Happy New Year

Social Media and New Year's Resolution Sharing

A new year is here, the world is still spinning, and for 45 percent of the American population, it’s time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

While many of us here at The Brandon Agency have made a New Year resolution (check them out below), we wanted to take a closer look at what exactly to rest of America is resolving to do or not do this year.

Using the Cision/Radian6 social media monitoring tool, we conducted a search to track what people were saying online about their New Year’s resolution between December 28 through January 3. Here’s what we found:

· There were approximately 500,059 combined mentions of “new year’s resolution” and “resolutions.”

· 93 percent of people who mentioned the word “resolution” did so via Twitter.

· 70 percent of mentions were positive about resolutions.

· 29.5 percent of mentions were negative about resolutions.

· The most frequently mentioned words include: family; start; time; lose; work; love; read; weight; best; change; happy; eat; life; better; healthy; and change.

These keywords fall right in line with some of the most popular yearly New Year’s resolutions. According to a recent survey conducted by LA Fitness, the five most popular 2013 resolutions include:

1. Read more books

2. Save more money

3. Lose weight

4. Redecorate

5. Take better photos

Whether it’s eating less of your favorite junk food, reading more, or getting out of debt, if you really want to follow through on your New Year’s resolution, follow these easy tips:

· Be realistic. Make attainable goals. Instead of vowing never to eat your favorite food again, strive to eat is less often than you do now.

· Break your goal up into monthly goals. It can be harder to follow through on a resolution when you know you must maintain it for a full year. Instead, break up your goals month by month. For example, if you want to lose twelve pounds this year, make a goal each month to lose one pound.

So, what did The Brandon Agency team resolve to do in 2013? Take a look:

“To travel more and spend more time with the people that are important to me.” George

“Eliminate procrastination.” Shelby M.

“Eat fewer French fries.” Tim, www.twitter.com/TimGavrich

“Join a gym.” Jillian, www.twitter.com/JillianSobeck

“Make my bed everyday.” Ashley S.

“Catch more fish.” Dave

“To stay in touch with friends and family more often.” Jeni

“To complain less and be more positive.” Angela

“To make New South Digital 2013 better than New South Digital 2012.” Kirsten, www.twitter.com/Kirsten_Pruitt

“To not make a resolution.” Kathleen

If you’re tired of reading about New Year’s resolutions, check out this video of the most popular resolutions, as illustrated by cats: http://youtu.be/KD9qvF4z8cE

Did you make a resolution this year? Share it with us in the comments below!