In India, as many as 20 crore and 30 crore people use WhatsApp and Facebook respectively every month. The app Narendra Modi has the potential to reach across to more than 1 crore users in a day. So, the question is whether political content should be censored on social media networks 48 hours before the start of polling in order to maintain what is referred to as “campaign silence”. According to Cyber Law expert Pavan Duggal, social media has the potential to impact voters’ electoral decisions and, therefore, the Election Commission should take suitable action for maintaining campaign silence.

Election Commission

India’s Election Commission does recognize the fact that social media campaigns can have a significant impact. For example, a campaign run on a social network with the help of a digital marketing agency in Kochi or SEO services in Kochi can impact voters in the state of Kerala. Currently, there is no legislation to ban political advertisements or propaganda on social platforms. Many of these networks have even started allowing live video streaming.

The social media platforms can choose to bar political content on their own, but the effectiveness of such a measure is not clear. This is because Facebook informed the Mumbai High Court, responding to a petition calling for exercising restraint on publishing any political advertisements, messages, and videos prior to elections, that the company would not self-censor content on the platform.

Practical Difficulties

There are practical difficulties when it comes to implementing a rule restraining political content on social media. This is because elections are held in different parts of the country on different dates. Moreover, the dates are often spread over several days. Last year, the Election Commission constituted a committee to look into this section so that maintaining ‘campaign silence’ can be made more effective, especially in the changing scenario as social media exerts a considerable amount of influence. The recommendations were submitted by the committee earlier this year.

Current Status

The poll panel remained silent when it was asked as to how it is planning to retrain social media networks from broadcasting election campaign material prior to polling. According to Duggal, the Election Commission must invoke the provisions with respect to the specific liabilities of service providers who act as intermediaries as per the Information Technology Act. Earlier in March, a parliamentary panel raised concerns about the ability of Facebook in preventing misuse of the network during the Lok Sabha elections and help the security agencies.

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Digital marketing and content marketing are common terms heard often today. However, modern marketing is still in the process of evolution. Businesses of today use content and product stories to woo and engage their audience online. Digital and content marketing strategies often intermingle and sometimes it is difficult to spot the differences between these two. Let us see what each actually is.

Digital Marketing

This involves a gamut of activities that include websites, blogging, SEM, SEO, email marketing, etc., among others. Digital marketing is the name used for all the activities that are used to create awareness of the product or service. A digital marketing company in Cochin, for example, can be approached by a company to help them increase their customer base.

Content marketing

Content marketing is a subset of digital marketing but it actually refers to the many types of content that are used to reach out to different kinds of audience. The different types of content that are currently used in content marketing are articles, graphics, social media posts, and videos among others.

Evolving a Strategy Together – Social Media Marketer and Content Marketer

The digital marketing head would assign content marketer to evolve a content marketing strategy to help customers in a specific space. The content marketer would probably write interesting and suitable blogs so as to promote engagement with the audience. The next promotional strategy would be one with social media marketing in mind.

The digital marketing head would next engage a social media marketing company in Kochi that would devise a content calendar and make the posts on different popular social media at those times when the audience was online. The duty of the social media marketer would be to understand which content did well and which did not.

The content marketer that actually created the content would tweak it with advice from social media marketing so that the result is favorable.

Bringing in SEO

The digital marketer would also work with an expert in SEO to bring in a keyword strategy that would suit the budget of the client. They would together create an ad campaign that would include relevant and most popular keywords that would help to increase the traffic and thereby improve lead generation.

Clear Roles

Therefore it can be seen that the content marketer takes actions to create original content based on the client’s requirements, the social marketer puts in work to amplify the content that is so created so that it reaches wherever it has to and engages the audience, and the SEO expert creates a pay-per-click campaign. These activities are clearly independent of one another and require totally different skills.