Consumers expect to see Facebook buttons and links to Fan pages or Twitter handles in email marketing messages, but many Fortune 500 companies avoid social media, according to a study released Friday. The decision diminishes search engine marketing by prohibiting the indexing and connecting of company sites to other Web content, iincluding directories like Google Local.
Analysis of Fortune 500 Web sites and email by Genesys, which focuses on improving customer experiences, found that many consumer-facing Fortune 500 companies don't want to list social media as a means for customers to contact them.
While 51% of Fortune 500 businesses do not provide a link to their Facebook profile on the Contact Us page of their Web site, 55% don't provide a Twitter handle. About 27% of consumer-facing Fortune 500 corporations do not list social media channels on their Web site home page, 89% do not list an e-mail address on their site, and 13% don't list a phone number on their Contact Us page.
Social media can effectively drive both online and in-store purchases, but many Fortune 500 companies are luxury brands that only allow potential and existing customers to contact them via traditional means.
Research from Martini Media explores how affluent consumers continue to spend an increasing amount of time on digital platforms, concluding it’s more difficult to reach them through traditional media.
Agencies estimate their luxury clients spend 10% of their digital budgets on social, whereas brand marketers estimate 22% of their digital budgets are spent on social. Much of that outlay is wasted if Fan pages and Twitter handles are not accessible to consumers. Both agree TV dollars will shift to online video for luxury marketers.
In the near future, agencies project the fastest increase in spending will reside in video, mobile and social media, 69%, 68% and 48%, respectively.