Are you using social search when you are looking for something? How often are you searching for answers on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook? Did you find what you are looking for? Most social media channels have some sort of search functionality. The Graph Search on Facebook is their answer to Google’s local search, but does it really compete with them?

Being smart with your social media campaign is not a nice to have anymore, but a must have if you want to make a difference with your digital marketing campaign. Many brands have already integrated this medium into their traditional marketing activities, but most are doing the same.

Community management is a solid foundation of any social media marketing campaign, but how can you use “social search” so that interested people can find you on the social web through other means than just going directly to your social media profiles?

Focus on your customers

Social media made everyone a citizen journalist. Your reputation can be made or broken in 140 characters or less. Many businesses see this as a big risk when starting with social media, but they have to understand that the days are actually over where they can control what is being said about them. It now all depends on how you handle it and become part of the conversation.

If you care about your customers, then you most likely care about your reputation. Comments, retweets, mentions, and shares are only some of the actions that you can use to engage with your customers in a personal way. Don’t sound like a robot and shrug of the whole salesman approach with social media. Having a meaningful relationship with your customers means a lot to them. As long as you are engaging with your customers online in relevant and useful topics, appearing on the social search will follow.

User generated content

User generated content can provide fuel for your social media campaign. It’s important that you make an emotional connection with your audience. Don’t start a conversation as a salesman interested in selling. I know it’s sounds easier than it usually is, but start this by asking an open ended question to get the ball rolling. A community manager plays a key role in these situations, because they can shape the direction of the conversion to transform into a trend.

It really doesn’t matter if you are big organisation or a small one, ask your network some engaging questions to establish an emotional connection with them. When you make your network feel that they are part of the conversation and their contribution is valued, you are not only improving your outreach, you are also increasing positive mentions about your brand on the social web and the more your name appear, the better your chances for appearing in social search.


This is the process of integrating your message and ideas into break news items in real time. Newsjacking is used for the sole purpose of generating awareness for your business or yourself. For brands, it’s an excellent way if you use your employees and contributors to start tacling trending news and integrating it into your current marketing strategy. By aligning your message with current trending news in real time is an approach that can give you quite a lot of exposure.

Social search is a great approach if you are interested in growing your network on the social web.

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