This New York Times article, (“How to Market Your Business With Facebook,” November 12, 2009) probably has more detail than you might want to get into in an introductory marketing class. Still, I included it because marketing instructors might find it helpful to have this greater insight into Facebook (something our students no doubt know about much better than us) and how it can be used in marketing. There are also some interesting examples that could be used in class.
This post on the ReadWriteWeb blog (“40% of People on Facebook ‘Friend’ Brands“) descibes a survey with the above claim — among others. The sample of “1000 connected consumers” suggests we are dealing with a particularly digital segment of the market. Still, the results suggest that consumers may be willing to interact with brands on social media.
I know that I am trying to figure it out and get a handle on it. These two presentations have helped me.
I’m not sure if these presentations are better used in the classroom (do our students already know this?) – or our offices (do marketing faculty get it?). I showed the first one in class and my students appreciated it. The “Social Media Revolution” (top one below) has data that really can be a surprise. While I cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of the data presented, I did not find people on the web arguing with the numbers. Usually the web will “out” any bad data. The second video is more a tutorial — but still very helpful if you are not up on social media.
Do any of you have other online video slide shows that do a good job with this topic? (click on comments in the gray banner below to share)
This short article notes Safeway’s use of Facebook as a way to distribute coupons (“Safeway Delivers Facebook Users Exclusive Coupons,” Supermarket News, October 9, 2009). Many companies are trying to figure out how to use social media like Facebook. I was surprised to see that nearly 30,000 “fans” on Safeway’s Facebook page (note – now more than 30,000).