We love the Olympics, but an international social media showdown is a little more our speed.
Ignite Social Media is back with the 2012 Social Network Analysis Report, breaking down demographic, geographic and search data that shows which networks are the underdogs and which are mounting the winners’ podium.
A massive survey of internet users reveals trends in social media usage across numerous platforms, ages, races, genders, population density and which social media sites do they frequently visit.
The Pew Research Center has released the results of a comprehensive social media survey, conducted over several years to evaluate which demographics were using social media, and on which platforms. Which social networking sites emerged on top?
Of the online adults surveyed at the end of 2012:
67% use Facebook
20% use LinkedIn
16% use Twitter
15% use Pinterest
13% use Instagram
6% use Tumblr
A decent amount of Americans appear to be using social media, but which demographics use social media in greater numbers?
It appears that women use social media 9% more than men do, at a whopping rate of 71%. Other frontrunners with the highest social network activity in their demographic include city dwellers(70%), Hispanics (72%) and adults with a household income below $30,000 annually (72%).
The most pervasive and consistent divider amongst social media users remains, unsurprisingly, their age. 83% of the young adult demographic (18-29 year olds) use social media, which is well over double the activity of online adults over 65 years old (32%).
Whether you have created a website because you own a small business, you want to support one of your hobbies, or you are becoming interested in affiliate marketing, there is one thing that you need that is content. One of the easiest ways you can add content to your webpage is through the addition of a blog. This infographic explains why blogging matters?
Though some forward-thinking businesses are already using Instagram, chances are you aren't yet, and neither are your competitors. With its universal appeal, however, Instagram is not a medium marketers should ignore. And you'd better move quickly if you want to make an impact.
Social Media doesn't work for the vast majority of small businesses.
That was the main message in the USA Today article titled, Study: Social media a bust for small businesses, published on April 17th, 2013. From the news item:"About 61% of small businesses don't see any return on investment on their social-media activities, according to a survey released Tuesday from Manta, a social network for small businesses. Yet, almost 50% say they've increased their time spent on social media, and only 7% have decreased their time. What businesses are trying to get out of social media: 36% said their goal was to acquire and engage new customers, 19% said to gain leads and referrals, and 17% said to boost awareness. Facebook was most cited as the hardest to maintain social-media platform, according to the survey." There is a big lesson in this data...
What you want from social media may be very different from what it is.
Excerpted from article by Heidi Cohen published on Social Media Examiner: "Here are seven steps for crafting calls to action to get your social community to do what you’d like them to and transform your social media marketing to get the results you want.
#1: Determine What You Want Prospects to Do: Your call to action should encourage readers to engage with you further. Make readers an offer they want. You can consider offering white paper downloads, ebooks, ongoing emails, discount coupons and/or free consultations.
#2: Create a Great Hook: You’ll need to answer the question, “What’s in it for me?” This is what your prospects want to know. And your request must make sense to them. This means not asking prospects to purchase if they’re still in an information-gathering mode.
#3: Motivate Prospects to Act: Remember, you want to give your readers a reason to act. Provide sense of urgency. Make people an offer they can’t refuse. Give them a one-time offer to encourage a response. Realize, however, they may only buy when you provide coupons going forward.
#4: Optimize Your Call to Action: Like other aspects of your content, formatting matters! Here are some points to consider. - Use a contextually relevant presentation; - Make your call to action stand out visually; - Qualify your offer; - Limit selection choices; - Place calls to action in multiple locations on your pages; - Keep calls to action above the fold; - Put call-to-action options in order of importance; - Include social sharing.
#5: Maintain a Consistent Presentation on Landing Pages: This is one of the biggest reasons calls to action don’t work. Send prospects to the appropriate step in the purchase process. Make sure you use the same wording and graphics. The goal is to show continuity. Don’t let the reader think that you’ve sent them to the wrong place or they’ll leave.
#6: Test to Maximize Results: Every element of your call to action can be tested. When testing, only modify one factor at a time or you won’t know what caused the change.
#7: Measure Results: How can you measure your results? You want to track the impact of your social media calls to action back to your original objectives. Here are some metrics to track: - Impressions; - Click-throughs; - Click-through rate; - Completions; - Completion rate..."
Fiona Milburn: "As a creative practitioner, you're probably familiar with twitter as a key social media platform for marketing your projects to today’s internet-savvy audiences.But did you know it’s also a great storytelling tool?"
It’s been a while since SocialTimes did a round-up of the various tools that helped users manage their Twitter accounts by finding who to follow, following new people, unfollowing many people at once and organizing groups of users they follow into lists.
Since our last round-up, Twitter has restricted use of its API significantly, causing several tools to shut down. No longer functional areUntweeps, Just Unfollow, Twit Cleaner, Who Follows Whom and Tweet Effect. Tweeter Karma is still functional but has had to remove its bulk unfollow tools.
Here some very good stuff about community-building for your online business. Great points and great advice, including an awesome infographic.
I recommend this content for any small business online trying to establish greater reputation and crediblity for itself, as these are in my opinion, the key winning traits of successful web companies.
Excerpted from the original SEOmoz article: "It's not that SEO is dead or that links are obsolete, or whatever all that crazy talk is that's been going around.
It's that there's a way to integrate all the pieces into the big picture of building a better company by building an online community around it.
There are lots of benefits to building a community around your company, but if I had to choose a few, here are my top five: 1. It will help you weather Google’s algorithms; 2. It will add equity and value to your business; 3. It will help you have purpose; 4. It will help you stand out; 5. It will put the focus on goals, not tools.
*Some key points extracted from the article:
 Elect your team. Here’s a few tips for getting the right team in place so that you can start working toward achieving your goals: 1) Understand the roles; 2) Elect, don’t just assign; 3) Work together as one, big, happy family;
 Empower your team. Do not skip this step. I repeat. This step is important. You can empower your team for success by addressing a few simple questions: 1) Why are we doing this? 2) How much work is involved? 3) When will we see results?
 Create value. ...Value that focuses on your customer and their experience is what attracts people to your business, your brand, and your community. Foundational content is the more static stuff on your website... The challenge with foundational content is to listen to your customer. Observe their needs, the things in life that they struggle with, and then communicate how your products or services address those things. ..It’s the content that is less about what you do and more about what you know.
 *Curate* (to create value) *before* you Share. It works like this: 80% of the time, share other people’s great stuff. But don’t just retweet it or hit the share button and place it on your feed. Read it. Internalize it. And then curate it. Tell people why it’s good. This helps you learn and also keeps the focus where it belongs: on the value that you're providing for the reader."