Today, there are 2.8 billion active social media users (+21% YoY), or 37% of the world’s population, compared to 3.8 billion people, or 50% of the world’s population, who are connected to the internet (source: according to GlobalWebIndex).
In 2016, social media continued to experience several changes that require marketers to take notice. The first transition concerns the multitude of social platforms and the rise of chatting apps. The second transition has been changes in mobile and video usage. The third transition involves the integration of social features into online commerce and content websites, or the development of “social core”.
The increasing penetration and use of mobile, has turned messaging apps into an important type of social networks. In 2016, 27% of the population accessed social media from mobile devices – 1.97 billion people. In 2017, 34% of the world’s population, or 2.55 billion people, use social media on their mobile phones (+30% YoY). Messaging apps are very popular among younger users, with Snapchat the most-used social media platform among 12 to 24-years-olds.