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How to write a social media case study (with template)

Written by by Jenn Chen

Published on  October 10, 2019

Reading time  8 minutes

You’ve got a good number of social media clients under your belt and you feel fairly confident in your own service or product content marketing strategy. To attract new clients, you’ll tell them how you’ve tripled someone else’s engagement rates but how do they know this is true? Enter the case study.

Social media case studies are often used as part of a sales funnel: the potential client sees themselves in the case study and signs up because they want the same or better results. At Sprout, we use this strategy with our own case studies highlighting our customer’s successes.

Writing and publishing case studies is time intensive but straight forward. This guide will walk through how to create a social media case study for your business and highlight some examples.

What is a social media case study?

A case study is basically a long testimonial or review. Case studies commonly highlight what a business has achieved by using a social media service or strategy, and they illustrate how your company’s offerings help clients in a specific situation. Some case studies are written just to examine how a problem was solved or performance was improved from a general perspective. For this guide, we’ll be examining case studies that are focused on highlighting a company’s own products and services.

Case studies come in all content formats: long-form article, downloadable PDF, video and infographic. A single case study can be recycled into different formats as long as the information is still relevant.

At their core, case studies serve to inform a current or potential customer about a real-life scenario where your service or product was applied. There’s often a set date range for the campaign and accompanying, real-life statistics. The idea is to help the reader get a clearer understanding of how to use your product and why it could help.

Broad selling points like “our service will cut down your response time” are nice but a sentence like “After three months of using the software for responses, the company decreased their response time by 52%” works even better. It’s no longer a dream that you’ll help them decrease the response time because you already have with another company.

So now that you understand what a case study is, let’s get started on how to create one that’s effective and will help attract new clients.

How to write a social marketing case study

Writing an effective case study is all about the prep work. You’ve got to get all of the questions and set up ready so you can minimize lots of back and forth between you and the client.

1. Prepare your questions

Depending on how the case study will be presented and how familiar you are with the client to be featured, you may want to send some preliminary questions before the interview. It’s important to not only get permission from the company to use their logo, quotes and graphs but also to make sure they know they’ll be going into a public case study.

Your preliminary questions should cover background information about the company and ask about campaigns they are interested in discussing. Be sure to also identify which of your products and services they used. You can go into the details in the interview.

Once you receive the preliminary answers back, it’s time to prepare your questions for the interview. This is where you’ll get more information about how they used your products and how they contributed to the campaign’s success.

2. Interview

When you conduct your interview, think ahead on how you want it to be done. Whether it’s a phone call, video meeting or in-person meeting, you want to make sure it’s recorded. You can use tools like Google Meet, Zoom or UberConference to host and record calls (with your client’s permission, of course). This ensures that your quotes are accurate and you can play it back in case you miss any information. Tip: test out your recording device and process before the interview. You don’t want to go through the interview only to find out the recording didn’t save.

Ask open-ended questions to invite good quotes. You may need to use follow-up questions if the answers are too vague. Here are some examples.

  • Explain how you use (your product or service) in general and for the campaign. Please name specific features.
  • Describe how the feature helped your campaign achieve success.
  • What were the campaign outcomes?
  • What did you learn from the campaign?

Since we’re focused on creating a social media case study in this case, you can dive more deeply into social strategies and tactics too:

  • Tell me about your approach to social media. How has it changed over time, if at all? What role does it play for the organization? How do you use it? What are you hoping to achieve?
  • Are there specific social channels you prioritize? If so, why?
  • How do you make sure your social efforts are reaching the right audience?
  • What specific challenges do organizations like yours face when it comes to social?
  • How do you measure the ROI of using social ? Are there certain outcomes that prove the value of social for your organization? What metrics are you using to determine how effective social is for you?

As the conversation continues, you can ask more leading questions if you need to to make sure you get quotes that tie these strategic insights directly back to the services, products or strategies your company has delivered to the client to help them achieve success. Here are just a couple of examples.

  • Are there specific features that stick out to you as particularly helpful or especially beneficial for you and your objectives?
  • How are you using (product/service) to support your social strategy? What’s a typical day like for your team using it?

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The above quote was inserted into the Sprout Lake Metroparks case study . It’s an example of identifying a quote from an interview that helps make the impact of the product tangible in a client’s day to day.

At the end of the interview, be sure to thank the company and request relevant assets.

Afterwards, you may want to transcribe the interview to increase the ease of reviewing the material and writing the case study. You can DIY or use a paid service like Rev to speed up this part of the process.

3. Request assets and graphics

This is another important prep step because you want to make sure you get everything you need out of one request and avoid back and forth that takes up both you and your customer’s time. Be very clear on what you need and the file formats you need them in.

Some common assets include:

  • Logo in .png format
  • Logo guidelines so you know how to use them correctly
  • Links to social media posts that were used during the campaign
  • Headshots of people you interviewed
  • Social media analytics reports. Make sure you name them and provide the requested date range, so that if you’re using a tool like Sprout, clients know which one to export.

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4. Write the copy

Now that the information has been collected, it’s time to dissect it all and assemble it. At the end of this guide, we have an example outline template for you to follow. When writing a case study, you want to write to the audience that you’re trying to attract . In this case, it’ll be a potential customer that’s similar to the one you’re highlighting.

Use a mix of sentences and bullet points to attract different kinds of readers. The tone should be uplifting because you’re highlighting a success story. When identifying quotes to use, remove any fillers (“um”) and cut out unnecessary info.

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5. Pay attention to formatting

Sprout case study of Stoneacre Motor Group

And finally, depending on the content type, enlist the help of a graphic designer to make it look presentable. You may also want to include call-to-action buttons or links inside of your article. If you offer free trials, case studies are a great place to promote them.

Social media case study template

Writing a case study is a lot like writing a story or presenting a research paper (but less dry). This is a general outline to follow but you are welcome to enhance to fit your needs.

Headline Attention-grabbing and effective. Example: “ How Benefit turns cosmetics into connection using Sprout Social ” Summary A few sentences long with a basic overview of the brand’s story. Give the who, what, where, why and how. Which service and/or product did they use? Introduce the company Give background on who you’re highlighting. Include pertinent information like how big their social media team is, information about who you interviewed and how they run their social media. Describe the problem or campaign What were they trying to solve? Why was this a problem for them? What were the goals of the campaign? Present the solution and end results Describe what was done to achieve success. Include relevant social media statistics (graphics are encouraged). Conclusion Wrap it up with a reflection from the company spokesperson. How did they think the campaign went? What would they change to build on this success for the future? How did using the service compare to other services used in a similar situation?

Case studies are essential marketing and sales tools for any business that offer robust services or products. They help the customer reading them to picture their own company using the product in a similar fashion. Like a testimonial, words from the case study’s company carry more weight than sales points from the company.

When creating your first case study, keep in mind that preparation is the key to success. You want to find a company that is more than happy to sing your praises and share details about their social media campaign.

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A Guide How to Create Social Media Case Studies that Convert (with Template)

Julius Preloznik

As you already know, moving leads through the sales pipeline is no easy feat. In the world of digital marketing, it takes an average of 18-21 touchpoints to convert a lead. If you want any chance of pushing prospects down the funnel, you have to directly communicate the value of your product or service and one of the best ways to do this is with case studies. 

Putting together a compelling social media marketing case study is one of the most powerful strategies for attracting future customers or digital agency clients. But it’s not easy. In this article, we’ll go over the ingredients of a winning case study and how to deliver said case study in the most effective way. We’ll also include a template that you can go by. 

Let’s dive right in.

The importance of social media case studies 

There’s a lot of content out there. Your potential customers are constantly bombarded with whitepapers, e-books, 10-step guides, newsletters and unpalatable sales hype. To get the attention of prospects today you have to demonstrate your product or service’s value, not just talk about it. 

B2B buyers today don’t have time to interpret marketing messages that aren’t concise and relevant. That means that instead of aimlessly beating around the bush about how great your company is and how terrific your products are, you have to share the real-life experiences customers are having with you and your products. 

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Traditional marketing tactics don’t work anymore. We already know that. People nowadays drive their own buying decisions through online research and the importance of social proof cannot be understated. 

About 57% of the customers will only use or buy a business service if it has at least 4 or five-star ratings. It should be noted however that reviews aren’t enough. In fact,  88% of consumers view ratings and reviews as a personal suggestion, not definitive proof of a product’s efficacy. 

Reviews are all well and good but if you’re marketing B2B software or agency services, creating in-depth, data-driven case studies is the way to go. Case studies are extremely effective in the consideration stage of the buyer’s journey when they are actively comparing solutions and providers to solve a problem they’re experiencing. 

As we already mentioned, your prospects are actively researching your products and there’s a 100% chance that they will stumble upon content from your competitors. Having relevant resources like case studies can cement your brand as an authority figure. 

Now that you know why case studies are important it’s time to tackle the creation process. 

The ingredients for a perfect case study 

1. detailed and full of data .

Have you ever read a case study where a business states they “doubled traffic” for the customer in their case study, and wondered if that meant they went from 50 to 100 visits or 5,000 to 10,000 visits?

The point of a case study is to highlight the exact ways your product or service has helped a customer. The most compelling case studies hit prospects in the face with how amazing your customers’ results were, meaning you need to include numbers. Lots of them. Here’s an example: 

Instead of saying “How client X got more sales thanks to us”, use “How client X increased their sales by X% in X days thanks to us” 

This step may sound like a no-brainer but it’s absolutely essential to use relevant data when crafting your social media case study, especially if you run a digital agency. Include statistics like a decrease in ad spend, an improvement in engagement or increase in organic followers.

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It’s important to remember that not everyone is as familiar with analytics and KPIs as you are, so break down the complicated sections into digestible bits that anyone can understand. Provide context as you go along so the data flows with the overall narrative of the case study. 

Include some eye-catching visuals like picture proof or real-time dashboards so the reader can envision the positive potential of your product or service. 

2. A complete, compelling story 

Storytelling is a powerful marketing strategy that has stood the test of time. A great social media case study uses narrative techniques to put readers in the subject’s shoes. 

When crafting your subject’s persona, be sure to include: 

  • Who is the sample customer, what do they do and why do they do it?
  • What were the customer’s goals?
  • What were the customer’s needs?
  • How did you satisfy those needs and help the customer meet their goals?

As a rule of thumb, structure your case study by splitting up the main takeaways into three easy snippets: The challenge, the impact you had, and the outcome. This way you make sure that your case study isn’t all over the place and concludes with the reader being wowed. 

Furthermore, you want to carry the story through and show how your business helps your customers long-term. You want your product or service to become a cornerstone of your customers’ workflow, something they simply can’t live without.  When you conclude the “outcome” section of your case study, include ways customers can use your business further down the line. 

When it comes to creating a compelling story, throwing in some emotional benefits alongside the hard numbers is absolutely necessary. Did your solution improve workplace morale, free up time or overall take a load off of your subject’s shoulders? Ask for a quote from the case study subject to make things more personal and relatable. 

To really drive the narrative home, use quotes from your team as well. Any potential prospects will love discovering how your team overcame certain hurdles and delivered the end result. Interview your graphic designer or content manager and get them to break down the project into steps. This will help prospects further familiarize themselves with your organization and how your team thinks and operates, a connection that can help keep you top-of-mind when leads are ready to convert. 

3. Compelling visuals 

Using visuals and images to enrich the case study experience is a key element of a comprehensive marketing case study. But cramming in screenshots and haphazard designs is sure to have an adverse effect to what you were hoping for. 

You want your case study to be a joy to read and as such it’s important to keep a few key rules in mind:       – Write a catchy headline that gives a clear idea of what the case study is about 

  • Leave plenty of negative space when arranging your visual elements. You don’t want a busy mess of visuals that’s hard on the eyes 
  • Ensure that your visual elements compliment the data and written content of your case study. 
  • Keep your target audience in mind. What kind of creatives would they be drawn to? What fonts, visual cues and tones would keep them hooked? It goes without saying to add your company’s unique branding as well. 
  • The information you present should flow like a story. The graphic elements, along with the text should guide the reader’s eye through the study from beginning to end. 

To spice things up, consider adding multimedia elements such as videos, PDFs, and images to make the case study more engaging. 

When getting together the creative assets for your case study, be sure to include headshots of the actual customer, dashboards of results (graphs are great for visual storytelling) and screenshots of any social media posts that were created during the campaign (if relevant). 

You can use tools like Kontentino’s social media a n a l y t i c s tool to implement custom metrics and create stunning reports. 

Relatable to your target audience 

If you’re at the point where you’re sharing success stories, chances are that you know who your ideal customer is. When crafting a case study, you want to write to the audience that you’re trying to attract. The readers of your study will most likely be very similar to the customers you’re writing about.

People who will read your case study most likely have a decent understanding of what your business is and what you can offer. They’re already somewhere in the middle of your funnel and as such it’s time to take advantage of personalization . Now you may need to create multiple case studies tailored toward different audiences, but it’s sure to pay off in the long run. 

Reflect on the project you’re highlighting in the case study and think about who the customer was. What industry were they in? What kind of client were they? Were they visually-oriented? Did they appreciate heavy-handed analytical reports, a good story or a combination of the two? 

These insights can help you nail down the written tone and show potential clients that you understand their specific needs, are comfortable in their niche and can apply strategies in accordance to their use-case.

Different ways to deliver a social media marketing case study

If you just created an amazing case study that’s sure to knock readers’ socks off, you want people to find it. This means populating every channel at your disposal with your content so your potential customers can’t miss it. 

 Youtube is the second-largest search engine in the world and the platform’s algorithm holds the potential to show your video to a whole new audience. While YouTube’s algorithm is often iffy, writing a catchy title, detailed description and creating an effective thumbnail are good ways to keep your video in the algorithm’s favor. 

In addition, you’ll want to link your full case study in the comments and get viewers to land on your website. 

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  • Social media 

If you’re creating a social media case study, using social media to share said case study should be a no-brainer.

 Break down the content of your case study into bite-sized chunks for Instagram or Facebook, post analytics dashboards from the study on Twitter and link the study in a LinkedIn post to spice up your profile. The shareable nature of social media may lead to your case study going further than just your own site.

  • Embedded in other types of content  

Case studies can also be embedded in other types of content like blog posts, newsletters, guides or ebooks. Go through your current pieces of relevant content and link to your case study to provide extra value. 

3 winning social media marketing case study examples 

Now that we’ve gone over the components of a winning social media case study, let’s check out some real world examples. 

1. “How ERA Belgium Provides Great Content for Franchise Businesses with Kontentino,” by Kontentino 

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A thing to note regarding this case study is how Kontentino not only highlighted the impressive data but also how the product helped solve a core pain point for ERA Belgium’s franchises .

Highlighted in the middle of the case study is a bold quote from the client that helps solidify Kontentino’s KontentBase product as a must-have tool for franchises. When creating your own case study, consider your product and who’s needs it addresses. Align your customer quotes and data and results reports to match exactly what your target audience is looking for. 

The Konetino case study also includes a CTA at the end so any potential prospects could directly contact the support team.

2. “How an SEO Agency Helped an Artisan Bakery Increase Organic Traffic by 214%,” is a very well written case study by Semrush

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This comprehensive case study by Semrush is a perfect example of pinpoint narrative structure and proper formatting. The study flows like a well-written story and guides the reader through the subjects, conflicts and resolutions without a hitch. The tasteful addition of dashboards and bullet points ties the case study up perfectly. 

3. “How Good Dye Young Increased Their Monthly E-commerce Revenue by 305%,” an impressive storytelling case study by Mailchimp 

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This case study by MailChimp is full of personality and storytelling. While MailChimp did include impressive numbers, the centerpiece of this case study is the people. The subjects in the case study are referenced casually by their first names, their journey is explored in-depth and there’s no shortage of quotes from them. The imaging MailChimp uses only emphasizes the human side of the relationship between them and the customer. 

Keeping you on track with your social media case study 

So now you’ve got a solid idea of what a comprehensive case study should include and you’ve seen the techniques we’ve covered in action. Now it’s time to go over a full template to ensure you stay on track when creating your awesome social media case study. 

Social media marketing case study template 

Outline: Case Study Title

Customer: Customer’s full name 

Company: Company’s name 

Industry: The industry the customer operates in (if applicable) 

Video: Link to a video version (if applicable)

Author: Author’s name 

Case study title

A short introduction of the customer. 

 Be sure to highlight:

  • The customer’s name and a little bit about them.
  • Why you and your customer were a perfect fit 
  • The key successes your customer had after working with you 

Introduce your customer 

In this section, provide a more in-depth overview of your customer. If it’s an individual, explain the person’s background in the context of your product/service. If it’s a business, talk about the company’s background, industry and any recent successes or milestones they have had. 

Describe the problem 

Explain the challenge or opportunity your customer faced before they did business with you. This could be either a reactive reason (i.e. the customer had an issue that needed to be addressed) or a proactive reason (i.e. there was an untapped potential that was unleashed by working with your business).

Why (Customer Name) Chose (Your Company)

In this section, speak about the decision process of your customer. Speak about how they discovered you, your possible competition and what made them ultimately decide to do business with you.

How (Your Company) Responded 

Here, explain what happened once your business started working with your customer. What was addressed first, and why? How did your customer feel about working with you in the early days?

The Results

In closing, speak to the results your customer saw after working with you. This section can be supported by statements, quotes, visuals, graphs, and metrics. Whatever you decide to include, be sure it illustrates how much of an impact your company made on your customer. 

Call-to-Action

Use this section to move your readers down the funnel. Add a CTA that encourages readers to either join your newsletter or get in touch with your sales team.

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How to Write a Social Media Case Study: A Handy Template for Agencies

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When you’re talking to prospective clients during the sales process, they may want to see proof that you can achieve the results you’re promising them. So why not show them an example of your past achievements?

A social media marketing case study that’s full of persuasive data and client quotes is the perfect way to demonstrate the success customers can expect if they enlist your services.

Though it may take some time to produce, a well-put-together case study is worth the effort. In this article, we’ll explain how to create a social media success story, with some key things to include. And to help you get started, we’ll provide you with an example based on one of our own case studies.

Using quintly, you can automate the whole process of social media data collection , and use the data you’ve collected to create compelling marketing reports and case studies. Learn more about how to collect and analyze your clients’ social media data in a single platform.

What is a social media case study?

A social media case study is an in-depth exploration of one of your biggest client success stories. It describes how you helped them solve their problems and reach their goals.

Often, case studies focus on a specific campaign designed to achieve a certain result. Perhaps your clients wanted to improve ROI on social media by 20%. Or, maybe they were struggling to make an impact on Facebook and looking to improve performance on that channel.

The case study should be based on conversations with your clients and include lots of quotes from them throughout. It should also include evidence and data to back up the claims.

You can publish case studies on your company’s website or blog, and share them with leads as part of your sales funnel.

How to write a social media success story

A customer success story must be relatable, persuasive, and interesting enough to make sure that prospective leads will actually read it. Every marketing case study is different and will follow your client’s unique business and story. While there’s no one-size fits-all approach, there are some elements we think are important to include. If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a few ideas to get you started.

1. Reach out to your client

First, you need to ask the right clients to participate in your case study. Choose a company that came to you with a specific problem or goal, and with your help has been able to overcome challenges and achieve great results.

Ideally, the featured business should be similar to the ideal clients you are hoping to attract , so that potential clients can relate to their problems and desires.

You’ll need to reach out and make sure they’re happy for you to feature them in the case study, and don’t mind investing some of their time. It may take a while for all the decision-makers to agree and sign off on the project, so allow plenty of time for this process. Once you have their agreement, you can start preparing to interview them.

2. Conduct an interview for your case study

The client interview is one of the most important steps because their feedback will become the backbone of the case study. 

You could send your client over a list of questions and ask them to respond by email. However, it’s better to set up a conversation with one or two representatives from the company , either by phone or video call, so you can have a more natural conversation and get deeper insights.

It’s important that you don’t go into a client interview cold. Being prepared means doing your research so that you won’t waste your or your client’s time.

Before the call, send over your questions so that they can start thinking about their answers. You should also request any assets or information you might need for the case study, such as the company logo and images you’ll want to use.

Ask lots of open-ended questions that elicit detailed responses. Try to cover every angle so you won’t have to go back and forth later for further clarification.

Here are a few example questions:

  • Why does social media matter for your brand?
  • What were your biggest challenges regarding social media marketing?
  • How have our services helped you overcome those challenges?
  • What’s changed in your social media and marketing strategy since we began working together?

