LinkedIn – The future of career advertising goes social…

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About one and a half years ago, the guys from Mediamind asked me if I want to write a guest post on the future of banner creatives on their blog. Well, I flashed back to find the future – the old strategic approach… What came out was a headline called “Engagement creatives reloading the future”. Seeing what was happening on LinkedIn in the last months, it seems I had quite a good feeling on what the future might look like.

In the Mediamind post, I focussed on the response banner functionality of Facebook creatives and how the referential potential of social graph marketing intelligence let the personal network get engaged. One individual creates buzz just by being integrated with a linked name in one line of the graphic. So, people know your name and get dragged into campaign activity, just by curiosity, just by wanting to know why, what and how. Just by … you name it.

In the last weeks, LinkedIn came from being just another platform selling space to opening the potential for intelligent career online advertising, and leveraging the network potential with clever display advertising. Companies were focussing on personalization, the social targeting opportunities and the API potential to enable innovative campaigns creatives on the business network.

While some social media marketing companies (funny right…?! see picture above) use the traditional way of banner creatives, Volkswagen identified the evolution of the pick-a-boo effect and the competitive aspect of having more contacts, more recommendations and better education. Just the things that make up a career…

Another example is AMEX. They took their social advertising career campaign even a step further by not spoting you, but the person next to us that helps successful managers, the teams and you: the administrators. People could nominate their business supporters, and by voting promote these “second liners” to have a chance to win a gift card courtesy of 2.500 USD.

In the end, the most convincing career social display campaign is when you find yourself in the middle of a personalized creative. When I checked one of my contacts from SAP today, a rectangle banner appeared next to the SAP contact profile of the person I am linked with. Now, guess what happened? I got offered a job from SAP. Well, maybe not the job I wanted but still a great approach.

The banner was personalized using my LinkedIn picture and my name. It was really somehow talking to me. It detected I could be in the software industry, I could be a consulting sales person, and yes, the creation is clever in terms of straight interaction and sharing. Don’t you think…?

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We are still early stages with these new (career) display advertising opportunities. Still, the advertising evolution is happening, and publishers need to have a close look at the opportunities if they don’t want to loose the battle to social networks. These examples might be geeky – however, they are engaging, personalized and conversational. Just what traditional banner cannot offer far too often…

Will Millenials cause a headache for IT in the future?

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Credits: Gerd Altmann / pixelio.de

Just a few days ago, I have written about the challenge for IT departments that millenials will want to use their own private devices at work as employees in the future. If this is causing CIO’s and their IT managers headaches then better get some iboprofen now, as there is more to come…

An online study along with in-depth interviews of 400 “Millennials”, ages between 20 through 29, and 200 IT managers the U.S. from mid-sized to large corporations gives some interesting insights in the expectations of the Millenials when it comes to IT. The study was conducted by Isurus Market Research and Consulting with analysis by GigaOM Pro, and underwritten by Bomgar.

Millenials are growing up in an “instantaneous world” of social web conversations, mobile phones, and almost permanent WiFi access. This brings new challenges for IT departments in the future as expectations are these young people are high. Millennials expect more or less immediate answers on IT support questions and all options of multi-channel communication. However, the worst is: Ideally, they could solve their technology issues themselves.

Some key findings what Millenials do…
– 71% state to have done a Google search for a solution finding at least once.
– 61% don’t turn to company support first to solve problems, while 71% say they have done a Google search for a solution at least once.
– 58% prefer to communicate in chat or text messaging, not the phone.
– 40% use a mobile device for work “on a weekly basis.”

So, if Millenials are responsible for their own technology, as it is their private device, IT could get away from the omnipresent IT support issue as they will have less responsibility, costs will decrease for IT, and it is a sustainable Green IT approach. Or who wants to carry around two mobile phones, two tablets, two notebooks, and so on?

