Why You Should Be Using More Than One Social Network
It has been a while since we focused on marketing but it seems that changes have prompted a new post. As many of you may have heard, Google is getting rid of Google+ as of August 2019. Now some of you may not take much notice but others may be wondering what now… This is the very reason why myself and other Marketing Specialist suggest using more than one social media network. Networks, as we have seen with others, can last for decades but many come and go or change their platform to where you just don’t belong, such as the changes to MySpace.
Do not get me wrong if you are in the music industry then MySpace is still a place to be but it really is not designed for other venues anymore. Facebook recently made a big announcement to the way businesses are shown and how it affects users such as you. Twitter made a positive change and increased the number of characters and each network has is focused on specific users. Some networks are fads and as with all fads they will fade away and others just do not make the number of profits needed to continue forward.
Dealing With The Unexpected
Having more than one social network is more than just about reaching the users on them it also means that if unexpected and potentially problematic changes take place you do not have to worry about “how am I going to reach viewers now?” You already have a plan in place. Since Google+ is closing its doors does that mean you should stop posting to it between now and the shut-off date? Nope, it only means that you need to adjust your marketing plan and maybe even consider that social network site that you before decided you were too busy to use.
Yes, it is a year away (well almost) but you still need to be adjusting your strategy now. You need to make sure that there is no information shared on it that you do not have elsewhere or at least saved. You need to make sure that any connections you have made there are found on different platforms, (if you are a client of ours then your post are on several other networks already). You may even want to begin transferring your followers and friends to another network. Now if you have a small platform and reach, then it will not take you too long to do this. However, I imagine most of the readers will have months, years and longer than they do not want to lose. So instead of waiting to the last moment, start the transfer process now.
Take Action Now
Make a plan, schedule out at least 30 minutes to an hour each week to begin the process. There are exactly 291 Days — or — 41 Weeks and 4 Days from the date of this post. If you give yourself an hour each week then that means you have only 41 hours to get it done. However, if you do an hour twice a week then you have 82 hours in which to move the content you do not want to lose. I have not heard as of yet if they will be keeping the content or if it will just disappear.
You might also not be aware of is Google’s URL shortening service is also closing, in March 2019. Personalized Marketing Inc has some shortened URLs using their service and each month, I go in and make note of the current stats and keep a running list of the URLs. Will the shortened URLs eventually create 404 Errors, I cannot say but being a geek, working in marketing and doing SEO I am not taking a chance.
You can read more about Google’s decisions at:
- BBC News – Google+ shutting down after users’ data is exposed https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45792349
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