A new survey shows that more small business owners use LinkedIn
more than any other social media platform.
Small business owners use LinkedIn more than any other social
media platform (yes, even Facebook), according to a new "http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323926104578273683427129660.html?mod=ITP_marketplace_3">
survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage
Of the 835 business owners surveyed, 30 percent use LinkedIn
regularly-making it the most frequented platform-and 41 percent
nominated it as the most valuable agent for growth.
Small business owners said LinkedIn encourages effective
engagement when compared to other outlets, and its impact is more
enduring, especially in contrast with Tweets, according to the
Not all social media experts agreed with the findings, including
Maurice Freedman, the founder of digital creative agency Zaah
Technologies, which consults on digital media strategy with
celebrities as well as large brands, including Maxim.
"I can't imagine trying to use LinkedIn to promote my business,"
he said. "As far as finding good people to work with at the
partnership level, I think it does work. But to expand your
masses from LinkedIn, I don't know who's receiving that
information well. It's the 2013 version of cold-calling from the
The survey indicated Facebook is the second-most utilized
platform, carrying 22 percent of owners, followed by Twitter,
with just 14 percent. Owners calculated social media's value by
how many page views or returns their online efforts can generate,
the article reported. Melissa Marie Fassetta, the social media
manager at Zaah, said determining a platform's potential depends
on the type of business.
"If they're looking to get to the consumer, Facebook could be the
best, especially if you're going after a younger demographic,"
she said. "But if you're looking for a more professional
demographic, LinkedIn would be the way to go."
The platforms that have the worst potential to improve numbers
are Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+, respectively, according to
the survey. And about a third of owners surveyed said they do not
make use of social media at all in their businesses.