by Victoria Austin | Latest Facebook-comScore Report Touts Benefit of Paid + Earned


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Following Facebook’s promising Q3 earnings call last week, the company released a report in conjunction with comScore to emphasize the growing importance of an integrated paid and earned media strategy. [Editor’s note: For more information, read 360i’s report on the same subject.]

Understanding Paid and Earned Reach on Facebook seeks to answer the million-dollar question on the minds of marketers: just how valuable are Facebook fans? This topic has been heavily debated since the fan/Like capability was first featured on Facebook, and while no monetary value can be assigned to a fan, it is clear that social communities – like those on Facebook – are important to brands.

Facebook’s prior study, Power of a Like II (published in June 2012), was designed to determine whether branded social media exposure – including posts published by a brand and ads served by a brand – has an effect on consumer buying behavior.

As a follow-up to that study, this latest whitepaper from Facebook and comScore centers on understanding how paid and earned media can work together to help brands navigate the cluttered Facebook community – and engage both fans and non-fans in the best way possible.

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Members Speak Out: The Growing Importance of Visual Content Creation in the Paid, Owned and Earned Media Mix


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Recently there has been significant attention given to the growing importance of “visual content” as part of the paid, owned and earned media marketing mix. The headlines tell the story:

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Beyond the obvious of visually enhancing your online content and helping to give your brand an identity, it is clear that images, whether they are photography, video or infographics, are playing an increasingly important strategic role on many fronts. From content sharing and user generated content, to driving referral traffic and impact on SEO ranking, the discussion about visual content creation is intensifying daily.

A recent and widely circulated infographic from M Booth well illustrates the growing importance of visual content in social media. We asked new IAB member Shareaholic, whose Traffic Sources data is featured in this infographic, to provide some perspective on their findings, and to share their thoughts on how visual content is impacting the paid, owned and earned media mix including what may be in store for the future.

headshot.png“The data shown in the M Booth infographic is based on traffic trends to our publisher network websites, which show that Pinterest is now the fourth largest source of referral traffic, exceeding Twitter and Google referral traffic and, for the first time, exceeding Yahoo! Organic. It is interesting to note is that Pinterest isn’t even in our top 10 most popular social networks for social sharing – meaning that click-throughs on pins are driven by a smaller percentage of organic pins.”
— Janet Aronica, Head of Marketing, Shareaholic@JanetAronica

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