Ever wondered why people become fans or followers of brands on Facebook or Twitter?
Think about the context as well. They asked people who had clicked they were a fan or follower ‘why’?
This slide demonstrates that more people who are already customers say they are more likely to buy after becoming a fan or follower. What else would they say given they had clicked the fan/follower link?
This slide reveals the majority of people who do follow or become a fan only have time to follow less than 5 brands. This is not surprising – we all have real lives that don’t revolve around building click-relations with brands.
The majority of those who become fans (or should that be Fans with a capital “F”?) do so because they are already customers – which was probably predictable anyway.
Interestingly the primary reason people become FB fans is “to receive discounts”. So we’re encouraging the people who are already customers to register to receive discounts on stuff they are already buying? Is that smart marketing?
The main reasons people Follow tweets is because they are a customer, followed closely by “to receive discounts”. Do you see a pattern here?
But the Primary reason for becoming a Follower on Twitter is “to receive discounts and promotions”.
What is all this data revealing about brand Fans and Followers?
Well for one thing it’s not about the brands.
It’s all about the customers – look at me, look at me. Look what I’m clicking on. How can I get deals and discounts by doing so?
Running perpetual sales promotions and discounting your products and services to your most valuable customers are guaranteed ways to go broke. And they’re certainly not a smart way to invest your marketing budget.
But hey, I’m confident your shareholders would rather you have lots of fans and followers than lots of profit.
I’m planning a home renovation – better go follow some roofers and tile grouters and builders to see what discounts I can get.