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In recent weeks Google + has been launched to the public.  Fighting against its rivals, Facebook, it is a social platform which seems to deliver all. So will Google + catch on? With recent changes on Facebook and its on-going battle against the public with the relationship of their customers fizzling away it seems like a strong contender for the social media top spot.

Below from those who are not familiar with the network you will find an outline of all the features.
Firstly all those who have signed up to Google+ need a Gmail account. Circles enable you to group your contacts in to specific circles, such as friends, following, family etc. This allows you to help organise your contacts and give you the ability to control your privacy settings more easily. Stream has all the updates of your contacts, giving you the ability to +1a post, similar to the ‘like’ button. There is a Games section which gives you the ability to play games such as Angry Birds if you need a break from it all, a great way of keeping customers hooked on to Google +. Google Chat, you can chat with your contacts similar to Facebook chat. Hangouts you can hang out with specific people or circles sharing information and so forth through either webcam or voice plugins, you can add a number of contacts, for example you are able to have a four way chat. Instant upload allows all videos and images to be uploaded automatically and swiftly.

The one feature that seemed interesting was Sparks which enables people to share what they are reading watching etc. This can be grouped different interests for examples websites you like, your favourite blogs etc. However, searching endlessly on Google + this is not easy to find and may have been removed from the earlier stages of testing the platform out.  Huddle allows turning texting into a group chat making it easier to convers ate in one chat, once again this may have been removed from that first stages of testing Google +. These are some of many features that are on this social media platform, it has many more such as add location etc. Google + seems to be set to grow with more features being added later. Recently Facebook as also announced they are offering some big changes on their existing platform to come in recent weeks, is this to rival their competitors? Regarding Facebook it seems to have gone outdated and the changes will make Facebook more exciting and ‘new’ to the customer. Maybe something bigger and better is about to come from Facebook that will limit the success of Google+.

Social Media Optimisation

Social Media Optimisation (SMO) has become increasingly important and companies have started to implement this into their marketing plan. Social networking is an extremely powerful tool and can help businesses grow if done effectively. The numbers of users on social media networks are phenomenal and can be seen as a great tool in which to capitalise traffic.  This article outlines why companies should do SMO alongside other marketing strategies.

Why Do Social Media Optimisation?
• Brand Awareness
• Sales & Traffic
• Research Competitors
• Business Development
• Cost Effective
• SEO Content

Brand Awareness:
The main aim of marketing is to create brand awareness, by using social media optimisation customers will be talking about your company, who you are, what you do etc. More people will start being aware of your existence through social media as many of your customers and potential customers will be on these networks.

Sales & Traffic:
Having a presence on a social media network gives you the ability to increase traffic and sales on to your website.  It is another channel to gain new customers for example, facebook have many opportunities to bring traffic on to your website through having a business page. Facebook itself has more impression then the leading search engines telling you this is a great way of increasing traffic.

Research Competitors:
Great way to view your competitors see what they are doing and also analysing your marketing is there something they have bought out, it is always important to stay one step ahead of competition

Business Development:
As you r company will have more exposure his can help develop your business the research which can be obtained from competition can  help bring about ideas.

Cost Effective:
As you are aware marketing can be very costly some companies do advertising, print, broadcast etc. Social Media Optimisation is free it can take time but the benefits are huge.

Search Engine Optimisation Content:
Many effective SEO plans will have SMO implemented as content is extremely important SEO and SMO is a great way of getting content across online. The more activities you do for SEO will in effect improve the ranking of the website on Google and SMO is a crucial activity which helps do this.

There are a number of benefits for doing Social Media Optimisation. We are aware that the social media network is a growing market and ranges from blogging to social communities to video sharing etc. Businesses should embrace social media as the market is set to grow in the next few years allowing businesses to have more opportunities to develop alongside it.


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