Jessica Liu

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We Should Chat About WeChat And Why Facebook Wants In

Jessica Liu March 7, 2019
For years, I’ve maintained that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Inc., has had his eye on a singular goal: becoming the global version of China’s WeChat. WeChat is China’s most popular messaging app, with 1 billion monthly users. China’s population is 1.4 billion people, which means approximately two in three Chinese are on WeChat. But WeChat […]
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Social Media Q4 Earnings Roundup: Holiday Ads + Mystery User Numbers

Jessica Liu February 7, 2019
Ad Revenue “It’s every bit as certain as death and taxes.” (Meet Joe Black, 1998) . . . And I’d add “holiday advertising.” Q4 2018 proved yet again that advertisers ramp up their media budgets in Q4 to get consumers to buy those holiday gifts. Facebook, Inc. (inclusive of its family of products: Facebook.com, Instagram, […]
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AI Is Not Your Savior In Social Listening

Jessica Liu February 7, 2019
You’re hearing with increasing frequency that social listening platforms (SLPs) are incorporating artificial intelligence and that AI may eventually unburden humans from heavy social data management and analysis. The reality: This is exaggerated. You still need a hefty amount of human involvement to set the rules, train the data, and maintain the platform. In researching […]
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Predictions 2019: Consumer Power Pushes Marketers To Better Data And Experiences

Jessica Liu November 8, 2018
“I get knocked down, but I get up again.” — Chumbawamba   Halfway through the 20-year-long age of the customer, empowered consumers are more informed about their purchases, demand data privacy, and dictate the experiences that they want. Brands have been beaten down with every misstep, many of which snowballed into broad PR crises: United Airlines, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, […]
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‘Tis The Season For Consumers To Still Not Buy On Social Media

Jessica Liu October 10, 2018
This blog post is part of Forrester’s Holiday 2018 retail series. Despite news of brands such as Nike, Adidas, Allbirds, and SeatGeek successfully selling on social networks, social media is still not a place that consumers buy products and services. Our Forrester Social Technographics® data uncovers that consumers use social media least in the buy stage of […]
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When Social Tech Socializes: Brandwatch + Crimson Hexagon Make A Logical Match

Jessica Liu October 4, 2018
Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon, two social listening platforms, announced their merger today. The company will maintain the Brandwatch name with Brandwatch Founder and CEO Giles Palmer at the helm. At Forrester, we’ve been pushing for the next evolution in the social listening space. Our recent evaluation, “The Forrester Wave™: Social Listening Platforms, Q3 2018,” found […]
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Tune In To The 10 Social Listening Platforms That Matter

Jessica Liu August 21, 2018
Once upon a time, most brands relied on six-week-plus cycles of feedback through consumer surveys and expensive focus groups to listen to their consumers. Today, social listening platforms have become a staple in most brands’ marketing tech stacks because of their ability to give brands near real-time feedback and insight into conversations about their brands, […]
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The Facebook And Twitter Q2 Earnings Story: Quality Over Quantity

Jessica Liu July 27, 2018
What you’ll hear from the press this week: Facebook missed its earnings for the first time since 2015. But in our world, 43% YOY increase in revenue and 11% YOY increase in DAUs and MAUs is still a solid performance. Facebook continues to diversify by augmenting its core Facebook social network with ancillary products (Instagram, […]
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Listen Up: Here Is Forrester's Overview Of 31 Social Listening Platforms

Jessica Liu June 6, 2018
Fifty-three percent of business and technology decision makers and influencers tell us they want to better leverage social listening technologies to understand customer requirements and achieve their firm’s goal of addressing rising customer expectations.* This shouldn’t come as a surprise; social listening platforms (SLPs) offer a unique window into customers’ lives, opinions, and preferences. SLPs are heavy hitters in the martech stack and are […]
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Listen Up: Here Is Forrester’s Overview Of 31 Social Listening Platforms

