Mastering Social Media Marketing


Social media has become an important part of our life.

Many social media platforms are included under this like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

The definition of these platforms is different for every user.

If a person has to share his personal life then he uses Facebook, if someone has to show any of his skills then he uses Instagram, if someone has to share his thoughts then Twitter is a medium for him. And if they want to build good relations with B2B companies then they use LinkedIn.

You too must have used social media at some point or the other for these reasons.

*According to The Global Statistics, there will be 467 Million Social Media Users in India in 2024 and every day an average user spends 2.36 hours on Social Media.

After reading these statistics, you can imagine how much potential there is in social media.

Even after this, will you use social media only for entertainment? Obviously, not at all.

So here comes the point of using social media to your advantage.

Yes, proper use of social media can prove to be a great deal of benefit in your life.

There is something for everyone on social media platforms.

If you are a content creator, business owner, or a professional, you can use social media to your advantage.

If we talk about Social Media in the context of business, then it includes some strategies, the main names of which are Social Media Optimization (SMO) & Social Media Marketing (SMM).

Social Media Optimization (SMO) means optimizing multiple platforms of social media.

With the help of SMO, you can increase the online presence of your business and showcase yourself as an influencer.

SMO includes some free or organic strategies that help in establishing you as a brand on social media.

Similarly, Social Media Marketing (SMM) also includes all those Paid or Inorganic Digital Marketing Strategies which you use to establish your business and earn money through Social Media.

In today's blog we are going to mention SMM. We will understand Social Media Marketing and know its different types and benefits.

What is Social Media Marketing?

Its meaning is hidden in the name of Social Media Marketing (SMM). In simple language, marketing on social media platforms is called social media marketing.

Social Media Marketing includes all those Inorganic or Paid Strategies using which you can market your business or your services on various platforms of Social Media and generate leads for yourself.

Apart from this, if you have any special skills then you can also market them and earn money.

It is a part of the Digital Ecosystem with the help of which you share content related to your business on various social media platforms. To increase the reach of your posts, you take the help of Paid Promotions, due to which your posts reach your target audience reach.

Terminology of Social Media Marketing

Before starting marketing on any social media platform, it is important to understand what the words used for it mean.

It is important for you to understand the terms used in SMM. Therefore, we have explained the most common and most used words for you.

  • Contents

Whatever knowledge & information you share on various platforms of your social media is called content.

Content can be in any form – it can be audio, image, text, or video.

You cannot use the same type of content structure for each of your platforms.You have to optimize your content according to different social media platforms.

  • Context

It is important to understand the context in which you want to share the content and where you can share it.

For example, when we post one of our reels on Instagram, it is possible that that reel may become viral. But, if we share the same reel on any other platform then it may not give such good results there.

Hence it is important to understand the context of the content.

  • Hashtags

Instagram has given many names to Hashtags which have now become very important to use. Now Hashtags are being used not only on Instagram but also on other platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Hashtags are words that describe the meaning of your content and are closely related to the topic.

Correct use of Hashtags increases the visibility of your content.

  • Shares

Everyone likes and comments, but only those people share your content who get some value from your content.

The more your content is shared, the more people will know you and their trust will start building on you.

  • Reach

Reach means how many social media users have seen your post. SMM is used only to increase Reach.

  • Clicks

Clicks mean how many users took any action on your post after viewing it.

  • Impressions

Impressions tell how many times your posts were seen, whether any action (Like, Comment, etc.) was taken on them or not.

  • Mentions

With Mention, you can estimate how many times your audience has used your name in their posts.

  • Tags

With Tags you will be able to know how many times your audience has tagged your Username or Social Media Handle in posts.

  • Re-post

When your audience shares some of your posts on their social media handle platform, then it is called Re-post.

Why is Social Media Marketing important?

Social media plays an important role in online marketing. In such a situation, if you ignore it, then in the long run you may lose many customers whom you could have associated with your business.

Let us now talk about Social Media Marketing Benefits which are important for you to know so that you can start Social Media Marketing from today itself.

1.Brand Awareness

The number of social media users is increasing day by day. Disasters like Covid 19 have also brought about a lot of changes in the world of online marketing.

When you continuously share your business related content on social media, people start knowing and recognizing you, and in this way your brand value increases.

Here, users have the freedom to like, comment and share your posts and also interact with you.

Engagement on social media posts helps in increasing your brand awareness.

2.Targeted Reach

Social Media Campaigns allow you to customize your Ad Campaign very easily and this is its biggest plus point.

This means that you show your advertisement only to those people who are interested in your products or services.

When you target the audience with such accuracy, it is obvious that you will get excellent results.

You can also analyze what results you have received from which ad.

Before doing any analysis, run your campaigns for at least 15 – 20 days and only then analyze and if you want to make changes.

3.Customer Relations

The audience on social media always prefers reading quality content.

Whenever you post anything on social media, your followers like it, comment on it, and share it.

In such a situation, when you interact with your followers, your followers' trust in your brand also develops.

Nowadays, Giveaway Trend is going on a lot, so you can plan it also and build a good relationship with your customers.

4.Lead Generation

For Lead Generation, it is important to do promotions on social media, for this you can run paid campaigns.

