Do viewers really tune into the Super Bowl each year just to see the ads? How engaged is the audience during the game?

Crowdtap polled more than 6,000 Super Bowl viewers to get their take on Super Bowl as it relates to advertising and social media.

Some key takeaways:

  • Thirty percent of respondents said they watched the game for the ads, up from 25% in 2014.
  • Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they were somewhat or extremely likely to take action if asked to by a Super Bowl commercial.
  • Eighty-five percent of respondents said humor would make them remember an ad, while just 16% said crowdsourced content would do the same.
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Jonathan Farb ​is the chief product officer at ListenFirst​ Media​, a data and analytics company that helps brands make sense of the vast amount of data at their fingertips, predict outcomes and optimize performance.

The start of a new year means a new slate of predictions — we were pretty pleased with how the bets we placed on 2014 turned out, so we’re back for another round. Here are a few of the things we expect to see shake out in 2015:

1. The marriage of digital data and traditional data to provide business context: ​As once-­shiny­-new digital and social channels continue to mature, we believe more and more brands will begin looking at data from these channels next to more traditional data sets, be it sales figures, call center data, survey data, traditional research metrics, etc. While finding a correlation between your digital activity and your bottom line is the holy grail, the only way to get there is to take the first step: getting all of these inputs in one place. (read more…)

In terms of brand positioning and reaching new consumers, businesses of all sizes and sectors can benefit from a strong online video presence. YouTube, with an estimated 1 billion unique users every month, is too big a potential showcase for any brand to miss out on. What’s more, as the Net’s second-biggest search engine behind parent company Google, YouTube offers those who keep their channel well maintained and search-optimized a near peerless opportunity to reach consumers with their content.

YouTubeAs with company websites, video channels must be attractive to the user, easy to navigate and quickly searchable. This desirable state can only be achieved by organizing both the channel interface and the content that sits on it. Although organizing your YouTube channel isn’t an exact science and can be dependent on your content type and industry sector, there are a number of general guidelines to follow when aiming to get the best out of YouTube’s channel infrastructure. (read more…)

Cabela’s social media response plan was a mess: Someone posts a complaint, the social media manager takes a screenshot, e-mails it to the customer care team, the customer care team tries to find the customer in their database (and most often they don’t), then 72 hours later, the social media manager responds.

That social customer service system left two-thirds of their customers’ posts unanswered and a lot of people unhappy. But it wasn’t just dropping the ball on customer complaints, they were also missing big opportunities to build relationships.

In his presentation at SocialMedia.org’s Member Meeting, Cabela’s Social Media Manager Adam Buchanan explains the steps he took to revamp their customer service in social media and earn back the love of their customers. Here are some key points from his case study:

  • Develop a streamlined process: The old system wasn’t working. So Adam hired more community managers and created a direct line of communication with two reps in corporate communications and two reps in customer relations.
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As the New Year begins, many professional services firms are busy figuring out how to prioritize their marketing goals for 2015. At the Hinge Research Institute, we found ourselves wondering the same thing. So, we conducted a study to learn just what business challenges firms are facing today and how they plan on prioritizing their professional services marketing initiatives in 2015 to address them.

The study included a survey of 530 firms over a wide range of professional services industries and first sought to uncover what their current biggest business challenges are. While there were a range of answers, the top challenge was overwhelmingly “attracting and developing new business.” With 72.1% of responses, it was more than twice as common of a response than the next most frequent answer: “finding and keeping good people.” (read more…)