Facebook Extends Its Lead In Social Referral Traffic, Shareaholic Data Shows

shareaholic Facebook has extended its lead as the leading driver of social media referrals, according to Shareaholic's first quarter social media traffic report. Facebook traffic accounted for 21.25% percent of the share of visits -- a gain of nearly six percentage points over the social network's December figure -- on Shareaholic's network of 300,000 websites. Shareaholic says its network gets 400 million unique monthly visitors on "sites ranging from independent lifestyle blogs to publishing companies to commerce sites." Pinterest, Shareaholic's referral traffic runner-up, has also showed sign [...]


Infographic: Which Is The Most Effective Digital Marketing Channel

Looking to attract new visitors online? Social, email, paid search and SEO are all attractive ways to bring in the audience. But some bring more visitors than others plus some convert better. The folks at Conductor have put together an infographic looking at the four major channels and how effective they are, compiled from various surveys. In summary: SEO: 54% discover new sites this way; just behind email for qualified leads, 36% Email: 51% discover new sites this way; tops for qualified leads, 40% Social: 32% discover new sites this way; tied with paid search for qualified leads, [...]


Social Media, Mobile And YouTube Changing The Nature Of “TV”

social-media-tv A trio of reports sheds new light and visibility on how TV and digital video viewing habits are changing with social media in the multi-platform era. Viewing habits are shifting dramatically in large part because of on-demand viewing and the availability of programming across screens. According to the Ooyala Global Video Index (for Q4 2013), based on behaviors observed across its network of video publishers, smartphones and tablets are grabbing a larger share of video viewing time. The report looked video consumption on connected TVs, video on PCs, tablets and smartphones. While there [...]


Study: Only 16% Of People Use Social Media While Watching Prime Time TV

twitter-tv-200px A newly released study from The Council of Research Excellence found only 16.1 percent of survey respondents claimed to have used social media while watching prime time television. To evaluate social media influence on TV viewing habits, 1,665 survey participants were instructed to log any social posts about a prime time TV show, as well as any time they discussed a TV show on their social networks. The study's findings were based on 78,310 diary entries covering nearly 1,600 shows reported via a mobile app supplied by the research group. According to the report, social media has very li [...]


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 [...]


Survey: Half Of Not-Online Seniors Say They’re Not Missing Out

Older Americans internet adoption Newly released telephone survey data from the Pew Research Center reflect that Americans over 65 use the internet in much the same way that younger people do, just not at the same penetration levels. However a large number of seniors who do not currently use the internet don't feel that they're missing out. The Pew survey, sponsored in part by the Gates Foundation, included more than 6,000 US adults and was conducted in Q3 of last year. According to the data, 59 percent of US seniors use the internet, compared with 86 percent of the overall population. However among more affluent ($75,00 [...]


Study: 30% Of Facebook Users Are Consuming News, But It’s Mostly “Incidental” Consumption

news-headlines-featured After posting an overview yesterday of the Pew Research Center's State of News Media report, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the study's research on social media news consumption. According to the Pew report, three in ten Facebook users get news from the social media site. Even with the relatively high number of people reading news on Facebook, Pew claims Facebook news consumption is an "incidental experience." According to the report, only 22 percent of the people reading news on Facebook believe it is a useful news resource. The remaining 78 percent are on Facebook for reasons ot [...]


Study: Only 20% Of CMOs Use Social Media For Customer Engagement

social-media-conversation-featured In its series of reports surveying C-level executives, IBM's latest study revealed only 20 percent of the chief marketing officers polled leveraged social networks to engage with customers as part of their digital marketing efforts, and a growing number feel overwhelmed with the amount of available data. Interviewing 524 CMOs from around the world and in various industries, IBM's study found the number of CMOs who feel ill-equipped to interpret available data has grown in the last three years: In 2011, 71 percent of the CMOs we interviewed told us they felt under-prepared to deal with data [...]


Twitter Study: Photos, Videos Lead To Most Retweets

retweet-600 Tweets that have a photo or video URL tend to lead to the biggest increase in retweets for verified accounts on Twitter. That's the key takeaway from a Twitter study out this week that analyzed more than two million tweets sent in the span of one month from verified accounts related to TV, news, radio, government and sports. Twitter's data team looked at measurable tweet elements like photos, hashtags, videos, links and numbers (to measure tweets with sports stats and scores), and then compared its results to the baseline count of retweets that these accounts typically get. Overall, [...]


Chartbeat: Native Ads Aren’t Engaging Readers

content-marketing-featured Native ads are the "it format" of digital media right now. Perceived to be less visually disruptive and able to command premium pricing, publishers are widely embracing them. That list includes Yahoo, The New York Times and most recently, The Wall Street Journal. Facebook and Twitter also have their versions, too (in-stream ads). Beyond this, native ads are also part of the larger "content marketing" trend. An article (via Re/code) on Time.com from Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile, itself a kind of content marketing for Chartbeat, argues that native ads are far less engaging than publishers [...]


