Driving quality engagement with your social audience increases loyalty and more effectively guides consumers down the path to purchase.
As such, marketers must place a premium on fostering social relationships that add tangible value and incentives to the customer experience.
But how can marketers identify the most effective ways to break through the flood of status updates, tweets, pins, and posts?
Read on for four strategies that marketers can integrate in 2014 to make sure social conversations with your audience hit the mark.
Segmentation is one of the key weapons of the success marketer.
It's allowed them to get the right messages and products to the right people. It's a core part of the marketer’s tool kit.
So what can marketers learn from segmenting their social audiences?
If I had to sum up my year in 140 characters it would read: during 2013 I’ve been having a lot of problems writing snappy, concise and appropriate sub-headlines in my articles for the Econsultancy blog.
There are people out there who are much better at this sort of thing than I am, and to celebrate those experts, Twitter has released an interactive widget that lets you explore the past year’s key trends on Twitter, month-by-month and within various different topics such as news, sport and entertainment.
Click on the image below to see for yourself.
Because it can’t all be sunshine, lollipops, rainbows and Google Hummingbirds.
We at Econsultancy consider ourselves as promoters of best practice. ‘Achieve Digital Excellence’ reads our brand new strapline in the big red dot up there, and with this modus operandi we carry a great responsibility.
The responsibility of wading through the darkest digital waters (confusing and potentially dangerous metaphor alert) and remaining constantly poised to spear the very best of the internet. We do so in order to bring you the most considered insight, through research, practice, good old fashioned investigation and occasionally asking Twitter for help.
Of course for every tasty salmon we catch, we also have a net-full of bottom feeding suction eels too. We don’t really know what to do with them and they’re piling up around the floor of the boat.
So let us unburden our unpleasant haul upon you, with this round-up of the worst things to happen to the internet in 2013:
The Oreo super bowl ad is often held up to be the perfect example of agile marketing in action.
In truth there have been a number of similarly effective and timely tweets from brands but Oreo grabs all the plaudits for some reason, probably due to the fact that it coincided with one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
Adidas is one example of a brand that consistently produces effective marketing tweets that give the impression of being off the cuff and reactive to events, even though they were clearly planned ahead of time.
For example, just last night Adidas’ UK marketing team tweeted an image congratulating Andy Murray on winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Blogging doesn’t come easy. A lot of effort goes into coming up with ideas each day and spinning them out into useful articles for our lovely readers.
Some days are certainly harder than others and everyone suffers from writer’s block every now and then.
To help other bloggers through those dark times, I’ve come up with 14 places to look for inspiration when you’ve got a blank page in front of you and a looming deadline.
There are undoubtedly other tricks of the trade that I’ve neglected to mention, so please share your own sources of inspiration in the comments.
In this post, bear with me and you’ll get a couple of case studies and some best practice from brands using TV and promoted tweet tie-ups.
Before I give you the fun stuff, I want to say that best practice is all that matters. Ignore all the stats about engagement and sales uplift.
I don’t usually advocate ignoring stats, but as B2B marketing and service industries now pervade major cities of the developed world, we are awash with stats. And stats that claim to explain general concepts, such as generic increase in purchase intent after viewing a promoted tweet that references TV, are not helpful to you.
Yes, these stats succinctly explain the perceived benefits of advertising on Twitter, but like all data, it’s only that which directly pertains to your company that is of use.
There’s no point examining averaged trends when what you’re interested in is your business. Being blinded by amazing engagement stats will mean you don’t think properly about your campaigns. The last thing you want to do is drip out a poorly conceived set of promoted tweets and have faith they will deliver ROI.
The success of your marketing and advertising is dependent entirely upon detail; detail that’s way more granular than simply what channels you decide to advertise in.
Creating a successful app is an incredibly difficult task, whichever platform you are using.
For every super-viral Candy Crush there’s a thousand zero download zombie apps littering the floor of the app store.
So what makes a great app? I recently took to Twitter (via an app naturally) to find out what busy digital people loved about apps...
Back in 2010 when social media marketing was still in its infancy our former research director Jake Hird rounded up more than 20 mind-blowing stats that gave an overview of how the industry was progressing.
Since then Jake has emigrated to an old British penal colony and these stats have become somewhat less mind-blowing as people now accept that social media is a massive industry.
Even so it’s still interesting to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit these statistics to see the extent to which social media usage has changed in the past three years.
So, here they are:
As a small business owner you're in a great position to start exploiting social media for all its worth, adding much sought after personalisation and relevance at an integral stage of your development.
Although social media can be a fairly time consuming practice depending on how many platforms you choose to use, it's also the key way for a small business to develop awareness, raise its profile, gauge its market and interact with existing and future customers.
As the UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on December 7 2013, here is the second in a series of posts that takes a look at each individual social media platform in turn (last week we looked at Pinterest for small businesses) and highlights how you can achieve the best from each one.
This week: Facebook.