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Q2 2014 Consumer Sharing Trends Report Reveals New Insights Into the Devices, Channels and Topics that Drive Social Sharing.
The Consumer Sharing Trends Report analyzes consumer sharing behavior from Q2 2014 across nearly every social channel on desktop and mobile devices. When you look at mobile vs. desktop, mobile sharing is dramatically outpacing desktop sharing: in Q2, sharing from smartphones and tablets grew more than 30%, while sharing from the desktop declined 5%.
Looking across channels, Pinterest and Twitter have done the best job harnessing mobile users. While half of all shares on Facebook are mobile, that number jumps to 75% of shares on Pinterest and Twitter. Additionally, there is a clear preference for channels based on different devices. Pinners are more active on tablets whereas tweeters flock to smartphones. Consumers also show different sharing behaviors depending on the operating system. Android users are more active on Facebook, whereas iOS users are more active on Pinterest and Twitter.
Mobile may be a millennial-centric phenomenon, but tablets are gaining popularity among older users. Tablet sharing among users aged 55 and up nearly doubled since last quarter. This quarter, 43% of social activity on tablets was driven by users 55+, compared to 21% on smartphones and 34% on desktop. Social engagement on mobile devices grew 13% among African Americans and 6% among Hispanics. For African Americans, smartphone adoption was a major contributor to mobile growth. Hispanic audiences have been particularly receptive of tablets, on which they shared 8% more than last quarter.
In addition to the mobile trends, we analyzed overall consumer sharing behavior and saw similar growth patterns from the first quarter of 2014. Pinterest and Twitter are still gaining – together, they stole just over 2% of Facebook’s share of social activity last quarter. However, Facebook continues to dominate sharing activity with a total of 64% in Q2. Sharing via email continues to decline, albeit more modestly this quarter, with 0.1% decline in Q2. Channels such as Blogger and Tumblr also won out this quarter with 0.6% growth and 0.3% growth, respectively.
Diversify Your Channels:
The social media landscape continues to diversify, and so should your media strategies. The volume play doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Facebook may own 60% of shares, but Pinterest, Twitter, Blogger and the like have proven themselves to be powerful voice boxes for highly engaged audiences.
Align Your Content:
Different platforms lend themselves to different conversations. Twitter, with its fluid real-time feed, is the sensible forum for news and sports. Tablets are tactile, and the device of choice for users looking to swipe through Pins and videos. Master the characteristics of the various channels and devices, and align your media and content strategies accordingly.