Top 10 Facts About Social Media in 2019

December 23, 2019

“Build it, and they will come” only works in the movies. Social Media is a ‘build it, nurture it, engage them, and they may come and stay.’”
-Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur

Maintaining an audience on social media platforms can be challenging. Social media platforms undergo a lot of change, including who is using a given platform and what kind of content is hot.

We have compiled our list of the top 10 must-know social media user statistics for 2019 in this article.

#1: Instagram Outpaces Print

The number of Instagram users are expected to outnumber print readers in 2019. An estimated 113.3 million U.S. residents are Instagram users while 112.7 million U.S. resident read print magazines. That’s over half a million more Instagram users than print readers!

#2: Messages = Advertising

The amount of consumers who think that all messages from brands count as advertising may surprise you. One in 3 consumers believe that all brand communication is advertising and 6 in 10 think that messages from brands on social media count as advertising.

#3: Social Media Continues to Influence Purchases

Just 31% of U.S. consumers said they never make a purchase because of an ad on social media or online. Over 75% of US internet users said they would visit a brand's brick and mortar store after following that brand on social media.

A brand’s social media activity encourages 48% of U.S. Internet users to try a new brand. On average, 80% of global consumers reported that social media and online ads impacted their purchasing decisions in 2019, which is 10% higher than last year.

#4: Social Media Inspires Multiple Actions

Following a brand or company on social media inspires consumers to engage in several activities—not all of which involve spending money. The top actions U.S. Internet users take after following brands on social media include:

87% Visiting the brand’s website/app

78% Recommending that brand to friends/family

78% Talking about that brand with friends/family

77% Buying from that brand over another

70% Drawing inspiration from that brand

67% Increasing spending with that brand

53% Engaging with that brand on social

#5: People Spend More Time on Social Media

The average U.S. resident spends 2 hours and 6 minutes on social media daily. The global average in 2018 was 2 hours and 22 minutes, which is a 52 minute increase from 2012.

Social media users ages 16-24 spend the most time on social media. This age group is the only one to spend an average of over 3 hours on social media sites daily. Social media users ages 55-64 tend to spend the least amount of time on social media sites with an average of 1 hour and 13 minutes per day.

U.S. users are expected to spend 27 minutes per day on Instagram in 2019, which is 1 minute more than in 2018. However, the amount of time spent on Facebook among U.S. users is expected to remain flat at about 40 minutes per day.

#6: The Benefits Are Getting Even Better

Marketers are reaping more benefits from their social media marketing efforts than in previous years, according to the 2019 Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner.

The top 8 benefits of social media marketing include:

93% Increased exposure

up 6% from 2018

87% Increased traffic

up 9% from 2018

74% Generated leads

up 10% from 2018

72% Improved sales

up 19% from 2018

71% Developed loyal fans

up 8% from 2018

58% Provided marketplace insight

up 4% from 2018

57% Increased thought leadership

up 11% from 2018

56% Grew business partnerships

up 7% from 2018

Which platforms are the most important social platform for marketers?

61% Facebook

down 6% from 2018

14% Instagram

up 4% from 2018

14% LinkedIn

up 2% from 2018

5% YouTube

up 1% from 2018

4% Twitter

2% Pinterest

1% Messenger Bots

#7: Most Prevalent User Demographics May Surprise You

What does the typical social media user look like?

The top user demographics per social media platform:


Gender: female

Ethnicity: non-Hispanic White & African American (tie)

Age: 25-29

Annual Income: over $75,000

Education: some college


Gender: female

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Age: 18-24

Annual Income: over $75,000

Education: college


Gender: female

Ethnicity: non-Hispanic White

Age: 18-24

Annual Income: over $75,000

Education: college


Gender: male

Ethnicity: non-Hispanic White

Age: 25-29

Annual Income: over $75,000

Education: college


Gender: male

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Age: 18-24

Annual Income: over $75,000

Education: college

#8: Most Consumers Follow Brands

Do shoppers follow brands on their social media channels? Yes. 70% of consumers follow brands on social media in 2019, which is up from the 57% who did in 2017.

Why do consumers follow brands?

54% Early access to best deals/discounts

41% Learn about latest products/trends

6% Participate in their community

#9: Social Media Interactions Can Improve Customer Connections

Brands that emphasize the “social” aspect of social media can improve their connection with their customers.

The social media behaviors that help brands connect with consumers:

55% Like/respond to consumer

45% Showcase the brand’s personality

45% Support a cause the consumer supports

44% Participate in relevant conversations

40% Highlight industry/category trends

39% Create strong online communities

39% Invite user-generated content

#10: Facebook Gets Even Harder for Marketers

Marketing on any social media channel takes continued effort. But marketing on Facebook may require an extra dose of patience as marketers adjust to its latest changes.

Facebook updated its algorithm earlier this year. This update continues to prioritize a user’s friends’ content over updates from business pages. Facebook’s algorithm determines which posts appear in a user’s news feed. In other words, Facebook deliberately designed its platform to make it harder for businesses’ posts to be viewed.

That’s not the only challenge for Facebook marketers. Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new Clear History tool that will enable users to clear their browsing history on Facebook. This function will make it harder for Facebook to leverage third-party data to target ads to users.

Need some help managing your company’s social media strategy? We can help with every aspect of social media management, from planning through execution. Contact us today at 877-9PRINT9 or at to get started.

Service Tags: 
Marketing Strategy