Check that it’s ok to record the call so you can focus on the conversation and not have to worry about taking notes. A transcription software such as Otter.ai (available with a free plan) can help you record audio and transcribe it.

3. Compile data from social media analytics

Along with customer quotes, backing up your good work with social media data will go a long way. 

When it comes to persuading new clients that you’ve got what it takes to help them overcome their challenges and reach their objectives, there’s nothing more convincing than hard data.

It shows that your past campaigns have objectively performed well, and you’re not just interpreting your results as positive. And, it builds trust with prospective customers because it shows that you’re committed to tracking your own progress and keeping yourself accountable. 

Graphs and screenshots also help to make your case study more engaging. You can use them to break up big chunks of text with visuals.

Select the most eye-catching and impressive metrics to include in your case study. If you are using a social media platform such as quintly, you can take screenshots from your dashboards to illustrate the points you’re talking about.

You can include some data comparing your client’s performance with their competitors. 

For example, the graph below shows that even though Barcelona FC and Real Madrid shared roughly the same number of posts on Facebook in the selected period, the Catalan football club had a higher Interaction Rate than its rival:

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You can also contrast the client’s current numbers against past results to show the improvement. 

For example, the following graphs show a month-to-month increase in FC Barcelona’s Interaction Rate on Instagram. 

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Retrieving high-quality data and presenting it in an easy-to-understand format is essential for creating an effective case study. And, it can shape the way your case study is going to look, depending on what specific data points you decide to focus on. So make sure you have all the necessary metrics and dashboards set up before you begin writing your content. 

4. Write your case study

When you’ve got your client’s responses to your questions and you’ve picked out some key data points to include, it’s time to focus on the content of your case study.

To write an engaging case study, you must first grab the reader’s attention with a great headline that’s brief and clear. It can also mention the company name and a specific result they achieved.

Your headline could be something like: “Company A achieves X% increase in social media conversions with help from Y campaign”.

As a subheading, summarize the contents of the case study in a single sentence so that even those who don’t read the full article will get an idea of what you achieved.

Format your case study as a story with your customer  as the protagonist. This can help to grab the reader’s attention and take them on a journey with you.

When telling the story, remember to: 

  • Describe where they began – the problems they were facing and the goals they wanted to achieve.
  • Explain what tactics you used to help them, and why you decided on this strategy.
  • Talk about how these tactics began to improve their results and bring them closer to hitting their social media KPIs and increasing ROI.
  • Keep the focus on your customer , using their own words to describe the situation.

Style and formatting matter . Your case study should be informative yet easy-to-read. So use conversational language and make sure the tone of voice is in keeping with your brand and appealing to your target customer.

Bullet points, short paragraphs, and images are good to break up the text. Make sure quotes and impressive statistics stand out, and cut down unnecessary words from quotes to keep them on-topic.

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Case study example

At quintly, we use case studies to highlight the outstanding results that our customers have achieved. 

For inspiration, you can read our social media case study on Benefit Cosmetics and how they increased their engagement by 50% using our platform.

Let’s go through this case study step by step so you can use it for creating your own.

1. Write a headline and a summary

The headline must attract people’s attention straight away. We did this by mentioning the company name, and a specific result achieved: 50% increase in engagement.

We’ve then summarized the case study in one sentence providing a key takeaway of what our client was able to achieve.

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2. Provide background on the company

Who is your client? What do they do, and who is their target customer? Giving some background on your client will help readers relate to them.

Here, you can see that we provide some basic stats relating to the company and what the brand believes in.

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3. Highlight key results

Select a few of your most impressive metrics and make them stand out. We’ve chosen three metrics here that clearly demonstrate the success of our campaign.

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4. Describe the problem or challenge

What wasn’t working well for your client before they contracted your services?

In our case study, we used quotes from Toto Haba, Senior Vice President of Global Digital at Benefit to highlight the critical need for the company to produce great content and engage its audience through social channels.

We explained the problems they were facing, and how using quintly helped them overcome them.

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In your case, it could be that your clients don’t have enough expertise in data tracking to effectively analyze their social media campaigns and create new strategies.

There may be various ways in which you've helped your client get better results, so don’t be afraid to talk about them here, using direct quotes as much as possible.

5. Conclusion

You can close your report by summarizing once again the benefit that your clients has achieved. 

Or, you can use another quote from your client’s team, as we have done in our case study:

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How to write an effective social media marketing case study: 9 important things for agencies and freelancers to include

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Alexander Chafe

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As a social media agency or freelancer with established client relationships, you’ve surely developed an impressive portfolio of projects and results. You’re an awesome marketer, which prospective clients need to see as you grow your business. A social media marketing case study is a great tool to showcase your services in a relatable way and win clients. 

To help you create a powerful case study that stands out, we’ve outlined a fool-proof process for case study design and 9 things you must include. 

What is a social media marketing case study? 

A social media case study is a detailed review of how your services helped a specific client achieve their goals. 

Case studies are common research tools in science and business. But rather than a dry, academic analysis, you want to create a customer-focused story that potential clients can easily relate to. Leads should identify with the successful client’s character and see you as their expert guide. Keep this in mind as we explain how to create a case study for social media. 

“You need to have case studies that directly support your core product benefits and features. Your goal should be to show how your customers succeeded because of your key value props.” - Henry Brown , Head of Growth, Gadget

How to write a social media case study 

An effective case study requires thoughtful planning, research and analysis, and (of course) great writing. After reviewing case study guidelines from various academic , marketing , literary , and scientific sources, we’ve summarized the process into 5 easy steps.  

I. Set goals and prepare for research 

The first step is to set a goal for the case study to determine what kind of story you want to tell.      

Template stating, "Objective: Demonstrate how our [product] helped [company] achieve [outcome]. The goal of this case study is to [specific goal or metric] in [timeframe].

You likely have social media clients that fit different personas. Some may be small organizations with a one-person marketing team and limited budget needing advice on social media content planning. Other clients may be full marketing teams looking for direction on scaling their paid and organic social channels. Each type of client has a very different narrative. 

Now consider your target customer. You’ll want to create a case study they identify with by highlighting work you’ve done for a client with similar objectives. Choose a related client with impactful results and ask if they’d be interested in being featured in a case study. (If you have multiple target customer personas, plan to write a case study for each). 

With a defined focus, brush up on the client account, schedule interviews with key decision-makers in the organization, and prepare case study interview questions. 

II. Conduct client interviews 

Client interviews are a great way to gather research for your case study and add context to your story. You likely know your client’s social media goals, current tactics, and what results they’ve seen. But, what do you know about their situation before working with you, why they chose your agency, or how they’ve enjoyed your working relationship? 

Text blocks showing several case study interview questions, including "How did these challenges hold your business back?"

By asking these questions and digging deeper, you can further define their character throughout your marketing case study. It’s a great idea to share case study questions with your client before the interview, so they can come prepared. 

During the interview, ask open-ended questions that follow a narrative to encourage discussion. Start by asking about the client’s background, how they managed social media before working with you, why they chose an agency or freelancer, and the challenges they faced. Then you can discuss how you’ve worked together to help them succeed and how they’ve grown.

Don’t be afraid to ask why or other follow-up questions to gain further insight. At this stage, you want to gather as much info as possible to make your case study relatable.   

Conclude the interview by thanking your client for their time and summarizing any follow-ups. If you want to feature specific results or content in your social media marketing case study, discuss how it will be used and get any necessary approvals. 

III. Gather reports and results

When reading a case study, prospective clients will want to see results. So, gathering data and reports that show your client’s success is an important part of case study research. 

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You can include expected metrics like reach and engagement of social campaigns . Brandon Moore advises also going beyond these metrics and incorporating tangible results related to a client’s overall business objectives. 

“A compelling case study should detail how a campaign increased foot traffic, boosted online sales, or lowered customer acquisition costs. Highlight how your efforts improved customer retention rates or increased average deal size. You may have to dig for this data, but these metrics paint a stronger picture of the real impact social media has on business growth and are exactly what companies will be looking for when evaluating potential social media marketing services. Demonstrating this isn't always easy, but it will set your case study apart from other vendors that haven’t gone deep enough.” - Brandon Moore , Director of Content Marketing at Vendasta & Founder of Sendies

With this information, it’s time to start thinking about your case study’s framework.  

IV. Analyze research and create a case study outline 

The next step in designing your social media marketing case study involves analyzing your research and planning the format of your case study. 

Blue and green text boxes showing a case study format template about how to organize your story.

Review all the information you’ve gathered and organize it into the following categories: Client background, problem or opportunity identification, goals, solution execution, and results. Each of these topics can become sections when writing your case study.      

V. Write and summarize the case study

This is where writers shine! When writing B2B case studies, use clear and simple language. Incorporate plenty of white space, bold key points, and separate sections with headings. This makes everything scanable. 

Include data and reports to showcase results, as well as samples of work that was produced for the client. Also, keep in mind that you’re telling a story. Prospective customers should be able to identify with the client you’re featuring and follow their journey from problem to success. Adding quotes from interviewees is a great personal touch. 

After writing the full case study, summarize up to 5 key points and the most impressive results. This can be included at the beginning of your case study or in an infographic to give readers a quick snapshot.  

What is the format for writing a social media marketing case study?

In its simplest form, a case study format should showcase a problem or opportunity, how it was solved, and related results. But, there’s much more you can do to stand out. Based on our research, we’ve compiled a list of 9 things an effective case study must include.  

1. A great headline

First, it’s important to have a great headline. Headlines should be descriptive and specific, so readers understand what they’ll learn from reading further.   

For example, a general headline like “How HeyOrca helped a company plan social content” doesn’t grab attention. With few details, it’s unclear what the case study is about or who it’s meant to target. Many companies plan social media content, so this isn’t a powerful claim. 

Let’s compare this to a more detailed headline: “A social media team saved 60 hours and more than $4,000 in a month using HeyOrca.” (Yes, those are real results !) Notice how the additional detail makes this headline more relatable and showcases desirable results. This is the type of headline you want for your case study! 

(If we’ve piqued your interest, get in touch to learn more about HeyOrca’s social media management tool for agencies and freelancers .) 

2. Case study summary or infographic

Effective case studies also have a summary or infographic at the beginning that outlines key points and metrics. This allows readers to quickly understand the story and decide where they should read further. Ultimately, leading with the right info will catch attention and make leads want to learn more. 

3. Client background info

Business case studies should include background details of the client or organization being featured. This section provides context and humanizes the narrative, so potential customers who fit the same persona identify with their character and want to follow their path to success. 

4. Problem description

A description of the problem or opportunity your client faced before you began working together is essential. This explains why they chose to work with your agency and how they were managing social media before seeking your expertise. The problem described should be relatable to target customers, making the story more impactful.  

5. Client goals  

Some may include goals in the problem or opportunity section, but this is important to call out. Clearly outline the client’s primary and secondary goals for social media, so readers can see how they were achieved by working with your agency. 

6. Executed solution 

In this section of your social media marketing case study, you describe how you worked with your social media client to solve their problem and lead them to success. It can outline specific strategies, tactics, processes, etc. that you suggested and executed. This is a great section to showcase your expertise and what prospective clients can expect when working with you. 

7. Results 

Of course, marketing case studies must include results. This is your opportunity to highlight impressive metrics and revisit your client’s goals to showcase the progress on each one. 

“Protecting the bottom line and mitigating risk is important for many prospective clients. Good case studies add those proof points and make the impact of projects crystal clear.” - Kurt Dunphy , Director of Growth, Spellbook

8. Clear writing 

While we touched on this in the steps above, it deserves repeating. Use clear and simple language throughout your case study. Write like a human! Potential clients don’t want to read complicated wording they have to work to understand your message. Make things easy, be brief, and keep the focus on your client’s story (this is what leads will relate to).   

9. Supporting images 

Add supporting images and graphics throughout your case study. This breaks up all the text and helps show results and the work you’ve done with the client. Include examples of posts, as well as reports and analytics. 

“Many case studies from agencies discuss the experience of working together, but don’t show any work, so you have to dig into their portfolio to connect the dots. If everything is packaged together, it’s easier for your prospect.” - Kurt Dunphy , Director of Growth, Spellbook

Other social media case study tips

In addition to our guide above, here are some other tips and tricks to create an effective social media marketing case study: 

1. To get started, consider finding a social media case study template to work with. Hubspot has free downloadable case study templates you can customize for your brand. 

2. Consider getting approval for writing case studies upfront during your sales or agency onboarding process, or making it part of your social media management contract . - Kurt Dunphy , Director of Growth, Spellbook ‍

3. Leverage your content by repurposing quotes, results, and other elements on multiple channels.   

4. Be creative and design a case study in a nontraditional format — make a video, a case study infographic or a podcast case study series. 

5. Create a case study presentation that you can use when pitching new clients. There are some great Canva social media templates to help with your PowerPoint. 

Social media case study examples

To help you put everything into practice, here are some marketing case study examples you can use for inspiration. 

#paid and Precision Nutrition 

#paid uses case studies to showcase how brands like Precision Nutrition achieve results with creator content. They use a simple case study template that includes a descriptive headline, key metrics, client background info, client goals, campaign details, and results. 

Simple case study title page called "How Precisions Nutrition achieved a 4:1 ROAS with creator media."

Slintel and Leoforce

Slintel created a case study to showcase how Leoforce used its sales intelligence tool to get more leads and sales meetings. This example does a great job of showcasing Leoforce’s challenges before using Slintel and the results of using their tool. The case study layout also uses a lot of visuals, white space, and clear language, making it easy to understand.

A case study example that uses a lot of white space, visuals, and clear language.

Trello and Desk Plants 

Trello’s case study about how Desk Plants used its platform to get more organized and increase sales is an awesome example of storytelling. There’s certainly room for improvement with its layout — visuals and headings could help break up all the text! But Trello does a great job of humanizing the main character, which helps create a personal connection. 

A yellow case study title page that says, "Sprouting Small Business Success With 30% Increase in Sales."

How long should a marketing case study be? 

Most sources suggest that B2B marketing case studies should be between 500-1,500 words. Some can be summarized in a page, while others may be up to 5. However, don’t have 5 pages of just text — this should include plenty of images, work samples, white space, and reports, as well as a summary of the case study that’s 100 words or less at the beginning. 

Why do agencies and freelancers use social media case studies? 

First and foremost, marketing case studies are a proven sales technique. According to research collected by Ascend2 , case studies are one of the most trusted content by marketers. 

Blue bar chart showing the most trusted content by marketers with "Research/case studies" in the top position at 60%.

There are many other benefits of case studies: 

1. They build trust and credibility since they’re based on research and customer testimonials.

2. They showcase different customer perspectives , which helps potential clients relate to the story. 

3. When done right, they’re a low-pressure sales tool . Instead of typical sales calls or pitches, case studies are essentially long-form customer reviews. 

4. They show and tell what it’s like to work with you as an agency or freelancer, your work, and the potential results.   

“Case studies do a lot of lifting across the marketing funnel. Traditionally, they're looked at as a sales enablement tool to help close deals with prospective customers. But, they're also impactful assets that brands should leverage at the top of the funnel to drive brand exposure and engagement. Social proof goes a long way!” - Henry Brown , Head of Growth, Gadget

Build your case (study)

Social media marketing case studies are great for showcasing your work as an agency or freelancer. A major advantage of case studies is that they follow your client’s perspective and are based on results, building trust and credibility. Hopefully, our guide will help create a powerful case study to win clients and utilize your social media management expertise. 

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Social media is every marketer’s safe haven for branding and marketing.

And why not?

More than 50% of the population is active on social media, and more are signing up with every passing second.

In a recent poll by HubSpot, 79% of the respondents have made a purchase after seeing a paid advertisement on social media .

This isn’t just a happenstance.

It’s the constant efforts that these brands put behind their dynamic presence on social media, that counts.

But how do they captivate their customers’ attention for this long despite the budding competitors?

Well, that’s something that we’ll reveal in this blog.

We shall assess 3 different social media case studies by top brands who are best in their niches. Their game is simple yet effective.

How effective? Let’s take a look.

Social Media Case Study 1: Starbucks

Starbucks and social media are a match made in heaven. Being one of the sensational brands online, they are stirring the social media world with their strong presence.

They brew the right content to elevate the experiences of their coffee lovers. But how do they nail marketing with perfection every single time? Let’s find out.

Starbucks in Numbers

Starbucks mastered the advertising transition from offline fame to online undertaking. They use each social media with a varied goal to target pitch-perfect reach. Drawing in more customers than ever before, they strike the right balance in content across multiple platforms.

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Key Takeaways

Though not every company has a Starbucks budget to promote and spend lavishly on social media marketing, here are some quick takeaways that will undoubtedly help.

1. Chasing Trends

Be it any event, brands must take the advantage to showcase their viewpoints and opinions. Successful brands like Starbucks jump into the bandwagon and leave no stone unturned to make their voice count in the trending list.

Here’s one such social media campaign example from Starbucks.

Chasing

Starbucks is a firm believer in LGBTQ+ rights. When the pride wave surged, Starbucks came forward and reinstated its belief through the #ExtraShotOfPride campaign.

Starbucks joined hands with the Born This Way Foundation to raise $250K to support the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout the social media campaign, they shared quotes and stories of various Starbucks employees cherishing the pride spirit.

2. Less is More

Social media is not about quantity but quality. Starbucks follows the “less is more” principle to maintain the quality standards, even in the caption. Spamming followers’ feeds with constant posting is a big no-no. Starbucks shares 5-6 posts per week on Instagram and 3-4 weekly posts on Facebook .

Starbucks follows

Creative and crisp! That’s what defines a Starbucks caption. This post with 111+k likes is no exception. Nothing is better than a minimalist post with a strong caption.

3. User Generated Content is the King

Ditch the worry of creating content every day when you can make use of user generated content. Starbucks makes sure to retweet or post its loyal customers’ content. User generated content postings starkly improve brand credibility.

Generated Content

Look at this Facebook post made out of customers’ tweets. The new Oatmilk drink got the appreciation shower by some, and Starbucks couldn’t resist but share it with others. It saved them efforts on content brainstorming, plus they got free PR.

4. Building Rapport

Building rapport with the audience is an unsaid rule to brand fame. Social media has now taken the onus of dispensing quality service by aiding brands in prompting faster replies .

Building rapport

Starbucks is always on its toe to respond to customers actively solving concerns, expressing gratitude, or reposting. That kind of proactive service definitely deserves love and adoration.

5. Loads of campaigns

Starbucks is known for its innovative social media campaigns. Be it a new product launch or any festivity around the corner, Starbucks always turns up with a rewarding campaign.

Loads of campaign

In this social media campaign example, Starbucks introduced #RedCupContest with prizes worth $4500 during Christmas of 2016. A new entry came every 14 seconds.

The grand total of entries was a whopping 40,000 in just two days. Indeed Starbucks knows how to get the most out of the festive fever.

6. Content mix

Last but not least, the content mix of Starbucks is inspiring. They create tailored content for every platform.

Starbucks youtube channel

The official youtube channel of Starbucks comprises content in varied hues. From recipes to even series, Starbucks is the ultimate pioneer of experimenting.

Starbucks Instagram

Even on Instagram, they use all the features like Guides, Reels, and IGTV without affecting their eye-popping feed. Starbucks also follows the design consistency for its aesthetic content mix.

Starbucks has proved time and again to be a customer-centric brand with their unrelenting efforts.

Social Media Case Study 2: Ogilvy & Mather

Ogilvy & Mather needs no introduction. Founded by David Ogilvy, the ‘Father of Advertising’ in 1948, the agency continues the legacy of revolutionizing marketing long before the advent of social media.

The iconic agency helps several Fortune 500 companies and more make a massive impact on their audiences worldwide.

Ogilvy & Mather knows its game too well and never fails to astonish. Not just high-profile clients, Ogilvy nails its marketing with perfection every single time.

Keep on reading.

Ogilvy & Mather in Numbers

They use social media to target pitch-perfect reach. Drawing in more hype than ever before, they know how to strike the right balance and bring out emotions with their heart-warming campaigns.

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Not every company has David Ogilvy’s legacy or even affluent clients to boast of, but here are some quick takeaways that will undoubtedly help you become a pro marketer.

1. Integrating Values

Ogilvy stands apart from the crowd, creating trends. They leave no stone unturned to communicate values.

