2011 Social Media Marketing Trends

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has progressed from radical new idea to widely adopted practice in a remarkably short period of time. Three-quarters of b2b buyers use social media at some point during their purchase decision process, and marketers are responding with increased spending on social media marketing. Social efforts will permeate the enterprise. “Social is much bigger than marketing and PR. Social media will become targetable.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use?

Social Media Marketing: 2011 Trends Report

Marketing Insider Group

You may have seen my recent posts on how I think “ The Future of B2B Marketing: It’s Social “ and also what I believe “ Is The Future Of The Social Media Role? What social media marketing trends will emerge in the coming year?

Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity

companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)? Social Media Stats, Facts and Research Does Facebook Need To Build A Search Engine? companies now use social media for marketing.

Why You Should Thoroughly Audit Your Social Media Presence

Webbiquity

Social media success isn’t nearly as random as it can seem. Though it’s a challenge, there’s no magical force keeping you from reaching your social media goals. To establish that, begin with a social media audit. What Is a Social Media Audit?

My social media marketing posts from 2011

Biznology

I have been writing for Biznology every Tuesday since January 18th, 2011, so there are quite a few posts that may well be useful for you now that you never had an opportunity to read before — before you knew about Biznology or me. Social is a very handy way of dominating search.

6 Characteristics of Social Media Winners

Webbiquity

but Charlie Sheen’s recent meteoric rise on Twitter aside (best not to rely on the perverse attraction of watching a drug-addled celebrity publicly self-destruct) here’s a shot a minimum list of characteristics that enable social media success.

The Dirty Dozen Top 12 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

There have been numerous posts written about the pitfalls of social media marketing (including helpful pieces from Online Social Networking , Sysomos , and one I wrote for HubSpot ). Social media is about having a conversati0n with your prospects, not broadcasting to them.

Small Manufacturers Use Social Media Effectively

Industrial Marketing Today

Social media still remains a mystery to many manufacturers and industrial companies even though there is an abundance of evidence of its success in general B2B marketing. Many engineers, specifiers, users and buyers of industrial products regularly use social media in their personal lives but work-related usage is limited among this audience. I needed to find some real-world examples of manufacturers using social media effectively.

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

Savanta

B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The social media Emperor is getting dressed, but is still in his underpants. B2B social media has reached the tipping point and in doing so it’s following the classic technology evolution curve.

Timing is everything in social media marketing

Biznology

I’m in the middle of launching a new online product so I am in the middle of thinking about social media frequency. Don’t Just Call In Your Social Media. I have been writing religiously for Biznology Blog since January 2011–well over 7 years!

B2B Blogging Trends for 2011

Webbiquity

Blogging is often viewed as the core component of a B2B social media marketing strategy, and other than discussion forums, it’s the most mature component of social media. Among the findings: • If you don’t have a blog yet, 2011 is the year to start one.

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Social Media Data: Time to Embrace it

Buzz Marketing for Technology

There is not a day that goes by in the life of a marketer that doesn’t have a headline that reads, “marketers struggle to find the ROI of social.” A 2011 MarketingSherpa study confirmed this with 62% of CMO’s believing that social media will pay off for them … eventually.

How to Approach Business Social Media Strategically

Webbiquity

A big part of the appeal of social media is its simplicity. That simplicity, however, can make social media dangerous for business. Oafish attempts to treat social networks like just another one-way promotional channel.

Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has clearly been embraced by consumer brands. Pepsi famously dropped its Super Bowl advertising a year ago in favor of a social media campaign. Still, social media is rapidly becoming an essential component of the b2b marketing mix.

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Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding

Webbiquity

That brand image matters little in social media. Second, “social&# media is by definition a person-to-person (or person to many persons) activity. Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises?

6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism. It’s true that social media remains in many ways a sort of wild west.

Social Media – the Next Frontier!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s good to be able to see those conversations and have some indication whether they are positive, negative or neutral so you have your finger on the “pulse” of what is being said socially about your brand.

