Social media hasn’t always been what it is today. Years ago, companies did not have pages to manage, people to interact with or a team dedicated to simply pumping out content for social platforms. Now, brand recognition and reach are highly linked to the use of social media sites. Fostering a successful social presence isn’t just about being present, it’s about utilizing the platform most effectively and fostering a community atmosphere. But first, it’s time to determine what platforms to invest this effort into. Check out a few of the most popular platforms below to learn when they are best suited for.
Facebook: As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook offers access to over 1 billion people. As such, it’s a highly searched platform that offer companies the chance to get in front of a large audience. Unfortunately, in recent years, a “pay to play” model has been implemented, making organic reach for businesses incredibly difficult. The good news, this has made advertising options on Facebook increasingly robust and granular. Targeting at such a minute level can allow brands to find exactly the right people who are interested in what they have to offer.
Twitter: Twitter’s revolutionary 140-character limit has transformed how people disseminate information on this platform. Browsing this platform is easy for users who can simply scroll through the short form posts. In particular, this platform is effective for timely, up to the minute postings on “trending” topics. Advertising has now opened up to all U.S. accounts allowing businesses to promote both tweets and profiles to people outside the standard organic reach.
Google+: G+ is still in its infancy, especially compared to the immense user pools on Facebook and Twitter. This platform has special benefits to SEO when used by businesses in particular, but it’s small audience means it’s harder to gain a following organically. One thing to note, in the fields of tech and marketing, this platform tends to perform better as its first members were early adopters in the tech industry.
Pinterest: The visual aspects of Pinterest make it a perfect platform for e-commerce sites. Product shots, recipe/meal photos, and other creative inspiration are staples on the site. It’s also a great platform to target women users on as they make up the vast majority. On the other hand, the act of pinning is not the “typical” engagement, starting a conversation is not what this platform is made for.
Instagram: As with Pinterest, the visual aspects of Instagram are appealing, especially when selling products and services. Hashtags allow users to search easily and follow based on interests. Unfortunately, URLs are only live in the profile of a page, not on individual posts making it more involved to click out.
LinkedIn: Touted for it’s professional networking, the B2B abilities on LinkedIn are vast. Even better, advertising can be micro-targeted allowing businesses to focus on only those decision makers that can make the choice of whether or not to use their product or service.
YouTube: Facebook may have over 1 billion users total, but YouTube boasts 1 billion individual users each month and these users are watching 6 billion hours of video on the site. Those numbers alone should tell you the opportunities for social video sharing. Like Pinterest, YouTube provides the visual aids to enhance any user’s experience and allows users to share this with their favorite social platform too.
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