Social Media Trends: How America Watches, Shares, and Connects

Social Media Trends: How America Watches, Shares, and Connects

In the evolving world of social media, keeping up with platform popularity and usage trends is essential for marketers, content creators, and users alike. It has become an integral part of our daily lives, shaping the way we connect, share, and consume information.

A recent Pew Research Center study reveals the current state of social media platform use among US adults, and offers valuable insights into demographic preferences and platform adoption rates.

Social Platform Use 2024

YouTube Leads The Pack

YouTube continues to dominate as the most widely used social media platform for a diverse audience, with an impressive 83% of US adults tuning into the watch videos. This marks a slight increase from 2021, signaling YouTube’s enduring appeal across various demographic groups. Interestingly, its popularity spans across genders, with both men (82%) and women (83%) nearly equally engaged. Multicultural groups, particularly English-speaking Asian (93%) and Hispanic (86%) adults, show higher adoption rates, highlighting YouTube’s broad reach.

The platform’s appeal is not limited to younger audiences; while 93% of 18-29-year-olds are avid YouTube viewers, the platform also enjoys high engagement rates among 30-49-year-olds (92%) and has seen a significant uptick in usage among those 65 and older, climbing from 38% in 2019 to 60%. Income and education levels also play a role in YouTube’s popularity, with higher rates of adoption among those in the top income bracket and with higher educational attainment.

Facebook’s Steady Presence

Despite fluctuating trends in social media, Facebook maintains a consistent user base, with 68% of survey respondents reporting usage. While its adoption is higher among women (76%) than men (59%), Facebook’s usage trends vary significantly across age groups, showing a decline among younger adults and a rise in usage among those aged 65 and older.

Instagram’s Growing Appeal

Instagram’s user base is on the rise, reaching 47% of adults, up from 40% in 2021. The platform’s visual nature and dynamic content seem to resonate more with women (54%), Hispanic (58%), and Asian adults (57%), suggesting its particular appeal among these groups. Younger adults (18-29) remain the most engaged, with a significant 78% using Instagram, pointing to its stronghold among the youth.

Pinterest’s Unique Demographic Skew

Pinterest, known for its inspiration-driven content, shows a unique demographic pattern, with significantly higher usage among women (50%) than men (19%). It also stands out for its slightly higher adoption rate among rural adults (36%) compared to urban counterparts (31%), suggesting its appeal across different living environments.

TikTok’s Rapid Rise

TikTok has seen explosive growth, with 33% of US adults using the platform, up from 21% in 2021. The app’s engaging content format appears to be particularly popular among women (40%), Hispanic (49%), and Black (39%) adults. Its highest usage among the youngest adults (18-29) at 62% underscores TikTok’s role as a key player in shaping social media trends.

LinkedIn and WhatsApp: Platforms for Professional and Personal Connections

LinkedIn and WhatsApp each cater to specific needs, with LinkedIn maintaining a steady 30% usage among adults, predominantly among higher-income and educated demographics. WhatsApp, on the other hand, has seen growth to 29% of adults, with notable popularity among Hispanic adults (54%), illustrating its importance in keeping personal and professional networks connected.

Other Platforms and Trends

Snapchat and Twitter/X maintain steady but distinct user bases, with Snapchat being more popular among younger users and Twitter/X showing broader use among higher-income and more educated adults.

Reddit’s popularity continues to rise, especially among men and the 18-29 age group, reflecting broader trends in social media where platforms cater to specific interests and demographics.

BeReal, while newer to the scene, shows potential for growth, particularly among younger adults and women, though its overall adoption remains low.

Implications for Marketers and Content Creators

Understanding these trends is crucial for anyone looking to engage with audiences effectively on social media. The data highlights the importance of tailoring content and strategies to specific platforms and demographic groups to maximize reach and impact. As social media continues to evolve, staying informed about these trends will be key to navigating the digital landscape successfully.

About the Data: The results are based on a May-September 2023 survey of 5,733 US adults (18+).

For help with your social media marketing, schedule a call or email Lori Berson at

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Transform Your Social Media Approach with Effective Listening and Response Tactics

Transform Your Social Media Approach with Effective Listening and Response Tactics

In today’s digital marketing landscape, leveraging social media for customer service has become essential. This approach, however, extends beyond simply reacting to customer complaints. It’s about integrating into the wider framework of engaging with your community across all social platforms where your presence is felt.

The key to effective response lies in the art of listening. Social listening involves delving into online dialogues about your brand, competitors, and relevant topics to gain deeper insights into your audience’s perceptions. Consider this: what’s the buzz around your latest product, your customer service efficiency, or even your brand’s new visual identity? To learn about what’s being said about your brand, below are several social listening tools for both small businesses and large corporations.

Social Listening Tools to Gain Audience Insights

It’s important to recognize that not all online mentions require direct engagement from your brand’s official channels. The primary goal of social listening isn’t always to respond but to understand and learn from these conversations.

For example, the launch of a new product or service by your company. Through social listening, you might notice a pattern of user experiences pointing to a common issue. By monitoring discussions around your product or service and brand on various social channels, you can gather valuable insights into user challenges and address them effectively. This proactive approach not only resolves issues but also demonstrates your brand’s commitment to listening and improving based on customer feedback.

