I constantly hear that business-to-business (B2B) marketing doesn't work on social; that social has no ROI for B2B. Over the last half-decade, I've found that couldn't be more wrong.
There is no way to avoid it. Your online presence now defines you. It has become the essential extension of a business or personal brand. In 2014 there is no reason to not have your brand online no matter how small your business is!
Whoever said that social media (SM) marketing was free is living in La-La Land. Even if your business has "free" SM accounts, content doesn't appear by osmosis. It takes real, live people to create it, post it, and engage with it.
LinkedIn has been providing a publishing platform for 100 global influencers since 2012, which it expanded to 500 in 2013. They announced in February 2014, that it was opening it up to another 25,000 members and then over the next few months.
With over 1.3 million active monthly users, it's safe to say that Facebook is the king of social media, and as such, has become a vital tool in the online marketer's arsenal. Social media channels are great for helping brands expand their reach, connect with fans, and generate traffic to their websites.
Google+ has experienced slow but steady growth ever since it was founded. Even though the social network does not have user figures that are on par with Facebook and Twitter, that doesn't mean that brands can't get a lot out of Google+ when it comes to their marketing strategy.
Are you trying to ring in customers and drive traffic to your social media locations this spring and summer? While running a brick-and-mortar store, the summer can be full of opportunities and sometimes, a new lead or sale is just a social media post away. But how can business owners like you leverage your company over Facebook and Twitter?
Let me ask you a question: Do you ever feel like everyone in your industry is doing the same thing? Everyone's newsletters look the same. Everyone's websites are starting to look the same. Same. Same. Same.
The success of personal Facebook profiles opened up the idea of Facebook for brands. So Facebook "pages" were launched! It was the start of Facebook becoming serious about monetizing its business.
The popularity of social media, content and SEO for marketing has led to a strong belief that emails as a marketing tool are dying. But nothing could be further from the truth.