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Facebook in 2014: What Social Media Managers Need to Keep in Mind!
Jan 03, 2014
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For a lot of us, it’s hard to believe that 2013 is over. Social media saw significant changes in 2013 – Twitter went public, Facebook got its $3B offer rejected from Snapchat and mobile emerged as a primary device that caused advertisers to scuttle to reach their target audience.
2013 saw social media managers earn authority in the business ground. Owners began to realise that they could no longer afford to depend on funny memes and quotes with pretty backgrounds. Eventually, in 2013 social media managers comprehended that they needed to be more imaginative and relational than before. 2013 also challenged the strategies when Facebook used timelines in place of pages. Timelines made businesses more reachable to their audience. However, while many businesses held on to this change, some of them were afraid of what it might do to their repute. This gave social media managers the chance to be accountable for walking them through accepting these changes.
Many businesses aimed at relying heavily on social media automation in 2013. Ideally in 2014, social media managers will depend less on computerisation and more on personal association on social media. In 2014, it will absolutely be critical for managers to widen your client’s voice – particularly with Facebook advertising. Using this voice to reach the brand advocates will help you spread your point in a better manner. Using a voice helps your audience recognise your brand. Facebook did an excellent job in alluring marketers with the thought that social media is a way to advertise for free.
Social media managers are forced into a pattern shift: so as to get the most out of Facebook, they have to pay. Social media managers have to become better in 2014 in ad spend, best practices for Facebook ads, and how to engage the definite audience of each of their clients. To get the most for every penny spent, ads must request for engagement rather than just delivering a message. It will be their job to let clients know of these changes, while reframing their view about social media as free advertising. Unfortunately, Facebook users are beginning to stop paying attention to certain messages from businesses and developing ad blindness, disregarding posts that have “sponsored” attached to them.
A piece of advice in 2014 for social media managers: focus on relationships. Social media managers need to have a second pattern shift and observe Facebook as a way to cultivate relationships. While most of the managers focussed on EdgeRank in 2013, it will be all about engagement and relationship in 2014. Instead of focussing on attention-grabbers to “like” and “share” posts, it’s significant to think about ways of establishing trust and communicating with the customers.
Social Media in 2013 – A Statistical Lookback
Dec 31, 2013
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The only thing constant in the world is change and this adage holds doubly true for social media as things there change so much quicker than in other facets of our life. Social media, of course, grew by leaps and bounds in 2013 and has taken on new roles and responsibilities as people and companies make more innovative uses of the various platforms. Rather than writing reams about everything that happened in this space in the last 12 months, I present to you a statistical lookback at the most popular social media platforms currently being used around the world.
1. Facebook – 1.15 Billion+ total users
751 Million users access FB from mobile devices and various mobile platforms now have a total of 10 million FB apps so far.
23% of FB users check their accounts more than 5 times a day while 350 million photos are uploaded every day.
Marketers are quite confident about the platform with 74% of them believing that FB is important for lead generation.
2. Twitter – 500 Million+ total users
Out of the total of 500 million+ users, over 288 million are active monthly who send out over 400 million tweets every single day.
60% of Twitter users access the microblogging sites from mobile devices.
The average number of tweets per account is 208.
3. Google+ – 500 Million+ total users
The platform has over 343 million monthly active users who click the +1 button almost 5 billion times per day.
Almost 60% of users login everyday to their account.
40% of marketers use Google + while 70% desire to learn more about it and 67% plan to increase their activities on the platform.
The single most engaging type of posts are animated GIFs.
4. Linkedin – 238 Million+ total users
27% of Linkedin users access it through their mobile devices.
The number of groups on Linkedin is in excess of 1.5 million
42% of user regularly update their profile while 81% belong to at least one group.
50% of Linkedin users have a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree.
5. Instagram – 130 Million+ total users
More than 16 billion photos have already been uploaded on Instagram and it gets almost 1000 comments per second.
The most followed brand on Instagram is MTV with over 1.2 million followers.
An average user has almost 40 photos in their account and a total of 5 million photos are uploaded daily.
6. Pinterest – 70 Million+ total users
Food is the most popular category on Pinterest with over 57% people discussing about food-related content.
Nordstorm is the most popular brand on Pinterest with more than 4.4 million followers.
More than 69% of users on Pinterest are female.
80% of pins on Pinterest are repins.
How to calculate social media ROI
Feb 13, 2013
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With an expected increase in online sales up to $9.2 billion by the end of this year, the brands have become more strategic in their approach towards the use of social media for the promotions.
The brands are witnessing customers buying products on the basis of reviews posted on Facebook, twitter or by clicking on the product links posted on these websites. The sentiment towards a brand is getting changed by how a brand handles its social media presence, thus making it a major buying influencer.
The marketers have started focusing on the use of this platform but one question which they need to answer is how should they calculate the ROI for social media.
