While he isn't currently available for promotional work, President Barack Obama would
have the most success on social media endorsing businesses' goods and services, new research shows.
A study by social marketing platform SocialToaster
revealed that Obama is considered the most influential celebrity on
social media. Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher and Anderson
Cooper followed the president on the rankings of social influencers.
On the flip side, the research found that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was the least influential celebrity on social media, finishing just below Madonna, Kanye West and Sean Hannity.
celebrities might be influential on social media in some aspects, it's
those closest to us who make the largest impact when it comes to the
important issues. Nearly all of the social media
users surveyed agreed that a social media post from a close friend or
family member was most likely to influence them on important subjects,
with politicians and athletes the least likely to influence them.
it was no surprise that in this election year Barack Obama would be
ranked the most influential person in social media, it was surprising to
us that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga would beat Madonna and Kanye West,"
said Brian Razzaque, CEO of SocialToaster.
"We were also surprised to
see that friends had more pull than family when it came to influencing
the sharing of social media content."
Regardless of whom it comes
from, there are some posts that will quickly result in an unfollowing,
the study discovered. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said a
racist post would cause them to immediately unfollow someone on social
media. Other types of posts that result in a loss of followers include
sexism, pornography, repetitive, overly personal posts and those that
use poor grammar.
The researcher was based on surveys of 3,000
SocialToaster Super Fans, which consist of social media experts and
professionals, many of whom work with some of the nation’s leading
brands. The experts range from those who work in the entertainment
industry who represent numerous television shows and movies to those who
work in professional sports, including the Baltimore Ravens and the
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