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The Week in Social Analytics #96

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

How Are Brands Using Twitter For Marketing? | INFOGRAPHIC [from All Twitter; written by Shea Bennett]

“. . .almost 80 percent [of marketing pros] are using Twitter to increase brand awareness, with the majority having been active on Twitter for 2-3 years. Almost half (46 percent) update daily and 88.7 percent regularly use hashtags in their posts.

However, just 2.4 percent implement Vine in their social media strategy, and 45 percent say that calculating Twitter ROI is their single biggest challenge.”

Click through for the full infographic.

How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts [from The Atlantic; written by Alexis C. Madrigal]

“Replying is dying, retweeting is up, North America isn’t dominant anymore, but English is, and more lessons from 37 billion tweets.”

Brands try out new multi-picture Twitter feature [from Digiday; written by Saya Weissman]

“The other new feature is the ability include multiple photos in a single tweet. Users can now share up to four photos in a single tweet that automatically arrange themselves in a grid. Users can just tap to get a preview and can then  slide through to the full images.”

Click through to check out several examples of brands trying out the new feature.

Instagram Usage in the US Surges 35% in 2013, Rivals Twitter for Smartphone Audience [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“By the end of this year, almost 25% of US smartphone users will snap a photo, slap on a filter and share their creations with friends on Instagram on a monthly basis (or, at least, sign in and check out what their friends are posting).”

How Smart Brands Use Instagram to Reach Women [from The Hired Guns; written by Danny Flamberg]

“You already know what Instagram is. What you may not know is just how long its marketing reach can be. Its 35 million monthly smartphone users average 257 minutes on the app per month. Forty percent of their traffic is in the United States, where 58 percent use the app daily. Seven in ten users are women age 18-44 with household incomes of $75,000+ and who are actively looking to be surprised, diverted, and delighted. According to research by L2 Think Tank, it registers 15 times the engagement and has double the engaged user base of its parent, Facebook.”

Tumblr is a ‘land of opportunity’ that allows brands to be creative, says its global head of brand partnerships, Lee Brown [from The Drum; written by Stephen Lepitak]

“The brands that do the best on our platform are the ones that show up as creators and as advertisers. The ones that want to show up and engage with the community versus broadcast to them – the ones that want to show up and earn that versus buy that – those are the ones that are having the most success, that are having the most engagement. Those are the ones that are creating a story.”

The Anatomy of a Forgotten Social Network [from MIT Technology Review; written by Physics arXiv Blog]

“In the blogosphere, reciprocity is almost non-existent. Only 3 percent of bloggers have this kind of reciprocal link. On Twitter, however, the ratio is much higher: some 22 percent of tweeters have reciprocal links.

In this respect, Tumblr is even denser than Twitter, with almost 30 percent of connections being reciprocated. What’s more, the average distance between two users in Tumblr is 4.7; in other words one user can connect to another in an average of 4.7 steps. That’s half the distance of the blogosphere and about the same as the distances in Facebook and Twitter.”

Older Adults and Technology Use [from Pew Internet; written by Aaron Smith]

“Today 46% of online seniors (representing 27% of the total older adult population) use social networking sites such as Facebook, and these social network adopters have more persistent social connections with the people they care about.”

Top TV Multitasking Activities, by Generation [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Some 86% of US consumers (aged 14+) claim to always or almost always multitask while watching TV, up from 81% last year. Almost half of Millennials this year say they use a social network while watching TV.”

Brand Storytelling: How to Connect with Customers Though Visual Media [from Social Media Today; written by Ekaterina Walter]

 ”Your ‘official’ marketing images only show one side of the brand. Social media is a great place to show off all the aspects of your business that don’t make it onto the glossy magazine page: the behind-the-scenes photos, the customers who follow you, the human side, the communities you are part of… Rich media can tell your brand’s story in ways your official channels can’t.”

Social Pros Say Passion, Fun, and Understanding are Key to Social Success [from Convince and Convert; written by Jess Ostroff]

“Forget about trying to be on top of the next hot social trend. Unless your customers are flocking there in droves, it has no business being your priority. Instead, really listen to where your customers are talking about you, talking about the things that are important to your brand, and asking to engage with you. Then, make sure that’s where you’re joining the conversation.”

Written by Sarah

April 4th, 2014 at 8:57 am

The Week in Social Analytics #95

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

6 Brands That Will Have You Rethinking Your Social Media Marketing Strategy [from Jeff Bullas dot com; written by Elli Bishop]

The big boys have bigger budgets and resources, but smaller brands can still take queues and get ideas from their strategies.

