Social Media PlatformsFacebook and Twitter are the social media platforms most commonly used for marketing. Facebook offers the option of creating a fan page for a company or product, while Twitter makes use of 140-character posts that users follow. Blogs are online journals written by users, which can be influential in spreading news and information. YouTube is a repository for podcasts and video clips, with a viewership of millions around the globe.
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advantages and disadvantages of social media marketing
Advantages The main advantage of social media marketing is cost-related. The majority of social media sites are free to access, create a profile and post information. The advantage of reaching your targeted market for little or no cash investment is substantial, and the audience wanting your information voluntarily joins or follows you. Pay-per-click advertisements on sites such as Facebook are "geo-targeted" according to specific criteria, to reach the correct audience. The viral nature of social media means that each person who reads your posts has the capability to spread the news farther within his own network, so information can reach a large number of people in a short time.
Disadvantages Updating your social media accounts takes time and effort. A senior person with knowledge about the company and products should handle your social media presence, and the cost in time means the media is not completely free. It is ongoing work to find new angles about your products continually and to post and re-post information. The information is only visible for a short time before newer posts replace it. In addition, publishing obvious advertising copy is unacceptable in the social media world, therefore you must present the information in the form of conversation or you will lose followers.