2011 Social Media Sharing Trends

As social media evolves, statistics reveal interesting new sharing trends. This infographic provided by TheNextWeb.Com provides some interesting analysis…

AddThis, a sharing platform, and Clearspring, a social data aggregator, present the sharing trends of 2011. With over 1.2 Billion users analyzed, this may be one of the most comprehensive sets of data available about online sharing.

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Every 60 Seconds

What happens on the internet every minute

A minute has just gone by… what just happened with social media, email, downloaded music, and YouTube.  This awesome infographic shared by http://techpages.org presents this information in a very powerful manner.  Enjoy.  Just think how much you contribute to this graphic in your use of today’s technology.   You can click on the picture for a closer view.

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Social Network Influence

Today, the internet has become the leading solution for finding information replacing old powerhouses like phone books, directories and encyclopedias.  Over 75% of all Americans use the internet (Internet World Stats 2011) and nearly 65% use social networks (eMarketer Feb 2011).  Furthermore, over 90% of those internet users seek information on products, services, reviews and businesses (Forrester Research).

The internet is a vast collection of information, businesses and people looking to connect regardless of the knowledge sought or the demographic, or the industry.  This impacts the ways business build relationships with their customers.

Traditional marketing has seen a shift from mass market shot-gun style communications, to more focused point-to-point communications bringing the necessary information to those who seek it.    Advanced marketers leverage social media technology to tap into intra-personal conversations and spread word-of-mouth messaging instantaneous to their social network.    The more costly traditional marketing methods such as radio and television have more options available and the audiences have begun to be targeted and segmented. Even as this targeting becomes more focused and specific, the messages only flow in one direction.   Today’s internet savvy consumer desires a conversation that has been made possible by strategic marketing and social network. 

The consumer savvy has created a demand for instantaneous information gratification.  The consumer wants the information for a topic NOW, not when the next advertisement appears.  The consumer need no longer wait to seek various sources for the information.  Today, they can login to their Facebook or Twitter account, use some simple tools and find the information they seek.

How do businesses leverage this savvy for their own success? The simple answer is to meet customers and prospective leads in their social media networks, Facebook, Twitter, Foursqure, and soon the new Google+.

On July 6, 2011,  Facebook announced it had grown to 750 million members worldwide (Mashable).  In addition, Twitter users are sending over 140 million tweets a day.   This phenomenon can no longer be ignored or postponed.  The question of business in social media is no longer about IF? but How!  The time is now to evaluate your business position in the social network sphere.   Is your business optimized, and how will you use the network to influence your consumers?    

A few Facebook facts: (Source: Facebook)

    • Facebook has 750 million active users
    • Average Facebook user is connected to 80 community pages, groups & events
    • Average Facebook user creates 90 pieces of content each month
    • Facebook users install 20 million applications every day
    • More than 30 billion pieces of content are shared each month.
    • 250+ million people engage with Facebook on external website every month
    • On average 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day since social plug-ins launched April, 2010.
    • 2.5+ million websites have integrated with Facebok
    • 250+ million active users currently access Facebook via their mobile devices
    • 200+ mobile operators in 60 countries work to deploy and promote Facebook mobile products

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The Social Media Revolution

 

This inspirational video captures the essence of the social media and is produced by Socialnomics author Erik Qualman, who has created several similar videos and updates them as new data becomes available….  (Special thanks to Mashable)

Enjoy.  Let us know what you think….

 

 

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Change

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” – Machiavelli (1532)

The above is not quite the most famous “end justifies the means” quote from the prolific Italian philosopher of the 16th century, but a quote nearly 500 years later that still rings true.   For something that happens every day, change is a very difficult concept for many to understand.  There seems to be this natural reflex against change that must be overcome in order to grow and evolve into something better than the previous state.  This process is scary, detested, and forbidding.

Yet, without change… growth stagnates and complacency exists, and thus change becomes a paradox, feared but good.

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction” – Winston Churchill

There are many challenges to change in the right direction and often come with trade-offs in an organization.  For example, a change towards better products and higher profits may impact the pace of delivery or the effectiveness of the workforce.  As a facilitator of change, it is necessary to step back and examine the impact of the change as a whole and allow for a more systemic adoption, rather just micro-effective outcomes.   Organizations that focus on the narrow impacts may not necessarily see the effects that change has on an unexamined area.  Failure to see these impacts cause resistance and fear which can erase all the desired benefits of such change.

So if the organization desires growth and the ability to implement good change it is imperative that the entire change initiative be examined and fully considered regardless of the change.  Not all changes must come with the scope size of restructuring, mergers, or fundamental philosophical revolution.  It can come in the small form of implementing new programs that can maximize the leverage of the business competitive advantage.

When change occurs in the “right direction”, it brings conviction to the organization.  Not only are the programs adopted, but also the philosophies of the business are realigned to take advantage of this new state, and the business evolves.   Quality and timely communication of the new philosophies are paramount to the success of the change, and the organization.   It is critical to explain to customers, both internal and external, the benefits of these changes and gain rapid adoption of the new philosophy.

In “Success Factors for Lasting Change”, Maya Townsend says:

“One of the most helpful ways to embed change into the fabric of the organization is to create goals that are specifically linked to the success of the change effort. These goals help personalize the change and make it clear to each individual how she or he contributes to helping the organization evolve. Ideally, the goals begin at the highest levels and link to organizational strategy. Then, they cascade down through every department to every individual so all employees can see how they help the organization achieve its strategies.”

While the above concepts may be a blueprint for the avoidance of change, that strategy will quickly leave a business behind its evolving competition.   Change moves quickly, and the pace of change is quickening ever still.  For example:

From 2008 to 2011, in only 3 years, the Global cultural adoption of Facebook has been astronomical. This nearly 2,700% growth in adoption of Facebook technology of the last 3 years has completely dictated a cultural change in how humans communicate.  In those same years, the numbers for iPhone adoption (73.7 million) and Twitter users (200 million) have grown equally as dramatically amplifying the impact of this change.

This change in communication is systemic.  Facebook, Twitter, and other “social media” may seem a bit scary for business at first.  It may even be something that requires significant consideration or has been considered but not quite on a systemic level.  There is no denying we have fundamentally changed our way of communicating, so it is only natural for business to evolve to philosophical embrace this change or face stagnation, or worse, being left behind.  The evidence of change is quite clear, and the time to act is now.  Embrace the change and thrive.

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” – CS Lewis

 

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