43% of bloggers use WordPress (35% Blogger, 16% Tumblr etc.)

Main blog platforms currently used:

Blog Platforms

Blogging started as an online journal in the 1990′s where people shared their interests, hobbies and thoughts online.

Online self expression was the main aim of the blogging game.

In 2012 it has evolved into major publishing businesses such as Huffington Post that was sold recently for over $300 million.

It is also used by companies to display their thought leadership and expertise. Blogs are now considered an important part of a companies participation online and no longer the preserve of  the private personal blogger.

The evolution of search engines has also made the creation of unique content in a variety of media vital, to improve brands and businesses online visibility to Google, Bing and Yahoo.

The world of personal self expression is now only a part of what keeps blogging vibrant and an important part of the rapidly growing web.

State of the blogging world

via Blogging Statistics, Facts and Figures in 2012 – Infographic | Jeffbullas’s Blog.

7 Social Media Marketing Stats for 2012

I’ve picked my favourite stats from Jeff Bullas’ “72 fascinating social media marketing facts & statistic for 2012” (I think ‘fascinating’ is stretching it a bit, but they are quite interesting):

  1. B2C Facebook interaction is 30% higher than average on Sundays. (Mindjumpers)
  2. 95% of Facebook wall posts are not answered by brands. (Mindjumpers)
  3. LinkedIn generates more leads for b2b companies than Facebook, Twitter or blogs. Yet only 47% of b2b marketers say they are actively using LinkedIn vs. 90% on Facebook. (Social Media B2B)
  4. The five most popular tags for Tumblr posts are GIF, LOL, Fashion, Art and Vintage. The U.S. has the largest share of users, followed by Brazil. (Jeff Bullas)
  5. 83% of Pinterest users are women. In the U.S., the most popular categories are Fashion, Desserts, Clothes and Birthdays. (MediaPost). But in the U.K., the five most popular topics on Pinterest are Venture Capital, Blogging Resources, Crafts, Web Analytics and SEO/Marketing. (Pooky Shares)
  6. 4.8 billion people now own mobile phones. Just 4.2 billion own a toothbrush. (Mindjumpers)
  7. B2B companies with blogs generate 67% more leads per month on average than non-blogging firms. (Social Media B2B)