48 Ways to Measure Social Media Success

Webbiquity

Ultimately, as Olivier Blanchard has pointed out repeatedly , social media marketing has to demonstrate an ROI (though he acknowledges the questions have to be made more specific). But it’s crucial to the social media ROI debate to recognize that “R” is an end-of-the-process measure. These metrics don’t represent the goals of social media marketing in and of themselves, but are critical measures to help optimize processes to achieve the ultimate objectives.

My Social Media Hangover

Marketing Insider Group

Last week I attended SAP’s annual conference SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando as a “ social reporter.&# When it was all over, I collapsed into a social media stupor. For three days after the show, I felt my social media haze and headache. Social Media

What Does B2B Social Media Success Look Like?

Webbiquity

Until recently, most social media case studies have focused on consumer brands. Recently, that’s begun to change a bit as blogs like TopRank and Marketo have highlighted b2b social media success stories. Expanded social media following (e.g.,

How Social Media Gave True Blood a Transfusion

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The first episode of a new TV season needs to grab the audience, and social media campaigns have become an integral part of doing just that. Engaging fans across the social web serves as a catalyst enabling advocates to promote your brand or television show.

The Future of Social Media

Webbiquity

Social media is transforming communications in ways unimaginable just a couple of decades ago. Social media is being embraced by marketers , of course, but it’s much larger than that. We live in amazing times.

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

No Leads from Social Media? No Excuses.

The Point

I’ve written previously in this space about how corporate social media initiatives are so often in the hands of people, notably PR agencies, for whom lead generation is neither a priority nor a core competency. B2B Marketing blog marketing Blogs Campaign Measurement Social Media Web 2.0

Make Your CFO a Social Media Fan

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social media definitely pays off, but you’ve got to focus on the approach not the tools. Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every product marketer’s mind has been how to justify the ROI? FOUND the ROI of Social Media for B2B Marketers!

31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Find out if the username or vanity URL you want is still available across dozens of social sites? Display a feed of brand-related comments from a variety of social networks on your website?

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Is This The End Of Social Media?

Marketing Insider Group

Is this the end of social media or a new beginning? For the past couple of weeks we have seen the social media ball bouncing back and forth. Social media is the greatest revolution in marketing. Social media is just the latest fad.

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Like most people I started out using social tools for very distinct purposes. But now we have Google+, Pandora is becoming a social sharing site (not to mention Flickr and Foursquare) and well you get the point: its getting even more confusing! Computing is Social. Social Media

Fear and Social Media Don’t Mix

B2B Memes

MUD day 19: A friend of mine who works for a large nonprofit institution serves on a panel that’s trying to decide what the institution should think and do about social media. Should it encourage its employees and other stakeholders to use social media?

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Modern Marketing

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. Social media has once again changed that model.

121 Amazing Social Media Statistics and Facts

Brandwatch Marketing

We come across all sorts of interesting stats about social media sites and users, so we’ve collated the best of them in this bumper facts list. And it comes as a great fact sheet to give context to your social media marketing efforts. Social media statistics.

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business.

The Nifty 50 Top Women of Twitter for 2011

Webbiquity

Few phenomena have ever spread as far and grown as rapidly as social media; obviously, this has tapped into something essential to our nature. That is what has driven social media adoption. Amy serves as social media editor for the St.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. But when the panel was over, I realized something scary: Most of the success factors we wound up talking about had nothing to do with social media. They had to do with other things that companies have to do before they can successfully engage in social media. Social doesn’t happen in B2B without a culture change. Is Twitter “social?”

The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise

Webbiquity

Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 ) present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list. Andres is a social media expert.

How to measure influence in social media marketing

Chris Koch

Measuring influence is the new obsession in the social media world—adding another layer of anxiety to the dark cloud of existential dread that is marketing ROI. Others include Klout and Twitter Grader, which focus on the social networks. Image via Wikipedia.