Social Media is Here to Stay, just watch Erik Qualman’s #Socialnomics 2014

We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the choice is how well we do it.  -Erik Qualman

In his latest Installation and update of his famed Social Media Revolution video, Erik Qualman once again creates another fantastic video highlighting some key statistics. Erik reminds us that the four p’s of marketing (product, place, price, promotion) are disappearing while the four c’s of digital are emerging: creating, curating, connecting, and culture. As we plan our 2015 marketing campaigns it’s important to blend social media with a strong content marketing plan to maximize and captivate our audience.

Some highlights featured within the below video:

  • Over 50% of the worlds population is under 30 years old- Click to Tweet
  • 53% of millennials would rather lose their sense of smell than their technology- Click to Tweet
  • More people own a mobile device than a toothbrush- Click to Tweet
  • Grandparents are the fastest growing demographic on twitter #seniorsrock- Click to Tweet
  • 93% of shopper’s buying decisions are influenced by social media- Click to Tweet

The Wheel of a Successful Social Media Strategy

A social media strategy and a social media plan have a lot in common.  A strategy is where you’re heading, and an effective social media plan should lay out how you’ll get there.  When you’re coming up with a strategy it’s important to focus on business objectives, the platforms you’ll be using, and most importantly the below wheel of a crucial three- part idea.  Once you come up with your strategy, you’ll need to implement it, and measure it, and think about it ongoing to always adjust and ensure it’s working.  The below wheel is the most effective illustration i’ve seen to reinforce this idea.

Plan

You must always assess, implement, and monitor your strategy to ensure it’s working and effective.  If you want to put it in simpler terms; 

1) This is what we want to do

2) This is how we’re going to do it

3) This is how we did it

Repeat:)

I would love to know your thoughts, and how this wheel fits into your experiences building an ongoing social media strategy.  Send me a Tweet @MarissaPick, or leave a comment below.