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The Los Angeles Times reports on a new survey from Manta, an online forum for small business, which found that, of the 600 small businesses surveyed, 78% use social media in one form or another. The survey also found 58% say they “struggle to find value in using Facebook to promote their businesses or don’t have a page at all” and that “25% of those surveyed said their company website drives the most business for them.”
Which brings me to this article at MarketingProfs – Four Reasons to Jettison the Traditional Website and Go Social – that says small businesses are “dispensing with the traditional website in favor of integrating the most popular social networks right into the website.” While the article doesn’t advocate complete abandonment of traditional websites, it does recommend that companies opt for the use of social sites.… Read More
Allen Weiner, Research VP at Gartner, has given f-commerce (Facebook commerce) a failing grade. “Of all the pre-fixed commerce trends, none has hit the ground with a thud more than Facebook’s ‘F-Commerce,’” said Weiner. His judgment is based on a survey by youth marketing agency The Beans Group, which found that 91 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds say they are not interested in buying products or services directly through Facebook.… Read More
If you want to be successful in using Facebook for marketing, the key is getting fans and visitors to share your content via the newsfeed. So says Grady Burnett, Facebook’s vice president of global sales and operations, in a USA Today article on the topic: “It’s a matter of trying to encourage your customers to communicate with their friends,” he explained.… Read More