How Does Social Media Affect Search Marketing?

Social media and search engine marketing: Are they two peas in a pod, complementary or two very distinct channels?

I think the answer is all of the above, depending on the situation.  The growth in attention to social media as a marketing, communication and community building opportunity deserves attention by all sorts of online marketers, especially those in search marketing.

How does social media affect search marketing?

Searcher expectations have changed.  – Searchers no longer have the sole expectation of searching to find information for a specific outcome. As people spend more and more time connecting, sharing and interacting with the social web, they now often expect to interact with what they find in the search results.