SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

What is Social Media Marketing?

Social media marketing is a powerful medium for businesses, professionals, and organizations of all sizes to find and connect with regular or potential customers/users. Social marketers thus create corporate Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, LinkedIn profiles, Instagram, Pinterest, and other major social networks.

However, not all of these professionals have clear objectives and defined strategies, nor a thorough understanding of how social media interacts with consumers to increase brand awareness, drive up sales and profits, and create brand loyalty. This is why we strongly recommend that you understand social media training and look at the Social Media Marketing Courses to understand how to do this successfully.

Social Media Marketing: what it is and how it works

Knowing the ABC of social media marketing, understanding precisely what social media marketing does, how it works, and how much it requires in terms of time, human resources, and budget, is the basic premise for those who want to do social marketing professionally and effectively. Let us, therefore, provide some clarity by starting with a comprehensive definition of social media marketing.

Social Media Marketing: definition

Social media marketing or SMM (also known as social network marketingsocial marketing, and by extension, Facebook marketing, LinkedIn marketing, etc.) is a branch of web marketing applied to social networks. This discipline exploits the ability of social media and web-social applications (apps) to generate interaction (engagement) and sharing (social sharing) in order to increase the visibility and notoriety of: a brand, a brand, a product or service, a freelancer, or a public figure.

It includes activities such as promoting/selling particular goods and services (or oneself: Personal Branding), generating new business contacts (leads), and increasing traffic to a brand’s official website.

For promotional purposes, it is good to integrate a social media marketing strategy with other forms of online promotion, such as: Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media Optimization (SMO), Social Media Advertising (SMA) or Social Ads, and Public digital relationships or Digital Pr. Social media marketing, together with social customer service, social selling and others, is considered a component of Social Business, therefore it also includes PPC marketing activities.

How Social Media Marketing Works

Businesses and Organizations create, or connect to, “networks of individuals” (communities) that share interests and values ??expressed by the Company on social networks. These users are offered relevant content in various formats (text, images, video, etc.) in order to stimulate discussions about the brand and with it.

how social media marketing worksUsers/customers, with their “likes”, “comments”, “shares”, activate online word of mouth by individually involving their network (friends, fans, followers) in the discussion.

Users/customers, with their ‘likes,’ ‘comments,’ and ‘shares,’ activate online word-of-mouth by individually involving their network (friends, fans, followers) in the discussion.

This greatly increases the possibility that a percentage of these, in turn, end up becoming a fan/follower of the Company/Organization or brand.

Social marketing or social media marketing?

Sometimes on blogs, podcast programs, and other content, social marketing is mistakenly used as a synonym for social media marketing.
In reality, social marketing is a discipline popular in the early 1970s thanks to Philip Kotler and Gerald Zaltman, in which the ‘product’ to be promoted is not a good or service but is ‘human behavior.’ In fact, the objective of a social advertising campaign is, for example, to encourage people to protect the environment.

What are the benefits of Social Media Marketing?

Having understood what social media marketing is, let us now see what the main benefits of this discipline are:

  • Improving customer satisfaction;
  • Increased customer loyalty (brand loyalty);
  • Improvement of customer service;
  • Increasing business contacts (sales leads) and sales;
  • Increase in web traffic to the site or blog;
  • Improved site positioning (ranking) on search engines;
  • Increased brand awareness;
  • Connecting and developing interactive relationships with one’s target audience;
  • Development of a reputation as an expert or leader in their field (brand authority).

Training through internships as a social media manager allows you to confront yourself in a real-life context and face some manageable difficulties, such as:

  • The need for more resources: social platforms are varied and different. Consequently, the various forms of content (text, video, podcasts, webinars, etc.) to be published and shared must be adapted to the specificities of each of them. Similarly, a social media marketing campaign cannot be launched and left on its own. It, too, as in the first case, requires time and human resources dedicated to it. A certain relevance then, especially for many micro-enterprises and SMEs, is the availability of financial resources, which, however, can be partly met by implementing Influencer Marketing strategies;
  • The nature of social media: a negative post by a customer, or worse, mishandled, can go viral and thus seriously damage a brand’s reputation.

