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Social Media and E-Commerce Interesting Facts

16 Feb

As we have noted before, social media and E-commerce are booming. So, lets a look at a detailed infographic with social media and E-commerce interesting facts.

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We Are Living in a Social World

Thanks to Josh Wardini for authoring this section of today’s post.

Twenty years ago, we were all living in a material world according to Madonna. While that can still be said to be true, the focus has shifted somewhat. It would be more apt to say that we live in a social world now. As a result, if you have a business, marketing these day means more than just offering a few discounts and running promos. These things are still important marketing tools but only when used as a part of social commerce strategy.

Today’s consumers want more out of businesses than just the best prices. They want to engage with a brand and know that they are valued by that brand. Social commerce is a fairly new concept but one that you really have to get right. It’s about having a defined presence on social media, but it encompasses a lot more than that as well. Social commerce makes it as easy as possible for your clients to buy from you – more and more brands are incorporating sales apps into their social media pages.

It’s also about using client data to examine exactly what your clients want and what they might need in future. In essence, it’s about knowing what they want before they do. And, if you get it right, it’s about skyrocketing your sales because you can meet their needs at exactly the right time.


An Infographic on Social Media and E-Commerce Interesting Facts

According to 16best.com: As outlined in the infographic below, major social media platforms are becoming more commercial, while eCommerce platforms are becoming more social, and the social commerce trend is gaining in popularity with each passing day.”


Social Media and E-Commerce Interesting Facts

U.S. B2B Digital Advertising Spending Trends

5 Jan

As we have reported before, digital ad spending is on a roll. In the U.S. and worldwide. And this will continue well into the future. With this in mind, let’s examine overall digital ad spending trends. Then, we study U.S. B2B digital advertising spending trends . B2B digital spending is also growing.

U.S. Digital Advertising Trends: Overall Spending

According to eMarketer:

  • In the U.S., digital ad spending will rise from $71.60 billion in 2016 to $105.44 billion in 2019.
  • Amazon and Facebook dominate U.S. digital ad spending. In 2019, they will account for two-thirds of spending.
  • Digital ad spending tops traditional spending.


U.S. B2B Digital Advertising Spending Trends

B2B digital ad spending is dwarfed by B2C spending. But, it too is growing. We again turn to eMarketer for its U.S. B2B Digital Advertising Spending Trends:

“The B2B digital ad market is dwarfed by total digital ad spending (which is more than 20 times larger) and total media ad spending (more than 50 times larger). B2C firms still drive the clear majority of spend and will likely continue to do so. Yet, at many B2Bs, the media mix is evolving, with a stronger emphasis on digital buying and placement than in the past. This change is led mostly by big-spending, high-tech B2B companies.”

In the following chart, we see that B2B ad spending will rise from $2.13 billion in 2013 to $4.60 billion in 2018. That represents a 111 percent increase!

U.S. B2B Digital Advertising Spending Trends
For its B2B ad spending study, eMarketer also conducted an audio interview: “In the latest episode of ‘Behind the Numbers,’ eMarketer’s Jillian Ryan and Oscar Orozco break down eMarketer’s latest B2B digital ad spending figures. This episode is made possible by Criteo.” [To listen, please click the sound wave, NOT the play button.]


2017 American Personal Consumption Spending

29 Dec

Due to a strong economy, this year has seen an uptick in consumer spending. So how good a shopping year has it been? Let’s look at 2017 American personal consumption spending.


Good Times: 2017 American Personal Consumption Spending

Before noting total-year spending, consider these posts:

Now, on to some interesting 2017 U.S. spending data.

According to 24/7 Wall St.:

“American consumers have spent $130.6 trillion so far in 2017. That is a 2.7% increase over 2016. And personal spending by U.S. consumers accounts for two-thirds of all spending in the United States. Thus, it is the primary driver of economic growth. Spending on luxury goods such as yachts and private planes has risen. So has spending on necessary expenses such as housing, food, and health care. Additionally, due to better technology more Americans are able to afford televisions, internet access, and other consumer electronics. Changes in technology have also led some Americans to abandon certain outdated products and services altogether.”

