- 57% of folks agree with the perception that social networking is for young people BUT
- The average age of Twitter users is 30-49.
- The average age of Facebook users is 30-49.
- The largest group of Facebook users is 35-45 years.
- The fastest growing demographic on Facebook is people over 50.
Social media does not replace email, newsletters, websites. It supplements them. I can remember when email lists became the rage and folks complained about everything being on email. Same rules apply here. You cannot send things out on social media that aren’t also sent out in other methods.
You have to reach folks where they are. Why did we start those email lists? Because people were reading email. . Why do we add social media? Because that is where people are. And not just young people. The fastest growing demographic is folks 50 and up. Why? Because they are connecting with family and former classmates. Young adults are the heaviest users – and Youth and Young Adults are the ones that tend to understand the technology better. So don’t buy into that myth. Instead poll your congregation and find out. In my experience the older population tends to use social media as a recipient – they receive information but they don’t send out much information. The younger population tends to use this as their primary form of communication.
Tom Fishburne, an insightful Marketoonist, says that social Media should be about people, but Social Media Strategies show us that’s not always what happens. Social media is not a magic bullet. It’s an enabler. Social media won’t make an antisocial brand suddenly social. But it can facilitate and amplify the role that brands play with their audiences. Whether in social media or any other domain, we need to focus less on how “awesome” we are and more on working toward making our customer’s more “awesome”. In other words what can we do for you to make your life better. Remember Social Media is about People. Not products and brands. And since our congregations are about making lives better, it should be a good fit.
Thanks Beth for reminding us that Social Media is a tool to connect people. An important and helpful one, but people remain at the core of our work!