FredNMT 2013 Social Business Survey


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I was invited to speak at 5th annual New Media & Technology Conference in Frederick, MD on February 21, 2013. These are my slides and notes from the opening session, presenting data from the 2nd annual Social Business Survey.

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FredNMT 2013 Social Business Survey

  1. 1. 2013 Social Business Survey Frederick County, Maryland #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comThis is our second year conducting this survey, and I’ve tried to pull the most interesting information. Hopefully this will put today’s discussions into perspective.
  2. 2. About the survey 82 responses Collected Nov. 2012 – Feb. 2013 Promoted via email & social media #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comJust a little background on the survey. Many of you probably participated. There were 82 responses, collected from last November through this month. The Chamber and FCC promoted itvia email and social media.
  3. 3. Age Groups 16% Generation Y 35% Generation X 44% Baby Boomers 5% Silent Generation #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comTo give you an idea of who participated, a majority of responses were from business professionals age 33 to 67.
  4. 4. Job Functions 36% Owner/Exec 21% Mar/Comm 12% Management 11% Sales/Development (20% other) #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comIn this year’s survey, over a third of the respondents were business owners or executives. Other top job functions were marketing and communications, management, and sales anddevelopment. 20% were other roles, including administrative and HR.
  5. 5. 2012 2013 Devices desktop laptop tablet smartphone 0 1 2 3 4 never rarely sometimes frequently can’t live without it #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comI think it’s interesting to see year-to-year comparisons, so the rest of the charts I’m showing you will be set up that way.This year, desktop use declined slightly, but laptop and smartphone use were up. The biggest jump, not surprisingly, is in tablet use. More and more people have iPads.
  6. 6. 63% can’t live without a smartphone (up from 54% in 2012)The Noun Project · Ross Sokolovski #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.com63% of people said they “can’t live without” a smartphone. Last year only 54% of people said that.
  7. 7. Local Info 2012 2013 search engine word of mouth social media newspaper (website) email newsletter 0 1 2 3 4 never rarely monthly weekly daily #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWe gave respondents a list of 12 types of media, and asked “When searching for information about local businesses and the local community, how often do you use the followingsources?”These are the top five sources of information. Social media and email newsletters increased quite a bit over last year.
  8. 8. Traditional Media Printed newspaper, local TV broadcast, and local radio broadcast were down from 2012. Digital media and WOM showed increases. #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comOut of a dozen sources, traditional media were the only ones that declined. Printed newspaper, local TV broadcast. and local radio broadcast were down, and digital media (including wordof mouth) were up.Keep in mind, we asked about searching for information about local businesses and the local community. That doesn’t mean no one is listening to the radio anymore, it just means they’renot necessarily turning to that format as often for local community information.Interestingly, newspaper websites, radio websites, and TV websites all showed increases.
  9. 9. 72% use a search engine (i.e., Google) daily (up from 65% in 2012) The Noun Project · Michelle Ann #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.com72% of respondents reported using a search engine like Google every single day. (Personally, I think the other 28% are lying. Who doesn’t search online every day?) That’s up from 65%last year, where it was also the highest ranked source of local information.
  10. 10. Online Activities 2012 2013 social networking view photos read reviews share photos read blogs 0 1 2 3 4 never rarely monthly weekly daily #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comFor the next question, we gave a list of 15 items and asked participants “How often do you engage in the following activities online?”These are the top five activities. Social media edged out “viewing photos” for the top ranking this year. Notice the somewhat large increase in sharing photos -- I think we can attribute atleast some of that to the proliferation of smartphones and photo apps.
  11. 11. 15 out of 15 activities surveyed showed an increase in engagement over 2012 #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWe’re doing more of everything! All 15 online activities showed an increase from last year. I think this is another trend we can at least partially attribute to the rise of mobile devices.
  12. 12. 68% use a social network daily (up from 60% in 2012) #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.com68% of us are using a social network every day, up from 60% last year.
  13. 13. Using SoMe at Work 2012 2013 100 75 50 25 0 yes, no limits yes, restrictions not permitted not sure #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWe asked participants: “Are you permitted to use social media at work?” 57% of people answered yes, with no limitations, which more than double last year’s 26%. It looks like a lot ofemployees gained social media privileges over the past year.
  14. 14. Daily Networks 2012 2013 100 75 50 25 0 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWe also asked “How often do you use the following social media for business or professional development?” and gave respondents 18 networks to rate. Not surprisingly, Facebook is atthe top with almost 44% of respondents logging in every day.
  15. 15. 18 out of 18 networks surveyed showed an increase in engagement over 2012 #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comAgain, we’re doing more of everything. All 18 networks showed an increase in activity.
  16. 16. Time Spent 2012 2013 100 75 50 25 0 More time Less time Same amount Not sure #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comSo we’ve gained some insight into people’s current online habits. For the next couple questions, we asked about their future intentions. First, we asked, “In 2013, how much time will youcommit to using social media for business and professional development?” 63% said they’d spend more time than last year, up from 43% in 2012.Between this and the large increase in the percentage of employees permitted to use social media, we can see that businesses are much more decisive about social media’s role in theworkplace.
  17. 17. ROI 2012 2013 100 75 50 25 0 Positive Negative Neutral/No Return Not sure #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWe also asked “What type of return do you see on your use of social media for business and professional development?” Just like last year, the results mirror those from the last question.59% are seeing positive ROI, up from 43% last year.It seems like most of the gains are coming from the “neutral” or “not sure” category, which also tells me that businesses are probably getting better at tracking the return on investment.
  18. 18. An age-old question Is higher ROI driving more engagement, or is more engagement leading to higher ROI? The Noun Project · Carly Vanderlee #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comWhich came first, the chicken or the egg? One thing we’re not able to tell is whether increasing ROI is driving an increase in time spent on social media, or if spending more time is resultingin more positive outcomes.
  19. 19. Primary Goals 2012 2013 100 75 50 25 0 advance promote collaborate learning/ research find local org’s product/ and prof. purchase stores and mission service connect develop. decisions services #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comThis is the last, and possibly the most important, question. We asked “What is your or your company’s primary goal for using social media in 2013?”I hate to end on a negative note, but the results here concern me. There are huge increases in the “overtly promotional” categories, and losses in the learning and researching categories.If you’re on Twitter or Facebook and it seems like more companies are just posting advertising messages instead of engaging, you’re not imagining it.I think the takeaway here is that to stand out from the crowd, you have to be genuinely interested in your audience. Instead of trying to sell them something or convince them of something,try asking questions. Post things that will make someone’s life better or help them find the information they need.
  20. 20. Thank you! #frednmt · @jesshibb · storiesandideas.comThank you to the Chamber for letting me slice and dice the data, which is something I love doing. I think they’re going to make the survey results publicly available so you can dig into thedata, too.