If recent trends like “conversational marketing” and “social selling” have anything to teach us, it’s that social media has matured a great deal as a pure prospecting platform since its early days

Not to imply that anyone has truly reinvented the wheel here. For the most part, brands on social media have always used it as a means for finding and educating prospects, raising brand awareness and building communities of fans. On the other hand, B2B marketers’ objectives in general, and on social media specifically, have been evolving. [si_guide_block id="82119" title="Download FREE Resource – 10 common social media marketing mistakes guide" description="Our actionable guide to avoiding common social media marketing mistakes to help you avoid the pitfalls that limit engagement with your target audience."/] Bizible’s most recent State of Pipeline Marketing Report demonstrates that instead of prioritizing demand and lead…

Our compilation of the latest social media statistics of consumer adoption and usage

Social networks are now so well established, that there is a core 'top 5' social networks that don't change much from year-to-year. But, as we'll see in this post, the most popular social media sites vary a lot by level of usage in different countries and demographics. Understanding these differences in popularity of different social networks is really important when targeting specific audiences. When comparing the most popular social networks it's best to review them by active account usage, not just the number of user accounts. We'll also see in this summary that some social networks are growing more rapidly than others while some are now in decline.

2018 social media stats update

We'll keep this post updated during 2018 as the latest statistics are published drawing on our recommended top 10 digital marketing statistics sources. We'll be pointing…

In 2017, social media platforms boasted 2.8 billion users across the globe. That equates to about 37 percent penetration, and the numbers continue to grow every year. For marketers who know how to segment their audiences, that’s excellent news.

Social media channels offer the most granular way for marketers to identify real people. They allow marketers to not only know when they’re advertising to males, females, young adults, or retirees, but also to cross-reference basic demographics with profile data, behavior, interests, and users’ social graphs in order to qualify audiences at a level superior to other advertising channels. The ability to target exactly who you want and to take attributes from your CRM data and consumer preferences specific to how they interact with your brand is a unique advantage of social advertising. For instance, the San Antonio Spurs tested a variety of creatives for Facebook’s link ads to encourage a custom…

6 questions your boss will ask about social media automation (and how to win them over)

Engagement is the name of the game in running a successful social media campaign. Customers are 20-40% more likely to spend money on products coming from brands that engage with them on social media. However, responding to comments and messages left behind by potential customers can quickly consume a huge chunk of your time. On top of this, running a successful social marketing campaign involves carrying out tasks that are repetitive. Here are 8 statistics to prove the worth of social media marketing: It is for this reason why more and more businesses are using marketing automation tools to run their social media marketing campaigns. As its name suggests, these are software programs that handle many of the time-consuming tasks involved in running a successful social media campaign. By…

While new digital marketing techniques are constantly emerging, the old standbys remain great strategies to attract new customers

People love free stuff, giveaways, and contests. Remember Warren Buffett’s $1 billion March Madness challenge? Even though the odds were abysmal (about 1 in 9.2 quintillion), more than a million people still got excited to compete. There’s a reason why these types of contests and giveaways work so well: They build excitement and attract potential customers. If the giveaway is newsworthy (even if it’s not $1 billion-newsworthy), it still creates buzz and encourages people to share among friends. [si_guide_block id="82119" title="Download FREE Resource – 10 common social media marketing mistakes guide" description="Our actionable guide to avoiding common social media marketing mistakes to help you avoid the pitfalls that limit engagement with your target audience."/]

Social Media and Branding

Social media has the power to transform the way we connect with brands and one another.…

Ever found yourself stuck in a dilemma while posting images on social media?

A crisp shot posted on Facebook may appear to be of a terrible quality on Twitter, and that’s just two of the many different social channels out there.

While content marketing focuses primarily on the quality of content, the quality of additional assets, such as the feature images and video links should be equally scrutinized. These assets should compliment the textual content, instead of detracting from it. A blurry image may put the user off of your content entirely, as they might question the overall quality of the link.

If you can’t make the effort of presenting your audience with decent quality content, why should they make the effort of consuming it?

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Chart of the Day: Compare desktop and mobile social media platform reach benchmarks across various counties

In a recent report by Ofcom, 'The international communications market 2017', global comparisons of social media reach has been revealed. The use of social media in marketing is vastly popular because of the potential reach of worldwide customers, and although it's become a 'pay-to-play' arena for most businesses, there is still potential for organic reach if used correctly and strategically. With the vast range of social media platforms readily available for marketers and advertisers to promote their products and services, one of the hardest challenges is determining which platform is best. However, not only do you need to know which platform your target audience is using, but which device they using and what geographical demo-graph is most popular to get a holistic view of where you need to target. All this customer research is vital to achieving…

Chart of the day: Have we become generation 'Treat yo self'? Social media trend analysis reveals why and what we are spending our money on this Christmas

Have you ever been Christmas shopping but found you only bought gifts for your self? This is a common theme on social media this year. 'Treat Yo Self Day' originated from Tom and Donna off 'Parks and Recreation' and the day caught on. According to one source shoppers are self-gifting more than ever in 2017. But what’s driving this behavior? Crimson Hexagon looked at the conversation on social media, to unveil the reasons why people shop for themselves and discover what they buy for themselves. The conversation around self-gifting has significantly increased over the years, going from 6.9k total posts in 2010 to 63.4k total posts in 2016. Popular hashtags around…

How to use Snapchat marketing in 2018 as part of your social media strategy

Its been a slow year for Snapchat. Snapchat’s has a total of 173 million daily actives for its entire app whilst Instagram has a total of 700 million monthly users, the Instagram stories feature a direct rival to Snapchat. Instagram has continued to mimic Snapchats old features and Snapchat has had to create new unique features to give users a reason to use their platform. This year we have seen Snapchat launch new editing tools and camera features, as well as Snapmap and Snap Publisher. Snapchat began in 2011 as a disappearing photo-sharing platform. The app saw significant growth when it first launched but is now struggling to compete with its rival, Instagram Stories. Snapchat made its mark for showing a more authentic and unpolished side of social media. According to SproutSocial, that original feeling is…

Chart of the day: Know how and where to target Generation Z consumers in 2018

Generation Z, also known as post-millennials, are the latest generation to take to online media consumption, adopting a social and mobile-first approach to online research channels. Targeting millennials has, in the past few years, become a buzzword for any business that wants to delve into the minds of consumers who want more brand engagement, charity-inspired campaigns, and tech-savvy marketing. However, Generation Z are, what some call, the future of social consumerism. Starting from the mid-1990's (approx 1995) these are the generation who live and breath online, where social media, staying connected and latest trends are vital to daily life. By these dates, Generation Z are approximately 21-22 years old, starting their careers or in full swing knowing who they are and where they want to be. It is the generation where traditional advertising might not cut it anymore, they aren't looking…

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