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Social Media web traffic stats mean changes in social media direction

 When the landscape is changing so fasts in social media, a stat like 41% of social media on Facebook would be a key driver for the 2011 marketing plans.  However for me the interesting fact is the growth of the others like Ning, and Hulu. The fact that MySpace has held it own and has not declined, is a definite relook, were many had started to count them out. The flattening of Twitter trend is also one to take into consideration when planning to use it in your social media mix.  The term – Social media mix, is the key to 2011 planning, it is not longer a one tool plan as an add-on that will work.  Social Media mix is now my new mantra.

Mashables article on social media stats gives a road map to next steps.   By Jolie O’Dell 14

Facebook and YouTube are displacing rivals and taking over the social web, according to data we’ve just received from comScore.

In addition to showing massive and continued traffic growth throughout 2009 and the beginning of 2010, Facebook and YouTube continued to capture the highest volume of social web traffic. Twitter also garnered a ton of mainstream attention, helping the company increase the number of visitors to its site by fivefold over the course of the year.

Taking a look at the unique visitors charts, we see the widespread migration from MySpace to Facebook even more clearly. As of March 2010, Facebook traffic made up 41% of all traffic on a list of popular social destinations. MySpace was in second place, capturing around 24% of traffic. Gmail had 15%, and Twitter had 8%. However, during the same period in 2009, MySpace was in the lead with 38% of site visits over Facebook’s 33%.

While Gmail continues to show slow year-over-year growth and sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter experienced exponential gains over the course of the past 12 months, MySpace’s traffic has been completely stagnant. Facebook, on the other hand, has exhibited strong growth and high volumes of traffic. Take a look at the difference between site traffic in March 2009 and March 2010 for these social sites:

comScore is an acknowledged leader in digital analytics and intelligence. comScore’s data for this post are based on a hybrid of site analytics and audience measurement for U.S. users at home, work and school.”

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Tapping into Mommy Bloggers to promote your product or services.

Mommy Bloggers are the new alpha females of the marketing opinion world.  An entire industry has grown with conventions and all for the Mommy Bloggers to meet, exchange ideas and even more important, to promote their blogs to companies and marketers to do product reviews, sell advertising, hold promotions and drive business for the companies that tap into this Blogging  marketing venue.

There are two upcoming Mommy Blogging conventions you may want to check out.   BlissDom 10,  Feb 4-6 in Nashville (which is already a sell out), and the blogger conference  BlogHer  which is in NYC Aug 5-7.  These conferences have big time package goods sponsors all trying to woo the Mommy bloggers.  Sponsors on the BlissDom website include: Con Agra Foods, Orville Redenbacher, Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Arnold, Blue Bunny, Hallmark, Invisalign, iRobot, Lands’ End, Lifetime Moms, Red Plum.

Mommy Bloggers sell sponsorships of themselves to represent you at the conference. The ads say: “Why I am the blogger you company should sponsor for BlissDom  ’10.  It is done through blogs as ads that will tell you things like:  Blogger with 2000 + subscribers seeks sponsorship to…

 The Mommy bloggers use ad badges provided by the conference to promote if they are looking for a sponsor.  Like the one shown here is for the Blissdom10 Conference.  It is a way to get them to the conference and their costs paid and get your product known in the Mommy Blogging world.

The bloggers are from all walks of life and interests,who go to these conferences.  They go to network, go to seminars,promote their blogs and twitters, as well as write blogs and promote their sponsors who helped pay to get them there.

Their blogs have a female focus target on home making, babies, or products, all subjects aimed at women readers.  Some have advertising on their blogs at cheep rates.  Some show you what they have done for other companies, some have HTML badges for their blog  to be taken and promoted on others website or blogs.    The Mommy Bloggers do contests and sweepstakes, coupons codes and deals, product reviews, tips, recipes.  A really nice business model, from thier kitchen counter.

BlogHer conference has been held for 5 years on the West Coast and Midwest and is now going to NYC.  Bloggers like Domestic Debacle, badge shown on the left,  promote that they are looking to represent you.  As disclosure, they did a promotion of a product called Fridge-It that I am involved in and that is what got me interested in this subject of Mommy Blogging. The connection was initially made in the Twitter world and then moved into the blogging world. 

 The BlogHer advertising materials on the website says that they reach more than 16 million unique women each month and states that BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online

Here are some Mommy Blogger examples, that will show and explain the concept.  There are many, many more, and if you are a Mommy Blogger and want to add your Mommy blog to this lists, please comment and give some info on your Mommy blog.

Mommy Blogger examples: Thriftymaven.com , Domesticdebacle.com , Abusymommy.com   , Thepennypinchingmama.blogspot.com 

Can I hear a wOOt?!    BTW: What does wOOt  mean? W00t” was originally a truncated term for players of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game for “Wow, loot!” The term wOOT was used by the web culture in video game communities, now it has lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement. Sort of the new Ya Hoo….

Adding video to your social media efforts.

Yes, you should be adding video to all of your social media efforts.  You need to have your various teams from marketing, corporate communications, sales, training and operations be gathering up all those old videos and b roll and repurposing them for the digital age. Thus creating a digital dam of video from which to repurpose.

