The commercial aspects of social networks are becoming ingrained into society. Television advertisements direct viewers to the advertiser's Facebook page, rather than a website. Billboards promote Twitter handles more prominently than telephone numbers. Social networks provide an interactive connection with consumers with which few other media can compete. Businesses have learned this lesson and are taking advantage of the new medium.
Mercator Advisory Group's new report, U.S. Consumers and Social Media: Revisiting Banking's Social Influence, based on a CustomerMonitor survey, reflects on the status of social networking in the United States as well as the progress financial institutions have made during the last year in utilizing social media to their advantage.
Highlights of the report include:
Statistics on the percentage of people using specific social networks, the demographics most attracted to which networks, and a profile of the average social networker
Investigation into the percentage of financial institution customers who are aware of whether or not their primary financial institution is present on various forms of social media, and whether those who are aware have interacted with their FI via social networking
Breakdown of the reasons that convinced consumers who interact with their FI on social media do so, with a particular focus on the value of use of social networks for customer service
"Social platforms inherently provide financial institutions with the ability to connect with current and potential consumers, to provide alerts and information quickly to account holders, and to distribute company news and updates directly to a massive audience," says Dave Kaminsky, analyst in Mercator's Emerging Technologies Service and author of the report. "However, the current state of financial institutions' engagement with customers over social media can best be described as one of high potential that has yet to be reached, and the onus for change falls on the shoulders of the financial institutions."
This report is 26 pages long with 15 exhibits.
Companies mentioned in the report include: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Chirpify, LinkedIn, Google, Myspace, Flickr, LiveJournal, Pinterest, VKontakte, Renren, Friendster, IGN, and bodybuilding.com.
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