Socialnomics – a plug for a new book on the rise of Social Media


Eric Qualman launches his new book, Socialnomics, later this month. The book explores the surge in adoption of social media activity amongst consumers.

Whilst the examples mix pop-psychology with some truly interesting statistics (and few that need source clarification); I’m looking forward to reading the book.

The video promo is: HERE (forgive the Fatboy Slim background music, even the phrase ‘over-used’ has worn thin for this track.)

Some comments from and sources for stats referenced in the video:

• By 2010, Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers – 96% of them have joined a social network.
• Social media has overtaken porn as the number one activity on the Web.
• One out of eight couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media.
• Years to reach 50 millions users: Radio, 38 years; TV, 13 years; Internet, 4 years; iPod, 3 years. Facebook added 100 million users in less than nine months; iPhone applications hit 1 billion in nine months.
• If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest, between the United States and Indonesia.
• Yet, some sources say China’s QZone is larger, with more than 300 million using their services (Facebook’s ban in China plays into this).
• ComScore indicates that Russia has the most engaged social media audience, with visitors spending 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month – is the number one social network.
• A 2009 U.S. Department of Education study revealed that, on average, online students outperformed those receiving face-to-face instruction.
• One in six higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum.
• 80% of companies use LinkedIn as their primary tool to find employees.
• The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-to-65-year old females.
• Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway, and Panama.
• 80% of Twitter usage is on mobile devices. People update anywhere, anytime. Imagine what that means for bad customer experiences!
• Generation Y and Z consider e-mail passé. Boston College stopped distributing e-mail addresses to incoming freshmen in 2009.
• What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…
• YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.
• Wikipedia has more than 13 million articles. Some studies show it’s more accurate than Encyclopædia Britannica. Seventy-eight percent of these articles are non-English.
• There are more than 200,000,000 blogs.
• 54% of boggers post content or tweet daily.
• Because of the speed in which social media enables communication, word of mouth now becomes world of mouth.
• If you were paid $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia, you would earn $156.23 per hour.
• Facebook users translated the site from English to Spanish via a Wiki in less than two weeks and cost Facebook $0.
• 25% of search results for the world’s top 20 largest brands are links to user-generated content.
• 34% of bloggers post opinions about products and brands.
• People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them.
• 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations.
• Only 14% trust advertisements.
• Only 18% of traditional TV campaigns generate a positive ROI.
• 90% of TiVo users skip ads.
• Hulu has grown from 63 million total streams in April 2008 to 373 million in April 2009.
• 25% of Americans in the past month said they watched a short video on their phone. (I’d love a source for this claim – exactly what was the audience profile and sample size???)
• According to Jeff Bezos, 35 percent of book sales on Amazon are for the Kindle when available. (Kindle = A Wireless Reading Device, sometimes called a digital book device)
• 24 of the 25 largest newspapers in the US are experiencing record declines in circulation because we no longer search for the news — the news finds us. (the title bucking the trend is The Wall Street Journal)
• In the near future, we won’t search for products and services; they will find us via social media.
•More than 1.5 million pieces of content (Web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) are shared on Facebook daily.
• Successful companies in social media act more like Dale Carnegie and less like David Ogilvy — listening first, selling second.
• Successful companies in social media act more like party planners, aggregators, and content providers than traditional advertisers.

The above statistics and “Social Media Revolution” video tell the story. Social Media is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate with each other.

Erik Qualman’s new book “Socialnomics” from Wiley Publishing will be in stores and available online August 26.

The book is available on Amazon from: HERE




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