Post 4 – Out of the Box We have focused primarily on best practices in a very new and evolving field, what unexpected applications have you found in the field of online marketing and social media?
I was a relative neophyte when I began this certificate program. I had an instagram account because my daughter told me I had to have one; I originally got a Facebook account because I was keeping an eye on my kids, but don’t think I posted anything until I took my first class; and I had a twitter account because it was the thing to do, but didn’t really know how to use it.
Through the classes I have taken, I have learned to differentiate between what is posted on a website and social media platforms, how to use social media to strike up conversations with your audience, and finally how to differentiate between Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook when creating a social media strategy. I have learned that not all social media are created equal, that you can use one to drive people to another, and finally, they can help monetize your site through conversion. This is so exciting!
Who knew this could be such a deliberate medium? I come from a communications and marketing background, so I have a good grounding in the application of traditional marketing strategies. This, however, is a whole other thing. At times this journey has made me think back to times at the beginning of my career when I wanted to create a mock up for my client, but could not just print in colour and make up my own. I had to go to a design firm, who would be paid to realize my design electronically, then print it out on this gigantic printer and have it couriered. This generally took no fewer than two days!! Imagine if we said that now! it is like all time and design obstacles have been removed. If you draw up a strategy based on good information (listening), with clear objectives and well-established ways to measure success, followed by checks to adjust your path as you go, there is no reason not to succeed!