Are you looking to improve your professional development when it comes to social media?
Do you feel overwhelmed by endless social media platform changes?
If so, Social Media Examiner has just the event for you.
The Social World is Changing
One of the biggest challenges marketers face these days is keeping up with the dizzying rate of change in social media marketing.
This year alone, Facebook has introduced Graph Search, Hashtags, Power Editor and recently, new Facebook Insights.
YouTube is another example. In March 2013, they significantly changed the layout for brand channels, forcing marketers to go back to the drawing board and rethink their strategies.
It can be unsettling trying to keep up with all of these changes, not to mention how much time it takes to learn and make the necessary adjustments.
Wondering how the wide choice of devices and platforms are impacting marketers and consumers?
According to the 2013 Infinite Dial Report by Edison Research, media usage is not a zero-sum game.
Consumers want to use all channels simultaneously, and as a marketer, you have to keep up by tracking them down wherever they go.
To do that, you’ll need to understand these 6 emerging trends that will have a significant impact on your marketing strategies.
#1: Media Fragmentation
Consumers are everywhere, all at the same time. According to the Edison report, there are 256 million U.S. users on TV, 243 million on radio, 232 million on the Internet, 182 million connected at home via broadband, 177 million connected at home via wi-fi, and 139 million smartphone users.
In this age of multimedia consumption, consumers are using more devices across a common set of platforms to do more things than ever. That means marketers have to play catch-up and shift away from strategies of the past. Today, the “e” in ecommerce means “everywhere.”
Regardless of how long you’ve been involved in social media, chances are you have some questions that you’d like answered.
Questions such as, “What are the best social management tools?” or “What are the best ways to engage my audience with social media?”
These and many more questions were answered in the 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, which surveyed over 3000 marketers with the goal of understanding how they use social media to grow and promote their businesses.
Here are some interesting findings from the survey:
#1: Marketers Want Most to Learn About Blogging
When asked what social media platform they wanted most to master, 62% of marketers said blogging, putting it in first place slightly ahead of Google+. This answer is consistent with other studies, which show that the appetite for blogging education is growing.
An important trend to consider is that 28% of marketers now have mobile-optimized blogs. This is highly significant when you consider that the number of smartphone subscribers in the world has broken the 1 billion mark.
Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have liked to.
In this article I’ve assembled for you 15 actionable social media marketing takeaways from some experts who presented at the event.
Here’s what they had to say.
#1: Prepare for Social Displacement
With maturity of any new industry comes disruption. Just as email, the web and search disrupted entire industries several years ago (e.g., the postal service, print publications and traditional sales), we can also expect a lot of online disruption to happen because of social media.
- Facebook messages are displacing email (it’s becoming easier to send your friend a Facebook message rather than find their email address).
- Asking friends rather than searching (more and more people are asking their Facebook friends or Google+ circles for referrals instead of searching online for a product or service).
- Listening to podcasts is beginning to replace radio.
Would you like to know how other marketers are using paid social media?
A recent survey (by Vizu, a Nielsen company) analyzed the opinions of digital marketers’ use of paid social media marketing.
This article will highlight seven key findings from the research.
#1: 65% of Marketers Increasing Paid Social Media Ad Budgets for 2013
The majority of advertisers surveyed revealed that they plan to increase their paid social media advertising budgets for 2013. As social media use continues to explode among U.S. users, marketers are following closely by investing heavily to stay in front of their customers.
Or perhaps you have a manuscript that hasn’t been published.
If so, this article is just for you.
These days it is next to impossible to get a major publisher interested in a book deal, particularly when you’re a novice writer without an established platform. As far as they’re concerned, you’re too risky and they’ll avoid you like the plague.
So what do you do?
Well, Guy Kawasaki, co-author of APE: How to Publish a Book, would tell you to self-publish.
“Self-publishing enables you to determine your own fate. There’s no need to endure the frustration of finding and working with a publisher.”
The latest findings from Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report show that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase.”
In fact, blogs rank favorably with consumers for trust, popularity and even influence.
Here are some interesting findings from the Technorati report.
#1: Blogs Influence Consumers’ Purchasing Decisions
The report found that blogs are now the third most influential digital resource (31%) when making overall purchases, behind retail sites (56%) and brand sites (34%).
Would you like some insights to help your business better understand people’s social habits?
In this article, I examine a report published by Edison Research focused on people’s latest social habits.
These findings provide useful insights about consumer behavior and how your business can respond.
Here are 9 of the most interesting findings from the study.
#1: Almost 58 million Americans Use Social Sites Daily
A social habit is the tendency to use social media sites several times a day. By mid-2012, the number of Americans with the social habit had risen to 22% (approximately 58 million people) from 18% in 2011.
If so, look no further.
In Nielsen and McKinsey’s Social Media Report, consumers were surveyed to discover how they use social networks.
Here are seven key findings from that report.
#1: More Time Invested in Mobile
The survey found that consumers are increasingly looking to their smartphones and tablets to access social media.
While the PC is still the most widely used device when it comes to social media consumption, the study found that time spent on mobile apps and mobile websites accounted for a 63% increase (compared to 2011) in total time spent.
Additionally, 43% of users said they use smartphones to access social media, while 16% connect using a tablet.