August 2, 2010
Social media marketing is a relatively new marketing concept that involves increased social interaction on websites and has gained enormous popularity over the last year or two. There are a number of different types of social media sites but all of these have in common that their users can participate on the website by sharing comments, posting their own content or making friends online. If you are still new to social media and need a few marketing tips, read on:
Use as Many Social Media Marketing Tools as Possible
The first tip is to use as many social media marketing tools as possible. There are many different types of social media and within this there are also many different websites. Registering for as many of these as possible and then using them correctly is a great way to boost your website traffic.
Some of these social networking and social media websites that allow you to interact with others online include Facebook, LinkedIN, and Twitter, as well as social content sites such as HubPages and YouTube. All these websites allow you to either create contacts through their website or else add content of your own to the website (such as articles to HubPages or videos to YouTube).
Link Your Social Media Accounts
If registering for many different social media websites seems overwhelming at first, don’t worry. A great way to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on each of these websites is to link many of them together. For example, many social networks allow you to integrate with Twitter so that when you update your Twitter status it is also shown on your social network accounts or when you update your social networks you can perhaps send this to Twitter.
Social Content and Social Bookmarking
Many business owners have used article marketing to promote their business, but have you used social content? Social content holds a number of benefits over article marketing while still being a similar concept. Put up a social content page on Squidoo or Hub Pages and then bookmark these with Digg, Stumbleupon, etc.
Social content websites are like the old article marketing websites in that you can add articles you have written but differ in that you can also add other elements such as graphics, YouTube videos, and interactive elements such as polls, comments, etc. that allow your readers to interact with your article. They also allow people who like your articles to ‘follow’ you which shows that they are interested in the articles you post and they can also subscribe to them.
Social bookmarking allows you to save a list of your favorite websites on another website where people can see them as well. These websites also allow you to make friends with people who find the websites you are listing interesting and want to know when you add other websites.
Automate What Can be Automated
Fortunately some aspects of social media marketing, such as updating your Twitter status, can be automated so that you set it up once and can then forget about it (at least for a while). Make use of this, especially if you are short of time, as it will greatly reduce the amount of time you need to allocate to social media marketing.
Encourage Visitors to Use Social Media
Another way you can use social media marketing is by encouraging visitors to your website to use it. Put up share buttons on your website pages that allow visitors to quickly and easily bookmark your pages on their social bookmarking accounts. Connect your website to Facebook and Twitter so that people can share links from your website on their Facebook or Twitter accounts, update their statuses through your website, etc.
Make Lots of Friends
Another important social media marketing tip is to make as many friends or followers on these websites as possible.
The more connections you have, the more people will see your updates and marketing messages.
Use Social Media Marketing Tools
Since the increase in popularity of social media a number of websites have come out that are not social media sites themselves but that give you the tools you need to use the social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, more effectively.
Social media marketing should be a part of every internet marketer’s arsenal of tools. Use as many of these websites as you can and link them together and encourage your visitors to use them too; automate the process and use other tools to help you become more effective at social media marketing.
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