Small Businesses Struggle to Prove Facebook ROI: New Research


social media researchAre you using Facebook to acquire customers for your small business?

Do you struggle to measure the return on your social media marketing investment?

Despite a lack of concrete proof of sales, small businesses are devoting time and dollars to Facebook marketing.

In this article you’ll discover findings from recent studies focused on Facebook marketing.

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Discover new research on how small businesses struggle with Facebook ROI.

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Social Media Marketing Trends Gaining Traction in 2015: New Research


social media researchDo you track social media marketing trends?

Are you wondering whether predictions for 2015 are proving true?

In this article you’ll discover findings from recent studies to help you gauge whether your social media marketing choices are on track.

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Discover new research on social media marketing trends.

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How to Measure Social ROI on Facebook Ads


social media how toAre you running Facebook ad campaigns to increase engagement?

Wondering how to measure the short and long term impact?

When you spend money on an ad campaign with the goal of increasing long term engagement with your audience rather than immediate sales, the results can be difficult to quantify.

In this article you’ll discover how to measure and analyze the Social ROI for your Facebook ads so you can assess their value to your business and know which ads are worth running again.

Why Track Social ROI on Facebook Ads?

The results of social campaigns are just as crucial as traditional ROI.

Traditional conversion ad campaigns on Facebook are relatively straightforward.

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Discover how to measure the social ROI of Facebook ads.

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Four Ways to Measure the Impact of Social Media: A Case Study


social media case studies Do you need to justify social media efforts to company leaders?

Do you want to know exactly what impact social media has on your business?

In this article you’ll discover how SAP North America created a process that shows them exactly how social media is touching millions of dollars in potential business.

SAP is a global leader in enterprise-level software and services. They have nearly 67,000 employees globally, and over 15,000 in SAP North America. They service 25 different industries and 12 lines of business with enterprise software.

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Read four ways to measure the impact of social media in this case study.

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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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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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How to Present Your Social Media ROI Report to the Boss


social media how toAre you responsible for reporting on social media ROI?

Do you need advice on what to share?

ROI reports justify the resources allocated to social media campaigns.

In this article I’ll explore four important parts of a social media ROI report that decision makers want to see.

A Bird’s-Eye View of ROI Reports

Social media ROI reports are based on prescribed objectives, the progress of the social campaign tasked with meeting those objectives, the analysis of key performance indicators (KPIs) and whether the original objectives are met.

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Analyze KPIs as part of your ROI reporting. Image: iStockPhoto.

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Google Analytics: How to Make Smart Marketing Decisions


Do you want to know if your content and social activities are supporting your business?

Are you wondering how you can use Google Analytics to track your progress?

To learn how to use Google Analytics to help make smart marketing decisions, I interview Andy Crestodina for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Andy Crestodina, author of Content Chemistry and co-founder of Orbit Media (a Chicago-based web design agency). Andy has also written for Social Media Examiner and he’s a Google Analytics expert.

Andy shares how to use Google Analytics to help you make informed marketing choices.

You’ll discover why analytics are so important to your business success and step-by-step instructions on how to get started.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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25 Social Media ROI Tips From the Pros


social media how toDo you struggle with establishing return-on-investment (ROI) for your social media efforts?

Are you looking for advice to help you measure your ROI?

For most businesses, being able to substantiate the allocation of resources into social media is a necessity. But it’s not always easy.

We asked 25 online marketing pros to share their best ROI tips. Find out what they had to say below.

#1: Measure Your Key Performance Indicators

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Eric Siu

People who try to set revenue expectations are setting themselves up for failure because people aren’t on social media to buy.

So, what should you do?

It’s better to look at numbers such as engagement rate, referral traffic and audience reach.

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Ensure you’re measuring the correct metrics for your campaign. Image source: iStockphoto

If I’m doing app install ads through Facebook, for example, I’ll measure cost per install. If I’m promoting content, I really only care about the traffic coming back to my site for branding reasons—conversions from social media content promotion are icing on the cake.

Eric Siu, founder of Growth Everywhere and COO at Single Grain, a digital marketing agency.

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