Boost your bottom line by sharing online

CAN you pin a dollar value on a positive tweet or Facebook like?

According to a new report from social data platform ShareThis, the answer is an emphatic yes.

Across all sharing platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Yelp), seeing a positive online share - a post on Facebook, for instance, by someone who loves Dove soap - corresponds to a 9.5% increase in purchase intent.

On the flip side, encountering a negative online share or review - a post on Facebook by someone who absolutely hates Dove - can reduce a product's desirability by as much as 11%.

How does that translate to the bottom line?

ShareThis argues that when consumers see a positive share, recommendation or review online, that information increases their willingness to pay a higher price for the endorsed product.

ShareThis surveyed 6000 people about their purchasing choices, asking about products in three price tiers: cars, consumer electronics and groceries.

Depending on the original sticker price of the item, they find that a positive share will lead their survey respondents to pay an extra $799 to $9336 for a vehicle, an additional $22 to $34 for a mini-tablet, and another $0.24 to $1.54 for goods sold in a supermarket.

Within the world of online promotions, not all shares are created equal.

Consumers value recommendations most when they come from close friends and family members.

For pricier products like cars and tech products, they'll also consider professional reviews, like the kind in consumer reports.

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