The introduction of social media into the digital world changed how people use the internet. Prior to social media, people went online for short periods of time to do research and gather the information they were looking for. With social media, people spend a considerable amount more time ‘connected’ to the digital world. They are constantly refreshing their feeds to get the latest scoop, often spending hours every day online.
This change has brought about an interesting twist in marketing over the past several years. Companies started changing their mindsets to think, “Where does our target audience spend their time?” The answer for many, social media.
At PayProMedia, we view social media marketing as an integral part of our inbound marketing strategies. Inbound marketing centers on the idea of generating relevant content that is helpful to your target audience and using that content to attract prospective leads.
So, where does social media fit with inbound marketing?
Social media is a critical avenue in promoting and sharing the content you have generated. Remember earlier when we talked about going to where your audience spends their time? Take your relevant content to them, and promote it on the platforms where they are spending their time.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when promoting content on social media:
Optimize for the platform
It is important to optimize your posts for each platform. The way you promote content on Facebook will be different than how you promote it on Twitter. Each platform is unique, and draws users for different reasons. Appease those different reason by tweaking your content to fit appropriately.
Use a platform to track your link click rates
There are many tools available that allow you to track clicks on a URL you promote. This allows you to review analytics of your content promotions and to tweak your content and methods to see what may get a better click-through rate. Oftentimes, the tool also shortens the URL, making it more user friendly.
If relevant marketing is important to you and your business, take the time to develop a solid inbound marketing strategy and use social media marketing effectively. It may seem like a large increase in work, but it will help your business succeed in the long run.
If you are interested in learning more about inbound marketing and social media marketing, please check out PayProMedia.