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Why invest in Social Media Marketing?

  • Low costs : Creating profiles on social media is free as well as creating and managing social networking campaigns with your own social media management.
  • High ROI (return on investment) from advertising investments : The ROI generated by social media advertising is the highest among the various forms of paid advertising. Furthermore, social ads are a type of advertising that allows high target profiling and personalization: the “ads” will only be shown to users who are really interested in the products/services promoted by the advertiser.
  • High conversion rate (CR) or conversion rate: more than 51% of social media marketers say that developing meaningful relationships with customers has a positive impact on sales results (source bluefountainmedia).
  • Improvement of Customer Insights: unlike content shared through private channels such as e-mail, instant messaging tools and apps, and therefore difficult to measure (Dark Social), various social media marketing tools allow precise monitoring of activities on various social profiles corporate. From the analysis of the numerous data collected (insight) using tools such as Google Analytics, it is possible to obtain important information on the “sentiment” towards the brand, as well as on the demographic composition, interests, behaviors and needs of customers.

The Importance of Social Media Marketing

Why is social media marketing important? Social networks have become a virtual meeting place for people, where:

  • exchange ideas on a wide variety of topics,
  • read reviews on products and services they want to buy,
  • seek information on places they wish to go, such as restaurants or hotels, for example.
  • you can even work with social.

Once upon a time, when these social platforms didn’t exist yet, this exchange of news took place in bars or other social gathering spaces. Today, however, people spend much more time on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn and it is there that they often “meet” and talk to each other. What does this mean? This means that companies and professionals should work more and more on the ability to intercept and involve users in online social discussions , because in these online environments it is possible to make them become their customers.

People’s opinions are increasingly influenced by conversations on the internet and this is a fact to take into account if you sell a product on the web, if you do online marketing, or even if you just want to become important and relevant as an influencer.

Why does this trend affect us? Who is a business man, or an online marketer, to reach his audience – his potential customers – must become good at getting noticed where he can find them, that is on social networks. He must be present and be able to direct the opinions of those who have to make decisions and he must do it online, because that is where purchasing decisions are made more and more frequently.

Being skilled on social media is also important for those looking for new professional opportunities to:

  • find work,
  • be desired by companies,
  • have career opportunities and increasing earnings.

In order to be interesting and attractive to companies, one should also become good at handling the software, tools and platforms through which one can reach prospects interested in a product or service on social media.

How to do social media marketing?

The rules for successful social media marketing

There are various ways in which a company/organization can market on social. All social media marketing activities are carried out to be incisive, and however, they can only do with the implementation of an effective social strategy. But how to define and set up a successful social media marketing strategy? As with any digital marketing strategy, this is developed through the definition of a social media marketing plan that consists of a number of precise steps:

Conducting a social media marketing audit

In this first step, the audit activity is aimed at assessing the digital assets (blog, site, app, etc.) one has, also in relation to the competition, in order to detect on each social channel what works and what does not work.

  • Which social platforms is the brand currently active on?
  • Which social networks bring the most value?
  • What kind of content do competitors post?
  • What is the Tone of Voice they have chosen?
  • How much traffic does each social channel bring to the website?
  • What types of content are posted on the different channels? How frequently?
  • Are we getting results from our investment in social media advertising?

Defining social media marketing objectives

Having analyzed the digital assets, audience, and competition, the next step in setting an effective social media strategy is to define the goals. It results in one hopes to achieve (leads, customer loyalty, increased sales, and brand awareness?). These goals must be aligned with the overall communication and marketing strategy so that social media enables the achievement of business goals. When setting goals to ensure that these are valid, it is good to follow the S.M.A.R.T. method (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, depending on the time) first used by Drucker in 1954 in his book ‘The Practice of Management.’