Ogilvy

Proud Whopper is one such social media campaign by Ogilvy that was an instant hit on the internet. People were offered whoppers in rainbow-colored wrappers, with a note that said, “Everyone’s the same on the inside.” This was to reinstate the importance of LGTQ+ rights.

The campaign got 1.1 billion impressions, $21 million of earned media, 450,000 blog mentions, 7 million views, and became the #1 trending topic on Facebook and Twitter.

Ogilvy made a remarkable #Tbt video to honor this momentous event showcasing their supremacy in creating impactful campaigns.

2. Quality over Quantity

Ogilvy believes in the “ Quality supremacy ” to maintain their high standards, even in post captions.

Arbitrary posting isn’t a part of their agenda. They share 5-7 posts on Instagram and Facebook weekly.

Quality over Quantity

Direct and very precise. That’s what defines an Ogilvy caption. This post is no exception. They have exhibited the success of their client work by describing the motive behind the campaign and sharing the ad they created for raising awareness.

3. Adding Credibility

Won awards? It’s time to boast! Because that’s the most authentic way of establishing trust among your clients. It bears proof of your excellence.

Adding Credibility

Look at this pinned Twitter post. Ogilvy won the Global Network of the Year by the very prestigious London International Awards. It also earned Regional Network of the year for Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

What better than this to give its audience an idea about Ogilvy’s roaring success and undoubted potential?

4. Being Innovative

Building rapport with the audience is an unsaid rule to brand fame. And that’s why you need to tell stories. Social media has become an indispensable medium to spread your stories far and wide.

Being Innovative

Ogilvy shares its historical tale of existence and how it has adapted to the challenges of the changing world. The team extensively talks about their adaptation to the latest trends to stay on top always.

5. Brainstorming Uniqueness

Being unique is what propels you on social media. People are always looking for brands that do something different from the herd. So your task each day is undeniably brainstorming unique content.

Brainstorming Uniqueness

KFC wanted more of its customers to use its app. Well, Ogilvy and KFC decided to hide a secret menu in the app, which was a mass invitation for the download without being salesy at all. Results? Downloads up by 111% at launch!

6. Inspire Your Peeps

Inspiration is everywhere. But how do you channelize and mold it as per your brand guidelines? The renowned brands move their audience, filling them with a sense of realization. Who doesn’t seek validation? We all need quotes and inspiration to live by.

Inspire Your Peeps

Ogilvy has dedicated its entire Pinterest profile to inspiration. The profile has numerous insightful infographics that encourage you to pursue marketing when your spirits run low. And that’s how it brings out the very essence of being the marketing leader: by inspiring its followers.

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Social Media Case Study 3: PewDiePie

YouTube king with 111 Million subscribers on PewDiePie Channel, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, has defied all norms. One of the most prolific content creators of the decade, Felix was on the list of World’s 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine in 2016.

Needless to say, he is still relevant to this day and has a massive following on social media. Not just for branding, the Swedish YouTuber leveraged social media to give himself a new identity and opened doors to fame and a successful career.

What was the cause of this extraordinary trajectory?

Let’s find out.

PewDiePie in Numbers

PewDiePie likes to keep his social media raw and unfiltered. That’s why subscribers love to have a glimpse of his everyday life and follow him on other social media platforms as well. Here’s a quick snapshot of that.

PewDiePie

Felix took the early bird advantage and started creating content when it wasn’t even popular practice. We can’t go back in time, but we can definitely learn a lot from his social media success.

1. Start Now

If you are still skeptical about making the first move, then don’t. Stop waiting and experiment. It’s better late than never.

Social media is in favor of those who start early because then you create surplus content to hold your audience . You quench their thirst for more quality content.

PewDiePie started creating videos

PewDiePie started creating videos in 2011 and live-streamed his gaming sessions with commentaries. It was something new and completely original. Ever since, he has continued to make thousands of videos that entertain his audience.

2. Gather Your Tribe

Being a content creator, PewDiePie knows his act of engaging his audience very well. He strives to build lasting connections and encourages two-way communication. As a result, his followers like to jump onto his exciting challenges.

gaming community

Felix treasures his gaming community. He frequently asks his followers to take screenshots and turn them into funny memes . He gives them tasks to keep them engaged and amused .

3. Collaboration and Fundraising

Once you reach the stage and gain popularity, people want to see more of you with their favorite personalities. That’s what Felix does.

He collaborates with multiple YouTubers and brands and puts out exclusive content for his followers. He also goes for multiple fundraising campaigns to support vital causes and social wellbeing.

social media campaign

Here’s one such social media campaign example. PewDiePie supported the CRY foundation and raised $239000 in just one day to bring a positive impact for children in India. He thanked all for their contribution and taking active participation towards a noble cause.

4. Keep it Real

Felix likes to keep his content fluff-free. You get to witness raw emotions from an unfiltered life. This instantly appeals to the audience and makes the posts more relatable .

Apart from that, he also uses storytelling techniques to narrate his experiences, adding a very personalized touch to each of the videos.

PewDiePie

Here’s a video of Felix where he and Ken from CinnamonToastKen discuss what can be possibly done with a million dollars around the world. The topic is quite intriguing.

More than 3.8M people have watched it and 216K of them liked it as well, proving that you need not always sweat to create complex content. Even the simplest ones can make the cut.

How to Write a Social Media Marketing Case Study

Many small businesses struggle when it comes to social media marketing. But guess what? Small businesses can slay the competition with a powerful tool: the social media case study.

These social media case studies are success stories that prove your hustle is paying off. Here’s how to weave a case study that showcases your small business wins:

Building Your Brag Book

  • Pick Your Perfect Project:  Did a specific social media campaign drive a surge in sales? Highlight a product launch that went viral. Choose a project with impressive results you can showcase.
  • DIY Interview:  Don’t have a fancy marketing team? No worries! Record yourself talking about your challenges, goals, and the strategies that made a difference.
  • Data Dive:  Track down social media analytics! Look for growth in followers, website traffic driven by social media, or engagement metrics that show your efforts are working.

Now that you have all the ingredients, it’s time to cook a brilliant case study

Crafting Your Case Study

  • Headline Hunt:  Grab attention with a clear and concise headline. Mention your business name and a key achievement (e.g., “From 100 to 10,000 Followers: How We Grew Our Bakery’s Social Buzz”).
  • Subheading Scoop:  Briefly summarize your success story in a subheading, piquing the reader’s interest and highlighting key takeaways.
  • The Business Struggle:  Be honest about the challenges you faced before tackling social media. This will build trust and allow other small businesses to connect.
  • DIY Social Strategies:  Share the social media tactics you used, such as engaging content formats, community-building strategies, or influencer collaborations.
  • Numbers Don’t Lie:  Integrate data and visuals to support your story. Include charts showcasing follower growth or screenshots of top-performing posts.
  • Simple & Straightforward:  Use clear, concise language that’s easy to understand. Bullet points and short paragraphs make your case study digestible and showcase your professionalism.

Remember: Your social media case study is a chance to celebrate your achievements and build businesses. So, tell your story with pride, showcase your data-driven results, and watch your brand recognition soar

Social media campaigns are winning hearts on every platform. However, their success rates largely depend on your year-round presence. That’s why being consistent really does the trick.

We’re sure you must have learned a few things from the above-mentioned social media case studies .

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This long-form content style is also becoming more common as more marketers discover its value. According to Hubspot’s 2021 State of Marketing report , more than 30% of marketers use case studies as a primary marketing media—up from 13% in 2020.

If you’re new to the world of case studies, we’ll be diving into what case studies are, why they’re important, and how to create your own. We’ll also highlight some compelling case study examples that you can learn from.

What is a case study?

A good case study highlights customer stories showing the following:

  • The problems the business faced before using a product or service
  • How the product or service proposed to solve the problems
  • The before and after of using a product or service
  • The measurable positive impact of the product or service on metrics such as click-through rate, website traffic, or sales

While case studies are most often product or service-focused, sometimes businesses use them to share their brand or founder story.

These types of case studies typically focus on organizational progress, such as how they grew their revenue or website traffic. One example is this Outfunnel case study on how the team saved over 80% of its time with user onboarding.

Why are case studies important?

They may not suit every business. But case studies are beneficial, for example, for helping SaaS brands reach future customers.

If they make sense for your industry, case studies should be an important part of your content marketing strategy for many reasons.

Three reasons you should incorporate them as soon as possible are:

  • To provide value to your audience: At its core, the best marketing doesn’t just drive sales; it serves its audience. Case studies are a brilliant way to teach your audience tips they can incorporate into their businesses. It can also serve as research for industry experts to quote.
  • To show off your expertise: A great case study is a perfect blend of data and storytelling. It showcases your expertise to your target audience, most likely dealing with similar issues. By telling a good story in your case studies, you’re essentially saying, “Look how we made everything better for X client—we can do that for you, too.”
  • As social proof: Because case studies are available to the public, they’re undeniable social proof—better than hard-to-believe testimonials with client initials. This makes them extra valuable as MOFU and BOFU content ; they can drive sales at the click of a button.

Good to Know: Not sure how to use case studies? They work well as lead magnets, landing pages, repurposed blog posts, and, if you have the capacity, even video content!

12 real-life case study examples to bookmark

Reading about the mechanics of case studies is more straightforward than writing case studies from scratch.

That’s why we’ve gathered 12 real-life marketing case study examples you can review before you embark on creating yours.

1. GatherContent | University of Edinburgh

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What works: In this great case study, GatherContent includes quotes from the client (the University of Edinburgh) about how their software has improved their content workflow. This adds a human element and will help readers with the same issues identify with the client.

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2. Omniscient Digital | AppSumo

Omniscient Digital case study example

What works: Omniscient Digital includes client feedback in video format and shares the results they achieved in a digestible bullet point format.

3. Bit.ly | Vissla

Bit.ly case study example

What works: Besides hosting this case study on their website, Bit.ly provides a PDF link that can both be viewed online or downloaded. Plus, the PDF is visually appealing and easy to read.

4. Asana | Autodesk

Asana case study example

What works: Asana leads with their impact and includes basic information about their client to the right of the page so the reader immediately gets bite-sized background information.

5. Shopify | Bombas

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What works: Shopify includes a video in their case study, as well as multiple eye-catching images of Bombas products. This ensures that the case study serves both companies, possibly generating customer interest in Bombas socks.

6. Outfunnel | Alight Analytics

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What works: Outfunnel has repurposed its case study into a blog post, which increases its visibility. The study is also full of client quotes, which adds valuable social proof.

7. Sapling | Zapier

Sapling case study example

What works: Sapling also shares quick preliminary information about Zapier on the left panel and includes several screenshots to show the impact of their product on the company’s processes.

8. BigCommerce | Skullcandy

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What works: The quick metrics in bold hit readers quickly and highlight BigCommerce expertise to potential customers even before they read the entire case study.

9. Google Ads | L’Oreal

Google ads case study for L'Oreal

What works: Video format. Few things beat hearing the client praise the service and explain the process and results of the campaign in their own words.

10. ActiveCampaign | Your Therapy Source

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What works: ActiveCampaign efficiently showcases the problems and solutions before delving into how they helped the client achieve desired results.

11. Intuit | Xenex Healthcare

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What works: The main benefit is highlighted on the first page of the PDF and the rest of the study delves into the process and the nitty-gritty of the product’s impact.

12. Grayscale | Upwork

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What works: This page features minimal text. It focuses on quotes from decision-makers at Upwork and ends with a call-to-action that will likely drive conversions.

How to write your own case study

How can you write engaging, effective case studies like the examples above? Here are six steps.

1. Identify a worthy case

Think of projects—either for yourself or for clients—that got outstanding results. Then, whittle it down to the cases that your target audience is most likely to relate to , perhaps because they experience the same problem or have the same goal as in the case.

2. Reflect on your chosen case

Once you’ve decided on the case you’ll start with, do some deeper reflection on the details. What was the project goal? What challenges did you encounter along the way? How did you overcome them to reach your goal?

3. Think about differentiation

Take the last step even further and think of anything you did differently than others might. Did you an experimental tactic or strategy or create a custom solution? If so, use those details to subtly show potential customers why they should be interested in what you have to offer.

4. Gather quotes

Next, get hard-hitting quotes from project stakeholders or clients. Having their thoughts on goals, project obstacles, the solutions provided, and the outcomes will make your description of the case more credible.

5. Draft your case study

Time to turn the details you’ve compiled into a case study draft. How? We’ll talk about the best format for case studies shortly.

6. Add visuals

Next, create visuals that will reinforce the main points of your case study. These could include:

  • Charts or screenshots to show the change in metrics before and after the project
  • An infographic to give a brief visual overview of the case
  • Pictures of deliverables (e.g. a web design agency might show a picture of the new site it designed for a client)
  • Product images such as screenshots from within your software that was used on the project

After any designated reviewers and approvers give their stamp of approval on the case study, it’s ready to be published and promoted!

What’s the best case study format?

We’ve seen A+ examples of case studies and gotten some more context on how to create them for your brand or organization. Now, it's time to get to work. As you do, remember to include the following vital sections in your case study format:

  • Client name and profile
  • The problem
  • Your solution (and screenshots!)
  • Before and after ( real results with data)
  • Appealing visuals, photos, illustrations, infographics, charts, and graphs
  • A memorable CTA

Ready to get started? Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone.

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GatherContent is a content hub that helps you keep all your content creation in one place , whether you’re writing blog posts, email newsletters, social media posts, or case studies. With content modeling features like Components , you can effortlessly maintain brand identity throughout all your case studies.

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A Comprehensive Dive Into Social Media Marketing Case Studies

A Comprehensive Dive Into Social Media Marketing Case Studies

Nowadays, social media goes far beyond chatting with friends on Facebook. Where we’re all connected online, it’s more than just a way to keep in touch with friends. Business owners all over the world are finding it to be an extremely useful tool.

Think about how social media has changed over the years. In the beginning, it was all about talking to your buddies online.

But as time passed, it became a big deal for companies too. Now, it’s a key part of integrated marketing campaigns for all sorts of businesses, no matter how big or small. It helps them connect with the people who might want to buy their stuff.

Social media marketing has grown into something really important for people who want to sell stuff. It’s a cool way to talk to potential customers and get them interested in what you’re selling.

To prove how powerful social media can be, we’ve put together some awesome social media case studies about how it has changed everything.

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The significance of social media case studies.

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Before we delve into the specifics of these social media case studies, it is imperative to underscore the vital role they play in the realm of digital marketing.

A Social media marketing case study serves as tangible, real-world evidence of successful strategies, offering invaluable insights and actionable takeaways applicable to businesses of all sizes.

Case studies are like beacons in the digital marketing world as they provide a clear path forward by showcasing what has worked for others.

These real-life success stories serve as a source of inspiration and guidance, offering a roadmap for businesses looking to harness the power of social media.

The Influence of Social Proof

As inherently social beings, we often find ourselves seeking assurance from the experiences and achievements of others when making decisions.

In the same way, social media case studies provide a compelling form of social proof, instilling confidence in potential clients by demonstrating the viability of specific strategies.

When consumers see concrete evidence of how a particular social media strategy led to success for a business, it not only validates the effectiveness of that strategy but also builds trust.

This trust is a critical element in the decision-making process for consumers, making them more likely to engage with and ultimately support a brand.

Decoding the Science Behind Successful Social Media Marketing

Airbnb’s spectacular ascent.

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In the annals of business history, Airbnb’s meteoric rise from a struggling startup in 2008 to a global hospitality juggernaut is nothing short of remarkable.

This particular case study on social media serves as a quintessential illustration of how Airbnb harnessed the power of user-generated content and tapped into the emotional resonance of travel to create a viral sensation.

Airbnb’s journey is not just a success story; it’s a masterclass in the art of storytelling through social media.

By encouraging users to share their travel experiences through captivating photos and videos, Airbnb not only engaged its audience but also created a sense of community. This sense of community is a potent driver of brand loyalty and advocacy.

The lesson from these social media case studies is clear: storytelling is at the heart of effective social media marketing. It’s not just about promoting products or services; it’s about crafting narratives that resonate with your audience on a personal level.

Navigating Challenges through the Lens of Social Media Marketing

Mcdonald’s “our food, your questions” campaign.

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Even titans like McDonald’s, one of the world’s most iconic brands, encounter public skepticism. Facing questions about the quality of their food, McDonald’s responded with the “Our Food, Your Questions” campaign.

This insight, among other social media case studies, delves into how the fast-food giant used transparency and active social media engagement to rebuild trust with consumers.

McDonald’s recognized that addressing consumer concerns head-on was not just a PR move but a strategic decision. By openly addressing questions and concerns about their food, they demonstrated transparency and a commitment to quality.

This level of transparency resonated with consumers, fostering a renewed sense of trust.

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Let’s know how Socinator can help marketers to create a powerful impact on multiple social media platforms in just a few clicks!

Socinator: Your Social Media Partner

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While we’re on the topic of effective social media strategies, it’s essential to mention Socinator—a powerful tool that can enhance your social media marketing efforts.

Socinator is your partner in optimizing and automating social media campaigns across various platforms.

Here is what Socinator offers to its users:

  • You can schedule posts to be published automatically on a specific date, so you don’t have to post them yourself, especially when you’re busy.
  • Socinator offers automation capabilities for a variety of tasks, including commenting, liking, following, unfollowing, following back, and reposting.
  • Additionally, the tool assists you in discovering and extracting hashtags, identifying target audiences, and with the posting of profile pictures.
  • With Socinator, you can efficiently handle numerous accounts, remove posts, block followers, send out broadcast messages, and engage in live chats.

Now, let’s continue exploring more insightful social media case studies that showcase the potential of social media marketing.

Small Enterprises, Monumental Successes

Blendjet’s ingenious instagram-first strategy.

BlendJet, a portable blender company, captured the imagination of Instagram users worldwide with their creative and engaging content.

This social media case study highlights the potential for even modest-sized enterprises to flourish in the digital arena when armed with a well-crafted social media strategy.

BlendJet’s success story underscores the importance of understanding your audience and choosing the right platform for your brand. Instagram, with its visually appealing format, was the perfect canvas for BlendJet’s marketing efforts.

This strategy helped them reach a global audience and fostered a vibrant and engaged community of users.

The Metrics of Social Media Triumph

Hubspot’s data-driven odyssey.

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HubSpot, a recognized leader in inbound marketing, embarked on their social media journey with data and analytics as their guiding stars.

This particular case study on social media elucidates how HubSpot meticulously employed metrics such as engagement rates, conversion rates, and customer lifetime value to fine-tune and optimize their social media campaigns.

HubSpot’s approach is a testament to the power of data-driven decision-making in social media marketing. In a world flooded with data, it’s crucial for you to know which metrics matter most to your business.

Tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) and analyzing the data can provide invaluable insights into what’s working and what needs improvement.

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Unveiling Trends and Innovations in Social Media Marketing

Tiktok’s explosive evolution.

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TikTok, the trailblazing short-form video platform, took the world by storm with its innovative approach to content creation. In this social media case study, we embark on a journey to understand the meteoric rise of  TikTok and contemplate its profound implications for the future of social media marketing.

TikTok’s success is a testament to the power of embracing emerging trends. In an ever-evolving digital landscape, staying ahead of the curve is essential.

TikTok’s emphasis on short, engaging videos tapped into the changing preferences of a younger audience. Businesses that adapt to new platforms and formats can gain a competitive edge in the market.

Extracting Insights from Social Media Case Studies

Key takeaways to supercharge your social media strategy.

After immersing ourselves in the captivating narratives of these social media case studies, it is essential to distill the key insights that can invigorate and enhance your own social media marketing efforts.

From the art of storytelling to the science of data-driven decisions, these case studies offer an abundance of actionable wisdom.

As we wrap up our exploration of these social media case studies, let’s summarize the key takeaways that can elevate your social media strategy:

  • Storytelling Matters: Craft compelling narratives that resonate with your audience.
  • Transparency Builds Trust: To foster trust, it is important to address any concerns in an open and transparent manner.
  • Platform Fit: Choose the right social media platform for your brand and audience.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Use metrics and analytics to refine your strategies continuously.
  •  Embrace Trends: Stay adaptable and explore emerging trends to remain relevant.

Having a strong online presence is crucial for business success in digital world. Social media case studies are like success stories and guides that can inspire and help you navigate the ever-changing world of social media.

As you embark on your own social media journey, remember that these case studies aren’t just tales of success; they’re like maps showing you the strategies to succeed in the exciting and always-changing world of social media marketing.

