The pace of modern life is faster than ever, and social media seems to evolve at the speed of light. If you are like most business owners and marketers, your life is fast-paced and always busy. Because your available time is finite, it is crucial to invest in your social media presence in ways that will yield the greatest ROI. The social media landscape can change dramatically in a relatively short period of time. To excel at social media marketing, you need the latest, most relevant data at your fingertips to make informed decisions and create captivating, information-rich content. Jeff Bullas recently published statistics that provide valuable snapshots of current social media trends, which I will share and discuss now.
Social media use is now widespread, mainstream, and more influential than ever. With social signals increasingly influencing search rankings, expanding and enhancing your social media presence can significantly amplify your reach and rate of lead generation.
Many prospects may not even take a company seriously, if it does not have a presence on Facebook. Sharing captivating, relevant and information-rich content—full of deep industry insight and valuable solutions—on your Brand Page is the primary way to increase traffic and leads to your website via Facebook. Although Facebook still dominates in terms of sheer size and rate of social sharing, Twitter and Google+ may very well be nipping at Facebook’s heels in 2014.
As the fastest growing social network, Twitter can seriously impact your business. Twitter now captures the power of images and video—making it even more influential. Strategic use of Twitter can significantly enhance social engagement, amplify brand exposure, increase lead generation, help you gain status as an industry thought leader, and achieve more new business.
Google+ is the social network powered by Google—the most influential and important search engine around. When Google changes its search algorithms, marketers, content creators and any company with a website should take notice and update their content and SEO strategies accordingly. Google+ is all the more powerful due to its increasing influence on search rankings with the social signals of +1s and AuthorRank. With only three years on the social media scene, Google+ has made a huge impact and changed the nature of content marketing.
Visual media is becoming more influential across all social networks, and social networks devoted solely to images or video, such as Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram, are primed to reach new heights in 2014.
Use these statistics to help you make informed decisions about how to invest your social media capital in 2014. Social media can incite serious marketing and sales results. However, real social media success happens, when your social media presence works in concert with your content creation, email marketing, CTAs and strategic website design. Each facet of your marketing counts and influences the others. A complete inbound marketing strategy can address all your marketing needs—helping you realize real social media and business success.