benefits YouTube offers for marketing purposes:

1. YouTube never sleeps: A user is able to access YouTube at anytime, which means a marketing message will always be available for people to see.

2. Watching vs. reading: We have grown into a technologically advanced society as technology seems to change every time we blink. We have now become conditioned to use our eyes more. We tend to rather watch something than read something.

3. High traffic: Millions upon millions of people visit YouTube daily. These people become potential viewers fora marketing message you may have. Since traffic is so high for the site as a whole, potential traffic for a particular video increases.

4. Personality: Some companies have no personality or you can’t put a face to a name. YouTube allows to give a business a face and lets users know that it has a soul. It shows that there is a personality behind the company profile and allows users a chance to really get to know who you are and what you do.

5. Versatility: YouTube is a very versatile tool for marketing. There are many possibilities of uses and it allows for creativity to surface. YouTube can be used to demonstrate a product, create brand awareness, or promote something new. There is no limit to what a company can do using YouTube for marketing.

YouTube has grown into a popular site that is no longer just a video sharing outlet, but a search engine as well. It is also a place for marketers to be creative, allowing a company to come alive.

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