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Facebook/ LinkedIn/YouTube: B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy and Execution

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B2B social media marketing strategy is the first step to a successful implementation of social media marketing campaigns. Whether it’s Facebook marketing, LinkedIn Marketing, Twitter, YouTube and many others, you must understand your own goals with B2B social media marketing.

Most companies seem to know by now that they should have a company page as part of their B2B social media strategy, but that’s just the start. Here are the common stages of implementation of B2B social media marketing:

Stage 1 – Pre-Social: Traditional “broadcasting” marketing where research is mostly done via focus groups, surveys and phone interviews. No social listening and a high level of skepticism to invest resources in social media.

Stage 2 – Experimental: Isolated efforts to get an initial understanding of the social media space. A limited effort to create a social presence, but still keeping social media disconnected from the actual business. No follow-up.

Stage 3 – Passive Listening: Dabbling in social listening, receiving insights from collective listening, or identifying key players/responders within the organization. Sharing information within the organization and setting a B2B social marketing strategy that has definite goals and ROI measurement. At this point, you need to receive management support and resources.

Stage 4 – Engagement: A dedicated team is allocated to react to social media discussions that made references about the company. Cross-functional targets and integration with traditional data are aimed, and the company not only responds in a timely manner, but also sees direct link between social media marketing activity and business results. ROI Measurements are tracked and reported.

Stage 5 – Full Commitment: All employees are trained to use the social media channel to respond to clients/prospects. Social listening, engagement and crisis avoidance are fully implemented as part of the business operation and upper management is notified in real-time about events and progress.

What Are The Benefits of Implementing a B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy?

There are four main reasons companies choose to implement social media marketing:

Why Is It So Important to Have a B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy?

Without clear objectives in the form of a cohesive B2B social media strategy you’re bound to fail, spending a lot of resources but getting very few results. Even though it’s free of cost to join any major social networking site, it’s never free in resources. The time and energy spent crafting and implementing a successful social media strategy is significant, and if it’s not going to pay off your resources are better spent elsewhere. When crafting a B2B social media strategy, you should determine:

B2B social media marketing strategy will serve as a guiding document to ensure that your implementation of B2B social media marketing throughout different stages will be successful, and will the ROI results that you are hoping to achieve. It could make the difference between Farmville (A popular virtual destination on Facebook and iPhone) or a ghost town.

If you are interested in Facebook, LinkedIn, or YouTube social marketing, or any other B2B social media marketing, please contact us about the execution of your B2B social media marketing strategy.


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