Are you a company that is considering entering into the social media marketing arena? Of course, it goes without saying, I think you are probably making a good move. But you may have a number of questions, the answers to which will dictate whether or not you wish to embark further along these lines.
One of the true values of using social media for a business or company is that of trying to gauge what other people are saying about you, your brand or what your competitors. There are many ways to do this and each of them have a valuable contribution to play. But there are a number of ways in which a company can monitor for their own brand or product mentions and therefore respond to them in a timely and appropriate way. In a similar fashion, you can monitor what is being said about your competitors, their brand and their products. This is powerful stuff if used correctly.
It is necessary to make the actual step. Social media is, by its nature, an interactive process and you have to actively seek out the information you require. This can be delegated to specific team members whose sole purpose is to determine the number of times your company is mentioned and the types of interactions it is mentioned in.
It goes further than just looking for mentions of your company name. This is your opportunity to seek out what is being said about you and to either underpin positive comments or to respond to negative ones. You can use this in a positive fashion and procure a mini public relations coup at certain times and where appropriate.
Your customers and clients will be talking about you whether you are there or not. If they are talking about you, you need to be part of this conversation if you are going to be able to respond in an appropriate way. You customer service team can use this monitoring as a way to step in when there are problems, concerns or issues regarding your services or products. The savvy companies using social media will also use the comments made by others in order to inform their choice of future marketing programs in the future.