Tag Archives: Facebook

Why brands must overcome ageism to succeed in paid social

Social mediaBrands can no longer assume that young people use all social networks or that older people are not getting involved. It just isn’t the case anymore. Different groups of people use different social networks and it continues to evolve. Brands failing to realise this will find their social media campaigns falling at the first hurdle as they throw good money after bad.

With Social Media Week London taking place this week, we analysed the demographic breakdowns for each network. We found that an impressive 45% of Facebook’s users are aged 35 and above and the number of users aged over 55 has increased by almost 10% in the past two years. All other ages have declined. Facebook is clearly no longer just a young person’s game. Read More »

The blurred lines of native ads

Facebook satireFacebook recently started labelling stories from The Onion as ‘satire’ to help its more gullible readers recognise a joke when it’s coming at them. (Apparently headlines like ‘Meerkats have dark, sinister side’ can be open to serious interpretation). But how clearly labelled should brand stories be online, particularly native advertising pieces placed by brands to look uncannily similar to main editorial content?

In comparison with the traditional way of monetising online content – the display banner – native advertising is undoubtedly more preferable. It makes for a richer overall experience when a brand looks to craft its message into an interesting story, rather than just shouting at the audience from the sidelines. Read More »

What’s next for Twitter?

TwitterTwitter bounced back from a rough start to 2014 with a positive array of Q2 results, reporting stronger-than-expected financials and continued user growth. But what are Twitter’s next steps to further monetise the platform and stand strong amongst its competitors?

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5 ways LinkedIn beats Facebook for B2B marketing

1400 x 425There appears to be a very ill-informed debate about whether LinkedIn or Facebook is better for B2B marketing. To me it’s a no brainer, LinkedIn wins every time. Why bother wasting time on facebook when it won’t work for you?

Here are five reasons LinkedIn beats Facebook for B2B marketing:

 

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Sharing Mom’s last days on Facebook

holding handsOften I’d walk over to my childhood friend’s large sprawling house at the edge of an American cul-de-sac on Long Island, and knock on the big, old door, getting an answer from my childhood friend’s grandmother.

Kim Sheridan-Dugmore’s grandmother, Muriel “Mom” Patricia (Sanchez) Ziegler was the matriarch of the place, a home for several generations. It was a home of fun, creativity and laughter, all fuel for Kim’s grandmother, who I remember never, ever, lost her patience, shouted, or made her extended family and guests feel uncomfortable. When I first met Mom in the 1970s I remember her smile and her beautiful big blue eyes, so when those same sparkling eyes appeared at me again, at age 98, from Kim’s status updates on Facebook, I took notice immediately. Read More »

Infographic: Global social media usage, who’s online and where?

socialToday, 40% of the world is connected to the internet and 73% of online adults are using social networks. As digital professionals you may well have asked yourself where are they and who are they.

Helpfully, agency IDF Marketing has taken a global snapshot of the internet and social media usage and summed up their findings in this infographic.

The biggest percentage of social media users are in the Americas and Oceania, where 44% of adults are using a social network. This is followed by Europe with 38% and Asia, which has 20% social penetration by region.

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Attention analytics: the new metric

WomanHomeWorking“Why do people like something on Facebook without looking at it?” a chief marketing officer asked the other day. “We’re getting great social likes and shares for our content, but we’re not seeing the same numbers of people clicking through to our site to see it.”

The answer lies in the psychology of social sharing and the developing field of attention analytics. Read More »

Five ways you can use social to sell

Social, by Jason A HowieEvery morning I walk past David Ogilvy’s “We Sell or Else” stencilled on the glass wall of our reception.

Yet in social, marketers aren’t even turning up to sell a lot of the time.

It’s not surprising if they aren’t trying to sell through social – since many brands have had failed attempts. Read More »

Should we really be Using Instagram Now?

InstagramLOGOForrester’s recent “Use Instagram Now” report presents a strong case for brands focusing on the platform where engagement rates are reportedly 58 times higher than Facebook and 120 times higher than Twitter.

So should advertisers be jumping ship from the tried-and-tested social networks and focus their creativity, budget and resource on Instagram from here on in? Read More »

The end of ‘Happy Wednesday’

HWIt’s now likely that Facebook will be the first major social media platform to go to zero per cent organic reach. This means all that effort you’ve put into building a community on Facebook will be wasted as no-one will ever see your content again.

Unless you pay to promote it. And if you’re paying, your content had better perform.

We’ve known for a while that Facebook’s algorithm restricts the flow of content to your news feed so that you’ll only see what it thinks you’ll find the most relevant. Controversially, in March 2012 Facebook announced it was restricted to 16%.

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