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December 17, 2013 2 Comments
Not only does Mt Gox (a BitCoin exchange) have their Twitter account set to auto-reply (a big no-no), the auto-reply message is basically just telling you to fuck off. AND THEN, the message is more than 140 characters!
Maybe they’re too busy watching their BitCoin valuation shoot the roof to care about something as silly as Twitter. That’s okay!
But if that’s your plan, why use Twitter at all?
Probably, because internet.
March 7, 2012 Leave a comment
I was never that impressed by SCVNGR. I know that it was the darling of the startup scene (especially in Boston) for a while, but it just never really connected with me. I liked the idea of “creating a game layer on real life” but the game just wasn’t right for me. I didn’t want to make to chopstick wrapper origami or write napkin poetry for points. Maybe it’s because my friends weren’t playing or maybe I just don’t care.
And I also didn’t care when they released The Level Up. Read more of this post
November 20, 2011 3 Comments
I recommend you start with some “mind-blowing” stats that will shock all the dinosaurs in the room into realizing that this whole social media thing is important (bonus points if you use the phrase “Social media is not a fad”).
1. eMarketer estimates there will be nearly 21 million Twitter users in the U.S. by the end of this year, and a sizable minority of those will use the service at least in part to follow brands. (eMarketer)
7. B2B marketers are spending millions of dollars annually on social-marketing programs, though nearly 30% are not tracking the impact of social-media programs on lead generation and sales. (TechJournal/Pardot)
9. Roughly two-thirds of social-media users say that staying in touch with current friends and family members is a major reason they use these sites, while half say that connecting with old friends they’ve lost touch with is a major reason behind their use of these technologies. (PEW Research)
10. The vast majority (95%) of the parents of 10-year-olds on Facebook were aware when their child signed up for the site, and 78% of those parents helped create the child’s account [despite rules that prohibit children under 13 from joining the social-networking site]. (CNN Tech)
11. One in three respondents (33%) said that they would prioritize social-media freedom, device flexibility, and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. (GigaOm)
12. One in three texters would rather text than talk. (NYTimes: Bits)
13. Seventy-seven percent of consumers said they interact with brands on Facebook primarily through reading posts and updates from the brands [….] 17% of respondents said they interact with brands by sharing experiences and news stories with others about the brand, and only 13% of respondents said they post updates about brands that they like. (Mashable)
14. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and is connected to 80 pages, events and groups. (Social Media Examiner) I FIND THIS ONE A LITTLE HARD TO BELIEVE. THEY SAID THIS WAS THE AVERAGE A FEW YEARS AGO, I CAN’T BELIEVE IT HASN’T CHANGED SINCE.
15. Seventy-three percent of people think employees overshare on social-media. (Marketing Pilgrim)
16. Forty-three percent of all online consumers are social media fans or followers. (HubSpot)
18. Sixty-four percent of Americans stream mobile video at work. (Tubefilter)
19. The Mobile Marketing Association of Asia stated that out of the 6 billion people on the planet, 4.8 billion have a mobile phone while only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush. (60 Second Marketer)
20. According to ThreatMetrix survey of 722 active internet using consumers, 37% intend to make a purchase using their smartphone, nearly three times as many as those who plan to use their tablet. (Get Elastic)
21. A 2011 study by the National Restaurant Association confirms that consumers who use social media, including apps, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, UrbanSpoon and more, not only dine out more, but are more likely to become return customers. (ReadWriteWeb)
24. Tablet owners tend to consume a greater variety and volume of news on their devices, and tablets’ visual, interactive features encourage in-depth exploration, according to a joint study from Starcom MediaVest and the online division of the BBC. (Mashable)
28. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are now considered cornerstones of most social-media strategies in larger companies. Ninety-four percent of respondents said Facebook is one of their top three social media platform priorities. Twitter was second with 77%, and YouTube trailed with 42%. (Search Engine Watch)
29. SEO still dominates for marketers, with both B2B (57%) and B2C (41%) businesses stating it makes the biggest impact on their lead generation goals. (AllTwitter)
30. Overall, 57% of comments about U.S. airlines on social media in the past year were negative. But American Airlines — the world’s fourth-largest airline — stood out with only 12% of social-media opinions about the airline being positive. (The Realtime Report)
