Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


Study: 60 Percent Of Adults Switch Screens During The Day

facebook-mobile-phones-featured Echoing a 2012 study by Google, Facebook this morning released findings from a new research about multiple device usage. While offering some different figures and percentages it essentially backs up the earlier Google results, which show that people use multiple devices throughout the day and for different purposes. GfK carried out the research among 2,000 US adults.  The research found that "more than 60 percent of online adults in the US use at least two devices everyday and almost one quarter use three devices." It also reported that in excess of 40 percent start on one device and [...]


Facebook Cuts Into Google’s Lead As Top Traffic Driver To Online News Sites [Report]

parsely-january14 Add this to the ongoing debate over whether social or search is driving more traffic to online publishers: new data from Parse.ly shows that Facebook took a big bite in January out of Google's lead as top traffic source for some of the biggest news publishers on the web. The numbers come from Parse.ly's latest authority report, a regular newsletter that aggregates data and insights from the company's content analytics platform. Parse.ly's network of sites sees more than five billion page views per month and more than 190 million unique visitors. It includes sites like Reuters, Mashable, The [...]


Report: In Q4 Facebook Once Again Dominated The Social Login Landscape

Social-Sharing It has been an excellent run for Facebook over the past few months. Not only was their Q4 earnings report stellar, they've  also owned the overall social referral space. To top things off, Gigya, a consumer management suite, is showing that Facebook is yet again dominating the social login space. According to Gigya, Facebook held steady in Q4 and holds 51% of all social logins worldwide with a 51% marketshare. Google+ obtained the silver with a 28% share (up 2% from Q3): Facebook continues to dominate the mobile login space as well with 63% of the marketshare. Google+ jumped a full 5 pe [...]


Sloppy Study Likens Facebook To Disease, Facebook Offers Sarcastic Retort

facebook-thumbs-up-featured Academic research ain't what it used to be. As you've undoubtedly read, researchers from Princeton applied an infectious disease model to analyze Facebook usage and potentially predict the future trajectory of the social network. The researchers relied primarily on Google Trends search data to glean traffic patterns and audience interest in Facebook. The conclusion of the study was that "Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years, losing 80% of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017." Facebook's response was humorous and highly sarcastic. Taking a methodologically simila [...]


Google’s Share Of Social Logins Hits Highest Level In Q4 Since 2010

Janrain-Social-Login-Preferences-Q4-2013 Google continues to be an increasingly popular choice when it comes to social logins, and Q4 of 2013 was its best single quarter since 2010, according to the latest report from Janrain. Google hit 35 percent of all social logins in the quarter, its highest level since being at 38 percent in Q4 of 2010. Facebook remains the most popular option with 45 percent of all social logins last quarter. Janrain credits Google's push to merge many of its properties into Google+: With the continued emergence of Google+, and the company’s push to unify each of its services (Gmail, Google+, YouT [...]


Facebook’s Share Of Visits Up 170% Over Past Year; Up 47% Since Share Button Dropped The Thumb

Facebook-Sharing Last month, Facebook surgically removed the thumb from the "Like" and "Share" buttons in a complete aesthetic overhaul. The goal was to spur the sharing of content thereby increasing social engagement. Today, Shareaholic, a discovery and sharing platform that helps sites promote content, produced evidence that not only is Facebook sharing, in fact, up, but since the changes last month, sharing is way, way up. Shareaholic analyzed 13 months of data from 200,000+ publishers and 250+ million visitors to get a glimpse at just how effectively the new button has performed. Sharaholic does not off [...]


From Facebook: Organic Page Reach Is Dwindling, Best Way To Be Seen Is To Buy Ads

facebook It's been no secret that Facebook's Organic Reach has been dwindling over the past 18 months. However, Facebook has never fully admitted this, until now. A new Facebook blog post specifically addresses the decline of organic distribution. Brands and marketers like Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, have felt the burden of the restricted messaging and threatened to leave in the past: FB is blowing it ? This is the first step.. The Mavs are considering moving to Tumblr or to new Myspace as primary site pic.twitter.com/tQDZjgDC — Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 27, 2012 A quote [...]


Facebook Drops The Thumb, Intros New “Like” & “Share” Buttons

new-facebook-like-featured Facebook has given the thumbs down to its three-year-old "Like" button, introducing a new version that replaces the "thumbs up" symbol with Facebook's logo. A new, matching "Share" button was also introduced today. In a blog post Wednesday, Facebook's Ray He says the new buttons produced positive results during testing: We're already seeing a favorable increase in Likes and Shares with the new design and will be rolling these buttons out to everyone in the coming weeks. If you are currently using the old Like button, you'll be automatically upgraded to the new design as part of our roll [...]


YouTube Narrowing Traffic Gap With Facebook [Study]

facebook-youtube-logos-250px YouTube's US traffic is closing in on Facebook, and could eventually surpass the top social network in a matter of years. The data come from How Much Media? 2013, a new report from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. The study relies on Nielsen, comScore, analysts and company disclosures for its statistics, and suggests that Facebook's 31 million unique visitors lead from 2012 will drop to 14 million by 2015. Facebook reported declines in its US user base as far back as 2011. In its quarterly earnings reports, the company combines the US and Canada in rep [...]


