Posts tagged ‘Social network’

April 11, 2012

INFOGRAPHICS: HOW RECRUITERS ARE USING FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN AND TWITTER


Social media has made it easier for recruiters to build and nurture connections, ultimately increasing the efficiency with which a recruiter can source quality candidates. However, current social media usage by recruiters varies greatly. Take a look at the differences in how recruiters use the ‘Top 3’ social networking sites and which ones are most effective for reaching candidates.

No prizes for guessing that LinkedIn is the most frequently used network by recruiters, with Twitter being close second and Facebook not far behind.

According to this report by Bullhorn, they expect increased social engagement from recruiters. The report evaluates the current social network activity among recruiters and suggests several interesting insights. First, the findings suggest that recruiters are connected to all three social networks, but are using LinkedIn and Twitter much more than Facebook to recruit talent.

While they found that LinkedIn is driving the most views and applications per job posted on the “big three” social networks, the analysis shows that Twitter followers are much more likely to apply for a job than connections on LinkedIn or friends on Facebook. Overall, Twitter and Facebook appear to be highly under-utilized networks for recruiting, but we expect that behavior to change during 2012.

Source: Bullhorn Reach

April 4, 2012

Should your business be on Pinterest (and why)?


Love the infographics, and the “why’s” covered by Francis Santos on Soshable. Especially the fact that you business should be (made) visually attractive.

Is your business on Pinterest yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for? After all, it’s only quite possibly the hottest thing going in the social media space today. From tasty recipes to artistic photo galleries, this site is showing that it can be incredibly useful for sharing almost everything visual. We have clearly reached the point where we can say this thing is not a fad. Pinterest is a bonafide powerhouse social marketers can no longer afford to ignore.

More Traffic Your Way

One of the main reasons more social marketers are giving Pinterest a closer look is because of its ability to drive traffic. Sure, the site is still operating on an invitation-only basis, but that has not stopped it from racking up more than 10 million users in a very short amount of time. While this number has nothing on Facebook, Twitter, or even Google+, it is significant, and shows that the site has enough of an audience to send a decent amount of traffic your way. The other part of this lies in the fact that Pinterest allows you (and others) to pin all types of stuff to virtual boards, stuff that links back to your website, blog, or favorite social hangout.

Tremendous SEO Value

Pinterest also offers plenty of SEO value, which as you know, could translate to an increase in traffic as well. As we alluded to above, when you or another user pins content to a given board, that process creates a link that connects to a third-party site. Linking is one of the key factors search engines like Google take into consideration, and with Pinterest gaining in popularity, it is also growing as a trustworthy domain. Combined, these two variables can play a huge role in increasing your visibility and traffic through the search engines.

Great for Branding

Another thing social marketers are learning about Pinterest is that it can be a phenomenal branding tool. Mashable, Whole Foods, and NFL team the Minnesota Vikings are just some of the brands that have decided to establish a presence in this thriving new social channel. So what can Pinterest offer a brand? A platform that makes it easy to create both exposure and community around a product, company, or topic. Just like other social networks, this one has features such as following and commenting, so you can reach out and really start engaging your audience if you put the right tools to use.

Pinterest is everything we’ve seen before with a fun twist that makes it truly unique. It’s simple, straightforward, and versatile enough to support a wide variety of needs. Keeping up with all the trends can be hectic for the dedicated social marketer, but if you can handle one more tool, this would be the one to add to your juggling act. Pinterest is receiving rave reviews from the marketing community, so why not jump in and see what all the fuss is about?

Pinterest for Business

March 28, 2012

Are Facebook users Narcissitics or Idealists?


Ana Isabel Canhoto , an instructor at Oxford Brookes University recently shared highlights of a speech by Paul Fennemore, a Managing Partner at Viapoint.

Fennemore contends that every social media strategist needs to consider six aspects of human behavior if they are to understand the drivers of social media.  Social Media may be a relatively recent technological phenomenon, but the behavioral drivers that explain why and how the various platforms are used are old. This post explains, in very basic terms, these six key drivers: altruism, hedonism, homophily, memetics, narcissism and tribalism.

Altruism

 The unselfish devotion to the welfare of others.   Application: Social network users readily share information with other users. They share information simply because they believe it may be helpful. This behaviour occurs even when the users do not know who benefits from the information being shared. Example: A study showed that altruism is a primary reason why many travelers selflessly share experiences to help others have a more enjoyable vacation.

Hedonism

A belief that pleasure is the main – or only — goal in life  Application: Hedonism can affect social media in two ways: 1) People use social media because doing so is an enjoyable activity. 2) People use social media because it  provides a novel way of accessing activities that give them pleasure, such as meeting people.  Example: To the dismay of idealists, research shows that young people are usually not using the social web to change the world. They are using it to experience a digital nirvana of a vast supply of movies, music, instant communication and of course, sexual opportunity.

Homophily

The tendency of human beings to associate with others similar to them. “Birds of a feather flock together.”  Application: People tend to join and become attached to social networks whose users share similar interests or beliefs. Example: There are many recent studies revealing the power of peer recommendations on purchasing behavior and product discovery.

Memetics

 The replication of ideas, habits and beliefs across individuals. Commony known as a “meme.”  Application: For a marketing message to go viral, it will need to exhibit the following characteristics: 1) be assimilated by a social media user 2) be retained in that user’s memory; 3) be replicated by the user in a way that is observable by other users; 4) be transmitted to other users (who, in turn, assimilate, retain and further replicate the message). Example:Here are some of the best Internet memes of 2011.

Narcissim

Excessive fascination with oneself.  Application: Social networks provide an outlet for individuals to engage in self-promotion. Specifically, research suggests that Facebook users are more likely to be extraverted and narcissistic.  Example:  Recent research from the University of Georgia showed that narcissisistic personalities had higher levels of social activity in the online community and more self-promoting content.  Strangers who viewed the Web pages of these users judged the page owners to be more narcissistic.

Tribalism

A person’s strong feeling of identity and loyalty towards a specific group (the tribe). A person derives social value from participating in that community.   Application: Social media enables continued interactions between supporters of a brand, and between the consumers and the companies, thus increasing engagement.Example:  Reseach in the U.K. shows that restaurants and hotel chains who successfully make customers feel part of an exclusive clan engender loyalty. Tribe members want to contribute to the success of the tribe.

What other key drivers of human behavior would you add to this list? What motivates YOU to use the social web?