Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Why Marketers Should Leverage Facebook

The American Chronicle gives us eight reasons and although I agree with Scott that that the viral nature of Facebook should be further down on the list of compelling reasons to use Facebook I do think the list hits the main points:
  1. The very nature of Facebook is viral.
  2. Facebook is the ultimate in social presence marketing.
  3. Your target market tells you exactly what it wants, and they’re easy to find.
  4. Over half of the people using it, use it daily.
  5. Better, stronger online connections.
  6. Hard core marketing is out of vogue and declining in effectiveness.
  7. Your clients — and your competition’s clients — may already be on Facebook.
  8. Facebook friends are willing to continue the conversation.

First on the list should be what they are calling "social presence marketing" which isn't even in Wikipedia but is defined in the article as, "the activity of promoting by participating in the pre-existing conversation around your target market, in a way that enhances and uplifts the dialogue, rather than intruding upon it."

This is what social media is really about - being social and joining the conversation. In some ways this has brought us back to a time when the marketplace was a gathering of local villagers who would all talk with each other and share their experiences. Now that same interaction is enabled in an online marketplace – the benefit to marketers is the ability to communicate directly with our customers. But it also means we can't hide behind corporate speak and those who try will suffer. As the sixteenth rule from The Cluetrain Manifesto, the original Bible of Social Marketing, states: "companies that speak in the language of the pitch, the dog-and-pony show, are no longer speaking to anyone"

1 comment:

Rob Cottingham said...

Hey, thanks for using the cartoon! Hope you're enjoying the rest of them, too.

And great blog!