The challenge for company bosses? Millennials say that their job satisfaction is “strongly affected” by the type of mobile device their employers provided. Isn’t this great? Just ask them what they want and you can increase personal productivity and work efficiency. Correct?

“Our research highlights the biggest challenges for IT departments: Millennials expect immediate responses, prefer a wider variety of communication channels and, when it comes to problem solving, often turn to Google and outside resources before contacting support,” David Card, Research Director, GigaOM Pro.

Millenials will become difficult to handle though. 60% think that good support time for a technical problem to be solved is less than 10 minutes. Compared to IT managers who think that a reasonable time frame for solving tech problems was an hour or more, this calls for problems between the work forces in the future. No wonder, 80% of IT managers see Millennials as “different or very different than their older peers in terms of technology expectations”.

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However, these two studies might sound like a massive IT change process for companies in the future. It has to said that 75% of Millennials rate their IT departments a six or seven on a seven-point scale. Maybe IT should think about setting up IT knowledge wikis instead of letting their employees loose time surfing on Google for a solution. Millenials are not expecting something outrageous, they might just be brighter in terms of technology handling, and show us that collaboration on social networks and in communities works when they are solving their issues without the IT department. They are just another generation. The transition managers need to rate that aspect, too…

What is your view on these new challenges for it?

Social Media Monitoring is becoming mature, SocialCRM it’s future…

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It seems to be the right time of the year. At the end of a quarter, companies are buying companies. Just look at how ebay grabed GSI Commerce yesterday. Suddenly the former number two in the retail industry is becoming a competitor for Amazon.

However, even more interesting for me was how quick the Social Media Monitoring (SMM) industry is becoming mature these days. The evolution started last year when the Attensity Group acquired Biz360

At a time when marketers realized the importance of social media monitoring but still have their internal issues with the listening and analysis technology, Social Media Monitoring will become a boost of awareness by the deals that happened this week. In one week we have two mergers… Meltwater, a social media monitoring provider, buys the Social CRM company named JitterJam. And today Salesforce, one of the leading CRM technology companies acquires Radian6, one of the top Social Media Monitoring providers which will give the “new” companies the opportunity to become a leading supplier of SocialCRM in the future.

Alterian‘s James Eiloart, SVP Sales and Marketing Europe, gave me their feeback on the merger of their main competitor in the Social Media Monitoring arena…

“The purchase of Radian6 by Salesforce.com endorses the importance of the Social Media Monitoring market which we invested in 2 years ago when we acquired SM2/Techrigy, bringing this capability to mainstream marketers and highlighting these tools as something which all organisations need to embrace. However we also recognise it’s not just about the tools or access to tools, it is about having the skills to use them at the micro level, and also being able to use social media data at a macro level, in context of the broader marketing picture. This is why we acquired Intrepid last year who bring the Social Media Monitoring insight services and also consulting to help our partners and clients really use Social Media Monitoring to generate real value across the organisation.”

The micro and macro level will probably become the next challenge for marketers and business leaders. Identifying important communities and social influencers, or analyzing Social Media does only make sense if marketers understand how to answer the Social Media ROI question. And this is a question of understanding the value of conversations. Businesses are build upon these pillars and their ground will be the evolution and execution of SocialCRM which will speed up as a business topic now that these mergers are done.

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Social Media Monitoring has become mature… and goes out to get married. Just some weeks ago, Gartner VP Michael Maoz predicted SocialCRM is taking holidays, the social media industry makes an interesting move towards aligning the best of breed from social media and CRM technology. The importance of the social media monitoring tools for the SocialCRM development becomes clear when listening to Forrester analyst William Bandt. He shows some real interesting examples of companies already making use of SocialCRM by showing the value for sales and marketing teams on targeting, acquisition, retention, insight and collaboration with customers.

Salestainability – a phrase or a challenge?

