2011: Social Media Marketing Consultants on the Decline and Other Predictions

In 2010, we were all enamored by social media marketing. Stories about folks getting fired because of their tweets or getting caught cheating thanks to Facebook were all the rage at parties. Okay…well…at least they were at the social gatherings I was attending. Now, we see a greater concern for privacy emerge and more people suffering from information overload.  Here are 3  trends I see emerging this year  –

Every Tweet Counts – In 2010, tweeting became a phenomenon. We saw hordes of people sign up, tweet about their lunch plans, and then promptly stop using the service after pronouncing it absolutely useless.  In 2011, we will see more people thinking before tweeting. We’ve passed the experimental stage. It is no longer cool to just tweet. What you say actually matters. (Imagine that!)  And, it goes beyond twitter. Businesses trying to reach audiences will have to give content (and content marketing) much more thought. It will no longer be enough to just have content. But, compelling content becomes more important than ever.

Social Media Marketing Consultants Decrease – In 2010, we also saw an increase in the social media marketing consultant population. Many in the industry complained that hacks and charlatans were at it again. Personally, I’ve  always felt that in an industry as young as ours, those who work hard and keep learning would always have a spot. (Here is my video How to be an Online Marketing Consultant via Shama Tv). In 2011, businesses will get more savvier. They aren’t falling for the whole “I know how to setup a Facebook page, so hire me” routine. They want more. They are understanding that social media has to be part of a bigger picture, and that an integrated approach is the key to success. In turn, more and more social media marketing consultants will be weeded out. And, as the bar gets raised, fewer will enter the field.

Barriers to Reach Consumers Increase – Increased noise + increase in the geriatric population = extreme choosiness online. Consumers will grow tired of “Liking” pages and following people on Twitter. We will see an increase in unsubscribes for blogs and newsletters. In 2011, consumers are cutting back on the noise. Only the best will survive, and businesses everywhere will have to step up their game!

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  • http://yourprofitclub.co.uk Paul Simister

    It was certainly interesting to see how many people became social media consultants in 2010 although I’m not yet sure about the decline.

    Social media is easy to try, difficult to do well so I believe that as more people try and find it doesn’t work for them, they may be more willing to seek training and advice since it’s still such a hot topic.

    I do agree with you about people cutting back on noise and being much choosier about the few people who resonate with them and can be trusted to provide great information.

    That puts the emphasis on combing valuable content plus establishing an attractive and engaging personality.

    A return to “know, like and trust” – well fancy that!

  • http://www.thebvc.co.uk David Pratt

    Hi As a recent advocate of getting it right rather than getting it in first I would be delighted if we can get rid of the noise merchants and the spoof gurus. Clients want to be treated with respect and the only way to gain that respect is to deliver with honour.
    David Pratt
    The Social Media Team Support Group