Revealing the People Defining Social Networks


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Social Networks are among the most powerful examples of socialized media. They create a dynamic ecosystem that incubates and nurtures relationships between people and the content they create and share.

As these communities permeate and reshape our lifestyle and how we communicate with one another, we’re involuntarily forcing advertisers and marketers to rapidly evolve how they vie for our attention.

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Yelp, and other online communities transformed the regimen and practice of marketing “at” people into an opportunity to engage and interact with us – on our terms. It is the zeitgeist of socialized media and it’s manifesting into an obsession for branding, advertising, “viral,” marketing, and communications experts and professionals worldwide.

But, the people who define each network are reticent to the hollow attempts of faceless friending and in-network marketing. Many businesses are building social channels to broadcast messages in a one to many, top-down practice that not only prevents relationship building, but impedes any hope of cultivating communities and empowering brand ambassadors.

As marketers, it’s your responsibility to peel back the layers of each network to observe and eventually interact with the very people you wish to reach. Each network possesses a vibrant culture and ecosystem that is powered by context and connected by influential social graphs.

While nothing beats anthropological fieldwork and observation, let’s take a look at numbers behind the top social networks to get a better picture of network engagement and user demographics.

Remember, it’s how you interpret these numbers combined with an understanding of the real world needs and experiences of the people you’re attempting to engage that determines the success or failure of your social media program.

They are not demographics, they are not statistics, they are not avatars, nor are they waiting with baited breath for you to friend or market at them and their network friends. This data represents whole numbers and is not representative of the individuals that are looking for resources and guidance, and in turn, will help you participate as a community member.

So, how will you use this information to engage more effectively and genuinely?

Data: August 2009
All stats are from Google Ad Planner unless otherwise noted

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 110 M, 370 M
Reach – 45.6%, 28.8%
Page views – 52 B, 160 B
Total visits – 3.1 B, 8.7 B
Avg visits per visitor – 28,23
Avg time on site – 20:00, 23:20s

Gender
Male: 43%
Female: 57%

Age

0 – 17: 18%
18 – 24: 7%
25 – 34: 14%
35 – 44: 20%
45 – 54: 24%
55 – 64: 12%
65 or more: 4%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 7%
$25,000 – $49,999: 22%
$50,000 – $74,999: 36%
$75,000 – $99,999: 18%
100,000 – $149,999: 12%
$150,000 or More: 5%

Children in Household

Yes: 36%
No: 64%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 22%
High School: 14%
Some College: 36%
Bachelors Degree: 20%
Graduate Degree: 8%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 1.2 M, 4.6 M
Reach – 0.5%, 0.4%
Page views – 31 M, 97 M
Total visits – 7.2M, 21 M
Avg visits per visitor – 6, 4.6
Avg time on site – 6:50, 6:50

Gender
Male: 48%
Female: 52%

Age

0 – 17: 3%
18 – 24: 7%
25 – 34: 20%
35 – 44: 36%
45 – 54: 16%
55 – 64: 14%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 22%
$25,000 – $49,999: 29%
$50,000 – $74,999: 16%
$75,000 – $99,999: 20%
100,000 – $149,999: 8%
$150,000 or More: 5%

Children in Household

Yes: 11%
No: 89%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 4%
High School: 7%
Some College: 43%
Bachelors Degree: 32%
Graduate Degree: 14%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 9 M, 23 M
Reach – 3.9%, 1.8%
Page views – 230 M, 410 M
Total visits – 53 M, 98 M
Avg visits per visitor – 5.9, 4.2
Avg time on site – 7:30, 6:50

Gender
Male: 64%
Female: 36%

Age

0 – 17: 11%
18 – 24: 9%
25 – 34: 18%
35 – 44: 29%
45 – 54: 18%
55 – 64: 10%
65 or more: 4%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 14%
$25,000 – $49,999: 28%
$50,000 – $74,999: 25%
$75,000 – $99,999: 20%
100,000 – $149,999: 10%
$150,000 or More: 4%

Children in Household

Yes: 22%
No: 78%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 15%
High School: 10%
Some College: 39%
Bachelors Degree: 27%
Graduate Degree: 9%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 1.8 M, 4.6 M
Reach – 0.8%, 0.4%
Page views – 12 M, 28 M
Total visits – 3.9 M, 9 M
Avg visits per visitor – 2.1, 2
Avg time on site – 4:00, 4:10

Gender
Male: 41%
Female: 59%

Age

0 – 17: 8%
18 – 24: 5%
25 – 34: 14%
35 – 44: 25%
45 – 54: 30%
55 – 64: 16%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 10%
$25,000 – $49,999: 23%
$50,000 – $74,999: 30%
$75,000 – $99,999: 20%
100,000 – $149,999: 12%
$150,000 or More: 6%

Children in Household

Yes: 19%
No: 81%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 9%
High School: 11%
Some College: 44%
Bachelors Degree: 24%
Graduate Degree: 13%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 19 M, 73 M
Reach – 8.3%, 5.7%
Page views – 1 B, 3 B
Total visits – 94 M, 280 M
Avg visits per visitor – 4.9, 3.8
Avg time on site – 8:00, 9:10