Social media is a big, ever-changing place. To do well here, it’s not about luck; it’s about making smart choices, being creative, and staying flexible as trends shift. So, get ready for your social media adventure.

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79% of marketers believe that social media is an effective marketing channel. (Source. Sprout Social)

Video content on social media generates 12 times more shares than text and images combined. (Source. SmallBizGenius)

71% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals. (Source. HubSpot)

Effective social media campaigns hinge on visual content, compelling narratives, and audience targeting.

Influencer marketing and data-driven decisions can significantly impact campaign success.

The rise of social media has transformed digital marketing. Today, social media campaigns are essential for brand success. They can reach a global audience, boost engagement, and deliver results. The key is to run effective campaigns. This article acts as a guide, using real case studies to explain how.

We will now explore the strategies behind successful campaigns. Topics include visuals, storytelling, targeting, ads, influencers, data use, cross-platform planning, and crisis management. We’ll also cover how to measure success with KPIs. Each section includes case studies to provide practical insights for marketers and businesses.

Introduction to Social Media Campaigns

Introduction to Social Media Campaigns

Social media is crucial in digital marketing. It helps businesses reach their audiences. A “social media campaign” is a structured marketing effort across various platforms. This article will explain the importance and relevance of these campaigns.

  • The Role of Social Media in Modern Marketing

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn are now key to business marketing. They help engage a worldwide audience, boost brand visibility, and enhance loyalty. Being on these platforms unlocks social media marketing’s vast potential.

  • Importance of Effective Campaigns for Brand Success

The success of a brand often hinges on its ability to effectively utilize social media. The digital era brought a big change in how consumers act. They now turn more to social platforms for product info, reviews, and recommendations. Therefore, brands that can craft and execute compelling social media campaigns have a competitive edge in the market. In this article, we delve into case studies to highlight the tangible impact of well-executed campaigns on brand success.

  • Overview of the Article’s Focus on Case Studies

This article shows how to run successful social media campaigns. It uses real cases as examples. These examples reveal how companies meet marketing goals using social media. By studying successful campaigns, readers learn about key strategies and results.

  • The Value of Real-World Examples in Learning

Case studies uniquely blend theory with practice, making them a great learning tool. They show how to apply marketing concepts in real situations and offer lessons for personal marketing efforts. By studying these cases, readers learn patterns, best practices, and social media campaign pitfalls to avoid.

The Power of Visual Content

The Power of Visual Content

Visual content is vital in today’s digital world, especially for social media campaigns. It grabs attention, quickly conveys messages, and leaves a lasting impact. In this section, we’ll look into visual content’s many facets. We’ll also see how it enhances social media campaigns.

  • Utilizing Eye-Catching Images and Graphics

Visual content begins with captivating images and graphics. These include striking photos, intriguing illustrations, or attention-grabbing infographics. They quickly engage the audience. Marketers must pick visuals that match their brand and goals. We will also highlight how the right visuals can shape a campaign’s tone and leave a lasting impression.

  • The Impact of Video Content

Videos now rule social media. They come in various lengths, from short clips to longer videos. Notably, they engage audiences well. This article explores their use in social media campaigns. It will discuss the benefits of video marketing. For example, it can share complex ideas, evoke emotions, and boost audience interaction. Additionally, it will showcase successful campaigns through case studies.

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  • Infographics as a Storytelling Tool

Infographics are great for social media stories. They quickly present information in an attractive way. Here, we will see how they can effectively share data, statistics, and stories. Also, we’ll look at the key design principles. We’ll then share examples of successful campaigns. These campaigns used infographics to educate and engage their audiences.

  • User-Generated Content and Its Authenticity

User-generated content (UGC) has become popular for building trust and authenticity. It’s content by customers or brand fans, sharing real experiences and testimonials. We’ll explore its impact on social media campaigns. It boosts authenticity and credibility. Case studies will show how brands have used UGC to strengthen relationships with their audiences.

  • Case Studies Showcasing Successful Visual Campaigns

We will show successful social media campaigns using visuals. These include images, videos, infographics, and user content. They’re compelling and effective. We’ll explain how businesses and organizations used these elements. By looking at these stories, readers will learn the strategies and tactics for engaging audiences.

Crafting Engaging Content

Crafting Engaging Content

In the realm of social media campaigns, crafting engaging content is undeniably a cornerstone of success. Your content is the bridge that links your brand with your audience. It’s crucial to ensure that this link is not just made but also made strong. Here, we delve into the intricacies of creating content that captivates and resonates with your target audience.

  • Strategies for Creating Compelling Content
  • Know your audience. Engaging content starts with understanding them well. Take the time to research their preferences, interests, and pain points. Tailoring your content to address their specific needs is key to engagement.
  • Storytelling Techniques: Storytelling is a powerful tool in the world of content creation. Learn how to weave narratives that not only convey your brand’s message but also evoke emotions and create a memorable impact.
  • Building Brand Personality Through Content
  • Consistency in Branding: Effective content aligns with your brand’s identity. Explore how to keep messages, tone, and visuals consistent. Do this across all your social media platforms. This will strengthen your brand’s personality.
  • Showcasing Brand Values: Engaging content often reflects your brand’s values and mission. Discover ways to infuse your content with your brand’s ethos. This will create a stronger bond with your audience.
  •  Interactive Content and Engagement Tactics
  • Interactive content, like polls and live sessions, boosts engagement. We’ll show you how to use these in social media to increase participation. Also, response speed, contests, and user-generated content are key tactics for active engagement.
  • Case Studies Exemplifying Effective Content Strategies

We’ll use successful social media campaigns to show how to create engaging content. These case studies will highlight strategies that boost engagement and results.

Creating engaging content is a continuous effort. It needs creativity, audience understanding, and adaptability. By applying the strategies in this section, you can make content that grabs and retains your audience’s attention. This approach boosts your campaigns’ success.

Targeting the Right Audience

In social media campaigns, success depends on knowing and targeting the right audience. Identifying your audience is like building a foundation. It sets the stage for your efforts. Here, we explore key aspects of audience targeting. Our goal is to help your social media campaigns succeed.

  • Importance of Understanding Your Audience

Before starting a social media campaign, it’s crucial to know your audience well. This step involves deep market research to learn about their age, gender, location, and interests. Understanding your audience helps you create tailored content and messages. The following case studies show how brands effectively researched their audience, leading to successful campaigns.

  • Segmenting Your Audience for Personalized Messaging

Once you’ve identified your broader audience, the next step is segmenting it into smaller, more specific groups. This segmentation allows you to craft personalized messages that cater to the unique needs and preferences of each group. We’ll explore various segmentation strategies, including psychographic, behavioral, and geographic segmentation. Real-world examples will show how brands divided their audience. They then delivered tailored content for maximum impact.

  • Data-Driven Targeting Strategies

In today’s data-driven landscape, harnessing the power of analytics is paramount. We’ll discuss how data can inform your targeting strategies, enabling you to make informed decisions. By studying user behavior, engagement, and conversion, you can refine your targeting. This will help you reach the right people at the right time. Case studies will highlight instances where data-driven targeting resulted in remarkable campaign success.

  • Case Studies Demonstrating Successful Audience Targeting

This section will showcase case studies on audience targeting. It will feature real examples from top brands. You’ll see how they found, divided, and used audience data for successful social media campaigns. These stories will offer tips for your campaigns. You’ll learn to attract and engage potential customers effectively.

Leveraging Social Media Advertising

Leveraging Social Media Advertising

Social media advertising has become an integral component of modern digital marketing strategies . Businesses need to understand paid promotion, ad formats, budgeting, and measuring ROI. This is key to using social media ads well. In this section, we will delve into key aspects of leveraging social media advertising for successful campaigns.

  • Paid vs Organic Reach on Social Media

One of the fundamental decisions in social media advertising is whether to rely on organic reach or invest in paid promotion. Organic reach is the audience your content naturally reaches without paid promotion. Paid reach involves allocating a budget to boost content visibility. It’s crucial to strike the right balance between these two approaches. Organic reach is limited, and algorithms frequently change, making it challenging to reach a wider audience. Paid reach, on the other hand, offers more control over targeting and exposure but requires a financial investment. Businesses must assess their goals, target audience, and available resources. They do this to find the best mix of paid and organic strategies.

  • Ad Formats and Placements

Social media platforms offer a diverse range of ad formats and placements to cater to different campaign objectives. Understanding these options is essential for crafting effective advertising strategies. For instance, Facebook provides options such as image ads, video ads, carousel ads, and more. Instagram offers sponsored posts and stories. LinkedIn specializes in B2B advertising, while Twitter has promoted tweets. Every platform has its own strengths and audience. Thus, it’s crucial to choose the right ad format and placement. These choices should match campaign goals. Also, creating engaging ad content for the chosen format is key. It boosts the campaign’s effectiveness.

  • Budgeting and ROI Tracking

Allocating a budget for social media advertising is a strategic decision that impacts campaign reach and outcomes. It involves setting aside funds for ad spend, creative production, and campaign management. Establishing a clear budgeting strategy ensures that resources are utilized efficiently. Additionally, tracking ROI is essential to measure the effectiveness of advertising efforts. Tools like Google Analytics and social media platform insights provide data on ad performance, including click-through rates, conversion rates, and cost per acquisition. Regularly monitoring these metrics allows businesses to make data-driven adjustments and optimize their advertising spend.

  • Case Studies Showcasing Successful Social Media Advertising Campaigns

To illustrate the concepts discussed in this section, we will delve into real-world case studies that exemplify successful social media advertising campaigns. These case studies will provide concrete examples of businesses that effectively leveraged paid promotion, selected the right ad formats, allocated budgets strategically, and achieved measurable ROI. By examining these success stories, readers can gain insights and inspiration for their own social media advertising endeavors.

Harnessing the Power of Influencers

Harnessing the Power of Influencers

In social media campaigns, influencers play a crucial role. They boost brand engagement and reach. This section dives into influencer marketing. It provides tips on how brands can best work with influencers.

  • Identifying the Right Influencers for Your Brand

To start a successful influencer marketing journey, you must find influencers who match your brand’s values. They must also match your target audience and goals. This involves meticulous research to pinpoint individuals whose content resonates with your niche. The right influencer will not only bring authenticity to your campaigns but also enhance credibility.

  • Collaboration and Partnership Strategies

Once you’ve found potential influencers, the next step is to start collaborations and partnerships. Successful influencer marketing hinges on building authentic relationships with influencers. Brands must craft compelling proposals, outlining the mutual benefits of the partnership. Effective communication, transparency, and negotiation skills are essential in establishing a fruitful collaboration.

  • Measuring the Impact of Influencer Campaigns

The effectiveness of influencer campaigns goes beyond mere follower counts. In this section, we delve into the metrics and tools required to measure the true impact of influencer marketing. Brands must monitor engagement, clicks, conversions, and sentiment. This helps measure campaign success. Equally important is calculating ROI. They should also align influencer activities with business goals.

  • Navigating Potential Pitfalls

Influencer marketing is not without its challenges. Brands should prepare for influencer controversies, authenticity concerns, and algorithm changes. This section offers strategies to reduce risks and keep influencer partnerships strong.

  • Case Studies of Effective Influencer Marketing

We will show you how influencer marketing works. First, we’ll present successful brand stories with influencers. Then, we’ll explain how these influencers boost brand messages, increase engagement, and aid in campaign success. Finally, each example offers lessons for your influencer marketing strategy.

Data-Driven Decision Making

Data-Driven Decision Making

In today’s digital age, data plays a pivotal role in the success of social media campaigns. Marketers and businesses can’t rely only on intuition and creativity. They must use data to make informed decisions that drive results. This section explores the significance of data-driven decision making in social media campaigns and its s.

  • Importance of Data in Campaign Decisions

Data serves as the foundation upon which effective social media campaigns are built. It provides valuable insights into audience behavior, content performance, and campaign reach. Marketers can use data to find trends, preferences, and opportunities. This lets them tailor their strategies for maximum impact.

Analyzing data shows businesses the best social media platforms. It also shows them the best content and posting times for their target audience. This data helps in making marketing decisions. It ensures resources go where they are most effective.

  • Key Metrics to Monitor for Success

To make data-driven decisions, it’s crucial to identify and monitor key performance metrics. Metrics vary by campaign goals. Common ones include engagement rate, click-through rate, and conversion rate. Also, return on investment (ROI). Each metric provides unique insights into campaign performance.

A high engagement rate shows your content is popular. However, a low conversion rate means you need to optimize. By tracking these, marketers can quickly judge campaign success. They can then tweak efforts to boost results.

  • Tools for Social Media Analytics

The availability of advanced analytics tools has made data analysis more accessible to businesses of all sizes. The platforms offer insights and analytics dashboards. They let marketers track metrics within the platform. Additionally, third-party analytics tools provide more in-depth analysis and reporting capabilities.

Tools like Google Analytics, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social help marketers gauge social media success. They offer audience segmentation, content performance tracking, and competitor analysis. This data helps businesses tweak their strategies.

  • Case Studies: Highlighting Data-Driven Success

This section shows how data-driven decisions boosted social media campaigns. It features real examples. Businesses used data to improve targeting, content, and strategies. This led to better campaign results.

By studying these case studies, readers will learn how to apply data-driven decision making. Also, they will get inspired by success stories. These stories show how businesses can enhance their social media campaigns with data-driven methods.

Cross-Platform Integration

  • Coordinating Campaigns Across Multiple Platforms

Businesses must be on social media to reach diverse audiences. They should run campaigns on multiple platforms. This ensures a consistent brand message and boosts social media impact. Strategies are key. They help tailor content and messages for each platform, such as Facebook or Twitter. Good coordination guarantees a strong, unified brand experience for all users.

  • Consistency in Messaging and Branding

Consistency is key for cross-platform integration. It means keeping your brand’s message, tone, and look the same across all social media. This builds your brand’s identity and makes it more trusted and recognized. To achieve this, create guidelines for your brand. These should detail using the same colors, logos, fonts, and voice.

  • Maximizing Reach Through Integration

Cross-platform integration boosts your reach. Each platform has unique users and strengths. For instance, Instagram is great for visuals, Twitter for updates, and LinkedIn for networking. By integrating them, you reach a wider audience. You maintain a consistent brand.

  • Case Studies of Successful Cross-Platform Campaigns

To show how cross-platform integration works, let’s consider some examples. First, a clothing brand might use Instagram and Pinterest for ideas. They would use Facebook to chat with customers and Twitter for fast promos. This strategy lets the brand display products, connect with customers, and boost sales. Likewise, a tech company could use LinkedIn for business outreach, Twitter for support, and YouTube for tutorials. These examples show how businesses can blend social media well. They do this to meet goals and engage their audience.

Cross-platform integration isn’t just being on many social media platforms. It’s about creating a strong brand presence on all. This involves coordinating campaigns, staying consistent, and using each platform’s strengths. By doing so, businesses can reach more people and make social media more engaging for their audience. Case studies show the benefits. They highlight how this method can help businesses of any size or industry.

Crisis Management on Social Media

  • Preparing for Potential Social Media Crises

In social media, crises can pop up without warning. So, brands must be ready. This means creating a crisis management plan. It should outline scenarios, roles, and communication strategies. First, they need to know what crises might hit. For example, these could be bad customer reviews, product recalls, or social media scandals. Next, brands can detail how to respond. Then, they choose team members and a leader. They also set up monitoring tools to catch problems quickly. This way, they can react fast.

  • Handling Negative Feedback and PR Disasters

Negative social media feedback can turn into a crisis fast if not managed well. Brands need clear rules for handling negative comments or reviews. They must respond quickly and with empathy. It’s crucial to admit mistakes and offer solutions. Transparency is vital for maintaining trust during crises. For PR disasters, like product recalls or scandals, brands need a crisis communication plan. This plan should cover messaging, media responses, and a spokesperson. Effective crisis communication means providing accurate information, taking responsibility, and outlining solutions.

  • Case Studies Illustrating Effective Crisis Management

To understand crisis management on social media, we should study real cases. Johnson & Johnson’s response to the 1980s Tylenol crisis is a great example. After tampered Tylenol capsules caused deaths, the company quickly recalled all products. It then openly communicated with the public. This strategy restored trust and protected the brand. Another case is Starbucks’ reaction to racial bias in a store. It apologized publicly, shut down for anti-bias training, and kept engaging with stakeholders. Both cases show the importance of being proactive in crisis management.

In today’s fast digital world, creating and running effective campaigns is crucial. This article delves into social media marketing , using real cases as examples. It covers visual content and storytelling. It also includes audience targeting, ads, influencers, analytics, and cross-platform tactics. It also includes crisis management. All are key to a successful campaign.

Social media marketing is always changing and needs flexibility. Strategies that work now might need changes later. But, with the knowledge, insights, and examples in this article, you can better manage it. Your campaigns can do more than just include posts and hashtags. They can build your brand, engage users, and meet goals. Success requires creativity, using data, and learning from others’ wins. Now, it’s time to start your journey to social media success.

  • Q. What’s the importance of visual content in social media campaigns?

Visual content grabs attention and boosts engagement, making it a key element in successful campaigns.

  • Q. How can I measure the success of my social media campaigns?

Define KPIs, set benchmarks, use analytics tools, and analyze data to gauge performance.

  • Q. Why are real-world case studies valuable for marketers?

Case studies provide practical insights and examples of effective campaign strategies.

  • Q. What role does influencer marketing play in social media campaigns?

Influencers can amplify brand messages and connect with niche audiences authentically.

  • Q. How do I handle a social media crisis effectively?

Preparedness, transparency, and swift response are vital in managing social media crises.

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How would you like to read the best social media marketing case studies ever published?

More importantly, how would you like to copy the best practices in social media marketing that are based on real-world examples and not just theory?

Below, you’ll find a list of the top 20 social media case study examples along with the results and key findings. By studying these social media marketing studies and applying the lessons learned on your own accounts, you can hopefully achieve similar results.

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Social Media Case Study Examples

793,500+ impressions for semrush on twitter  – walker sands social media case study.

The case study shows how Walker Sands implemented a premium Twitter microcontent program for Semrush, a global leader in digital marketing software. Semrush needed a strategic social media marketing partner to help distinguish its brand from competitors, drive a higher engagement rate among its target audience, and build brand loyalty. In this case study, you’ll find out how the social strategy focused on three things: using humor, embedding the brand in trending conversations, and focusing on the audience’s interests over marketing messages. The result was an increase of more than 793,500 impressions, 34,800 engagements, and a 4.4% average engagement rate.

Viral Oreo Super Bowl Tweet  – Social Media Case Study

This is a popular case study to learn valuable insights for B2C marketing. During Super Bowl XLVII, the lights went out in the football stadium and the Oreo brand went viral with a single tweet that said “Power out? No problem. You can still dunk in the dark.” Read the historical account of that famous social media marketing moment from the people who lived through it so you can gather ideas on how to be better prepared for future social media campaigns that you can take advantage of in real-time.

Facebook Posting Strategy That Lead to 3X Reach & Engagement  – Buffer Social Media Case Study

In this social media case study example, you’ll find out how Buffer cut its Facebook posting frequency by 50% but increased the average weekly reach and engagement by 3X. Hint: The strategy had to do with creating fewer, better-quality posts, that were aimed at gaining higher engagement.

Achieving a 9 Million Audience by Automating Pinterest SEO  – Social Media Case Study

This is a good social media marketing case study for marketers who use Pinterest. Discover how Chillital went from 0 to 9 million engaged audience members and 268 million impressions. You’ll learn about the step-by-step research process of finding where your audience lives and breathes content, get a detailed analysis of how the author used Pinterest to generate brand awareness, and learn about using community-driven content promotion to scale social media results.

5X Increase In App Installs from TikTok  – Bumble Social Media Case Study

With the use of TikTok on the rise, social media case studies are now being shared about how to get the most value out of marketing on this platform. This one, in particular, is good to read because it explains how Bumble, a dating app, used TikTok more effectively by following the mantra, “Don’t Make Ads, Make TikToks”. This case study in social media marketing resulted in a 5X increase in app installs and a 64% decrease in cost-per-registration.

