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Microsoft, Amazon and MTV Top 2015 Social Power Ranking

Lithium Alumni (Retired)


This year, Microsoft lands the #1 position, bumping Amazon to #2.  This is a huge surprise to some, considering Amazon has double the social media followers that Microsoft does (Microsoft has a combined Twitter and Facebook following of +14 million; where Amazon has +28 million combined followers).


Microsoft takes the crown because they are the most active and produce the most engaging content. They have a smaller social audience than other brands, but what sets them apart is that they engage. Their engagement with followers on social is critical (and some may say the only thing that matters) to their very high Klout Score of 98.90.


Microsoft also stands out in social, because they constantly share compelling stories (i.e. authentic customer stories), leverage other corporate accounts (such as @windows, @nokia, @outlook) to cross promote and are very active with customer care issues. They don’t shy away from responding quickly to customers (even with the good, bad and ugly commentary).


Not only are Microsoft’s revenues up, but they have also had recent successful product launches (i.e. Surface, Windows 10). All this, has helped their social ranking for 2015.


The Top 5 Brands

The top 5 brands in the Social Power Ranking—Microsoft, Amazon, MTV, Facebook and Google- have a few things in common that all brands should know to master their social skills.


Here are 5 things all brands can do to improve their Klout Scores:


1.      Personalized posting schedules: Our top 5 brands are all global so HQ time zones don’t really matter (and they shouldn’t) when engaging with social audiences. They post during the times of maximum engagement. For example, @Google (#5) posts at all hours and when it makes sense for their target audience. A recent tweet regarding German artists was posted at 4:00 a.m. PT (1:00 p.m. GMT).




Klout recently found that by posting personalized schedules brands can see an increase in reactions of 17% on Facebook and 4% on Twitter. For information on the best time to schedule your social posts, check out: When’s the best time to post on social?

2.      Compelling content: It’s no secret, content is still king especially when it comes to social media. The top 5 brands excelled at posting relevant, authentic content. They make it so easy for followers to want to “favorite” or “like” for maximum engagement. It’s all about provoking a conversation with consumers and @MTV (#3) is the poster child for posting compelling content. They frequently post (on Twitter +16 tweets a day) on the topics that matter most to their audience – everything from fashion, celeb news, music – obviously, food and all things pop culture.  Another thing that sets @MTV apart is that almost all their posts have a visual asset – an emoji, photo, meme or a video.  It’s all very compelling!




3.      Engage, Engage and Engage: Twitter recently reported that there has been a250 percent surge in tweets to B2C brands and their customer service usernames in the last two years. It’s no surprise, more customers opt to go to social media to interact with a brand and the brand must deliver. Engaging with your audience with compelling content is pretty table stakes at this point, but the top 5 brands took engagement to the next level by providing social customer care. Microsoft (#1) is a great example of this – they integrate with other corporate handles and are quick to respond to customer care issues.




4.      Be real (and in real-time): Social media is all about real-time content. Be ready to post about things that are currently happening to stay relevant and authentic. @Facebook (#4) is a good example because they retweet and post about live events. Most recently, their social team was all over Mark Zuckerberg’s town hall and helped their +179 million Twitter and Facebook followers feel a part of the live experience.




5.      Have fun! Your posts should not all be corporate focused, but should be about having a pulse on the latest trends. There’s so much going on every day andwhether you’re a B2C or B2B brand, why not jump on the trends? All of the top 5 have fun with their daily posts. Almost all brands posted about #NationalDessertDay, holidays, fun facts, promotions and sweepstakes. For example, @Amazon (#2) posted a “Too Much Monday, Not Enough Coffee” tweet, which received over 200 retweets and Favorites. Be sure to give your social audiences the daily content they want to help increase your Klout Score.




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Originally posted in  Social Media Today

About the Author
Eric Channing Brown has worked for more than two decades as a comms pro in Silicon Valley. Eric’s career has spanned almost every aspect of tech from chips and enterprise storage systems to Internet, media, and consumer apps companies. He has worked for some of the best-known companies in the industry including Sun Microsystems, NetApp, Yahoo!, Skype, and Microsoft. Eric is now VP of Global Comms at Lithium Technologies.
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 "Be real in real time while having fun" is the way to go to be Top 5 for sure !! Smiley Very Happy

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This actually makes sense. Microsoft has 30+ facebook pages, an equally high number of twitter accounts, plus LinkedIn groups dedicated to enterprise products that are managed and moderated by Microsoft employees and several youtube channels providing videos about products, technologies, and research. Although not considered social media, per se, Microsoft also has several accounts where they gather feedback and suggestions, allow users to vote on suggestions posted by other users, then actually respond by adding the most desired features and modifying functionality to products. Setting up a dedicated mechanism to listen to users and then demonstrating that they are actually listening raises the bar for all tech companies to do the same.