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Empirical study investigating how corporations in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, and Japan use social media for financial communications, both on their own websites and on external platforms including mobile channels. Global benchmark of 190 companies including the 150 largest firms listed on DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average, USA), FTSE (Financial Times London Stock Exchange Index, UK), CAC (Cotation Assistée en Continu quarante, France), DAX (Deutscher Aktien-Index, Germany), NIKKEI (Nihon Keizai Shimbun Index, Japan), as well as the top 10 companies in regard to market cap, and the top 10 companies in regard to performance of the US mid- and small-cap indices Russell Midcap and Russell 2000. As the third annual study in a row, this research provides longitudinal data and in-depth analysis based on content analysis and statistical evaluation. Authors: Ansgar Zerfass and Kristin Koehler, University of Leipzig, Germany.