330% Increase In Reach for the Make a Wish Foundation – Disney Social Media Case Study

Check out this case study to find out how the Make-A-Wish Foundation increased its social media reach, audience, and engagement by partnering with Disney in a Share Your Ears campaign. The strategy was simple: ask people to take a photo of themselves wearing Mickey Mouse ears, post it on social media with the hashtag #ShareYouEars, and a $5 donation would be made to Make-A-Wish. The results were unbelievable with over 1.7 million posted photos and 420 million social media impressions. This led to a 15% audience increase on Facebook and a 13% audience increase on Instagram with a total increase of 330% in social media reach and a 554% increase in engagement during the campaign.

How 3 Schools Used Social Media Advertising to Increase Website Traffic & Applications – Social Media Case Study

This example includes three of the best social media case studies from Finalsite, a marketing agency for educational institutions. It shows the power of social media advertising to increase website traffic and enrollment. One case study, in particular, shows how a limited budget of $350 per month increased website sessions by 515%, more than 2,200 clicks on the apply button for a study abroad application, 2,419 views on the request information page, and 575 views on the application process page.

Client Case Studies – LYFE Marketing Social Media Case Study

LYFE Marketing is a social media management company that helps clients gain new customers, generate sales, and increase brand exposure online. This page includes several of its top social media marketing case studies along with the approach and key results from each campaign. It’s packed with screenshots of the social media posts and engagement metrics so you can understand how each strategy worked for success, and get inspiration for your own campaigns.

3X Leads for a Local Business – Vertex Marketing Social Media Case Study

This is a good case study about finding the right balance between organic reach with social media posts and paid reach with social media marketing ads. You’ll find out how Vertex Marketing helped a local kitchen and bath remodeling business increase the number of leads by 3X. As for the return on investment (ROI) for this campaign, each lead for the client was worth about $10,000. The result was 6,628 audience reach, $12.43 average cost per conversion, and 18 conversions.

235% Increase In Conversions with Facebook Ads Funnel – Marketing 360 Social Media Case Study

This is one of Marketing 360’s case study examples that demonstrates the effectiveness of a Facebook ads sales funnel for B2B marketing. An ads funnel is a series of social media advertisements that target a specific audience at each stage of the buyer’s journey. By mapping out the buyer’s journey and creating a social media marketing ad campaign for each stage, you can guide new leads through the sales funnel and turn them into paying customers. This case study resulted in a 235% increase in conversions for a truck lift manufacturer.

15% Increase In Social Media Followers In 6 Months – Hootsuite Social Media Case Study

This is one of the best social media marketing case studies available online for businesses in the hospitality industry. Find out how Meliá Hotels International incorporated social media directly into its business model, both as a channel for client communication and as a platform to listen and learn about client needs and preferences. As a result, Meliá Hotel’s social media following grew from 5 million to 6 million in six months; an increase of more than 15%.

The Impact of Social Signals On SEO – Fat Stacks Social Media Case Study

This is a good case study for understanding the effect social media can have on SEO. By building links for a web page on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc, the rankings for long tail keywords improved in Google’s search engine.

96 Link Clicks for a Vacation Rental – Maria Peagler Social Media Case Study

As the title of this social media case study example suggests, you’ll learn how Maria Peagler helped a vacation rental get 96 clicks out of 3,274 audience reach on a single Facebook ad; about a 2.9% click-through rate (CTR). What’s most important about this B2C example is those clicks were of the highest quality the client could receive because Maria dug into the analytics to find out the best time during the day to post the ad and the perfect age groups to target while also using specific language to only drive clicks that would more likely convert.

Vienna Tourist Board Uses an Instagram Wall to Attract Tourists – Walls.io Social Media Case Study

Inside this case study, you’ll find out how the City of Vienna uses a simple social media content aggregator to display its Instagram feed on the website. This basic marketing strategy harnesses the power of user-generated content to gain more followers and keep in touch with previous visitors to increase brand awareness and repeat visits.

Complete Instagram Marketing Strategy for Sixthreezero – Vulpine Interactive Social Media Case Study

This is an in-depth case study on social media marketing with Instagram. You’ll discover how Vulpine Interactive was able to turn an existing, unmanaged account into a strong company asset for Sixthreezero, a bicycling company that uses ecommerce to drive sales. There was a lot of strategy and planning that went into growing the account by 39%, increasing website traffic from Instagram by over 300%, and achieving 77,659 total engagements. Inside, you’ll get the complete social strategy, tactics, key performance indicators (KPIs), and results

Twitter Marketing Success Stories – Social Media Case Study

If you’re looking for social media case study examples for Twitter using both organic and paid ads, then this page has everything you need. It includes Twitter’s top marketing success stories for you to get new ideas for your own B2C and B2B marketing campaigns.

How 3 Big Brands Use Pinterest for Marketing – SmartInsights Social Media Case Study

This is a case study page by SmartInsights with an overview of how 3 big brands use Pinterest for marketing. Although it’s a quick read, you can learn some valuable tactics that Nordstrom, Sephora, and Petplan are using to market their brands on this social media platform.

25+ TikTok Social Campaign Results – Chatdesk Social Media Case Study

If you’re looking for the best social media case studies for TikTok, then this list by Chatdesk is an excellent resource. It includes more than 25 examples from big brands like Starbucks, Redbull, Spikeball, Crocs, Guess Jeans, and Gym Shark. Give it a read to find out exactly how these brands use TikTok effectively to scale their businesses.

Reddit for Business: Meet Your Maker – Social Media Case Study

Want to learn how to use Reddit to market your business online? This new social media marketing case study page by Reddit called “Meet Your Maker” showcases the people behind some of the most innovative and creative brand activations on our platform. Examples include campaigns by Adobe, Capcom, and noosa Yoghurt.

How Boston University Uses Snapchat to Engage with Students – Social Media Case Study

With more than 75% of college students using Snapchat on a daily basis, it became clear that Boston University had to make this platform a primary marketing channel. This social media case study outlines all of the top strategies Boston University uses to connect with prospective and current students.

Now, if you’re looking for more digital marketing ideas, then make sure to check out these other related guides:  SEO case studies with data on improving organic search engine optimization, PPC case studies  for paid search examples, email marketing case studies , affiliate marketing case studies , content marketing case studies , and general digital marketing case studies .

What Is a Social Media Case Study?

A social media case study is an in-depth study of social media marketing in a real-world context. It can focus on one social media tactic or a group of social media strategies to find out what works in social media marketing to promote a product or service.

Are Case Studies Good for Social Media Marketing?

Case studies are good for social media because you can learn about how to do social media marketing in an effective way. Instead of just studying the theory of social media, you can learn from real examples that applied social media marketing methods to achieve success.

Summary for Social Media Marketing Case Studies

I hope you enjoyed this list of the best social media marketing case study examples that are based on real-world results and not just theory.

As you discovered, the social media case studies above demonstrated many different ways to perform well on social platforms. By studying the key findings from these case study examples, and applying the methods learned to your own accounts, you can hopefully achieve the same positive outcome. New social media case studies are being published every month and I’ll continue to update this list as they become available. So keep checking back to read the current sources of information on social media.

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Top 5 Social Media Case Study Templates with Examples and Samples

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FAQs on Social Media Case Study

What is a social media case study.

A social media case study is an in-depth analysis of a real-world social media marketing campaign or branding effort. It examines how brands, influencers, or individuals leveraged platforms to achieve specific objectives. These studies showcase strategies, challenges faced, and outcomes, encompassing goals, target audience, content, influencers, metrics, and impact on brand awareness, acquisition, and conversion rates. Valuable resources for marketers and businesses seeking social media optimization, case studies provide insights into effective tactics and best practices. By learning from successful campaigns, individuals can glean valuable knowledge to enhance their own social media endeavors and capitalize on the power of these platforms.

How do you introduce a case study on social media?

Introducing a case study on social media involves setting the stage, providing context, and outlining the purpose and objectives of the study. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it effectively:

  • Start with a compelling title : Begin by giving your case study a clear and attention-grabbing title that highlights the key focus of the study.
  • Provide a brief overview : In a few sentences, introduce the subject of the case study, whether it's brand, company, influencer, or celebrity involved in a social media campaign.
  • State the objectives : Clearly outline the goals and objectives of the case study. What specific aspects of social media marketing or branding are being analyzed?
  • Explain the importance : Highlight why this particular case study is relevant and significant in the context of social media marketing, industry trends, or specific challenges faced.
  • Set the context : Briefly explain the background of the subject and the social media platforms they use. Mention any notable achievements or challenges they have encountered in their social media journey.
  • Mention the methodology : Provide a brief overview of the research methodology used in the case study. This may include data sources, analysis tools, and any primary research conducted.
  • Tease the results : Give a glimpse of the key findings or outcomes of the case study to generate interest and keep readers engaged.
  • Discuss the structure : Briefly outline the sections or key areas covered in the case study, such as campaign strategies, content creation, influencer partnerships, etc.
  • Emphasize actionable insights : Mention that the case study will offer valuable insights and actionable takeaways that can be applied to other social media strategies.
  • Conclude with an invitation : Encourage readers to dive into the case study to learn more and explore the successful social media tactics employed by the subject.

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Social Media Marketing is not sales – but it can help to sell things. And personally, I have to admit that I have several times bought something, booked an event or took part in something because I saw people (friends and acquaintances OR strangers) talking about it on social media. At the same time, I have never bought anything a salesperson tried to sell me on the phone. So yes, you actually can sell me things on Social Media. And I am not the only person.

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But limiting Social Media Marketing success or failure to the statement: For sales, you need to pick up the phone is simply b%llshi$t. You can use social media for lead generation to fill your sales funnel – but you can also use Social Media for totally different aspects of business like customer management, brand awareness, reputation management, audience building, website traffic and many other things your business can profit from.

Many people do it. I do it and have done so for other projects in the past. The honest answer to “Social Media is not working” is: It is obviously not working the way you are doing it. Try different tactics, learn, adjust, measure, optimize, try something else, try harder, and never stop at “You cannot sell on Social Media!”

So the answer is, yes you can make money with Social Media, but it is not working the same way for each and every business or situation.

Most of the time, if you do not have success with getting ROI out of your Social Media activities, it is not Social Media, which is not working, it is you who are doing something wrong or have the wrong social media strategy.

You can use social media for lead generation to fill your sales funnel – but you can also use Social Media for totally different aspects of business like customer management, brand awareness, reputation management, audience building, website traffic and many other things your business can profit from. here are 132 social media marketing case studies and examples. #socialmediaexamples #socialmediamarketing #socialmediatips #socialmedia #socialmediacasestudies

Social Media cannot simply be done by following a recipe step by step.

That can only get you so far.

In Social Media often the best approaches are already cold coffee when they become common knowledge, and everyone tries to hop on the train. You need to make assumptions, test your assumption, measure success and adjust your marketing strategy according to your results.

Hey, before you read on - we have in various FREE in-depth guides on similar topics that you can download. For this post, check out:

Social media cannot be learned by the book.

But one thing is certain: To shout out sales messages in Social Media is most likely going to fail to give you any return.

What people want and expect from their Social Media activity is so diverse, and there are many Social Media case studies in multiple situations.

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Instead of selecting a handful of case studies for this article, I decided to provide you with a list of resources with multiple case studies about how businesses are successfully using social media for their business success.

1.  15 B2B Case Studies for Proving Social Media ROI

Rob Petersen looks at the special situation of using social media platforms to market to businesses instead of consumers. He provides 15 examples ranging from CISCO and Demand Base to LinkedIn and SAP.

2.  50 Social Media Case Studies you Should Bookmark

SimplyZesty looks at a variety of use cases for the different social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram and more.

3.  IBM Turns its Sales Staff Social Media Savvy

I love this example as it shows how sales and Social Media Marketing can work hand in hand. Contrary to the above-mentioned comment on our blog, IBM realized that even sales can profit from Social Media with cost-effective leads.

4.  11 Examples of Killer B2B Content Marketing Campaigns Including ROI

Lee Odden of TopRank Marketing focuses more on the Content Marketing side and provides 11 B2B Content Marketing case studies.

5.  B2B Social Media Case Study: How I made $47 million from my B2B blog

This is a personal success story from AT&T’s experience and success with a content strategy.

6.  How ASOS Use Social Media [CASE STUDY]

The story of how the fashion and beauty store ASOS has become Britain’s largest online retailer with the aid of Social Media for ecommerce and online marketing.

7.  5 Outstanding Social Media Campaigns

The examples include the story from a hairdresser who increased sales by 400% without spending a penny. It is not only the big companies who can profit from Social Media.

8.  3 Small Businesses That Found Social Media Success

The examples range from customer service, brand perception to social engagement.

9.  The Best Social Media Campaigns of 2014

These marketing campaigns are more about creating more engagement, generate more fans and increase loyalty amongst audience members for the brand and not so much about direct ROI. Still, they explain how to get it right.

It is not only the social media success stories you can learn from. Sometimes you can learn from other peoples’ failures at least as much as from their successes. Here are some social media case studies on failed social media activities. The failures tend to be on a smaller scale, resulting from bad communication and reactions turning the Social Media conversation in an unwanted direction. It is rare that a company admits to a complete campaign and a ton of money gone down the drain. Still, even from these smaller examples, we all can learn our lessons for our behavior in Social Media:

1.  Social Media Fails: The Worst Case Studies of 2012

The examples are campaign focused and include examples from McDonald’s and Toyota.

2.  19 horrific social media fails from the first half of 2014

These are examples of how you should not communicate in Social Media and showcase some ways you should not copy on how to jump onto trending hashtags and events in Social Media.

3.  5 Big Social Media Fails of 2013 (and What We Learned)

What people want and expect from their Social Media activity is so diverse, and there are many Social Media case studies in multiple situations. Here are 132 social media examples that you will find interesting and can learn from. #socialmedia #socialmediatips #socialmediamarketing #digitalmarketing #onlinemarketing #marketingstrategy

4.  Top 12 Social Media Marketing Mishaps

These are examples of what can happen to you and how a social media Sh$tstorm can brew up. It makes sense to read some of these and talk about possible reactions before any of this kind happens to you. Simply be prepared.

Final Words

I hope you find some useful marketing tips in my little collection of Social Media case studies – or at least, have some fun browsing through these examples. I find them encouraging as they show the variety of cases where Social Media can help your business. And they show how many humans are in Social Media, making it a place where things can go wrong and go well. It is up to you to leverage the full power of social networks and turn the tide.

If you are looking for even more case studies here you go:

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5 outstanding social media marketing case studies

Do you read social media marketing case studies for inspiration? It’s always a good idea to benchmark against your competitors or pinch ideas from them, but it’s also worth looking at success stories from the biggest brands out there. You might not have their budget, but you can always gain inspiration from their campaigns.

Here are five of the best brands on social and what I think you can learn from them:

1.Mercedes Benz – Repeated, successful social media marketing campaigns

Mercedes Benz seem to win every time with their social media campaigns.  The one that stands out to me was back in 2013 when they created what I still believe to be one of the best Instagram marketing campaigns to date. Mercedes wanted to reach out to the younger audience so they hired five top Instagram photographers to each take the wheel of a new Mercedes CLA. Whoever got the most likes got to keep the car – so they all really worked at it!

By the end of the campaign, Mercedes has received:

  • 87,000,000 organic Instagram impressions
  • 2,000,000 Instagram likes
  • 150 new marketing assets (stunning photos)

What lessons can you learn from this? Could you put your followers up for a challenge and make it into a competition or campaign?

  • Can you do a competition that gets people trying out your product first?
  • Think about your target audience. What is a prize they would value?
  • Like Mercedes you could recruit bloggers/influencers via social media and get them blogging about your service or product. Whoever receives the most engagement wins .

2. Dove – Connecting with their target audience

Is it just me or do all the Dove marketing campaigns make you cry? If you’ve seen their Real Beauty sketches campaign, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Dove’s goal is to make women feel good about themselves. They know their target market and create content that tells a story that women can relate to.

Today I am… pic.twitter.com/VoAf2wRdwa — Dove UK & Ireland (@DoveUK) February 19, 2016

Dove did some research and found that 80 percent of women came across negative chatter on social media. Dove’s goal was to change that and make social media a more positive experience. As a result, Dove teamed up with Twitter and built a tool to launch the #SpeakBeautiful Effect, that breaks down which body- related words people use the most and when negative chatter appears during the day.

According to Dove, women were inspired by their message.

  • #SpeakBeautiful was used more than 168,000 times
  • Drove 800 million social media impressions of the campaign

Dove know their audience. Knowing your audience is the only way you will engage with them. The best way for this is creating personas. Knowing what life stage they are in, if they’re employed, what their interests are etc. will certainly help you when creating content. Then think about linking your audience to your brand values in order to create something just as successful as Dove’s campaign.

3. Nutella – Incredible content that makes you salivate

Each post makes you want to eat Nutella. There are a lot of people (including me) who take photos of their food before they eat it. Nutella does the same and it works. Nutella isn’t afraid to be fun and creative with different ingredients. Nutella is just a chocolate spread yet they manage to have fun with it. Do you, or could you, have a bit more fun with your brand?

Here are some ideas for having fun with your brand:

  • Are you on different social media channels? If you’re B2B you might not think that Instagram is for you, but it can be a great way to demonstrate your brand values by telling a story. Fedex is a great example of this, showing images of their trucks always on the move. This tells a story that they are always delivering and that is the key message we take away.
  • Key influencers/bloggers can be a great way to  different types of content and to see how they have fun with your brand (if this is new to you, read our post on the rise of the social media influencer ).
  • Instead of posting behind-the-scenes photos at your head office, can you encourage your followers to share their experiences with your brand? Maybe host an event or go out and meet them.
Take your #breakfast bread pudding to the next level with #Nutella ! 😉 pic.twitter.com/k0ko5Nm9iX — Nutella (@NutellaGlobal) May 5, 2016

4. Oreo – Smart content planning and timely delivery

Oreo is another brand that is known for their creative social media marketing. They must have a big design team to produce their content, but it works! They are consistent with their branding and manage to catch onto real time events. We all remember when the lights went out at the Super Bowl and during the half hour blackout Oreo tweeted out:

Power out? No problem. pic.twitter.com/dnQ7pOgC — OREO Cookie (@Oreo) February 4, 2013

This was retweeted over 15,000 times.  Are you thinking outside the box about your brand? Plan ahead for events coming up that you might be able to jump on to.

Do you plan your social media content out? If you’re in B2B and don’t currently create content read here for some B2B content marketing tips to help you get started, or check out our B2B marketing strategy tips ebook for 2021.

It’s always a good idea to prepare content ahead of time. If you can schedule content on a monthly basis – perfect, but if not bi-weekly is great. That way you can check what events are coming up and plan content around them. This gives you time for any ad hoc creative to be done, such as jumping on real-time events like the Oreo blackout example above.

5. Airbnb – Stunning imagery and UGC

What might look like a visual travel blog,  Airbnb ’ s content attracts fans with their visually compelling posts. On Instagram, they post user-generated photos from its hosts and guests. The content embraces their new campaign of ‘Don’t just go there, Live there’ which is captured through real photography. Each post receives high engagement, between 3,000 and 14,000 Instagram likes.

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This is a great example of thinking slightly outside the box. Airbnb is all about accommodation. They don’t just post images of the inside of people’s homes. Seeing the culture and images of places all over the world comes with the experience of where you stay and that’s what connects with people. Think about your brand: are you just posting about the product/ service itself? Why not tell your followers a story instead?

Thanks for reading. I hope by reading these five social media marketing case studies it has spiked some inspiration! If you need any help with your social media advertising , influencer marketing , or other aspects of your social media strategy, feel free to contact us .

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Once your Case Studies are finished, social media is the best place to share them. However, it’s not enough to simply post a link to your Case Study on LinkedIn and hope people will read it. Crafting a strong social media post that compels your audience to read your Case Study requires more strategy and finesse. 

This article serves as your ultimate guide to composing social media posts about your Case Studies that will grab your target audience’s attention. You’ll learn about what parts of the Case Study you should mention in your post and how to write about them in a way that gets people off social media and on your website—and, ideally, joining your client base.

Should You Post Your Case Studies on Social Media?

You know you want to post your Case Studies on social media—but should you? Run through this list of questions to find out:

  • Do you have permission from your client to post it? If you don’t have your client’s approval to post the Case Study, don’t post it. Instead, consider reworking the Case Study so that the client is anonymous.
  • Does your Case Study convey a compelling story? You’ll wind up with annoyed readers if your expertly crafted social media post lures them to your website but dead ends in boring content. Make sure your Case Study is interesting to read from start to finish.
  • Does your Case Study promote what you want to promote? A Case Study is no good to you if it describes how you helped a client solve Issue X when you really want to be known for solving Issue Z. This may lead you to attract work that doesn’t align with your true passion. Hold off on posting and work on creating Case Studies that showcase the areas in which you really want to shine.

