The Real Cost Of Social Media

A well-thought out infographic developed by Focus attempts to shed some light on the cost of branded social media strategy and activities, weighing its costs against potential benefits. The detailed graphic is of course worth a detailed look; though we’ve culled some of the key points that stood out to us, below:

  • Factors that should be considered in a cost estimate for a social media campaign include staffing costs, advertising and other fees – which net out at an estimated average cost of $210,600
  • Main benefits experienced and perceived by US Marketing Executives include customer engagement, direct communication with customers, speed in obtaining feedback and researching customer preferences, low cost, and brand-building
  • The average amount spent by a Facebook fan exceeded that spent by a non-Facebook fan for brands like McDonald’s, Coke, Starbucks, Nike, and Victoria’s Secret, among others
  • On average, a Facebook fan spent $71.84 more on products of which they’re ‘fans’ of
  • Facebook fans are 41% more likely to recommend a liked product to their friends.
  • Estimated ROI on a Twitter account with 33,000 followers? 43%
  • Using @OldSpice as a case study, Focus found a 2700% increase in Twitter followers, 800% increase in Facebook fans, and a 300% increase in traffic to the brand site.

(Source: http://www.psfk.com/2011/05/the-real-cost-of-social-media-infographic.html)

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