On Instagram, faces are 38% more likely to get ‘Likes’ [from Futurity; written by Jason Maderer]

“Researchers looked at 1.1 million photos on Instagram and found that pictures with human faces are 38 percent more likely to receive likes than photos with no faces.

They’re also 32 percent more likely to attract comments. The number of faces, gender, or age didn’t make a difference.”

Instagram Hits 200 Million Users: What Does This Mean For You? [from Social Media Today; written by Avtar Ram Singh]

“If your target audience is the younger demographic between the ages of 12-24, then you should definitely have a presence on Instagram – even if it’s one that involves you not talking about your product at all, but simply engaging and interacting with your fans to understand what they like.”

The Top 5 Brands on Instagram to Follow [from Jeff Bullas; written by Jason Parks]

Look to some of the best on the platform for inspiration in  your own strategy.

Pinterest Tacks On Paid Ads [from the Wall Street Journal; written by Mike Shields & Douglas MacMillan]

“. . .Pinterest Inc. now has a new goal: to reinvent online advertising.”

Who’s Engaging in Social TV? [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Broken down into demographic groups, the study finds that the most socially engaged were Hispanics, for whom 10.5% of viewing occasions could be deemed ‘socially connected viewing.’ The next-most engaged were 25-34-year-olds (9.6%) and 15-24-year-olds (9.2%), while Asians (4.2%) and 45-54-year-olds (4.4%) were by far the least likely to engage in this activity.”

G.M. Uses Social Media to Manage Customers and Its Reputation [from The New York Times; written by Vindu Goel]

“G.M.’s dual approach — going about its normal business while trying to help specific customers — reflects the tightrope the company must walk on social media like Facebook and Twitter, where a customer’s perceptions of a brand are shaped by both what the company does and what other people say about it.”

Who, What, and Where Can You Personalize? Real-Time Personalization is Simpler Than You’d Think [from the Marketo Blog; written by Mike Telem]

“If you’re worried about creating enough personalized content for your real-time campaigns, stop worrying — you can personalize the content you already have. Real-time personalization can leverage existing content, personalizing your calls-to-action, user experience, images, and product offers.”

5 Must Read Perspectives on Social Media Marketing Strategy [from TopRank Online Marketing Blog; written by Lee Odden]

Stepping out of your own perspective sometimes can help inform your plans better than anything else.

10 Video Content Elements To Help You Become A Director [from Heidi Cohen]

If you’re going to get into video, do it right. The audience is there:

77% of global Internet users watch video, according to Global Web Index. In total, 1.15 billion people view video on a connected device. Of these, 626 million view video on a smartphone and 297 million view video on a tablet.”

Emphasis original.

Brands Respond To Customer Support Enquiries 8 Times Faster On Twitter Than On Email | STUDY [from All Twitter; written by Shea Bennett]

“Brands who offer consumer support on Twitter respond to tweets on average eight times faster than the typical brand email response, but only two in five successfully resolved the customer’s enquiry on the social network, reveals a new study.”

 

Written by Sarah

March 28th, 2014 at 9:18 am

Automotive social media marketing: Who’s doing it right, what to measure, and more

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Over the last few years we’ve watched the handwringing over social media and its usefulness evolve into campaigns with large social tie-ins, and stand-alone social campaigns. One of the industries that embraced this early- with both success and failure- was the automotive industry. Cars are seen as a necessary purchase for many households, particularly in cities where no reliable public transportation exists.

While Millennials are buying fewer cars right now, that doesn’t mean they won’t be doing so in a future of improved economic prospects. Smart automotive companies are targeting the next generation of car buyers on the social networks where they hang out.

Who has done it right?

One of the earliest and most comprehensive social campaigns came from Ford- an overall early social media embracer- and was centered around the launch of their new Ford Fiesta in 2009. It was successful enough that they’ve “remixed” the campaign for the 2014 Fiesta. The key to Ford’s success in this campaign was reaching out to their target customers where they were already hanging out- in this case, courting successful YouTubers- and giving them content for compelling storytelling: a car to use and take on adventures, and give honest reviews about. This strategy was designed to benefit both Ford and the vloggers, and it did, as per this Businessweek article discussing the campaign’s results:

“Fiesta got 6.5 million YouTube views and 50,000 requests for information about the car—virtually none from people who already had a Ford in the garage. Ford sold 10,000 units in the first six days of sales. The results came at a relatively small cost. The Fiesta Movement is reputed to have cost a small fraction of the typical national TV campaign.”

YouTubers don’t just spend time on YouTube either; they use platforms like Twitter to increase their exposure, find new viewers and subscribers, and connect with fans new and old– along with other YouTubers and brands.

