Growing up, I knew “because my friends are doing it” wasn’t a good response to my parents asking, “David, why did you do that?” But as a child, logic often wasn’t a consideration. And yet, marketers seem to be using the same logic when it comes to the ubiquitous hashtag, six years into its livelihood.
Facebook tried (and failed) to take over the users phone when they created their own android launcher called Home. On paper, the logic of the android launcher may have been sound, but users did not want Facebook to be “the primary" in their communications and phone usage.
Too late. Yes, we’re talking about the social media train leaving the station. TV budgets are projected to grow 11% over the next four years. At the same time, social media budgets are projected to grow 65% (eMarketer, Business Insider). And 56% of senior-level marketers say that their investment in digital and social channels will exceed their investment in traditional media within one year (ThinkVine, April 2014).
“Why don’t we just use social media?” Clients, after conceiving a small-scale initiative or discovering a news story about their brand, often pose this question to us. And that's when we give them the "throwing seeds at a patch of dirt" analogy.