Identifying the target audience

To be effective, one needs to be clear about who one’s target audience is for the message one wants to convey on social media. Developing profiles of the typical customer (buyer personas) is essential for the development of a social media marketing strategy. Collecting and analyzing data on the web or conducting surveys allows the marketer to achieve high profiling of the typical customer. Once the audience has been defined by means of Listening activities, they can understand on which social platforms the customer (actual or potential) is present.

How to do social media monitoring?

Listening can be done with the help of some social media monitoring tools for marketing automation or manually. Let’s take a brief look at how to do Listening on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn:

  • Make a list of keywords that are meaningful to you and indicate your product/service, brand, or need that they can fulfill.
  • Enter your chosen keyword in the social search field and wait for the results. In the box of your choice, you can choose between Main Results, People, Pages, Places, Groups, Apps, and Events.
  • Enter the data on the comments obtained (date, author, influence, sentiment) in an excel file and archive it. You will then have an overview of what is being said online about your chosen brand or topic.

Creating a social media content strategy

Content is very important to create engagement and achieve marketing goals. With this in mind, it is essential to follow a strategic approach focused on creating and distribution of relevant and valuable content (content marketing) aimed at a clearly defined audience.

plan social media marketing

For the communication strategy on the various social media to be effective, however, it will be good to plan the management of this content (content strategy). The choice of content and images to be published according to the social, the choice of the Tone of voice with which one wants to present the network, finding a synthesis in the drafting of a social media marketing editorial plan, The definition of days, times of publication, topics, keywords or links are instead the characterizing elements of another important tool: the social media marketing calendar.

For the planning of the editorial plan it may be useful to draw up a content matrix or to use the Pareto 80/20 rule. In the latter case, 80% of the posts will have to be used to inform, train or entertain your audience, while the remaining 20% ??will be used to promote the brand. As far as publication frequency is concerned, given that quality beats quantity, 2 or 3 weekly contents are generally sufficient for an SME. Here are some of the most popular types of content:

  • Infographics
  • Articles
  • Images
  • Video
  • eBook
  • Interviews
  • Institutional/corporate news
  • Appointments and events
  • Assistance (customer care)

Paying attention to Influencers

Research on Twitter shows that 49% of consumers rely on the advice of influencers when making purchasing decisions. Finding those with a large following on social media for advice on the products/services you sell is, therefore, very important. One way a business can gain visibility with social influencers is through the sharing system suggested by Joe Pulizzi and the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media 4-1-1. For every six pieces of content shared via social media, four must be content relevant to your target audience but written by influencers; 1 must be original content created by us; 1 piece of content must be about selling (a coupon, for example).

To engage influencers, I invite you to consider a possible affiliate program to propose to those in your niche. Affiliate marketing, in fact, involves paying a commission to an intermediary (in this case, the influencer) for each sale or lead he manages to generate among his audience. At Digital Coach, we have a dedicated Affiliate Marketing course to learn all the secrets of this subject.

Choice of social media marketing platform

social media marketing strategy must also be planned, taking into account the market in which the company operates (B2B or B2C) and the purchase decision phase (social consumer decision journey) in which the customer possibly can be found (research, consideration, decision). Knowing then the differences between the platforms and identifying the best ones to support corporate marketing objectives is crucial. Let us, therefore, take a brief look at the most popular social networks, not focusing on ‘what social media are’ but in relation to the marketing activities that can be implemented with them.

1.Facebook: with almost 2.1 billion users and a growth rate of 15% (year-on-year), it is one of the largest social networks worldwide. With this social platform, one can precisely identify one’s target audience, create engagement from Facebook Groups, and easily implement real advertising campaigns as an alternative to AdWords. The possibility of integrating content in various formats into Facebook is endless, and recently, it is even become possible to integrate it with Instagram content by clicking on a special button. Users of MailChimp, an email marketing software, can then natively create Facebook ads from their accounts.

social media marketing facebookFacebook social media marketing has many arrows in its bow (Facebook media, Facebook business manager, Facebook live, Facebook connect, Facebook Stories, Facebook news feed ads, and Facebook video ads). Let us briefly look at the features of some of them:

  • Facebook Ads: advertising on Facebook achieves a 30 percent higher conversion rate than on other social platforms and allows a 50 percent decrease in costs per conversion;
  • Facebook Places: This is Facebook’s geo-localization service that allows the user to add information about where he is and, based on this, find places, information of interest to him by category (restaurants, shops, entertainment, etc.), and friends who are in his vicinity. The presence of ‘cards’ or Boxes that link to corporate fan pages makes it a valuable tool for social media marketing activities (link to Facebook Places);
  • Facebook Media: this is a tool to teach users who have created fan pages on Facebook how to manage them effectively. To access Facebook media, log on to media.fb.com;
  • Facebook Bluetooth Beacons: Social provides devices that can be applied to a physical area of your business (beacons) that allow you to send marketing communications (promotional offers, etc.) via smartphone to potential customers passing in your vicinity. To request beacons, you have to register on this waiting list;
  • Facebook Business Manager: is a free and easy-to-use tool for advertising and marketing on Facebook. From its dashboard, you can monitor the performance of anything related to your business on Facebook.

Another special feature Facebook offers is the possibility of effective advertising campaigns aimed at a relatively small audience through Dark Marketing activities. Via a Chrome app (Power Editor), it is possible to create ‘Dark Posts’ or ‘Dark Posts.’ In short, Facebook allows advertisers to create sponsored posts that do not appear on the user’s timeline but are accessible to anyone with a direct link or directly by clicking on an ad.

2. Instagram: a photo-sharing application for iPhone, Android, and Windows platforms. At the heart of social media marketing are Instagram stories. They are a way to share photos and videos with followers that will no longer be visible after 24 hours. Instagram lends itself very well to social web marketing: people post pictures and videos, tag friends, insert hashtags, and click on content shared by others, making Instagram the social network with the highest engagement rate.

On Instagram, it is also possible to post a new type of post called a ‘shoppable post,’ which includes a special tag linking the objects in the photo directly to the corresponding e-commerce. Instagram is now testing a new ‘nametags’ function similar to Snapchat’s Snapcodes or Messenger codes, making acquiring Instagram followers easier. Its ‘visual’ features make this social suitable for b2b social media marketing (travel business, e-commerce, etc.).

3.LinkedIn is one of the best professional social platforms to connect with one’s network of collaborators (Linkedin groups) and potential future employers. The social platform allows users to import contacts and integrates services like SlideShare and Pulse. Today, LinkedIn is the most popular social network for professionals in Italy and is considered the most effective B2B social media marketing and lead generation platform. Like other social platforms, managing advertisements (Linkedin ads) on LinkedIn is also possible. The platform allows companies and publishers to run video ad campaigns natively and include videos within their company pages. Using the implemented Linkedin Tracking pixel, it is then possible to measure the number of leads, sign-ups, website visits, and other actions generated by video ads.

4.Snapchat is a mobile application that allows users to send photos and videos to friends. Snapchat stories (montages of photos and videos shared for no more than 24 hours) are an excellent engagement tool. With the release of the new version of the app, it will soon also be possible to share Snapchat stories on Facebook and Twitter. Snapchat is testing new in-app e-commerce options through its Snap store place within the Discover platform, which in the future could lead to collaborations with companies of all kinds? If your products are aimed at a very young audience, marketing on Snapchat is definitely the right choice.

 

5.Pinterest is a popular photo-sharing service that allows anyone to create collections and more. 93% of its users use it to plan purchases or search for product information. Marketing activities are possible thanks to Pinterest Ads and buyable pins. Pinterest is continuing to grow among SMEs. Indeed, memberships in its Pinterest Propel ad program are up 50% this year. As 81% of its 150 million monthly active users are women, topics such as interior design, decoration, cooking, and clothing are performing very well.

