The 2014 Social Media Marketing report is out

Marketers can get this report for free up to May 30th.   They have asked 2800+ marketers how they are using social media, and what to expect for this year.

Here’s a quick summary of our primary findings:

Marketers place very high value on social media: A significant 92% of
marketers indicate that social media is important for their business, up from 86% in 2013.

Tactics and engagement are top areas marketers want to master: At least 89% of marketers want to know the most effective social tactics and the best ways to engage their audience with social media.

Blogging holds the top spot for future plans: A significant 68% of marketers plan on increasing their use of blogging, making it the top area marketers will invest in for 2014.

Marketers want to learn most about Google+:  While 54% of marketers are using Google+, 65% want to learn more about it and 61% plan on increasing Google+ activities in 2014.

Podcasting on growth trajectory: Only 6% of marketers are involved with podcasting, yet 21% plan on increasing their podcasting activities in 2014 — a more than three – fold increase — and 28% of marketers want to learn more about it.

Facebook and LinkedIn are the two most important social networks for marketers. When forced to only select one platform, 54% of marketers selected Facebook, followed by LinkedIn at 17%.

Most marketers aren’t sure their Facebook marketing is effective: Only 34% of marketers (slightly more than one in three) think that their Facebook efforts are effective.

Original written content is most important for social media marketing: A significant 58% of marketers stated that original written content is the single most important form of content, followed by original visual assets (19%).

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