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Social media marketing enhances the old with the new

The advertising and promotion technique is breathing new life into the traditional antique business.

According to the latest trend reports, even businesses that are centered around the preservation of the past – that is, through the sale of antiques – are benefiting from what social media marketing has to offer.

Antique galleries and shops are now using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and so on.

This comparatively recent trend of social media marketing is providing a new vitality to a trade that has not changed in a very long time. Many antique dealers are using several different networks in order to better promote their collections and to be able to appeal to a whole new and younger demographic.

This social media marketing trend is becoming much more evident at antique fairs and other events.

Social Media Marketing - Antique BusinessFor instance when perusing the various booths at the Chicago Antique Fair, this year, it became very evident that many of the participants were looking to social media marketing to be able to hold on to the connections that were made at the event. One prime example was the Chicago based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, which calls itself the largest auction house in the Midwest, and that is the fifth biggest of its kind in the United States. They have been using Twitter since 2010 and Facebook since 2008, and have now recently added their own Pinterest page.

According to the auction house’s business developer, Laurann Cavenaghi, the main goal of advertising and promoting is to solidify consignments that are high in quality. She pointed out that social media marketing is one of a number of highly effective ways of accomplishing that goal. She stated that “We share our catalogues, promote events, and market our upcoming auctions on Facebook and Twitter.” Cavenaghi went on to add that “It also allow us to reach younger audiences that are becoming increasingly interested in the art and antique markets.”

Social media marketing isn’t limited to larger auction houses and dealers, though. It was clear that even smaller antique dealers are benefitting from this technique. New York’s Rehs Galleries is now run by Lance Rehs, the fourth generation in his family to do so. He also identified interacting with people over social networks as an important element of his daily work.

Social media marketing may dip in its success throughout Lent

Social Media LentMany people have given up or limited their use of Facebook and Twitter for forty days.

Now that Lent has begun, many Facebook and Twitter users have revealed that they are reducing, limiting, or even eliminating their use of the services, which could cause the effectiveness of social media marketing to temporarily dip.

Until Easter, the ads on these networks may not be seen and used by those making their individual sacrifice.

Lent is a period of personal sacrifice that occurs over a period of forty days that starts on Ash Wednesday (this year, it was February 13). This year, social media marketing experts have discovered that many of those who observe this time are choosing to give up their participation in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and other platforms, until the forty days is complete.

This social media marketing trend has illustrated the growing importance of this technology in our daily lives.

According to the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church webmaster, Lisa Hendey, “In the past, it might have been giving up the extras, like chocolate or TV, but Facebook has become such a big part of people’s daily lives they’re contemplating giving it up, praying about it and discussing it.” That church has the largest Roman Catholic congregation in Fresno, California.

The Redeemer Lutheran Church associate pastor, Dan Hues, said that “Facebook is huge”, and that “It’s blown up to be almost ubiquitous. It’s almost compulsive; that’s why it makes sense to give it up for Lent.” He stated that he feels that its popularity represents the ideal opportunity for the sacrifice of an activity of self indulgence.

Social media marketing analysts have been closely examining the patterns of use and traffic over the forty days of lent in order to be able to observe whether there is a perceptible dip in the use and effectiveness, or whether the impact is truly negligible. Due to the popularity of the use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other platforms, it is being predicted that this will become an increasingly common sacrifice over the period of Lent this year and in coming years.