Every once in a while, it is a good idea to reset the obvious... because the obvious changes pretty fast these days. Even our first Web "child" the regularly updated Webopedia has a hard time keeping up with the definition and related links for Social Media.
Inc.com remembers this and shares a simple re-definition of Social Media...
With less effort than you think, your organization can increase online conversions through genuine engagement on multiple social media platforms. And who wouldn't want that?
Social media sites can contribute heavily to the top of your lead funnel if the engagement is original and custom-tailored to each specific social media platform. Here are some top tips for increasing online conversions through genuine engagement on top social media platforms based on the Slingshot SEO Guide Increasing Conversions with Social Media.
YouTubeThink of this as your company's TV channel. YouTube is your opportunity to display thought leadership through video. Build playlists of videos around industry needs and topics. Be sure to optimize your videos by completing all video meta-data including title, description and keyword tags.
Google+Pay attention to and interact regularly with Google+ since data suggests that usage is tied directly to SERPs and rankings. Google+ pages operate very similarly to Facebook pages. Be sure to differentiate the content that you share on these two platforms. Choose content for sharing based upon your specific fan base on each platform. Add users to G+ Circles who have circled your page. As a business, you can only add users to Circles who have already added you, but other businesses can be added at any time.
Being active on social media can connect your organization with people in entirely new ways and get them fired up about your company. Reaping the benefits from social media requires genuine engagement, valuable content and brand consistency.
- Make your engagement original and don't copy and paste content across social media platforms.
- Treat social media platforms as messengers to distribute content that your target audience will enjoy.
- Remember to be consistent with your brand communication across all social media platforms to coordinate and enhance your digital brand image.