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No, the word did obviously not exist before… Or can a phrase come to live with Google not knowing about, nor finding it with their intelligent algorythm? If Google has not indexed one website with the phrase yet, can I claim the phrase as my innovation? Anyway… So, I just created the word today. Horray…

How did I come across it? Let me tell you how I thought about sales and sustainability…

In my eyes the word salestainability defines the future of a successful long-term strategy in business – especially in our social web world… Salestainability. The merger of sales and sustainability could become the formula for clever and intelligent business for the next generation C-level. For those managers who aim to get the balance right between the desire to use social web efficiency and to credit their own customer base for loyalty and advocacy.

Last week, I thought about the challenge for business decision makers to align their web-strategy with new opportunities that social media and social networks offer. And quite frankly, I can imagine that marketers might become kind of “greedy” when thinking about the latest studies. When Deloitte and ExactTarget find that customers are mainly following brands because they want to get benefits, coupons or discounts, nobody would be surprised, if brands are sending rather than understanding.

The social web tends to offer many opportunities to do conversation with our customers without “spaming” them. If customer become Facebook’s Fanpages they declare their open mind to brand activity, and are not only “Likes”, or brand advocates. If people accept Dell’s promotions and let the IT vendor generate 5 Mio. US dollars via Twitter accounts, we need to re-think our sales business and integrate it into our web-strategy to leverage the sales approach to the next level of SocialCRM if they are capable of doing it. And if customers respond to Groupons location-based promotions, they follow the studies results and motivate brands and companies to reach out to them.

Some might pick it up and use their old email tactics – often unpersonalized, uncustomized, unhuman… Feedback might not be valued the way it deserves to be recognized. Companies will start pushing promotions out to them. Why not, if they ask for it? Why not, on a daily basis? Why not challenge their current capabilities at high frequency, harness their brand feedback and hand out permanent sales offers? Why not…? Another study might tell them why

So far, so good…

Sales is the key driver for business. Business can’t live without push, promotion and placement. Upsale is upscale. No gain, much pain. Companies love to take the money from their customers but do they really care about sustainability? But how can a company in a world of quarterly reporting, balanced scorecards and budget pressure pay attention and give credit to sustainability?

The value of sustainability in business from an executive management point of view was just highlighted in the study “Sustainability: The ‘Embracers’ Seize Advantage” from MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. Managers who take the sustainability approach as a key strategic metric to their business will improve brand reputation, claims the study. And most companies are “looking towards a world where sustainability is becoming a mainstream, if not required, part of the business strategy”. Thus, having an essential impact on their sales and web-strategy…

Salestainability is where the worlds of sales and sustainability face the competition to understand which customers are the best ones and how to embrace, hug them and treat them. Who are the best…?

Those who don’t follow/fan/like and still get emails, newsletters and direct mail and don’t unsubscribe?
Those who like the brand on Facebook and do conversation around a brand but don’t buy…?
Those who buy through Groupon, take cheap offers and are one-stop shoppers, never seen again?
Those who follow and listen through Twitter for bargains and rate them with a RT or share it?

Who knows the answer? The answer might be: Find the right salestainability!

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Salestainability is not a phrase, it is a challenge. Salestainability is getting the balance right between “want” and “wish”, and thinking about diversification and respect. It is an external strategic business attitude towards training the customer on the social web capabilities around a company and brand. Internally, it is about not exhausting the business immanent SocialCRM tactics. Letting the customers breath and take their own decisions without being pushed too hard, without getting under pressure – with the approach of willing to find and give the personal touch from and to the customer. With the pleasure for social shopping leasure.

That’s what I would define as the future salesforce. That’s what I would call… salestainability!

What do you think of salestainability, it’s definition and it’s future outlook for a business that creates a powerful and still customer-centric strategy?

