5 Ways You Can Influence Consumer Purchasing Decisions: New Research

social media researchAre you wondering whether social media has any real impact on consumer purchasing decisions? 

Do you sometimes question the potential of social media marketing?

Most businesses and organizations dive into social media hoping to increase brand awareness and acquire more customers. Many are disappointed when it doesn’t pan out.

In this article I’ll share five ways you can adjust your social media tactics to improve your brand’s influence on consumer purchasing decisions.

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Find 5 ways to influence consumer purchasing decisions.

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7 Reasons to Attend Social Media Success Summit 2014

social media reviews Could your social media marketing efforts use a boost?

Are you looking to improve your professional development when it comes to social media?

Are there social networks you’ve been avoiding because you don’t have time to figure out what works?

If so, Social Media Examiner has just the event for you.

In this article I’ll share seven reasons you should attend the upcoming Social Media Success Summit.

Why Attend Social Media Success Summit 2014?

Social Media Success Summit is a live online conference spread out over four weeks—October 7, 2014 to October 30, 2014. The conference empowers you to use social media to gain more exposure for your brand, increase traffic to your website, cultivate more responsive audiences and grow your business.


Watch this “behind the scenes” tour.

These techniques give you tactics and latest techniques that will speed your path to marketing success.

Last year, 3,000 marketers attended the conference from around the globe, including thousands of small business owners and marketers from leading brands. Here’s what some of them had to say about the conference:

“Incredible value for [the] money! Love that this quality of knowledge and expertise was available to me from my home office. Incredible job, Michael. Thank you.” – Vanessa Carrington

“The convenience of being able to attend remotely makes the event well worth your time, and with so many industry experts makes it well worth your money.” – Michelle Drewek

“As a first-timer, this was a great experience. Thanks for the awesome content! The sessions provided solid, detailed and actionable information for all the different platforms that will be invaluable as we implement a social business strategy.” – Kelli Hoffman

Still wondering if the online conference is for you? Trust me, it is. Here are seven compelling reasons you need attend Social Media Success Summit 2014.

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3 Underused Social Marketing Tactics That Build Relationships: New Research

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Are you looking for new ways to improve engagement with your audience?

Do you want to know the most effective, yet rarely used social tactics?

In this article I’ll share research findings that reveal three widely underused tactics you can use to build a long-term interested audience.

#1: Provide Customer Service on Facebook

A lot of brands default to Twitter for social customer care. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s important to remember that Facebook offers plenty of customer service options you can leverage as well.

3 tactics for long term relationships

Use these under-used marketing tactics to build relationships for your business.

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7 Social Media Trends for Marketers: New Research

social media researchAre you wondering what the latest social media trends are for marketers?

Want to make sure you don’t miss out on the next trend in social media?

Fresh from the 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report (which surveyed 2,800+ marketers), this article will highlight some of the newest social media trends faced by marketers.

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Here’s what you need to know from the latest social media research.

Latest Research Reveals Social Media Trends

Not surprisingly, the use of visual content (infographics and memes) is set to increase over the next year—70% of marketers plan on increasing their use of these content forms.

Speaking of infographics, here’s one that illustrates some key findings from the survey:

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Social media marketing trends for 2014.

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Social Photos Generate More Engagement: New Research

social media researchDo you want more engagement from your social media fans and followers?

Wondering what kind of content will help you achieve that goal?

New research confirms that photos could be the “holy grail” of social media engagement.

In this article I’ll share what you need to know about maximizing engagement on Facebook and Twitter.

#1: Photos Are Worth a Million Likes

Photos are the primary type of content posted and shared on Facebook. According to March 2014 research published on eMarketer, photos accounted for 75% of content posted by Facebook pages worldwide.

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Photos are the main type of content posted by Facebook pages.

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Marketers Not Prepared for Negative Feedback: New Research

social media research Do you have a plan to handle negative feedback?

Do you know how to measure your engagement?

These issues and more are faced by many social media marketers.

In this article, I’ll share research and tips to help you overcome common challenges social media marketers face.

#1: Marketers Lack Plan for Negative Comments

When it comes to dealing with negative social buzz, more than half of marketers still aren’t sure what to do.

Research published on eMarketer shows only 45% of marketers currently have an effective strategy to deal with negative social media posts; 23% don’t have any kind of plan; 25% are working on getting a plan; and 8% have a plan that doesn’t work.

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Remember the old saying—no one plans to fail, they fail to plan.

Dealing with negative social media posts can be time-consuming and uncomfortable, particularly if you don’t have a written policy for handling them. Rather than waiting until disgruntled customers or anonymous haters (you should be able to tell them apart!) show up, make a plan for handling those situations before they arise.

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How to Create a Successful Business Blog

social media how to Want to build a blog that benefits you and your business?

Do you need help managing your blog?

Whether you’re starting a new business blog or looking to revive an old one, there’s a lot to do.

You may even feel overwhelmed by all that’s involved. But don’t worry.

In this article you’ll find numerous resources and practical advice to help you through each stage of the blogging process.

Why Write a Business Blog?

A business blog helps you cement your position as an expert by giving you a platform to provide exceptional content (news, tips, trends) for your clients, potential clients and partners.

“A business blog is important because it is the optimal choice for your content marketing hub. In today’s content-driven world, while you may view yourself as a marketer, you’re really a publisher. You have to provide relevant content for your prospects, customers and the public, who spend over 10 hours a day consuming media.”—Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Institute

Here are 10 things you can do, along with a variety of resources you can use, to create and promote a successful business blog.

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New Research Shows Which Social Networks Ideal for Marketers

social media researchWhich platforms are most relevant to social media marketing right now?

Marketers need to know where (and how) they should focus their efforts for maximum ROI.

This article gives you four major research findings from reports tracking trends in social media marketing and the content that works best on each.

#1: People Spend More Time on Visual Networks

It’s impossible to miss the powerful effect of visual content on the social web. It can significantly enhance a brand’s marketing objectives by generating more customer interest and prompting prospects to take desired actions.

As an example of the power of pictures, consider that Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram each gained over 10 million visitors in 2012, thanks to eye-catching content. Numbers from Statista numbers shared on Mediabistro show that users spend more time on Pinterest (1:17 minutes) or Tumblr (1:38 minutes) than on Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Google+ combined.

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Visual social networks get more time from users than non-visual networks.

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New Social Media Research That Could Change Your Strategy

social media research Are you managing social media for your business?

Do you pay attention to the trends happening across the social web?

If so, you already know how the rules and landscape of social media marketing are always changing.

But what you don’t know may not only surprise you, but also may make you think twice about your social media strategy.

Here are four surprising social media research findings you should leverage for your social media strategy.

#1: Users ‘Like’ Facebook for Social Logins

When logging onto sites with a social network ID, research by eMarketer shows that a majority of users (51%) prefer to log in using their Facebook credentials.

In fact, professionals across all industries favored Facebook. Only 28% of users log in with Google+. Facebook is also the preferred social login network ID for 63% of global mobile users.

social logins by industry, social media facts

Facebook login trumps all other social logins or registration requiring username and password.

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