6. Reddit is the social network where the community decides what will have more relevance and what to give more visibility to. Reddit has a subreddit (board) for almost every category. The growth of this social network in Italy is due to 2 factors: the AMAs (ask me anything) format and the peculiarities of the voting system. Marketing activities are possible thanks to Reddit ads. However, one must pay close attention to the vast number of comments received, so constant attention is required.

7. Telegram is a messaging application that allows you to chat with contacts and organize public and private groups, with a series of functions dedicated to visual content. You can add images, emojis, documents, files, and links to messages.

8. Tumblr is a microblogging platform with social networking features. It is widely used by fashion brands, bloggers, and designers to publish highly curated content. People spend more time on this platform than on Facebook, which makes Tumblr a good place to publish posts and advertisements.

9. Twitter is another fantastic service that allows users to send posts of 280 characters quickly through ‘Tweets.’ These are characterized by the presence of the hashtag (a keyword preceded by the hash symbol #) in the text. Twitter marketing is often used by companies to maintain contact with their customers, promote their brands, products or services, and to obtain information from consumers.

10. WhatsApp is one of the most widely used instant messaging applications in the world due to its ease of use and quality of service. In 2017 WhatsApp crossed the 1 billion users per day milestone, equaling Facebook. The app offers the possibility to interact with contacts through conversations, and today one can post Snapchat-style status updates, photos, and temporary videos. With the release this year of WhatsApp Business, and the integration soon of the ability to make payments, the brand officially enters one-to-one marketing.

11. Disqus started as a comment hosting service for websites and blogs, this platform is now a real social network where users can initiate debates or participate in existing ones. For management of comments, simply login to the platform with the same account used for social via the ‘share’ button. You can then take the discussion to your preferred social network.

12. YouTube is a network where users post video blogs, video ads, and videos of various genres. For marketers, the ideal medium is to share the content of medium to long duration.

Measuring and testing

It is necessary to constantly analyze the social media marketing strategy implemented to see which was effective and which was not. As part of a social media marketing strategy, it must be decided which metrics or KPIs to use to check whether the set goals have been achieved. Some metrics to be considered to measure the success of a social media marketing strategy are the following:

  • Cost per click (CPA)
  • Conversion Rate
  • Number of followers
  • Brand Mention
  • Total shares
  • Impressions
  • Comments and engagement

Social Media Marketing Strategies

Social media are dynamic by nature and, for this reason, are characterized by communication trends and methods that can vary over time (social media trends). Knowing these trends can prove crucial in choosing the most direct and effective social media marketing strategies

Below is a brief description of the social media marketing strategies that, it seems, will most characterize this 2020.

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1.Using TikTok for your social media marketing strategy: the social network is growing rapidly and is a must for those who want to reach users under 30 years of age, which currently represents 66% of the channel’s users.

2.Social media wellness becomes key to creating engagement among users: people are becoming more aware use of social networks and the impact they have on mental health. That is why even the platforms themselves are committed to making the user experience pleasant and unharmful. If you notice changes in engagement, don’t panic, but observe your competitors, and if they experience the same reduction, you can rest assured. People are increasingly committed to reducing their time on social media and using the time they spend constructively.

3.Fake news will be limited: indeed, this is very good news and a very positive trend. The fact that fake news is declining does not mean that it does not still remain a problem. For social media marketers, it means that the user will weigh very heavily on what you say about your company and your products. So, please, maximum transparency!

4.Tightened security: another growing trend strongly related to Social Media Marketing is user security. The recent scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica is likely to further increase this trend. Privacy protection measures for social network users will have to be increasingly suitable for combating hacking, identity theft, phishing, and various other security threats.

5.A more effective strategy with AR and VR: technology is making huge strides, and you need to be able to adapt to this. Augmented reality and virtual reality will improve not only your strategy but also the experience of your users.

6.Increased use of artificial intelligence: the use of artificial intelligence (chatbots and virtual assistants) will increasingly enable marketers to interact with consumers in real-time and in a personalized manner. Facebook is preparing to relaunch a virtual assistant that will be able to offer suggestions to users and answer all their queries via Facebook Messenger chat. According to Gartner, a multinational company and world leader in strategic consulting, research, and analysis in the field of Information Technology (IT), 20 percent of business content could be generated this year by machines similar to artificial intelligence.

