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As of December 2011• 800 million FB users• 100 million active Twitter users• 39 million tumblr blogs• 70 million Wordpress blogs• Social networking accounts for 16.6% of all time spent online• 9 out of 10 US internet users visited a SN site in a month• 1 in 6 minutes online is spent on a SN site 2.4 Billion social network accounts worldwide
Also, lead generation, customer relationship management,product development
Overall, 91% of the Inc. 500 are using social media to market their brands.
• 52% of consumers say blogs impactedpurchase decisions• 57% of marketers have gotten new customersvia their blogs• 42% of consumers look to content for info aboutpotential purchases• 61% of consumers are more likely to purchasefrom businesses that offer custom content• 19% of beauty buyers who made purchasesbased on blog posts say they stumbled on thecontent via search
Types of Custom Content:Blog postsNewslettersWhite PapersPresentations/WebinarsVideosPodcastsCurated Lists/RSS feedsInfographicsApps/GamesPromotions
Examples of Effective Corporate BlogsStarbucks (New product development, engagement, crowdsourcing)Whole Foods (Brand image, direct sales)Patagonia (Brand image, community engagement)Marriott (Customer satisfaction, sales, crisis management)Fiskars (Customer engagement, brand awareness)Disney Parks (behind the scenes)Flickr (community engagement)Network Solutions Small Business (relevant, topic-specific information)
Top 10 corporate blogs 2011Seomoz.comKissmetrics.comCompassion InternationalHubspotFlowtownArment DietrichExact TargetPlaystationRadian6WebtrendsWildfireSource: http://socialfresh.com/top-corporate-blogs/ (based on calls to action, content, consistency, and audience)See also: http://www.invesp.com/blog-rank/Corporate_Blogs