Blogs Vs. Social Media: Which Drives Purchases More
According to Technoratiâs 2013 Digital Influence Report, blogs are more influential than social networks in shaping consumersâ opinions and influencing purchase decisions. However, if you look at the big companies with well-known brands, they areÂ investing more money in social channels like Facebook, than on blogging. The obvious question is what are the pros and cons of blogs versus other channels?
What is the motivation for using Facebook? According to the study, the underling reason is the reported role of social networks in influencing purchases: 31% of consumers surveyed cite Facebook as an influential source, 27% cite YouTube, 27% cite LinkedIn, and 20% cite Google+.
- Facebook users tend to âlikeâ brands to learn about products and services (56%), keep up with brand-related activities (52%), and for promos (48%); some 32% interact with brands to provide feedback.
- Twitter users follow brands mostly to keep up with brand activities (57%) and learn about products and services (47%); some 27% do so to provide feedback.
- YouTube users engage with brands mostly to learn about products and services (61%), keep up with brand-related activities (41%), and provide feedback (23%).
- Pinterest users follow brands primarily to learn about products and services (56%), keep up with brand activities (35%), and for sweepstakes/promos (28%).
- Instagram users follow brands to keep up with brand-related activities (41%), learn more about products and services (39%), and make purchases (27%).
In summary, of all of these sites Facebook is the most influential. But what about blogs?
According to the respondents, 86% publish a blog and almost all (88%) do it themselves. Over half (59%) use blogs as theÂ primary means of content distribution. Influencers rank page views of blogs or websites as the best measure of their own success (52%).
But the most important stat is thatÂ when consumers are making purchasing decisionsÂ about what to buy, they rank blogs as the third most influential digital resource (31%), behind retail sites (56%) and brand sites (34%).
I think the reason why social channels such as Facebook and Twitter are being used more than blogs is simply because itâs easier. While both influence brands and purchasing, Facebook and Twitter updates are much easier than writing a blog.
What do you do to shape your customerâs opinions and influence prospect’s purchasing decisions? Do you use Facebook and Twitter or do you blog?