Keeping up with age demographics for advertising is an ongoing process. With that in mind I periodically update this post with the best information that I can find! If you have any great data I am missing, please shoot me an email … tara(at)marketingartfully.com. This post was updated August 2017.
Let’s start our talk with the age ranges that advertising execs look at when planning marketing campaigns:
12 – 17
18 – 24
25 – 34
35 – 44
45 – 54
55 – 64
Some telling data for social media marketing….
- 88% of young adults age 18-29 use social media (Pew – 2016)
- Facebook has increased its reach to 79% (Pew – 2016)
- 62% of people over 65 use social media (up from 35% in 2015)
- Facebook has 1.23 billion daily active users on average for December 2016 (Facebook)
- 52.82 million U.S. Facebook users are between 25 and 34 years (Statista – 2017)
- Instagram has 600 million monthly active users (Instagram – Dec 2016)
- Pinterest has over 150 million monthly active users (VentureBeat – 2016)
Age Demographics For Advertising Resources
- Official Facebook Statistics
- Official Twitter Company Statistics
- Official Instagram Company Statistics
- Official Pinterest Statistics
- Official LinkedIn Statistics
- AWESOME post about Age Demographics For Social Media from Sprout Social
- Blog post: Customer Demographics – Age Ranges, Generational Names and Numbers
- Demographics of Key Social Networking Platforms from Pew Research
- How Millennials use and control social media from API
So how do those age demographics effect your marketing campaigns?
A pop quiz, which group uses email least, young people (12-17) or the old dears in the 65+ category? If I had to guess, I would have thought that older people who can struggle with technology and who did not grow up with it are less likely to be reading their gmail. Come to find out, the young people almost never use email! They like the immediacy of instant messaging or texting!
a great post from the New York Times about how time spent on e-mail rose 15 percent for people 55 to 64, and was up 17 percent for people 65 and older.
Targeting your marketing message and platform to the right age demographic
So what does that mean for you, my reader who are mostly college educated, women between the ages of 35-54 (site statistic data from alexa.com).
First off, I have men readers (I know because they make comments!) and I have readers who are a little older or a little younger than that, BUT primarily I attract people who are like me! Marketing nuts who are similar in age demographics to me (workaholic woman, college educated, 46 years old).
So if we take a peek at the age demographic data, my best social media response would come from WordPress (my blog), Pinterest, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Pretty on the money although Twitter does alright by me too!
Social Media Age Demographic Stats Over The Years
It is somewhat difficult to find current information about age distribution for the different social media networks. BUT I have started collecting this info from over the years to see the changes over time. Please note the dates of this data before citing it.
Pew Research graph from 2015 showing the progression of social media.
A breakdown of the demographics for each of the different social networks from Business Insider – 2014
Older info, but still interesting…age distribution on social networks from Royal Pingdom…there is some great age demographic as well as gender information – 2012