Social Media Marketing and its impact on product promotion in small enterprises

| June 19, 2018

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Social media marketing (SMM) is the process of attracting attention towards specific brand or product through social platforms. Typically it is a set of activities on the use of social media as channels for promoting companies and solving other business problems. The main focus in SMM is on creating content that people will distribute through social networks themselves, without the participation of the organizer.

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zanox and Affiliate Window belong to the zanox Group, formed in 2010 following the acquisition of Affiliate Window by zanox to become Europe’s largest affiliate marketing network. The companies operated independently until 2014, when they merged under one management team with Mark Walters as CEO, Adam Ross as COO and Peter Loveday as CTO, following their 10-year tenure as the Affiliate Window executive team. The Group continued to operate in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, the Nordics, Poland and Brazil as zanox, and as Affiliate Window in the UK and US markets.

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