A new study examines the extent that Fortune 500 corporations are using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, and Foursquare.
It's been no secret that some Fortune 500 companies are a little behind the times when it comes to their social media endeavors. Not to say that there aren't some fantastic cutting edge social media strategist with stellar results for Fortune 500 companies, but it's definitely not that common.
A new study has looked at how Fortune 500 companies are using (or not using) social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, as part of their overall marketing and customer service plan.
Which types of Fortune 500 companies are actively using social media the most?
When looking at Facebook, specialty retailers are not surprisingly at the top of the list with 96 percent. Retailers definitely realize the importance of getting their products and brand in front of customers, especially on a platform where users can easily share with others.
But next on the list? Telecommunications ranked second with 88 percent having a presence on Facebook. This really isn't shocking when you consider that many people take to social media, particularly Facebook, to complain about their cell phone or Internet company.
It makes a lot of sense for these companies to be able to interact with those disgruntled customers and try to make them happy if possible – and so that friends of disgruntled customers can also see that the company is attempting to fix the issue. Many of these telecommunications companies have a great rep when it comes to dealing with social media and their interactions on it, even if they don't necessarily have a great overall rep, but are making plenty of inroads with a large and active social media presence.
When you look at Twitter, you see many of the same trends, although some are more active on Twitter than on Facebook. For example, commercial banks have the largest Fortune 500 company presence, with 94 percent of banks being on Twitter, compared to only 70 percent of banks being on Facebook. In second is food and consumer products with 93 percent, while specialty retailers come in at 91 percent.
Also worth noting is the fact that even in 2013 only 34 percent of Fortune 500 companies have corporate blogs. This is barely over double the amount of corporate blogs in 2008, were 16 percent had blogs. That is surprisingly slow growth for what is really the easiest medium to control when it comes to putting content out in front of customers.
You can view the infographic below or the full study here.
This article was originally published on Search Engine Watch.
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live New York 2015
[ALERT] Super Saver Rates Expire January 30. With over 15 years of experience delivering industry leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 50 expert speakers to deliver an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Quick! - Register today to secure your place at the best rate.
Jennifer Slegg began as a freelance writer, and turned to search engine optimization and writing content for the web in 1998. She has created numerous content-rich sites in niche markets and works with many clients on content creation, strategy, and monetization. She writes about many search industry and social media topics on her blog, JenniferSlegg.com and is a frequent speaker at search industry conferences on SEO, content marketing and content monetization. Acknowledged as the leading expert on the Google AdSense contextual advertising program, she runs JenSense, a blog dealing exclusively with contextual advertising. She is also the founder and editor of The SEM Post. She is known by many as her handle Jenstar on various webmaster forums.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
Google My Business Listings Demystified
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
5 Ways to Personalize Beyond the Subject Line
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.