If Coca-Cola had decided not to advertise on television in the 1940s, would we still be sipping an ice cold Coke today? Possibly, but it’s just as likely to be a Pepsi or another type of soda. Like with the advent of television (and each of the tools in the marketing communications tool box), we take a risk in ignoring individual marketing tools. We need to decide if we want to go without social media, or television, or print media.
In the context of social media, Gary Vaynerchuk describes it well in The Thank You Economy:
Right now, I’d say that social media is a bit like a kidney – you can survive with only one, but your chances to making it to old age are a lot better with two. Eventually, though, I think social media will be as important to a business as a strong heart beat.
It’s the same as television, radio, newspapers and all our other tools before them.
So, can your business live without social media? Probably, but it may not thrive as well as if you do use all the tools in the marketing tool box.
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