If the changes seen in 2012 are an indicator, there will be a lot more change in 2013.
To get a grip on what the near future may look like, we tapped the knowledge of 21 social media pros.
Here’s what they had to say.
And if you’re curious, here were the 2012 predictions.
#1: Ecommerce and Social Media Grow Together
I don’t know about the world in general, but I am fascinated with the movement of ecommerce and predict that it will continue to trend in 2013.
How well do you really know your audience? Do you know their likes, dislikes, needs, fears, wants, and challenges? Getting to know and understand your customers and prospects is the key to growing your business.
With the rise of social media, the importance of knowing your audience has taken center stage. When you listen to your audience, your one-on-one engagement on social sites becomes effortless and ultimately you are able to deliver exactly what they want, when they want it. The real-time element of social media makes this possible. With simple online surveys you can take your social media program to an entirely new level.
And if you work for a business or own one, it’s likely that social media marketing is on your radar. More and more marketing dollars are beginning to shift toward social media marketing and this trend only continues to climb.
Relationship building via social media marketing is not a one-size-fits all endeavor. Moms, teens and Baby Boomers are three big social media subgroups groups that are unique.
Just like with traditional marketing, the more you know your audience, the more successful you will be at grabbing their attention and keeping it.
In terms of marketing opportunities, recent online buzz shows teens, Boomers and moms as three of the most desirable social networking groups. They are active on these sites and their behaviors have been studied closely.
The team at Social Media Examiner recently received a real gold mine of social media insight. It’s a mega report recently released by MarketingProfs called, “The State of Social Media Marketing.” This massive report highlights social media usage, strategy and predictions for 2010. And this article will bring you a small look at some of the findings from this content-rich report.
By the way, MarketingProfs used a three-tiered approach to craft this study, including consulting with a panel of social media experts, surveying more than 5,000 MarketingProfs readers and asking comScore to mine its panel data. This approach adds greater integrity and scope to the overall results.
With social media marketing evolving at a rapid pace, it’s essential to stay current on the latest industry trends. Here are some interesting findings from recent social media studies:
#1: Social Media Engagement Big Challenge for Many Businesses (Deloitte)
Survey results from a recent Deloitte study (2009 Tribalization of Business Study), point to some key challenges that organizations are facing as they move toward integrating online communities into their social media strategy.
Here are the top three areas respondents identified as obstacles:
- Keeping visitors engaged: 30%
- Getting people to join: 24%
- Encouraging return visits to the online community: 21%