Gender
Male: 45%
Female: 55%

Age

0 – 17: 13%
18 – 24: 9%
25 – 34: 19%
35 – 44: 25%
45 – 54: 21%
55 – 64: 11%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 12%
$25,000 – $49,999: 27%
$50,000 – $74,999: 29%
$75,000 – $99,999: 18%
100,000 – $149,999: 10%
$150,000 or More: 4%

Children in Household

Yes: 28%
No: 72%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 16%
High School: 11%
Some College: 41%
Bachelors Degree: 23%
Graduate Degree: 9%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 680K, 2.6 M
Reach – 0.3%, 0.2%
Page views – 16 M, 59 M
Total visits – 3.4 M, 12 M
Avg visits per visitor – 5.1, 4.6
Avg time on site – 8:00, 9:50

Gender
Male: 45%
Female: 55%

Age

0 – 17: 2%
18 – 24: 9%
25 – 34: 24%
35 – 44: 43%
45 – 54: 14%
55 – 64: 7%
65 or more: 2%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 30%
$25,000 – $49,999: 30%
$50,000 – $74,999: 15%
$75,000 – $99,999: 15%
100,000 – $149,999: 6%
$150,000 or More: 3%

Children in Household

Yes: 10%
No: 90%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 4%
High School: 4%
Some College: 52%
Bachelors Degree: 32%
Graduate Degree: 8%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 14 M, 31 M
Reach – 6.1%, 2.4%
Page views – 800 M, 1.4 B
Total visits – 85 M, 160 M
Avg visits per visitor – 6, 5.1
Avg time on site – 9:40, 9:00

Gender
Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Age

0 – 17: 3%
18 – 24: 3%
25 – 34: 16%
35 – 44: 31%
45 – 54: 28%
55 – 64: 16%
65 or more: 4%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 11%
$25,000 – $49,999: 18%
$50,000 – $74,999: 23%
$75,000 – $99,999: 23%
100,000 – $149,999: 16%
$150,000 or More: 10%

Children in Household

Yes: 10%
No: 90%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 4%
High School: 9%
Some College: 34%
Bachelors Degree: 37%
Graduate Degree: 16%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 570 K, 2.3 M
Reach – 0.2%, 0.2%
Page views – 7.4 M, 21 M
Total visits – 1.6 M, 4.6 M
Avg visits per visitor – 2.7, 2
Avg time on site – 5:40, 5:10

Gender
Male: 52%
Female: 48%

Age

0 – 17: 11%
18 – 24: 10%
25 – 34: 21%
35 – 44: 26%
45 – 54: 19%
55 – 64: 10%
65 or more: 2%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 17%
$25,000 – $49,999: 32%
$50,000 – $74,999: 24%
$75,000 – $99,999: 16%
100,000 – $149,999: 8%
$150,000 or More: 3%

Children in Household

Yes: 24%
No: 76%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 14%
High School: 10%
Some College: 48%
Bachelors Degree: 20%
Graduate Degree: 7%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 61 M, 120 M
Reach – 26.1%, 9.1%
Page views – 32 B, 39 B
Total visits – 1.2 B, 1.5 B
Avg visits per visitor – 19, 13
Avg time on site – 23:20, 21:40

Gender
Male: 36%
Female: 64%

Age

0 – 17: 34%
18 – 24: 10%
25 – 34: 12%
35 – 44: 16%
45 – 54: 19%
55 – 64: 7%
65 or more: 2%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 7%
$25,000 – $49,999: 39%
$50,000 – $74,999: 35%
$75,000 – $99,999: 11%
100,000 – $149,999: 6%
$150,000 or More: 2%

Children in Household

Yes: 57%
No: 43%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 32%
High School: 12%
Some College: 42%
Bachelors Degree: 10%
Graduate Degree: 4%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 5.6 M, 18 M
Reach – 2.4%, 1.4%
Page views – 250 M, 650 M
Total visits – 28 M, 74 M
Avg visits per visitor – 5, 4.1
Avg time on site – 11:40, 11:40

Gender
Male: 41%
Female: 59%

Age

0 – 17: 15%
18 – 24: 10%
25 – 34: 17%
35 – 44: 25%
45 – 54: 20%
55 – 64: 10%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 13%
$25,000 – $49,999: 34%
$50,000 – $74,999: 28%
$75,000 – $99,999: 14%
100,000 – $149,999: 8%
$150,000 or More: 3%

Children in Household

Yes: 36%
No: 64%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 17%
High School: 10%
Some College: 48%
Bachelors Degree: 18%
Graduate Degree: 7%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 120 K, 380 K
Reach – 0.1%, 0.0%
Page views – 1.8 M, 5.1 M
Total visits – 340 K, 920 K
Avg visits per visitor – 2.8, 2.4
Avg time on site – 7:00, 8:00

