14 social media stats for your next presentation

People are crazy about social media statistics. It seems like research, PR and publishing firms are coming out with new studies virtually every week. These stats often blow our minds–and we often use them to fuel blog posts, Facebook updates and tweets.


We also use them for our presentations. Whether it’s a presentation for a local trade or professional organization, or an internal presentation within your company or agency, social media stats are useful “objects” we share, note and remember. I even made a post a few months ago that’s been among my most “popular” this year featuring 16 social media statistics that you may have not heard.

Today, I wanted to share a few more statistics I’ve stumbled on lately in my research and reading. I thought these data points were interesting for various reasons–and, if you’re like me, they may be worth noting for use in future presentations.

* 33% of all Facebook users update on the platform using a mobile device–but just 4% of those use an iPhone and 5% use an Android phone.
* Among mass consumers, 55% said they would consider using Facebook Places while only 6% said they would consider using Foursquare.
* Among early adopters, 90% said they would consider using Facebook Places while only 22% said they would consider using Foursquare.
* Location-based sites and services (such as Foursquare and Facebook Places) are familiar to 30% of Americans 12+ and used by 4% of Americans 12+.
* Nearly a quarter of social network users indicated that Facebook is the social site or service that most influences their buying decisions. No other site or service was named by more than 1% of the sample, and 72% indicated that no one social site or service influenced their buying decisions the most.
* Twitter is as familiar to Americans as Facebook (with 92% and 93% familiarity, respectively); however, Twitter usage stands at 8% of Americans 12+.

* Fifty-seven million people read and follow blogs.
* More than 12 million adults currently maintain a blog.
* Approximately 20,000 users contribute more than half all Twitter content, which is .01 percent of total users

Source: Blogging, April 2011, B2B Social Media Guide
* How social networking site use breaks down: 92 percent on Facebook, 29 percent use MySpace, 18 percent use LinkedIn, 13 percent use Twitter
* On Facebook on an average day, 22 percent of users comment on another’s post or status, 20 percent on photos, 26 percent “Like” another’s content
* Nearly twice as many men use LinkedIn (63 percent compared to 37 percent with women). All other social networking sites have significantly more female users than male users
* From 2008 to 2010 the percentage of people using social networking sites fell for 18-22 year-olds by 12% (from 28% in 2008 to 16% in 2010) and for 23-35 year-olds by 8% (from 40% in 2008 to 32% in 2010)
* Meanwhile, social networking usage grew for 36-49 year-olds by 4% (from 22% in 2008 to 26% in 2010) and for 50-65 year-olds by 11% (from 9% in 2008 to 20% in 2010)

Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project, Social networking sites and our lives, June 16, 2011

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22 comments on “14 social media stats for your next presentation

  1. rachaelseda says:

    How awesome is this? Thank Arik! When you’re putting a presentation together it’s sometimes a pain to find stats that are reliable and up to date. I appreciate you taking the time to put this together. It’s definitely a helpful post!

  2. arikhanson says:

    @ChuckNorman Thanks for the shout, Chuck!

  3. arikhanson says:

    @ThePRCoach Thanks for sharing the post, Jeff!

  4. arikhanson says:

    @RobWhitaker Thanks, Rob!

  5. arikhanson says:

    @rachaelseda Thanks for sharing, Rachael–and for the comment!

  6. StephRWong says:

    wow this is surprising information. I think the most interesting point is the last one about how much usage has dropped recently for young adults and how much it has increased for the middle aged.

  7. wabbitoid says:

    A very good series of stats. I see that twitter is only becoming more of a one-way newsticker than it was when Harvard did their study two years ago, which is interesting. Facebook, much as I dislike it, remains the best way to find people if you are a biz looking to sell something. It’s all good to know no matter what, thank you!

  8. netiquette says:

    Interesting statistics. It was surprising to see that Androids and iPhones did not account for more mobile updates on Facebook. I guess its good mobile <a href=”http://www.neworketiquette.net”>netiquette</a> to update your status no matter what phone your on. NetworkEtiquette.net

  9. SD_parnlaka says:

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  10. rcyoung87 says:

    @PRCheryl thx for the RT

  11. rcyoung87 says:

    @vik_c thx for the RT

  12. CarolynHiggins says:

    How did you know I needed all this info for my presentation tomorrow? lol. thank you very much for such a great comprehensive list. Very helpful!

    -Carolyn Higgins

    Fortune Marketing Company


  13. KathyCash says:

    @martinwaxman thanks for the RT! So nice to see you in my stream….hope all is well!

  14. martinwaxman says:

    @KathyCash Thanks! Great to see you, too! Hope you’re enjoying the summer!

  15. RajuSandhu says:

    #Woohoo thank you RT @Marketwire 14 social media stats for your next presentation http://t.co/FXCifFB via @arikhanson

  16. CMM_PR says:

    @Marketwire @arikhanson – thanks for sharing the #SM stats; helpful for clients to see #SM as a driver for an integrated #PR strategy.