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ROI of Social Media

Has Social Data Finally Escaped the Lab?

by · August 10, 2012

Marketing mad scientists have predicted that social data will reach its potential as a business resource for years. But CMOs have been hesitant to trust that social data could help fuel business transformation at all levels.

For the impact of social media to evolve into social business, three things will need to happen. Decision makers will need to trust and absorb social data. They’ll need to act on the implications of social data. And social data will need to escape the marketing silo. A new report from The CMO Club and Bazaarvoice indicates that these three things may be happening to a much greater extent than some people think.


Don’t Let ROI Get In Your Way

by · April 24, 2012

Here’s the question you don’t want to hear while you’re building an audience: “When will we see a dollar from this?”

There is a Zen aspect to audience building goes like this:

  • If you want to be able to sell people something, don’t focus on selling.
  • If you want people to listen to you, don’t talk about yourself.
  • If you want to get something back from your audience, be generous.

So, how can you see a dollar from this?  Wrong question.


Understanding the ROI of Social Media

by · February 1, 2012

It’s the question that social media evangelists, speakers, consultants and practitioners begrudgingly have to answer. Sometimes, they have to or their jobs are in jeopardy. What is the ROI of social media. While I have my own perspective on that, there are many ideas and opinions on the issue. Part of what we plan to provide with our Explore events this year is a better understanding of the ROI question for all who attend.


Dear Executive …

by · December 15, 2011

Dear corporate executive,

You’re skeptical about social media marketing and social technologies. I get that. You’re also focused on the bottom line and keep asking the question, “What’s our ROI?” And I understand why.

But doing so is like waking up every morning, rolling over to look at your wife (or husband) and saying, “What? You haven’t produced a child yet? We’re going to have to re-think this.”

There’s more to marriage than children. There’s more to business than quarterly revenue.

Food for thought.


PAVE-ing A Way For Refined Social Media Measurement

by · November 27, 2010

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Joel Gn, a Singapore-based communications associate with web development firm Aeturnus.

Corporations today have only been too eager to jump on-board the social media bandwagon. This has inevitably resulted in the growth of various social media tools in the market, but the usual questions continue to surface: how are social media metrics translated into actionable insights? How do the measurements correlate with the ROI of the company or brand?


Forrester Report Offers Analyst Look at Social Media ROI

by · July 21, 2010

Forrester Research has produced another interesting report, this one focusing on perhaps the hottest topic of the social media world over the past year: The ROI of Social Media Marketing. The piece, primarily authored by Forrester analyst and friend Augie Ray, offers what Forrester calls a balanced scorecard for measuring the ROI of social media, complete with expected Forrester graphics and interview-based insights.

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Using Search To Prove Social Media’s Value

by · January 11, 2010

If you subscribe to the notion that social media is a discipline that is most appropriately aligned with public relations, customer service, customer relationship management and similar business channels, you probably have a hard time seeing social media’s link — pun intended — to search engine optimization. SEO probably comes across as a very scientific process, heavy on paid search strategies and with little relevance to the warm and fuzzies you get with social media.


What Social Media Can Do For Your Business

by · December 28, 2009

There are still a number of business people, executives, owners and more, that have doubts about social media as a business driver. Part of that skepticism has to do with the fact the medium is quite new and participating in it requires a different approach from traditional marketing efforts. Part of it has to do with the fact that social media thinkers and advocates have never been very good at illustrating a definitive tie to business success through their medium of choice.


Social Media ROI? Traditional Is Still More Accepted.

by · August 26, 2009

The return on investment for social media marketing is not an easy thing to determine. It’s not easy to measure. It’s not easy to argue. It’s not easy to prove.

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I’ll pause while the Kool-Aid drinkers curse at the screen and jump to the comments to call me names before reading the rest of the post.

For more on my thoughts, please revisit this post and conversation with Katie Payne from PRSA International last year.