Bottom line: If you’ve got the client’s permission and a juicy story to tell that makes you and your client look good, it’s time to create that post.

Tips for Creating Posts About Your Case Studies on Social Media

Follow the format.

A successful social media post about your Case Studies should follow a specific formula—specifically, the same one your Case Studies do! Ensure that your post includes the following elements in this order:

  • Headline. Use an intriguing opening sentence to make your post stand out and capture your audience’s attention right away.
  • Situation or Problem. Introduce the company and the problem or situation it had.
  • Solution and Results. Tease some of the company’s real, specific results that stemmed from the solution you provided.
  • Conclusion/Call to Action. Conclude the post with a call to action, such as “Click the link to learn more.”

Keep It Short and Sweet

Be brief when writing a social media post about Case Studies. Most people have short attention spans and a vast sea of content awaiting them on social media. When scrolling through News Feed on Facebook, people typically spend 2.5 seconds with a piece of content if they’re on desktop and even less if they’re on mobile. Make those few seconds worthwhile for the user and offer them something compelling that will make them engage with your post. There are only four key elements to the formula, so your post should be no longer than four fascinating sentences.

Be a Little Mysterious

Share just enough of the Case Study story in your social media post to make someone want to click the link. Remember: The goal is to get people to read the Case Study on your website, and that won’t happen if you give away all the details upfront! Aim for intrigue. Be honest, but be mysterious about the solution and the results, and never give away the ending!

Stick to Company Brand Guidelines

Adhere to your company’s voice and branding when writing your social media post about your Case Study. This helps ensure a consistent client experience, which fosters loyalty and trust. If you don’t have a brand identity, start exploring how to create one.

Make It Personal

Social media is all about making connections, which is difficult to do if your post is too formal or standoffish. Even if your company culture or brand skews more serious, using we and us in your social media posts to refer to your company can help build that bridge between you and your existing and potential clients.

Speak to Your Target Audience

Tailor your social media post about your Case Study for the specific audience you want to reach. For example, if you have a B2B company, use professional terminology to emphasize your experience and understanding of your industry. If your audience comprises the general public, use less formal language and avoid terminology that requires background knowledge to understand.

Use Relevant Images

You have less than three seconds to capture your audience’s attention, so use that time wisely by including an image with your social media post. Images leave a stronger impression than words alone and can make a wordy post easier to digest. Use an image from your Case Study or a photo of your Case Study subject when posting on social media. Remember to choose images that, like your messaging, are on-brand.

Sample of a Case Study Social Media Post

The following is an example of a social media post about a Case Study that adheres to the aforementioned tips:

An example of a LinkedIn post promoting a Case Study that reads, "Client X was having trouble growing their online sales. They couldn’t find anyone who could understand their complex business enough to generate new leads. Click now to learn how we grew their revenue by 5x in 6 months."

Posting your Case Studies on social media takes some strategy and skill. However, if you have a solid Case Study, approval from the client, and clear brand guidelines, you can create a post designed to get attention, clicks, and more business.

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200+ case studies: social media and content marketing examples.

Posted by Christine B. Whittemore on June 19, 2017 Find me on: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter -->

200+ Case Studies: Social Media and Content Marketing Examples

At one point, I used to share examples I came across via Twitter using the hashtags #retailexp and #practicalmktr . And, then recap those tweets in blog articles. Eventually - in September 2011 - I created a first compendium in an article titled 100+ Case Studies: Social Media Marketing Examples .

A year later, on September 4th, 2012, I published a follow-up article detailing 200+ case studies of social media and content marketing examples shared on Twitter from September 1, 2011, through August 31, 2012. 

Fast forward to 2017. Social media and content marketing have evolved considerably. Although there are plenty of new examples, those original stories remain inspiring. I hope you enjoy the combination of classic and new case studies.

To help sort through the categories, I've created the following table of contents. 

Airlines and Social Media

The best (and worst) ways airlines use Twitter for customer service

Singapore Airlines finally discovers Facebook, Twitter  http://ow.ly/6L1PL  

How JetBlue Deals with Social Media Whiners  - " J etBlue , for example, has one customer service policy that it adheres to. And it uses it across the board, regardless of how consumers are getting in touch. There have been instances where the company has had to revamp its policy. Consistency is really important via social media channels, since they are so public. “If you are going to do something for one person be prepared to do it for everyone, whether they have a lot of followers or not,” he said."

10 Social Media stars include JetBlue ow.ly/btY8o  

American Airlines engages via social media in sincere authentic way ow.ly/d4OoM

Tweeting without fear with examples from @SouthwestAir   http://ow.ly/8qtma

Alcohol Brands and Social Media

Please Tweet Responsibly: The Future Of Alcohol Brands On Twitter

How spirits producer Beam uses digital & social to extend customer experience

Nicely done Jack Daniels with your cease/desist letter ow.ly/czMqf

Valuable PR lessons from Heineken 's bizarre dog-fighting crisis  ow.ly/arp5Q  

How one small company is using QR codes : Sacre Bleu wines

Banking and Social Media

The 13 most interesting investment banks on Twitter right now

WSJ article about Banks going social:  http://ow.ly/7LXjU  Wouldn't it be more social to ditch fees & really listen to customers?

3 Financial Services Companies online, doing content & social  ow.ly/83cDY

Role of social media in financial services marketing: insights including from @FrankEliason when he was with  Citi   ow.ly/b1T6F

Example of Social Media + Financial Planning: what's your story?  ow.ly/cpycp

First Look: BankSimple 's iPhone App Aims To Reimagine Your Money

Big Banks struggle to help customers on Twitter

10 Social Media stars includes Capital 1 ow.ly/btY8o  

Beauty & Personal Product Brands and Social Media

#LONGREAD: Is Twitter Still Relevant For Fashion Brands?

L'Oreal advises men on perfect facebook profile picture.  http://ow.ly/6exu1

L'Oreal  leverages social media for customer service, brand loyalty  ow.ly/7k4dU .  

How Orabrush went from YouTube to 3500 Walmart stores using social media  http://ow.ly/6Ej0U .

Here's the YouTube video from Orabrush:  http://ow.ly/6GO2P  

Thought-provoking brand examples re: how to use Pinterest creatively  ow.ly/aJixX  

Kotex , one of 3 brands bridging online + offline ow.ly/c5EbJ  

Big Business and Social Media

19 Best Examples of How Top Brands Use Twitter

Real people vs. stock photos. G'by IBM happy man! Love this story  ow.ly/6YZJk

FastCo describes 7 reasons for embracing social business with IBM as example  http://ow.ly/6xKgq 

Social and digital case study: Adobe   http://ow.ly/aJmij

Insight on GE 's digital strategy: ow.ly/bkwdY

How Xerox integrates Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube selectively  ow.ly/bDkDA

J&J 's priorities for 2012: social, mobile:  ow.ly/b1ZVq

Did you know Caterpillar uses social media to capture customer preferences for products  ow.ly/bN4sv  

McKinsey perspective on how social media could add $1.3T to economy. ow.ly/d4lbe

10 Social Media stars includes Google   ow.ly/btY8o . Here's a Google newspaper ad giggle: to demonstrate ads don't work. Or do they? ow.ly/d4kyn

Harnessing Power of Social Media: interview with Barry Libert: Important to focus outward  

Car Brands and Social Media

What do you think re: introducing new car via social media game? Ford + Zynga for Escape  ow.ly/7zChN

Thought-provoking brand examples re: how to use Pinterest creatively  ow.ly/aJixX  [ Peugeot ]

3 brands bridging online + offline, Honda [Pinterest]  ow.ly/c5EbJ  

Ferrari uses social media to drive visitors to microsite  ow.ly/aSDP1   

Very cool: travel for free across country using social media. Audi experiment: ow.ly/d4kmi

Great examples: how car dealerships use social media to reach customers http://ow.ly/6xRNK

Perspective on Big Brands [i.e GM ] & Facebook ads ow.ly/bkr77

Casinos and Social Media

Become the Scorsese of Social Media Video: 12 Tips for Casinos

Did you know? social media pays off for casinos, customers  http://ow.ly/68vfa  

Dentists and Social Media

A Painless Guide to Social Media Marketing for Dentists

The Top Trending Dental Social Media Marketing Ideas

Design and Social Media

Social Media for Designers: Instagram

Reinventing Design + social media: @Modenus  BOB Magazine  

Disaster Communications and Social Media

CROWDSOURCING DISASTER RELIEF:   Leveraging Big Data to Coordinate Disaster Response and Recovery

How different social media tools fit into disaster communication plans. From FastCo  http://ow.ly/6tzjX  

Using social to match blood donors and recipients. Wow!  ow.ly/8ayf8  

Stay tuned: disaster relief in social media age, including fr FEMA

Education/Museum and Social Media

Please Turn On Your Phone in the Museum

Social Media Marketing Lessons: The Met's Sree Sreenivasan #BRITEConf

Google+ as means to opening social networking to K-12 schools. Wow!  http://ow.ly/6ElO7 

Social media case study:  Brooklyn Museum . Lesson: don't spread too thin. Great discussion in comments 

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Entertainment and Social Media

Making businesses “fan”-centric requires functional transformation.

What brands can learn from  Lady Gaga  from @deniseleeyohn  http://ow.ly/6qUon

Inside  Disney 's Social strategy

10 SoMe stars  Disney   ow.ly/btY8o  

What  Lionsgate  did differently creating pre- Hunger Games  buzz:  ow.ly/aiYkM  

Great #practicalmktr perspective on  Cirque du Soleil 's social strategy:  ow.ly/btX3E

Marvelous scientific + social media experiment: live tweeting  National Zoo Panda  artificial insemination  ow.ly/bkrmF

Reference resource: 5 all time best Facebook Campaigns via @FastCo  http://ow.ly/b1XuD   - A&E

Fashion  and Social Media

How fashion brands are taking Instagram from gimmick to strategic

How social media adds value to Fashion's Night Out; savvy retailers use it to build relationships http://ow.ly/6L0Xn

Did you catch live streaming of Fashion Week? Making fashion more immediate, accessible  http://ow.ly/6L1cN

Food Brands and Social Media

5 Food & Beverage Brands That Lead in Social Media Marketing

Connecting With Customers In A World of Demand: Doritos At #BRITEconf 2015

3 brands bridging online + offline: Red Bull [FB]  ow.ly/c5EbJ  

How Conagra 's brands build online communities  http://ow.ly/5WXgw  

How Beef industry in Australia uses social media for promotion

9 social media crisis questions Dole failed to answer  ow.ly/arpip  

Using Twitter to sell ice cream treats  ow.ly/7eUHB

Cadbury turns to Google+ to launch Bubbly bar and Searching For A Social Edge: One Brand’s Google+ Story

Food Outlets and Social Media

How Naked Pizza uses Twitter:  http://ow.ly/6qTxi  Genuine #practicalmktr humor!

10 Social Media stars include Starbucks, McDonalds   ow.ly/btY8o  

Brand marketing interview: how Starbucks transformed coffee from commodity to brand  http://t.co/Wg8yPvTi . 

The Starbucks Card makes transactions social from @TheBeanCast  http://t.co/tdBe4IBr  

How California Tortilla handles customer feedback online. Notice consistent, co-wide approach  http://ow.ly/6L0HZ  

Reference resource: 5 all time best Facebook Campaigns via @FastCo http://ow.ly/b1XuD  includes Burger King

KFC Twitter account has fun with @NYTChicken aka Sexy Chicken  ow.ly/76i7o  

Love this success story of social media + traditional PR for @cupcakestop http://ow.ly/80Y3V

From SXSW: What food truck owners can teach you about social media

Using social media to build internal teams: Red Robin   ow.ly/bDkiW

How Chuck E. Cheese uses social media to engage with diff audiences  ow.ly/bDmg9

Domino's  posts online order comments on NYC Times Square billboard  http://ow.ly/5RjPY  

Government and Social Media

Social Media in Government: Benefits, Challenges, and How it’s Used

I love crowd-sourced concepts. This one funded by US Dept of Defense to crowdsource military tactics  http://ow.ly/6tE5K  

The Army ’s social media handbook. Updated and with commentary http://ow.ly/6xRo6

Marines have released social media handbook. Now actively use tools of social media 

Love CDC 's use of social media and humor to help peeps prepare for [zombie] apocalypse  ow.ly/76h5r  

Marvelous how social media contributed to Mars Curiosity Rover ow.ly/cUL5i

Brilliantly real and real-time: NATO and Taliban slug it out on Twitter  ow.ly/8hria  

Using social media to rebut government extremists' messages.  ow.ly/8tHQg

UN Global Pulse monitors data for real-time signals re: food, economy, jobs 19 min video  http://ow.ly/bbcrc  

Using Twitter to track epidemics  ow.ly/7zOUB

Hospitality and Social Media

Social Hospitality: How 8 Hotels Engage Guests On & Offline

Starwood  leverage social media for customer service, brand loyalty  ow.ly/7k4dU  

Four Seasons Hotel leans on social to act local. Details:  ow.ly/b1Z7z  

Insurance and Social Media

How Zurich Insurance Uses Social Media, with Keith Lewis

Case study: Farmers Insurance helps agents use Facebook for ROI ow.ly/czvqj

Law Enforcement and Social Media

Digital Threats: How Law Enforcement Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

And how social media can help track the bad guys  ow.ly/7zQ7l  

How social media can help FBI solve crimes  ow.ly/7zQ1N  

Fascinating use of Google+: police present portrait of crime  ow.ly/8qsR5

How Boston Police uses Twitter, texting for crime tips:  ow.ly/aiYXR

Different perspective on 'getting found online': search, future of crime  ow.ly/cfr6m  

Social media in action with police: ow.ly/czvn9  

Libraries and Social Media

How Libraries Are Using Social Media   Expanding online toolkits to promote advocacy

A USTRIAN CITY BECOMES A LIBRARY WITH QR CODES AND NFC STICKERS INSTEAD OF BOOKS  -  Klagenfurt created a new project putting scannable stickers around relevant locations allowing users to download digital content .

The Bookless Library  -  Don’t deny the change. Direct it wisely. The first is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the main branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL). The second is an iPhone. Yet despite their obvious differences, for many people today they serve the same purpose: to read books. And in a development that even just thirty years ago would have seemed like the most absurd science fiction, there are now far more books available, far more quickly, on the iPhone than in the New York Public Library.

Luxury Brands and Social Media

Luxury Brands and Social Media Marketing - Dos and Don'ts

T op 10 social media luxury marketers of Q3  

Luxury e-retailers trounce manufacturers in engaging online shoppers

How customized QR codes can drive CRM

FastCo re: Facebook for the Famous gets at social network terms of service & who owns what  http://ow.ly/7uhOS  

Thought-provoking brand examples re: H2 use Pinterest creatively  ow.ly/aJixX  

Learn about Oscar de la Renta , role of social media. Great job @OscarPRGirl  ow.ly/6Z0LO  

Have you read this FastCo story about Ralph Lauren 's digital evolution? Fascinating #retailexp  http://ow.ly/62VNu

Brooks Brothers Plays It Cool in Social Marketing  -  In social media marketing, Brooks Brothers is like an aloof bon vivant wearing a cool seersucker sports jacket on a humid summer day. The 194-year-old brand isn't frantically chasing friends and followers on social networks. Brooks Brothers is playing it cool. Instead, it's investing in tools and testing to improve the online shopping experience for customers and prospects - and increase sales.

Neiman Marcus is getting social and Neiman Marcus debuts first Foursquare challenge

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Manufacturers and Social Media

8 companies doing social media right and what marketers can learn from them

BlendTec shows how to measure the effects of a social marketing strategy. The blender manufacturer uses coupon codes and analytics to track shoppers.

Small surf shop plans to overtake competitors with technology

Reference resource: 5 all time best Facebook Campaigns via @FastCo  http://ow.ly/b1XuD - Intel

How Oxygenics used Facebook content to increase fan base: case study  http://ow.ly/bDiCu

Media Brands and Social Media

From Social Fresh a crowdsourced Facebook Marketing Book  http://ow.ly/6dWxd  

News Organizations and Social Media

How the Press Use Social Media

Innovation lessons from Washington Pos t:  http://ow.ly/6ElLF  via FastCo

Time Magazine  Google+ case study: ow.ly/czvIf

How Forbes uses social media. Fascinating! ow.ly/d4kLJ 

How NPR media strategist Andy Carvin tweets revolutions.  http://ow.ly/6L2bJ  Fascinating

Reimagining newspaper reading as inherently social experience: WSJ on Facebook  ow.ly/6Z0oJ

Philanthropy and Social Media

How philanthropists can make use of social media:  ow.ly/76ief  

Politics and Social Media

The Political Environment on Social Media

Social media and politics. Here, the Republican perspective  http://ow.ly/7LXrP  

Learn more about politics and Facebook on Politico .

Fascinating use of social networking to monitor political, global sentiment.  ow.ly/8ay5n

Politicians and social media. Newt Gingrich & Facebook 

Love social media + politics: why social media couldn't predict Iowa race  ow.ly/8AW79

A digital perspective on politics and election related communications  ow.ly/aroSe

Religion and Social Media

How social media is changing the church

Case study example: religion on Facebook, more specifically Jesus Daily   http://ow.ly/6L4dl  

Creative use of internet & social to connect with 'customers': Maine Convent recruits nuns:  ow.ly/b20dI

In Sweden, Taking File Sharing To Heart and To Church

Bishops urged to embrace social media to evangelize effectively  bit.ly/buUm0k

Retail - Big Box and Social Media

Worth watching: Walmart intends to reshape future of shopping #retailexp by mapping social genome  http://ow.ly/6L2iK  

How to beat  Walmart  on Facebook

Lowe's introduces revolutionary customer #retailexp: "MyLowes"  http://ow.ly/6LCqr  

Retailers discover useful in-store apps keep shoppers from escaping  http://ow.ly/6Z1vt  [ Gap, Walmart, Target…]

Update on @HomeDepot 's social media strategy  ow.ly/6YYSM  

PayPal Test Program Will Let  Home Depot  Shoppers Pay at Checkout

Home Depot Innovates Customer Checkouts . The Home Depot deploys an array of creative checkout options designed to hustle customers out the door faster.

Lowe's: Pinterest + Facebook increases engagement

10 SoMe stars Walmart, Home Depot, Nike ow.ly/btY8o  

Walgreens Enlists Paid Social-Media Warriors in Battle With Express Scripts  

Target, Walmart Get Digital For BTS  -  For stores, back-to-school kicks off the important fourth quarter, and is the second-most-important sales event of the year, after the winter holidays. But Walmart says that for parents, it may even be more symbolic, with 76% of the moms it surveyed regarding it as more of a fresh start than January 1. Nine out of 10 even make school-year resolutions, it reports, with 78% vowing they will be more organized this school year, 75% hoping to save more money, and 61% making healthy eating a higher priority.

IKEA , one of 5 all time best Facebook Campaigns via @FastCo  http://ow.ly/b1XuD  

Where Art & Science Meet -  BJ’s Wholesale Club 's CEO Laura Sen

Interesting how  Michaels  is using mobile apps to drive traffic in-store 

Tweeting without fear with examples from @bestbuy http://ow.ly/8qtma  

Retail - Department Stores and Social Media

Lord & Taylor focusing on hi-tech customer engagement tools. Check out comment about fitting rooms!  http://ow.ly/6exEJ  and  Lord & Taylor Can Help Make Sure No One Else Is Wearing Your Prom Dress

Kohl's Broadens Its Cause-Related Efforts To TED

Nordstrom in Fashion with Social Media, Mobile Tech .  Selected by U.S. News as one of America's Most Connected Companies for its use of technology to expand shopping options, Nordstrom has been aggressive about snapping up promising Internet ventures to diversify its business and experiment with new retail platforms. Its social media strategy extends well beyond Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to an array of buzz-generating fashion and photo-sharing sites. Recognizing that its customers always want to stay connected, the company introduced complimentary Wi-Fi in its high-end department stores in 2010."

