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Social Media Sites: Pro's and Cons

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By Jack Shelley Digital Marketing: Pros & Cons Formats that could be utilised 'Foursquare is a free app that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are. When you're out and about, use foursquare to share and save the places you visit' Pros
Very instant
Links to facebook and twitter
Could be used with ease when out of the office

Cons
Not overly expansive
Limited amount of companies use it 'Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily' Pros
Works well with Facebook, and very well with Twitter
Is a great way to collate interesting and standout tweets from people that you chose
Can work well when at an event, as all tweets related to the same thing could be seen

Cons
Not enough people use it on a daily basis compared to the standout platforms
Seems much more ideal for hobbies rather than a business 'Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard'

'Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web'

'Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting' Pros
Ties in very well with blogging formats
Can be used via Twitter & Facebook
Is a good way of collating visuals and info to then show to clients/people interested in the business etc
Is a relatively good visual guide to the development of a product
Cons
Not overly company orientated but this is beginning to change
Seems harder to promote and gain an audience compared to the likes of Twitter & Facebook 'Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever' Pros
Very quick and easy to use
Ties in with twitter extremely well as a picture on Instagram can act as a tweet on Twitter
Useful if working on a project and want to show others what you are doing
Cons
Not that versatile but is only a free app 'Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local business'

'Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post photos and message her customers' Pros
Can be useful if you have a following on there and people can easily see your activity
Is going to be integrated into iOS6 which will be rolled out across all modern idevices from September
Will be used in siri searches and apple maps
It will be used to search for businesses, food outlets and professional services
Cons
Doesn't seem beneficial
Wouldn't be utilised often 'Now when you shoot video with your phone you can include footage taken by your friends filming the same events. Just point your phones at something and record, Vyclone does the rest'

'Vyclone makes it easy to share. It's filming genius' Pros
Very effective and instant
Has a range of effects, much like Instagram but in video form
Cons
Still fairly new only having been released in May
Is only an app therefore can only be used on an iphone
Can currently only connect to Facebook 'Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them' Pros
One of the biggest social platforms
Great way to advertise a company
Links in with an array of other social media sites
Easy way to showcase video via youtube, vimeo etc
Great way to advertise and cover an event
Cons
Susceptible to spam Facebook is all about the button,
the more likes the more important a page becomes 'Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find the most compelling and follow the conversations' As we all know Twitter is one of the most commonly used forms of digital marketing, with there being over 500 million users, many of whom are businesses.
There are also a variety of tools that can be used in order to utilise a Twitter account to the best of it's ability, especially regarding a business.

These tools are as follows
Commun.it
inboxQ
Tweriod
ClickToTweet
Brandfluencers 'Commun.it is probably one of the best relationship- management tools out there. It helps you to cultivate your followers on Twitter and make important connections to build your business'

A great function is that it will look into your most up-to-date feed and organize your followers into three groups
Influencers
Top supporters
Engaged Twitter users
By grouping users you can focus on not only influential users but people who have previously shared your content and have taken the time to engage with you Another tool that your business can use to quickly latch onto conversations is inboxQ. Because every question is an opportunity, it is important that you listen to questions that people are asking on Twitter.
You can use inboxQ to find questions people are asking on Twitter
All you need to do is set up a campaign by inserting keywords for the questions people are most likely to ask in your industry Tweriod is quite straightforward- it analyzes your tweets and your followers' tweets to give you the best time and day of the week to tweet in order to get the highest visibility for your content. The analysis generally shows you the time and day that your followers are most active, which helps you share your content more effectively.
Buffer- you can simply log into your Buffer account and it will automatically set the time that Tweriod suggests for your tweets This simple tool allows you to customize preloaded tweets that you want your readers to share.
This tool can be used to increase your business websites visibility as it make content more shareable. When a user clicks the link, your preloaded message will automatically be added to their Twitter status box. They then can click to tweet and your message will be out there.
This can be used for
Facts and figures
Quotes from another source i.e website ClickToTweet The tool is quite straightforward and simple to use too. It will identify users who have referred the most visits and page views to your blog/website via Twitter.
All you need to do is simply log into your Google Analytics account and it will generate the reports.

As the tool is relatively new it isn't as accurate as it could be. Brandfluencers Pros
Youtube has the largest viewership of any video site
It is the second largest search engine next to google and as Youtube is owned by google all videos can be indexed by googles own search engine
Has a variety of seo features for every video and channel
Conversions- Can link videos back to company website and social networking sites via each video
Easy to share videos and embed them on other sites
Can make your video more accessible by using tags and keywords which will then make you more likely to appear in the related videos section Cons
Very limited and difficult when it comes to personalization and customization
Can't choose or add your own ad network, therefore videos may feature unwanted advertising
Can sometimes be inconsistent when streaming, this is normally down to high traffic
Youtube is the third most blocked website, this sort of thing could possibly affect b2b visibility http://www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2012/08/13/more-brands-joining-instagram-and-with-good-reason/ What is IFTTT?

IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement

Channels
Channels are the basic building blocks of IFTTT. Each Channel has its own Triggers and Actions. Some example Channels are: Pros
Integrates well with a huge number of social platforms
Very easy to manage your account as you can review your 'recipes' and alter them accordingly
Instant and regular, depending on how you control your settings.
Cons
This http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/09/20/ifttt-removes-twitter-triggers-comply-new-api-policies/ Pros & Cons Save your time and your sanity. Improve productivity by managing all of your social networks within HootSuite. The dashboard is designed for you and your team to listen, engage and measure all from one simple interface.
Features
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Google+Pages
Foursquare
Myspace
Wordpress
Mixi Social Network Management Coosto monitors social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums and news sites. With approximately four million messages added each day, you can listen to millions of conversations and find the answer to questions like: how often do people speak about my brand, and are they positive or negative about it? What trends can we see over time? Who are my brand ambassadors?
Use Coosto to listen to the social media in real time, gain insights by measuring online conversations and engage your customers directly from a single convenient environment. Coosto contributes to your business in multiple ways, from generating sales to ensuring the quality of your customer service. Social Network Management Real-time social media search and analysis:
Social Media Alerts
Like Google Alerts but for social media.

Receive free daily email alerts of your brand, company, CEO, marketing campaign, or on a developing news story, a competitor, or the latest on a celebrity. Social Network Management Key Drivers
Utilising Online Marketing and Social media to increase brand awareness and build client database:
1.Communicate brand specialism and increase brand awareness-Online voice
2.Provide your target audience with an online experience that they fall in love with
3.Grow database with quality leads and customer data
4.Socialise. Staff, Website and Marketing
Social Media Strategies
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