Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Facebook, Social Media Marketing, Twitter

Consumers Engage With Retailers on Pinterest More Than on Facebook, Twitter

Pinterest logoIf you’ve taken only a cursory glance at Pinterest as a marketing tool, you might want to take a closer look.

It appears newcomer Pinterest has overtaken its more established social media brethren when it comes to consumer engagement with retailers.  That’s right—shoppers actually prefer Pinterest over Facebook and Twitter when it comes to keeping up with their favorite brands and retailers.

The 2012 Social and Mobile Commerce Study, jointly sponsored by Shop.org, comScore  and The Partnering Group, reported these findings  based on a survey of more than 1,500 US online consumers conducted in March of this year.

Among the nearly four out of 10 respondents who indicated they follow retailers using one or more social media sites, the number of retailers tracked via Pinterest averaged 9.3, compared to 6.9 retailers on Facebook and 8.5 on Twitter.  Considering the fact that Pinterest is a relative newbie and has only seen a surge in popularity over the past year, that’s quite an accomplishment.

With its unique visual appeal, Pinterest provides a refreshing new way for businesses and customers to connect.

“Specifically, Pinterest has given retailers another channel to ‘listen’ to and interact with both existing and new customers, telling an ongoing visual story through images of their products and their brand ‘spirit’ – a story that customers can then tell again to their friends and family members,” explained Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell.

Even so, I’m certainly not advocating for you to drop your current Facebook, Twitter or other social media marketing campaigns so you can solely embrace Pinterest.  As I’ve mentioned before, social media marketing success depends on finding the mix that’s effective to reach your targeted demographic.

In addition to highlighting the acceleration in Pinterest use, this particular study also revealed other valuable social media trends. Among these findings: Continue reading

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Branding, Digital Marketing, Facebook, Social Media Marketing, Twitter

Which Social Media Brands Are the Strongest?

using Facebook on laptopMany consumers use Facebook for online social networking. Others would rather engage via Twitter. Lots of the business professionals I know like LinkedIn the best. Taking all these different preferences into account, how would you rank the value of today’s social network brands?

Before you answer, consider for a moment what the brand value rating agency BV4 has to say on the subject. Just yesterday, BV4 released what’s being billed as the first-ever ranking of social network brands.

According to the analysis, the top four social media brands are: Continue reading

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