"We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi- public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and view (3) and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site." (Boyd & Ellison 2008, pg. 211)
“As the ultimate form of expression, social media is now an undeniable force in modern-daycommunication. And it has businesses everywhere scratching their heads wondering how best to use it to engage with consumers.” (Sensis Social Media Report, May 2011, pg. 3)
According to InSitesConsulting…• There are more than 1.5 billion social network users worldwide.• Japan and Australia have the highest number of people who are members of only 1 network, most people join 1 to 3.• Daily log-on is highest in Argentina, Brazil & India• Smartphone users are more likely to log-on daily & follow brands on social media.• iPhone users have the most apps; paid for and brand-related.http://www.slideshare.net/InSitesConsulting/social-media-around-the-world-2012-by-insites-consulting
According to theJeff Bullas…• Monthly active Facebook users total nearly 850 million.• 20% of all page views on the web are on Facebook.• 57% of Facebook users are female.• Over 465 million Twitter accounts.• Top 3 countries on Twitter are the USA, Brazil & Japan.• LinkedIn has over 150 million members.• YouTube has 2 million views per day and handles 10% of the Internet’s traffic.http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/04/23/48-significant-social-media-facts-figures-and-statistics-plus-7-infographics/
According to TheSocial Skinny…• 40% of accounts and 8% of messages on social media sites are spam.• 91% of adults online use social media regularly.• YouTube users watch more than 3 billion hours of video per month.• More devices connected to the Internet than there are people on Earth.• 24% of people have missed witnessing important moments because they are too busy trying to write about them on social networks.• 83% of people believe platforms like Twitter and Facebook help them make new friends.http://thesocialskinny.com/216-social-media-and-internet-statistics-september-2012/
AUSTRALIA & SOCIAL MEDIA Sensis Social Media Reports 2011 & 2012
PERSONAL USAGE 2011 201230% of Australians use 26% of Australians usesocial media everyday. social media everyday. Facebook (97%), LinkedInFacebook (97%), LinkedIn (16%), Twitter(9%), Twitter (8%), Myspace (14%), Google+ (8%), other(4%), other (3%). (9%).50% claim to have more 50% claim to have morethan 100 Facebook than 100 Facebook“friends”; males with fewer “friends”; females with fewer contacts thancontacts than females. males.
PERSONAL USAGE 2011 2012On average Twitter users On average Twitter usersfollow 35 accounts. follow 85 accounts.Desktop computer Laptop (69%), Desktop(60%), Laptop computer (54%), Smartphone(50%), Smartphone (53%).(34%). Main reason for usage isMain reason for usage is to catch up with friendsto catch up with friends and family (94%).and family (93%).
WHAT’S CHANGED?Australia’s social media statistics have changed slightlywithin the past year. Less people seem to be accessingsocial media networks every day, but more peopleseem to be connected to social media networks ingeneral.So how are businesses keeping up with social media?
BUSINESS USAGE 2011 2012Small business (14%), Medium- Increase in all businesssized business (50%), Large presence’s on social media.business (50%). Users want discountsUsers want discounts (64%), giveaways(57%), giveaways (45%), invites (54%), product infoto events (41%), product info (48%), invites to events (38%).(41%). 68% read blogs/reviews63% read blogs/reviews before before making amaking a purchase, only 24% purchase, only 24% postpost blogs/reviews. blogs/reviews.
BUSINESS USAGE 2011 201264% of Twitter users don’t 69% of Twitter users don’tfollow brands or businesses. follow brands or businesses.1 in 5 social network users 1 in 4 social network usersfollow groups associated with follow groups associated with businesses or brands.businesses or brands. 48% take no notice of ads on59% take no notice of ads on social networking sites.social networking sites. 16% use social media to12% use social media to research products.research products.
WHAT’S CHANGED?Australian businesses have more of a presence in social media in2012, but this just seems to have driven up the amount of peoplethat want things from the businesses through social media. It wouldalso be crucial for marketers to reach the 24% of bloggers out therein order to enhance their brand. They also need to work on theirstrategies in driving users to their social media sites, as moreTwitter users don’t follow businesses. Although, more people seemto take notice of advertisements on social networks.More of an attempt to interact with users in the way they use socialmedia is needed. Businesses need to make more updates, postmore media, and prove to users that they are more like their “friend”than a business after their money.
PREDICTIONS…Social media is going to continue to grow over asthe years pass. More and more people areinteracting with the networks, and it is somethingnow that the mainstream media constantly pushes.It’s safe to say that the phenomena won’t be dyingdown any time soon.
With Facebook’s CEO having a base salary of $500,000 and beingworth $17.5 billion, it’s hard to comprehend the downfall of social media at any time in the near future.
We’ll most likely end up like this... "Future Hipsters" Social Media Week Video
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