Gender
Male: 52%
Female: 48%

Age

0 – 17: 6%
18 – 24: 13%
25 – 34: 23%
35 – 44: 34%
45 – 54: 16%
55 – 64: 6%
65 or more: 2%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 21%
$25,000 – $49,999: 31%
$50,000 – $74,999: 23%
$75,000 – $99,999: 16%
100,000 – $149,999: 7%
$150,000 or More: 3%

Children in Household

Yes: 22%
No: 78%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 9%
High School: 10%
Some College: 46%
Bachelors Degree: 28%
Graduate Degree: 7%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 4.2 M, 23 M
Reach – 1.8%, 1.8%
Page views – 32 M, 160 M
Total visits – 10 M, 51 M
Avg visits per visitor – 2.5, 2.2
Avg time on site – 4:50, 5:30

Gender
Male: 52%
Female: 48%

Age

0 – 17: 9%
18 – 24: 6%
25 – 34: 17%
35 – 44: 25%
45 – 54: 25%
55 – 64: 14%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 13%
$25,000 – $49,999: 25%
$50,000 – $74,999: 27%
$75,000 – $99,999: 20%
100,000 – $149,999: 10%
$150,000 or More: 5%

Children in Household

Yes: 21%
No: 79%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 12%
High School: 11%
Some College: 40%
Bachelors Degree: 25%
Graduate Degree: 13%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 24 M, 66 M
Reach – 10.1%, 5.1%
Page views – 2.1 B, 4B
Total visits – 270 M, 550 M
Avg visits per visitor – 11, 8.3
Avg time on site – 12:10, 11:40

Gender
Male: 43%
Female: 57%

Age

0 – 17: 11%
18 – 24: 8%
25 – 34: 16%
35 – 44: 29%
45 – 54: 20%
55 – 64: 11%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 13%
$25,000 – $49,999: 30%
$50,000 – $74,999: 27%
$75,000 – $99,999: 16%
100,000 – $149,999: 10%
$150,000 or More: 4%

Children in Household

Yes: 28%
No: 72%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 12%
High School: 9%
Some College: 47%
Bachelors Degree: 24%
Graduate Degree: 8%

via Quantcast (estimated, for June 2009)

Via Compete.com for June 2009
Unique Monthly Visitors: 1.4 M
Total Visits: 1.8 M

Via Quantcast for June 2009
Gender
Male: 45%
Female: 55%

Education
No College: 45%
College: 42%
Grad. School: 13%

Children in Household
Yes: 59%
No: 41%

Household Income
$0 – $30,000: 20%
$30,000 – $60,000: 28%
$60,000 – $100,000: 29%
$100,000+: 23%

Age
13-17: 7%
18-34: 34%
35-49: 32%
50+: 26%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 1.5 M, 4.6 M
Reach – 0.6%, 0.4%
Page views – 34 M, 73 M
Total visits – 6.1 M, 14 M
Avg visits per visitor – 4.1, 3.1
Avg time on site – 11:20, 9:50

Gender
Male: 34%
Female: 66%

Age

0 – 17: 12%
18 – 24: 15%
25 – 34: 22%
35 – 44: 26%
45 – 54: 15%
55 – 64: 8%
65 or more: 2%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 18%
$25,000 – $49,999: 35%
$50,000 – $74,999: 24%
$75,000 – $99,999: 13%
100,000 – $149,999: 7%
$150,000 or More: 2%

Children in Household

Yes: 34%
No: 66%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 16%
High School: 8%
Some College: 50%
Bachelors Degree: 19%
Graduate Degree: 6%

30-day traffic, (U.S., Worldwide)

Unique Visitors – 9.7 M, 11 M
Reach – 4.2%, 0.9%
Page views – 160 M, 160 M
Total visits – 33 M, 35 M
Avg visits per visitor – 3.4, 3.1
Avg time on site – 6:00, 5:30

Gender
Male: 43%
Female: 57%

Age

0 – 17: 6%
18 – 24: 5%
25 – 34: 17%
35 – 44: 27%
45 – 54: 27%
55 – 64: 15%
65 or more: 3%

Household Income

$0 – $24,999: 9%
$25,000 – $49,999: 18%
$50,000 – $74,999: 29%
$75,000 – $99,999: 19%
100,000 – $149,999: 16%
$150,000 or More: 8%

Children in Household

Yes: 15%
No: 85%

Education

Less than HS diploma: 8%
High School: 10%
Some College: 35%
Bachelors Degree: 32%
Graduate Degree: 14%

Via Compete.com for June 2009

Unique Monthly Visitors: 78 M
Total Visits: 459 M

Via Quantcast for June 2009

Gender
Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Education
No College: 48%
College: 39%
Grad. School: 13%

Children in Household
Yes: 43%
No: 57%

Household Income
$0 – $30,000: 20%
$30,000 – $60,000: 27%
$60,000 – $100,000: 27%
$100,000+: 27%

Age
13-17: 19%
18-34: 35%
35-49: 24%
50+: 19%

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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