Studie: Die Unternehmens-Webseite hat noch nicht ausgedient

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Welches Informationsverhalten zeigen Medienvertreter, Finanzanalysten, Investoren oder auch Jobsuchende im Web? Kann die Facebook Fanpages in Zukunft die Webseite werden? Oder wie? Die Studie “Vom Website-Betreiber zum Multi-Channel Manager” von Virtual Identity hat mit einer Online-Umfrage untersucht, welche Informationsbedürfnisse und Mediennutzungsgewohnheiten über 5.000 Personen haben.

Die Studie bestätigt mich im Wissen, daß in der Phase der Neuorientierung die allgemeinen und traditionellen Plattformen, sprich etablierten Medien wie Suchmaschinen, Unternehmens-Websites oder Online-Fachzeitschriften immernoch (und vermutlich auch noch lange) erste Anlaufstelle zur Informationsaufnahme sind.

Interessanterweise nehmen Blogs in ihrer Bedeutung bei der Informationsvermittlung immer mehr zu. Dennoch zeigen neuste Umfragen, daß das Bloggen auf privater Ebene abnimmt und auf professioneller beruflicher Ebene im Sinne eines erweiterten Marketing-Channels zulegt. 34% der U.S. Firmen nutzen derzeit Blogs für Marketingzwekce und eMarketer rechnet mit einer Steigerung auf 39% in 2011 und 43% bis 2012.

In der Phase der Evaluierung und des Erstellens der Shortlist bei einem Einkaufsprozess stellt die Relevanz der etablierten Unternehmensmedien -Brand Websites- weiterhin eine starke Bedeutung dar, was ich jetzt mal auf die B2C Industrie beziehen würde. In der B2B Welt stellt sich dies erfahrungsgemäß anders dar. Die Meinung der “Peers” ist entscheidend, wird hier via Blogs oder Wikis vertieft und dann in Social Networks verifiziert. Kaufentscheidungen werden meiner Erfahrung nach dort auch rückversichert.

Insofern liegt meiner Meinung nach Frau Dr. Nadja Parpart, Director Consulting bei Virtual Identity, richtig, wenn sie meint dass…

„Im Kontext der heutigen, stark ausdifferenzierten Medienlandschaft muss sich die Unternehmenskommunikation einem verschärften Wettbewerb der Aufmerksamkeit stellen. Dies erfordert neue thematische, mediale wie auch organisatorische Strategien auf Seiten der Kommunikationsverantwortlichen. Kommunikationsverantwortliche, die in der Vergangenheit als Website-Betreiber erfolgreich waren, werden sich zukünftig eher als flexible Information Broker und Multi-Channel-Manager positionieren müssen.“

Weitere Erkenntnisse zum Informationsmehrwert von Unternehmenskomunikation…
– Informationen zu Produkten (92%) wichtiger als zu Dienstleistungen (71%)
– Finanzanalysten halten Geschäfts- und Zwischenberichte für (sehr) wichtig (81%), aber nur 52% der Investoren nutzen Unternehmenswebsites für die Recherche und den Vergleich von Anlageoptionen
– Medienvertreter nutzen Blogs (40%) und Foren und Fach-Communities (39%) bei der Themenfindung
– 51% der Mitglieder in Verbänden und Interessengruppen nutzen die Unternehmenswebsite zum Kennenlernen eines Unternehmens
– Zur Stelensuche nutzen 70% der Jobsuchenden Unternehmenswebsites

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Die Hauptmessage ist dennoch, daß der User sein Verhalten verändert. Elemente für Multimedialität, Flexibilität und Vernetzung von Informationsangeboten muß dem User bei der Informationsvermittlung geboten werden. Der Informationsbedarf wächst und der User ist gegenüber neuen Informationsquellen – nutzergenerierten Medien, aber auch Videos sowie mobilen Medienanwendungen – aufgeschlossen. Eine These, die ich schon lange vertrete, ist, daß Foren und Communities sowie Social-Bookmarking-Dienste in der Phase der Detailrecherche steigende Relevanz gewährt werden muß aufgrund des Wertes für SEO-Massnahmen. Endlich weist auch diese Studie ansatzweise darauf hin (Abbildung 6).

