If there were a conversation taking place in the next room, within earshot, and it was about your company, would you listen to it? Or would you ignore it because they were speaking into microphones and your company wasn’t really interested in microphonic technology?
Many of today’s businesses are in that kind of a situation when it comes to social media marketing and social media monitoring. For some, the need is to start a conversation about their products and services. But with other companies, those unlistened-to conversations are already happening on blogs, social networking sites, and message boards all across the Internet.
There are many benefits to be gained from listening to and participating in these conversations, from brand reputation management to improved word-of-mouth networking. “Social media monitoring” might sound like something secretive, but it’s really just about listening to your current and potential customers, identifying their needs and concerns, and doing what you can to ensure that they have the information and support they need.
So where’s the best place to begin? It’s not necessarily a particular website or community. It’s determining what your long-term goals are and how social media can be used to complement your offline efforts and grow your business. That could mean training employees to represent your company online, or establishing a customer community that fosters greater interaction with online shoppers or service seekers.
At Molding Web, our primary goal is always the long-term, organic growth of our clients’ businesses. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all social media solution, we work with you to determine the best approach for your client base and industry. Through Internet marketing services such as search engine optimization, content writing services, and pay-per-click management, we can help you to start an effective online conversation about your company, or to actively participate in a conversation that’s already begun.