MENA Twitter Habits Survey Results Released By Spot On PR

| Sep 10, 2009 | comment 2 Comments

Spot On PRA survey of Twitter users has shown the microblogging social media platform not only continues to attract new users throughout the Middle East and North Africa but is also starting to affect the way that brands are perceived.

According to the Middle East & North Africa Twitter Demographics & User Habits Survey, published by Spot On PR, over 90% of users in the region say they have found out about a new product or service through Twitter and over 60% have had their perceptions of a brand changed by Twitter.

Carrington Malin, managing director of Spot On Public Relations, said: “Twitter’s fast growth, coupled with the high level of activity amongst the region’s users, is making a number of key regional organisations sit up and take notice. We hope that this survey of MENA Twitter demographics and user habits will provide marketers with a baseline from which to further explore the opportunities that Twitter is opening up.”

While some 70% of users surveyed said they had formed a positive perception of a brand through their interactions over Twitter, over 50% had also formed negative perceptions of a brand. A small but influential crowd of opinion leaders, many Middle East Twitter users were closely linked with the advertising, marketing, public relations and media industries, some 35% of respondents in all.

59% of respondents said they interacted frequently with journalists, some 76% interacted frequently with bloggers and over 65% actually being contributors to a blog themselves.

“It’s of particular note that 61% of those surveyed clearly expressed that their views of a brand or company have been affected through Twitter,” said Malin, “Simply the fact that Twitter is already influencing brand perceptions in the region is interesting. However, noting that 60% of MENA Twitter users are bloggers, 90% of the users surveyed also use Facebook and that there are a significant and increasing number of journalists joining Twitter, Twitter is clearly able to punch above its weight in terms of influence.”

Over 85% of Twitter users surveyed said that they used the service to find news or stay updated, while 55% actively use the service to research new opinion and information. Cementing Twitter’s reputation as a powerful ‘go to’ medium, over 90% of users had opened a website or blog to read a story or article through Twitter and 38% of respondents had tuned into a television program they had heard about through Twitter.

Over 75% of the MENA Twitter users surveyed were also members of the professional social media network LinkedIn, while 91% also use Facebook. Perhaps interestingly, 48% of those that use Facebook already use Twitter more. Showing a powerful degree of engagement with the service, over 70% of respondents used Twitter every day of the week – and 96% will use Twitter as much, if not more, into the future.

“A large percentage of the current MENA Twitter community are social media power users, which is consistent with the contention that Twitter is in its early adopter phase in the region,” added Malin. “For marketers, this makes the opportunity even stronger, because these users have a significant influence and are potential advocates for a brand or service”

Spot On Public Relations’ Middle East & North Africa Twitter Demographics & User Habits Survey was carried out in August 2009 and is based on 216 respondents to a questionnaire sent to them after they had been contacted via Twitter and had agreed to participate in the survey. It is published under a Creative Commons License.

The full survey report is available as a download from Spot On’s blog at: http://www.spotonpr.com/menatwittersurvey/

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