I was recently reading a Forbes article about how social media was no longer optional for businesses. It mentioned that more and more Americans now get their news directly from the Internet.
started thinking about 9/11 -- ten years ago. I was asleep in my bed
(in California) when the first plane hit the towers. I believe I got a phone call. I can't even remember who called.
cousin? My boss? I just remember them telling me to turn the
television on. I remember panicking because my dad and cousin were
traveling and I wasn't sure where they were (and we didn't know what was
going on with the planes anyway). I turned on the television and
watched in horror as the second plane hit the towers -- complete mayhem
playing out on television right before my eyes.
Skip forward to
Japan's 2011 earthquakes, tsunami and failure of it's nuclear power
plant. I heard about that first earthquake when I saw "God bless Japan"
tweets on Twitter. I quickly moved to Facebook and found stories being
posted about the disaster. I was horrified at what I was reading.
Granted, I am a world away from Japan,
but my heart went out to everyone trying to survive such a disaster and
without Facebook or Twitter, I most likely would not have heard
anything about it until I watched the news the next
I don't bring up such disasters to bring you down. I
bring them up to prove a point -- and back up that the study cited
above is true in my own life as well: Print and television media/ads
may be on their way out. Internet and social media are definitely
rising in popularity.
What does that mean for your business?
not that you should completely scrap print, television or radio ads, if
that is what works for you. However, with the invention of TiVo and
DVRs, television commercials cannot possibly bring the same payoff that
they used to. Certainly with so many Internet news sites, and with
print newspapers' subscription numbers dwindling, newspaper
advertisements must be following the same trend as television. This
means that you should at least be considering what the Internet and
social media can do for you.
At a minimum, besides a company
should take advantage of the free Facebook fan page and Twitter
account. Although it will take some time on your part (or your
employee's part) to monitor these pages, keeping fresh content on your
page is a somewhat inexpensive way to promote your company and build
Do you use social media business already? Please
leave a comment, letting us know which sites are most important for your
business. As always, Social Sonar is here to help you understand how social media can work for you!