The year 2009 boasts a wealth of historic events including the nomination of America’s first African American president (Barack Obama), Bernard Madoff heading to the slammer, Michael Jackson’s sudden death, Tiger Woods being burned alive by the press, multiple plane accidents, and — most importantly — an explosion of interest in Social Media marketing.
Prior to 2009, marketing professionals used social channels to promote companies, but the terminology for such a medium wasn’t widely known or accepted. I remember marketing simple websites on ICQ, Hotline (The Big Red H), and forums back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, but nobody referred to the medium as “Social Media” until recently.
From the looks of it, according to the above photo, a sudden slap in face woke businesses up in early 2009. Since the initial wake up call, search engine users looking for “Social Media” has risen dramatically and shows no signs of letting up. To infiltrate the market, Social Media agencies are popping up left and right — so quickly it reminds me of the dot-com boom. The ultimate question is: What does the future have in store?
I thought everyone would find this graph interesting, so I thought I’d share. 🙂
Aaron Schoenberger is Founder of The Brainchild Group — a top online advertising agency that specializes in strategic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media marketing. He’s known for his work with celebrity clients, top restaurants, professional athletes and Fortune 500 companies. Feel free to Contact Us for more information.