82 Percent are More Thankful in 2012 than 2011

82 Percent are More Thankful in 2012 than 2011

A few months ago, March Communications posted a comment on its Facebook page, asking what people loved most about PR. Comments flooded in ranging from the creativity of the industry and constant learning opportunities, to the fast pace and how no two days are the same. And, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., I think it’s safe to say that many of us are thankful for these qualities in our growing industry.

But, beyond PR, people generally seem to be more thankful this year than in years past. According to a Harris Interactive poll, in 2011, just 32 percent of those surveyed were more thankful thank in 2010. And, this year, with an interactive poll being conducted at the bottom of this article, stats are already showing that nearly 82 percent of people are more thankful in 2012 than in 2011 (at least at the time when I took the survey). Perhaps it has something to do with the recovering economy and improving unemployment rates since the 2008 economic downturn. But, whatever the reason, it’s encouraging to see thankfulness spreading nationwide. Read more

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Social Media, the New Voice of Advertising

Social Media, the New Voice of Advertising

Even with all the talk of Facebook’s increased privacy settings and the concern about sharing too much online, the majority of Americans still reveal personal information on social media networks. So why would it come as a surprise that these personal details include product, company, and brand preferences? If I have the most amazing sandwich ever or a really bad flight experience, I’m going to want to rant and rave to my friends. Maybe they will have had similar experiences or a better recommendation. Or maybe they’ll take my advice and go to that sandwich shop or choose a different airline.

A recent Harris Interactive Poll released last week showed that of the 2,131 U.S. adults surveyed, 34 percent use social media to broadcast their feelings, whether positive or negative, about a company, brand, or product. Of these respondents, 26 percent have been negative, 23 percent have been positive, and 19 percent have given reviews or recommendations. Similarly, as I mentioned in my post, The Social Media Revolution Continues, a video on Erik Qualman’s book Socialnomics showed 34 percent of bloggers post opinions about products and brands, myself included.

So with all these personal reviews, opinions, and recommendations out there, how much is this impacting traditional advertisements? …As it turns out, quite a lot.

The Socialnomics video revealed that 78 percent of consumers trust peer recommendations, whereas only 14 percent trust advertisements. Yikes! This makes sense though, since Harris Interactive found that 46 percent of Americans feel they can be brutally honest on the internet, whereas traditional advertisements may seem skewed to consumers since they are paid for by the brand they are portraying.

So, it appears as though all our social media exclaiming is making more of an impact on consumers and our peers than we may have thought.

The Harris Interactive Poll showed that 45 percent of Americans who use social media say reviews from friends or people they follow on social networking websites influence them either a great deal or a fair amount. And this is precisely what people talking about products or companies want. About 38 percent say they aim to influence others when expressing their preferences online (it’s interesting to note that this includes nearly half of the younger generation, 18-34 year olds).

With 90 percent of people now skipping traditional TV ads, according to that same video, thanks to the inventions of TiVo and DVR, social media is clearly stepping up to fill that space. So, be careful the next time you tweet about a company, product, or brand – it may be getting more attention than you think!