If you do not have the inhouse expertise,  there are many video companies who do that very economically.  I like Mantis Media for my video shoots and edit repurposing.  I also like Burst Marketing for podcasting.  There are hundreds of companies doing this work, so just ask your team who they use. If they tell you it is going to be expensive, then call my guys and get a bid.  The cost is very affordable, so don’t let your teams lack of excitement about harvesting the old stuff give way to the rush of doing all new stuff, but be sure that either way it includes digital use rights.  Review your talent/model release forms and your video contracts to be sure that you have the rights on past work and even more important that it is included for any new shoots.

Buy a HD flip camera for fast video capture which is under $200. It has a USB plug in and is so easy to use and capture…store openings, customer testimonials.  You can also record YouTube style videos with a web cam.  If it does not come on your lap top, for under $100 you can get a HD web cam with a USB.

This should not wait to be part of the 2010 plans, this needs to be done now!… so get video shot, edited and most important uploaded to website, blogs, twitters, Facebook and other sites that will take your video like Flickr, Vimeo, Vodpod and others.

Ad agency pay per tweet programs

I had an interesting  question come to the blog.   How should you pay a PR or ad agency for doing your companies tweeting?  Some have suggested a flat fee per day others are floating the idea of doing an “Ad agency pay per tweet programs.”

Both raise some interesting changes in the way social media will be used and how to monitize the actions involved with keeping it ongoing. The bigger question is how much should you as a CMO decide to keep in house and how much should you outsource?  How much control do you want or how much over site due to privacy policies or regulation do you need?   What about the tweeting across the company, should marketing be the control valve or is it really a legal, customer service or operation function?

 I look forward to your comments as to how you are compensating your agencies for tweeting.

What social media elements should be included in your 2010-13 marketing plans.

 Many CMO’s ask what is the landscape in social media, how much, how deep, how high?  This list may have terms you have not heard of and need to get up to speed on fast. 

I love the Mashable blog and it’s info and some of the answer to that questions is in this blog piece. Peter Kim has done a fabulous job of naming the 22 steps in a social media plan.  What he is missing is the gaming pieces for the youth market and texting SMS, MSM and mobile. I also really like that he linked examples for each.

Reading his blog, he is very spot on.  Here is his bio. “Peter Kim is a Senior Partner at Dachis Corporation.  He blogs about social computing and marketing at Being Peter Kim.”

“Here’s a framework of 22 tools to consider with notable brand examples:

1. Blogs (Johnson & Johnson, Delta Air Lines)
2. Bookmarking/Tagging (Adobe(), Kodak)
3. Brand monitoring (Dell, MINI)
4. Content aggregation (Alltop, EMC)
5. Crowdsourcing/Voting (Oracle, Starbucks)
6. Discussion boards and forums (IBM, Mountain Dew)
7. Events and meetups (Molson, Pampers)
8. Mashups (Fidelity Investments, Nike)
9. Microblogging (method, Whole Foods)
10. Online video (Eukanuba, Home Depot)
11. Organization and staffing (Ford, Pepsi)
12. Outreach programs (Nokia, Yum Brands)
13. Photosharing (Rubbermaid, UK Government)
14. Podcasting (Ericsson, McDonalds)
15. Presentation sharing (CapGemini, Daimler AG)
16. Public Relations – social media releases (Avon, Intel)
17. Ratings and reviews (Loblaws, TurboTax)
18. Social networks: applications, fan pages, groups, and personalities (British Airways, Saturn)
19. Sponsorships (Coca-Cola, Whirlpool)
20. Virtual worlds (National Geographic, Toyota)
21. Widgets (Southwest Airlines, Target)
22. Wikis (Second Life, T-Mobile Sidekick)”

TwittURLy top twitter links real time is a good find.

TwittURLy.com which shows top twitters in real time is another good find and point of data that any CMO will want to access. It says : “We track and rank what URLs people are talking about on Twitter”.
I also like that it breaks it into : Everything, news only, pics only, and video only.  It has a top 100 that they show and you can make your own top 100 to follow those you are interested in.  I also like that you can look up a profile on someone on twitter about whom you are reading.

The news tab  has a lot of interesting tweets on whats going on in social media land, which is very interesting to read.

Marketing strategies need now to include SMS “Text Messaging” in your 2010 planning budget.

SMS or as you know it “text messaging” or texting.  You need to add this into your marketing mix for 2010.  SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application on the planet, now with 2.4 billion active users. Today, I have been told, 74% of all mobile phone subscribers are sending and receiving text messages on their phones.

Get a primer now on SMS basics.  You will need to understand: shortcodes;  what are the keywords; what are the character restrictions; who are the carriers; how does it work and relate to your mobile web strategies.  Do your home work to see if this is right for your product or service, get usage statistics, demographics and projected growth rates.

Decide, if adding SMS into your marketing mix, in which area would be the best: Acquisition Strategies or Retention Strategies.  So what can you do with SMS? Think of it as an email or ad campaign. You can do participation, polling/voting, Text2Win, trivia programs,information gathering , invitations, subscriptions, promotion alerts. A new area that is growing due to Twitter is customer service for reminders, account updates, and finally for service provider options from basic to custom depending on y0ur needs.

So what would be the forward thinking on this? What will be the impact of GPS Enabled Services? How will it affect your privacy policy and are you adding it into your privacy policy today for customers? What are the continued privacy concerns and announce factors for your customers? What will be the effect of the coming Spam-Text or Junk-Text  on customers option of the media?  This is emails  biggest problem….coming quickly to your cell phone.