Social Media Survey with a Surprise: 92% Of Companies Using Social Media | Jeffbullas's Blog | The Social Media Learning Lab |

Jeff Bullas spent a bit more time reviewing this Social Media report than he had planned, finding the "revelations compelling."  Those uses of the "R" word got my attention: Research & Revelation:

  • The study was focused on social media utilization – not on adoption.  It's how people and companies are using social media in a work context today.
  • Companies judge social media success by:
  1. Website traffic increase 61%
  2. Engagement with prospects 57%
  3. Brand awareness 54%
  4. Engagement with customers 50%
  5. Revenue 42%  (ROI is NOT the top spot)
  6. Brand reputation 42%
  7. Prospect lead volume 36%
  8. Prospect lead quality 33%
  9. Useful product feedback 23%
  • 46% of US adults now participate in social networks, and a quarter do so weekly, make it increasingly difficult to pigeon-hole social media as something relevant to only specific demographic groups or personal vs. work lives.

It's a juicy, hefty post.  But here's the surprise.  It was written in 2009!

A more current report:

10 Things You Must Know about the State of Social Media in 2011

features these factoids:

Social Networks “were” Superficial but are Now Serious Business

Social networking sites reach 82% of the world’s online user population.

  • In 2011, social networking accounts for 19% of all time spent online.
  • In 2007 it was only 6%

The global reach of social networking

China – 53%

USA – 98%

Australia – 96%

Growth & Platforms

  • One in every 7 minutes spent online is on Facebook
  • Twitter now reaches 1 in 10 Internet users. and is a significant real time news platform whenever a major news item breaks
  • Users aged 55 and older is the fastest growing segment in social networking usage.
  • Google+ became the fastest growing social network in history and reached 25 million users in less than 30 days.  (Facebook took 36 months & Twitter 33 months to reach that number.)