Reason enough to remix it.

Other notable campaigns include an effort from AutoTrader, who put the fate of a car hanging over the Thames in Twitter’s hands, and more recently Toyota, who partnered with The Muppets around their latest movie Muppets Most Wanted to let the public know their Toyota Highlander has #NoRoomForBoring. Launched around this year’s Super Bowl, the ad campaign featured massive social tie-ins, with related tweets and posts to Instagram from both companies.

 

From Toyota’s Instagram.

From The Muppet’s Instagram.

We took a look at their Super Bowl results after the game (along with other brands), and partnering with lovable, family friendly Muppets was definitely a wise choice for Toyota. They’ve continued the brand partnership and campaign through the premiere of Muppets Most Wanted.

How do I plan this?

Before you start planning a social campaign, there are important questions to ask yourself. These will help you figure out what you’re going to measure as well (which we’ll get to in a minute):

  • Who is my target audience? Specific demographics tend to spend more time on specific platforms. Do the research and go where your people are.

  • Where do they hang out? Obviously whichever platform that is, is where you’ll want to be. If you’re a luxury vehicle brand, you might want to use Instagram to show off stunning visuals of your vehicles, tapping into the aspirational among Instagram users.

  • How do they talk in that space? Pay attention to how your target audience speaks to their friends, to brands, and just about brands. The golden rule of social media marketing is always listen first.

  • How do you, as a customer, like to be approached? Everyone has had good and bad customer experiences. Reflecting on your own can help in building a good experience for others.

Once you’ve answered those questions, plan to:

  • Talk to your audience and with them, not at them. This is why listening is so important.

  • Present your content in a beautiful and compelling way. Looking and listening can also inform the storytelling you’ll be doing on any platform. It should be high-quality, compelling, useful, and beautiful in form and function. When you’re approaching someone on a space they use for social interaction with their friends and family, be respectful of their time and attention so they won’t resent your presence and think of it as an unwanted invasion.

  • Involve your audience. The successful campaigns we referenced earlier have been interactive and smartly researched. The campaigns involving user-generated content that have backfired didn’t take the time to understand the audience they would be involving– and the audience shot back.

What should I measure?

There is no one right answer to this, because every company’s goals are different, as are the goals of every campaign. A lot of this is going to depend on how you answered the questions in the previous section; certain tactics will be more successful with different demographic groups and on different platforms.

Twitter is “especially appealing to 18-29-year-olds”, but there are “no significant differences by gender, household income or education” according to Pew Research via Marketing Charts. The same survey found Instagram to be especially appealing to women of the same age group. Do your research and use demographic information like this to tailor your campaign message for each platform, speaking to your target audience in the platform’s native language and to whomever you’re trying to reach there.

Further, look at what kinds of storytelling do best on each platform and let that inform your measurement goals: Will visuals on Instagram help raise brand awareness, while you tailor your message for Twitter to bring in sales? The most important question to answer is: What does success look like to you and your brand? That will tell you what you need to be measuring. For example:

  • If brand awareness is your goal, share of voice measurement will be important to monitor before, during and after your campaign 
  • If you’re looking to drive sales, bring your sales team onboard to decide what success will look like and how you’ll measure the traffic driving it
  • If you want to gain new fans and followers, share of voice will be important alongside paying attention to the reach of your campaign; don’t just concentrate on vanity metrics like the number of followers you have (though these are good baseline indicators).
  • If you want to see how a new Twitter campaign has improved over past campaigns, you’ll need historical Twitter data.

Need more references and help? Check out The 5 Easy Steps To Measure Your Social Media Campaigns, or shoot us an email to see how we can help. We’re always here.

Written by Sarah

March 26th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

The Week in Social Analytics #94

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

The common elements of good storytelling [from The Next Web; written by Paul Jarvis]

“Good marketers have used stories to get consumers to do what they want for years—look at any commercial that doesn’t show the product it’s selling, except maybe at the very end, once the story finishes.”

Brand Storytelling: B2B Brands Need to Catch Up [from Lewis PR; written by Uwe Lang]

“The remaining 10 per cent stated that the majority of their communications efforts are focused on story development (i.e. storytelling) that can be used across multiple channels.

Although this is encouraging, it seems B2B brands – particularly within the information technology and telecommunications sectors – have a long way to go if they are to catch up with their B2C counterparts.”

Explore Social Media Formatting Options to Make Your Posts Look Better [from Business 2 Community; written by Ishita Ganguly]

Your posts have a better chance of performing well if they look their best on each respective platform.

