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DEFINE SOCIAL MARKETING

Social Media is a red-hot buzz phrase in case you haven’t heard. Everyone is using it including women, men, and children of all ages. Most importantly, your customers are using Social media as well and they expect that your business is in the social loop too. So, let’s define social marketing.

Social media can be described as information content that is created using new technologies with an aim to facilitate influence, communication, and interaction with the world; including friends, family, peers and customers.

In other words, social media is an advanced way that people can interact using the latest digital technology. Social media networking usually happens through mobile communications networks and the internet, which allow instant access to these platforms.

Social media is perceived as the glue that holds people together in an online community; not only with text, but also images, videos, and other types of online media.Most people hear “Social Media” and immediately think of Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks of this caliber. These social platforms are the most popular, but this is not the final list by far.There are a lot of different social media platforms online. Depending on your type of business, you should do some research to see which ones fits your type of business best. However, using the top four social media sites would be a good start. Chances are, most of your target audience is already logging into these sites every single day.

Social Media Statistics

There are incredible opportunities for small businesses who utilize the power of social media. We will look at actual numbers just to show you how powerful it has become. As you’ve probably noticed, social media constantly changes year after year. The good news is that people are embracing it and moving right along with it every time it changes. Even people who are 50+ in age are jumping into social media at staggering rates.Therefore, as a small business owner, most of your customers and prospects are using it, so it’s time to reach them through this amazing marketing channel that is already made for you. The following statistics will assist you in understanding why social media is important and how you can use it to the advantage of your business’ performance.

The Numbers

The most popular social media sites that you can take advantage of include but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus

2012 was a good year for social media networks; Facebook hit the 1 billion users mark. Twitter and LinkedIn both are enjoying over 300 million users.There are approximately 2 billion internet users in the world and at least 50% of them use social networks.

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