“Social Media is about sociology and psychology more than technology.” – Brian Solis
In 2007, Brian Solis published an article discussing the current state of Social Media. In it, he posits that technology will continue to change and evolve, but the future of marketing, and by corollary social media, is about sociology. Marketers must concentrate on how people and businesses and communities can and do interact. It's all about relationships.
Why is this important? Because younger generations are being raised in this digital environment and are starting to use social media tools as their primary form of communication. Older generations and businesses may feel reluctant to jump in due to the intimidating number of tools available and the learning curve they represent. However, if we want to reach our target audiences and market ourselves and our businesses, we must be willing to learn and adopt these new tools.
Every professional website should have social media tools integrated, and every business owner and marketing department should be using social media to reach out to new markets and communicate with their customers and fans.
By Mike Allton, Content Marketing Practitioner
Mike is a Content Marketing Practitioner, Blogger and Author in St. Louis, and the Chief Marketing Officer at SiteSell. He has been working with websites and the Internet since the early '90's, and is active on all of the major social networks. Mike teaches a holistic approach to content marketing that leverages blog content, social media and SEO to drive traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into sales.
Mike is the author of, "The Unofficial Book On HootSuite: The #1 Tool for Social Media Management", "The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect LinkedIn Profile.", and "Blog Promotionology, The Art & Science of Blog Promotion."