Die gesamte Studie ist kostenlos hier erhältlich.

Brand studies and relativity – It’s all about trust…

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The theory of brand strength and leadership is all around and about trust. No wonder that a lot of companies, agencies and consulting companies produce studies that show the importance of results in favor of their business reason – in order to make it a valid business reason.

Some days ago, a marketer said to me: “One day I will write about the theory of relativity research offers”. I can understand my business contact. Especially today. Why? See what kind of study results came out today focussing the relevance of trusted brands in connection to social networks.

As I read the RSS feed of a lot of advertising magazines, it appeared that in not more than two hours (!!!) I came across the following two “studies”.

A: Study, Scource Reuters – Study by Fleishman-Hillard, conducted with Harris Interactive

This Digital Influence Index study says brands using microblogging site elements that provide real-time responses to the public (like Twitter or Facebook) are winning a higher degree of trust from consumers.

Around 75% of respondents say they trust more more in companies that send out short, frequent messages like status updates on social networking sites. These companies deserve more trust from a consumer perspective. In times where leading companies have felt the power of social networks (BP, Toyota, Johnson&Johnson or Procter & Gamble), these findings show the importance of social web engagement companies should consider.

B: Poll, Source AdWeek – Study by Zogby Interactive

This poll suggests that Apple, Google and Microsoft are trusted brands about equally by consumers. But according to the study Twitter and Facebook lag far behind in that respect.

Only 13% of respondents said they trust Facebook completely or a lot. Now, the unbelievable number of 75% are just trusting it a little or not at all. And Twitter does not show better results with 8% trust completely/a lot versus 64% a little/not at all (28% were not sure).

And the numbers in the Gen Y were not better: 20% of the 18-29s trust Facebook completely/a lot – 72% trusting it a little or not at all. For Twitter it is 15% trust it completely/a lot and 66% saying they trust it a little/not at all.

Can you believe these numbers? People are posting their lives and conversations on this social networks. Though they don’t trust them. Strange, right?

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So if we take these numbers of the study and the poll for granted, transfer and aggregate their essence, does it mean that we trust brands which show up regularly on Twitter and Facebook, but we don’t trust the platforms of Facebook and Twitter. This sounds bizarr to me. Now, I know that we have to double-check the number of repondents, the way in which the questions were put to the responding audience, the research conducting company’s interest and so on. And sure, a poll offers probably less value than a verified study. Nevertheless, it shows that trust in brands can be seen from different angles. News companies sell both with the same unverified trusted value of one news story. Reuters and Fleishman-Hillard to me sound more like a trusted news source, so I will trust with their findings. It reflects my knowledge…

And in some way I can understand what my customer meant when we was talking about the “theory of relativity of research”.

Top-Banken nähern sich Social Web langsam

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Es ist eine Weile her, daß ich über Deutsche Top-Banken zu Social Media und Web 2.0 geschrieben habe. Und in den letzten Wochen wurde mehrfach die Frage aufgeworfen, ob hierzu nicht mal ein Update notwendig wäre. Gute Idee meiner User – machen wir!

Nun könnte man annehmen, daß nach der Finanzkrise in 2009 bei Banken vermutlich ganz andere Prioritäten auf der Liste der Verantwortlichen stehen. Aber da gerade jetzt Vertrauensbildung Not tut, entdecken auch die Banken die Möglichkeiten des Social Web. Und wie man sich strategisch geschickt als Bank im Social Web ins Gespräch bringen kann, hat Mashable kürzlich mit einer guten Zusammenstellung der verschiedener Social Media Optionen und Cases des amerikanischen Marktes gezeigt.

Dieser Post soll nun den deutschen Markt durchleuchten. Methode: Eigene Recherche, ohne die Hilfe der PR-Exeperten aus den Bankhäusern. Schließlich sind wir Kunde und wollen uns den Markt selbst erkunden.

