State Of Social

State Of Social

And it appears that those who are using stories are having success: 57 percent of brands believe that stories have been “Somewhat effective” or “Very effective” as a part of their social media strategy. And with ads being introduced to stories on Facebook and Instagram, it appears there will be even more opportunities for businesses to generate value from the format in 2019. Thirty-seven percent of respondents in our survey shared that their business has invested in influencer marketing. Of those brands 68 percent say it’s been “Somewhat effective” or “Very effective.” Still, nearly one-fourth (23 percent) of brands are unconvinced about the impact of influencer marketing on their brand. Additionally, 88 percent of those brands that use influencer marketing are also planning to continue with the strategy in 2019. Just as we found last year, Facebook is the most popular channel for businesses to share video content (81 percent), with YouTube in second (62 percent), and Instagram third (57 percent). Social media marketing has been around for many years now, and the majority of marketers see it as an important part of their overall strategy. Eighty-five percent of businesses use third-party tools to support their social media marketing The vast majority of marketers (85 percent) use third-party tools to support their social media marketing. About the data: Who took part in the survey? Here’s the full breakdown: 49.5 percent: Fewer than 10 people 11.6 percent: 11-25 people 8.9 percent: 26-50 people 7.9 percent: 1,001+ people 6.7 percent: 51-100 people 6.1 percent: 101-200 people 5.1 percent: 201-500 people 4.1 percent: 501-1,000 people Marketing team size The majority of respondents in our survey work closely with a small number of colleagues in their marketing teams or act as the sole marketer at their company: 41 percent of respondents were the only marketer at their company 37 percent of people worked in marketing teams of between 2-5 colleagues 11.9 percent of people work in marketing teams larger than 11 people 10.1 percent of people work in marketing teams of between 6-10 Industry breakdown Twenty-five-and-a-half percent of those who took the survey work at organizations in the marketing, PR, and advertising space.

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Brands are riding the organic stories wave. Stories ads are the next frontier.

The Stories format has taken the social media industry by storm, and data suggests that more than one billion accounts now use stories globally on Facebook-owned properties.

As the number of people using stories has grown so has the number of businesses using the format to connect with their audiences on social media. And it appears that those who are using stories are having success: 57 percent of brands believe that stories have been “Somewhat effective” or “Very effective” as a part of their social media strategy.

How effective have stories been as part of your social media strategy?

And with ads being introduced to stories on Facebook and Instagram, it appears there will be even more opportunities for businesses to generate value from the format in 2019. Though 62 percent of respondents told us they have yet to invest in stories ads, 61 percent said they plan to in 2019.

Has your business invested in stories ads?
Do you plan to invest more in stories ads in 2019?

Messaging apps are still overlooked by almost three-quarters of brands.

Social media has become a lot more private in recent years, with many people choosing to share, and communicate via one-to-one messages or small group chats on platforms like WhatsApp and Messenger.

Despite the rising popularity of these platforms, almost three-quarters of brands (71 percent) do not use messaging apps for their marketing:

Has your business used any messaging apps for marketing?

We also found that 50 percent of marketers are not planning on using messaging apps in 2019:

Which messaging apps are you planning to incoporate into your marketing in 2019?

Social Chain has already seen huge success with messaging apps, its WhatsApp group, for example, has seen an open rate of over 98% and a click-through rate of 25%. Peter Daly, Head of Marketing at Social Chain expects 2019 to be the year in which more brands adopt messaging as part of their social media strategies:

“We fully expect messaging apps to realise their potential in 2019; the requirement to actively opt-in means users are much more engaged in these private spaces than they are when scrolling through a news feed, making it easier for brands to build direct and meaningful relationships with their customers quickly, on a mobile-first basis.”

Influencer marketing is an effective strategy for brands, but guidelines need to be clearer.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents in our survey shared that their business has invested in influencer marketing.

Has your business worked with influencers to help market your products and services?

Of those brands 68 percent say it’s been “Somewhat effective” or “Very effective.” Still, nearly one-fourth (23 percent) of brands are unconvinced about the impact of influencer marketing on their brand.

How effective would you say influencer marketing has been for your business?

Additionally, 88 percent of those brands that use influencer marketing are also planning to continue with the strategy in 2019.

Are you planning on continuing to invest in influencer marketing in 2019?

The data also revealed that the vast majority of marketers are confused by the guidelines surrounding influencer marketing with just six percent saying influencer marketing guidelines are “Very clear,” 44.8 percent say the current guidelines are “Unclear,” with 15.8 percent believing guidelines are “Very unclear.”

How clear do you feel current regulations / guidelines on influencer marketing are?

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