Content is the fuel of social interaction on the Web: Nearly one-quarter (23%) of all social media messages and one-half (47%) of industry-specific social messages contain links to content, according to a new study by AOL and Nielsen.
The amount of content shared via social media varies by channel:
- 42% of all Twitter posts contain content-sharing links; 73% of Twitter posts related to a specific industry (auto, tech, finance, and entertainment) contain sharing links.
- 41% of all blog posts contain content-sharing links; 64% of industry-specific blog posts contain such links.
- 12% of all Facebook posts contain content content-sharing links; 22% of industry-specific Facebook posts contain such links.
Below, other findings from the from AOL report, published in partnership with Nielsen, based on data from Nielsen's Incite Social Media monitoring tools and a survey of 1,000 online consumers.
Roughly 27 million pieces of digital content are shared on any given day in the US.
Among other key content-related findings:
- 53% of time spent on the Internet is directly attributable to content consumption.
- Brands play a key role: 60% of all content-sharing messages specifically mention a brand or product name.
- Email is the primary content-sharing tool among surveyed consumers (66%), followed social media (28%) and instant messaging (4%).
Sharing Trusted Information
Consumers say trust and a desire to help people are key factors in deciding which content to share:
- 38% share information from people they trust.
- 36% share important information that helps others (e.g., traffic reports, how-to, community information).
- 35% share items about popular culture.
- 32% share information pertaining to common interests.