One of the great things about social media marketing is that it isn’t like advertising in the traditional sense. That is, your social campaigns probably aren’t going to be driven by huge marketing budgets. In fact, there are two things you can use on social networks even more effectively than cash:
The real currency of social media’s attention. Nobody logs onto Facebook or Twitter to read an advertisement — but they’ll spend all the time in the world looking at something that’s funny or innovative. Smart marketers know this and make their messages creative instead of sales-focused.
For most businesses, it takes time to build up a social following. Your most important contacts may even be established through one-on-one communications. This makes social engagement less expensive than traditional advertising, but also more time-intensive.
Social media marketing is all about being innovative in the way you reach new customers, and forming relationships with them over time. Are you doing enough to engage new fans and followers and then turn them into buyers?