Observing emerging trends in 2017 and earlier, it is inevitable that social media is where much of the action happens now and in the future. It makes a lot of sense too because that is where thousands of members gather to chat and gossip, exchange images and videos. Just like sellers search for crowded places to sell their wares in busy marketplaces. It is the same principle online. Earlier, SMM was one of several marketing methods, nowadays Social Media Marketing may well turn out to be the biggest fish.
Why the concern with social media?
Most of the humanity within the younger and middle-aged group is firmly embracing social media that has a hundred incarnations. Instead of being carried away by English alone, consider all the many regional languages that make up a large segment. Chinese and the European languages would contribute vast numbers just like Arabic and the Indian languages. It may be hard to believe that billions spend an average of two hours a day on social media. Like the clubs of the olden days, here is a place to fraternize, catch up with the news, and perhaps buy things too.
Purchases may be made over social media with confidence because of recommendations from social circles rather than buying from strangers online. No doubt, plenty of customer reviews exist online, but many of them may be faked. Effective Social Media Marketing speaks many sweet languages.
Along with all the hype about social media comes the domination of video advertising. This most effective form of spreading the message has more response online than on television. It does seem as if online advertising will reach further than television in the future. A great advantage of digital marketing online is the personalization factor that surpasses anything the TV can provide. Customer engagement and keeping visitors occupied online can be easier achieved than television that seems cold and lifeless in comparison. People do not want machine talk anymore, but something that relates to them.
Other important online marketing methods
Much has been said about the importance of search engine optimization and that is all very true. Among thousands of results that crowd the search engine result pages, perhaps five of them on the first page are considered. Making it there with all the tricks and the research would be well worth the attempt. Search engine marketing has its advantages too.
Content marketing is important and refers to Social Media Marketing too. PPC and email marketing are other commonly used marketing methods. Affiliate marketing is getting widespread. Amidst the forest of methods, like a marathon race, SMM is emerging the clear winner. Unless bets are well placed on this winning horse, the other methods may not be as effective in promoting sales and ensuring revenues in the end.