social marketing

Social marketing is at an inflection point. The Wild West days are ending as customers become privacy conscious and governments respond in turn. Read more about how social marketing will grow and change with the times.

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The Facebook Ad Boycott Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg

Jessica Liu June 19, 2020
Will The North Face be the North Star for other companies to stick to corporate values and rethink their organic and advertising presences on social media
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Podcast

Is It Time To Break Up With Social Media?

What It Means June 4, 2020
More than one in three consumers believe social media does more harm than good. Many brands spend tremendous time and money on social media, only to get a tepid (or even angry) response. On this episode of What It Means, Senior Analyst Jessica Liu discusses a timely question: Is it time to break up with social media?
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Do Channel Vendors Need Public Relations Anymore?

Jay McBain June 1, 2020
The communications industry is facing a perfect storm of converging forces, from COVID-19 to the rise of influencer marketing and even AI. At Forrester, we research around 10,000 global technology vendors that utilize indirect sales and often get asked about the value of PR in the channel. A trend that is affecting many channel leaders […]
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Facebook, Inc. Extends Its Tentacles With GIPHY Acquisition

Jessica Liu May 19, 2020
There may be more to the move than meets the eye. The acquisition will give Facebook access to data it will find useful.
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Don’t Succumb To Social Media Stockholm Syndrome

Jessica Liu May 13, 2020
A detailed analysis of how consumers are using social media in the customer lifecycle and an intriguing option for brands.
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Your Global Martech Stack Isn’t Cutting It In China

Xiaofeng Wang April 8, 2020
More and more marketers at global brands in China, such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Volkswagen, and Walmart, are replacing their globally contracted marketing technology (martech) vendors with viable Chinese ones. They have realized that deep localization is the only way to succeed. This requires not only China-specific marketing strategies and local decision-making power but also deep […]
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Luxury Brands’ Three Best Practices In Coping With COVID-19

Xiaofeng Wang February 26, 2020
Smart, timely, and heartfelt responses to the outbreak have helped leading brands gain customer affinity.
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Millennials Want Credible Digital Content — So Give It To Them!

Laura Ramos February 19, 2020
Mmmmm . . . Millennials. If you haven’t already heard (about a million times), this generation is taking over the workforce and becoming more responsible for making purchasing decisions on the job. Whether or not you believe the projections that most of the US labor force will be run by Millennials by 2025, many studies […]
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Q4 2019 Earnings: Top Takeaways For Facebook, Snap, And Twitter

Melissa Parrish February 6, 2020
The Q4 2019 earnings reports are in for Facebook, Snap Inc., and Twitter. Here are our top takeaways for marketers: Facebook, Inc. Last year, we at Forrester argued that despite the number and extremity of Facebook’s scandals, they wouldn’t doom the company in the short term. So far, that’s held up, as the user base […]
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Video

B2B Marketing And Sales: Combat Digital Sameness With Video

Nick Barber November 22, 2019

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The 64 Best Channel Podcasts Of 2019

Jay McBain November 12, 2019
  If you haven’t listened to a podcast yet, you’re now in the minority.  According to Podcast Insights, 51% of the US population has listened to at least one podcast. Since the first podcast came on the scene in 2004, there are now over 750,000 podcast shows with over 30 million episodes. What’s behind this […]
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Mobilized Employees Engage Buyers With A Trusted Voice

Laura Ramos October 16, 2019
Employees’ Advocacy Boosts Your Content And Customer Interactions While trust in brands has dwindled, B2B buyers hold those same brands’ employees in high regard as authentic and compelling sources of information. And they want to engage with them. In our new research, “Mobilized Employees Engage Buyers With A Trusted Voice,” Matthew Camuso and I explored […]
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Social Suites Technologies Are Coming Together

Jessica Liu October 9, 2019
“The Forrester Wave™: Social Suites, Q4 2019“ is live! We’re particularly excited about this report because it represents a culmination of years of Forrester research on social technologies. Since 2015, we’ve covered five distinct social tech categories: Social listening platforms aggregate and analyze social conversations. Social adtech buys, manages, and optimizes social ads. Word-of-mouth platforms identify and […]
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The State Of Influencer Marketing: Growing

Ryan Skinner August 22, 2019
For all the dramatic headlines about influencers, our research states that they’re capturing steadily larger proportions of marketing budget. For our latest report, we interviewed more than 30 enterprise marketers who are responsible for their brand’s influencer marketing. And the data shows: Investments continue to rise, and marketers’ budgets for influencer marketing are growing in […]
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Social Will Be The Fastest-Growing Digital Advertising Channel Globally

Meenakshi Tiwari August 15, 2019
While 2018 was a challenging year for global social media advertising amid the implementation of GDPR, privacy scandals, and brand safety concerns, Forrester forecasts that social will remain the fastest-growing digital advertising channel globally over the next five years. This growth will be driven by increasing revenue per user and will be fastest in Asia […]
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Is It The End Of Facebook And Twitter Marketing Partners? Not So Fast

Jessica Liu August 8, 2019
In perhaps one of the few (only?) times that Twitter is grateful not to be the size and scale of Facebook, Inc., it announced this week that it “accidentally” shared user data with third-party measurement vendors and advertisers against users’ wishes. Despite users being able to adjust their ad setting permissions to not share data, […]
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European Digital Advertising Gets Knocked Down But Gets Back Up Again (Kind Of)

Brandon Verblow August 8, 2019
GPDR has upended digital advertising in Europe. But this isn't the advertising apocalypse some predicted. Learn more.
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Current Malpractice Handicaps Social Selling’s Potential

Mary Shea August 5, 2019
We first published research on social selling in 2016, and B2B sellers continue to flock to various networks to interact with their customers and prospects. Social provides the opportunity for authentic connections, mutually beneficial professional relationships, and positive business outcomes for both buyers and sellers. But sellers’ inconsistent and boorish behaviors and a lack of […]
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The Future Of Facebook, Inc.: Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain

Jessica Liu June 19, 2019
Based on the many press inquiries we’ve received at Forrester, the industry is keen on predicting Facebook, Inc.’s immediate demise. (Note: Facebook, Inc. is inclusive of the Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and its other apps, services, and hardware. We simplify and call it “Facebook” for the purposes of our research.) But not so fast. […]
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The State Of Social Advertising: Pretty On The Outside, Ugly On The Inside

Jessica Liu June 19, 2019
On the outside: Social media’s total global advertising spend is expected to balloon to $110 billion by 2022 (with Facebook taking 75% of the global spend market). Social networks are happy. Investors see dollar signs. Marketers feel justified in their spending. On the inside: Social media’s underbelly conveys a picture of turmoil. Consumers can’t quit […]
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