Revised April 4, 2017
Social media has become a core element of marketing across businesses of all types and sizes: maintaining active, optimized profiles; sharing industry-related updates; amplifying their own content; and engaging with prospects, influencers, advocates, and customers.
As part of the business fabric, social media marketing is an ongoing activity with a beginning for every company but no real end (though specific social networks may go, e.g., Jaiku, Pownce, FriendFeed…).
Social media campaigns, on the other hand, are short (and defined) term bursts of activity and advertising relating to a specific promotion, event, contest, report, or other call to action.
While social media marketing is optimized through the use of social media monitoring and management tools, social campaigns are most effectively built and managed through the types of tools in this post. Ad monitoring tools, meanwhile, help you keep tabs on where and how your competitors are running online campaigns.