Social media is a promising avenue for marketing strategist because it offers potentially the largest draw for any brand, which is the large following. With over 3.5 billion active users, your brand will stand to benefit by setting up and being active on social media. The increased appeal for brands online is further enhanced by the high interest of followers in brand activity, with certain platforms having up to 80% of users following at least one brand.
Social media can be a great platform for you. It will help you grow your brand quickly and foster the development of relationships with your clients which may lead to development of brand loyalty. Here are the potential benefits on offer.
Great low cost advertising
You can market your brand for free just by joining social media and targeting some metric to help you meet your business goals. Signing onto these social media platforms is free, which means that you will not need to incur any expenses to grow your brand online. It may be difficult to achieve your goals organically, since it will take some time to develop a following and grow your brand. However, you can still achieve rapid growth through strategic social media campaigns, even if this is done completely through paid means.
A variety of paid ad options
Social media provides options for businesses that may seek other means of advertising aside from simply setting up a social media page. You can take advantage of one of many paid advertising features, which are available across different social media platforms. These paid advertising features allow you to reach your desired audiences better, increase brand awareness and boosts the performance of your posts. They may be inexpensive, with some paid ads only costing $1. You can buy Instagram followers for as low as $1.Or you can buy automatic comments for next posts. You may even consider free trials of these paid ad features to get a feel of how they might influence your social media marketing for better final judgment.
You will be better able to market your business if more people can find out about your brand. Traditional advertising is limited in this sense because it caters to users largely by a location basis, and may only be restricted to persons with access to these forms of media. The large number of active monthly users on social media includes persons finding access through both computer and mobile interface. These people are spread around the world, and may not necessarily fit in a single demographic. You could have potential clients halfway around the world. The paid ad options will allow you to target your desired audiences for even better visibility levels, which may translate to higher rates of growth.
Better personal selling
You can reach your target audience members on a personal level, which makes it easier to carry out personal selling. Personal selling involves leveraging important personal life events, and taking advantage of the personal interaction supported by social media, to increase brand awareness and target increased sales. The platform will also offer personal marketing, which is the most effective way to reach potential clients without spending any money. You can use personal marketing by taking advantage of your customers' reviews and experiences with your brand.
Real time interaction with clients
You can engage with your followers on social media in real time, which makes it easier to offer customer support. Your clients are very likely going to use your social media platform to interact with your brand and find out more about your identity, values and products. They will expect some interaction with your brand, which may sway their trust and confidence levels in your brand. An interactive brand with timely and professional responses, even when the user has a negative comment, will attract and keep follower interest. You will be better able to grow your brand by talking to your clients. If anything, you might be able to find out more about their preferences and tailor your brand to suit their needs.
A global reach
The biggest appeal of social media is the large volume of active monthly users. There are over 3.5 billion users on different social platforms, who are spread out across the globe. This distribution is beneficial for brands with a global outlook. If you are looking to market your brand t the rest of the world, social media represents the most effective and inexpensive way to reach out to your potential clients. Social media also incorporates different languages, which allows your brand to provide content for people in other parts of the world. It is set up to facilitate global interaction, which may also be between your brand and potential clients from faraway places.
Will social media help grow your brand? If trends in brand efforts towards embracing social media are anything to go by, the answer is resounding. Even if you do not consider paid advertising options, social media will provide a range of benefits to help you achieve different business goals. Setting up on social media will help you achieve these goals quickly, efficiently and for the fraction of the cost it would require to market your brand on traditional avenues.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.