For over a decade, Google has played a pretty significant role in much of our online activity. Whether we search for something on Google.com, check Gmail, watch a YouTube video, use Chrome to browse, check directions on Google Maps, use an Android device, etc, etc, we are adding to some unbelievable user numbers for Google.
With content marketing all the rage and social media noise at an alarming rate, businesses, especially small businesses, need to utilize any and all content sharing possibilities available to them. Employees can offer a great opportunity to amplify the reach of the valuable content your company is developing to a receptive and relatively targeted audience.
Every year, there is a new darling of the digital world coming out of South By Southwest (SXSW). This year was no different, with the brand new live-streaming app Meerkat taking its place as the clear darling of the digital influencers at SXSW 2015. Despite taking a pretty significant blow just before the start of SXSW, when Meerkat’s access to Twitter was limited, their stats coming out of the event show that it didn’t slow their growth much.
Whether Meerkat can survive the cold shoulder (and possible competition) from Twitter remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are a few of the more interesting Meerkat statistics I was able to dig up. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.
Social media accounts have become as important as email when it comes to communicating. And that has made it a common target in hacking schemes. It’s not just celebrities that have their accounts compromised. Hackers can steal sensitive information and photos from businesses and personal accounts, too. Some just want to take control of your account and use it for their own purposes.
Want an unhackable account? It’s almost impossible. You have to be careful about how you use your passwords, allow outside access, and use third party apps. It’s a daunting task but its worth it to get as close as possible.
Finding various consumer segments were they congregate and are most comfortable is an inexact and often frustrating science. Just when you think you’ve mastered the preferences and tastes of a certain demographic, their interests shift and you have to start over. This interest cycle has accelerated significantly with the evolution of digital. Now, what a certain segment of the population prefers for communication channels or even devices changes constantly as technology progresses. Need proof? Just look at the average age of an active Facebook user over the past 10 years to see a pretty sizable shift in preferences.
One of the most fickle consumer segments is teens. They are often early adopters of the latest gadgets and platforms, making reaching them pretty much a moving target, at times. This also makes them a decent bellweather for what we can expect for older demographics down the road.One thing we know to be true about this segment: the are all over social media. In fact,95% of all teens in the U.S. have access to the Internet and 90% of them are on social media.
Here is an interesting infographic that illustrates a digital day in the life of a teen.
You are reading this post, so the odds are really good that you have a little interest in digital stats. Most people who find this site are searching for something specific and then get sucked in by the amount of stats that are available for most digital properties. I enjoy collecting them and try to update each post semi-regularly to keep them relevant and somewhat reliable.
What if you could get these stats in real-time? What if you could find out stuff like how many likes are occurring on Facebook or how many video hours are being watched on YouTube right now? Now you can.
For those who are social media savvy, it goes without saying that Google Plus has struggled. In comparison to some of the biggest social networks, with Facebook being something of a model example, it seemed as though Google’s own channel has not secured the scope of audience it desired. However, the company still sees value in the brand. The best way that this can be illustrated, in recent memory, is through its purchase of Polar.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past half a decade, you probably already understand how important social media marketing is to your business – it can play a vital role in both generating new leads and building a relationship with your current prospects and customers.
Still, in order to be able to maintain a strong social media presence, you have to stay in touch with the current trends that are developing in the social media world, and in the online world everything does change very quickly.
So for those who want to stay on top of their game and are looking for something new to build their social media campaigns around, here are some of the main trends that are currently seen in the world of social media:
While social media marketing has changed dramatically over the years, reach and engagement are still two very important metrics to just about any strategy. Whether your goal is raising brand awareness, driving traffic, or just about anything else, getting your content in front of the maximum amount of interested eyeballs is always a fundamental key to your success.
Here is an interesting infographic from Quicksprout that explores which keywords to include (and not include) in your social posts to maximize sharability. The data used for this graphic comes from a compilation of reputable industry sources.
Reviewing and reinforcing strong media relationships should be an important part of every PR professional’s standard routine. Connecting with media professionals is vital for anyone in a press relations role. In order to remain effective, PR professionals must constantly evaluate and re-evaluate tactics and follow guidelines for being tactful. Here are 15 tips for building strong media relationships:
Whether we like it or not selfies are still here and just as popular as ever. The media buzz about them may have been ratcheted down a notch or two, but people are still shaping pics of themselves and sharing their best shots with the world at a good clip.
While I don’t condone or encourage selfie-snapping, if you must do it, you might as well do it right. Our friends at Adorama and Nowsourcing recently released this fun infographic that lays out the basics of taking the perfect selfie.
Social media is undeniably an integral part of our daily routine and brings huge benefits to both our business and personal lives. As these benefits become more apparent, an increasing number of brands and businesses are integrating social media into their overall marketing strategies. These platforms give brands a free and invaluable way to connect with clients (both current and potential), spread brand warmth, monitor competitors, manage customer service, gain customer insights and drive website traffic….so what’s not to love?
Yet, many brands are jumping feet first into the social media realm without truly understanding the basics; mainly, how to post content. This seems like a no-brainer to some people, yet many brands still don’t know the most basic and fundamental ‘rules’ of social media. Yes, social media is integral to your brand, but going out all guns blazing with no planning or strategy may in fact do more harm than good.
With 114 million monthly visitors, Reddit is a digital platform that few in the marketing world can ignore. There is a little something for everyone at Reddit, and if you have content to market (good content), you will find it to be a very helpful social channel. When content is posted correctly, Reddit can be a pretty solid source of web traffic.
Since Reddit doesn’t fall into the typical social (Facebook) mold of news feed, friends, statuses, etc, it can be challenging for newcomers to wrap their arms around at first. If you are finding yourself scratching your head a bit about Reddit, you are in luck
A number of months back, I went through a kick of watching nothing but Vine videos. It was easy enough to do, given the fact that each video does not even reach the ten-second mark, and I found myself impressed by the sheer creativity in many of them. It seemed like if there was any social platform that forced its users to make the most of what they had – keep in mind that it wasn’t much – it was Vine. Today, it’s hard to meet someone who hasn’t, at the very least, heard of Vine.
As someone who’s been involved in social media, for both personal and business use, I’ve come to learn a number of things. One of the most important is to never expect that anything is concrete. For instance, even though Google search results may be positive one day, they can fall quickly the next day if proper care isn’t taken on the SEO side of things. The same can be said for social media networks, Facebook included, and how statistics can shift.
While I was someone who commonly thought of Facebook as a platform that fewer teens have made use out of, it seems as though more teens are using the website again. It was recently reported that Facebook is starting to see more in the way of teenage usage. Specifically, a Forrester Research survey published results which indicated that, out of a total of 4,500 teens, nearly half of them said that they were using Facebook more now than they were a year ago.
It is no secret that Facebook has been putting the squeeze on businesses for quite some time now. Like just about every other online property that is trying to survive financially, Facebook is increasingly becoming a “pay to play” platform for businesses looking to reach its users. Organic page post reach has been dramatically reduced and even the largest of brands are finding it difficult to reach their own likes, let alone new audiences, without advertising it.
So how do you combat this shift and keep Facebook a viable digital channel for your business. The obvious answer is start investing in advertising you posts. Almost as important is to be smart about your Facebook posting to ensure you maximize your free reach.