Social Tuesday – Torching Social Influence for Marketing and just a bit of Facebook love

First off I need to state Ben Kunz has been killing it. Not sure if he is the smartest person on the Twitter or possibly Gunther Sonnefeld but they are neck and neck. Ben has been blogging using math lately over at Thought Gadgets. His latest post is brilliant.For the most part Twitter and Facebook are not Viral Platforms. In fact they are almost just plain NOT VIRAL. There are trending topics but rarely a trending piece of content. And it’s the content, not a topic that is what viral is all about in Marketing.
I can say a You Tube video that is viewed 1 million times in 1 month is Viral correct? But that comes down to just 33,333 per day. Considering how many people are on the Web world wide that is almost zero. 
Next some observations I wish to share as proof Twitter is really not a Viral Platform for Content:
This really dings Klout too and Social Influence. Notice Mari was tweeting about a FREE Webinar. In 90 minutes she got only 3 Retweets from her 100,000 plus followers. I don’t know who Guy Kawasaki is, and maybe the problem is no one else does either and thus they didn’t retweet it. But only 3? Wouldn’t Mari have at least 100 friends out of 100,000 followers who would retweet just because it is her tweet? Obviously her 78 Klout does not include influence when it comes to Webinars or Guy Kawasaki.
Notice Mashable (I hate that mug shot serious who could ever follow on Twitter that mug shot! lol) has 2.3 million followers and got a whopping 17 and 40 retweets. The 17 was in 2.5 hours and the 40 was in 3.45 hours. Obviously Mashable has zero influence on the topics of HTC, Social Media, Tech and Mobile because otherwise wouldn’t the 88 Klout score earn a ton more Retweets?

As we know the longer time lapses the less likely a Tweet was seen so I doubt it will bring up more. Caveat is if this is only recording Hootsuite Retweets (anyone who can clarify please share). To me this torches Viral and Influence (Klout)

Next Facebook:
Really what does gaming the system get you? I have proven no one will see your Brand Page Posts like a gazillion times.
First the positive for Facebook as promised. Cross posting photos for my client to Twitter that reside on Facebook has greatly increased traffic to the Brand Page. But the impressions are so wrong it isn’t funny. Facebook is adding the network numbers of the 2 LIKES to the total. I mean seriously with 1800 Fans who wouldn’t at least LIKE this delicious gourmet ice cream sandwich?!! No we got two because so few saw the post. Bad platform for marketing simple as that.
Lastly I won an award I am very proud of!
They got tired of me exposing their Fan Boy Journalism and shoddy reporting. I never once used bad language on their site or said anything anyone would be offended by. But the truth hurts. This hasn’t stopped me from commenting. But I can not comment with my Sky Pulse Media Twitter Account. Which BTW get’s me back to these STUPID commenting systems based on Facebook and Twitter! 
photo: ben andrus

About chiefalien

Howie Goldfarb with 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience founded Blue Star Strategic Marketing in central Vermont to serve as the objective and strategic adviser of brands to help them grow and thrive. His Degree in Finance and 14 years of B2B sales to Fortune 500 companies gives him a CFO’s view of marketing. Thus bringing a dose of reality to the confusing world of jargon, spin, and hype. Also playfully known as the Chief Alien of Blue Star Strategic, Howie relishes his role as an industry outsider. A native New Yorker and former Angelino, he currently lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and is still seeking his first moose sighting. His passions are living life, art, music, the outdoors, he tries to cook and loves the Vermont Fresh Network – local sustainability initiatives like farm to table and buying local.
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2 Responses to Social Tuesday – Torching Social Influence for Marketing and just a bit of Facebook love

  1. Chief Alien says:

    Hey Bill!Yes 2 grand slams and jason bay had one. He has been a bust but is one of those quiet guys who makes no excuses and you so want him to succeed.I discussed this on Shonali's blog yesterday. I am pretty sure both twitter posts from Mashable got click throughs. They just weren't shared.Will have to tell you about my Guy Kawasaki inside joke. It is pretty funny 8)

  2. Bill Dorman says:

    I have influence; did you know I was influential in Hollywood. Speaking of bad Avatar's, it must have been that stiff I was dragging around for awhile.You make some good points; I haven't really given it much thought but you definitely exposed it.Wasn't Kawasaki head of a start up somewhere along the way?Good info, good post, good to see you. The Mets had two grand slams tonight against the Tigers?

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