People spent ONLY 12 minutes per day on Social Networks?

My friend Shelly Kramer blogged about a recent ComScore report. (btw follow her on the Twitter she needs more friends)
While it highlights an increase in usage for Social Networks it reinforces the fact you can not really market via social media to any scale. For those that wonder how I arrived at the 12 minutes the report states people now spend 6 hours a month on Social Media 360 minutes divided by 30 days….anyone who reads this blog knows I hate how marketers aggregate numbers to make them look big.
We have blogged that use of Facebook is now under 20 minutes per day per user. We have blogged that most if not all of human communication takes place off of Social Networks in private.
Meanwhile people still spend 4hrs per day watching TV. They still work, eat, play. They still drive around and shop. They still spend hours on the internet. But only 12 minutes on Social is just 0.8% of a day. 
So how should a business reach their current customers and find new ones?
First most powerful will be word of mouth. If you have a great product or service at the right price point and give customer support that will be your biggest sales driver. Remember advertising is like shooting with a shotgun. You spray it and hope you hit some folks. But people will talk about your product, service or brand if they have a great experience! And I don’t mean on Social Networks! I mean Live! Email! Phone! Etc!
Next is your location, storefront, street sign or if you are on the internet your website and great SEO. Make sure people can see you easily whether when walking, while driving, or searching on the internet.
Third is traditional marketing works! Look at TV and Cable ad rates. Digital ads, yes even Facebook ads which are traditional advertising if you were unaware. Publicity/Public Relations efforts. Even print ads depending on your business, product, service.
Lastly use social in ways that fit your business size. For a small business you can talk to and groom customers to become brand advocates. For a big business you can get them talking about your brand.
You should talk to people with similar businesses, or observe your competition and find out what works for them best. I have a client who wanted to be included in a Best of Their City publication for 2012 and the publication wants them to buy advertising in order to really be supported. So we asked a business that is similar that ran an ad last year and the response was  not positive so I advised them to look at other options and weigh where to invest their limited budget. 

For a bigger business that can afford many things try what looks best and then after 6 months evaluate how your choices performed. And then the ones that did well pay for again, And the ones that didn’t reinvest in some of your options you decided to pass on. Often you can’t tell how well a marketing/advertising channel or platform works until you try them.


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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