We return to our regularly scheduled programming — with no more vacation pictures or campaign spots for a while.
Emarketer, citing findings from a six-month Simply Measured study, says that although brands are flocking to Google+, they’re not seeing the level of consumer engagement found on other networks. Maybe it’s because no one is on Google+:
Emarketer points to a February 2012 study by Arbitron and Edison Research found that only 8% of U.S. consumers had a profile on Google+.
Still, Google+ is in its infancy and Facebook ain’t dead yet.
Meanwhile, Ad Age Digital reported Monday that brands aren’t “hanging out” so much as they are “pinning” — as the all-seeing-all-knowing Internet giant takes fourth place in mindshare behind social media darling Pinterest.
The Ad Age article steps beyond the brands’ lack of interest and nicely summarizes a bigger problem with Google+:
The broad consensus is that Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return.
This girl is part of the masses who flocked and then fled. I’ve set up a profile, and I have returned from time to time, but my other friends aren’t on — they’re not sharing, not engaging. I interact most on Google+ with strangers who have shared this blog through their profiles. Although I believe Google+ will have a bigger place in social media and digital marketing, I believe the adopters must first shake their unwavering loyalty to Facebook. And that could take a helluva lot longer than a mere nine months.