Recently I wrote about how the Fortune 100 in the USA were using Twitter so this recent study just released reveals some interesting trends for the Global Fortune 100 largest companies and their use of Social Media.
Following in the footsteps of consumers, large international companies are now becoming active participants in social media. The recent Burson-Marsteller study found that
79 percent of the largest 100 companies in the Fortune Global 500 index are using at least one of the most popular social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or corporate blogs
Twitter is the social media platform of choice among the Fortune Global 100
65 percent of the largest 100 international companies have active accounts on Twitter
54 percent have a Facebook fan page
50 percent have a YouTube channel
One-third (33 percent) have corporate blogs.
Only 20 percent of the major international companies are utilizing all four platforms to engage with stakeholders.
Companies based in the United States and Europe are more likely to use Twitter or Facebook than they were to have corporate blogs
Companies from Asia-Pacific were more likely to utilize corporate blogs than other forms of social media.
Asian companies will use Twitter or Facebook to communicate with Western audiences (for example, Toshiba).
Companies are getting more comfortable using social media as they are interacting and engaging more and not just broadcasting corporate messages
Companies using Twitter are following an average of 731 people each
Thirty-two percent have also “re-tweeted” or reposted user comments during the last week (like Verizon Careers).
To help companies navigate the social media landscape, Burson-Marsteller has developed an Evidence-Based Tool called the “Social Media Check-up” which looks at how a company’s social media presence is impacting their overall online health and reputation. To access the complete analysis of these findings click here for the PDF report.