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.
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week.
Stats include social advertising in the alcohol industry, a drop in Facebook usage, consumer loyalty, barriers to mobile payment adoption and Google News.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Budweiser proved to be the king of alcohol advertising in Q1 by achieving more than half of total social shares.
The beer company’s 'Brotherhood' ad was shared 2.4 million times compared to 970,000 for little-known vodka brand Neft’s ad, 'Bad Motherf***er'.
According to Unruly’s data, Bud’s advert accounted for 59% of total alcohol ad shares in Q1, despite the fact that it isn’t really the kind of creative one would normally associate with beer ads.
It’s a sickly sweet tale of one man’s relationship with his horse, which is a far cry from the usual light-hearted ads beer companies usually go for, including Bud’s previous “Wassup” efforts.
Despite the marketing potential that exists in social networks there has always been an element of doubt over the efficacy of buying social ads.
Some of the most convincing arguments against social ads are that people don’t want to be sold to while they’re socialising and that you can’t always trust the validity of personal data on networks like Facebook.
In fact our own head of social Matt Owen recently blogged about the problems he encountered with gauging the success of Promoted Posts due to poor targeting tools and fake profiles.
But a new report from Kenshoo shows that although organic posts (such as maintaining a branded Facebook page) are the most popular social tactic, paid ads actually proved to be the most successful approach.
Attribution is the name of the name at the moment.
A hot topic at our recent Digital Cream London event, social and online spend is now more under the microscope than ever.
It's not enough just to have fans and followers; you have to know who they are, where they came from and what they want from you.
As such, the social media management/dashboard industry has blossomed of late and grown into something much more mature.
We spoke with the CEO of one player in this space - Vitrue's Reggie Bradford - to discuss Facbeook Timelines, changes to tabs, measurement and social advertising.