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Social Media Use Lags With Agents & Brokers

Posted on: February 1, 2010

Twenty percent of agents and brokers in a reader poll said they are considering using social networking for marketing, but less than 25 percent currently employ it, according to an exclusive American Agent & Broker survey.

Published in AA&B?s December issue on Internet marketing, the unscientific survey suggests that although agents may still be holding back from full involvement in social media, interest is strong in reaching customers through other Web methods.

The online survey, which was conducted in October and November, included more than 600 participants of all sizes and locations. The questions focused on what types of Internet marketing methods users were currently employing, from basic Web sites to Twitter and Facebook.

In general, the responses suggest that although most agents and brokers are actively using more traditional Internet methods, they have been slower to get involved in more cutting-edge practices.

When asked whether their agency or brokerage had a social media presence, 58.1 percent said no, 22.3 percent said yes, and 19.6 percent said they were considering it.

Of those respondents who had a social media presence, 26.6 percent used LinkedIn, 24.9 percent Facebook, 11.4 percent on Twitter, and 3.8 percent on MySpace.

Of the social networking users, 47 percent reported having a formal policy on what employees can do on the Web during working hours.

Surprisingly, even the use of a basic Web site is not ubiquitous. Although 81 percent of respondents reported having an agency Web site, 19 percent did not.

Of those respondents with Web sites, the majority (32.3 percent) had supervised a redesign over the past six-to-nine months, 24.6 percent did so more than two years ago, and 21.9 percent over the past year.

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