Over the past year, America's top brands have made few improvements in how they use online branded communities to reach their customers, according to a report released today by ComBlu.

Among some 219 online communities managed by 92 US brands, a dwindling proportion is using a strategic approach to social engagement in 2012, and most have recorded static or falling engagement activity levels, the report found.

Among the industries studied, Telecom recorded the highest activity levels across all brands, while the pharmaceutical industry recorded the lowest activity levels.

Below, additional findings from the fourth annual "State of Online Branded Communities" report, issued by ComBlu.

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