I love it when people test things.
In this case, Celeste tested my guess that perhaps 10% of your friends on Facebook were actually "listening" to anything you have to say. And, she did it in a way that helped her prove her own point. You gotta applaud that. :)
Recently, Jeff Turner wrote this blog post -- Your Facebook Friends Are Not Really Listening.
The blog post was a response to this tweet: @imranpoladi says his friends on #Facebook follow the “1-9-90%” trend… 1% comment, 9% Like, 90% are just listening
Turner went on to explain that while he liked the symmetry of the statement, he found it hard to believe that more than 10% of your Facebook friends even have the chance to be listening. This is due to Facebook's throttling functions and the shear capacity that any of your friends have to actually pay attention to what everyone in their feed is saying.
Also ready to prove a point I posted this:
At the time of the post I had 311 Facebook friends. 10 people posted comments.
The next day I continued the test by sending this email:
I sent the email 279 of my 311 friends. 81 were opened and 53 people responded. Here are the results as reported by SurveyMonkey.com
How this breaks down:
The Facebook post yielded 10 online response, or 3%. The survey showed that at least 25 of the 311 were indeed listening, or 8%. If you add the 5 who actually responded on Facebook but were not accounted for in the survey the percentage rose to 10%. (Jeff Turner's original guess.)
Now let's do the numbers on the email. 29% of the people opened it and 19% of people were willing to engage by responding to the survey.
What this means:
If you are looking to connect with your audience and encourage engagement the numbers are in. Email is still very much alive and should still be a part of your marketing mix.
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