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social media research Are you using Instagram for your business?

Have you thought about advertising on the platform?

Instagram just began offering paid advertising opportunities through select developer partners. In the coming months the platform is expected to create a Facebook-like self-serve option for any budget.

In this article you’ll discover findings from studies about Instagram’s current reach, and the potential to reach targeted audiences with ads.

Evolution of Instagram Ads

In December 2014, Instagram reported its user base hit 300 million, 64.2 million from the U.S. alone. More exciting to brands and marketers than strict user numbers, however, was the engagement rate. Instagram users like, comment and re-gram at a rate of between 3.1% (Socialbakers research) to 4.2% (Forrester research). Comparably, Twitter and Facebook posts have engagement rates of .07% and below.

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Discover what research shows about Instagram’s ad rollout.

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social media researchAre you interested in Google+ marketing?

Wondering where the platform is headed?

Despite a number of detractors, Google+ has a number of fans and supporters who say Google+ has grown into a platform that wins them business.

In this article you’ll discover findings from recent studies focused on the current Google+ activity as well as speculation about what Google plans to do with the network.

Google+ in Recent History

When Google+ first launched, bloggers warned Facebook to watch its rearview mirror for the new, hyper-capitalized social channel. By all accounts, Google leadership designed Google+ as a social media platform, a direct competitor to Facebook.

At first, the hype didn’t seem hyped enough. Just two weeks after its June 2011 launch, Google+ hit 10 million users. By the end of the year, 90 million users had Google+ accounts.

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Discover research about the future of Google+.

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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 researchCurious about how other small businesses are using social media to get more sales?

Wondering which platforms work best for small businesses?

Social Media Examiner’s seventh annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report, a survey of 3,720 marketers, business owners and solopreneurs from the U.S. and overseas, reveals some trends gaining momentum, as well as some surprising stalls.

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Discover twelve social media marketing trends for small businesses.

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