For help with your social media marketing, schedule a call or email Lori Berson at

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Most Effective B2B Influencer Marketing Tactics [Study]

Most Effective B2B Influencer Marketing Tactics [Study]

Influencer marketing has become an essential part of the marketing mix for brands across many industries. Now, it is making major inroads into the B2B space as well. Recent research shows that B2B marketers are rapidly adopting influencer strategies and finding them effective for goals like increasing awareness and sales.

The question is no longer, ‘Does influencer marketing work for B2B?’ We already know the answer. The question is, ‘How can we get the best results from B2B influencer marketing?’ And, ‘What are the most successful B2B brands doing that the rest of us are missing?’

According to a new report from Ogilvy, three-quarters of B2B decision-makers worldwide currently use influencer marketing. Among those, over 90% plan to expand their use of influencers in the future. Another study from Ascend2, in partnership with TopRank Marketing, found that influencer marketing is already part of the mix for 85% of surveyed mid-market and enterprise B2B brands in the US. 

As B2B marketers gain more experience with influencer strategies, they are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches. While 15% are just beginning with influencer marketing, about half are at a moderate maturity level. Nearly one-quarter have reached expert status, according to the Ascend2 report.

Effective B2B Influencer Activities

Influencer Marketing Benefits

The biggest payoffs reported are increased sales revenue and improved brand reputation. Two-thirds of respondents in the Ogilvy study said their B2B influencer campaigns had more impact on marketing performance than brand-only efforts.

In the Ascend2 research, current customers were the most commonly used type of influencer. However, brands at moderate maturity levels reported greater use of professional influencers and prospects compared to beginners. The Ogilvy findings suggest employees could also be untapped influencers, with 89% of C-suite marketers saying staff can add value when integrated into strategies.

How to Identify Influencers

When evaluating potential influencers, B2B brands look for several key traits. The most important is that the audience sees the influencers as trustworthy and they have a relevant audience or network. Professional credentials, audience size, and subject matter expertise are also key considerations.

Influencer Program Challenges

Executing an influencer program brings challenges like identifying and engaging influencers, measuring results, and creating content. Over half of respondents struggle to find and connect with the right influencers. Many also pointed to difficulties tracking performance, collaborating with influencers on content, and documenting an integrated strategy.

Artificial Intelligence Applications

Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a useful tool for some of these hurdles. While content creation is the top AI application now, performance tracking and influencer selection follow closely behind. AI could help provide data-driven insights and efficiencies.

AI Influencer Tools 

  • Influencity – Build a stronger Influencer Relationship Management (IRM) strategy with access to comprehensive profile statistics on a platform that analyzes millions of the most influential content creators on social media today.
  • Insense – Collaborate with multiple vetted creators at once. Get a steady flow of authentic UGC starting at $50 per video. Increase your ads performance with whitelisted ads.
  • InsightIQ – Define, track, and boost influencer marketing ROI.
  • Partnerize – End-to-end partnership platform that automates tedious tasks associated with partner management to help you find and convert your target audience at scale.
  • Rad AI – Creative intelligence that brings new standards to influencer marketing.
  • Squad – One-stop solution for influencer marketing at scale. Collaborate between influencers and brands.
  • Tapasom – Discover the perfect influencer for your brand. Work together effortlessly. Make creator marketing easy.

For content, social posts are the most common influencer marketing format for B2B. Social media allows influencers to share information with their networks, an important value proposition, according to the Ogilvy research. Nine in ten B2B marketing leaders see social media influencers as vital for staying current in their industry.


When it comes to tactics, content promotion by influencers is most effective for achieving objectives. Product endorsements, quotes for content, and event participation also deliver results for some B2B brands.


Influencer marketing adoption is accelerating among B2B marketers. As strategies mature, brands are rapidly expanding their programs to leverage influencers’ value for driving awareness, sales, and reputation. While challenges remain, AI and best practices are helping refine influencer identification, partnership, and measurement. The future is bright for B2B brands successfully harnessing the power of influencers.

The Ascend2 and TopRank Marketing results are based on a July-August survey of 425 B2B marketing decision-makers in management or higher roles representing mid-market (100 – 999 employees) and enterprise (1,000+ employees) B2B brands from various industries. The Ogilvy results are based on a survey of more than 550 senior B2B decision-makers working at companies of various sizes across 11 markets.

For help with your influencer marketing, schedule a call or email Lori Berson at

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How to Streamline Your Social Media Workflow

How to Streamline Your Social Media Workflow

Do you ever feel like your social media efforts could be more efficient?

When managing social media, you have a lot on your plate – planning campaigns, creating content, monitoring conversations, and reporting to stakeholders. It’s easy for all the nitty-gritty details to start feeling overwhelming, getting in the way of the work that you need to focus on.

