It could not have come at a better or worse time – depending on whether you are Google or Facebook. Or it may not matter at all given the continued high levels of adoption of “freemium” social media networking platforms.
For Facebook, it is basically ranked at the bottom of the deck by users when it comes to delivering on customer satisfaction – ergo, the user/customer exprience. Facebook is rated so low that it stands slightly above airlines and cable companies in general. Not surprising given that Facebook is really an Internet utility. Perhaps the only saving grace it that you don’t get a monthly bill.However, as a brand manager, you might want to ask yourself: “Do I really want to partner with a medium that is seen to deliver, in a measureable way, low customer value?”. Even worse, some social networks may even dimish the value you are trying to deliver via your brand.
Not to worry, it looks like Facebook will be around for a awhile. Consumers or should I say “users” are as addicted to some forms of social media in a classic love/hate relationship. Things might be different however, if they had to actually pay to use this utility.
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– Ted Morris, 4ScreensMedia