For The First Time Ever, Facebook Sees Decrease In “Young Teen” Usage

facebook-teens-youth-featured On Wednesday's earnings call, Facebook reported revenue of $2.02 billion, noting that mobile is now generating half of Ad revenue and that mobile daily active users were on the rise. One notable negative item that cropped up on the call was that there was a "decrease in daily users specifically among younger teens." This caused a buzz that other networks like Snapchat, and (the Facebook owned) Instagram are gaining steam on the social giant. Techcrunch reported that after the news of the decline in "younger teens," the after-hours share price saw a huge decrease after the announcement of th [...]


Facebook: 20 Million Small Businesses Have Pages, Small Fraction Are Advertisers

facebook-pages-open-featured Facebook has reached another milestone: 20 million small businesses are using Facebook Pages. But only a small fraction of those are spending money on any of Facebook's ad products. That's the word from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who shared the data during today's Q3 earnings call. The company's report focused, as it is usually does, on mobile and user growth, but small business growth is no less important and -- from a business perspective -- perhaps more important. Sandberg also revealed that Facebook had about one million advertisers during Q3. "It's really hard to get small bus [...]


Forrester Research Disses Facebook To Generate Coverage, Controversy

facebook By now you've read or seen coverage of Forrester Research's "open letter to Mark Zuckerberg." A raw PR stunt, the letter is partly intended to generate controversy and exposure for the firm. And in that sense, it appears to have succeeded. The Forrester analyst who wrote the letter, which carries a dismissive and arrogant tone, uses survey data to argue that Facebook is failing marketers: First, your company focuses too little on the thing marketers want most: driving genuine engagement between companies and their customers. Your sales materials tease marketers with the promise that you’ [...]


Facebook Begins Testing New “Stories To Share” Feature For Media Sites & Publishers

share-featured Facebook announced a new "Stories to Share" feature today, a tool that allows media sites to post suggested content on their Facebook page directly from the Insights Dashboard on the admin panel. According to Facebook: Stories to share makes it even easier for media sites to find the most engaging content they might want to post on Facebook. For instance, TIME can see suggestions of stories they have published to TIME.com but they have not yet shared to their Facebook fans. Facebook says the "Stories to Share" feature is being tested by media sites and publishers, and not currently availa [...]


Study: 51% of Facebook Engagement Occurs On Mobile & Status On Paid Post Performance By Type

Avg-Engagement-Rate Last month ShopIgniter released their "Social Benchmark Report" that covered overall Facebook revenue & forecasting to in-depth post performance statistics. To pull these statistics they leveraged more than 2,000 posts with 2 billion impressions in Q1 & Q2, uncovering quite a good bit of data in the process. Some of the major stats revealed were: 51.4% of total engagement on Facebook posts came from mobile devices, and the average conversion rate (included brand awareness metrics like watching video to end, lead gen, etc) from Facebook traffic was 4.4%. Additionally the average "Con [...]


Google+ Drives A Fraction Of The Referral Traffic That Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter Do [Report]

google-plus-featured Google+ is driving a fraction of the referral traffic to publisher sites that Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites are. That's the main takeaway from an annual report released today by Shareaholic, makers of social sharing buttons and widgets that the company says are used by 200,000 publishers. The report covers September 2012 -- when Shareaholic last published network sharing data -- through September 2013. According to Shareaholic, Google+ has consistently driven less than one-tenth of one percent (> 0.1%) of all referral traffic to its publishers over the past [...]


Facebook Govt Data Requests Dominated By US

Facebook world 2 Facebook released its Government Data Requests report, covering the first half of 2013. The country with the most requests by far is the US. India is next in line and then several European countries follow: Germany, France, UK and Italy. Yet none of the volume of these "next in order" countries even begins to approach the level of the US, which had up to 12,000 data requests from 21,000 user accounts. Below is a condensed  version of Facebook's table, which is available in its entirety in the post. Here's Facebook's statement about the nature of these requests and its procedure for [...]


Facebook Driving More Than 2x Twitter Traffic To Parse.ly’s News Clients

parsely-logo-200px Facebook is far and away the top social network driving traffic to some of the biggest online news and media websites, sending them more than twice as much traffic as second-place Twitter. That's according to the Authority Report from Parse.ly, a company that counts the likes of Reuters, The Atlantic, Mashable, The Next Web, US News and others among clients using its content optimization platform. Parse.ly says it's currently processing about five billion page views and 160 million unique readers per month. For the month of July, Parse.ly reports its clients received about 73.5 million p [...]


Your Facebook Post’s Lifespan May Be Shorter Than You Think, 50% Of Post Reach Is Achieved In 30 Minutes

Facebook-Post-Length Of course, we as marketers know that timeliness of a Facebook post is crucial. It could be even more important than we think. The folks at WiseMetrics, a Facebook Analytics provider, performed a study that analyzed engagement levels by hour for Facebook updates. The study found that 75% of engagement occurs within the first 5 hours, overall impressions hit 75% of their max in less than 2:30 hours and, worst of all, Reach achieves 75% of potential in just two hours. Reach definitively has the fastest time to potential as WiseMetrics found that 50% of global potential is achieved just 30 minu [...]


Popularity Pays: People Are 32% More Likely To ‘Like’ If There Is A Preexisting Positive Vote

facebook-like-thumb-icon It turns out that social media users may act more herd-like than you may think. The American Association for the Advancement of Science performed a study on the effects of prior social votes on current user behavior. The study shows that preexisting votes have a profound effect on the content's overall social performance. The test analyzed comments on a website that allowed users to vote and respond to others. In the tests, some of the comments were artificially inflated, while others were left untouched. If a user read a comment that had a previous positive score, they were 32% more li [...]


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