Audiences for brands grew by 20% in Q4 2013 and brand tweets that included pictures and content links generated the most engagement.
During Q4 2013, the top 100 brands according to Interbrand averaged 210 engagements per tweet when they added a picture link.
This comes from the latest research by Simply Measured, analysing the Twitter activity of brands listed in the Interbrand 100, compared with the Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America.
Here’s a look at the research along with some recommendations for brands on how to increase their engagement.
Despite reports suggesting that teens have been deserting Facebook in their thousands, a new study into global social media usage shows that the network is still in good health.
While the level of active usage fell by 3% in the second half of 2013, Facebook is still hugely popular among all demographics and has actually increased the audience size for its apps.
The GWI Social report shows that Facebook remains the most popular social network in terms of global account ownership (83%), active usage (49%) and visit frequency (56% of users log in more than once a day).
In terms of account numbers Facebook is followed by YouTube (59%), Google+ (58%) and Twitter (51%), all three of which saw increasing membership during 2013. Facebook still remains someway ahead of this pack, but the gap has been narrowing.
It's the time of year again that analysts report yet another bumper year for ecommerce trading, and commentators try to predict digital trends for the forthcoming year.
But it's also the time when we gain access to data to help understand what was most talked about online.
Since launching last year Vine has become a firm favourite at Econsultancy as it allows brands to create some really creative content.
However the app also presents a challenge for marketers, as it can be difficult to come up with entertaining and shareable ideas that fit perfectly into the six-second format.
Brands that base their marketing activities around live events obviously have a natural advantage in this respect as there’s always something to point a camera at to capture some behind-the-scenes footage.
I’ve previously highlighted several fashion brands that have begun to use Vine as part of their social marketing, but professional sports are another obvious example of an industry that should be experimenting with the six-second videos.
As we all know, social media success should never be benchmarked purely on the number of fans and followers that you have.
But that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun to sometimes line up a load of brands and judge them based on their popularity among consumers.
We’ve done it before with fashion retailers, and this time it’s the turn of travel companies and airlines.
It turns out that Dutch airline KLM is the most consistent brand across the board, coming first, second, third and fourth on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest respectively. It’s also the only travel company to feature in each top 10.
Arsenal are apparently the most talked about Premier League team on social media, followed by Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
The rankings were calculated by RadiumOne based on the number of stories shared about each team on popular sports news websites, combined with how effectively each club has been interacting with its fans in the 30 days leading up to the 20th game of the season.
Personally I’m just pleased to see Spurs back in the top four, but it’s also worth investigating further to assess how each club approaches social media.
As such, here’s a quick look the Twitter feeds of the four clubs that top RadiumOne’s rankings. And for more information on this topic, read Ben Davis’ in-depth post detailing Manchester United's strategy on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Sina Weibo...
Facebook is still the dominant social site in the USA, but even more adults are now signing up to multiple platforms.
These findings come from Pew Internet’s latest research, based on a sample of 1,800 adults.
Currently 73% of online adults now use social networking sites, and with our friendship groups, colleagues and professional connections scattered across even more social networks than ever before, it has become a necessity to sign up to multiple platforms in order to engage with them all.
I’ve even had to adopt a second Twitter account to separate my own ‘church and state’ (or less-professional nonsense from even less-professional nonsense.)
Here are some more social network stats from the research, covering Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the relative audience crossover between each platform.
As of last weekend, Vine has finally introduced a desktop website.
I say finally, Vine has only been going a year, but it’s still been an awfully long wait. The idea that a platform as supposedly trend-setting as Vine didn’t have a desktop presence is frankly ludicrous.
I’ve been writing a regular round-up of the best Vines of the month on the Econsultancy blog for a few months now, and the lack of a searchable homepage has made this a much more long-winded exercise than necessary.
Will my job be any easier from now on? Let's see.
I’m going to take a look at Vine’s new UX, along with a handful of other social media sites, and highlight some of the user experience issues I’ve been having with them all.
First I’ll start with Instagram as this has been bugging me for a while now.
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?