Friday November 22 ,2013 : INTERESTING SOCIAL MEDIA STATS
 
Who's using what, and how.
 
Belle Beth Cooper, a contributor to the Fast Company social media information site, published some interesting statistics on social media use this week that may surprise, and perhaps influence, the many marketers who see the channel as a useful tool and sounding board.
 
Here are a few of the facts that research has delivered:
 
* The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55–64 year age bracket, up 79 percent in the last year.
 
* The 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+, a rise of 46 percent and 56 percent respectively over the past year.
 
Conclusion – social media is definitely not just a teenager thing.
 
* Perhaps less surprising, given the growing prevalence of mobile in the online gambling industry, is the fact that 189 million of Facebook’s users are "mobile only." Mobile use generates 30 percent of Facebook’s ad revenue – a 7 percent increase from the end of 2012.
 
* YouTube reaches more U.S. adults aged 18–34 than any cable network.
 
* Social Media is more popular than porn as the No. 1 activity on the web
 
* 93 percent of marketers use social media for business – only 7 percent of marketers say they don’t use social media for their business. It’s becoming increasingly common to include social media as part of an overall marketing budget or strategy.
 
* 25 percent of smartphone owners ages 18–44 say they can’t recall the last time their smartphone wasn’t right next to them, and by implication their access to the internet is just as convenient and close.
 
* Only 9 percent of US marketing companies employ a full time blogger, yet 62 percent of marketers blog or plan to blog in 2013. It's an area of rapidly growing use and interest.
 
* 25 percent of Facebook users don’t bother with privacy settings
 
Check out the full article – with infographics – here:
 
http://www.fastcompany.com/3021749/work-smart/10-surprising-social-media-statistics-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-social-stra#!