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The Week in Social Analytics #98

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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.

25 Small Business Social Media Trends You Need [from Heidi Cohen]

“Due to smaller size and lower amount of resources, these firms tend to take advantage of social media opportunities faster than their larger competitors.”

Instagram for Small Businesses: Your New Best Friend [from Social Media Today; written by Stephanie Jones]

“People love visual content, so that makes Instagram the ideal social media marketing platform for small businesses.  It’s also currently a completely free way to market your business to potentially millions.  Follow people, engage and you will have an impassioned following before you can say hashtag.”

More Tips for Avoiding and Containing Social Media Crises [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

Social media often rewards wit and a little bit of attitude, but how can editorial standards and monitoring allow a brand to be interesting without being risky or offensive?

Wit should be reserved for brand messaging, but never for customer service. Those coming to customer service are in need of support and aren’t looking for a witty response, but a solution to their problem or an answer to their question.

It’s a much more difficult and dangerous venture to be witty or snarky with customer service when the main goal is supporting your customer.”

25 Customer Chat Tips to Reassure and Nurture Your Online Customers [from KISSMetrics; written by Kevin Gao]

“Live chat has been around for more than a decade, but only recently have companies discovered its profound effect on website conversion rates. A recent eMarketer paper cited live chat as being directly related to 38% of online purchases. And, 62% of consumers who have used live chat said they would be more likely to purchase again from the merchant who provided the service.”

How to Use Snapchat for Business [from C-Leveled; written by Regina Lizik]

“This makes Snapchat perfect for retail establishments that target a younger audience, like clothing stores, can share coupons and give sneak peaks of upcoming merchandise.”

STUDY: Cause Marketing Creates Brand Loyalty Among Millennial Women  [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

“54% of Millennial women switched brands because it supported a #cause they care about.”

Written by Sarah

April 18th, 2014 at 9:33 am

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

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 #93

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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: How You Can Use This Short Form Now [from Heidi Cohen]

Short form video findability matters. If your target audience can’t find your content, it’s useless. Instagram short video findability comes from 2 major sources:

  • 90% of Instagram Video shares occur on Facebook.
  • Instagram has a 150 million user installed base. While not all of these users have the video version of Instagram, it doesn’t need to convert its base to testing the platform.”

Emphasis original.

3 TED Talks that Should Shape your Social Strategy [from The Buzz Bin; written by Michelle Wright]

“While there are a few talks that address social media directly (here’s one on reputation management, one on online crowds, and one on how social media can make history), I wanted to share a few of my personal favorites that don’t actually mention it, but rather contain ideas we can incorporate to make our strategies more effective.”

STUDY: Which Social Networks Inspire the Greatest Brand Dependence? [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

“. . .Instagram beat its parent company for loyalty in the coveted 18-25 demo.

“Finally, some up-and-coming networks scored very highly on the dependence front despite lower membership numbers. Reddit and Tumblr were right behind the big four (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest) in nearly every category.”

Emphasis original.

6 Tips for Financial Service Companies on Social Media [from Social Times; written by Odysseas Papadimitriou]

 ”The challenge for financial institutions is figuring out a way to operate within the current regulatory framework, while also transforming their social media operations into a weapon for efficient customer service, brand management and crisis mitigation (rather than a ticking time bomb of liability). Just because you have one hand tied behind your back doesn’t mean you can’t do some damage, right?

Here are six tips to ensure that your company’s social media strategy packs a major punch.”

Tips for Creating Pinnable Content [from Soshable; written by Savannah Marie]

“While there’s no surefire method for finding Pinterest success, using the right combination of content, images and infographics seems to key. Follow the tips below to create pinnable content that meets or exceeds your expectations for the network while reaching the largest audience possible.”

First, do the research to be sure this is where your audience is.

Using Snapchat: A Guide for Brands [from Social Media Today; written by Elizabeth Kent]

“Exactly what audience can you reach through Snapchat? Here’s what the stats have to say:

  • Snapchat has an estimated 26 million active users in the U.S.
  • About 400 million snaps (photos and videos) are sent per day.
  • The core audience on Snapchat is ages 13-25.
  • Women make up 70% of Snapchat’s user base.
  • 18% of people who own an iPhone are on Snapchat.
  • From May 2012 to April 2013, the number of snaps sent per day grew from 6 million to 150 million.