32. Fifty-six percent of college students said that if they encountered a company that banned access to social media, they would either not accept a job offer or would join and find a way to circumvent corporate policy. (GigaOm)
34. Only 15% of the average local business’s fans are in the city where the business is located. (WSJ)
35. More smartphone and tablet owners are researching products than purchasing them — 80.8% compared to 41.4%, according to BIGresearch — but attitudes vary quite a bit among different age groups. (eMarketer)
36. When you’re cruising around the internet, how much of your time is spent on a social network or blog? According to a new study published by Nielsen, those two categories eat up 23% of internet usage overall. This is double online gaming, which comes in at number two and after that, it takes 75 different categories to account for the remaining 35% of time spent. (Marketing Pilgrim)
37, When it comes to liking brands on Facebook, the reasons are varied, but for the most part, respondents said they “Like” a brand on Facebook because they are a customer (58%) or because they want to receive discounts and promotions (57%). (Mashable)
38. There are 245 million internet users in the US, according to Internet World Statistics. Nielsen estimates that social media sites and blogs reach 80% of all active U.S. internet users. (PR Week)
39. IT professionals see serious risks associated with enterprise social network use — and only 29% say they have adequate protection. (InformationWeek: The BrainYard)
40. There are now 100 million active [Twitter] users — users who log in at least once a month — with half of those users signing in at least once a day. Fifty-five percent of them access Twitter via mobile; 40% actually don’t Tweet but simply dip into their Timelines to keep tabs on what people are saying. (CNN/Fortune)
41. Fully 65% of adult internet users now say they use a social-networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago. This marks the first time in Pew Internet surveys that 50% of all adults use social-networking sites. (Wired PR Works)
42. The mean half life of a link on Twitter is 2.8 hours, on Facebook it’s 3.2 hours and via “direct” sources (like email or IM clients) it’s 3.4 hours. So you can expect, on average, an extra 24 minutes of attention if you post on Facebook than if you post on Twitter. (bitly blog)
43. Social media is responsible for one-third the web traffic in Malaysia. (ReadWriteWeb)
45. According to a survey of 1,897 senior executives conducted by Weber Shandwick in partnership with Forbes Insights, 84% of the execs believe their brand’s sociability is not up to world-class standards. (Mashable)
47. Forty-four percent of companies track employees’ social-media use in and out of the office (TheNextWeb).
48. What makes people retweet? 92% interesting content. 84% humor. 66% personal connection. 21% celebrity status. 32% offered incentive (tangible or virtual). 26% “Please RT!” (WhiteFireSEO)
49. Among college students and young professionals, 24% experience three to five interruptions in a given hour, while 84% get interrupted at least once while trying to complete a project. (GigaOm)
So there you have it, go forth and propagate the stereotype that social media experts do nothing but regurgitate stats about social media that they take from other sources. I’m doing my part, will you do yours?
November 12, 2011 3 Comments
If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me tweeting about an unpleasant experience I had at a restaurant yesterday. In fact, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably see me talking to and about companies on a pretty regular basis. But yesterday’s incident got me thinking about whether it’s right or not. Is blasting out negative feedback at the first slight really the appropriate way to deal with a company? Read more of this post
July 29, 2011 1 Comment
I’m going to jump on the bandwagon of people talking about Google+ for a minute. There’s a lot of people who LOVE it (Matt Shaw – I’m looking at you). And there are a lot of people saying “I don’t get it.” There are also a lot of people saying “I sort of get it, but why should I use it?”
I’m still in the playing around with it phase and while it seems neat, I’m going to withhold passing judgement just yet. But if you want to know why you should play with it, or what it even does, check out this cool (and funny) video (thanks to Avin Narasimhan for sharing):
July 27, 2011 2 Comments
The other day I was hanging out with a friend of mine who oversees all video production for a large public relations firm. He was telling me about new project that involved creating dozens of videos and photos and weaving them together into a mosaic on a microsite. It all sounded pretty cool and not unlike ideas I have pitched to my clients before. So I asked him “Who’s building the site for you guys?” and he replied “We are. We build everything in-house for our clients.”
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