The Evolution and Impact of Online Influencers Around the World
Across the globe, word of mouth has been shown to influence between 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions. In the ever-changing world of social networking, this extends well beyond recommendations from friends and family into the realm of online influencers. As social media channels continue to evolve, there is still a fundamental need for human connection. These important connections have grown significantly with the advent of social networking.
Despite the closeness social networking can provide, there are still some fascinating behavioral quirks that exist online across the globe. When a business is embarking on a social strategy, it is important to understand how various regions view, and use, social media. Businesses looking to push their social media presence globally should invest in cultural intelligence resources like GlobeSmart to understand the cultural differences at play on- and offline.
Social Media: The Fastest Growing Population On The Planet – Serving 2.03 Billion People and Rising
Nearly 30 percent of the global population is on social media. Over 2.03 billion people worldwide are active social media users. This reach on a global scale is nearly one billion people more than the entire population of China. Due to the Chinese government’s block of Facebook and Twitter, China’s social landscape is unique. The second most popular social networking platform in the world is China’s online messaging platform QQ, with nearly 820 million users. However, by far the most popular social networking platform worldwide is Facebook, with 1.3 billion monthly active users.
Cultural customs impact the adoption of social media networks and how they are used. For instance, according to the World Economic Forum, as of January 2017, Japan is the only country where Twitter is the most popular platform, with 35 million active monthly users; while Facebook has 25 million. Japanese society usually sees a high level of social conformity. Because of this, social networks may take some time to become popular. Also, Japanese culture tends to discourage boasting or self-promotion, and most Japanese prefer to use pseudonyms online. In 2017, Facebook was only used by 22.9 percent of the population of Japan. According to research by Social Media Today, it’s more commonly used as a professional tool, similar to LinkedIn. By contrast, 94 percent of the population in India has a Facebook account.
Instagram, which has 600 million active global users, is runner-up in 37 countries and Twitter is second in the US and most of Western Europe. The second choice for Indians is LinkedIn, while social news aggregator Reddit took the number two position in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway.
Social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza has been charting the most popular social networks by country since 2009. His January 2017 World Map of Social Networks, based on traffic data from Alexa and SimilarWeb, reveals that Facebook is still the leader in 119 out of 149 countries analyzed.
Global Trends in Social Media and Online Influencers
Research from Twitter shows that 49 percent of consumers seek purchase guidance from social media influencers, and nearly 40 percent of Twitter users said they had made a purchase as a direct result of an influencer’s Tweet. On Instagram, brands are investing billions in influencers.
A study by integrated communications agency Waggener Edstrom examined brand engagement trends within the Asia Pacific region. The research found that 78 percent of consumers in the APAC region get information about products and services on social media, and 68 percent share that brand-related information on social channels.
It’s clear this burgeoning economy of social media and online influencers is continuing to evolve and become increasingly important, worldwide.
Say Hello to Top Social Media Influencers from Across the Globe
Recently, Forbes launched its global “Influencer List”, a quarterly feature spotlighting power players from around the world, who have turned their social media audiences — on platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram — into empires.
Today, we’ll look at some of the top social media influencers from across the globe, and what makes them so popular within the social networking realm of their home countries and beyond. These influencers built their fame strictly from the internet, rather than celebrities who happen to have large online audiences.