The Most Basic and Powerful Steps to Launch Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

KnifeIf you are just beginning to invest in social media for your marketing efforts then you are in the due diligence phase of adoption. Although you may have had great reasons for not adopting earlier, the fact of the matter is your organization is playing a desperate game of catch up with the competition. Here are three tools you need to establish: a publishing platform for your marketing messages, a distribution network to spread the word, and a professional networking engine.

Blogging

The most important piece of your social media marketing plan is a publishing platform. Blogs provide the publishing mechanism that allows small, medium, and global firms to publish their story, vital statistics, and ongoing activities. The most successful companies understand that their blog provides consumers with a look inside the organization, a place to learn, and a place to communicate and interact with the firm. The benefits of search engine optimization and brand awareness are ancillary byproducts of the firm’s efforts to provide the most compelling content on their products, services, and people.

Twitter

Although there are many social networks available to individuals and companies, the most powerful distribution network that supports a firm’s ability to reach consumers on a massive scale with lightening speed is Twitter. With 200 million active users, Twitter is a ultra rich environment for many firm’s to find, listen to, and engage with their consumers and prospective customers.

Linkedin

Considered the business network for job seekers, Linkedin is an important solution for connecting. Whether your sales reps are looking for prospects, you are proving your expertise, networking, or distributing blog articles about your company’s offerings, Linkedin can play an important role in any organization.

In 2013 there are many new social networks and tools to support your organization’s marketing efforts. Before you begin, explore the new networks like Google+ and  Pinterest. Understand your goals and research what networks your customers are utilizing on a consistent basis.

Dean head shotDean Guadagni is Inner Architect’s chief communications strategist with 20+ years of business development, sales management, and national account management experience. Dean is the author of a nationally recognized self-help business guide whose articles have been published by Reuters.com, Nielsen.com, FoxBusiness.com, Ziff Davis Enterprise’s “Microsoft Watch”, Computer Shopper, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Prior to joining Inner Architect, Dean worked with management consulting firm Domus Consulting Group, whose mission was to help real estate brokerages and affiliates develop technology marketing strategies in real estate.

Dean is a frequent public speaker and workshop facilitator on social media strategies, blogging, and networking. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA degree in Speech Communications.

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5 Factors in Hiring a Social Media Consultant

Do you know how to hire a consultant? Inner Architect’s focus is Social Media Marketing based on the integration of social media channels with direct marketing  strategies. We focus on producing positive measurable results for our clients.

You are a COO, Marketing Director, or business owner and you are in charge of creating, executing, and maintaining a social media marketing plan. You understand the following challenges in executing this task:

  • Time: you do not have the time to execute and maintain your company’s social media marketing plan
  • Expertise: you do not have the expertise to leverage Twitter, Facebook, Google+, blogging, or mobile applications
  • Expense: you do not have the budget to hire, train, and pay benefits to  new employees to execute your marketing plan

What Are You Getting From Your Social Media Consultant?

What are you getting when you hire a social media consultant to run your company’s social media marketing efforts?

  1. Goals: have you identified your goals? Do you want to drive traffic to a brick n mortar? Are you looking for ecommerce online store traffic? Is your firm interested in protecting brand recognition and reputation? Are you tasked with growth?
  2. Strategy: do you have a specific strategy that you want the consultant to execute?
  3. Plan of Action: did you receive a written plan of action from your consultant on how they will achieve your desired goals?
  4. ROI Measurement: Is your consultant explaining how he/she will measure their efforts within the chosen social networks to provide a clear picture of the ROI for your investment in their services?
  5. Progress Reports: Has your consultant set up a schedule of regular reports detailing their progress?

3 Ultimate Reasons Your Company’s Social Media Marketing Plan is Failing

Are you a CMO, business owner,  or entrepreneur tasked with hiring a social media consultant? Have you carefully researched your brand’s goals and received buy-in from all decision makers? Have you identified a group of candidates to hire and vetted the group down to a final candidate? Are you now ready to turn the keys over to your new hire? If you answered yes to these questions then you just made a fatal mistake that will leave your new social media consultant’s marketing plans in disarray with ineffective results.

 3 Reasons Why You Are Failing in Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

Are You Ready to Participate? Are you ready to provide the critical cooperation and help to your consultant to ensure success? Are you ready to authorize:

  • Enterprise Involvement: do you demand that your employees know and support your company’s social media marketing plan? Do you allow your consultant to brief participating staff on your social media action plan?
  • Measurement: gathering intelligence from your customers is critical. Do you require your staff probe brick n mortar visitors or online visitors for information on which channel(s) provided the motivation for their visit ie. Twitter, Facebook, mobile, email, postal literature, telesales, catalog
  • Database Integration: are you ready to bring your chosen data points such as  eCommerce, telesales, email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, mobile all together in order to create life-time value for your consumers in each marketing channel?

Conclusion

Are you ready to take responsibility for your organizations’ marketing success by demanding employee participation in the social networks? The most successful company social media marketing programs begin with a top to bottom buy-in of social media, willingness to spread the word, and understanding of what is at stake in today’s digital landscape: company growth, reputation management, customer engagement, and brand perception.