Social Media Like to Buy on Social Media

Published on November 29th, 2013 | by Janine Popick

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Can Customers Go from “Liking” to Buying on Social Media?

How do you get customers to go from “Liking” your business on Facebook to spending?

Recent research from Vision Critical entitled, “From Social to Sale: 8 Questions to Ask Your Customers” uses results from 6,000 survey responses on social media purchasing over a 17-month time frame to offer insight into purchasing influenced by three major social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The data sounds pretty promising. In fact, the study found that nearly four in 10 Facebook users say that they have gone from liking or commenting on an item, to buying it. And 43% of social media users have purchased a product after sharing or liking it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

Wonder what they bought? Here are the highlights:

  • Twitter users purchased a tech product.
  • Pinterest users purchased a food or drink item.
  • Facebook users bought “other” types of purchases, followed by tech products and hair/beauty and apparel.
  • Facebook led the pack with the most online purchases at 29 percent, followed by Pinterest at 22 percent and Twitter and 18%.

So, were these folks already primed and ready to buy?

The survey participants responded that they were “vaguely thinking about” buying whatever product they ended up purchasing. That indicates we’ve got tons of opportunities to further engage with our fans and followers. Tread this line carefully though; Facebook engagement isn’t about a bunch of posts to buy, buy, buy. As Jay Baer, the marketing keynote speaker and best-selling author is famous for saying, the difference between helping and selling is two letters, but it makes all the difference in the world.

So what does that mean? Simply put, when you offer your fans and followers real value on social media networks through content that appeals to them, you’ll win time and time again.  If you make your content easy to access, you can get even more people exposed to it and sharing it. In fact, we recently took down all the forms we required folks to fill out to get our guides, webinars and infographics and in less than a month we saw our downloads increase by 7 percent. So consider whether you really need people to fill out a form or not before you make that a prerequisite.

My advice? Spend time nurturing relationships on social media by offering your fans what they want, when they want it. And surprise and delight them from time to time with unexpected things that they’ll love.

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One Response to Can Customers Go from “Liking” to Buying on Social Media?

  1. Eric Norton says:

    My comments on ” Can Customers Go from “Liking” to Buying on Social Media?”

    Social media is like any other channel, its a vehicle that gets a consumer from an inquiry to store or site.

    It would be interesting in this articles’ study to take things a step further; were the consumers exposed to the product they purchased in another channels, how many times, what were the channels, how long had they been engaged with the company or first time purchases?

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    Taking down your forms in order to download the content would likely increase downloads kind of easy to predict. Consumers hate to fill out a form for the content because it is followed up by a telemarketer giving their spiel. It’s just a sneaky way for lead generation.

    I would pose a multivariate test that has no form, a mandatory form, a form optional, incorporate the form into the content at the end, and see which yields the best quality leads…this is the point of the forms.

    It makes me happy when companies such as yours hammering away at the relationship building.

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