Calculating ROI is based on a simple calculation of:
The benefits is the revenue generated and the cost is the money invested but in the case of social media the benefits has two parts: tangible and intangible.
- Different types of impressions and the value of those types of impressions
- Clicks to the website
- Increase in attributable sales from the website
- Leads generated from the channel
To attach value to each, you need to try and find equivalents in your existing media plan. Please see some examples below.
|Impressions on news feed and retweets
||Whats the CPM paid for banner impressions? How does the CTR of banners compare with the eScore (Likes or comments/Impressions) ? If the CTR is similar, then similar levels of CPM can be used.
|Clicks to the website
||Average CPC rates can be used. In case you have reason to believe these clicks are more/less valuable, you can adjust the CPC value to higher/lower than average.
|Leads generated from the channel
||The average cost of lead generated in any other channel can be taken as a benchmark, with adjustments for quality as above.
Some of the intangible benefits could be:
- Share of voice i.e. the likes, user engagement, people talking about, retweets etc.
- Conversations i.e. the content (FB wall posts, tweets, blog posts), comments, interactions, pins etc.
- Advocates i.e. Fans, followers, pinners etc.
- Customer Care i.e. handling customer complaints, answering product queries, solving customer issues etc.
The cost for social media includes three parts:
- Content generation
- Ads and promotion of the social media channel
As you cater for more and more metrics as tangibles, you will realize that the list of intangibles comes smaller. For example, the number of followers on twitter has a value. Some of that value is captured when we measure re-tweets.
By separating out and attaching value to the tangibles to the extent possible, the ROI formula now looks like -
[Value (likes, comments, shares, people talking about)] – Cost *100 + Intangibles.
At this point, you could decide at the level of ROI you are comfortable with for the tangibles. For example, even at a tangible ROI of -20%, you might allow this activity to continue as you believe that the intangibles actually take the ROI into the positive domain.
Did you find this post helpful? Please do let me know.
Does your business need Pinterest?
Feb 04, 2013
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In case you don’t already know about it, Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social networks.
In a span of less than 3 years from its launch in March 2010, it has beaten Yahoo in terms of organic traffic driver and has grown more than 4000% last year. According to the reports by comScore, Pinterest buyers spend more and make more transactions as compared to any other social media buyer. With around 17 million total visits per week, Pinterest has become a valuable marketing tool toleverage the online brand presence and value.
Businesses have started using this platform to increase the web traffic and to create high brand awareness with the use of more compelling content. While Facebook allows to post photos, videos and text on the business pages where visitors can comment and interact, Pinterest has a rather unique approach to create brand awareness. The site allows individuals to interact, share and discover new interests, and products by pinning images or videos to their own or other’s pinboards.
Businesses want visitors. Pinning is definitely one of the ways of attracting them. The images which are pinned on the boards; have back links to the source and every time the image gets pinned, a new link is generated.
With each repin, the visibility is expanded and helps in lead generation as it increases the number of people who see the board. So the businesses need to be very innovative towards their approach on using the pins and making the pin boards to get the best of this tool.
Before plunging in, do weigh on the following thoughts –
- Pinterest’s main audience in still in the US and Western Europe. Check to see how your target customer is liking pinterest.
- Pinterest is a visual format – Does that suit your product or service?
Looking at 2011 Socially
Dec 30, 2011
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It was a watershed year for the social media team at Envigo. From a two people team, we are now a seven people cross functional team which can handle the social media mandate for clients across industries.
Unlike the other teams at Envigo which are very process oriented, we are engagement oriented
Please don’t for a moment think we do not have processes. We have processes but they are slightly different!
If I was to look at the SEO and social media team processes, then, this is how they would compare.
Anything for getting those coveted likes, comments and impressions!!
But here lies a catch. This is not what the client gets to see! We remember to wipe our shoes on our trousers before meeting a client.We are evolving and we try to learn from everyone around us
With a lot of support, encouragement and some push and pull these are the social media campaigns that we ran in 2011:
- Scientist Bhaskar – Foodles instant noodles by Horlicks
- Ranbaxy Revital
- Fortune Hotels
- The Frunos – Eno by GSK
- Max Bupa http://www.facebook.com/MaxBupaHealthInsurance
- Lifelong Learning – http://www.facebook.com/LFAIndia
- Stratedge – GSK –Ch Buzz – http://www.facebook.com/GSKCHBuzz
- The Wine Society of India – http://www.facebook.com/thewinesocietyofindia
It was a mixed bag of brands and we were able to deliver satisfactory campaigns across industry verticals.
In my next blog post I will map the qualities of the social media team which translate into successful social media campaigns. So stay tuned!
