Social Media Statistics For 2012: Top 25 Every Business Should Know

Top 25 Social Media Statistics [Fall 2012]

Cara Pring recently posted a blog with over 200 of the latest social media statistics for 2012 (as of September) and the results are mind blowing. After reviewing all the social media stats for 2012, it’s hard to imagine that it won’t reach a point of near-complete saturation and integration into modern society. Some might argue we are already there but that’s for another article!

There are many great social media statistics but I brought it down to the top 20 that truly blew me away. Make sure you visit the original article from Cara Pring to see the full list as well as links to the sources. Without further adieu, here are the stats:

Top 15 Positive Social Media Statistics For 2012

  1. 91% of online adults use social media regularly
  2. 9/10 mobile searches lead to action (over half lead to purchase)
  3. There are more devices connected to the Internet than there are people on Earth
  4. 70% of adult social networkers shop online
  5. 54% of active social networkers follow a brand
  6. 61% of global internet users research products online
  7. 93% of US adult Internet users are on Facebook
  8. Watching video on computers has become as common as watching video on television among online consumers
  9. 67% of Twitter users (US) are more likely to buy from brands they follow
  10. Companies that blog have 55% more website visitors
  11. By 2016 more than half of the dollars spent in US retail will be influenced by the web
  12. 77% of B2C companies have acquired customers from Facebook
  13. Social media users who receive excellent customer service from brands spend on average 21% more than non-social customers
  14. 83% of people who complained on Twitter loved the response from those companies that did make the effort
  15. 62% of marketers became more important to their marketing campaigns in the last 6 months


Top 10 Negative Social Media Statistics For 2012

  1. 25% of small to medium sized businesses have no strategy and only 28% measure their ROI of social media activity
  2. 83% of socially savvy consumers have walked away from a purchase in the past year after a negative customer service experience
  3. 80% of businesses use social media sites to monitor/extract information related to competitors
  4. 56% of customer tweets to companies are being ignored
  5. On average companies only respond to 30% of social media fans’ feedback
  6. 70% of brands ignore complaints on Twitter
  7. Auto-posting to Facebook decreases likes and comments by 70%
  8. 55% of companies ignore all customer feedback on Twitter and Facebook, largely because they have no process in place to respond
  9. Only 26% of brands regularly included a call-to-action in their tweets
  10. Only 44% of customers are answered within the first 24 hours

I may have organized these social media statistics for 2012 by positive and negative but every one can be considered a positive if you learn something from it. If you have realized that your company might be making some errors after reading these stats, commit to a positive change to correct it.

Which of these social media statistics for 2012 do you find most (or least) surprising? Leave a message in the comments below.



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