Facebook Likes Almost Three Times More Valuable Than Tweets

ChompOn, a company that provides a white label group buying service, similar to Groupon, that restaurants and other businesses can provide their customers directly, recently released a report (PDF) that used its wealth of marketing data to estimate the value of tweets, Facebook shares and other social networking behavior.

What the report found was that, for their customers and buyers, every share on Facebook was worth about $14 where every tweet was worth only $5. Likewise, a Facebook like, meaning someone was following the account on Facebook, was worth $8 but every Twitter follower was worth only $2.

ChompOn, however, did acknowledge that the value of likes and followers may be much higher due to long-term loyalty.

But even if the exact figures are off, the report shows the relative value between Twitter and Facebook and it paints a very bleak picture for the value of Twitter.

But does this mean that Twitter is dead or dying for marketing? Not likely at all.

Why Facebook Friends are Worth More?

Though the ChompOn report doesn’t speculate as to why Facebook actions are much more valuable than Twitter ones, there are several probable explanations.

  1. Less Noise: Most people have far fewer Facebook “Friends” than Twitter followers. This keeps the noise down and makes the message more likely to come through.
  2. Closer Friends: People more closely monitor who they friend on Facebook and many, if not most, limit their interactions to friends and family. This makes any recommendation on Facebook much more powerful, coming from someone that the viewer probably knows and trusts.
  3. More Users: Though Facebook users tend to keep a smaller social circle, there are far more Facebook users than Twitter users. This makes the potential reach of Facebook much, much higher.
  4. More Media: Where a tweet is pretty much just 140 characters of text and link, a Facebook message can have images, video, and much more text.
  5. Better Demographics: As the above demographics study showed, Facebook users tend to be more brand loyal and are more likely to update their status every day.In short, they are more committed to the brand and more likely to be there to share when they are wanted.

Of course, all of this is pure speculation but these are very likely factors in the nearly 3x valuation of Facebook shares over tweets. However, this doesn’t mean that Twitter is dead, just that it has a different purpose altogether.

Why Twitter Still Matters

While all of that being said is true, what Twitter lacks in quality it can make up for in quantity. For example, where a Twitter follower might only be worth a quarter of a Facebook “Like”, one can often get 5x-10x more Twitter followers than Facebook likes.

Since Twitter is viewed as less personal, people are more inclined to follow companies and marketers, making it easier to grow an audience.

Furthermore, even if tweets are significantly less valuable than likes, they still do add value. A five dollar tweet is still five dollars that the company did not have before. It is still, most likely, very much worth the time and effort to participate in Twitter.

That being said, Twitter is clearly a game of quantity over quality for social media, where Facebook is more about building fewer, higher-quality connections.

On that note, marketers, large and small, need to be aware of these differences and learn how to use these two promotional tools to their advantage. Ignoring the nature of these two services risks making your time on them useless.

Both sites still matter but have very different cultures and goals. What’s right for one is not right for the other and, at times, a business that does well on one won’t on the other, The goal isn’t to find the “best” solution for everyone but, rather, to find the best solution for your particular needs.

That, in turn, is why demographics like OnChomp’s can be so important, helping paint a clearer picture of what the sites can provide.

This was a guest post by Lior who works for 123 neon signs and also acts as a marketing advisor for iAdvize.com.


35 thoughts on “Facebook Likes Almost Three Times More Valuable Than Tweets”

  1. Abhik says:

    Well researched post, I must say.
    But, I got a few conversions from twitter and none from Facebook. Therefor, the story is somewhat different for me.

    1. Yea, there’s just too much noise on Twitter with all the stupid stuff that trends, like endless Justin Bieber stuff.

      1. God… Amen to that.. Bieber is killing me lol

        1. I think you need to go with evergreen trends – that justin stuff will pass quickly enough and too many marketers already try to jump on those trends making competing for search engine ranking really hard. Far better to build up a site like this one and compete on sooooo many levels over time.

          My two cents
          Peter

      2. You can filter out the noise on twitter with targeted searches on topic you want to connect and tweet about though. I’ve found if you make multiple posts on different topics on FB people tend to get annoyed.

