We’re constantly speaking to clients, prospects and friends about the power of social media and blogging. What kind of power and what ROI expectations usually become part of the conversation. I certainly understand the need to justify marketing spend; my marketing roots are in direct response, where measurement and ROI reign supreme. That said I think that too much focus is spent on ROI when it comes to social media marketing and blogging.
Social Media Marketing activities are typically self-centered. I don’t say ‘self-centered’ in a bad way, just stating a fact that when you’re social media marketing, you’re usually attempting to build online brand visibility, and social community, for you, your business, your brand, or someone else’s brand.
I recently got (and read) my Fast Company magazine’s September issue. You know… the one that had “Social Media is Sexy” on the cover. Not sure whether or not social media is sexy or not; surely more sexy than direct mail or email, but perhaps slightly less sexy than television advertising? That could be a blog topic for another day and one that would be fun to write... okay mental note made.
This week went by in the blink of an eye, though I still felt a day behind. Yesterday was Friday for some reason. Anyhow, here are some stories and blogs we found worth sharing, including some crazy social media marketing mistakes and some search engine optimization (SEO) tips for your keyword list.
Just read the Business 2 Community blog by Melissa Agnes – Starbuck’s Lesson: A Social Media Attack Can Arise When Least Expected – and it highlights a social media marketing lesson that everyone who uses social media should understand clearly:
Today, content and content marketing are playing a central role in online brand visibility. Without a steady flow of fresh, relevant, well-written content your site will not be maximizing its search engine presence.
Content can come in many forms, all of which – if optimized – can set your site apart from competitors, giving you better online brand visibility, but perhaps even more important – a voice. A seat at the table, as they say, brings thought-leadership which goes miles toward shrinking sales cycles and converting new business.
These content ideas and more are what it takes these days. Explore our site to learn more or give us a call today to walk through countless content marketing ideas that will have you standing out from the crowd.