Is Instagram Becoming a Boutique Shopping Destination? [from Social Times; written by Kimberlee Morrison]

“While Pinterest keeps ticking up, and Polyvore continues to surprise, Instagram seems overlooked as one of the most spendy networks. In fact, according to recent Shopify data, Instagram converts more frequently than both of the aforementioned networks. And when it comes to average order value, Instagram was the runner up with an average order value of $65.”

How the US intelligence community attempts to rebrand itself – on Tumblr [from The Guardian; written by Spencer Ackerman]

A fascinating read about using Tumblr as a rebranding tool for government transparency.

How Big is Tumblr? | Infographic [from SocialFresh; written by Nick Cicero]

“. . .despite media pressures and some TOS changes following Yahoo’s acquisition, in 2013 the number of Tumblr accounts actually increased, and the site had the second highest Revenue Per  Visit increase behind only Facebook from Q4 ’12 to Q4 ’13.”

Click through the link for the full infographic.

Top Challenges Faced by Brands Marketing on Twitter [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“While measuring ROI is a challenge, 65% of those surveyed agree that Twitter is an effective marketing tool.”

Yes, You Need A Pinterest Business Account [from PR in your Pajamas; written by Elena Verlee]

“So if you’re using Pinterest in any way to promote your business, including products and services, then you must use a business account. Otherwise you’re in violation of Pinterest’s terms of use. How do you know you’re using Pinterest for commercial purposes? Here are some examples:

  • You drive traffic from Pinterest to a website that earns income through ads, sponsored content, or affiliate commissions
  • You drive traffic from Pinterest to a website that promotes your products or services. Examples of services are interior design, writing, bookkeeping, and PR.
  • You Pinterest board builds your personal brand, from which you derive income. For instance, you’re a book author, speaker, or actor.”

6 TV Series That Integrate Social Media With Their Broadcast [from Social Media Today; written by Philip Cohen]

See which shows are going beyond using a hashtag during airtime, and what exactly they’re doing to connect with fans where the fans already are.

US Millennials: TV is the Most Influential Advertising Medium [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“. . .Millennials also tabbed TV as the advertising medium through which they are most likely to be introduced to or find out about a new brand they’ll consider for trial.

Social media, to be fair, is closing the gap.

Here are the numbers:

  • 70% said TV influences the way they perceive and value a brand;
  • 60% said the same about social (66% for women)”

Written by Sarah

March 21st, 2014 at 9:13 am

The Week in Social Analytics #91

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

New Research: Most Companies Do Not Have the Talent to Leverage Marketing Analytics [from Convince & Convert; written by Tom Webster]

“The simple truth is that many marketers can’t show the business impact of social because they can’t show the business impact of a lot of things.

“All of which is to say this: if you are in the business of using social for your marketing efforts, either on the brand-side or the agency-side, now is a great time to dig those wells before you get thirsty. Use those extra dollars, and that extra optimism, to build analytics and pre/post campaign measurement into everything you do and to recruit or develop tomorrow’s analysts. End 2014 with more actionable insight and knowledge about the impact of social on your business than you have today. Hold your efforts to the highest possible standards–and let Darwin take care of the rest.”

Emphasis original.

A Marketer’s Guide to SXSW Brands try to keep Austin wired [from Adweek; written by Christopher Heine]

“For those braving the South-by crowds, be prepared for a little something weird. That’s just part of the deal, friendo.”

Adweek, preparing you for the “controlled chaos” of SXSW. As for us, this is what we’re up to during SXSWi. See you there?

This week had a ton of great articles on Instagram:

Fantastic Infographics, Drawn From A Study of Instagram Selfies [from Wired; written by Liz Stinson]

Finally the selfie gets the serious scientific study it deserves:

“Right now, there are more than 79 million photos on Instagram that fall under #selfie. This is not counting #selfies (7 million photos), #selfienation (1 million photos), #selfiesfordays (400,000 photos) or the countless number of photos with no hashtag at all. You might be thinking: “Finally, we’ve reached peak #selfie!” But according to a new study, only 3-5 percent of photos on Instagram fall into the category.”

Keys to Photog Jamie Beck’s Success: Tumblr, Insta, Hard Work [from Racked; written by Chavie Lieber]

Did social media help at all with the jump start?

‘Well, I was kind of behind on Twitter, but Tumblr for sure, it was amazing. They were really supporting our community of original content creators. We were part of the original smaller group of people [on Tumblr] so it was easier to engage. We went to meet-ups, and made friends who were incredibly supportive. It was definitely right time, right place.’”

