Since 2008, Americans have cut back on voicing word-of-mouth opinions about companies and their offerings.
President Obama edged out Oprah Winfrey in a PR News poll that pitted 12 high-profile personalities against each other for top Facebook like, while Donald Trump came in a distant fourth.
Being active on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter is now an everyday business activity for small- and medium-size organizations looking to both maintain relationships with existing customers and attract new ones.
The use of video by online media Web sites dramatically rose in the last year, and shows no signs of slowing in 2011.
An increasing number of companies are monitoring the social media use of employees, and, in many cases, taking disciplinary actions despite having no formal policy in place.
PR pros dedicating significant time and efforts in social media will be glad to know that consumers are also actively sharing content, including external links and brand mentions.
Don’t disconnect your company’s phones just yet—few consumers find that organizations’ social media pages offer enough business-related information, and more than half prefer to connect with customer service via telephone.
How relevant an organization is to the public can be determined by how distinct the organization’s profile, and whether it captures the hearts and minds of consumers.