Deutsche Bank
Die Deutsche Bank hat wahrlich einen erstaunlichen Aktionismus hingelegt in den letzten Monaten. Alle aktiven sozialen Kommunikationsstränge bekommt der Kunde als eigene Sub-Seite innerhalb des Webauftrittes angeboten. Von diversen Social Networks wie Facebook, YouTube, Twitter bis hin zu RSS Feeds ist alles übersichtlich dargestellt. Die Deutsche Bank hat aber nicht nur einen Account in den Netzwerken sondern bei den meisten gleich mehrere mit klarer Zielausrichtung (Investement, Karriere oder auch Corporate Communication) bei der Kundenadressierung.

Kundenadressierung? Ja, von Kommunikation kann noch wenig die Rede sein, eher von klassischem PR Broadcasting. Twitter Accounts sind mit Facebook 1:1 verbunden und es sieht aus, als füttere lediglich der RSS-Feed der Presse- und/oder Marcomabteilung die Accounts inhaltlich. Klassische Push-Kommunikation in meinen Augen, da meist mit Webinaren, PR-Meldungen und Promotions mehr die Leadgenerierung im Vordergrund steht.

Da manche Accounts allerdings noch jung sind und wenige Follower haben, bleibt abzuwarten, wie sich der Umgang mit den modernen Medien etabliert. Auf jeden Fall hat die Deutsche Bank das Ohr nah am Markt und bereitet die Kunden auf zukünftige Banken-Trends vor: “Nach Schätzungen der Deutschen Bank werden bis zum Jahr 2011 weltweit bis zu 150 Millionen Menschen ihre Bankgeschäfte online und mobil tätigen.” Eine gute Idee, gleich einen Ratgeber anzubieten: “Sicherheit beim Mobile Banking”.

Dresdner Bank
Eine schnelle Recherche eröffnet einem, daß anscheinend an einem Corporate Twitter Account und an einem Corporate Facebook Account gearbeitet wird. Und auch die Investoren-Riege Dresdner Kleinwort der Unternehmensgruppe hat sich auf Facebook schonmal einen “sozialen Anfang” eingerichtet. Die sozialen Aktivitäten der übernommende Commerzbank AG hat vor kurzem erst Armin Cremerius beleuchtet. Die Dresdner Bank öffnet sich langsam (ganz langsam) auf den Weg zur sozialen Webkundschaft.

HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit
Stilles Twitter-Monitoring? Der Sparkasse hört man jedenfalls schonmal fleissig zu, wenn man sich die Following-Accounts ansieht.

Interessante Erkenntnis war für mich, daß bei YouTube die Branded Accounts offensichtlich nicht wie bei Facebook in die Markenhoheit der Unternehmen migrieren oder für diese freigehalten werden. Wenn man sich mal den HypoVereinsbank Account ansieht. Ob das für die Marke so dienlich ist…?

Bei meiner Recherche fand ich als erstes Googleergebnis eine Stelle als “Praktikant/in für Projekt im Bereich Social Media / Web 2.0 / Employer Branding”. Eine Praktikantenstelle für eine Person, die Internet-Trends erkennen soll? Eine tolle Herausforderung? Oder unterschätzt man angesichts der Job-Beschreibung nicht ein wenig die Macht des “Web 2.0″?

Die HypoVereinsbank nutzt offensichtlich die Kraft von Social Media zur Markeninszenierung, wie sich beim HypoVereinsbank-Lego-Tower-Event über Facebook zeigt. Kommunikation mit den Kunden kann im Social Web auch so entstehen – allerdings mit fragwürdiger Nachhaltigkeit und auf klassischem Marketing- oder PR-Kampagnenlevel. Ist die Aktion vorbei, kommt der Facebook Account zum Stillstand.

