Many businesses have shied away from online reviews because of the fear that bad reviews will ruin their business. But it’s just not true.
Everyone knows that no business is perfect and that sometimes things can go wrong.
So, across-the-board five star reviews should always be taken with a pinch of salt as it’s inevitable that someday, someone, somewhere will have been less than ecstatic about the company they bought from.
As I'm making my way in the big bad digital marketing industry in the UK, I'm going to give a big shout-out to my home country in the form of this blog post.
The Irish nation is typically a very chatty and social culture in its own right, so I would like to investigate how social the Irish are online.
Having recently moved to the UK, my greater knowledge base of digital marketing lies within the Emerald Isle. I do believe though, that small as Ireland is, it doesn’t mean that socially savvy countries cannot learn from others, especially the digital hub of Europe.
So I’ll write this post with facts and figures and in true Irish fashion, sure we will see how we get on.
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 we enter the final month of a promising year of economic recovery, I'm continuing to round up the best of the Econsultancy blog.
Here you'll find around 30 posts that are definitely worth your time; either great practical advice, the best of our opinion pieces, interesting case studies, or what you definitely need to know about changes at the main tech players.
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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.
Pinterest seems like it should be one of the great social media success stories of recent years.
It’s got 70m users, 80% of whom are female and 35% of which use Pinterest on their mobiles.
A demographic skewed towards women with decent incomes: an advertiser’s dream...surely…?
Last year, Coca-Cola launched the Journey website as its own media outlet, using an editorial, image-heavy format.
Fuelled by the brand's Content 2020 plan, the redesign was described as 'the most ambitious rethink of Coca-Cola’s web properties' since it launched the first website in 1995.
The company has gone from being declared 'creatively bankrupt' by a chief exec in 2004 to being named Creative Marketer of the Year at Cannes in 2013.
As an innately social product, alcoholic beverages should be perfectly suited to the opportunity for sharing and engagement that is afforded by social media.
However alcohol brands have to tread a fine line on social in order to ensure their messages don’t break any regulations within local markets.
At Socialbakers’ Engage NYC event this week Pernod Ricard’s social media manager Jeremie Moritz described the company’s approach to social marketing, which is based on the idea of ‘making a new friend every day’.
The company is home to many of the world’s top spirits brands, such as Absolut and Chivas Regal, and operates its own distribution channels in more than 80 countries. It employs more than 19,000 staff to ensure things run smoothly.
Last week Facebook announced on the Developer blog that it would be rolling out new designs for the infamous Like and Share buttons.
According to Facebook, these buttons are “viewed over 22bn times daily across more than 7.5m websites”.
Having active social sharing buttons on your website is most definitely a simple, yet effective way of allowing users to share your content, which in turn can result in sometimes significant amounts of traffic returning to those pages from people within their networks.
And it’s highly likely for most website owners that it will be the Like or Share button that is getting the most shares and driving the most traffic back. A recent study by Shareaholic of 200,000 publishers revealed that referral traffic from Facebook has grown by 58.81% from September 2012 to 2013.
So it’s not much of a surprise that Facebook has looked to change them, but what are the differences and how can they used?
As Twitter grows, it's more difficult to digest your own activity, to search for trends and content, and to find the right people to engage with.
To the already swollen ranks of Twitter clients comes Tame. Tame claims to provide further context for the user.
I asked a few questions of their team, to find out more about the service.