“To determine what Americans spent in 2017, we analyzed real personal consumption expenditures from January to November 2017 from the Bureau of Economic Analysis [BEA]. We chose 50 consumer categories that best represent what Americans spent in 2017. Money continues to circulate over the course of the year once it is spent. Thus, while personal consumption is a good reflection of how Americans spend their money, it far outweighs the total value of goods and services in the economy.”

Click the 24/7 Wall St. logo to read its fully story. Then, check out the top five spending categories below the logo.

2017 American Personal Consumption Spending -- Top 50 Categories

Top Five Categories: 2017 American Personal Consumption Spending

Here are 24/7 Wall St.’s top five spending categories based on BEA data.

  1. Occupied housing payments. 2017 spending: $19.39 trillion. Share of total expenditure: 14.85%. 1-year change: +1.24%. 10-year change: +14.01%.
  2. Groceries. 2017 spending: $7.89 trillion. Share of total expenditure: 6.04%. 1-year change: +2.49%. 10-year change: +5.14%.
  3. Physician and dental visits. 2017 spending: $6.68 trillion. Share of total expenditure: 5.12%. 1-year change: +4.40%. 10-year change: +25.80%.
  4. Restaurants and bars. 2017 spending: $5.61 trillion. Share of total expenditure: 4.30%. 1-year change: +0.84%. 10-year change: +15.65%.
  5. Clothing and footwear. 2017 spending: $4.24 trillion. Share of total expenditure: 3.25%. 1-year change: +2.01%. 10-year change: +19.08%.


Key 2018 Influencer Marketing Trends

6 Dec

As we have noted: A popular new concept is “influencer marketing.” What is it? And how should it be used? This post deals with 2018 influencer marketing trends.


What Is Influencer Marketing”

According to Evans on Marketing: “Influencer marketing is a BIG deal. With it, we target well-known individuals. Their effect on the purchase decision is high for some consumers (followers).”

Consider these remarks from the CEO of TopRank Marketing:

What does ‘influencer marketing’ mean you? Do you think of celebrities with product photos on Instagram? Or having a famous YouTuber run a contest? Why not send products to bloggers? And hope they do a nice review? Surely that’s not all marketers want from influencer relationships.”

“Think of brands working with or paying influential people to create content. And how that lifts brand credibility and reach.”

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Key 2018 Influencer Marketing Trends

Now, we review 2018 influencer marketing trends.

As Vivian Michaels observes for TNW:

“The popularity of influencer marketing rose 90x from 2013 to 2016. And it doubled the first nine months of 2017. Reasons range from their versatility (for all businesses) to their noninvasive nature. Because of this, we need to study trends.”

Thus, Michaels identities seven key 2018 trends:

  1. Value of services to increase. Influencers are sought-after on social media. Witness the rise of accounts with thousands of followers. At the same time, more firms will use influencer marketing. Thus, demand for social media personalities increases the their service value.”
  2. KPI and ROI measuring vital. With high demands on influencer campaigns, we want to measure key performance indicators (KPI) and return on investment (ROI). Thus, we expect new software and marketing platforms.”
  3. The year of integration. 2018 will see brands combine different influencer types. Each group reaches a specific target. And that reaches more people.”
  4. Video marketing critical for online audience. Video reduces me-too messages. And it is engaging.”
  5. Lawsuits against brands and influencers. Influencers and brands are careful. Yet, in 2018 we expect lawsuits to grow.”
  6. ‘Fake’ influencers with bought followers. “For little cost, a social media user gets thousands of followers. They have a big fan base. But, they buy them.”
  7. Instagram to surpass one billion users. Instagram is popular. in 2018, its influencer marketing will rise.”


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Key 2018 Influencer Marketing Trends. Seven to Consider.

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