    2. yeah different people different strategy

  2. yup, i agree with this because per like is compare to the followers, so what ever we are updating in our page, will easily forwarded to the followers, who are all likes the page.

  3. Can see this alright, just starting out myself but facebook is a lot more useful than twitter, I also think it is because of the demographics and local people will be drawn to their own

  4. Indeed Facebook is more powerful then Twitter, we can’t deny that. However, having a lot of targeted Twitter followers is also very useful and you can place monetize your twitter account.

    1. Abhik says:

      I agree.. If you have targeted followers, you can monetize it quite well.

    2. Yup, I’ve seen John getting $1’000 for a sponsored tweet!

      1. i cant get you dude, sponsored tweet means,

    3. There are a lot of neat things you can do with Twitter that most people just don’t know about though. If you target your followers and your tweets you can connect with and create some great partners.

  5. I didn’t realize there was such a discernable difference between the two sites – I thought both were equally powerful – from a marketing perspective I do find twitter easier because it is quicker than loading things on Facebook, but given the stats above I might have to rethink my strategy, lol.
    Thanks
    Peter

    1. I didn’t realize this either, but it’s great information to use now.

  6. It depends on what niche you are in. If you’re in showbiz, for example, then Twitter might be more effective in terms of monetizing broadcasts. This therefore makes the tweets more valuable.

  7. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Everyday I got lots of visitors from facebook.But a very less number from twitter.

    1. Do you just post tweets with links or do you engage with people on twitter that are interested in what you have to offer? You really can target people quite well on twitter.

  8. PPC Ian says:

    Awesome title to this post, it really says it all. I have 17,000 Twitter followers but only 820 something Facebook fans. That said, I end up getting a lot more traffic from Facebook because these are 820 loyal fans!

  9. fas says:

    Everybody uses facebook, not everybody uses twitter.

    1. Well I’d say give it time.

      I doubt it gets at the same level, but it’s growing fast…

  10. Andrew says:

    I’ve only been using Twitter for a little over a year now, and I’ve got considerably less followers than friends and I find that to be the case for most people that aren’t professional marketers or celebrities. If you’re just an average person using Twitter, my guess is you’ll have more friends on Facebook than followers on Twitter. People “friend” you on Facebook because you are their “friend” and they want to keep up with you in some fashion. People follow you on Twitter because they are actually interested in what you have to say. I find the latter are much more rare than the former. Though, they each do have their value.
    I’ve learnt the value of various social media solutions from Cyan Solutions and their ability to create them for their clients.

  11. It differs for every people. For me, the traffic and conversion rate from Twitter is way ahead of Facebook.

  12. Allen Walker says:

    Another reason why Twitter still matters. You can only like a page once, but you can tweet it out hundreds of times. 🙂

  13. That’s the complete opposite of what I thought it would be. I would have thought twitter would be better than facebook.

  14. I think Twitter is a good way to build brand awareness and broadcast the word out. With Facebook you get more social influencers I think. What I am struggling with is how to jump start a fan page without “suggesting” it to all of my friends and family on my personal Facebook page. I don’t want them to think I’m spamming them or trying to sell them stuff, but it probably is the best way to kick it off.

  15. WTF News says:

    everyone has the net, and most people on the net have fbook these days.. its so good!

  16. Design Flyer says:

    Well all the best wishes to twitter and hopefully it will become equal to facebook value. There should be strong competition..

  17. I find Fb a waste of time, personally. IT hasn’t benefited me at all in the four years I’ve used it. Twitter, although congested somewhat, has done more for me in four months than FB did in four years.

  18. I supposed what we are saying here is size does not really matter as it all has to do with quality not quantity.

  19. christina says:

    great information about twitter and facebook its really gives us some matter to choose the best among the two

  20. if we use the facebook it can earn a traffic and money a lot

  21. singer divya says:

    because if any likes our page means, when we update any post , that will be forwarded to their page, so that only, can get more visitors.

  22. James C says:

    The entire article and nearly all the responses praising it are absolutely crazy.

    If you believe that a facebook share or twitter tweet has a tangible value than you can equate to $14 or $5, then you shouldnt be involved in marketing or advertising at all.

    Apply some common sense and think about what you are saying.

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