These statistics show not only that Snapchat’s core audience is the same audience that many marketers are trying to reach, but also that its audience is ever-expanding, making Snapchat a prime target for your brand’s social media marketing strategy.”

Written by Sarah

March 14th, 2014 at 9:36 am

#TwitterFiction Festival 2014

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Literature festivals are no longer restricted to the physical world; there’s a literature festival happening right now and it’s taking place completely on Twitter. Running March 12-16, the #TwitterFiction Festival is already off to a pretty fantastic start: 17.3k tweets have been made so far with a reach of 11.7 million. And that’s with just day one of the festival finished!

The most retweeted tweet so far announces the start of the festival and has a link for the curious to learn more:

Events like this on social media remind us that such platforms are more than just a fad (even if it’s just our elderly relatives who still think that way) and that even if traditional forms of literature decline, new and interesting means of storytelling are sure to pop up in their place. 140 characters at a time forces participants to be witty, after all.

We’ll keep an eye on the festival. In the meantime, hit your Twitter feeds for a little fiction fix!

Written by Sarah

March 13th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

The Week in Social Analytics #92

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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.

Gear Up for SXSW: A Look Back at 2013′s Top Themes [from Social Media Today; written by Trevor Jonas]

As you descend into the madness of SXSW 2014, here’s a reflection on the standout takeaways from 2013. Bonus: 6 networking tips from Social Fresh. (And here’s where you can find us during SXSWi!)

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Social Media Dimensions [from Likeable Daily; written by Samy Simorangkir]

A handy resource to bookmark.

Philoselfie: Science behind selfie-expression [from Brian Solis]

“Right now, there are more than 79 million pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #selfie. You can add another 7 million for #selfies and 1 million for #selfienation. Not counted though, are the number of selfies that don’t include a meta reference beyond the visual that you are indeed looking at a selfie.”

Another breakdown of the Selfiecity study, this time from Brian Solis.

Is Vine Paying off for Smaller Brands? [from Social Times; written by Christie Barakat]

“Home Depot believes Vines tap into people’s desire for unique content and fresh perspectives. ‘Stop motion provides the perfect excuse for casting your product as the star of the show.’”

Building Visual Narratives with Photographs [from Geoff Livingston]

Incorporating more visuals in your brand communication can be a powerful way to draw the attention of and connect with fans and followers– or capture the attention of people who might become them. This article has tips from a National Geographic Traveler Seminar on storytelling through photography.

Social media’s ‘law’ of short messages [from MITnews; written by Peter Dizikes]

“The study found that at times of lower activity, the most popular length of tweets ranges from about 70 to 120 characters. But at moments of much greater traffic — when messages are sent up to 200 times as frequently — the highest concentration of tweets is only around 25 characters in length, and declines sharply to a low at about the 130-character mark.”

Global Social Media Trends – What You Need To Know [from Heidi Cohen]

Use these stats to inform your strategy for the rest of 2014.

Biggest Twitter Linguistic Study Ever Hopes To Discover The Next Viral Sensation [from AllTwitter; written by Lauren Dugan]

“The main goal of this research is two-fold: one, to determine how new words become popular and how they spread; and two, to analyze how the actual movement of people influences our linguistic patterns.”

Are You Still Missing a Strategy for Negative Social Posts? [from eMarkter; written by staff]

“February 2014 research from social media training firm Social Media Marketing University (SMMU) found that fewer than half of US marketing professionals had an effective plan in place for dealing with negative posts on social sites. One-quarter did not have a plan but were working on one, and nearly one-quarter more had no plan—and no plan for a plan.”

Next generation marketing: how to engage millennials [from Waggener Edstrom; written by Charlotte Sanville]

“Moving forward, brands need to understand that the key to engaging with gen Y audience is by participating in a two-way communication.”

The Five Promises Every Corporate Social Media Account Should Make [from Convince & Convert; written by Andy Lombard]

“The common element in the above five promises is strategy. Too many businesses throw up social media pages and expect them to attract leads and drive sales as if by magic. To really build an effective social presence, you must offer consistent customer value.”

Emphasis original.

Written by Sarah

March 7th, 2014 at 9:33 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

Find health support just a click away

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The state of our health isn’t deemed polite conversation by most of society. Navigating the line between getting support from friends and family when you’re going through a hard time and not being the weird uncle who always talks about their colon at Christmas dinner can take some adept balancing.