But what if you could effortlessly clear away the clutter, optimize your processes, and set your team up for social media success? With some thoughtful workflow improvements, the right tools, and a bit of strategy alignment across your organization, you can maximize your impact and use your limited resources wisely. To get started, here are a few tips:

Optimize Each Stage of Your Workflow

First, take a look at each stage of your social media workflow. Are there opportunities to alleviate manual tasks to helpful automation tools? Platforms like Hootsuite, Agorapulse, Buffer, and Sprout Social can schedule and publish your content calendar automatically. This small change translates to huge time savings that you can reinvest in a higher-level strategy.

Automate Reporting for Faster Insights

Next, speed up your reporting with easy-to-use analytics tools. Gathering metrics manually slows teams down and keeps your insights locked away in spreadsheets. But social media management platforms can automatically gather data and turn it into insightful presentation-ready reports your C-suite will love. Now your impact is clear, and your stakeholders have what they need to make smart, data-driven decisions.

Share Tools Company-Wide

As social media’s impact grows across the business, loop in key players from beyond your marketing team into your social efforts. For example: sales can analyze performance data and social listening insights to refine strategy. Customer service can foster engagement and provide responsive support. HR can build an employer brand and connect with candidates. Product teams can translate conversations into launches and strategies. Collaborating cross-functionally prevents duplication of efforts, siloes, and missed opportunities. To make this work, core social teams need to adapt as more stakeholders get involved by figuring out ownership and developing cross-functional expertise.

Integrate Social Media Tools With Your Tech Stack

Streamline your broader technology stack. Unified platforms with built-in workflows and integrations give your whole organization a holistic view of the customer without the hassle of constant tool-switching.

Refine Influencer and Partnership Processes

Simplify the way you work with influencers and brand partners. Managing a bunch of one-off email threads can get hectic fast. Look for ways to directly connect your influencer efforts with the rest of your social strategy for smoother execution.

Implementing even a few of these tips can make a massive difference in how much you accomplish each day. Best of all, with a few workflow tweaks, you can clear away complexity and make room for the work that takes your social media marketing to the next level.

Start optimizing your social media marketing today!

For help with your social media markering, schedule a call or email Lori Berson at

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Average TikTok Engagement Rates

Average TikTok Engagement Rates

A new study from Conviva suggests that TikTok engagement rates are closely linked to follower count.

TikTok Engagement

1,500 verified brand TikTok accounts were analyzed with a total of more than 591K videos, including 500 brand accounts, 150 news and media accounts, 75 sports leagues, 125 sports media accounts, 300 sports teams, and 350 TV and entertainment accounts.

Average Engagement Rates

The results show that there’s a strong negative correlation between follower count and engagement rate. So, the more followers, the lower the engagement rate.

For accounts with a follower count of less than 100K, the average engagement rate was a high 28%. Double-digit engagement rates were maintained among accounts with follower numbers of 1-200K (14%) and 2-300K (12%) but then fell below the 10% mark for all accounts with larger follower counts. As such, the lowest engagement rates were for the biggest accounts – with more than 10 million followers – which averaged engagement rates of around 2%.

Overall, the average engagement rate across all of the verified accounts was 13.5%. Brands enjoyed the highest average engagement rate among the various account types identified, at 17.3%, though Conviva notes that brands had the smallest average follower counts (~600,000 on average), which could explain the high rates given the data mentioned above.

Brands that want to increase their follower count should think about increasing their posting frequency, per the report’s findings. Overall, the analyzed accounts posted 189 times from March 2021 to March 2022, a 13% increase from the previous year’s average. However, the top 20 accounts by follower growth averaged 1,345 posts during that period, about 7.1x higher than the average. These accounts averaged around 3-4 posts per day. Moreover, the analysis found that those accounts that posted more frequently (1,250+ times over the year) gained significantly more followers than those that posted less frequently (0-250), though it’s conceivable that frequency was not the only factor here (resources, brand size, advertising, etc., could have all played a role).

Top TikTok Accounts By Follower Count

  • Flighthouse (28.1 million)
  • PSG (25.2 million)
  • ESPN (22.9 million)
  • Netflix (22.4 million)
  • Overtime (19.2 million)

Among the brand accounts analyzed, Guinness World Records had the most total followers (19.1 million) and the largest year-over-year increase (7.8 million). Roblox was the next-largest in terms of follower size (7.9 million), ahead of Fortnite Official (7.7 million), Red Bull (6.5 million), and Crumbl Cookies (4.7 million). Among the top 50 brand accounts by follower size, #17 Among Us had the highest average engagement rate, of 11.41%.

Need assistance with your TikTok strategy and production? Schedule a call or email Lori Berson at

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Successfully Market Your Business For Just The Price of a Cheeseburger and Fries

Successfully Market Your Business For Just The Price of a Cheeseburger and Fries

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*According to the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • In 2020, there were more than 4.4 million new businesses; the highest total on record.
  • This is a 24.3% increase from 2019; 51.0% higher than the 2010-2019 average.
  • ½ million new businesses were started in January 2021 alone.


BersonDeanStevens has been a recognized brand strategy and marketing leader for over 25 years, including over a decade in marketing and sales automation. We work in partnership with you to differentiate your brand and achieve your business goals. Client list.