Emphasis original.

How Instagram Harnesses the Awesome Power of Mobile, Social Media and Photos: 3 Success Stories [from Jeff Bullas]

“This visual self expression and sharing culture combines the power of three.

  1. People’s obsession with their iPhone (read smartphone)
  2. Engagement power of Facebook
  3. The love of photos that seems to have been reinforced with the easy availability of the camera in your pocket

The only challenge for marketers is how to harness that through a touch of creativity.”

Instagram Captures Higher Interaction Rates than Facebook [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“While Instagram’s community of 150 million monthly active users was a fraction of the size of Facebook’s, and even smaller than Twitter’s, the digital marketing organization found that interaction rates for posts made by the 249 prestige brands studied were some 15 times higher than those on Facebook.

Emphasis added.

Can Flickr Catch Instagram? [from Geoff Livingston]

“Flickr celebrated 10 years of serving photos earlier this month, making it an old man amongst social networks. But the photo network is still relevant today, ranking in the top 10 social networks thanks to a resurgence under Marissa Mayer’s watch. In fact, Flickr is now ranked just one spot behind rival photo network Instagram.”

Here’s how to become the ultimate Tumblr power user [from The Daily Dot; written by Aja Romano]

A fantastic roundup of basic Tumblr tips- including all the changes from Tumblr’s recent revamps- and some excellent power user tips.

10 Must-Know Tips to Leverage Pinterest for Your Business [from Social Media Today; written by Brett Relander]

“Pinterest offers perhaps the most unique benefits among all social media platforms. And if your businesses’ content marketing strategy has not factored Pinterest in the mix you are missing out on a huge chunk of traffic from a site that sends more visitors to web properties than the much-vaunted Twitter and has more than 70 million users.”

Three Ways Twitter Chats Can Help Build Your Technology Brand [from Edelman PR; written by Aurora Arlet]

You can find us hanging out in #MMchat  followed by #socialchat on Monday evenings starting at 7pm CT.

Facebook Pulls Ahead of Twitter in Social TV Battle, But Can It Win the War? [from Social Media Today; written by Elizabeth Kent]

“Why Does Social TV Matter for Marketers?
Last but not least, what does all this mean for marketers? The data acquired from Facebook and Twitter on TV viewing and social media use can be used for:

  • Better insights: Social TV data is critical because it allows marketers to better understand who their audience is.
  • Campaign optimization: Through these insights, marketers can optimize their advertising campaigns to maximize effectiveness.
  • Cost-effective ad purchasing: Understanding when certain ads are most effective will allow marketers to make advertising purchases that are more cost-effective.
  • Real-time change: With real-time data comes real-time change. Marketers may be able to use social TV data to improve their advertising campaigns in real-time for immediate results.
  • Social media integration: Data has shown that when networks and advertisers incorporate social media content into their broadcasts, they are able to engage more effectively with their audience.”

Introducing Promoted Accounts in search [from Twitter; written by Nipoon Malhotra]

“With this launch, relevant Promoted Accounts can be presented to users in search results along with recommendations of people to follow. We automatically select relevant search queries for presenting Promoted Accounts based on an advertiser’s targeting choices, so no additional action is required for your business to access this capability.”

 

Written by Sarah

February 28th, 2014 at 9:12 am

The Week in Social Analytics #90

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

Instagram – Sales Versus Engagement | Research [from Heidi Cohen]

“On Instagram, the researchers found that images showing customers wearing or using the product resulted in sales. This helped with fit and use. By contrast, attention-getting or aspirational images drove engagement (such as likes and comments.)”

How Instameets Unite Instagrammers And Brands [from Viral Blog; written by Marion aan ‘t Goor]

If your brand is looking for a fresh perspective driven by customers, you might consider sponsoring an Instameet:

“There are multiple brands that are sponsoring instameets and lending out their products (such as cameras and camera supplies) so Instagrammers can try them out.”

Coca-Cola’s Secret to Storytelling [from Social Times; written by Christie Barakat]

The company applies the “water cooler test” to determine if blog, photo and video content is compelling:

  • Does it answer the “Why should I care” test?
  • Does it surprise you?
  • Is it compelling with universal appeal?
  • Is it being measured systematically?

TV’s Approach to Firing Up Social Fan Base Applies Across Brands [from PR Newser; written by Nancy Lazarus]

“‘Give fans recognition and shine; that’s not precious to TV, it could apply to any fans out there’, said Tom Chirico, VP digital and social engagement for VH1.”

