Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Social media demographics

Congratulations on your election. We put together this page of digital resources to capture the tips and tools discussed at the Academy for New Legislators, December, 2016. If you have additions or questions, please email me. At UMass Journalism, we have a lot of expertise ready to help.

Where should you be on social media? You don't need to be on all platforms, but you should be where your constituents are. For most, this will be Facebook, but Twitter and Instagram are useful at different times in different ways. Anecdotally, anyway, I would say that Twitter is a good platform for reaching journalists, for example, and Instagram is good for rallying good feelings around an event or cause.

How should you think about social media? As a core component of your communication strategy, rather than an add-on. And you should probably be thinking mobile. The platforms are always changing, so it's important to keep up with the social media industry, with sites like Social Media Today, and social media demographics with sites like the Pew Research Center.  Social media management takes time and commitment. You're better off with one channel that is well-maintained than several that are not.

Here are some basic resources and information about the demographics of social media.

For policy perspectives, The Pew Research Center is an excellent source to keep up with the intersection of technology, media, social media and the workplace.

Here's a look at the demographics of Facebook users.

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