Few things have captivated the imagination of communications professionals in recent years more than social media. But the journey forward has not been plain sailing, with some skeptics suggesting the medium is often an exercise in vanity characterized by too much broadcast and little meaningful engagement.
For consumer brands social media has proved a valuable route to reaching a broad audience. In the world of B2B marketing, however, where target audiences are considerably smaller and messaging is often more complex, some have suggested the social media is too lightweight or even irrelevant.
To uncover the truth about social media in the B2B space, GolinHarris teamed up with YouGov to complete the report, Social Media: How Social Media is Transforming Sales, which examines the ways in which IT buying decision makers are influenced by this medium. To complete the research for the report, YouGov conducted an online survey of people on both sides of the purchasing spectrum: the marketers from technology companies and the IT buyers they are trying to reach.
Top line findings reveal that any lingering doubt over social media’s importance to B2B marketers should be dismissed. In total, 34% of IT buyers surveyed – the ‘social third’ – have been positively influenced by online interactions with a brand when making a purchasing decision. Moreover, this ‘third’ actually wants to engage with brands online.
In this report, GolinHarris sheds light on how B2B marketers can most effectively engage customers online in order to drive sales.
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