Wondering how to connect the dots between content and customers?
In this article you’ll find important best practices, backed by research, to help improve your social media marketing.
Brand new research from Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs shows that while there are universal challenges in content marketing such as measuring ROI and producing engaging content, there are certain best practices that mitigate these problems.
Here’s our take on the research.
#1: Have a Documented Strategy
Fifty-four percent of the most effective B2B marketers have a documented content strategy and most of them follow it “very closely.” Furthermore, 60% of those with a written strategy consider their organization to be effective in content marketing, compared to 32% with only a verbal strategy.
One of the biggest differences between effective content marketers and those who fail is a documented strategy.
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.
Do you want people to tell their friends about your business?
Are you getting positive word of mouth?
New research shows that word-of-mouth marketing has grown exponentially on social media.
In this article you’ll discover three ways you can encourage customers to tell their friends about you.
#1: Customer Service Tips the Scales
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for the latest social media trends to inform your marketing?
Based on new research, here are five areas you should start paying attention to right away.
Note: This article is based on Exact Target’s 2014 State of Marketing Report, which shows top marketing objectives, priorities and concerns for 2014.
#1: Social Listening Becoming Important
More brands are beginning to really listen to their customers.
According to the report, 60% of marketers were using social listening strategies in 2013 and 24% plan to do so in 2014. The sad news is that only 31% of marketers think their social listening is fully effective.