A new Constant Contact survey of more than 1,500 small businesses finds that social media marketing has surged to be a top contender in small businesses' marketing tool kit.
- 73% of small businesses report using social media to market their business, and this appears to be a growing trend.
- Of those who are not currently using social media marketing, 62% expect to begin using social media marketing in the coming year.
- Further, 81% of those currently using social media marketing expect to increase their efforts this year.
- This is in addition to, rather than instead of, other efforts, with small businesses still relying heavily on email, website, and event marketing, as well as advertising, to drive business.
For additional survey results, including small businesses' perceptions of the current economic situation, their challenges, and what they are doing to address those challenges, please see the key findings and our official press release.
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