Fortunately, just as social platforms can serve as support networks for those making physical changes aimed at fitness, they can also serve as support networks for those living with health issues from the temporary (How do I work out with a broken leg?) to those living with chronic illness (How do I restructure my life with this?).

Reaching out on Twitter

Building a supportive community on Twitter is one of the things that makes the platform the most worthwhile, and it can make a huge difference when a recently diagnosed person is able to surround themselves with supportive people dealing with similar health issues a few tweets away. Reaching out can start with browsing this master list of tweet chats and joining in whichever feel most comfortable; general health chats might point to more specific ones, and it’s hard not to find someone to connect with in most tweet chats. Doctors and other medical professionals sometimes host tweet chats in order to help answer questions from the general public. Building twitter lists of who participates in which chats, or is the most helpful in pointing out resources can help sort a barrage of new information.

There are also specific accounts dedicated to any number of health issues; Invisible Illness Wk, for example, connects those living with invisible illnesses in addition to raising awareness of the issues those will invisible, chronic illnesses face to those who are unfamiliar.

On other platforms

Sometimes there’s nothing more helpful than reading about someone else’s experience dealing with what you’re currently going through. Tumblr offers the same capabilities as a blog, but socially enhanced with reblogging and private messaging options, allowing one blog to draw from and connect with another easily, building up a support network without ever leaving the site.

For particular chronic illnesses, medical professionals will often point those newly diagnosed to message boards specific to a certain condition or related conditions. Inspire.com has a range of different communities that offer support, for example.

YouTube is also a popular platform for sharing experiences and getting feedback. Popular YouTuber Hank Green has shared his experience of living with a chronic illness, and the comments show many viewers grateful to see their own experiences mirrored in his video, especially from someone well-regarded and popular.

The bottom line

Ultimately social media helps connect those whose health might keep them from being able to attend a physical support group, and to supplement and organize the information and support they might receive from other sources.

Written by Sarah

February 12th, 2014 at 9:26 am

The Week in Social Analytics #88

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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.

Your Brand Is the Sum of the Stories We Tell About You [from Mack Collier]

“If you connect with your fans, the customers that love you, those fans will work with you to make sure they tell the story about your brand that you want other customers to hear.  Read that again until you understand just how important that is.”

Emphasis original.

5 Twitter Best Practices to Humanize Your Brand [from Social Media Today; written by Monica Jade Romeri]

Humans like to connect with other humans, not faceless corporate robots. (That’s why Merle has a face.)

The Confluence Of Content And Social Media: Insights For Success In 2014 [from Forbes; written by Jayson DeMers]

“One overarching theme in recent research is the benefit of properly targeting your social media efforts. If you want a better understanding of how social media influences your customers’ decisions to purchase your products and services, there are a few important questions that you’ve got to ask. In this case, a bit of smart consumer research will go a long way toward directing your social media strategy.”

6 Reasons Every Brand Should Create Social Video [from Social Times; written by Constance Aguilar]

“Video is quickly becoming the most effective brand marketing tool, and its popularity will continue to rise in 2014. Already 40 percent of the top 1,000 most popular Instagram videos are from brands, and a branded Vine video is four times more likely to be seen than a regular branded video.”

Millennials’ Social Media Posts Influence Peers to Buy New Products [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“Millennials are significantly more likely than older generations to be influenced by their friends’ social media posts about products and services. According to January 2014 polling conducted by Harris Interactive for The Webby Awards, 68% of 18-to-34-year-old social media users surveyed were at least somewhat likely to make a purchase after seeing a friend’s post.”

Social Media and Millennials: How They Shop [from Heidi Cohen]

“Less than 1 in 6 social media influenced millennials shop exclusively in stores.”

If this is your target demographic and you’re selling on social, be sure you’re engaging in a timely, human way with your customers and followers, and be doubly sure all transaction processes are set up to run smoothly.

STUDY: Interacting With Other Brands Makes Consumers More Loyal [from PR Newser; written by Patrick Coffee]

“Here’s what we take from these findings: brands shouldn’t be afraid of competitors targeting their most loyal consumers. In fact, they might even want to encourage it. In many cases, trying something different just reminds you why you prefer your favorites.”

And finally, a bonus roundup of some posts on social media myths:

Busting The Myths of Social Media and Content Marketing [Geekless Tech] 

6 Social Media Marketing Myths To Avoid [Business2Community]

Written by Sarah

February 7th, 2014 at 8:42 am