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Social Media Education

In today’s marketplace a company can not simply rely on its reputation and word of mouth from satisfied customers to maintain its presence. Now it has to go beyond just having a good customer relations division and great PR. Yet some companies are still reluctant to take the plunge into using social media because they may not understand the benefits. There maybe questions about training, staffing needs, ROI, and efficacy. Such reluctance can cause a company to be caught off guard in the event an influential blogger makes a less than stellar post about an interaction with the company. At that point word of mouth can be multiplied exponentially.


Because nothing is static on the internet the need to help companies utilize the ever growing social media landscape has spawned the social media education industry. A company no longer needs to guess at how to use these tools but they can have knowledgeable professionals train key personnel. Through social media education a company can hone a strategy for reputation management, use of social media networks, and blogging. The professionals can then work in house to train existing employees on the use of the tools. When incorporated into the company’s culture employees can contribute meaningful dialogue and have active participation in building a company’s presence on the net. Then a strategy can be developed much like a business plan. The strategy should include identifying the audience, developing business objectives, team leadership, which tools will be used, as well as benchmarks to measure progress and effectiveness.


Use of social media training is not limited to large businesses. There several companies that offer one to one training as well as workshops and webinars tailored to the needs of a particular industry. Therefore a small business can benefit from social media training by selecting an option suitable to their needs and budget.


Although it may seem like a daunting task the use of social media to expand a customer base has far more benefits than just settling with tried and true traditional advertising and public relations methods. By carving out a niche on the net a company can out pace its competitors who are not as internet savvy. As with any endeavour, education is key to maximize exposure with minimal effort. For that it’s best to go to the pros.


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Social Media Education