Social Media and Your Business

ben francia | by Ben Francia | Last Updated: September 15, 2010

The importance of bringing your business to the Internet cannot be understated. People today shop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and any enterprise that does not take advantage of online shopping’s convenience and ubiquity is definitely losing out a lot.

In recent years, social media has become one of the most important and effective ways to build brand names and to do public relations. Companies have learned that promoting their site or business through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter is a very powerful means of getting a big amount traffic that translates to sales.

Social media marketing, as a matter of fact, is so low cost that it almost looks like it costs next to nothing compared to the more traditional methods of marketing. By optimizing your social media visibility, you will not have to buy tens of thousands of dollars worth of links for your site; you’ll be able to get them for free, or at least for a few hundred dollars, just a small amount you will have to pay for the efforts of John or Mike or whoever’s managing your social media initiatives.

It is true that social media marketing will not actually allow you to make money directly. However, you should remember that any business or website that wants to become profitable needs to gather a group of people who will serve as the nucleus of its community. These people will be the first in line, among all the other users who will visit your site, to make purchases or to let other people know about your site. It is your responsibility to make this nucleus of supporters grow. The more people talking about your website, the faster word will spread about what you have to offer.

In addition, social media marketing is also a means for you to interact with your customers in a more personal manner. Through social media channels, they will be able to communicate their comments, opinions and messages. Needless to say, knowing how to communicate with your public is an important way to perpetuate both your social media sites and your business website as well.

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