Facebook ‘Like’ Button increases Blog Traffic By 50%

According to a TypePad report published today, bloggers who installed Facebook ‘Like’ buttons on their blogs have reported a 50% increase in referal traffic from Facebook. This increase is basically due to the fact that when people read these blogs, and ‘Like’ them, it comes up on their friends Facebook pages that they ‘Like’ the blogpost in question. This gives their Facebook friends the opportunity of discovering the blogs that they find interesting and, if they are also interested in the topic, they may click through and read it for themselves. This 50% increase in blog traffic from ‘Likes’ suggests that the ‘Like’ button is an effective way in spreading recommendations and endorsements between friends online.

I know this report refers to increasing traffic to blogs in particular, but it suggests that Facebook users are giving the ‘Like’ button their seal of approval. This is an encouraging sign for brands embracing the ‘Like’ button (e.g. Levi’s, EasyDeals.ie) as it suggests that there is potential in spreading product information and marketing messages through social networking sites.

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Posted by Rob in Tech

Get your Web Prescence right before Focusing on Social Media

Another interesting piece from Simply Zesty that highlights the importance of getting your web prescence right before throwing all your time and money into social media. An example in how-not-to-do-it from ‘Pizza Hut Delivery’ is used. Pizza Hut Delivery have put a huge effort into developing a Facebook App around offering ‘Fans’ free pizzas every time a goal is scored against France in the World Cup. While this may be a great idea in generating fans, their performance in search engine optimisation is left wanting. The first three results for ‘Pizza Hut’ in Google are (1) a site under construction, (2) an upside-down PDF menu and (3) a terms and conditions web-page! They may generate a lot of fans but will these fans have the patience to order from them online?

Posted by Rob in Tech

Social Media Growth

Some of these figures are quite staggering! Surely this is an indication of how important Social Media is becoming in the area of online marketing.

Posted by Rob in Facebook, Twitter

10 Do’s and Dont’s for Brands on Twitter

Twitter seems to be becoming more and more popular with brands both big and small for communicting directly with their fans. Anyone who is familiar with Twitter, however, will probably agree that some brands can come across quite annoying on Twitter. A combination of irrelevant posts, over-tweeting and what can be compared to ‘shouting’ their message at their followers can negatively effect a brands image on Twitter. Here Mashable provide a few Do’s and Dont’s for brands to follow while communicating on Twitter.

Posted by Rob in Twitter

The Google Job Experiment

This enterprising jobseeker has taken an innovative approach in getting the attention of potential employers. Watch the video below.

Posted by Rob in Advertising, Google