Fifteen Worldwide Social Media Stats For Marketers


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In a presentation given at OMMA Social during Internet Week, comScore Media Evangelist Eli Goodman rattled off a plethora of juicy social media facts and figures. Here are but a few for you to digest.

- 1.2 billion people access social networks on their computers.
- One of every five minutes spent online is on a sial network.
- 1/3 of social network users are located in Asia Pacific.
- Five of the most engaged markets for social networking are in Latin America.

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by Steve Hall    May-15-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Research

Yet Another Study Downgrades Importance of Click Through


comScore and Pretarget have released results of an online advertising study which found ad viewability and hover time are more strongly correlated with conversions (defined as purchases and requests for information) than clicks or total impressions.

"Your ad being seen matters more than your ad being clicked - if you have a back-end conversion metric," said Pretarget Founder Keith Pieper. "After all, what good is an ad that can't be seen? It's intuitive that an ad must be seen to make an impact, and it's even more intuitive than someone hovering and engaging with an ad might convert, even absent a click."

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Research

Learn How Marketing Automation Can Improve Ad Campaign Effectiveness


OK so what the hell is Marketing Automation and why should you care about it? You like your job, right? You like working in advertising, right? But you hate the more mundane parts of it that you have to do over and over again, right? Well that's where marketing automation comes in. Marketing automation is the name given to software platforms designed for marketing departments and organizations to simplify processes by automating repetitive tasks.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-17-12    
Topic: Research, Tools

Facebook Average CPM Rates Increase by 41 Percent


Facebook's average CPM has increased by 41 percent since Q1 2011 according to the latest Global Facebook Advertising Report from TBG Digital.

The study, which was based on 372 billion impressions in over 190 countries for 235 clients from Q1 2011 to Q1 2012, indicates Facebook is earning more from Marketplace ads. Specifically, average CPM has increased by 15 percent in the last quarter with the US seeing an increase of 11 percent and the UK seeing an increase of 13 percent during the same period.

TBG also sees an increase in click through rates for news clients. With the rise of Facebook social readers from Yahoo! News, The Washington Post, The Guardian and others, TBG has seen a strong uplift in CTR for those in the news sector since Q4 2011 with an increase of 196 percent.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-16-12    
Topic: Research

Less Than 20 Percent of SMB Websites Link to Social Presence


A recent study rom SMB DigitalScape indicates just 19.5 percent of SMB websites have a link to a Facebook page, and even fewer have links to Twitter and LinkedIn.

"SMBs worldwide are falling behind consumers in the digital commerce arena," said The Kelsey Group's Neal Polachek. "There's a tremendous opportunity for SMB aggregators and resellers to bridge this gap, but it will require strategic commitment and solid execution."

Developed by vSplash, SMB DigitalScape has analyzed more than 1 million SMB websites around the world in 14 countries, including more than 700,000 in the U.S. BIA/Kelsey and vSplash recently announced a strategic partnership for the distribution of SMB DigitalScape data in the United States.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-16-12    
Topic: Research

How Google Analytics Can Improve Your Online Presence


This recent addition to our white paper series comes courtesy of MoreVisibility, a search, design and interactive marketing firm. The report, entitled Three Organic Traffic Reports From Google Analytics Every Marketer Need to Know About, takes a look at how keywords, referral source and landing page activity affect overall site metrics.

If your a brand struggling with how to get a handle on how people are coming to your site and what they are doing when they get their, this report will give you some insight on how you can determine that.

Download the report now.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Research

How to Improve Your Brand's Facebook ROI


Want practical tips on how to get the most out of your brand presence on Facebook? As part of our white paper series, we'd like to offer this best practices guide for creating Facebook pages and and a media strategy for those pages.

Entitled Guide to Business Success on Facebook, you will learn the sixteen steps you must take to create a successful branded Facebook page, how to craft content for the page and how to involved your audience. Additionally, you will learn the 28 best practices used by brands in vertical segments such as automotive, consumer packaged goods, entertainment, financial services, retail, technology and telecom.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-26-12    
Topic: Research, Social

ROI of SXSW Brand Presence Measured


This SXSW coverage is brought to you by Red Square Agency. The agency that also brought you Nutella.

If you attended SXSW this year (or even if you didn't) you were likely aware the event has turned into a full blown brand parade. In every corner of Austin during SXSW there was a brand sponsoring something. Some hate this. Others love it. But the real question is did it work for the brand.

While this research from Spredfast doesn't necessarily conclude definitively that increased presence at SXSW pays off for a brand, the study does shed some light some interesting "what if" scenarios that tie tweets to sales.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-23-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Research

Discover Why Your Brand Should Focus on Earned Media


The over-saturation of advertising, and an ever-increasing distrust of ads has led to a decline in the effectiveness of paid media. Conversely, earned media is gaining ground.

Check out this whitepaper from Zuberance, previously offered last month, to see why earned media is so powerful and to learn how you can put it to use for your brand. In this report, you will learn:

1. Earned media is the most trusted and credible form on content for a brand
2. Social media has amplified the sheer quantity and reach of earned media
3. Conversion rates are higher and ROI is larger
4. Earned media lasts
5. Earned media is measurable

Download the whitepaper now and walk away with five reasons to shift your marketing focus towards earned media.

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-12    
Topic: Research

Five Best Practices For Social Media Measurement


More from our white paper series. In this white paper summation of a webinar, KDPaine & Partners Katie Delahaye Paine and SAS Global Customer Service and Media Intelligence Manager John Bastone outline three areas of focus and five best practices for getting the most out of social media measurement.

Paine and Bastone explain how and why brands must listen, process and respond in social media channels and put forth five tips for social media measurement success:

1. Consider how social media will drive profit
2. Know what you want out of social media
3. Be sure your social media participation is two way
4. Forget about impressions and hits
5. Blend social media data with internal data.

Download the free white paper and learn how to get your social media measurement house in order.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-12    
Topic: Research, Social

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