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.
Facebook and other social networks are re-organising how consumers experience the web, centring it on their personal connections and activities.
This is blurring the lines between branded content, paid advertising, and consumer conversations.
Marketers therefore need to integrate owned, paid and earned social media strategies.
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.
Brands no longer have an option over whether or not they provide social customer service as consumer demand dictates that complaints and queries are at least acknowledged even if they are ultimately dealt with via a different (less public) channel.
A new study by IMGroup found that fashion retailer Next currently provides the best overall social customer service among brick-and-mortar retailers, followed by Argos and Marks & Spencer.
Next was the top performer on Facebook and the second best on Twitter, which are the two channels most commonly used for social customer service.
All of the retailers in the report had a Twitter presence, with seven of them operating a dedicated customer service feed. Only Superdrug and Boots do not use Twitter for customer service or complaint handling.
As Facebook and Twitter fight to dominate conversation going on in social TV, Mass Relevance has established itself as the platform to facilitate the social battle.
I caught up with Mass Relevance CEO Sam Decker about starting up, the difference between Facebook and Twitter, and the future of social TV.
As we approach the end of the penultimate month of 2013 it’s time to round up some of the most interesting and noteworthy social campaigns we’ve seen in the past 30 days or so.
This time it includes efforts from MTV, Red Bull, Manchester City, Sony and ASOS.
If you’ve spotted any other decent social campaigns in November please flag them up in the comments...
This week we’ve got some really juicy stats from Tesco, John Lewis’ Bear and Hare, Facebook and other more prosaic but useful numbers on mobile and retail.
Get stuck in and please send through any interesting titbits that may be worthy of inclusion next week.
For more stats, check out Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium.
American Airlines’ approach to social has undergone a huge period of transition in the past few years.
The evolution came thanks to a new strategy that was aimed at developing social as a responsive, efficient customer service channel.
At Socialbakers’ Engage NYC event today American Airlines’ social communications analyst Katy Phillips described how and why the company’s approach to social had developed since 2011.
Up until two years ago American’s social channels were handled in partnership with a PR firm, however it was felt that in order to properly resolve customer service queries social needed to handled exclusively in-house.
Snapchat, the equally popular and controversial photo-sharing site, has edged out Facebook in being the most frequently used platform to upload photos.
Out of 809m daily photo uploads in November 2013 so far, Snapchat has a 49% share (accounting for approximately 400m daily uploads), with Facebook now at 43%.
This 400m figure has grown from the reported 350m in September 2013 and a previous figure of 200m in June 2013.