Technology is constantly evolving, and with it comes the adaptation of new ways to communicate. Social media platforms have become a primary resource for people to voice their opinions, share what they are doing, and even find out about new products. According to an article in CNBC, “approximately two-thirds of all U.S. social network users say that they rely on social networks for product information.
In the past, the only way to reach a consumer was through billboards, print ads, and TV commercials. Nowadays, however, social media allows companies to reach consumers in a variety of different ways. In fact, many companies have been successful at building their business base solely through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The influence of social media on consumers is significant. In the past, influencing consumer behavior was a slow process that took years. Today, companies can now make changes in mere minutes to their product or marketing campaign with the help of social media, and they can see a noticeable change in sales as a result. However, there are some drawbacks to this new form of advertising.
Count yourself among those who feel that social media is a complete waste of time on their part. Are you one of those people who believe that social networking is a passing fad? Are you aware that, if social media is properly strategized and handled, it has the potential to work to the benefit of your website? Hello, and welcome to the world of Socialnomics.
Smart internet marketers have taken advantage of the effect that social media has had on today's customers' mindsets in order to promote their site/product/service to a wider audience. Through the use of “social proof,” these networks assist you in increasing traffic to your website. As a result, your online trustworthiness is critical to your ability to flourish online. Consumers now buy a product or use a service based on the recommendations of their peers, which they get via social media. With the use of “social proof,” it may influence customers' decisions about what to purchase and what not to buy.
So, what exactly is this form of marketing?
It is the process of promoting your company's online presence using social media platforms, as well as the rigorous “ethics” that go along with doing so. Consumers nowadays are so well-informed and realistic that they cannot be enticed to purchase anything just because it is attractive. They place a greater emphasis on the “social evidence” of a product or service rather than the marketing that promotes it. If a campaign is excessively “pushy” or seems to be spam, the majority of people will perceive it as desperation and will not buy it. However, if people see “consistency and quality,” they are more likely to give your goods or service the benefit of the doubt. Conventional, expensive advertising approaches are now rendered obsolete in order to captivate customers, thanks to efficient social media marketing. The impact and influence of social media on today's customers is seen in this example. So, what should you do in this situation?
1. The first step is to make your website trustworthy and respectable. Developing online reputation is important for any website that receives a big number of links or permanent links from a variety of credible sites. In other words, more reputable connections equate to a better search engine rating. Having a website that appears on the top page of search results gets more visitors. Traffic will undoubtedly rise if you continually improve your website structure and employ a reliable linkbait; your “social proof” will just prepare the way for this to happen.
2. Increasing the amount of high-quality traffic. Suppose your website is connected to a popular interest shared on a social media network. If so, you may anticipate a large number of social users to follow your website in order to contribute possible material.
Here's an illustration of what I mean.
Consider the following scenario: you have started a new website with informative articles on How to Lose Weight in 10 Days. Following the launch of your website, you began advertising it on different social media networks and sending emails to other websites in the same niche as yours. As a consequence of that technique, your site was pushed to become one of the largest social news websites on the internet, which resulted in a huge number of connections from websites with high volumes of traffic joining your wave. Bottom line, it's an efficient online approach for increasing influence and credibility within your target market, as well as determining which wave to ride in order to improve your search engine optimization.
So, you still believe that social media is a passing trend and a waste of time? No, I don't believe so. We'll see you at the top of the hill!