Social Media is one of the most effective communication and advertising channels. But
cutting through the noise can be challenging, and often, marketers must use paid social
marketing strategies to amplify their message in social platforms.
Even though you might have created a really insightful piece of content, it can be hard to
reach the right audience, especially in the beginning, where no one knows you or your
brand. You can use social ads to boost your existing content, for example your Facebook
posts or your blog.
Highly targeted ads on social media can help you reach exactly the people who care
about your content. The ability to target potential readers and customers based on
demographic data, behaviors, and very specific interests is the biggest strength of social
But social ads are not limited to promoting content; they are also a great way to advertise
products, drive traffic to your website or online shop, or collect contact information for
your email campaigns.
In this guide, you learn what is possible in several leading platforms and learn how to
evaluate which platform is right for your message and your audience. On the next pages
we cover six major social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest,
Snapchat, and LinkedIn. Each of these sites has more than 100 million monthly active
This guide is a short excerpt from the Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree program – a
comprehensive and highly interactive course that teaches you all you need to know to
become a Digital Marketer.