2012: Social Media’s Lacking Role on Black Friday

 

 

With many shops opening as early as 8 p.m. this past Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday did not have its same traditional role, as waking up at dire hours of the morning to get the best deals for one’s holiday needs. Online shopping goes away from this traditional Black Friday role, as well, but this past Thanksgiving and Black Friday online sales were both up significantly  at 17 % and 21%.

Having many retailers marketing on social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter now, one would assume traffic from such sites would have aided to these high numbers, but in reality this year traffic to retail pages via their social media sites was down sharply. Traffic via social media sites was down by 35% from last year. Looking for instance at Twitter, which drove zero traffic to retail sites as opposed to 0.02%  last year. This does not look too optimistic especially with growing user-bases on both Twitter and Facebook. These numbers need to get better; social media marketing agencies have their work cut out for them if social media sites are going to be a means of getting to users and the users in return acting on it.

Be Approved & Be Known Online

 

Due to social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. Users feel more comfortable to get free everything from free music, news, and communication with celebrities. Well what is also a plus about social media sites is you can get approval by your followers and friends, even if it is not in real time. Sometimes telling a joke does not get the laughs you want when you are hanging out with friends, but when you post it online it creates an uproar. Jeff Bercovici of Forbes Magazine calls this ‘virtuebragging’. People lately have been doing it with Hurricane Sandy and the Presidential Election, but you can do it about anything from a funny joke to a silly picture to share information you think is interesting and simultaneously get approval. This is a great positive about social media sites since you can influence others to see your ideas.

Social media agencies can definitely use this tactic to get the word about their clients in creative ways. ‘Virtuebragging’ definitely can go viral and get a message out, which is great tool personally and professionally. It can engage friends and it can engage one’s clients.

Social Media Creates Buzz About Sandy

People all over the world are learning about the Category 1 Hurricane that hit the East Coast on Monday, October 29th, largely through social media sites. On Twitter, within 24 hours after the storm hit 3.5 million tweets were hashtagged: #sandy.  Also, a Twitter account was specially made for Hurricane Sandy called Sandy; it has all reports from government to news related to it. And on Facebook during the climax of the storm, the top words that were most frequently used were related to this Category 1 storm. YouTube accumulated videos to show people the path of destruction of Sandy on the account, Citizen Tube. YouTube offered, those that had no access to other news outlets, information about the storm as it was happening.  Not only were people made aware of Sandy’s destruction and where its path was going, but the government of New York and the fire department utilized social media to make residents aware of fires and safety issues.

It is interesting how social media is being used during Sandy for a purpose of making different people aware of different news about the storm. For those stuck in the East Coast, social media sites are helping these people stay safe. And people in other parts of the U.S. and world are getting informed about effects of the storm and how their loved ones who may be stuck in Sandy’s path are doing.  It makes me wonder how social media agencies are reacting to Hurricane Sandy.

 

It’s Flu Season: Steps to Protect Your Gadgets from Viruses


Most us of these days have a mobile phone, computer, or a tablet. For this flu season, protect yourself from the flu by protecting your gadgets. Here are steps to getting this accomplished.

 

Key Steps for ALL gadgets:

  1. Get the Flu Shot, if you haven’t yet. THIS IS ESSENTIAL.
  2. Clean your gadget at your home and work: Don’t use an alcohol-based cleaner. Spray the cleaner on a towel so it is just damp, not on the gadget directly. And turn off your computer.
  3.  Clean your desk regularly with a disinfecting wipes

Phones: Interesting fact: Phones have more germs than a toilet. Yuck! Clean your phone with a microfiber cloth and make sure to scrub it down. Don’t forget to get a screen protector.

Computers & Tablets:  Wipe them down daily with a disinfecting wipe, especially your keyboard and mouse.

 

For all of you working at social media marketing agencies and are on your gadgets constantly this flu season, these tips will do the trick.

Facebook Now: 1 Billion Users & Counting

As of September 14th, Facebook, Inc.  got its one-billionth user, which makes one- seventh of the world’s population being active users of Facebook. There is no doubt that Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has his hands quite full these days. With Facebook going public this past summer, Zuckerberg is working hard to boost confidence among investors and the public and now with this latest accomplishment he has new goals of reaching the next billion and counting users.

Zuckerberg has learned how to reach users by taking useful knowledge from one of the best leaders, the late Steve Jobs,  whose focus was the “user experience”. The users are key, and building a service that caters to them is what the Facebook team’s focus is. Having majority of their active users outside of the U.S and Canada, it will definitely be interesting to see how Zuckerberg will try to draw in the next billion users.

To say that if Facebook were its own country, it would be the third largest is quite a feat, but Zuckerberg is only getting his feet wet in the social media world. It will definitely be interesting to see how the company will draw in more users and how the company will do in Internet marketing against its biggest competitor, Google.

iPhone 5: iOS 6 Changes Worth it?

On September 19th, Apple pushed its new iOS 6 software live. With iOS 6, came five big changes: Maps, Siri, Camera, Mail, and Passbook. Out of these changes, the changes with iOS Maps App is by far the one that has the most controversy. Google Maps, which was a pre-loaded feature, has been completely taken off the home screen of the iPhone. Once re-downloaded, the iOS Maps, now controlled by Apple and not Google, is missing points of interest feature, Google transit directions and street images. To say that’s not enough change, the Maps gives inaccurate and incorrect destinations, for instance saying that a farm in Dublin was in fact an airport, which can cause major miscommunication dilemmas for pilots.

Though iOS Maps seems to have the most controversy, the other changes have a more positive note to them. Siri can now tweet, facebook, and make reservations for you. The new Camera feature is by far the most fun to play around with. Now, users can take panoramic shots of different places they visit to the people they are with.

The Mail App now allows you to attach photos and videos straight through the app, which was not possible before. Lastly, a new pre-loaded feature on the iOS 6 software is Passbook, which allows users to be more organized when it comes to storing, boarding passes, tickets, store cards, and coupons. But the Passbook app does not automatically transfer tickets and coupons into its app, users have to download the ticket vendor’s app, the airline company’s app, or the store’s app before they can start storing their information in this app.

The biggest changes to iOS 6, to say the least, give users a mixed feeling about them. Only users can judge themselves, if they like these new features are beneficial to them. It will be interesting to see how these new features affect internet marketing’s fast-paced life.