JC Penney Introducing Foursquare, QR Promos  for Holiday Angels programs

Has your brand tested a Google+ hangout yet? Dell, Macy's have.  ow.ly/8tHVu  

HauteLook wants chattier live chat agents. When consumers shop for a Getaways travel deal, live chat leads to more conversions. [division of Nordstrom ]

Battle of the Digital Brands: JCPenney vs. Kohl’s  -  Overall, JCP is winning in social media. Although, the numbers would say otherwise, from a social media standpoint, JCP’s social strategy follows all of the best practices for engagement. Its posts are well-thought out and do a good job of delighting consumers and addressing their needs. From a mobile perspective, it’s a tie. Both retailers are doing different things on mobile, but each is doing them equally well. Both experiences are user friendly.

Harrods builds loyalists through royalty-themed Pinterest contest

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Retail - Specialty Stores and Social Media

This is interesting: Urban Outfitters makes fall catalog available via Facebook: http://ow.ly/6xQKr

More about Zara as it expands its #retailexp online http://ow.ly/6xQOI  and been wondering about this: Zara play catch-up with online shoppers  http://ow.ly/6tAhJ  

Patagonia promotes used clothing on eBay. Environmental benefit + extends customer base  http://ow.ly/6L1rg  and Patagonia’s 2012 Social Media Priorities

Gap's social media policy a guide for other companies.  The clothier gives its 134,000 employees a no-nonsense policy. Here are some highlights you might want to adopt.

Michael Kors pushes wearability via real-woman digital campaign . Love it!

UNIQLO HIRES GRAMMY NOMINEE TO WAKE CUSTOMERS UP WITH A DAILY SONG [VIDEO ] - The Japanese clothing brand engages consumers with a free social alarm app that sings about the weather of the day.

UNIQLO TAKES OVER PINTEREST CREATING ANIMATED MOSAICS  - The clothing brand choreographed a sequence of mass-pinning on Pinterest to create a giant images promoting their new line of mesh clothing.

Pandora Operating Outside the Luxury Box  - Customizable, affordable jewelry fuels Pandora’s growth

Four retailers who translated social media into revenue - S everal retailers are getting the combo right, including DressBarn, Swisa, a high-end beauty retailer, Gymboree Play & Music, an offshoot of the children's clothing line, and Tretorn, a Swedish outdoor retailer. They each found a way to use social media to drive sales and traffic.

How Zappos uses/mines Facebook insights ow.ly/czPOc  

Etsy seeks scale w/o losing aesthetic:  ow.ly/bDlOJ  case study

Express CMO Lisa Gavales shares how to turn “likes” in to sales

How REI created a local social media strategy

GUESS deploying iPads to better serve shoppers

H&M has the most-followed brand page on Google+

The Shopping Science Behind Lucky' s Revamp

Battle of the Digital Brands: Tiffany vs. Zales

Battle of the Digital Brands: H&M vs. American Apparel

WebThriftStore Streamlines Charitable Giving

Most Customer Service Tweets Go Unanswered Within 24 Hours -  But two retailers – Zappos.com and LLBean.com – replied to 100% of daily customer service questions posted to Twitter by STELLAService analysts in a recent 45-day study of the top 25 online retailers. It’s an impressive accomplishment considering the average for replies within 24 hours was just 44% across the top 25 online retailers.

Leveraging Loyalty: How Amazon In Fashion Creates Opportunities For Brands And Retailers -- Part 3 of 4  and  Kindle-wielding Amazon dips toes into physical world

Ace hardware captures brand awareness via CAPTCHA Ads

Retail - Grocery Stores and Social Media

Tweeting without fear with examples from @wholefoods http://ow.ly/8qtma  

Pinterest case study: whole foods ow.ly/bN3nr

Virtual Trip To 'Local' Food Market Can't Beat The Real Thing Yet

Sainsbury's using QR codes to educate shoppers about Fairtrade products

How one shopping-addict transformed retail into a story-telling experience

Supermarkets and the social Web  - “ So much of social media is simply the basics of human interaction ."  

Retailers Go Mobile and Social Media

How 6 retailers are using mobile to enhance the #retailexp http://ow.ly/6xRC1

Quick, Find a Parking Space. Shoppers Too Busy (or Lazy) To Walk From a Far-Away Spot Try Tricks, Tech to Get Closer; Even Valet Gets Swifter

How to integrate mobile into the retail experience: The Smartphone Shopping Experience Needs to Come Inside the Store

How spreading the ‘local love’ can help small retailers capture consumers’ attention

Smart retailers survive and thrive on smartphones and social networks

Square rethinks the register

Digital World Now Coaxing Shoppers Back to Stores  -  “But at the same time, more consumers have their mobile phones in hand so retailers who recognize that and take advantage of the phone as an information conduit to direct people to the right stores, or to find what they’re looking for at any moment in time, will be better served to succeed .”

Social networking applied to retail inventory control

What Retailers Want From In-Store Technology -  Brick-and-mortar stores look to bridge the gap between online, mobile and in-store experiences. According to the Motorola Solutions data, 51% of retailers were investing in technology to improve customer service in stores. Moreover, 22% were doing so to keep up with the competition, and 18% aimed to increase inventory choices. Out of all the technology investments, in-store Wi-Fi bubbled up as a clear imperative for many retailers.

Sports and Social Media

MLB Fan Cave integrates social media with content & art  http://ow.ly/76hfl  

So how will social media affect 2012 Olympics ? infographics  ow.ly/aJhTy

How social media can help keep Olympians visible in b/n events: ow.ly/bkwah

Transportation and Social Media

Old services meet new media: a tweeting cabbie' s growing business

NJ Transit Starts Tap-And-Pay Smartphone Option With Google

Tourism and Social Media

Lovely! Obermutten Goes Social via Facebook. Watch video to see how online/offline R integrated  ow.ly/8ayAZ  

How will you use these 200+ social media and content marketing examples and case studies? I'd love to hear.

If you come across interesting case studies, let me know in the comments and I will add them to this listing.

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This article was originally published on 9/4/2012 and has been updated.

Image Credit:  Great Serbian Brand on Flickr  which uses social media.

Topics: B2B Social Media , Digital Marketing

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The University of Sydney, Australia's first university, was founded in 1850 and today has over 8,100 faculty, 73,000 students, and 380,000 alumni in more than 170 countries.

  • 31.5% Increase in brand sentiment score since the launch of #usydonline
  • 4x Instagram campaign engagement rate 4x higher than platform benchmarks
  • 41% year-over-year increase in social video views

What they did

The University of Sydney created a social media strategy that enables the Social Squad to align content, goals, and reporting across the core social media team and the 36 official channels owned by various faculties.

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Products used in this study, aligning content strategy across the university.

Before Hootsuite, there was a lot of inconsistency across the university’s social media channels. The central team had no visibility into how the faculties were managing content or measuring its success.

The social media team had a vision for what they wanted to achieve and what success looked like—but they needed better alignment across the university to bring that vision to life.

With Hootsuite, the team has greater insight into what’s happening and can measure the individual and combined success of the Social Squad.

The Social Squad meets weekly to discuss upcoming content, determine its strategic importance, and decide which channels to share it on to ensure it reaches the right audience. They also collaborate on best practices, test different ways of working, align on content, and track their progress.

Mapping the student journey with Hootsuite and Adobe

The University of Sydney’s website is built, managed, and measured through Adobe Experience Manager. The preconfigured Hootsuite integration with Adobe enables the university to track the impact of social media across the entire student journey.

Using built-in tracking codes, the school can measure engagement from the first time an individual engages on social media to when they become a prospective student on the website.

This end-to-end visibility into the student journey enables the social media team to measure and prove the return on investment in social media.

Tracking sentiment and proactively managing brand reputation

The University of Sydney uses Talkwalker and Hootsuite to understand people’s perceptions of the brand in various online channels.  Sentiment tracking  has transformed the university’s ability to measure and manage its brand reputation.

By monitoring brand sentiment scores and engaging in social listening, the social media team gains helpful insights to inform campaign strategy. It can then take proactive steps to boost sentiment through social media communications as needed.

For example, during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the team noticed negative sentiment around travel in Australia among international audiences. Following a thoughtful campaign called Stay Strong India, the team saw an incredible 30% increase in net sentiment score.

Measuring the impact and value of social media

In the past, the social team found it difficult to report on its progress in a meaningful way. There was so much content being shared across so many channels, it was hard to keep track of it all.

With the help of Hootsuite’s Business Value and Customer Success teams, the University of Sydney set benchmarks against other higher education institutions. The University can now demonstrate how it tracks higher than both industry and average platform benchmarks, mainly because it has a great understanding of its audiences.

With Hootsuite Advanced Analytics, the team can also clearly report on everything from engagement to campaign performance and return on investment without spending days or weeks analyzing data in spreadsheets.

The results

The University of Sydney is less than one year into its new social media strategy, and it is already using social media and tracking its performance in a way that raises the university to an entirely new level of social media best practice.

The team plans to continue executing its effective strategy, gathering more insights on student and academic audiences, and recruiting more influencers to help it continue to grow its social media presence and achieve its ambitious goals.

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According to Alexa’s ranking of the top 500 sites on the web, YouTube takes the second place, demonstrating the importance of online services focused on sharing of short self-shot videos. With growing popularity of mobile phones, mobile only short video sharing social media applications appeared on the market. One of such applications is TikTok, probably the most talked-of video sharing platform of 2019, similar to its twin service for the Chinese market, called Douyin. The content on YouTube varies greatly in topic: from music and toys to science and technologies, from computer games and cooking to education and politics. But does the content on mobile short video platforms differ that much too? The content of 1,000 videos on TikTok as a prominent representative of mobile short video sharing social media services was analyzed to find out which content is common and popular on TikTok. Content analysis was applied as the main research technique. Comedy videos and musical performances turned out to be the most popular and the most frequent categories among both male and female performers. Comedy videos are, however, especially frequent among male creators. At that, videos related to beauty and DIY are common for females, but not for males. Additional attention in this study was paid to the potential law infringements on the platform. The cases of potential violations of copyright and personal rights were observed. Videos containing inappropriate contents such as violence, sexual activity, or consumption of drugs and alcohol were, by contrast, not revealed.

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At what age should a child have social media?

When we use our phones out in public just to avoid conversing with other people we are not only being very anti-social, but we are practicing civil inattention . Everyone always says it’s teens who use their phones the most, and maybe that’s true, but why is that the case? Is it because we have more social media accounts or more followers? Or is it because we choose to use our phones to distract us from the real world? And what age is too young for a social media presence? I interviewed a Freshman at The University of Arizona to share her first experiences with social media, and got her take on how young is too young.

Amara (a pseudonym) is 18 years old and has an iPhone just like every other college student her age, but the difference between her, and many other of these students is that she didn’t even have a phone until she was 16 in her Sophomore year of high school because her parents were very strict about phones and didn’t want their only child active on social media at such a young age. This was difficult for Amara for a few reasons, the first being she couldn’t contact her parents after school when they needed to pick her up, she couldn’t talk to her friends outside of school, and she always felt very out of the loop.

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It is important to understand the relationships between older media and social media. By older media, I mean the industry-produced form of mass communication available in the US before digital social media became a thing, such as television, radio, newspapers, books, magazines, etc.

Older media can be referred to by other names, such as traditional media. And then there are subcategories of older media: broadcast media are one subcategory of older media, including television and radio, that communicates from one source to many viewers at once. Print media are a paper-based subcategory of older media such as newspapers, books, and magazines, that many users access individually.

Media convergence

New digital media devices inherit many qualities and functions of older media and forms of communication.

Phones in a series growing smaller

Here’s an example: When your phone camera snaps a digital photo, it probably makes this sound or something like it. That sound is the sound of a shutter opening and closing. It is a sound that analog (non-digital) cameras have to make in order to function.

Digital cameras don’t have shutters; they function through chips that sense light coming into the lens. So why do so many digital cameras make that shutter sound? Because developers wanted your device to signal to you that the photo was taken, and that sound has become associated with picture taking in our society. Media scholar Henry Jenkins calls this type of blending of old and new media “technological convergence.” (Convergence just means coming together while moving through time.) Technological convergence is one of several types of media convergence that Jenkins writes are crucial to understanding our media world today.

Our technologies are full of convergences with older, traditional media helping us make sense of new media. Some signs of technological convergence go away over time as we become more comfortable with technologies. For example, mobile phones were once shaped more like analog phones, which helped people feel more comfortable calling and talking on them. However, as they gained more entertainment-related affordances, they began to appear more like remote control devices.

The history of communicating with many at once

Traditional media can be limiting when viewed as the only influence on new social media. Think of a famous athlete’s Facebook post seen and raucously responded to by thousands of people. Would that have been possible through traditional media like a paper newspaper or radio broadcast? No. But now imagine it in this ancient amphitheater in Syria (below). That athlete could have shouted an insult at an opponent, and gotten roars of approval and disapproval from the crowd. Spectators may even have gotten into fights with one another. Those types of interactions have a long social history.

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Humans can communicate to broad and distant audiences using many other means outside of print or broadcast media. These include:

  • Vocalization and voice amplification
  • Staging for visibility
  • Oversize objects
  • Movement and dance repertoires
  • Songs and repetition

Some of these means of communication are very old. But the smartest developers and users of new media let every possible means of communication and visibility inspire their designs and practices.

It is important to recognize that when we use media, we communicate and spread our ways of interacting with these media, not just the content delivered by the media. Theorist Marshall McLuhan referred to this with the phrase, “The medium is the message.”

When developers consider new features, they have to consider what is present in the cultures that will interact with those media. If a feature relies upon brand new methods of interaction, it increases the likelihood that those media will confuse users. See one interesting way people are looking at new gestures developed in the digital age here.

A millennial shift: Web 2.0 as user contributions

It is with traditional media in mind that New York University Journalism professor Jay Rosen wrote The People Formerly Known as the Audience in 2006. He claimed that these people were taking over the media by using social media, and that his statement was their “collective manifesto.” He claimed the people were speaking out to resist “being at the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak.”

Today’s media exist in a different era from the turn of the millennium. Rosen reminds us that broadcasters used to refer to viewers as “eyeballs.” Think about what that metaphor means. An eyeball has only two powers: To look, and to look away. There are plenty of media content creators who still only care about whether or not people are looking. But far more now allow users to “take part, debate, create, communicate, [and] share.” It increases their viewership, for one thing. And whereas the traditional media model involved advertising to the individual, the new model involves persuading the individual to advertise your product to their contacts.

The term Web 2.0 refers to sites that afford user contributions, such as likes and votes. O’Reilly Media coined the term Web 2.0 in 2004; you can read about that here . They were referring to social media sites popping up all over the web at that time. These new sites were different than the static sites of the 1990s and 2000s, the “Web 1.0” era. Web 1.0 sites would provide information or maybe some entertainment, but would not allow user contributions. You might say they were designed for eyeballs only – although creative users found ways to connect on Web 1.0, as we will learn when we learn about the Zapatistas in Chapter 5.

Web 2.0 sites that emerged in the early 2000s offered new capabilities, or affordances, to users. With Web 2.0 affordances, users can weigh in with likes and votes. They can comment or write their own posts. They can upload content, like images and videos. They can connect with others, and offer their own profiles and content to connect to.

Tools of change: Online cultures

The result of Web 2.0 is sites that are shaped by user cultures. Culture is a concept encompassing all the norms, values, and related behaviors that people who have interacted in a social group over time agree on and perpetuate. Think about the Web 2.0-enabled social media spaces you frequent. Perhaps when you spend time on Tumblr, you see that people talk about their emotions, and you talk about your own. Meanwhile, in League of Legends chat you don’t talk about your emotions because you know you will get attacked if you do. On Facebook and LinkedIn, you might wear a high-buttoned shirt, as you have seen is the norm; but you might appear in a robe on Snapchat, or a bikini on Instagram. Culture encompasses how users talk to each other, present themselves for one another, and take cues from and influence each other as they collectively decide what’s in and what’s out.

Software platform developers do influence culture in their user designs. For example, Facebook has its own shirt buttoned up rather high, with its plain white background and limitations on user customization of profiles. Online cultures do take some cues from developers, and users are restricted or guided by their affordances. But users have a lot of agency as they develop and share cultures within these sites.

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memes and internet culture that they do?\"\n\nHe shrugged \"You have a good point. I think you're probably correct, but we will know with time.\"\n\nThis is a conversation I think about a lot when I reflect upon my childhood and my years so far as a young adult. Unlike my parents, I grew up with technology around me. I was a baby who watched The Wiggles on television, and played Tetris on my dad's old blackberry. It evolved into playing Webkinz and Club Penguin, and the kids at school were suddenly talking about making Twitter accounts at grade 5. Twitter was something I wasn't allowed to have back then. I had an iPod and I played games on it where I gave people cool hairstyles or took care of pet dragons. These are all memories I look upon very fondly.\n\nThen my relationship with technology changed around middle school. I downloaded the social media platform Instagram alongside all my peers and I was playing around with it, posting pictures of my pets. Soon enough, microcelebrities that I would watch on youtube started joining the platform, and soon I was scrolling though posts of these people who I idolized and realized: my body doesn't look like that.\n\nSoon, while trying to grow my photography account, I was getting sucked into this vortex of people's selfies where they didn't have any acne, unlike me; or their bikini pictures where their stomach was completely flat, unlike mine.\n\nI didn't realize the effect this was having on me until high-school where I will admit that I grew resentful of the way my body looks. It took a couple of photography classes for me to realize: most of this, if not all, was due to the magical powers of Adobe Photoshop. I unfollowed all of these Instagram models and instead pushed myself to follow more photography accounts that didn't make me hate my body.\n\nIt took a while for my relationship with social media to heal after that. However, my relationship with technology itself was flourishing. I was learning and creating art through Adobe Photoshop and a DSLR camera. I was using the photography studio at my school daily, and pushing out photos that I was extremely proud of.\n\nAround the time I went into college was when my social media healed enough to start being more active there. Instead of Instagram, which I post on rarely, I chose a more casual platform to me: Twitch. I started, and still continue to, stream every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.\n\nI met a few online friends through that platform that I love to play, stream, and converse with. Some live a state over, and some live all away across the world in Japan.\n\nI look forward to every Tuesday through Thursday, excited to play Stardew Valley, Uno, Valorant, Call of Duty: Cold War, or any other game that I want to play then; either on my own or with my newfound friends. This schedule has given me something to look forward to and a social life that is fulfilling during the Covid Pandemic.\n\nIn the very end, I would say my relationship with tech is rapidly expanding, with learning new things about stream equipment and how to apply them to make my stream more fun for both me and my viewers. I also realize that I am not obligated to join every social media platform and that is perfectly okay. This newfound casualty of Twitch as my main social media platform, alongside all the friends I found through there warm my heart and make me feel less alone. I finally feel like I belong in the digital world."}">“Do you think that the generational gap will be smaller between this generation and the next?” I asked my boyfriend, who sat beside me at the table, scrolling through TikTok. We were showing each other our favorite TikToks that we found since the last time we saw each other, which is something we always look forward to.

“What do you mean?”, He glanced up at me from his phone, raising an eyebrow.

“I mean we grew up with technology that our parents didn’t and I feel like that made the generational gap wider, don’t you think?”

He paused for a moment and contemplated the concept, “Maybe.”

I gave him my theory, “I mean ever since we were born we are adapting consistently and incorporating new technologies into our everyday lives.” I say, “Do you think that means that we will continue to adapt to the technologies our children will have and we can experience the same memes and internet culture that they do?”

He shrugged “You have a good point. I think you’re probably correct, but we will know with time.”

This is a conversation I think about a lot when I reflect upon my childhood and my years so far as a young adult. Unlike my parents, I grew up with technology around me. I was a baby who watched The Wiggles on television and played Tetris on my dad’s old blackberry. It evolved into playing Webkinz and Club Penguin, and the kids at school were suddenly talking about making Twitter accounts at grade 5. Twitter was something I wasn’t allowed to have back then. I had an iPod and I played games on it where I gave people cool hairstyles or took care of pet dragons. These are all memories I look upon very fondly.

Then my relationship with technology changed around middle school. I downloaded the social media platform Instagram alongside all my peers and I was playing around with it, posting pictures of my pets. Soon enough, microcelebrities that I would watch on youtube started joining the platform, and soon I was scrolling through posts of these people who I idolized and realized: my body doesn’t look like that.

Soon, while trying to grow my photography account, I was getting sucked into this vortex of people’s selfies where they didn’t have any acne, unlike me; or their bikini pictures where their stomach was completely flat, unlike mine.