7.Refocus strategy to engage Generation Z: the future generation is increasingly tech-savvy, requiring innovation and creativity from marketers. The coming years will be years of challenges to find new ways to entertain and engage young people by studying them carefully and understanding their needs.

8.Influencer Marketing: Social Media Influencers are able to generate 11 times more ROI than any other digital marketing strategy. It is no coincidence that 94% of social media marketers claim to have achieved excellent results through their collaboration and consider them an integral part of their marketing strategy.

Social Media Marketing Work

In recent years, this discipline has been used in many sectors (one example is social media marketing for tourism), with such results that it has become the main digital channel for many companies. The success and evolution of this discipline have also favored the emergence of numerous new professional figures. Among the most sought-after is the social media marketer.

The social media marketer (or Social Media Manager) is a digital marketing professional who, within a company, manages and supervises social media channels, digital media, and social networks and who acts as a connection between a community of users and the company itself.

social media marketing marketer

He is also responsible for designing the content strategy; managing social media marketing campaigns with the social team on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks; creating an editorial plan from an SEO perspective; promoting products, services, and events; and sharing content on the company website or blog. In small and medium-sized companies, the role of the social media marketer is delegated to figures usually subordinate to him, such as:

  • Web Content Editor,
  • Community Manager,
  • Social Media Specialist,
  • Digital Marketing Manager,
  • Digital PR Manager,
  • Social media strategist,
  • Facebook Ads Specialist,
  • Social Customer Care Specialist.
Training/Experience

Regarding skills, a Social Media Marketer often holds a degree in Marketing or related fields, with a specific focus on digital and social media marketing. They must possess not only writing skills but also good analysis skills in order to translate insight data into new opportunities for the company.

As far as remuneration is concerned, there is a distinction between juniors and seniors; the starting salary of the former is usually between 15,000 and 21,000 EUR, whereas an experienced social media marketing manager can earn up to 35,000 EUR. A social media marketing consultant working as a freelancer, on the other hand, earns between EUR 15 and 40 per hour.

SMMA: Social Media Marketing Agency

Following the spread and importance of social media, businesses and organizations of all types and sizes have focused their attention on social media marketing. For both large and micro and small companies, relying on SMMA can be considered a good investment.
The social media marketing agency is a service company that generally offers the following services:

  • Creating content to share (blog posts, videos, graphics and other media);
  • Creation of campaigns on social networks;
  • Creation, implementation and analysis of a social media strategy;
  • Publication of new social media posts;
  • Social media analytics control;
  • Management of relationships with followers;
  • Research new influencers to connect with;
  • Analysis of the presence on social networks and suggestions on how to improve it.

How to become an expert in Social Media Marketing

Acquiring the appropriate skills to carry out an effective social activity is the first step in becoming a social media strategist or a social media manager. Taking a social media marketing course or a course for social media managers to acquire these skills or to update them can be an excellent investment. The world of internet and web marketing does not require improvisation, but constantly updated skills.

Below you will find several Social Media Marketing Courses and Social Media Marketing Masters, useful for achieving your goals:

  • Social Media Marketing course online,
  • Social Media Management Course,
  • Facebook Community Marketing Course,
  • Facebook Advertising Course,
  • Linkedin Marketing Course,
  • YouTube & Online Video Marketing Course,
  • Twitter Marketing Course,
  • Google Plus Marketing Course,
  • Instagram Marketing & Pinterest Marketing Course,
  • Social media marketing master with internship in the company.

The online (or classroom) social media marketing masters and certifications are complete training courses and those which, in addition to certifying your skills, allow you to attend an online evening practical internship (Work Experience), lasting 4 months . They also offer you both the possibility of internships and access to Digital Jobs , the first job portal dedicated to new digital professions.

 

 

Social Media Marketing FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions that are sure to interest you about social media marketing

WHAT ARE THE SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TOOLS?

