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.
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.
Are you trying to measure your social media return on investment (ROI)?
Do you need to measure the social performance of your business?
To learn how to determine the ROI for social media marketing, I interview Nichole Kelly for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
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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).
Nichole shares why so many businesses struggle to determine the ROI of their social media activities and what’s really important in your social media measurement.
You’ll learn the most important steps that all marketers should take when thinking about social ROI.
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Are you wondering if measuring social media return on investment (ROI) is important?
Do you cringe when you think about putting together another report?
You aren’t alone. But times are changing for social media and these reasons will show you why it’s time to get serious about measuring your results.
Do I Really Need to Measure ROI?
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. Is ROI the right measure of success for social media?
There are many who would argue that a financial return doesn’t show the true value of social media for the organization. I would agree that ROI doesn’t paint the full picture.
However, the bottom line is that executives and business owners sleep, eat, and breathe ROI. It has been the measure of success since the beginning of their careers and while we can jump up and down and tell them it isn’t a complete picture, they aren’t going to believe it until they see it.
Do you struggle to accurately measure the return on investment (ROI) of your social media marketing?
You’re not alone. Several new research studies reveal that marketing managers are under increased pressure to show measurable results from their social media efforts.
But these same managers indicate that measuring the returns is one of their top two challenges for 2012.
Social media success sometimes appears arbitrary.
Perhaps you’ve wondered, “Why does company X generate leads and business from their social activity while my company wastes resources on blogs that don’t get read and tweets that go unanswered?”
Social media is so new, sometimes the path to success is unclear and it’s easy to lose your way.
In my prior Social Media Examiner article about Social Media return on investment (ROI), I discussed the financial definition of social media ROI.
This article goes a step deeper by working through a few examples of estimating the social media ROI.
Why Estimate a Return?
Before we go any further, let’s review why we need the social media return and ROI again.
You use the return and the ROI to compare the efficiency of marketing campaigns; for an in-house team, you can use these numbers to negotiate budgets with your management; for agencies, you can use estimated numbers to land prospective clients and to retain current clients. The numbers are used in conjunction with social and web metrics to analyze and optimize current and future campaigns.
Steve reviews the biggest changes in social media over the past 12 months. He also shares the latest social media trends and gives tips on what businesses should focus on in the future.
Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.
What Is Klout?
Klout calls itself the “measurement for your overall online influence,” but what are they really trying to do? To understand Klout’s goal, you have to understand influence itself and the difficulty in measuring social media ROI. In the beginning, social media was measured in followers and fans, and for a time, life was good.
But with companies joining social media sites by the tens of thousands, everyone got followed and eventually tricks, software and spam accounts ran wild. Newcomers were able to create large ‘followings’ and social media service clients couldn’t tell who was legitimate, and who had purchased a great ‘friend adder’ software program.