For the past five years or so, social media has been all the rage. It's the cool, now not-so-new shiny toy that routinely makes its way into just about every new business and client presentation. Brands have slapped up Facebook pages, opened Twitter accounts, pounced on Pinterest, queried Quora, lapped up LinkedIn and given Google+ a gander.
But does any of it work? As is always the case with new marketing tactics (and old, as well), the question comes down to ROI; where did the money go and how did it affect the bottom line of the business? Here is one company's approach to answering that question.
Social media is a competitive landscape that many argue can make or break a company's marketing.
Social Media in the U.S. has increased 356% in six years. These days the question isn't should you use social media or not. It's is your use of social better or worse than your competitors?
Inbound marketing company HubSpot has published an eBook, How to Crush Your Competitors on Social Media in 30 Days, which will teach you the following:
Working with We Are Social, UK-based Hunter Boots has created a Facebook app, Together Through Any Weather, that asks people to post weather pictures. Each day, the brand will choose its favorite picture and award that person its prize of the day; various clothing items and footwear.
Remember that saying "a picture is worth one thousand words? Well that notion plays well in social media just as it does everywhere else. To help you get a sense of just how important visual media can be and how brands are using imagery today, inbound marketing company HubSpot has compiled this list of 55 brands killing it with visual content on the top visually-driven social networks.
Use this for inspiration to launch your visual content strategy.
Jell-O, aiming to "fun things up" and save the world from ruin on December 21, is making an offering (see the video below) to the Mayan Gods with...Jell-O pudding. And in accordance with their aim to "fun things up," the brand is hosting a contest. Through Dec. 20th, 12 daily winners will be randomly selected to win $100. To be entered, people can follow @jello, tweet what they want to do before the word ends and include the hashtag #funpocalypse.
An infographic from mobile ad network Mojiva details the planned behaviors of mobile and tablet users during the Super Bowl. Overall, smartphones will remain a primary mechanism of social activities during this year's game,Here are some key findings from the research:
- 9% of tablet owners plan to use their device during the game, while 56% of smartphone users intend to engage on theirs.
- 45% say they use their smartphone during the game to post updates to their social networks, while 58% say they discuss the game through text, IM or email.
So everyone's been yapping about how great social media is and why you should implement it to better your relationship with your customers. Well, what about the most important customer of all? You. Yea, you. That's right. Because with no you, there's no them and without them, there's no you. OK, that's confusing. Tanslation: Social media is great for serving your customer's needs but it's also great for serving your own internal needs.
This guest post is written by Allan Johnson, Content Strategist at Sharethrough, a native video advertising company. Prior to Allan's time at Sharethrough, he was Director of Custom Content at Universal McCann.
Brand video content is no longer the playground for innovators and early adopters. Brands like GoPro have been built from scratch on video content, while others like Hot Wheels have been revitalized. A President, who made liberal use of video content, has been re-elected, and charities the world over have used poignant videos to activate volunteerism and increase contributions for causes ranging from clean water to marriage equality. As more successes pile up, more brands will produce video content to achieve their marketing goals.
JWT has launched Most Tweeted Brands, a service that, well, tracks the most tweeted brands. Well, not all brands. It's tracking the top 100 global brands as determined by BrandZ ranking. Processing over 2.5 million tweets each day, the site offers a visual representation of tweeted brand activity.
By clicking each brand, one can drill down to see a geographic mapping of tweet origination. One can also eliminate brands from the service which will redraw the prevalence of tweets as compared to other brands. This is particularly handy because Facebook, by far, dominates and pushes other brands off the chart. Reloading the page (or clicking the "reload all brands" button) brings all the brands back.
Additionally, drop down menus allow one to zero in on single countries and brand categories such as fast food, airlines, retail, etc. The chart can be viewed either in tile format or list view
With help from BMF Melbourne, Amnesty International has developed a new method to collect signatures. Called, Twignature, The user names of Twitter users who retweet an Amnesty International petition message are automatically converted to signatures and added to the petition.
The first example of this work is for an Amnesty International petition that calls for the Brazilian government to protect environmentalist Laisa Santos Sampaio.