Social media is one of the most trending topics of this decade, and we have ourselves witnessed the rise and rise of social networking services like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, Myspace, etc. in the last decade. The constant improvements in the demographics of these social media services, increase the benefits of its implementer.
As recently as five years ago, social networking sites did not seem like fertile ground for burgeoning businesses. They did not, and still do not, offer payment gateways, and their emphasis was not, and still is not, on commerce. The more members the sites attained, and the more consumers received information from the Internet, the clearer it became that social media sites offered a lucrative inbound marketing opportunity.
For a business to maximize its online marketing opportunities, being a member of the social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter is necessary. However, opening an account and creating a fan/company page is just the beginning. To use social media company pages to increase sales, businesses must optimize them, using strategies similar to the ones used to optimize business websites. For most businesses, achieving the right strategies requires consulting with a Search Engine Marketing (SEM) company that specializes in optimization.
So, here are some benefits of Social media marketing (SEM).
Eighty-five percent of the marketers said the websites generated exposure for their business. The benefits below touch on the results of the exposure.
Sixty-three percent of marketers said their business website experienced increased traffic, an increase in subscribers, or a larger opt-in list because of the websites.
New business partnerships-
Fifty-six percent of marketers said the websites helped them form new business partnerships.
Improved search rankings-
Fifty-four percent of marketers said the websites helped increased the Search Engine Results Position (SERP) of their business website.
Qualified lead generation-
Fifty-two percent of marketers said the websites helped them generate qualified business leads.
Forty-eight percent of marketers said the websites helped them sell products or services, or close business deals.
For most businesses, maximizing these benefits requires optimization strategies that increase the SERP of media pages in the search engines of their respective websites. As more consumers use social media to search for businesses, the importance of achieving a high SERP in the search engines of social websites will increase.
To say that social media marketing is the new frontier of Internet marketing is accurate. It currently offers one of the best inbound marketing opportunities on the web or elsewhere. If your business is not receiving the benefits above from its social pages, consult with an SEM company that specializes in media optimization. It may be the best decision you could make for your online business and your business in general.
So, you’ve learned about social media marketing, now its time to take action and improve and optimize the online presence of your business.