I didn’t realize the effect this was having on me until high school where I will admit that I grew resentful of the way my body looks. It took a couple of photography classes for me to realize: most of this, if not all, was due to the magical powers of Adobe Photoshop. I unfollowed all of these Instagram models and instead pushed myself to follow more photography accounts that didn’t make me hate my body.

It took a while for my relationship with social media to heal after that. However, my relationship with technology itself was flourishing. I was learning and creating art through Adobe Photoshop and a DSLR camera. I was using the photography studio at my school daily, and pushing out photos that I was extremely proud of.

Around the time I went into college was when my social media healed enough to start being more active there. Instead of Instagram, which I post on rarely, I chose a more casual platform to me: Twitch. I started, and still continue to, stream every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.

I met a few online friends through that platform that I love to play, stream, and converse with. Some live a state over, and some live all away across the world in Japan.

I look forward to every Tuesday through Thursday, excited to play Stardew Valley, Uno, Valorant, Call of Duty: Cold War, or any other game that I want to play then; either on my own or with my newfound friends. This schedule has given me something to look forward to and a social life that is fulfilling during the Covid Pandemic.

In the very end, I would say my relationship with tech is rapidly expanding, with learning new things about stream equipment and how to apply them to make my stream more fun for both me and my viewers. I also realize that I am not obligated to join every social media platform and that is perfectly okay. This newfound casualty of Twitch as my main social media platform, alongside all the friends I found through there warm my heart and make me feel less alone. I finally feel like I belong in the digital world.

This piece was written by Jaden Fernandez, Student Contributor

Respond to this case study… How has your relationship with social media changed over time? Consider both how you have changed on a personal level and how the technology itself has evolved. Have you swapped platforms? Developed new habits? Found or left communities?

Dominating today: The platform economy

…we are in the middle of a contest to define the contours of what we call the “platform society”: a global conglomerate of all kinds of platforms, which interdependencies are structured by a common set of mechanisms.”

– José Van Dijck and Thomas Poell, Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space . Social Media + Society, July-December 2015: 1.

Human-to-human connection is what social media is supposed to be about. This belief, this hope , was an impetus for this book when I began writing it in 2016. Historically, human-to-human connection was also what the internet itself reached for, at least in the dreams of its creators. This Web 1.0 or the “read-only” web as it would later be called was quite limited in its reach compared to today. And yet…that potentially infinite web of networks was still a wonder, and a site of international connections and information wars (as you’ll see in Chapter 5 with the Zapatistas).

Then what happened? Well on the surface, the web simply became more social. By the early 2000s with Web 2.0 and the “read/write web,” great excitement and euphoria surrounded the participatory cultures that blossomed on Web 2.0 sites. The wonder of the web refracted across our lives, as we marveled at how easily we could connect with one another. This world of connections broadened our human imaginations and expectations in irreversible ways. And many were overjoyed when, by 2009, all this human connection grew teeth – which is to say viability in the form of real currency exchange – with the “sharing economy” that enabled regular folk to share services and goods with one another. Platforms that began as tiny businesses with few assets gained tremendous value as the places to go to socialize online, with family, with customers, with friends, with influencers. The more real or potential network connections we had who used a platform, the more certain we became that we had to use it too. In the platform economy, the more, the merrier. These network effects continue to drive audiences to platforms at dizzying rates, rapidly eclipsing product pipelines and business models that dominated in times past.

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Behind the visible connections, all this sociality also marked the beginning of voracious – yet invisible – intermediaries. We were giddily giving up our data in exchange for the peer-to-peer exchange of services, a backroom exchange with implications few would recognize for nearly another decade.

And today? Welcome to the “platform society,” in which we are connected to one another, but only through platforms that derive immense power from and over our human connections.

What are platforms?

I define a platform as follows:

Platform: An ecosystem that connects people and companies while retaining control over the terms of these connections and ownership of connection byproducts such as data.

Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon: These are the major platforms that José Van Dijck argues have defined how society and both public and private life function today. These platforms reach deeply into human lives worldwide, with their publicly understood purposes forming only a fraction of their activities and profits. And rippling from these big four platforms are smaller ones, which emulate their models in various ways. These platforms and their stakeholders transform not just what we buy and enjoy but what we need to live and thrive: how we educate, how we govern and are governed, and how we structure our societies.

The impact of globally operating platforms on local and state economies and cultures is immense, as they force all societal actors—including the mass media, civil society organizations, and state institutions—to reconsider and recalibrate their position in public space. (Van Dijk and Poell, 1.)

Platforms have a profound effect on how societal life is organized. Airbnb has changed not just the hospitality sector, but also neighborhood dynamics and social life. Uber has not only affected the taxi industry; it has affected the construction of roads and public transportation services. We do not yet vote through platforms, yet they have had irreversible effects on our elections. Today almost every sector of public life has become platformized: Higher Education. News and Journalism. Fitness and Health. Hospitality. Transportation. And in these platforms, transactions that are visible to consumers are undergirded by other transactions in which consumers become unwitting producers, their data a form of currency that subsidizes the transactions the chose to engage in in the first place.

Future directions in the online world

With so much human activity and cultural expression enabled in Web 2.0, what is Web 3.0? Look this up on the web and you will find no shortage of responses. There is no consensus – no agreement among experts or among users. We don’t even know if we are already using Web 3.0, because it is hard to know where Web 2.0 ends.

Surely one valuable perspective on the present and the future of the internet would come from Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the internet in 1989. (It was released to the public in the 1990s; read more of that history here. )

Today Tim Berners-Lee has a new mission – to make sure we really are connected by the internet. He describes what drove him to pursue this mission this way:

“Now people feel very disempowered, because the end result is that they’re telling their computer who their friends are, and who’s in the photographs, and planning things and designing things — and those plans and designs and friendships are sucked up and held by these social networks. And they’re not really social networks, they’re silos.”

The data you create as you move across online spaces is often controlled and owned by those spaces. Berners-Lee is now working to develop new methods of linking data across virtual space without relying upon governments, corporations, or the many others with an interest in controlling that data. You can read more about this new mission in this TechCrunch article .

“Right now we have the worst of both worlds, in which people not only cannot control their data, but also can’t really use it,” Berners-Lee said in the project’s announcement last year. “Our goal is to develop a web architecture that gives users ownership over their data.”

Case Study: Old vs. New Media

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My journey with technology

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Technology has always fascinated me. It is incredible how quickly I can look up anything I want to with just a quick Google search. It has certainly made research for school-related things much easier. My mom always lets me know how good I have it; how she had to go to the library and read a book to find information I can access in only a few seconds. I’m not sure if I could survive without the internet. How else would I have translated my Spanish homework or looked up how to solve a math problem I’m stuck on. It’s difficult for me to imagine my life without technology. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is to check my phone; to check my school email, definitely not to scroll through Instagram and watch YouTube. During the summer of 2020 I got a job at a family-owned BBQ restaurant called Word of Mouth Grill as a cashier, server, and sometimes as a cook. I made an amazing potato salad if I do say so myself. The restaurant has an Instagram account where they post aesthetically pleasing pictures of the food they serve. Word of Mouth is an hour and a half away from U of A and I can’t just pop down to visit very often. Yet I must suffer because every day I see pictures of their food. It’s like I can smell the pulled pork through the screen.

In all seriousness though, my life would be so much different without technology and social media. I would have to check a physical newspaper to find out what’s going on in the world instead of simply clicking the apple news app. I feel like I would be uninformed if that were the case. Additionally, I would have fewer news sources to choose from. I would have to subscribe to numerous papers just so I can fact-check them with the other ones I read. Sounds a bit too tedious to me.

I also find the link between video games and socializing compelling. Yes, you hear about people being able to communicate through things like Snapchat, Facebook, and other social media ] platforms , but people often forget that video games are another way of communicating. I’ve met some great friends from being randomly put into Destiny PvP lobbies and I still play and talk with them to this day. Though I sometimes get paired with 10-year-old who think they are better at the game than me… Unfortunately, they are sometimes. I don’t mention it that often because it hurts my ego. Video games have also allowed me to keep in contact with my younger sister. We log on to Minecraft and play together for hours even though we are an hour and a half away from each other. Games are often painted by the media as bad for your health and addictive. While that may be true in some cases, I’ve experienced the positive effects of gaming. Sure, I’ve procrastinated on homework so I can play one more game more than a few times, but I feel that the positive effects of video games greatly outweigh the negatives. Video games have helped me escape the world and clear my mind when I’m feeling stressed or down and have certainly helped me stay in contact with my friends.

I’m still not sure what I want to do with my life yet, but I am sure that I want to explore the wonders of technology more. I believe that we can do so much good with technology and social media if we focus on building the world up instead of trying to use it for selfish purposes.

Hi, my name is Tyler Amberg and my pronouns are she/her. I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. I love playing lacrosse and skiing. Well, when I have access to snow that is, it’s a bit difficult in the desert. I love movies, old and new, and will binge-watch them for hours with my little sister; who is also my best friend.

Respond to this case study… What affordances do you take for granted? How would your day-to-day life change if a technology you relied upon was no longer available? What might you substitute or repurpose to fill that need?

Core Concepts and Questions

Core concepts, broadcast media.

one subcategory of older media, including television and radio, that communicates from one source to many viewers

print media

a subcategory of older paper-based media such as newspapers, books, and magazines, that many users access individually

technological convergence

blending of old and new media. For example, cellular phones were once shaped more like analog (non-digital) phones

sites that afford user contributions, such as likes and votes

a concept encompassing all the norms, values, and related behaviors that people who have interacted in a social group over time agree on and perpetuate

net neutrality

a shorthand name for a key set of features that have made the internet what it is today

an ecosystem that connects people and companies while retaining control over the terms of these connections and ownership of connection byproducts such as data

network effects

the more a platform is used, the more likely that platform is where we go to interact with family, or friends, or customers, or all of these. In other words, in the platform economy, the more, the merrier

Core Questions

A. questions for qualitative thought.

  • What are examples of qualities that digital media have inherited from traditional media other than those discussed here? Try to think of some that don’t make the new media work better.
  • Can you give an example of a site that allows you to create and share? And then of one that still treats you like little more than “eyeballs”? Explain.
  • Do you think you are part of “the people formerly known as the audience?” Is it still possible to feel that you are only an audience (not a participant) in the age of social media? Or are there different terms we should use now?
  • Try to conceptualize a platform that you use. Make it a place, familiar or imaginary. How is it organized? Who is there? How are they behaving?

B. Review: Which is the best answer?

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Solar-Powered Living: Social Media Ideas for Solar Panel Businesses

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By Ivan Vislavskiy

With so many social media platforms to choose from, whether you’re obsessed with photography or love to make a quick video, it’s no surprise so many people are finding their new favorite brands and businesses on social platforms. And when it comes to elevating your solar panel business, reaching your potential clients is all about tapping into the power of social media. Increasing sustainability awareness propels a surge in demand for solar energy solutions, emphasizing the necessity of effective marketing strategies for businesses. From Facebook to Instagram, Twitter to LinkedIn, the avenues for engaging with potential customers are abundant.

To help you take full advantage of the potential of social media, our team at Comrade Digital Marketing is sharing six dynamic social media marketing strategies tailored specifically for solar panel businesses. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just stepping into the solar game, these strategies promise to elevate your online presence, drive engagement, and ultimately, shine a brighter light on your brand.

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5 Winning Social Media Approaches for Solar Panel Enterprises

No matter what industry you’re in, taking full advantage of the powers of social media is essential to reach new clients, and the same goes for a solar panel business. To help you ensure your solar business makes the most of what social media has to offer, we are sharing six strategic approaches to help elevate your online presence, engage potential customers, and drive conversions. Start implementing these tactics today to illuminate your brand’s success in the digital landscape.

1. Targeted Content Creation and Distribution

For solar panel businesses, targeted content creation and distribution are essential for engaging with their audience and establishing industry authority. Content should focus on addressing the needs and interests of potential customers while showcasing the benefits of solar energy. Topics could include “The Advantages of Solar Energy for Homeowners,” “How Solar Panels Work,” or “Tips for Maximizing Solar Panel Efficiency.” By providing valuable information, businesses can position themselves as trusted sources of knowledge within the solar industry.

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Moreover, distributing this content across relevant social media platforms ensures maximum reach and engagement. For example, sharing informative blog posts on LinkedIn can attract homeowners interested in sustainable energy solutions, while visually appealing infographics on Facebook or Instagram can capture the attention of a broader audience.

By tailoring content to each platform’s audience and format, solar panel businesses can effectively engage with users and drive traffic to their websites or landing pages.

Partnering with Comrade Digital Marketing can streamline the process of content creation and distribution for solar panel businesses. Our team of experienced marketers can develop a content strategy aligned with your business objectives and target audience. From blog posts and videos to social media updates and email newsletters, we’ll ensure your content resonates with potential customers and positions your brand as a leader in the solar industry.

Comrade Digital Marketing Agency can help you with the above if you’re unsure how to go about it. Schedule a free consultation.

2. Customer Testimonials and Case Studies

Customer testimonials and case studies serve as powerful social proof for solar panel businesses, showcasing the real-life experiences of satisfied customers and demonstrating the effectiveness of their products or services. By featuring testimonials from homeowners who have successfully transitioned to solar energy, businesses can build trust and credibility with potential customers. For example, sharing a testimonial from a homeowner who reduced their energy bills by 50% after installing solar panels can inspire others to make the switch.

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Additionally, case studies provide detailed insights into the process of going solar, highlighting specific challenges and solutions along the way. Businesses can share stories of successful installations, including before-and-after photos and data on energy savings. These case studies not only demonstrate the tangible benefits of solar energy but also address common concerns or objections potential customers may have.

By presenting real-world examples of how solar panels have transformed lives, businesses can persuade prospects to take action.

Let our team help you leverage the voices of happy customers. At Comrade Digital Marketing, we understand the importance of leveraging customer testimonials and case studies to drive conversions for solar panel businesses. Our team can assist in collecting and curating testimonials from satisfied customers, as well as crafting compelling case studies that resonate with your target audience.

3. Engaging Visuals and Infographics

Whether for solar panel companies or your own social platform, compelling visuals and infographics are essential for catching the audience’s interest and simplifying intricate details into easily understandable content. With the visually-driven nature of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, businesses can leverage high-quality images and infographics to showcase the benefits of solar energy in an engaging way. For instance, creating infographics that illustrate the cost savings of solar panels over time or visually compare different types of solar panel installations can effectively educate and persuade potential customers.

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Furthermore, incorporating visually appealing content into social media posts can increase shareability and virality, expanding the reach of a business’s message.

By creating eye-catching graphics that highlight key statistics or facts about solar energy, businesses can spark conversations and encourage users to engage with their content.

For example, sharing an infographic on Twitter that illustrates the environmental benefits of solar power could prompt followers to retweet and share with their own networks, amplifying the business’s message across the platform.

At Comrade Digital Marketing, we specialize in designing visually stunning content that resonates with audiences and drives engagement for solar panel businesses. From custom graphics and infographics to video animations and interactive content, we’ll help your brand stand out in the crowded social media landscape. Let us elevate your social media marketing efforts with compelling visuals that capture the attention of potential customers and inspire them to learn more about solar energy.

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4. Targeted Advertising Campaigns

For solar panel businesses looking to reach their ideal customers on social media, targeted advertising campaigns offer a powerful solution to increase brand awareness and drive conversions. By leveraging advanced targeting options available on platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn, businesses can narrow down their audience based on demographics, interests, and behaviors relevant to solar energy. For example, targeting homeowners in specific geographic areas who have shown an interest in environmental causes or renewable energy sources can ensure ads reach those most likely to be interested in solar panel installations.

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Moreover, incorporating relevant keywords related to solar energy into ad campaigns can further refine targeting and attract highly qualified leads. Keywords such as “solar panel installation,” “renewable energy solutions,” or “solar power systems” can help businesses connect with users actively seeking information or services related to solar energy.

By strategically incorporating these keywords and crafting compelling ad copy, businesses can increase the visibility of their ads and drive more specialized traffic to their websites or landing pages.

With Comrade Digital Marketing’s expertise in targeted advertising strategies, solar panel businesses can maximize the effectiveness of their social media campaigns and achieve their marketing goals. Our team will work closely with you to identify your target audience, develop tailored ad campaigns, and optimize performance for maximum ROI. With our help, we can ensure your targeted ads really work, truly driving leads and growth for your business.

5. Social Media Contests and Giveaways

Social media contests and giveaways offer an effective way for solar panel businesses to increase engagement, expand their reach, and generate buzz around their brand on social media platforms. By hosting contests that encourage user participation and interaction, businesses can foster a sense of community and excitement among their followers. For example, hosting a photo contest where users can submit pictures of their solar panel installations or renewable energy projects can not only showcase the company’s work but also encourage user-generated content and engagement.

Furthermore, giveaways provide an opportunity for solar panel businesses to reward their loyal followers and attract new ones. Offering prizes such as free energy audits, solar panel maintenance packages, or eco-friendly solar accessories can incentivize users to participate in contests and share the business’s content with their networks.

By requiring participants to like, comment, or share the giveaway post, businesses can increase the visibility of their brand and reach a wider audience on social media.

Ensure your contests and giveaways really drive interest with a little help. With Comrade Digital Marketing’s expertise in social media marketing strategies, solar panel businesses can leverage contests and giveaways to enhance their online presence and attract more followers. Our team will work closely with you to develop creative contest ideas, promote them across social media platforms, and measure the success of your campaigns. Let us help you engage with your audience, increase brand awareness, and drive more leads through social media contests and giveaways.

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How to Measure the Success of Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

There’s another reason so many businesses are placing their bets on social media marketing – the analytics. To ensure you make data-driven decisions for your social media marketing, tap into Buffer’s analytics tools for your solar panel business. Follow this step-by-step guide to discover how to measure the success of your campaigns, optimize content, and engage your audience effectively:

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Log in to your Buffer account.

Navigate to the “Analytics” tab at the top of the dashboard.

Click on “Posts” to view post-specific analytics.

Analyze engagement metrics such as likes, shares, and comments to gauge post success.

Click on “Overview” to get a holistic view of your social media performance.

Review key metrics like reach, engagement rate, and clicks to assess overall campaign effectiveness.

Utilize the “Comparison” feature to compare different time periods or platforms.

Click on “Top Posts” to identify high-performing content and replicate successful strategies.

Explore the “Audience” tab to understand your followers’ demographics and preferences.

Use audience insights to tailor future content and improve targeting.

Experiment with the “Optimal Timing” feature to schedule posts for maximum impact.

Monitor analytics regularly and adjust your social media strategy based on performance trends.

Make the most of your solar marketing with Buffer’s comprehensive analytics suite. From post-specific insights to audience demographics, empower your marketing strategy with data-driven decisions. With this tool, you can stay ahead of the curve, maximize engagement, and drive growth.

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Social media is about so much more than an aesthetically pleasing picture. With our tips and tricks, you can get the full benefits of social media for your solar panel business, not only creating meaningful connections but driving results, too. With these six effective strategies, you’re well on your way to standing out in the crowded market of solar installers. And no matter where your solar marketing ventures take you, r emember, consistency, authenticity, and engagement are key to success with your clients.

If you’re ready to elevate your social media game and truly stand out in the renewable energy market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Comrade Digital Marketing . Let’s collaborate to amplify your online presence and attract more solar enthusiasts to your brand. Contact us today an d let’s get started on your solar marketing campaign together!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should you budget for social media marketing for your solar panel business.

Budgeting for social media marketing for solar companies can vary based on factors like target audience, ad objectives, and competition in the solar marketing sector. On average, allocating around $1,000 to $5,000 per month is a good starting point to generate solar leads through social media channels and establish a strong social media presence. However, larger campaigns aimed at selling solar services to social media users might require budgets exceeding $10,000 monthly.

Should you allocate a separate budget for each social media platform, or can you use a single budget for all platforms?

It’s advantageous for residential solar installers to allocate a separate budget for each social media platform to effectively target and sell solar services. While it’s possible to use a single budget for all platforms, dividing budgets enables better control over spending and the implementation of tailored strategies for each platform’s unique audience demographics and ad formats, thus maximizing opportunities to reach potential customers.

How long does it take to see results from social media marketing for a solar panel business?

Results from social media marketing efforts for a solar company typically start becoming noticeable within the first few months. However, significant growth and ROI often take around 6 to 12 months to materialize. It’s important to remain consistent with content creation, audience engagement, and ad campaigns to build momentum and see sustained results over time.

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