Digital marketers share links to mainstream media sources on Twitter more than any other type of content, according to a recent report by Leadtail and NetBase.

Almost half (45%) of tweets from digital marketers that include links to outside content lead to mainstream media websites.

The next most popular sources of content are industry media (35%), social media (17%), and e-commerce sites (2%).

Below, additional key findings from the report, which was based on an analysis of the tweets of 515 North American digital marketers. The study pairs with an earlier report on the Twitter habits of senior marketers.

Mainstream Media Sources

  • Most mainstream media content shared by digital marketers on Twitter is focused on news, business, and strategy—typically covering broad issues and trends.
  • Forbes is the most popular mainstream media content source, followed by The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and BuzzFeed.

Industry Media Sources

  • Mashable is the most popular industry media content source.
  • TechCrunch, Business Insider, and Advertising Age are No. 2-4.

Top People Retweeted

Top Brands Retweeted

About the research: The report was based on an analysis of 143,856 tweets and 69,657 shared links from 515 North American digital marketers published between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. Digital marketers were identified by using criteria such as job title and type of company. All are active on Twitter; the median number of their followers is 891.

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Ayaz Nanji is a writer, editor, and a content strategist. He is a co-founder of ICW Media and a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, and the New York Times.

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