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Social media marketing on Facebook and Twitter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

While advertising on these networks is considered to be vital a new survey questions their effectiveness.

Gallup has recently released the results of a social media marketing study that has suggested that this advertising channel is not nearly as effective as some of the leading networks – such as Facebook and Twitter – would have companies believe.

The recent “State of the American Consumer” report from the polling firm showed that few feel these ads work.

The Gallup poll results showed that only 5 percent of Americans feel that social media marketing has a considerable influence over the various products that they purchase. That said, a massive 62 percent of the survey participants felt that these ads had no effect at all on the decisions that they make with regards to purchasing. The survey involved the participation of 18,000 consumers in the United States.

The social media marketing study showed that offline interaction with brands were far more influential.

Participants in the survey stated that they were more heavily influenced by interactions with brands that occurred offline, such as those that occur during in-store visits and that they see in retail display windows. They felt that these were far more influential than ads that they saw over social media such as Facebook and Twitter.social media marketing - facebook

It is expected that those social networks – and others – will be quite surprised by the findings, as will the brands that are expected to spend a total $11.4 billion on advertising over those two leading platforms by the close of 2014.

The Gallup report suggested that Americans are using their favorite social media platforms in order to interact with the people they know, and not necessarily the brands that they like. In fact, the publication suggested that those site users have learned to tune out the ads that are displayed in front of them while they use those social networks.

The social media marketing report said that “These channels do not motivate prospective customers to consider trying a brand or recommending a brand to others,” adding that “Therefore, if companies want to acquire new customers, their best bet is to engage their existing customers and inspire them to advocate on their behalf.”

Social media marketing leaders in the celebrity world

Though many are always trying, there are some stars that have managed to stand out above the rest.

Although virtually nonexistent a decade ago, social media marketing now plays a vital role in overall campaigns for movies and television, and when it comes to success over this unique channel, some celebrities have managed to make a far greater impact than the rest.

Among the leaders in this race are two late night talk show hosts named Jimmy.

The first is Jimmy Fallon and the second is Jimmy Kimmel. Those celebrities have found themselves in a continual race to generate the most popular social media marketing videos, posts, and other campaign elements. This helps them to encourage a larger number of viewers to pay attention to their own shows. While they’re at it, the battle between them has become quite intense.

Beyond them, other celebrities and their teams are using social media marketing to drive brand awareness.

These stars aren’t just on their own, posting at random. Many of them have complete sophisticated teams of experts that have a thorough understanding of the ways in which to draw viewers and build a brand online. Among those that are making the largest splash, at the moment, is Vin Diesel, who is currently at the top of the social world, particularly because of the Facebook presence that he has developed.

According to data released by RelishMix.com based on the number of official Facebook fans, this month, Vin Diesel has the most, with 72.3 million, with Will Smith in second place at 65.7 million. Selena Gomez has 58.1 likes from fans while Jackie Chan isn’t far behind at 55.7 million. Adam Sandler has been holding strong at 50.7 million and Megan Fox has 49.1 million. Farther down, Justin Timberlake has 34.9 million, Jennifer Lopez has 34.3 million, Taylor Lautner has 31.2 million, and Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) stands at 31.1 million.

Interestingly, the leaders on Twitter are not the same, with Justin Timberlake being the most popular with 31.8 followers. Clearly, social media marketing is a serious strategy for celebrities, and while Twitter is playing an important and growing role, Facebook remains the network where the largest number of viewers can be found.