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"Social Media Marketing" and Consulting in the "San Diego"

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Social Media Marketing San Diego

The Marketing Paradigm Has Shifted

Nearly all consumers (97%) now use online media when researching products or services, according to BIA/
Kelsey's ongoing consumer tracking study. The misconception is that only young people use these technologies
for shopping but in fact, nearly all of the buying public now use them.

Marketing has shifted from a one-way broadcast to a multi-point conversation. In the past, communications were
€œbroadcast exclusively through mass marketing channels like radio, TV, newspapers and even the door-to-door
distribution of directories like the Yellow Pages.

The Internet itself has moved in this direction in recent years with the advent of social media. Companies marketed online by building Web sites and sending emails to subscribers€"both €œbroadcast activities in the sense that communication was one-way. Banner ads, news items, emails and other tactics drive prospects to Web sites where companies communicate their messages and influence behavior. With social media, however, much of the communication is controlled by the prospects. Members can ask their community about a product, service or company and get multiple opinions, recommendations or referrals. Conversely, members freely discuss their experiences with their friends and followers. Online, the new €œword-of-mouth is social media like Facebook and Twitter which have more than 700 million members, combined. Social Video Channel YouTube is now the second largest search engine, according to comScore, with 50% more searches than Yahoo! And 180% more searches than Bing. YouTube has 300 million visitors every month who watch more than 12 billion videos.

As a social medium, YouTube features user generated content and facilitates video sharing, commenting, rating and the ability to create special interest channels that attract friends and subscribers who share interests and
can interact with each other. Users look for videos to entertain and inform. Businesses participate by providing
answers to users' questions, how-to content, product reviews, instruction, expert opinions, etc. It is a forum for
establishing €œsocial authority that businesses seek for the topical areas most related to their services or products.
According to Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Director of the Media Psychology Research Center, €œOne of the tenets of
social media is that you can't control your message, you can only participate in the conversation. By building
social authority in a subject area, a business can participate in the €œconversation and become a relevant influence
in that conversation.The image to the right shows a YouTube
€œchannel for eMarketingVids, a group of Internet marketing experts that provides insight for businesses that want to learn more about using online video, social media and mobile marketing.
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