Engagement on the social media platform
Nov 10, 2011
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Social media has proved to be an evangelist, revolutionising marketing, communications, and the outflow of information. Brands and businesses have always had an access to rich promotional channels, but, the true promise of social media lies in the direct connection and communication. The most beneficial by products of social media are:
1. consumer engagement,
2. creating brand value and
3. building customer loyalty (stated in order of priority)
The dictionary defines engagement as, ‘to attract or hold attention of, engross’. Consumer engagement on the social platform therefore, refers to anything that glues a customer to the brand or business on the social media channel. It could be an update on twitter/tumblr, a page on Facebook, a profile on LinkedIn, an account on Orkut or an upload on you tube. The brand needs to be everywhere and anywhere the consumer is and mere presence is not enough. Of utmost priority is to keep the customer engaged to all the events and updates. The simplest way is to communicate all that takes place within the brand premises so as to build curiosity in order to gain affinity; else the brand needs to get curious about all that lies within the range of interest of the consumer and build affinity. The main idea is to have the consumer coming back to the page or continue searching for the brand.
This however, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Consumer engagement is not tangible, it’s hard to measure or track. The brand/business needs energising and motivating content to remove any kind of viewer fatigue. It is important to establish a personal connect making way for a 2 way process of communication, initiated by the brand. To maintain engagement on the page, it is highly recommended to follow up on each post. A simple thank you note for any feedback/suggestion may not do wonders but not acknowledging consumer action can sure do blunders.
In social media, just like in the real world, presence is felt between people who represent companies and the people who define markets of interest. Engagement helps weave the graph of social significance and success. All brands and businesses are out there, swimming in the ocean of social media, so engagement is the ingredient that serves as a mast, for the brands, against which they can pull their sails and voyage unhindered.
How to make your facebook page more engaging
Nov 09, 2011
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A question asked by hundreds of people in social media is how can they increase the engagement on their pages? The answer to this persistent question is complex but never truly illusive. However, we decided to view the question differently and thereafter, derive an answer to it. The question should really be what makes a particular page so engaging that fans can’t resist interacting with it. The answer really requires cognitive reversal of theories to determine what interaction attributes a successful post that result in a psychologically engaging user experience. Here are a few pointers you must keep in mind each time you wish to start a conversation on a page.
1. Simplicity breeds familiarity
Simple and basic interactive posts do not require too much thinking on part of the user. They are familiar with the language and the message being communicated. And their response to the post is prompt without having to spare a second thought or an extra second.
2. Add details where needed
If the posts are brutally simple and familiar all that it can breed is boredom. Therefore, now a need arises to add necessary details to the content. Once the fan’s mental model of how the page interacts is well formed and fully embedded (known technically as schema formation) to elude boredom and using familiarity add details to the page keeping in mind the profile of the targeted audience and user base. The posts should slowly move on to being user centric addressing their needs, solving their queries and forming a bond.
3. Cleverly Manage response time
The quicker and prompt the reaction time, the better will be the engagement. The aim really is to marry the user needs and the brand page resulting in many loyal customers. Time management can be leveraged to add to the quality and depth of engagement on any page.
4. Measure the engagement and proceed
The engagement on the page can be measured by the likes and comments and interaction per post. But the success really depends on when you can track profile of the most loyal amongst them and interact with them directly, in turn increasing their affinity to the page.
Focal about Social?
Feb 19, 2010
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Social Media and social media marketing are the order of the day. Are you thinking about it as well? We wanted to put some perspective behind it, by comparing it with all the other main channels of online marketing.
Social media is different – it is new and it is still evolving. While traditional online channels could be compared along the dimensions of risk, targeting and monetising models, social media does not really fit in very well. The differences between an affiliate sending traffic to you compared to you buying traffic from Google on these dimensions are below:
1. Risk – Who bears the risk of conversion – the risk of conversion sits with the affiliate alone as in the latter case, Google gets paid on a click
2. Targeting – How well is a user identified as a potential buyer – Similar in both cases- A user clicks a button for more information and writes out a keyword for more information
3. Commercials – What is the payment for the advertising based upon – Payment is based on competitive bidding, but in both cases, there is an element of earning per click which comes into play by the volume provider.
Social media fails to fit into such a model except as an over-simplification. The reasons for this are the same as the reasons for its popularity. Social media is -
1. Free in form – blogs, tweets, posts, discussions, status messages… (and pokes)
2. Free in channel and media – the web and the phone converge here – text, images, videos, maps and mashups are all equally acceptable
3. Free to edit, create, contribute, destroy – Yes, of course you can. Of all things, even an encyclpaedia is freely editable (but in a social manner)
4. Free of control – In the traditional sense, yes. There is no one owner. There can not be. It won’t be social any more.
5. Very important for a marketer – Free to engage and influence – The customer is present, directly and without any intervening chatter. You can chat him up – one on one – like never before. He can single you out (for good or for bad)
Search engine advertising was the magical new boy in college – strange at first but a well behaved person who lived by the rules, albeit new ones. You had to learn his language and customs and he became your best friend and did magical new things for you. Social media advertising is the brash new rock star – everyone wants to be with her but no one really knows how to tame her.