Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) June 23, 2013
Numero Uno Web Solutions (NumeroUnoWeb.com), a fast-growing global Internet marketing firm that caters to small- and mid-size business-to-consumer companies, is releasing an expert opinion on a recently published social media marketing report and why social media needs to be part of every smaller organization’s online marketing strategy.
The study found that 86% of the businesses surveyed said social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other platforms are important to their business, versus 83% in 2012. When asked what the top benefits of using social media are, 89% said “increased exposure,” while 85% said more web site traffic. Overall, businesses said social media improved lead generation and search engine optimization (SEO) and created better business partnerships. (Source: 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, May 2013; http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport2013.pdf.)
“SEO is about attracting and engaging with customers. For most small businesses with an online presence, their biggest marketing concern is figuring out the most effective ways of connecting with users,” says Andy Wu, business development manager at Numero Uno Web Solutions. Social media stands out as one of the best ways for businesses to expand their brand awareness and increase traffic.”
The Social Media Examiner study also found that Facebook and LinkedIn are the two most important social networks. When asked to select only one social media platform to use, almost half (49%) picked Facebook, followed by LinkedIn at 16%. The social media platform set to explode is podcasting. While only five percent say they are involved with podcasting, 24% plan on increasing their podcasting activities in 2013 and 32% want to learn more about it.
Managing a number of social media channels can be time-consuming, says Wu. In fact, it is estimated that it takes around 32 hours per month to manage a single social media platform correctly. On top of that, managing a social media platform is also about customer service. Customers expect businesses to respond or engage with them almost immediately; failing to respond to a customer question or concern in a timely manner can be very damaging to a brand. (Source: Devaney, T., and Stein, T., “Should You Outsource Social Media Or Do It Yourself?” Forbes March 19, 2013; http://www.forbes.com/sites/capitalonespark/2013/03/19/should-you-outsource-social-media-or-do-it-yourself/.)
“Unfortunately, not all smaller firms can dedicate as much time to the different social media platforms as they would like to,” Wu adds. “For those that cant, its probably in their best interest to hire an online marketing team that can, such as the marketing experts at Numero Uno Web Solutions.”
Numero Uno Web Solutions is one of the top Internet marketing firms due to constant innovation and overall customer satisfaction. For more information on Numero Uno Web Solutions, and to discover how they can help maximize your companys search engine optimization and online presence, visit http://numerounoweb.com/sitescore/ or call Numero Uno Web Solutions toll-free at 1-855-SEO-XPRT (1-855-736-9778).