Twitter and Facebook—Why are they Essential to Your Business?

Aug 4 08:29 2010 M Frizzi Print This Article

This article will discuss the importance of social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook in viral marketing and creating a powerful online presence for a variety of businesses.

Twitter,Guest PostingFacebook,and other Social Media Sites are beneficial to your business because they:(1)Make branding easy Customize your brand by creating a page that perfectly expresses your companys identity,and read and respond to what others are saying about your brand.This is valuable for Internet Marketing.(2)Allow for lead generation Connect to prospective customers by linking them to your businesss conversion points on the web.(3)Reach new customers Utilizing Twitter,Facebook,and other social media websites allows you to reach a world of customers that you otherwise would not have.(4)Potential for viral marketing Social networking sites allow your business to spark discussion and promote yourself through word-of-mouth.(5)Likelihood of client retention Customers feel more involved with your business and brand if they can interact with humans on the other end.Social media facilitates this exchange in real time.Branding Facebook can be a great resource for generating brand awareness.Facebook is becoming popular amongst various age demographics and can be a create interception point for building your relationship with you consumers and prospects.Customer Engagement Using Facebook applications can be a great way for communicating promotions,contest and events.Again,it is another interception point that can be leveraged to entice consumer engagement with your brand,your products or your service.Drive Web Traffic Facebook can act as a portal point for driving traffic to your site and other online properties.Along with Search Engine Marketing and other tactics,it certainly helps.Reputation Management can be a useful tool for seeing what users are saying about you and your brand.In addition your Facebook profile can now be indexed in the search results and as a result can provide another favorable listing in the organic search results of the engines.New Customer Acquisition Facebook provides an opportunity to find consumers you may have not otherwise discovered.Lead Generation Similar to the previous point is that Facebook can act as another potential lead gen tool that can be used to qualify leads.Reviewing potential prospects profiles may help you build a relationship with your prospects and aid in the lead generation qualifying process.Client Retention - provides another potential interception point to build the relationship with your consumer.Access to the social world and its inherent value;aka the cool factor You never know who is using Facebook.Consider the following scenario:a potential prospect could be doing research on your brand or organization and may use Facebook to see if you have a presence there.Then they see that you have a Facebook profile and see a number of positive posts about your brand.This in turn can shape their perception and could end up being one of many deciding factors as to why the prospect selects you over another vendor.The perception that Facebook is IN and the fact that you are using Facebook could help influence their perception of your brand.The Viral Effect Facebook allows you to take word of mouth to a whole new level.Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowdHealth Fitness Articles,and Facebook is attracting quite a crowd;500 million as of this month.Feedback Mechanism Using Facebook and the various applications available can help you understand consumer behavior based on the sharing of content and commentary on the social networking site.Build Business Use Cases Facebook can provide you with an opportunity to build successful business cases as you target specific vertical markets with specific business objectives.

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Domenic Carlson writes on behalf of inSegment, Boston's leader in Internet Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, and the home of Boston SEO.

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