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Top social networks in Russia: latest numbers and trends

Just in time for making our New Year’s marketing resolutions, we’re getting a special treat – a study on social media users in Russia, with lots of the latest numbers and trends to enjoy. Actually, betting on social networks in 2015 sounds good to me – the experts predict social media marketing and retargeting to be on the rise. Plus, this trend comes along with the rapid growth of mobile users who become the majority on the Russian Internet.

The data comes from Brand Analytics, with details on the age, gender, regional distribution and even positive vibes of those writing on social networks in Russia. VKontakte (Vk), the largest Russia’s social network, holds on to its top position, having the biggest monthly audience and the most active writers:Top social media5

*TNS Web Index, November 2014. Data on Twitter is based on the number of users per day, frequency of visits per month

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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Top 10 Russia’s largest media in 2014

Despite the unstable economic climate Russian advertising industry keeps developing. In the first half of 2014 the growth of Russian advertising budgets landed at 6%. Online advertising grew the most, TV and radio – slightly, while print lost a low of advertisers’ money. Let’s find out who are the largest players on the Russian media scene – according to TNS Russia and Sostav.ru.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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A portrait of a typical VK user revealed

vk-mobileVkontakte (VK) – Russia’s largest social network – is known for attracting younger audience as opposed to Odnoklassniki – Russia’s second largest network – where older people like to hang out. Many brands stay away from advertising on VK believing that its audience mainly consists of school kids and teenagers with no buying ability. But in reality, this is not the case. VK’s most typical user is a working middle- and lower-middle income young professional, says the latest TNS Russia report.

In October last year vKontakte was visited by 53 430 000 people between 12 to 64 years old. Out of these visitors 67.4% (35 990 000 people) are employed, where:

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Top 15 sites favoured by Russian audience

In response to Facebook’s recent bold statement about (yet again) conquering Russia, one of the largest Russian newspapers Vedomosti created a top list of websites that are most visited by Russian people. Vedomosti also compared average time users spend on the sites.

Not surprisingly, Yandex came out as the leader of the top list with their 31 properties, followed by VK, Mail.ru with their 28 properties, Odnoklassniki, Google.ru and YouTube.

Even though Facebook made it to the list of top 15 sites in Russia, their metrics – daily users and average time spent on site – are far behind the local competitors vKontakte and Odnoklassniki. vKontakte has 24,2 million daily users that spend on average 39 minutes browsing the social network. 16,3 million daily users of Odnoklassniki spend 32 minutes on the site. Facebook only has 3,7 million users in Russia that only devote 5 minutes of their time to the network.

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Anna Oshkalo

Anna is a blogger and online marketing consultant specializing in SEO and SEM for Russian search engines. To see more of Anna's posts, follow her on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Advertising in Russian social media is on the rise

Staying at my Russian friend’s place, I noticed that the first thing she did in the morning was logging in to vKontakte. Well, I guess I can’t compete with her 300+ friend list, and even less – with her mother when she checks up on her in Odnoklassniki. This behavior becomes quite common as she’s just one of those 45 million VK users and 30 million Odnoklassniki users who are getting social online every day.

By contrast, Facebook in Russia is not doing that well in the race (7.5 million users), so no wonder companies try to catch up and invest more into advertising on national platforms instead: according to Socintel360, in 2013 marketing campaigns in Odnoklassniki and vKontakte had $132.4 million and $83.7 million budgets respectively. And, in the coming years, brands are likely to spend on them even more.

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Lubov

Lubov is an online marketing consultant with a focus on market intelligence and SEM towards Russian market. Her background ranges from cross-cultural management of global NGOs to delivering linguistic services for businesses in Russia, Belarus and Sweden.

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