Brands, Stop Chasing New Customers and Ignoring Your Existing Ones [from Mack Collier]

“I’ve talked about this before, but you build loyalty and create fans with rewards, not incentives. Offering me products if I will switch to your company doesn’t win my loyalty to your brand, it simply gives me an incentive to take advantage of the offer. I may have to sign a 2-year contract to get all the goodies, but if you have ignored me and my business, guess what happens in 2 years? I will switch to your competitor, because they just offered me prizes and incentives for switching.

You are training your customers to leave you.”

Emphasis original.

6 Ways to Make People Love Your Brand [from Mashable; written by The Daily Muse]

“‘People don’t buy things for logical reasons,’ Zig Ziglar once famously said. ‘They buy for emotional reasons.’

Which means: In order to gain customers — and keep them for life — you’ve got to do more than introduce them to your brand, business, or product. You’ve got to make them fall in love with it.”

Click through for the full infographic on how.

Brands Slow to Respond to Complaints Posted on Social Media [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“In fact, fewer than 1 in 5 respondents said they respond to complaints within an hour. And although a slight majority do so within 24 hours, more than 1 in 5 say they rarely – if ever – respond to customer complaints made via social.”

Last Year, Social Ads Proved Highly Effective in Delivering New, Quality Audiences [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“The study reveals that social ads performed 52% better than the 4-channel average in delivering such quality users during Q4. In fact, social ads performed better than the average during each quarter of the year.”

Twitter Tips and Tricks That Don’t Work Anymore [from Business 2 Community; written by Roxanne Roark]

Split into a list of tips and tricks that do still work, and those that don’t. An important highlight from the don’t list:

“1. Add a period or really anything before someone’s Twitter handle so the tweet is public. If you don’t, the only people that can see it will be you and the person you are talking to, plus both your followers. This is no longer true and admittedly, I can’t tell you when it stopped being that way. Don’t believe me? Please let me note, these following accounts were NOT adding a period or anything in front of the Twitter handles, and to further verify, I signed in, unfollowed one of the accounts, and opened a different conversation between the account and another that I’ve never followed.”

Have any of you tested this to see if it still works or not?

Is Real-Time Marketing a Hoax? [from Social Times; written by Christie Barakat]

“Connecting with consumers in real-time requires more than industry grandstanding and knee-jerk reactions to prominent events; sensitivity, relevancy and prioritizing content is of paramount importance, and engaging narratives should first be designed according to an overarching editorial scheme. Real-time content should keep fans entertained as well as engaged, and follow a general story line that addresses an audiences varied interests.”

Written by Sarah

February 21st, 2014 at 9:15 am

The Week in Social Analytics #89

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

Instagram Video Done Right: 10 Inspiring Brand Examples [from Social Media Today; written by Katherine Leonard]

“40% of the most-shared Instagram videos are from brands.”

Instagram teaching ad-makers how to be less square [from The Verge; written by Ben Popper and Ellis Hamburger]

“The company today published The Instagram Handbook for Brands, a book profiling 11 companies that it thinks are doing a great job posting content on Instagram. Example posts come from the likes of Patagonia, Chobani, and Disneyland, and are accompanied by tips like “share experiences” and “find beauty everywhere.” The posts Instagram highlights in its book, and in a series of blog posts starting today, are markedly different from the ultra-composed and polished ad made by Michael Kors that tested back in November. Perhaps Instagram learned that ads would need to feel even more authentic and user-generated to avoid alienating users.”

Profile of the Top Vine Video Creators | Videos [from Social Media Today; written by Neil Davidson]

Image and video are predicted to be big in 2014; if you’re thinking about getting into video, see how the top Vine producers do it.

How to Use Instagram in a Genius Way (and Grow Your Audience) [from Ann Handley]

“Instagram allows you to hone your storytelling skills by giving you the necessary—and instant—feedback by how your followers respond (or don’t) to your posts. I’ve learned a lot about what kinds of ‘stories’ resonate in a broader sense—what truly gets my point of view across effectively—just by seeing how my followers there react and what they respond to.”

Retailers Use Social to Spur Shopping, Research [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“Now that retailers are accepting that the average shopper isn’t flocking to social media to purchase, they’re realizing that social can be a valuable research tool, and the opinions of online friends can be persuasive.”

The Eight Phases of Brand Love [from Harvard Business Review; written by  Tim Halloran]

“Commitment, intimacy, dependability—she felt all of these, not about Diet Coke, but from it. She loved it as a constant companion, a support mechanism and a celebratory friend. At the time, I thought this was preposterous. We can’t connect with products the same way we connect with people!

