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It’s been a busy old year in social media.
Snapchat has gone from being a novelty messaging app to a valid means of marketing to youths.
Twitter has tried to reinvigorate itself by slightly changing the shape of one of its buttons.
Many people say to me that they don’t generate any business through LinkedIn. I have a simple reply. You’re doing it wrong.
There has also been some debate recently on the Econsultancy blog around whether Facebook is more effective than LinkedIn for B2B marketing.
To counter this argument, here are five best practices to make the most of LinkedIn and achieve your business goals...
It used to be a difficult task to find examples of B2B companies achieving success in social, however as the channel has matured more businesses have been able to drive awareness and sales using various social platforms.
A survey published this time last year found that a majority of businesses (64%) were using social media as a marketing tool, so it’s likely that this number has increased today.
That research found that the most popular reasons for using social were for brand awareness (83%), encouraging social sharing (56%) and gaining trust and followers (55%).
It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for the infographic of the week.
This week it’s a look at social media marketing for B2B companies from Clearpoint Agency.
It shows that 87% of B2B businesses use social compared to 77% that use blogs, with LinkedIn being the social network of choice for 83% of marketers.
Looking at the reasons for using social, 79% use it as a tool for raising brand awareness while 74% use it for customer acquisition.
I recently blogged about consumer brands that had come up with successful Twitter strategies, highlighting ASOS and Nike among others as companies that knew what they were doing with social.
Many commenters mentioned that it would be useful to see a similar post focusing on B2B examples and I was obviously happy to oblige.
Twitter is a difficult medium for B2B companies as it’s all too easy to simply view the platform as a broadcast medium and churn out dull corporate messages.
But here are six examples of businesses that have managed to buck the trend and create interesting or useful Twitter feeds...
While it’s fairly common for consumer brands to shout about their successes in social media marketing, finding convincing B2B case studies is a far more difficult task.
According to a recent survey, a majority of UK businesses (64%) are using social media as a marketing tool, with the most popular reasons being for brand awareness (83%), encouraging social sharing (56%) and gaining trust and followers (55%).
And social has certainly proved to be an important marketing and sales channel for Econsultancy, even though we do occasionally have difficulties working out the exact ROI.
However it still accounts for only a fraction of the traffic and leads for US B2B websites according to data from Optify. Overall, social accounts for 1.9% of traffic compared to 41% for organic search.
Even so, to try and shed some light on the benefits of social marketing, I've found five examples of B2B companies that have achieved success using social media.
B2B marketing is also one of the categories in #TheDigitals, our new awards that recognise the best in digital marketing and ecommerce. Award entries must be submitted online before the deadline March 13, 2013.