Jessica Liu June 6, 2018
Fifty-three percent of business and technology decision makers and influencers tell us they want to better leverage social listening technologies to understand customer requirements and achieve their firm’s goal of addressing rising customer expectations.* This shouldn’t come as a surprise; social listening platforms (SLPs) offer a unique window into customers’ lives, opinions, and preferences. SLPs are heavy hitters in the martech stack and are […]
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Marketing Innovation Requires "Process, Process, Process!" (Channeling Jan Brady)

Jessica Liu May 10, 2018
Marketing has come a long way, but it is not yet customer-obsessed. To address this gap, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Forrester’s new marketing innovation playbook. It’s time for companies to undergo a marketing makeover. This playbook guides brands through assessing four pillars: mindset, talent, process, and insights. “Marketing innovation” and “process,” you ask? […]
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Marketing Innovation Requires “Process, Process, Process!” (Channeling Jan Brady)

Jessica Liu May 10, 2018
Marketing has come a long way, but it is not yet customer-obsessed. To address this gap, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Forrester’s new marketing innovation playbook. It’s time for companies to undergo a marketing makeover. This playbook guides brands through assessing four pillars: mindset, talent, process, and insights. “Marketing innovation” and “process,” you ask? […]
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See The Forest For The Trees In Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Problem

Jessica Liu March 29, 2018
Shame on Facebook. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has exposed the social network’s egregious misstep. Here at Forrester, we are furiously fielding inquiries about what this failure to protect user data means. Most questions are immediate and tactical in nature. These questions are certainly pressing so let’s address them. But then let’s discuss the bigger questions that […]
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Snapchat Will Not Snap Out Of It

Jessica Liu February 27, 2018
Snapchat recently launched a product redesign to the dismay of power users and relief of Snapchat newbs. Its original ephemeral messaging and scavenger hunt of a UX appealed to an exploratory young audience. The app’s overhaul is a classic case of a company losing sight of what’s most important: the core customer. Snapchat has prioritized […]
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Achieve Enterprise Social Intelligence (Despite Social Data Deficiencies)

Jessica Liu December 15, 2017
January 1 is upon us which means new year resolutions, fresh plans, and endless possibilities. One area marketers should focus on in 2018: social intelligence. Why? Social data can influence the entire enterprise and put humanity back in customer data crunching – but only if combined with other data sources like CRM, customer service, market […]
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Ride The Tide Of Social Livestreaming

Jessica Liu June 29, 2017
Brands are taking the plunge and livestreaming everything from events (Macy’s and their Thanksgiving Day parade) to product demos (Birchbox) to promotional offers (Lowe’s Black Friday deals) to education (T. Rowe Price retirement planning advice). But how should brands tackle social livestreaming? It’s not as simple as grabbing an iPhone and hitting “Live” on that […]
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Brands On Social Crisis: “The Sky Is Falling!”

Jessica Liu April 19, 2017
Much ink has been spilled over United Airlines' latest public incident and social media's role in rapidly spreading video of a passenger being dragged off an airplane. Today's consumers are more polarized than ever and increasingly expressing their opinions and showing their own values in the way they spend their money. Brands worry about making […]
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Game Over: Don’t Let Twitter’s NFL Ads Dazzle You

Jessica Liu February 2, 2017
Last April, we blogged about Twitter’s marquee agreement with the National Football League (NFL). The industry was abuzz: The two joining forces meant a marrying of live programming with social commentary. In its inaugural season, Twitter-NFL’s powerful partnership presented an enticing live streaming package for marketers because: Marketers view social media as an attractive marketing […]
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There Are No “Right” Social KPIs

Jessica Liu January 9, 2017
44% of marketers say they haven't been able to show the impact of social at all and another 36% say they have a good sense of the qualitative, but not quantitative, impact of social initiatives. Marketers feel stuck with engagement metrics that don't tell them anything about the business impact of their social programs. And, […]
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Marketers, You’re Also Culpable In Facebook’s Metrics Mess

Jessica Liu November 17, 2016
Yesterday Facebook blogged "An Update on Metrics and Reporting" to inform marketers that several of their organic metrics were misreported including organic reach, time spent on Instant Articles, and follower count. This follows Facebook's revelatory September announcement that their video metrics contained a discrepancy and were over-reported. The industry was outraged. But who’s really at fault […]
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