But I’ve since learned that in many important ways, that is just what we do. Academic study after academic study has proven it. We don’t just consume or interact with brands. We actually engage in relationships with them.”

Everything you need to know about Twitter’s advertising options [from Social Media Explorer; written by Ben Harper]

If you’re in the UK and looking to advertise on Twitter, this is a must-read for you.

A Paid Search First? Olympic Sponsor Visa Opts To Advertise Its Tumblr On Google, Bing and Yahoo [from Search Engine Land; written by Ginny Marvin]

“Visa also appears to be the only major Olympic sponsor to have made Tumblr its Olympic content hub. From its Tumblr account, Visa links to all of its other social channels and features video and other content assets that are distributed across the other networks, including Facebook where it has over 12 million fans.”

How to Tap Into the Purchasing Power of Millennials with Social Media [from Business 2 Community; written by Scott Scanlon]

“The driving force behind social commerce can be attributed to the Millennial generation’s penchant for social media. Numbering 76 million strong, Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are defined as the demographic cohort born between 1980 and 2000. Their size and combined purchasing power make Millennials a necessary market segment for the future success of most companies.”

For what reasons do Millennials follow a brand’s social accounts?

Study: Social Media Driving Hyper-Growth for SMBs [from Social Times; written by Kimberlee Morrison]

“According to the study, one in six SMBs on the grow are in what was referred to as hyper-growth mode. Indeed, companies experiencing hyper growth report a 73 percent increase in social media spend, indicating that social media is an effective tool for branding, generating word-of-mouth, content marketing and lead generation.”

Three Technology Revolutions [from Pew Internet]

“Three major technology revolutions have occurred during the period the Pew Research Center has been studying digital technology – and yet more are on the horizon.”

Get the stats on Broadband, Mobile, and Social from Pew.

Written by Sarah

February 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am

The Week in Social Analytics #86

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

2014 Edelman Trust Barometer [from Edelman]

“The technology industry continues to lead as the most trusted sector.”

3 Scientific Studies With Real Insight Into Social Media [from Convince and Convert; written by Pratik Dholakiya]

“As marketers, we can’t always wait for the data to catch up to our hunches, but we are foolish if we ignore it once it arrives, and the data is telling a fairly consistent story. Audience retention and interaction are key: reach is secondary.” (Emphasis original.)

If you read one piece today, make it this one.

Instagram Is The Fastest-Growing Social Site Globally, Mobile Devices Rule Over PCs For Access [from TechCrunch; written by Ingrid Lunden]

“According to research published today by the GlobalWebIndex, Instagram is growing the fastest of all social media sites worldwide, increasing its active user base by 23% in the last six months.”

8 Ways to Stand Out on Instagram [from Social Media Today; written by Stephanie Clegg]

“Your images are the most important thing on Instagram. You want to make sure they fit in with the feel and vibe of your brand but more importantly they have to fit in with the vibe of the Instagram community. Instagram is a thriving community and like on any social network, if you want to survive and succeed you are going to have to play by their rules.”

How Social Media Influences Purchase Decisions – Statistics And Trends | Infographic [from Invesp Blog; written by Khalid Saleh]

“4 in 10 Social Media users have purchased an item online or in-store after sharing it or marking it as a Favorite on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. 71% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals.”

How SM Influences Purchase Decisions

Click through for full infographic.

The Rise of Visual Storytelling [from B2B Marketing Insider; written by Michael Brenner]

“All this available information and data is creating a battle for customer attention between brands, publishers, and each one of us who creates content. But more importantly, it’s forcing businesses to think and act like publishers.”

The answer to gaining some of this precious attention? Visual content.

Is Tumblr Right for my Business? [from Intuit Small Business Blog; written by Brenda Barron]

“Just because you don’t offer a visual product doesn’t mean you should avoid Tumblr. Your use of the site just might not be as intuitive at first.

In lieu of posting product photos, consider posting photos related to your products. For instance, eyeglass maker Warby Parker doesn’t merely offer photos of its high-end frames. . .The company promotes a lifestyle — what people who wear its glasses do — and sells indirectly by posting compelling content that goes beyond its products.”

And here’s a bonus video to check out from this week’s Digital-Life-Design conference: A conversation on creativity and tech, featuring David Karp, Georg Petschnigg, and Felix Salmon [DLD14 - On Creating Tech]

Written by Sarah

January 24th, 2014 at 9:33 am

The Week in Social Analytics #85

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

More than Half of Social Media Ads Spending Will Go to Native In-stream Ads [from Social Media Today; written by Aaron Elliott]

“A study conducted by BI Intelligence shows that among all social media sites, the ones that will find natural ads most valuable are the ones that focus on photo sharing, like Pinterest, Snapchat and Instagram.”

