Can You Put a Dollar Amount on a Facebook Fan?

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Facebook is bigger than anyone ever imagined it would be, and it's not done growing. Businesses are finding more ways to use it to their benefit, and more people seem to be willing to get involved with brands on the social network.

What value would you place on a Facebook fan? Let us know.

Businesses are getting traffic from Facebook, but they're also forming relationships, and direct lines into the news feeds of those who are perhaps most likely to spend money with them.

A Dollar Amount for Facebook Fans

A study from Syncapse and hotspex (via Matthew Ingram) indicates that the average annualized value of an individual Facebook fan is $136.38. Explaining its methodology, Syncapse explains, "Syncapse has adopted a unique approach to understanding the financial returns that social members on Facebook provide to a business. Facebook fan ROI can be understood though a knowledge of key performance indicators that have traditionally led to increased sales and profit in business and the key differences between Facebook users who have opted to 'fan' a brand and those who have not."

You can read the report (pdf) to get all the specifics, but the study looks at product spending, brand loyalty, propensity to recommend, brand affinity, and earned media value. Some other key findings from the report include:

- On average, fans spend an additional $71.84 on products for which they are fans compared to those who are not fans.

- Fans are 28% more likely than non-fans to continue using the brand.

- Fans are 41% more likely than non-fans to recommend a fanned product to their friends.

Obviously, as this is just a study of a percentage of Facebook users and brands, you can't take this information as gospel, but the findings are interesting nevertheless, as ROI remains a chief concern among businesses trying to justify a budget for social media.

"Likes" Continue to Boost Traffic

TypePad released an interesting graph finding that once it introduced Facebook Like to its blog sidebar, over 1,500 bloggers installed it, accounting for a 50% increase in referral traffic from Facebook to all TypePad blogs.

TypePad shows Facebook Traffic Growth to Blogs since addition of Like Button

Then, they intoduced a Like button in the post footer, which aso boosted traffic. Within a few weeks, over 2,400 bloggers had added it and referral traffic from Facebook increased by 200%, TypePad says.

I would imagine that the more cases we look at in which sites add Facebooks's Like button or other social plugins, the more stories we'll see of increased traffic.

Growth Not Stopping

Facebook already has the masses and that growth will continue as more sites realize the added value of the social plugins. As we've already seen, privacy concerns have done little to deter growth.

Curt Hopkins at ReadWriteWeb looks at some interesting numbers from Vincenzo Cosenza, showing Facebook's growth in different countries. Facebook is listed as the leading social network in 111 of 131 countries surveyed.

The point is, the more people there are using Facebook, the more traffic brand can potentially get. The more that a site integrates itself with Facebook, the better chance it has of capitalizing on that.

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Chris Crum

Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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