Roost Report Finds Four Times as Many Local Businesses Rank Social Media as Most Effective Marketing Channel Over Paid Search

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Inaugural Findings Show Local Businesses Flock to Social Media Because it Saves Money, is Fun and Effective

What Is Your Most Effective Marketing Channel?

What we see with these results are that social media marketing is an incredibly valuable part of a local business’s arsenol for success, said Alex Chang, CEO of Roost.

Roost, a technology company committed to helping local businesses find new customers and increase repeat business through social channels, today announced it will be releasing quarterly reports on the state of local business and its use of social media.

Each report will focus on top-of-mind topics and trends for local business, related to social media. Findings from the company’s inaugural report show local businesses are turning to social media in droves because not only is it fun to use, but it saves them money and is an effective tool for growth.

Social Marketing Makes its Mark
When asked what their most effective marketing channels were, 71.4 percent of small businesses polled by Roost reported ‘Social Marketing’ – more than four times more than the 15 percent who responded with traditional ‘Paid Search Marketing’. In addition, a full 87.3 percent believe social marketing is either ‘Somewhat Important’ or ‘Very Important’. Of the social networks local business tend to use most, 84.1 percent reported Facebook was the most effective for their business.

See Attached Charts for Findings on the Following Questions:
-What is your most effective marketing channel?
-How important is social marketing?
-Which social network is most effective for marketing your business?
-Why do you use Social Media to market your business? (user was asked to pick top 3)
-What problems have you had with Social Media?

Social Marketing Affects the Bottom Line
When asked why they use social media to market their business, the number one answer was ‘Saves me money’ with 46.1 percent. And it turns out social marketing is not only good for the bottom line, but for bringing enjoyment to the work day, as nearly 45 percent of respondents chose ‘It’s a fun way to interact with people’ as the main reason they use social media. Tied with ‘fun’ was ‘Keeps me top of mind’, which got 44.8 percent of the votes.

Social Media Needs Metrics
Although it is considered an effective and fun marketing channel for most of the Roost respondents, it turns out social media does not come without it’s challenges for local businesses. Just over 45 percent reported ‘Not sure how to measure success’ as their biggest problem with the medium, with ‘I didn’t know what to post’ close behind at 38.5 percent.

“What we see with these results are that social media marketing is an incredibly valuable part of a local business’s arsenol for success,” said Alex Chang, CEO of Roost. “There’s a low barrier to entry because it’s free and easy to get started with it. It’s also fun and a great way to interact with customers, many of whom prefer social media to other marketing channels. And most importantly, it works. These are all very important factors to local businesses who often have little time and budget but who want to attract new customers and grow their businesses.”

Roost will release its next report on Local Business and Social Media in September, 2011. The next topic will address how local Facebook Friends and Fans are releative to the businesses they follow. To participate in this survey, go to Roost and get your Roost Local Scorecard.

About Roost
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Roost is a unique social marketing platform entirely focused on helping small businesses and independent professionals manage their social presence and engage with their customers across key social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Roost has more than 30,000 people across over 50 industries using its social products. Roost's executive team is comprised of small business and social media experts from Walmart.com, Merchant Circle, Flixter and Social Gaming Network. The company is venture capital funded by Shasta Ventures and General Catalyst. To jumpstart your local business’s social marketing efforts visit http://www.roost.com.

Media Contacts:
Susie Marino
415-613-9138
susie(at)marino.com

Darlene Gannon
650-257-7616
darlene(at)conceptpr(dot)net

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