Social Media Roundup: All Smoke and Mirrors

Social Media Roundup: All Smoke and Mirrors

Ever feel like social media is a lot of huff and puff? This parody by The Onion is for you. Also: Evidence Facebook's marketing reach is fading, but engagement is up.

Ever feel like the so-called experts are full of it?

They get the plaudits and the praise and are held up as paradigms for the industry, but when it comes down to it, they don’t know any more than you do.

The Onion feels your pain. A spot-on parody, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Social Media, Mocked

So fake, it’s true: In the first seconds of this parody on social media marketing by The Onion, pseudo-expert Cameron Hughes says the words “social media.” And people start clapping. That’s the point you know you’re in store for something amazing. Watch below:

The parody, done in the style of TED talks, is a nice punch in the gut to social media experts who focus on the tools a little too much rather than pitching fresh ideas. (ht @lou_dubois)

Mark Cuban Was Right

Here’s your proof, marketers: For months, people have expressed frustration over Facebook’s apparent declining value as a marketing tool, but most of the reports were anecdotal rather than statistical. One of those marketing groups, Group M, commissioned a study on the matter and found that there was a 38 percent decline in organic posts seen by end users for a brand they “like” on Facebook. However, there is some good news: While reach is down significantly, engagement is up—with those active with the brand twice as likely to engage with the brand than they were before the change. Is the tradeoff worth it? (ht @yourmembership)

Find yourself calling this stuff baloney a little too much? Let us know how you feel in the comments.

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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