Twitter’s Benchmark Data and How It Applies to You

In the Quarterly (Q3 2014) Twitter Network Study by SimplyMeasured nearly 98% of the top brands of the World operate a Twitter account and at least 94% of them tweet at least once a day.

This information comes from a variety of data points:

  • 136,834 tweets
  • 23,330,738 retweets/replies/mentions/favorites
  • Based on the brands shown on the Interbrand 100 list

Interest of note is how frequently these major brands tweeted on a daily basis:

As you can see only 9% of the major brands tweet 25x or more while a surprising 4% don’t tweet at all.

Engagement saw quite a rise from Q4 2013 showing a 83% rise, 89% jump in the number of retweets, and 27% increase in the number of followers.

Of this – 45% of those tweets were photos which accounted for 51% of all engagement whereas only 37% of tweets were links which accounted for 26% of the replies and retweets.

Breaking this down further we can see that 70% of the brands tweets were focused on replies (up from 61% in Q4 2013); 24% were regular tweets and just 6% were retweets.

Hashtags also played an important role more than ever:

  • Those tweets with hashtags generally receive 243 replies
  • Those tweets without generally received just 196 replies

So what can we take-away from this report and apply to our businesses and its usage of Twitter?

A. It may be worthwhile to aim for the 1 – 5 tweet range each day which can easily be done from within a social media dashboard or handed off to a social media manager.

B. More than ever it’s important to respond to individuals engaging with the brand rather than doing too much promotion and relying on retweets; this is shaping up to be a year where multiple individuals working on the platform for community engagement is a worthwhile investment.

C. Just like Facebook – images dominate so be sure to work with your creative team to find new items to share that are catchy and represent the brand.

D. Make sure you’re using those hashtags (but don’t go overboard).

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by keeping up with your Twitter presence and do fall into this category of brands that never tweet or rarely engage followers then do get in touch with us at adQuadrant to which we can create a game plan tailored to your success.

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