Social Media Marketing CloudSmall business owners have been turning to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogs as marketing platforms because they are inexpensive and easily accessible, and they expose their businesses to a wider range of potential customers through search engine optimization (SEO). Most are finding that the more they use social media marketing, the better the results they are seeing.

Consumers are online searching for products and services using search engines and social media.  Marketing through social media platforms creates opportunities to increase traffic and help build relationships with customers. It can attract consumers within a target audience, thereby bringing in good sales leads.  Business owners have even found that social media marketing helps them close business. And because most social media marketing is free, this allows businesses to cut their overall marketing expenses. So through social media marketing, business owners can increase income and decrease expenses. It’s a win-win situation.

Using social media can also translate into higher search engine rankings, or SEO.

Search engines now count social media posts like tweets on Twitter or posts on Facebook and blogs.  Having a large number of posts can help boost your brand visibility in a search result, which typically means more traffic.  There are a myriad of tips and tricks out there to maximize SEO through social media. And the more adept you become at using social media, the more it can benefit you.

According to the 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, the more experience someone has using social media, the more time they devote to social media marketing.  Why?  Because it’s free.  And it’s where the consumers are.  But social media SEO can take time to learn, and you have to give it time to work.  It’s not going to happen overnight.  There are even companies where all they do is SEO and social media marketing for businesses.  So if it seems too daunting a task, or you don’t feel like you have the time, it’s okay to call in the pros.

Whatever platform you choose to use for your business, social media marketing is the way of the future.  It is a low-cost marketing strategy that increases brand visibility and drives business your way.  What’s not to love?

Contributed by: Qamar Zaman – CEO of  Submit Press Release 123