Below is a short list with related characteristics of useful tools for marketing activities on social media

Bitly: is a link shortener, an app that allows you to transform long links into short and measurable URLs (through clickbacks) for social sharing also on Twitter and Instagram. Ow.ly is also a well-known and easy-to-use “link shortener”.

Canva: is an online software that allows those who do not have particular graphic skills to create and customize the graphics of any type of project in a simple and intuitive way

Meerkat: is an app that has live streaming capabilities and is connected to Twitter.

Memes : it is an image or a video accompanied by an ironic or sarcastic text. Due to their ability to go viral, they are used by brands to create engagement on their social channels (meme-jacking) or to increase brand visibility by reporting on the images quotes or statements that recall the brand (quote images).

Vimeo: is a site and an app for online video sharing with which a user can view, share and upload a video.

Revive Old Post Pro: is a plugin that allows you to automate social media marketing. The work of sharing posts on social networks is thus simplified and reduced, resulting in a more effective management of social media or social media management. Other good plugins are CoSchedule, WP to Twitter, Pinterest Automatic Pin WordPress Plugin and Juicer.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SOCIAL LISTENING TOOLS?

There are numerous social media marketing tools on the net to monitor the ” Sentiment ” towards the brand, but which one to choose? Let’s see what are the main social media monitoring tools and what features they have

  1. Social mention: groups content related to a specific topic from social networks, blogs and forums in a single page. The tool bases its analysis on 4 parameters: “strength”, “passion”, “sentiment” and “reach”.
  2. Hootsuite: it is one of the main tools as well as the most complete and effective. The tool allows you to manage multiple accounts at the same time and to program up to 10 simultaneous searches.
  3. Facebook Audience Insights: it is also one of the main social listening tools. The ability to select the demographic characteristics and social behaviors of a target audience and then be able to analyze the results makes this a valuable tool for carrying out a preliminary analysis of the target audience.
  4. Howsociable: useful tool for measuring the presence of one’s own business and that of competitors on social networks. The free version allows you to carry out social media monitoring activities in 12 different platforms including WordPress, and to measure brand awareness with a score from 0 to 10. For social analytics, however, it is necessary to upgrade to the paid version.
  5. Simply measured: specific for the analysis of fan pages, it allows a high degree of detail on the analysis of some parameters: number of “likes”, best posts by category, comments, shares, etc.
HOW TO CREATE FACEBOOK DARK POSTS?

HOW TO CREATE FACEBOOK DARK POSTS?

How to use Facebook to create Facebook dark posts?

1.Sign in to Power Editor

2.Click on “ Manage Ads ” at the top of the page on the left and select Page Posts in the “ +Create and manage ” menu

3.Select the Page that should contain the Dark Post. finally click on the +Create Post button at the top right;

4.In the dialog, choose the type of post you want to create and enter the information to include in the post.

5.Select This post will be used as an ad only if you want to use the post as an ad only, or select This post will be published on Page if you want the post to be visible on your Page.

6.Click Create Post . Please note that this post is not published yet, even though it is saved in your posts list. If you publish the post on your Page, you’ll only be able to show it to people in certain languages ??and locations.

7.When you want to use the post, check the box next to it and select one of the options from the Actions drop-down menu.

WHAT ARE HASHTAGS AND HOW TO USE THEM?

The hashtag (#) is a type of label (tag) used to add meta information on almost all major social media platforms. The # symbol is placed before a keyword to mark a topic on which attention is to be paid. Used for the first time by Twitter in 2007 as a simple way to index content, the hashtag was subsequently also used for social media marketing campaigns. In order to use it optimally, it is advisable to follow these brief instructions:1. make sure that the hashtag chosen is unique, specific and easy to remember

2. given the cross-media use, use the same hashtag to organize contents and images

