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25/03/2010 by
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Does Social Media Affect Buying Behavior?

Recent study from Chadwick Martin Bailey en iModerate Research Technologies shows that over 50% of Facebook fans and Twitter followers say they are more likely to buy, recommend than before they were engaged.

The study of over 1500 consumers by market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey and iModerate Research Technologies found that 60% of Facebook fans and 79% of Twitter followers are more likely to recommend those brands since becoming a fan or follower. And an impressive 51% of Facebook fans and 67% of Twitter followers are more likely to buy the brands they follow or are a fan of.  Considering Facebook’s over 400 million users, the opportunity is great for social media marketers.

“While social media is not the silver bullet that some pundits claim it to be, it is an extremely important and relatively low cost touch point that has a direct impact on sales and positive word of mouth,”  comments Josh Mendelsohn a vice president at Chadwick Martin Bailey. “Companies not actively engaging are missing a huge opportunity and are saying something to consumers – intentionally or unintentionally- about how willing they are to engage on consumers’ terms.”

The study also uncovered perceptions among consumers that those brands not engaging in social media are out of touch. When asked the question “What does it say about a brand if they are not involved with sites like Facebook or Twitter?” they said the following:

  • “It’s EXPECTED that a company have some digital face – whether it’s on FB or Twitter I don’t know – but they need a strong electronic presence or you doubt their relevance in today’s marketplace.” Female 50-54
  • “Either they are not interested in the demographic that frequents Facebook and Twitter or they are unaware of the opportunity to get more exposure in a more interactive method.” Male 35-39
  • “It shows they are not really with it or in tune with the new ways to communicate with customers.” Female 18-24.
  • If they’re not on Facebook or Twitter, then they aren’t in touch with the “electronic” people.” Female 55-59

Recent statistics from Facebook show they have 400 million active users and more than 20 million people become fans each day.  Twitter users post over 50 million tweets per day—that’s an average of 600 tweets per second.

Source:  Chadwick Martin Bailey

 

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