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 [...]


Twitter Moves Beyond The Tweet, Shares First “Impressions” Metrics For Oscars

ellenimpressions As the race for second screen dominance continues, Twitter is changing how it reports its own TV-related reach. In a new blog post, Twitter says tweets about Sunday night's Oscar Awards had 3.3 billion impressions worldwide in the 12-hour period from 5:00 pm ET Sunday until 5:00 am ET Monday. That's "billion" with a B. This is the first time Twitter has revealed a total impressions figure, and it's a change from Twitter's typical reporting of tweet activity. In fact, just a few hours after the Oscars ended, Twitter posted that there were 14.7 million tweets about the awards telecast, [...]


Social Media Predicted 80 Percent Of Big Oscar Winners

Social media oscar predictions People used to talk about how pre-event search volumes could predict outcomes (e.g., presidential elections). Now, social media data are being used for the same purposes. Last week, digital marketing firm MintTwist compiled and analyzed social media data to anticipate winners at last night's Academy Awards. The firm looked at several factors: Twitter followers Facebook fans YouTube views and likes Past award performance The published predictions list only covered the major acting awards and Best Picture. (My guess is that less prominent awards would have been somewhat harder to [...]


Oscar Searches And Social Mentions: Who Won The Night?

Oscar social media winners Late last night, Google posted the top Oscar-related search queries -- on Twitter. Best supporting actor winner "Jared Leto," who gave a well-received and widely tweeted acceptance speech, was the most searched for term/person associated with last night's Oscar telecast according to Google: It's somehow fitting that the top searches were announced on a social media site. Social mentions likely drove many of these queries to find out more information or to see video clips. Separately, the official Oscar site, operated by network ABC, featured a tally of the nominated actors' social me [...]


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 [...]


Survey: Of Major Technologies, Social Media Is The Easiest To Give Up

social-media-600 Based on a new survey of just over 1,000 US adults, the Pew Research Center has released findings commemorating the 25th anniversary of the web. Pew dates the founding of the web from the publication of Tim Berners-Lee's seminal paper about a distributed network of computers and documents linked together by "hypertext." However the "web" only truly became accessible to people with the advent of the browser with its graphical interface in 1992 - 1993. Regardless, there are a number of interesting findings in the document. Few are surprising save one, which I'll get to in a bit. On bala [...]


Report: 60 Percent Of Internet Access Is Mostly Mobile

mobile-chart-growth-analytics-featured In a new global Mobile Media Consumption report, ad network InMobi asserts that, outside the US and UK, mobile media time spent now exceeds TV. However in the US, TV is still the top screen. The Mobile Media Consumption research was conducted by Decision Fuel and OnDevice Research and had roughly 14,000 respondents in 14 countries.  In emerging and especially less affluent markets, the InMobi report also confirms that mobile media time exceeds the PC internet. That's now also true in the US. Also consistent with other data, InMobi says that 61 percent of mobile internet users [...]


Nielsen: More Time On Internet Through Smartphones Than PCs

Mobile Nielsen report Nielsen has released a smörgåsbord of data on "the new digital consumer." The just released report covers a variety of categories, from device ownership and video streaming to mobile's impact on social media usage. One of the standout findings in the report is that US adults spent on average 34 hours per month using the mobile internet on smartphones. By comparison, they spend 27 hours on the PC internet. Of that smartphone internet time, apps capture 86 percent of usage. Only 14 percent of smartphone internet access time comes via the mobile web. TV is still the top screen. Consum [...]


Yep, Twitter Was A Real-Time Marketing Circus On Super Bowl Sunday

Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logo A really smart guy (cough-ME-cough) recently predicted that Twitter would be a "carnival of brands" trying to newsjack the Super Bowl, hoping to score points with consumers during real-time marketing's biggest stage of the year. While I'm patting myself on the back for what was an obvious prediction to make -- seriously, did anyone expect it not to be?? -- new data from social media agency Mass Relevance shows that it turned out exactly as expected. Mass Relevance kept an eye on Interbrand's Top 100 brands list and compared their Twitter activity this past Sunday with the 2013 Super Bowl [...]


Report: Facebook & StumbleUpon Saw Nearly 50% Increase In Referral Share Of Visits

social-media-traffic-report-Jan-14-graph The StumbleUpon and Facebook talk of late hasn't been chipper. Until Today. Shareaholic, a discovery and sharing platform that helps sites promote content, has released its Q4 Social Media Traffic Report. The last report saw a monumental gain from Facebook traffic in Q3 2013, this report is not much different. Additionally, a friendly (yet surprising) face also appeared when looking at the top gaining sites -- StumbleUpon. To obtain these stats Shareaholic collects data from over 200,000 websites and tracks 250 million unique referrals a month. Facebook finished 2013 strong with a 17.43% sh [...]


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