3. before using it, check that the hashtag has not already been used

HOW TO DO FACEBOOK MARKETING SUCCESSFULLY?
According to some research, 1 out of 3 companies believes Facebook Marketing is essential to the success of their business. However , to successfully implement a social media campaign on Facebook, you need to pay attention to the do’s (Do’s) and don’ts (Don’ts). Let’s see together what they are:

Do’s

  • Tagging relevant people in images and posts increases the possibility that they will be seen by a greater number of users
  • Using Facebook Places allows users to become aware of your business and to mention it within their network
  • Look for Influencers who can help your business. A person with many connections who shares your posts is more likely to get a site visit than your messages

Don’ts

  • Send a large number of messages to your network. Many will not be read by users, thus losing effectiveness
  • Forgetting to customize. Make sure Facebook Pages contain relevant images, icons and descriptions.
  • Deleting or leaving negative comments will not help you grow your business. Instead of deleting them, reply constructively. Let whoever released the negative comment know your opinion and work to resolve the issue
WHAT IS SOCIAL CONTENT MARKETING?

Social content marketing is a communication strategy based on the creation and optimization of content ( social content optimization ) that is disseminated through social media. Linkedin among the social networks is the one with the highest percentage of use (94%) followed by Twitter with 87% and Facebook with 84%. New dedicated features like FB Instant Articles allow publishers to create fast and interactive articles.

Social Media Marketing Glossary

Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Tumblr, Yelp, Pinterest, Snapchat and YouTube, if appropriately used, are a great tool to engage customers and increase traffic to your website.

Today, the main trend is to respond in real time to users’ needs and interests (real time marketing) via instant messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram.

But when dealing with this topic, one cannot help but come across abstruse technicalities. Hashtags (#), Like, Like Button, Social Profile, Social Advertising, Social Bookmark, Social Share, Social Signals, Sharing, edgerank, Troll, Avatar, Bitly, Klout, Addthis, Canvas ads, Dark posts,

UGM, are just a small example. This social media marketing glossary will prove to be a valuable aid for you.

Facebook Marketing

Facebook Marketing refers to the use of Facebook business pages, similar to individual profiles, as a communication channel to maintain contact with regular customers or to attract new ones.

The proposed guide is a valuable tool to enable you to:

  • create and set up a company page
  • how to increase ‘likes’ to the page
  • a thorough knowledge of all types of posts
  • how to create a Facebook marketing strategy
  • tracking and measuring results through Facebook analytics

YouTube and Online Video Marketing

YouTube is both a social network and a search engine for video content. Video advertising on YouTube consists of the creation of video content to be published on corporate channels and paid video ads. The method of publishing video ads is based on an auction system managed internally by YouTube, while display ads are managed through AdWords, as YouTube is part of the Google ecosystem.

Social Commerce

Social e-commerce is the union and integration of social relationship-based platforms and the e-commerce sector. Sites such as Groupon and Groupalia, strongly based on the community concept, operate thanks to the presence of a network of users, and it is thanks to this network that such sites are able to offer products and services at reduced prices.

Ebay, Etsy and Blomming, are other examples of social e-commerce to which Amazon adds that shifts the focus to reviews: conversations between users thus become reviews on the products offered and the sellers, allowing the community to make more considered purchasing decisions based on the experiences of others.

Menlo Park has recently released Facebook Marketplace (for now only active in the US, Australia, UK and New Zealand), the service allows users to sell or buy new and used items directly from the news feed.

Content Marketing

Content marketing is the discipline of creating brand awareness and engagement with a brand or brand through the production of quality content. This latter characteristic binds it intimately with social network marketing. To set up an effective content marketing strategy on social media, the social media editor must consider these 4 key factors:

  • Objectives: they must be clearly defined and aligned with the overall business objectives;
  • Identifying target audiences: the figurative representation of one’s ideal customers (buyer personas) is a useful tool for identifying one’s audience
  • Products: it is useful to ask what benefits customers will receive from their use
  • Editorial plan: what content to create and distribute

After aligning objectives with buyer personas, looking at one’s products and verifying that they are in line with tastes and users’ needs, an editorial plan for content distribution on social platforms must be created.

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