I just came across this fascinating post full of stats about social media usage. It was written by Belle Beth Cooper and published on Buffer.
If you’re managing social media for your business, you will be interested to know about some of the most surprising social media statistics this year.
You can read the full post here, but I thought there was too much great info that I needed to share with you. Here are ten that might make you rethink the way you’re approaching social media:
There has been a lot of talk about the death of SEO in the last 12 months. The “Panda” and “Penguin” updates by Google have certainly stirred up the online marketing community, with many suggesting that “Penguin penalties” mean that search engine optimisation no longer works or is not a viable tactic. I disagree wholeheartedly.
SEO is still the most effective means of delivering high quality, qualified traffic to a website. In fact, after 8 years of studying and optimising websites, I believe good SEO is more effective than ever.
Notice how I said “good SEO”?!
The Google Panda and Penguin updates punish BAD SEO. You know, the spammy link building, keyword stuffing, really blatant reader-unfriendly stuff. And so it should. Its crappy.
All Google has been trying to do is eliminate the rubbish so that they can serve up higher quality content to their users. If you are doing the right thing you should have nothing to worry about. In fact, my experience has been that every major Google algorithm update has actually benefited my clients.
Last week my team and I met up with a major client for an annual review. We have spent the last year working hard with them on a great website full of excellent content. We did an enormous amount of SEO work for them during this time. Here are some of their year-on-year stats:
- Overall traffic grew 223%
- Traffic from organic search grew 652%
- Non-brand related search traffic grew 1112%
- Conversions grew 196%
Try telling this customer that SEO doesn’t work. Done properly, search engine optimisation works amazingly well and will continue to do so for quite some time.
Nonetheless, the rules have changed and this has caught a lot of bad operators out. This infographic from DCI neatly explains the changes to SEO since Penguin.
Its not easy being a brand storyteller in a transmedia world. Between constantly changing technology, tight budgets, and interaction from consumers in new and unprecedented ways; brand storytellers are being forced to create new transmedia experiences by integrating dynamic content, often co-created through audience participation.
According to Getty Image’s latest infographic, effective transmedia storytelling offers consumers: more new experiences; longer extendable campaign lives; stronger emotional connections to brands; and, the ability for businesses to engage with new or jaded audiences to send brand loyalty soaring via this new media experience. For this reason, becoming effective storytellers in the transmedia marketplace is something that should be top of mind for marketers, advertisers and business decision makers.
The good news is you don’t need to analyse the science behind effective brand storytelling as this new transmedia storytelling infographic has done it for you in five easy steps.
Facebook have made many changes in the last few years. It appears their aim is to bridge the gap between companies and consumers to drive commerce, and, of course, attempt to take online advertising market share from away from Google. To do that, they have been improving their search capabilities, leading to Graph Search.
With more consumers beginning to use Facebook for searches, it’s important that your business is in a position to benefit.
In this infographic, Right On – No Bull Marketing shows you how to optimise your company’s Facebook page for Graph Search. It includes most things you need to get high Graph Search rankings to drive customer traffic to your local business.
Did you know that 72% of B2C marketers have acquired a customer through Facebook? Or that B2B marketers have found LinkedIn 277% more effective than Facebook or Twitter for acquiring new customers?
Did you know that SEO is still almost 3 times more effective than Social Media or Pay Per Click for generating leads? It’s true.
This nice infographic from the team at Wishpond spells it all out.
The use of social media platforms is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, in the past 7 seven years the use of social media has grown 365 percent. With most of us now spending a considerable amount of time online and in social networks, it is inevitable that many companies are focusing their attention on social commerce.
With this in mind the team at Fedeltapos in Australia have compiled this great infographic about the effect of social media on commerce.
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Did you know that small and medium-sized businesses now spend the biggest share of their marketing budgets on email campaigns – 15 percent on average according to an iContact study.
And it’s no wonder when you consider how valuable a good email database can be for your business. Its an important part of the inbound marketing process. There’s no point attracting all those visitors to your site if you aren’t going to maintain some dialogue with them. That’s what email marketing can do.
But with the flood of emails customers and prospects receive these days, it’s more important than ever for companies to deliver stand-out design to inboxes.
That’s why 99designs have decided it was time to give emails their own dedicated spot on their very popular design marketplace.
To celebrate the launch of their Email Design category, 99designs ran a contest asking designers to create three irresistible templates in four color options for our customers to download for FREE.
Check them out and start emailing.
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Digital marketing is evolving at an incredible pace. There is a wide range of effective tools, technologies and platforms delivering exciting changes to the digital marketing world this year.
The infographic, The Top 4 Digital Marketing Trends for 2013, provides a comprehensive analysis of tools and technologies defining the digital marketing landscape this year. It traces the impact of the digital revolution on consumer behavior and highlights key trends that marketers need to focus on in 2013.
It provides insights on optimally utilizing various elements of a digital marketing strategy like mobile marketing, social media, content marketing and author rank, to offer greater reach, better relevancy and higher customer engagement. Thanks to the team at DCI for this excellent piece.
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The blogosphere can be a wonderful source of information. We all regularly trawl it looking for great ideas, inspiration and help.
The thing is, it is really only a starting point.
Most good bloggers are happy to share information, but they’re probably going to draw a line at sharing the really good stuff. And fair enough too. Most bloggers are in business and need to keep the very best ideas for their clients.
You see, good online marketers understand that there are levels of contact; social media, blogs, databases and clients. Accordingly, there are levels of information they are willing to share at each point of contact; general information, detailed information and high level / high value information.
It sort of looks like this very detailed graph I drew on a napkin:
Which leads me to this….
My team and I at Sticky have just launched a new Marketing Tips Newsletter. It is full of really useful online marketing information, much higher level than what I blog about here or over at GetSticky. Its not spammy and its not hard sell. Its the next step up as a level of contact for people interested in seriously improving their marketing results.
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If you like the newsletter, keep on reading and tell your friends. If you don’t, then just unsubscribe. No harm done.
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Social influencers are possibly digital marketing’s most underutilised resource.
Let’s face it, we’ve always been influenced by people we admire or know. But online influence takes it to a whole other level. Buyers are listening to what their key online influencers are saying and sellers need to start paying attention.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone. When Tim Ferriss talks about a new product, book or brand I usually check it out and often buy it. Same for Chris Brogan, Chris Guillebeau or Gary Vaynerchuk. These guys know their stuff and I (and many others) tend to trust their opinions.
Technorati’s 2013 Digital Marketing Report revealed that brands spend the least on the outlets consumers trust the most: the word of mouth of their friends and those they follow.
The Word of Mouth Marketing Association defines a social media influencer as a person or group of people who possess greater than average potential to influence due to attributes such as frequency of communication, personal persuasiveness or size of and centrality to a social network, among others.
Yet fewer than half of social media influencers follow brands on Facebook (47%) or Twitter (38%) while well over half of the social media marketing budget goes toward those outlets. Why? Because they are being ignored by brands who would be better off engaging with them.
Here’s the bottom line:
- 74% of consumers rely on social media to influence their purchasing decisions.
- 81% of consumers are influenced by their friends’ posts on social media when making purchasing decisions.
- Facebook and Twitter are the top platforms used by bloggers and the top platforms for generating blog revenue.
- Facebook is the number one platform for mobilizing consumers to be brand advocates.
Marketers must start to invest in influencing the feeds of key influencers and bloggers.
Who do consumers trust when it comes to their purchasing decisions? This great infographic from MBA in Marketing explains all.