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This Is A Story All About . . . Stories: One Takeaway From The #DMWF

Brandon Verblow November 8, 2018

Like the opening sequence of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the social media landscape is getting “flipped-turned upside down” by the ascendance of stories. Well, that may be a bit dramatic, but they are certainly starting to make waves. Stories are growing in popularity as a mode of sharing and consuming content on social media. […]

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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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Introducing The Consumer Tech Stack For Europe

Reineke Reitsma August 23, 2018

In the past few months, my colleague James McQuivey has written several blogs about the exciting times we live in. In these posts, he focuses on how technology is fundamentally changing the way we interact with the world around us and how that change is grounded in evolution. His research shows that our uniquely evolved […]

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Facebook’s Latest Earnings Report Should Not Alter Marketers’ View Of Social Ad Spending

Brandon Verblow August 1, 2018

Facebook’s Q2 2018 earnings call was not well-received by investors as evidenced by the stock’s 19 percent price drop equating to the largest-ever loss in market value in one day for a U.S. traded company. But if you’re a marketer looking to forecast your spending on social advertising over the next several years, Facebook’s latest earnings […]

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Facebook's Latest Earnings Report Should Not Alter Marketers' View Of Social Ad Spending

Brandon Verblow August 1, 2018

Facebook’s Q2 2018 earnings call was not well received by investors as evidenced by the stock’s 19 percent price drop equating to the largest-ever loss in market value in one day for a US traded company. But if you’re a marketer looking to forecast your spending on social advertising over the next several years, Facebook’s latest […]

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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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What The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook Drama Tells Us About Brand Safety Today

Brigitte Majewski May 3, 2018

We didn’t think the Cambridge Analytica story could get any darker, but clearly it has. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy, with clients fleeing the firm after improper data harvesting and suspect targeting practices for election manipulation were revealed. The article disclosed that Cambridge Analytica had been planning to […]

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What Marketers Need To Know: Social Media Q1 2018 Roundup

Brigitte Majewski May 2, 2018

Q1 2018 earnings for Twitter, Facebook, and Snap largely showed minimal impact from the recent data privacy crisis. There were no surprises: Twitter is building off its Q4 2017 momentum, Facebook continues to grow its user base, and Snap is still going through an identity crisis. For the most part, the financial markets seem to […]

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Facebook Fumbles Its Own Brand Crisis

Brigitte Majewski April 19, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the U.S. Senate didn’t sway us from our previously posted perspective, at least in terms of what Facebook’s fiasco means for marketers.  If you are looking for more catastrophizing around the near-term death of social marketing, you’ve come to the wrong blog post. What did catch our attention: how poorly the […]

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The Data Digest: Facebook’s Heaviest Users Are Concerned About Online Privacy But Fail To Act Accordingly

Nicholas Chao April 17, 2018

I would like to introduce myself as a new member of Forrester Data’s data science team. Before joining Forrester, I studied economics at McGill University, where I developed a skillset in quantitative analysis and knowledge of the incentive-driven behaviors fueling today’s consumer-driven economy. I am excited to utilize what I’ve learned in my studies to […]

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A Social Take On Social Selling

Caroline Robertson April 11, 2018

Social selling is one of my B2B Marketing and Sales team’s top inquiry topics. We’ve also helped numerous clients plan and execute effective social selling programs. Given this and the recent report that Mary Shea just published, New Tech: B2B Social Selling Tools, Q1 2018, I thought now would be a great time to touch […]

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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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Facebook: The Industry Wants Transparency, Not New Labels

Jim Nail February 23, 2018

Facebook made an announcement yesterday titled “Making Ad Metrics Clearer” that says, in part: We’ve heard that businesses want more insight into our measurement tools and metrics. So today, we’re introducing new labels on some of our metrics to clearly show how they are calculated . . . The centerpiece of its announcement is new […]

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The Data Digest: Which Ads Resonate In The Weeks After Super Bowl LII

Chris Collins February 23, 2018

In a blog post immediately following this year’s Super Bowl, my colleague Joanna O’Connell said that ads in this year’s big game could be summed up as “trying too hard with mostly nonsensical and underwhelming results.” Of all the ads that played during the game, the winner of this year’s Try-Hard award was certainly Ram […]

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The Data Digest: Among Youth, Facebook Is Falling Behind

Anjali Lai December 15, 2017

From introducing popular features that appeal to young users to designing entirely new platforms exclusive to youth, social networks are fighting to engage teens. But social media’s pursuit of teens is precarious. On the one hand, teens represent a valuable segment: They are exceptionally receptive to social networks, with over half of US online 12- […]

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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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The Data Digest: As Social Media Usage Grows, So Do Brand Woes

Anjali Lai September 26, 2017

Let’s face it: We all know the feeling of logging into a social networking site and reacting with myriad emotions ranging from intrigue and delight to shock and shame. And no matter how hard we try to limit our time on social media or pull away – we just can’t bring ourselves to disconnect. Why […]

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