Social Media and the Fortune 100

7 07 2010

This is just one of the fantastic graphs put together by the team behind iStrategy, which breaks out what platforms the Fortune 100 are engaged with. For the full graphical work, click here.


Facebook’s Sandberg: Brands Can Be Social Too

27 06 2010

This is a great talk by Sheryl Sandberg at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 event, Facebook’s COO and a powerful speaker and salesperson. “If you want to know what people like us will do tomorrow, you look at what teenagers are doing today.” She continues that only 11% of teenagers are using email; increasingly, they’re texting and using social networks to communicate with each other. Of course you already know this which is why you’re reading this post to begin with.

What makes Facebook such a critical marketing tool is a combination it’s user base, its scale/reach, and the experiences it enables between those users and brands:

  • User Base: Make no mistake Facebook’s users are its most powerful asset.  Despite all the recent hullabaloo and bad press regarding privacy issues, I have no doubts that Facebook absolutely wants to provide the best, most reliable and trust-worthy user experience for their users.  By continuing to provide a platform where users can securely connect and share with other parties (friends, brands, groups etc.), Facebook will be in a dominant position to win marketing budgets as well as content-sharing/publishing deals.
  • Scale/Reach: Facebook is massive; I won’t go into much of the stats, but two of my favorites are 1.) two-thirds (70%) of Facebook’s members lived outside the U.S., 2.) more than 100 million users access the site via mobile devices.  When you combine these with their impressive time-spent stats, you may begin to see why so many believe Facebook has the potential to have more impact than Google or Microsoft.
  • Experiences: Beyond the user to user interactions that occur, brands are every day finding new methods and approaches to engaging users in an effective fashion.  I believe it’s still early days for these experiences and Facebook is prodding along (as are 3rd party application developers) on how to give brands and users more interactive and engaging experiences via the platform.

For nearly all the campaigns we work on, Facebook development is a core element of the strategy for all of the above reasons. I share with clients that Facebook enables you so much flexibility both in the size of the brand using it, as well as how they choose to interact. Small brands (like a restaurant establishment) without even a website can launch a FB fan page as their primary web presence to share basic materials like brochures, images and promotions. Large brands can tie their FB experiences to content databases and through integrated applications and tabs, can do a more effective job of sharing the content they have with the users looking for it.

Thomas Crampton Interview with David Kirkpatrick – United States of Facebook?

30 05 2010

Will your Facebook ID supersede your passport one day? This is just one of the interesting questions that David Kirkpatrick answers in this video interview with Thomas Crampton.

Spotting the Creators of Peer Influence

2 05 2010

Marketers rely seriously on the word of mouth generated by consumers, from the article I came across, it mentioned a peer influence analysis which was based on the investigation of this concept. Impression is the term being used in the study to represent the same meaning as word of mouth.

Those influence generated from posting within social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, etc, is referred to as Influence Impression. While influence created by post, like blog post, discussion forum and comments, is referred to as Influence Post.

Below are the results for the survey:

It estimates people in the U.S. create 256 billion influence impression on each other in social networks every year. Of these influence impressions, 62% come from Facebook. And that people in the U.S. create 1.64 billion influence posts every year.

From the above chart, it could be seen that about 6.2% of the online adults generate 80% of the influence impressions. Around 13.8% of the online adults generate 80% of the influence posts. It is important and valuable for marketers to dig out who these people are (demographics, where they share, that kind of thing).

Read Full article here.

Clay Shirky @ TED: How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history

22 04 2010

Global Audience Spends Two Hours More a Month on Social Networks than Last Year

22 04 2010

“On average, global web users across 10 countries spent roughly five and a half hours on social networks in February 2010, up more than two hours from the same time last year. While the U.S. boasts the largest unique social networking audience, Italian and Australian web surfers led the way for average time on site with more than six hours each in February.”

Read full article from here.

Facebook In Reality: What would it be like if Facebook was actually played out in real life?

15 04 2010

Thank goodness it’s not – Happy Friday!