The online marketing space is always in flux, and the last two years have seen a significant investment by brands to drive engagement inside many properties, including Facebook and YouTube. This influx of advertising money contributes significantly to the bottom line of these websites, especially Facebook, but marketing spends have a habit of moving around. Recent research from the Jun Group suggests the trend is moving away from engagement inside social networks and back towards brand owned digital properties.
The key findings of the research show that between them, Facebook and YouTube “accounted for a combined 69% of all actions taken after brand campaigns in 2012″, but the corresponding figure for the end of 2013 has seen that engagement drop to 30%. That engagement has to go somewhere and the percentage of brand messages pointing back to the brand’s own property has risen from 28% to 61% in the same period.
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been actively pushing brands and marketers to see Facebook as a ‘paid for’ channel during 2014, so this change is not happening in a vacuum.
Part of this can be put down to the maturing nature of social networks. Now the gold rush is over and brands are established players, marketing switches away from gathering likes and followers to directing these users back out of the social network maze towards the home pages and splash landing pages of the brands.
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