Also, you can boost posts, do paid promotions so that the reach of your post increases, and more and more people see it.

Your followers on Social Media are interested in your Products.

By increasing your engagement with them, you can also make sales conversions.

5.Direct Selling

Facebook has launched Marketplace and Instagram has also added the Instagram Shop feature. With this, doing business has now become easier.

The best advantage of selling on social media platforms is that here you can connect with the customer without any middleman.

How to do Social Media Marketing?

Digital is today and digital is tomorrow.

We have seen why social media marketing is important.

Now let us move towards its implementation and understand how to do Social Media Marketing and what are the factors that you should consider before implementing it?

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Before posting on Social Media, you have to make Social Media Strategies and decide what you want to achieve from Social Media Marketing.

  •   Do you want to Promote Your Product or Service?
  •   Or do you want to generate traffic to your website?
  •   Or want to do lead generation for yourself?
  •   Whatever your end goal is, you can make strategies and get results accordingly.
Tip – Remember that not all strategies work for everyone. What brings results for you may not necessarily bring the same results for someone else.

Planning & Execution

It is important to plan content for marketing on social media platforms.

Along with a content plan, it is also important to have a schedule for publishing content.

By posting at a fixed time your authority increases.

“Consistency is Key” – Knot it.

You can do it yourself or you can hire a small team to handle social media.

But what should be the content? Let's find out...

1. Super Valuable – The content you are sharing should contain value. Your reader should learn something new after reading it.

Pro Tip – The more your posts are saved, the greater are the chances of your posts going viral.

2. Audience Centric - You have to prepare and share your content keeping your audience in mind.

This will mean that your audience will be able to relate to it very well and will stay connected with you for a long time.

3. Give A Clear Call To Action – What is your motive to share content?

Or in other words, what do you want from the audience when they come to your posts?

Would you like to divert them to your website?

Do you want to give them some reward?

Would you like to give them any free downloadable material? (E-Book, PDFs, etc.)

You will have to define your intention clearly.

Engagement

It is not enough just by regular posting.

Engaging with the audience is also important.

But the question is, how to increase Engagement? Let us know:

  1. Reply on your post comments.
  2. Go live on social media platforms.
  3. Interaction with your followers.
  4. Include ongoing trends in your strategies.

Analysis

Are your strategies delivering some results?

It is important that you analyze which campaign is giving which result.

What type of engagement there is on a particular post.

This helps you to decide the future strategy.

There are many tools in the market which are useful for your analysis, like

  1. Sprout Social
  2. HubSpot
  3. TapInfluence
  4. Google Analytics

Engagement

Social Media Platforms are the best place for advertisements at this time.

Nowadays, every small and big company is taking the help of social media platforms for marketing.

But why is it like this?

Because of its features!

Facebook is most preferred for online advertising because at present there are 2.90 billion users on Facebook.

When we get so many users on the same platform, on which we can run ads by targeting the audience very easily and accurately, then what is the need for traditional marketing?

It is also worth noting that you can analyze online advertising campaigns and if you want to tweak them, then this can be done very easily.

Social Media Marketing Types

Social Media Marketing only on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc.

This is a very wide concept which includes the following skill sets:

1. Content Marketing

Content marketing means publishing and promoting content in such a way that it can solve the problems of your audience.

Through Content Marketing you can build your brand awareness as well as trust among your audience.

Content Marketing is important for:

  1. A Content Strategy that will define your end goal.
  2. Content Plan, under which you make a plan to achieve your goals.
  3. Content Schedule, in which you decide when to publish the post and how often. ,
  4. Along with this, you have to have patience.

2. Influence Marketing

Influencer Marketing has become very popular now, under which famous brands collaborate with some famous YouTubers and Instagrammers.

What happens is that brands get their promotion done by these famous social media influencers.

Fan following of influencers is very big and this is how brands get traction.

It is important for Influencer Marketing:

  1. Defining the end goal.
  2. Finding the Best Influencer for the Campaign.
  3. Create a campaign and run it to get maximum results.

3. Paid Ads

When it comes to social media marketing, the most common one is paid ads.

There are many platforms for Paid Advertising like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.

YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, but do you know that YouTube is the third most visited website in the world?

Paid Advertising strategies change for each platform and their budgets also change.

There are many factors that you have to keep in mind before running paid advertisements. Mainly includes:

  1. What is your objective behind running an ad campaign?
  2. How much do you want to budget?
  3. On the basis of which customization's do you want to target the audience?
  4. What will be the call to action?
After reading all these methods of Social Media Marketing, you must have got an idea of how vast it is and how it has countless opportunities and possibilities for business growth.

Conclusion

At present the whole world has become digital and the use of social media has also started increasing rapidly.

You should take full advantage of this opportunity where there are only benefits for you.

Social Media Marketing has the power to show the Right Product to the Right Audience at the Right Time, which will increase your Sales Conversion.

Whether you are a business owner, a content creator, or a digital coach – using social media marketing strategies can benefit you manifold.

Whether you want to promote your business, generate leads, create your influence, or want to sell on social media, all your goals can be achieved by learning and implementing SMM properly.

This is included in the very important strategies of Digital Marketing.

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