Study: Social media ads increasingly less popular among viewers

New research from Sprout Social finds that brand managers have their work cut out from them on online networks. How can your organization stand out from the pack?

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Americans have a dimming view of online advertising.

That’s the gist of a new report from Sprout Social, a social media monitoring and management provider, in which over 1,000 Americans were surveyed for their opinions about advertisements. The report found that when perusing social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, users ignored a lot of brands’ offerings.

Whether or not the downturn can be pinned on increased fears over how user data is being handled, the results are clear. Twenty-seven percent of consumers say their opinion of social media has worsened, with 58 percent saying their dismay stems from the proliferation of ads.

The study’s findings highlight a growing problem for communicators: How can brand messages break through the noise and reach a overstimulated general public?

The study suggests these tactics to stop users from scrolling past brand messaging:

1. Entertain your audience.

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