Sparkasse
Die Sparkasse zeigt aufgrund ihrer Unternehmensstruktur vor allem regionales soziales Web-Engagement. Die Sparkassen Holstein und Pforzheim Calw twittern schon fleißig. Letztere haben sogar schon Facebook für sich entdeckt. Die Nürnberger haben sogar ein Weblog, welches von Mitarbeitern der Sparkasse Nürnberg geschrieben wird und “offen und ehrlich über verschiedene Themen, z.B. Finanzen, Ausbildung, Gesundheit im Beruf und vieles mehr diskutieren”.

Die Sparkasse Berlin integriert Facebook zur Marketingunterstützung beim aktuellen Konzept “Giro Challenge 2010″. Eine gute Idee, die zum Mitmachen anregt und auf einem interessanten Konzept für Jugendliche basiert. Gut auch der Brückenschlag der Synergieerzeugung mit der Hautpstadtseite Berlin.de, die die Kandidatensuche ausschrieb.

Der Corporate Twitter Account ist eher ein erweitertes Sales-Promotionstool wie man derzeit am Beispiel der Autokredit-Aktion mit Gebrauchtwagen.de ersehen kann. Der übergreifende Youtube Channel der Sparkasse und auch der DEKA Investment Unternehmensbereich vorwiegend auf die eigenen Werbespots zurückgreift, wobei letzterer auch schon kleine Ansätze von informativem Web-TV liefert.

Generell wirken die Accounts noch wenig lebendig und wird selten aktualisiert.

West LB
Man könnte wahrlich sagen, im Westen nichts Neues. Wenn bei Google mein Post zu Social Media und Web 2.0 in Verbindung zur WestLB immernoch als erstes Ergebnis angezeigt wird, dann steht dort offensichtlich Social Media nicht auf der Tagesordnung und ist auch weiterhin kein Bestandteil der webstrategischen Planung.

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Vielleicht machen die Banken ja ordentliches Social Media Monitoring. Dann wird sich in den Kommentaren sicherlich bald eine Antwort auf einige Fragen finden. Grundsätzlich fällt auf, daß die populären Social Networks gerne als verlängerter Marketingkanal gesehen werden und sehr kampagnengetriebenen Einsatz erfahren.

Ansonsten muss man mal feststellen, daß Social Media selbst in einer größeren Studie zur Bank 2015 nicht einmal erwähnt wird. Verwundert es da, daß einige Banken sich die Kundenkommunikation nach traditionellem Vorbild genehmigen und stärker auf ihre Kernkompetenzen Beratung und Vertrieb konzentrieren sowie strategisch wenig relevante Bereiche outsourcen?

Ob Social Media wohl zukünftig im Kundengeschäft des Bankenwesens eine Rolle spielt? Und ob Social-Banking auf Facebook bald zum Alltag gehört, darf man trotz einer verheissungsvollen Steria Mummert Consulting Studie wohl eher anzweifeln.

Unerklärlich bleibt mir, warum das Thema Blogs wenig Anklang bei Top-Banken findet. Obwohl doch selbst die Deutsche Bank in ihren Marktforschungsbemühungen das Wirkungspotential bereits vor Jahren erkannt hat. Aber vielleicht habe ich die auch übersehen…? Wer weiß…

PS: Danke an Brandflow für ein paar Links zum Post.

News Update – Best of the Day

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Mobile apps are becoming more and more popular. A new study by Chetan Sharma Consulting projects $17.5 billion in mobile app sales in 2012. But this sounds extremly positive thinks PC World

Customers always expect the best service possible – no matter if online or offline. But especially online, retailers can loose customers just by small technological fails to more tech-savvy competitors, states a global survey by IBM. Customers want to check out a retailer online before heading to the bricks-and-mortar store. Key take-aways what customers want to do…
– 84% use websites to access and print coupons
– 75% use mobile phones to find out where the nearest store is located
– 72% see what goods are in stock before going into the store.

