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Back in 2010 when social media marketing was still in its infancy our former research director Jake Hird rounded up more than 20 mind-blowing stats that gave an overview of how the industry was progressing.
Since then Jake has emigrated to an old British penal colony and these stats have become somewhat less mind-blowing as people now accept that social media is a massive industry.
Even so it’s still interesting to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit these statistics to see the extent to which social media usage has changed in the past three years.
So, here they are:
If content is king, then social is definitely queen. With a fast growing digital society that loves to post and boast, social media has become a fundamental tool in a content marketer’s kit.
And for the travel marketers, social has been a gift. Done well, a great campaign can far outreach any traditional marketing activity in terms of audience and influence.
Social, no longer seen as a bolt-on channel, has become an integral part of travel marketing, from PR, reputation management to customer engagement. And in many ways, it's also the voice of the brand.
Virgin Atlantic’s director of brand & customer experience, Reuben Arnold says: 'Social media helps us demonstrate our personality and what we’re about'.
Disclaimer: I hate infographics!
If not the medium, the execution is so often poor, as is the chosen subject. But I feel differently when it comes to brands. I’m interested in learning about brands and their activity.
So, I’ve collected 10 stellar infographics here for your viewing pleasure. They’re not all by brands themselves, but all include brands and their footprints.
They range from the mind-blowingly expansive (see the brands that own the brands) to the fruity and fun (see the Die Hard promotion).
Just click on each stub to enjoy the full infographic. Happy stat attack!
Twitter may be the most effective social media channel for news distribution but LinkedIn is a better way to reach the audience that cares about you.
LinkedIn is now responsible for a staggering 64% of all visits from social media channels to corporate websites according to our research, which tracked an average of 2m monthly visits to 60 corporate websites over two years.
By contrast, Facebook accounts for 17% of such visits, while Twitter is on just 14%.
Social media is a complicated landscape with several established and emerging social networks vying for our attention.
Yet the one constant in recent years has been that Facebook remains the undisputed king of social in terms of active users and time spent on-site – for the time being at least.
And this is reflected in the fact that on average businesses spend 41% of their social advertising budget on Facebook, compared to 18% on LinkedIn and 17% on Twitter.
But the split is even more extreme when looking at responses from agency staff, who claim that Facebook accounts for more than half (53%) of their clients’ budgets.
Group discussion posts are part of any good LinkedIn content strategy. Yet most posts (and authors) pushing blogs are being labeled as spam by moderators, or moved to the Promotions tab.
In response marketers are posting full articles within the Group discussion itself!
Is posting blog updates (in general) a LinkedIn content strategy best practice? Or is it dangerous a waste of time?
Thanks to a series of recent updates concentrating on content and usability, LinkedIn is becoming a more important part of the social marketing mix for many companies.
In order to more efficiently prove the value of company pages, the business network has recently rolled out a new series of company page analytics that allow you to more accurately gauge the impact of your content.
Let’s take ‘em for a spin...
This week’s finest digital marketing infographic comes from Wishpond with this effort looking at the state of social media marketing.
It gives a run through of various useful stats on social media usage and lead generation.
For example, did you know that 52% of marketers have found a customer through Facebook, 43% through LinkedIn, and 36% through Twitter?
Furthermore, roughly 46% of online consumers count on social media when making a purchase.
At Econsultancy, we publish a huge amount of content related to digital marketing and ecommerce. One particular area that gets a lot of attention (and rightly so) is social media, which has had a profound impact on the way that consumers and businesses interact with each other.
To help you keep up to speed with what’s going on in the field, we’ve assembled some of our case studies, statistics, infographics, opinion and best practice blog content all in one place for you to digest at your leisure. You could even bookmark and share this page to add to your ninja toolset.
And if you’re going to be applying for one of the social media jobs advertised on our digital marketing jobs board, these posts will help you brush up and look smart.
Read below for more…
If you want to generate a lead or sale with social media engaging customers is not the goal. It's the starting point.
It's an open door to get customers to respond… to dis-engage with social media and enter into a journey with you.
In other words it's the start of a series of "fair exchanges" that guides prospective buyers toward, or away from, what you’re selling on your turf.
Here's how to get started...
Since launching over ten years ago, LinkedIn has grown from a Silicon Valley phenomenon and niche social network for business to a content powerhouse that makes corporations drool for its demographic data and targeted advertising capabilities.
Fortunately for marketers, the growth of this social giant also means dedicated networks, segmented by industry, hosting expert blog posts, forums (in the form of LinkedIn Groups) and even a dedicated news stream that can drive millions of pageviews much like the early days of Digg and current Reddit army.
Here are three tips on how to engage with content and track effectively from my conversations with LinkedIn representatives.
I’m about to move house. Which, as is usual, has involved a painful bank transfer and a lot of paperwork.
One of the steps of self-imposed due diligence I did was to check my credit file. Everything was fine, I had a credit score in the region I expected / hoped and that was the end of it. Contracts done. Property secured.
It got me thinking, though. That one little number is very powerful but, given today’s focus on big data, actually very simplistic in its nature.
For something that can dictate major elements of your life (such as helping the bank decide whether or not you are ‘fit’ to buy a home), the process by which the three main credit reference agencies (Equifax, Experian and Callcredit in the UK) apply a sweeping judgement feels flawed.
I wondered if, instead, social data could provide a more accurate picture of people.