Social Media Scorecard: Men Tweet, Women Pin, Everyone’s on Facebook

The key to a successful customer engagement strategy on social media is to understand how Facebook, Twitter and other social channels are used by consumers, according to new research from ACCENT Marketing. The findings show that brands need to be aware that the roles of customer engagement are evolving from toll-free numbers and emails to multiple social media channels.

"Our goal was to connect with consumers to discover their preferences for engaging with a brand," said Roger Huff Director, social media and digital strategy, ACCENT Marketing Services, in a statement. "The survey findings prove that brands need to pay attention, anticipate consumer's needs, and create natural conversations across all channels, especially social media."

The survey found that the most favored social media outlets are (in order): Facebook; Twitter; Google+; forums and blogs; LinkedIn; Pinterest; Instagram; and Reddit.

Key findings in the report also include:

  • 72 percent of consumers only want to interact with the brand when they comment on social media channels.
  • 82 percent use Facebook to speak with a customer service representative.
  • Two-thirds of consumers use Facebook to find good deals and promotions, including 80 percent of Baby Boomers.
  • More men (34 percent) than women (25 percent) use Twitter to speak to a brand they have purchased a product from.
  • 75 percent of Millennials find it helpful when other customers/followers respond to a question or comment posted on a brand's social media channel, compared to 55 percent of Baby Boomers.

"Consumers behave differently across channels and if brands are going to create engagement that drives customer loyalty and builds brand advocates, it's increasingly important for CMOs to understand their customers' behavior on varying channels," said David Norton, executive vice president, customer analytics and insights, MDC Partners, and chairman, ACCENT, in a statement. "To be a part of the conversation, CMOs need to have a social strategy in place to build a trusted relationship with their consumers and within their social community, ultimately creating a lifetime of engagement on social channels and in person."

To better understand the habits of today's changing and empowered consumers, ACCENT Marketing surveyed more than 1,000 consumers throughout the U.S. The company looked at how consumers seek information from brands across social media channels, in addition to engaging with a brand, which channels are believed to be the best way of communicating with a brand, and the power of being a part of an online community.