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Mobile Social Networking Audience Grew 44% Over Past Year in EU5

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The audience for mobile social networking in the EU5 region (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) grew 44 percent in the last year with 55.1 million mobile users in the EU5 accessing social networking sites or blogs via their mobile devices during September 2011, according to comScore statistics.

"Over the past year we have seen social networking use grow rapidly among mobile users across Europe, driven largely by the growth in smartphone adoption, making it easier than ever for users to stay connected and engage in social activities while on-the-go," said Jeremy Copp, comScore Europe vice president for Mobile.

1 in 4 EU5 Mobile Users Access Social Media

In September 2011, 55.1 million EU5 mobile users accessed social networking sites or blogs on their mobile device, representing 23.5 percent of the total mobile audience. Nearly half -- 46.8 percent -- of this audience reported accessing social networking sites on a daily basis. Interestingly, the growth in daily social networking use from the previous year outpaced that of mobile social networking access as a whole (67 percent vs. 44 percent), indicating that the mobile platform is proving to be conducive to very frequent social networking use. While most mobile users accessed social networking sites via a mobile browser (31.3 million), the number of people using mobile apps doubled in the previous year to 24.2 million.

Use and Access for Mobile Social Networking/Blog Audience

  Total Audience (000)
Sep-10 Sep-11 % Change
Accessed Social Networking Site or Blog Ever in Month 38,395 55,125 44%
Accessed Social Networking Site or Blog Almost Every Day 15,438 25,779 67%
Social Networking Access Method:
Via Mobile Browser 23,855 31,307 31%
Via Application 12,057 24,208 101%

Twitter and LinkedIn Mobile Usage More than Doubles Over the Past Year

Several social networking brands posted significant gains for their mobile audiences over the past year. Approximately 39 million mobile users or 71 percent of the EU5 mobile social networking audience accessed Facebook via a mobile device in September 2011 -- the largest mobile audience of any social network -- and an increase of 54 percent in the past year.

Nearly 8.6 million mobile users accessed Twitter.com, representing a 115-percent jump from the previous year. LinkedIn grew by a notable 134 percent to 2.2 million unique users, more than doubling its user base during the same time period. Spanish social network Tuenti.com received 2.3 million unique users, growing nearly 60 percent.

Audience* for Selected Social Networking Brands

  Total Audience (000)
Sep-10 Sep-11 % Change
Facebook 25,361 39,022 54%
Twitter** 3,980 8,568 115%
Tuenti.com 1,474 2,327 58%
LinkedIn 944 2,210 134%

*Includes mobile browser and app access.
** Excludes third party services such as Tweetdeck

More than 40 Percent of Mobile Social Networking Users Engage with Brands

Research from the new social media metrics available in the comScore MobiLens service provides deeper insight into the behaviour of mobile users on social networking sites. In September 2011, nearly 3 in 4 mobile social networking users reported reading posts from people known personally, and more than 60 percent posted status updates on their mobile devices.

Mobile social networking users also engaged with brands on their mobile devices, as 44.3 percent reported reading posts from organizations, brands, or events, and a similar percentage (41.6 percent) reported reading posts from public figures or celebrities. In addition, more than a quarter (26.7 percent) of mobile social networking users reported receiving coupons, offers, or deals on their phones.

September 2011 EU5 Mobile Benchmark Data

The table below shows comScore's September 2011 mobile benchmark data, including a review of mobile consumption behaviors and device penetration for the five European countries under measurement.

Mobile Benchmark Data for the European Market

  Reach (%) of Mobile Subscribers
EU5 UK France Germany Italy Spain
Used Smartphone 40.1% 46.9% 36.7% 33.0% 40.4% 46.3%
Used Application (excl. pre-installed) 34.5% 44.9% 31.8% 30.4% 30.8% 35.4%
Used Browser 35.0% 46.9% 35.3% 28.4% 30.7% 34.7%
Played Games 26.5% 33.8% 15.6% 24.8% 30.1% 28.7%
Sent Text Message 82.9% 90.6% 83.7% 79.6% 80.2% 80.4%
Listened to Music 25.9% 25.5% 23.3% 25.6% 24.0% 32.6%
Accessed News 18.5% 26.2% 17.1% 15.7% 17.2% 16.2%
Accessed SocNet or Blog 23.5% 35.1% 22.0% 17.3% 20.8% 23.1%

About MobiLens

MobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and above. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondent's primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondent's secondary device.

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