Forty-six percent of marketers agree that social marketing is core to their business. They chose the following explanations for why social is so important:
- Social indirectly impacts your business performance (66%)
- Social is a critical enabler of products/services your business provides (25%)
- Your business’s primary revenue source is directly linked to social marketing (9%)
Interestingly, dedicated social teams are almost as common as dedicated email teams (57% of respondents have a social team; 59% have an email team). And those social teams are roughly the size of most email teams—typically 3 people or less.
Since email is a longtime marketing staple, it’s worth noting that marketers are dedicating similar resources to newer social marketing efforts.
While marketers devote substantial time and resources to social, they don’t agree on its effectiveness: 34% of marketers say they’re currently seeing ROI from social media marketing, while 52% believe these efforts will eventually produce ROI. Just
31% think that their social listening is fully effective, and 23% find their social advertising effective. To produce more ROI from social, marketers need a strong strategy in place to drive measurable results. Starting with one or two social channels and firming up a strategy on a small scale can help maximize social resources, and also lead the way toward joining those 34% of marketers who currently see ROI from social marketing.