Creating a fantastic viral advertisement story is a real challenge. Heineken Italy convinced real boys and men on October 21st when Real Madrid played Champions League match against AC Milan to miss the match for a concert. Watch what happened then…

Neurological study: Bad websites causing ‘web-stress’

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Bad designed websites and slow loading times are causing ‘web stress’ for internet users. This is the result of a new neurological study by CA in cooperation one of the leading customer experience and consultancy consulting firms Foviance. The study even shows that bad websites have a negative effect on the users health.

During the study, which was conducted at the Glasgow Caledonian University, volunteers (eight women and five men between the age of 25 and 42 years) were wired up to sophisticated neurological and physiological testing equipment (incl. an Electroencephalography cap) which was used to monitor brain wave activity. The volunteers carried out a series of everyday online tasks such as finding and buying a laptop PC and travel insurance. During the test the internet connection was slowed down to increase the stress factor.

With the generated data, CA and Foviance found the two most stressful points of the online sales cycle which caused a high level of ‘web-stress': search and checkout. Although the volunteers completed the purchase, more than three quarters of customers will abandon the site in reality. And it took the volunteers up to a minute to recover from that ‘web stress’.

This result corresponds with CAs Web Stress Index study. In 2009 CA interviewed 2500 consumers. The key finding was that slow loading websites were a frustrating experience for 92% of the repondents. No wonder that volunteers in the experiment were leaving bad websites, or wanted to call the company’s hotline

“The results of this study sends out a clear message – businesses need to reduce ‘web stress’ and improve the online experience of their customers if they’re going to maximise returns from their web channel” (…) It’s not just about website design or internet connection speeds – the performance of a website is dependent on the performance of the web applications that support it. Businesses need an Application Performance Management (APM)** solution which not only provides real insight into how customers are experiencing their web applications, but will proactively manage the performance and availability of these applications. This translates into better customer service, improved brand loyalty and increased sales.”
Kobi Korsah, Director, EMEA Product Marketing, CA

And Foviance adds…

“Consumers have very high expectations of web applications and web sites – to be always available and instantly responsive. This experiment simulated the experience of underperforming web applications for our volunteers. The results show that when online expectations aren’t met, people quickly become agitated, confused and have to concentrate 50% more than normal. All these problems can be detected and prevented as long as businesses take a proactive approach to measuring the customer’s experience of web applications.”
Catriona Campbell, Director and Founder, Foviance and leading behavioural psychologist

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In the summer of 2009, Akamai already revealed that 2 seconds is the new threshold of acceptability for eCommerce websites response times. The study showed that 40% of consumers won’t wait more than 3 seconds for a web page to load before leaving the site. This study by CA and Foviance makes this clear again: Corporations should have a close testing eye on the essential features (loading time for search and checkout) in order not to affect online shopping revenues. Especially if you bear in mind that online retail is predicted to grow to 320 billion EUR in 2011. More information can be found in this video on the CA study.

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daily1Although web 2.0 provides all the benfit for e-learning, the use is till low. The study “Benchmarking Online Operations: Snapshots of an Emerging Industry” by the consulting company Eduventures shows that the education they offer is still based on “rudimentary, text-based technology”. This stands in contrast to webinars, web-conference or any kind of podcast or vidcast tools that the web 2.0 world offers today. “But when it came to technology, the Eduventures survey found that the widely used tools are e-mail, text discussions that don’t happen in real time, physical textbooks, and word and PDF documents”, reports http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Online-Programs-Profits-Are/8517/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en.

Blogher released a new study on how social networks are used by men and women in the US. The main findings are…

– 84% (16 out of 19) of the sites have more female than male users.
– Twitter with 59% female users and Facebook with 57%.
– Most female-dominated sites: Bebo 66%, MySpace and Classmates.com 64%.
– Average ratio of 19 sites: 47% male, 53% female.

MINI started a great project“Wash me” at retail on the 3rd of November “when 10 different artists are each presented with a MINI to deface — ahem!…design at will”. See what these guys came up with…

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