Why should you bother with social media? We came up with 41 reasons, taken from various sources, why you should integrate Social Media into your marketing efforts. Here’s our social media list, redux:
Over fifty percent of the world’s population is under 30-years-old.
All but 4% of them have joined a social network.
Facebook tops Google for weekly traffic in the United States.
Social Media has overtaken pornography as the number one activity on the Web.
One out of eight couples married in the United States last year met via social media.
Years it takes to reach 50 millions Users: Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…
Facebook added over 200 million users in less than a year.
iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it. (Ok, maybe some of us do have a choice).
If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s third largest ahead of the United States and only behind China and India.
Yet, QQ and Renren dominate China.
2009 U.S. Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction.
80% of companies use social media for recruitment; Percentage of these using LinkedIn 95%.
The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females.
Ashton Kutcher and Ellen Degeneres have more Twitter followers than the populations of Ireland, Norway, or Panama, which are in the couple of million.
Half of the mobile Internet traffic in the UK is for Facebook … people update anywhere, anytime…imagine what that means for bad customer experiences?
Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé, some universities have stopped distributing e-mail accounts.
Instead they are distributing electronic readers such as eReaders + iPads + Tablets.
What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…
The second largest search engine in the world is YouTube, though its not really a real search engine.
While you watch this 100+ hours of video will be uploaded to YouTube.
Wikipedia has over 15 million articles…studies show it’s more accurate than Encyclopedia Britannica…78% of these articles are non-English.
There are over 200,000,000 Blogs, a majority of them are inactive, but this is NOT one of them.
Because of the speed in which social media enables communication, word of mouth now becomes world of mouth.
If you were paid a $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia you would earn $1,712.32 per hour, which is a lot more than I make.
25% of search results for the World’s Top twenty largest brands are links to user-generated content.
34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands.
Do you like what they are saying about your brand? Do you even know what they’re saying about your brand? You better.
People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them.
78% of consumers trust recommendations given to them by their peers. 22%, don’t.
Only 14% trust advertisements.
Only 18% of traditional TV campaigns generate a positive ROI.
90% of people that can TiVo to skip through advertisments, do.
Kindle eBooks Outsold Paper Books on Christmas, but they didn’t outsell Chocolate Easter eggs on Easter.
24 of the 25 largest newspapers are experiencing record declines in circulation.
60 millions status updates happen on Facebook daily, two of which came today from our two blog posts.
We no longer search for the news, the news finds us, via RSS and other formats that is.
We will no longer search for products and services, they will find us via social media.
Social Media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate.
Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like Mad Men Listening first, selling second.
The ROI of social media is that your business will still exist in five years, unless you’re a really bad businessman.