New Study: Social Media Networks Take Up Most Web Usage

MartinMeyerGossner
Martin Meyer-Gossner Founder & Web Business Strategist, The Strategy Web™

Posted on April 28th 2013

New Study: Social Media Networks Take Up Most Web Usage

It is a question many marketers ask themselves on a daily basis: “Where do users browse when they are on the Internet?” A recent study by Experian is spot on here. It reveals that people spend most time browsing social media platforms. Entertainment websites (9%) and shopping (5%) as well as business and checking emails are following with each one achieving 3% are coming in the following places.

The research was checking peoples’ browsing habits in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia. By distilling the overall Internet browsing time from 2012 into one single hour, the study found out that respondents spend 27% of every hour on social networkings. The U.S. was the leading country with 16 minutes per hour, followed by Australia 14 minutes and United Kingdom with 13 minutes. However, the time spend with social sites is overall a bit decreasing compared to 2012.

However, the figures vary depending on what device respondents were using. When respondents were on mobiles, they tend to spend the most time working on email. Again, the U.S. spent about 23% of every hour being busy on email on mobile devices in the first quarter or 2013, then closely followed by browsing social-networking, entertainment, shopping, and travel sites. Still, when using a personal desktop, people will most likely spend over a quarter of their time browsing social sites.

Experian Email Study 2013

“With smartphones and tablets becoming more powerful, our data clearly indicates the difference between mobile and traditional desktop usage further enabling the ‘always on’ consumer mentality. Marketers need to understand these differences, as well as regionally, to ensure campaigns can be tailored for better and more effective engagement.” Bill Tancer, General Manager Global Research, Experian

Spot On!
The desktop finds its end as we all know, and social media is the driver. Mobile emails get read more than emails seen from desktops, states some new benchmark report data from Informz. For this study in 2012, the company analyzed 1 billion emails from 800 associations. In fact, the study made clear that more links, shorter headlines, focussed lists and flexible send-outs are key to drive awareness to the email newsletters. If we bring these two studies together, we will understand the close connection between mobile and social.

MartinMeyerGossner

Martin Meyer-Gossner

Founder & Web Business Strategist, The Strategy Web™

Martin Meyer-Gossner is a web business strategist with sales, marketing, mobile and social media expertise in the media and technology business for more than 15 years. With his international consulting brand The Strategy Web™ (founded in 2008) Martin attends to connect business and organisations with consumers (or prosumers) – and opens eyes for new sales, marketing and customer service visions and solutions. He was partner and co-founder of the B2B IT decision maker community silicon.de where he held responsibility for marketing & sales service (sold to CBS Interactive in 2006 - formerly know as CNET Networks).
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Comments

J_G_MBA
Posted on April 28th 2013 at 6:23PM

This is not surprising at all! I rarely access social media or email from my home computer, opting to use my phone or tablet instead even when I'm home. And as a high school teacher I can tell you that many teenagers don't have desktop computers at all anymore, using phones and tablets exclusively. However, there are still some sites, emails, and ads that do not display properly or links that do not function as well on the mobile devices. This is where marketers clearly need to focus and improve because they are missing the mark.