A successful marketing campaign is vital for the success of any business; as technology advances, the different ways you can promote your business and build brand awareness have grown rapidly. Any successful business nowadays is using multiple forms of media to get their message across and drive sales of products and services. If you are looking to expand your marketing reach through the use of new platforms, here are some tips to help you do just that.
Of all the things people share on the web, photos are one of the most popular. Images can be very powerful as a marketing tool. If you want to get more exposure for your products and drive interest in your business, there are numerous web-based photo sharing platforms that can help you do just that. There are many applications that automatically allow you to upload photos to Twitter and Facebook. If you just got new items in or are running a special sale or promotion on certain items, send out a picture to your followers. Take advantage of online photo-sharing communities. While many may think of Flickr as simply a place to store photos, there are many active communities that span an eclectic range of interests. Get in on these communities and share images that can help drive sales of products and services; if you provide specialized pet products, such as clothing, a group of animal lovers is a perfect target audience.
Video marketing is another powerful marketing tool—it can expand your presence online, which increases brand awareness as well as establishes trust and credibility. If your budget is tight, a webcam or basic camcorder will do, though the former will limit you to speaking in front of a computer screen—though depending on what you are marketing, this may work just fine. You can make videos to show people how to use your products; it can be used to expand your client base—for example, if you teach people how to play guitar, making some videos on YouTube may help you gain some internet customers where you can conduct lessons through Skype.
Podcasting is another relatively new marketing tool that is gaining traction fast as online marketing continues to grow in importance. A Podcast is a great way to connect with your audience and provide them solutions and other types of information they are seeking. If you want to incorporate podcasting into your marketing arsenal, the first step is to familiarize yourself with other podcasts-listen to ones that are similar in style and subject matter to get an idea of how you should formulate your own. Each podcast should focus on a specific issue, whether it is one of your products or services, an industry issue that may be affecting your business clients or how to solve a problem that your target audience may be facing. Decide on some talking points, but do not read from a script—natural and sincere is the name of the game. Establish a schedule that works for you and stick to it.
Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys sharing marketing tips; check out this multimedia news blog for interesting posts about a variety of ways to share information.
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