6 Tips for Instagram Marketing Mastery [from Jeff Bullas]

“What might be the biggest hurdle for the more business-minded individual is the understanding that Instagram is not just about selling.  In fact, using your account as a megaphone to promote your product or service is a surefire way to lose followers and leave you feeling like you are shouting into a deserted room.”

Brand Journalism: Breathe New Life into Old Content [from Spin Sucks; written by Gini Dietrich]

Relevant to this past Monday’s #MMchat; a fantastic resource for digital marketers or anyone interested in marketing and social media

How to Mobilize Your Brand Advocates through Storytelling [from Mack Collier]

“The most powerful thing about organic advocacy is the story behind customer’s experience. And because the endorsement is not paid for by the brand, and the story is something others can truly connect with, it becomes a great motivator in getting others to act on the endorsement. Advocacy, done right, becomes true influence. And influence is what impacts behaviors.” 

Emphasis original.

Update from the FDA on Social Media Guidance [from Common Sense; written by Aaron Strout]

“It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the FDA is getting around to providing guidance to the healthcare industry around social media. Granted that realtime online conversations and the heavily regulated drug industry aren’t the most obvious of bedfellows, but it’s a reality and it’s here to stay.”

Cool or Uncool? Consumers Weigh in on Social Media Behavior [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Brands ought to be wary of overstepping boundaries: two-thirds of respondents feel that a brand’s use of their content on its social media site without permission is ‘uncool.’ Also uncool? Brands calling with automated personalized messages, according to 57% of respondents.”

The Few, The Fervent: Fans Of ‘Supernatural’ Redefine TV Success [from NPR; written by Neda Ulaby]

“‘Nielsen has done a lot of research as to whether social media is helping people to tune in to TV,’ he says, noting that a show’s traction on Twitter and Tumblr is starting to affect how networks pitch shows to the all-important advertisers. ‘They’re no longer just including Nielsen ratings. They’re also including social TV data.’”

HBO Hedges on Social Media to Reach ‘Challenging’ Demographic [from Entrepreneur; written by Geoff Weiss]

“The HBO smash Girls, for instance, is making a full-court press in the digital sphere to hype its third season, which premiered last night. The network is prioritizing micro video apps like Snapchat and Vine over traditional advertising formats to galvanize its sizable digital audience.”

Written by Sarah

January 17th, 2014 at 7:32 am

The Week in Social Analytics #84

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It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics and our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.

The end-of-year wrap-ups for 2013 and predictions for what’s to come in 2014 are rolling in:

What Can 2013 Tell Us About Future Instagram Trends? [from Viral Blog; written by Rosie Scott]

This piece covers the trends on Instagram and highlight’s the platform’s high level of engagement– and what these things mean for the coming year.

Marketing Charts’ Top 10 Charts of 2013 [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

The first five charts deal with youth demographics; a fair indicator of what information marketers are interested in.

Which content marketing formats work best? [from eConsultancy; written by Graham Charlton]

A survey of content marketers asking what trends ruled the industry in 2013.

Social, Digital & Mobile in 2014 [from We Are Social; written by Simon Kemp]

Check out the whole, extensive deck or just the highlights they’ve pulled at the bottom of the post.

Social Media Marketing 2014: Where Your Audience Is [from Heidi Coehn]

Includes 5 actionable tips based on the research.

Have you come across any good wrap-up or prediction posts that we missed? Let us know!

Timeline of Instagram from 2010 to Present | INFOGRAPHIC [from Social Media Today; written by Irfan Ahmad]

“In fact, it had 1,000,000 accounts in just 2 months after its launch. After launching the Videos in June 2013, introducing Instagram Direct Message and with the power of 150 million monthly active users the social network may have established a destiny for itself that will last for many years to come.”

User Demographic Highlights From 5 Major – and Growing – Social Networks [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“The latest social networking survey [pdf] from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project provides some insights into which online adults are most drawn to 5 key platforms – Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram – each of which has grown in penetration over the past year. The results are both intuitive (Pinterest adoption is higher among women) and intriguing (the strong appeal of Instagram and Twitter to black Americans).”

The 6 Most Important Ways To Generate And Use Social Proof To Increase Online Sales [from Social Media Today; written by Steve Olenski]

“Basically if someone else has done it or used it and talked about it online, that’s social proof. As a B2B or B2C company, how do you go about getting people to talk about you or your product? And more importantly what do you do with that social proof once you get it?”

Written by Sarah

January 10th, 2014 at 8:59 am