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Consumers Don’t Buy on Social Media, New Survey Indicates

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Consumers Don't Buy on Social Media, New Survey Indicates

A new survey said consumers don’t buy on social media, despite the fact that small businesses are trying to reach them there.

Constant Contact surveyed over 2,000 consumers and small-business leaders and found the two groups often differ about what content, communication methods and online experiences are most valuable.

The survey found that 63% of small businesses were most likely to use social media to promote themselves online, and 24% said it was their most critical marketing channel to drive business during the pandemic.

But while 45% of shoppers said social media was effective at getting their attention, they said they were much more likely to buy following an email or a text. 34% cited email as the most helpful method of communication when considering a purchase, 30% cited text messages, and 20% cited social media. (Note that Constant Contact is an email list-hosting service.)

The survey also found that 40% of consumers were not influenced in purchasing decisions by emails checking on their well-being. Instead, emails with a clear discount code or coupon are most likely to be opened (77%) and lead to purchase (67%).

The survey was conducted for Constant Contact by WiseWorks, which surveyed 1,000 small businesses and over 1,000 consumers who had made at least one purchase online since March 1, 2021. Both surveys were conducted between June 23 and July 2, 2021.

You can find additional results on a special survey landing page and in the company’s press release on the Constant Contact website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

One thought on “Consumers Don’t Buy on Social Media, New Survey Indicates”

  1. Gee, maybe it’s because consumers have discovered that a lot of those advertisers are fictitious?
    I’m a member of the international Felter’s Guild & some of the pros in that org say their works poste in social media are captured & posted for sale in some of the shops advertising. I asked if those shops were actually able to produce & deliver the items and the reply was “NO.”

    I’ve also found that the same items advertised are to be found on Amazon cheaper–with free shipping. AND with reviews that will tell you whether the item is worth buying.

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