Marketers say Facebook and Twitter are the most effective social networks for encouraging community engagement and content sharing related to events, according to a recent report from FreemanXP and the Event Marketing Institute.

The report was based on data from a survey of marketers at 100 large corporations (B2B and B2C), representing a range of industries, including information technology, healthcare, financial, automotive, and consumer products. Respondents were asked how they employ social media at in-person events, such as conferences, tradeshows, and functions organized by brands.

Some 37% of marketers surveyed rank Facebook as the most effective network for events community engagement, and 36% rank Twitter as the most effective. LinkedIn is a distant third, with 7% of respondents ranking it as most effective.

Though Facebook and Twitter come out on top overall, survey respondents view various social networks as being either more or less effective at various stages of the event cycle.

The following are the rankings for before, during, and after the event.

Before the Event

Facebook is considered the most effective social media platform leading up to events. The second and third highest-rated platforms are Twitter and LinkedIn, respectively.

During the Event

Twitter is rated the most effective social platform during an event, followed by Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

After the Event

The top 3 post-event social channels are Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, respectively.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of marketers at 100 large corporations (B2B and B2C), representing a range of industries, including information technology, healthcare, financial, automotive, and consumer products.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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