“Just the facts, M’am.”
Pepsi, who has advertised in every Super Bowl for 23 years, is shifting its entire Super Bowl budget into social media via its charitable crowdsourcing community called The Pepsi Refresh Project.
According to a UMass Dartmouth Study released this month, 80% of the Inc 500 use social networking as a marketing tool. And 89% of them say it was successful, “using hits, comments, leads or sales as primary indicators of success.”
The Mobile Internet Report by Morgan Stanley, released in December, says,
“Regarding the pace of change, we believe more users will likely connect to the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs within five years.”
Okay, that wasn’t a fact. That was a prediction. But it’s a conviction backed up by a 424 page research report.
But this is: as of today, the Red Cross had raised $22 million for Haiti relief thru text donations alone. And I don’t know about you, but I first found out about the effort on Twitter.
I could keep listing facts that prove the value of social media, but I’m lazy. Instead, I’m going to post this great video, Socialnomics, by Erik Qualman, that I found on Josef Katz’s Marketing Maestro blog that addresses the ROI of social media.
Pepsi. Ford. Gary Vinochuk. Zappos. Lenovo. Burger King. Blend Tec. Dell. Intuit. Volkswagen. Barak Obama. The Red Cross.
They all get it.
Can someone please explain to me why there are still people who don’t?