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You’re Going To Spend A Lot Of Money On Social Media Strategy In 2009

Well, that’s what they are all saying at least. See below for some stats and trends on social media in 2009.

But let’s do our own study. So I ask you, the small business owner. Are you going to spend a lot of money to learn how to do social media in 2009? If not, why?

I know I get calls daily from businesses that need to figure it out. Which is why I offer coaching and training on how to do it.

Mediapost.com

Marketers are directing their 2009 budgets toward content, custom media and social media initiatives, according to a new study from online marketing resource and vendor-matching tool Junta42. More than half–56%–of marketing and publishing decision-makers plan to increase their content marketing spending next year, Junta42 found after surveying its community of corporate marketers and publishing/agency professionals. What’s more, a full 31% expressed their intention to increase spending on content significantly, while 25% said they planned to increase it slightly.

Here are some trends from some top “gurus”.

Social Media Marketing Is Bullsh*t?

Is it possible to do marketing in social media through tools like Twitter? Some would argue that it’s impossible, while others would argue that it’s very possible. I wrote the other day about my experiment in creating Twittermethis.com. Since then, the story has been picked up in multiple locations. One of them called it a bad idea (Blogcritics), and the other called it brilliant (ReadWriteWeb).

It’s up to you to decide if you think it’s “spammy” or legit. I built it as a marketer trying to experiment in unknown territory. That’s what marketers like me do, we experiment and test and evaluate.

What do we know so far? Social media marketing is all about community building, and one of the easiest marketing goals (measurements) to achieve from the exercise is brand building. The video below talks about my experiences, past and present, in brand building and social media marketing.

What Are The Reasons People Use The Internet? If You Don’t Know, Now You Do!

Take a look at this chart from an iprospect study on social networking behavior.

Further proof that people come to the Internet for two main reasons…

Pleasure & Problems!

Take a look at the two biggest results below. One is for product research (solving a problem), and the other for entertainment (pleasure).

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I’m going to keep stressing this over and over until it’s branded into your brain.

What do you do to solve problems for your customers, or to give them something fun?

If you aren’t focusing on doing one of those things, you’re chances of success are slim. The signs are there, follow them.

What Is Social Search & Why Does It Matter?

searchguy.jpgSearchengineland nails “what is social search” with a piece today entitled ‘The Impending Social Search Inflection Point‘. This is probably the best piece on this topic I have read yet. A bit technical and high-level, yet still very readable for the masses. I admit I had to read it twice, heh.

A few highlights I pulled out below.

According to Jupiter, 41.2 percent of users report that general search results are often not directly relevant to queries, and 18 percent leave a search engine without having found the information they were seeking.

So who’s fault is this? Spammers who clog up the rankings or the engines? I say both?

As articulated by Chris Sherman, social search is information retrieval, way finding tools informed by human judgment. Social search is people helping people find stuff using plain-language questions and answers, collaborative content harvesting, directory building, voting and ranking, sharing, tagging, commenting on bookmarks, Web pages, news, images, videos and podcasts.

It’s not rocket surgery. It’s “helping people find stuff” at its core, using newer tools and techniques.

According to a Pew Internet and American Life report, 44 percent of Internet users are content creators. A significant ratio of the top 100 results for more queries are consumer-generated media such as blogs and social networks, which sounds like an invitation for social media marketers to seed more content.

Wow. 44% create content? That’s higher than I thought. As it gets easier and easier to do, how high will that number grow?

Web 2.0 innovations are disruptive. The emergence of open standards, richer user experiences, content portability, social networks and communities are quite disruptive to traditional algorithmic search, and are converging toward social search. Information retrieval is changing in real time. Web 2.0 open standards have in essence separated the content we search from its format and dedicated application. More and more frequently, information is being pushed to consumers before they even have a chance to use a search engine to pull it from the Web. AJAX and Flash are turning web pages into applications, themselves becoming platform-independent mashups of RSS feeds, smart widgets, badges, and modules.

Possibly the best paragraph explanation and analysis I’ve read in a long time on any particular subject.

Social search levels the economics. The explosion of consumer-generated media, the emergence of social search and the rise of the net’s culture of participation will eventually force a democratization of the web’s economics. Content-generating users, driving traffic and eyeballs, will increasingly share the wealth. The web is slowly but surely leveling the playing field for the rest of us in the tail. More and more personal blogs, MySpace profiles, and other communities display advertising and widgets wrapped around democratization of revenue share including payment. Consumers will eventually share the wealth in a more democratic way.

The time is now. What are you doing to stake your place as a new entrepreneurial type content producer in this new marketplace?