Consumer opinions towards online marketing communication and advertising on social networks

Author:Gheorghe Orzan - Otilia-Elena Platon
Position:Professor, Ph.D, Faculty of Marketing, The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest - Teaching Assistant, Ph.D.candidate, Faculty of Economic Sciences, ?Nicolae Titulescu' University, Bucharest
Pages:236-244
236 Lex ET Scientia. Economics Series
LESIJ NO. XIX, VOL. 2/2012
CONSUMER OPINIONS TOWARDS ONLINE MARKETING
COMMUNICATION AND ADVERTISING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Gheorghe ORZAN
Otilia-Elena PLATON
Abstract
On the Internet, a medium that has already proven its effectiveness in marketing activities,
changes take place with astonishing speed. The recent explosion of social networking applications
and their number of users has captured the marketers’ attention. Companies have started to rethink
their relationships with consumers and adapt to the new online world. In this virtual world of social
networks the public is the key element. Consumers perceive the social network as a personal space
where they control the content. They decide on their own what they want to see and share with
others. Thus, in order to manage marketing communications effectively, marketers must know the
consumers’ opinions towards their presence in social networks.
Keywords: online marketing, online advertising, social networks, Social Media, marketing
research
Introduction
Knowing that, currently, social networks, blogs, forums and sharing sites are the main centers
of interest for Internet users, marketers have started to rethink their online communication strategies
and adjust to the new trend. Many companies are realizing that having a website and making it
visible and easy to find through search engines (SEO) is simply not enough anymore. Nowadays it is
vital that their online presence includes a Social Media component on sites like Facebook, Google+,
Hi5, MySpace or Twitter.
The specialists’ opinion, expressed by the American research firm MarketingSherpa, is that
“Social Media moved from the notion of novelty to the one of necessity, and it should be perceived as
an integrated element of the business communication strategy.”1
Analyzing the maturing of this field, MarketingSherpa also noticed that most marketers, who
use Social Media tools, relied themselves more on intuition and did not ou tline a precise plan to
conduct and measure the success of their campaigns. Thus, the effectiveness of the online marketing
activities was usually affected.
This situation may be the consequence of the fact that, in general, co mmercial messages
posted on social networks belong to less known brands or companies, with little experience in
promoting their products/services. Another explanation may be the fact that many companies didn’t
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Professor, Ph.D, Faculty of Marketing, The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest (email:
orzang@ase.ro).
∗∗ Teaching Assistant, Ph.D.candidate, Faculty of Economic Sciences, „Nicolae Titulescu” University,
Bucharest (email: otiliapl@yahoo.com).
1 Sergio Balegno, Social Marketing ROAD Map Handbook: A method for mapping an effective social media
strategy, (Warren, Rhode Island: MarketingSherpa LLC, 2010),
http:// www.marketingsherpa.com/heap/SocialMediaHandbookExcerpt.pdf

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