Purchases and Discovery Among Top Drivers According to Newly Released M&C Saatchi Performance TikTok Report “What TikTok Users Want: The Essential Guide for Performance Marketers”

Leading Global Performance Marketing Agency Unveils Report to Help Advertisers with Key Insights to Create Successful Campaigns on Leading Popular Social Media Platform

NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- M&C Saatchi Performance, a leading global performance marketing agency connecting brands to today’s connected consumers, unveiled findings from its newest TikTok Report, “What TikTok Users Want: The Essential Guide for Performance Marketers.” The vision for the report was to get a snapshot of how users engage with the platform, with a critical focus on discovery, stickiness, purchase intent, and news consumption. The findings from this report will help marketers better understand the users' habits on the platform to hone their campaigns.

A look at TikTok today

TikTok arrived on the scene just a few years ago and has shaken the social media landscape. Over two billion downloads and one billion active users later, TikTok's content-sharing and delivery platform continues to connect people worldwide. It's a place to make each other laugh, dance to a new tune, learn something new, and discover the hottest trends and places to explore.

As 2024 projections show that U.S. adults will spend nearly 20% of their social media time on TikTok, the platform is becoming an increasingly vital tool in the performance marketer's arsenal. As a result, marketers are leaning into TikTok's advice — "Don’t Make Ads, Make TikToks” — and are seeing impressive results.

There is more to TikTok than sharing dances or funny videos. To better understand how to market to this growing audience, we wanted to know how TikTok users use the platform beyond sharing content. How do they get information about the news? How do they discover new recipes and fashion tips or research vacation locations? How do they engage with the ads on the platform, and how can we serve them content that drives even better performance?

Key findings from the M&C Saatchi Performance TikTok Report:

  • TikTok Usage. TikTok users are anything but casual. 56% of users say they’re on the platform at least once per day and leverage third-party app integrations. Gen Z are power users, primarily using TikTok and supplementing usage with other visual-forward social media platforms. 
    • Gen Z are power users. For example, 67% of this cohort say they log in to TikTok at least once daily, and 42% say they use the platform several times daily.
    • Because TikTok focuses on discovery and entertainment, it's a place where people go to check out new people, topics, or content. Meanwhile, platforms like Instagram are where people check in with friends, family, and specific influencers. This leads to a symbiotic relationship between the platforms, where social media usage beyond TikTok is strong among all demographics. For example, 78% of all TikTok users are also on Facebook, and 72% are on Instagram.
  • Ad Engagement. According to the report, 92% of TikTok users say they’ve either made a purchase based on an advertisement they saw on TikTok, via a TikTok ad or are willing to do so. Advertisers will successfully reach audiences via TikTok thanks to the platform’s strong ad engagement and recall among the demographic. Make them laugh, or choose a catchy earworm to make the most impact. 
    • 56% of users say they’ve purchased a product promoted on TikTok.
    • 36% say they haven’t but are open to doing so.
    • Only 8% claim to be unreceptive to promotions.
  • TikTok for Discovery. The report showed that more than half of TikTok users say they favor the platform over others for discovery. Gen Z is even more likely to favor TikTok as a way to learn about new things — 62% say they are most likely to discover new things on TikTok over other platforms. Only 8% say they primarily use Google.
    • 53% of all TikTok users say the platform is their go-to for discovery. However, 18% favor other social media platforms, while 11% favor Google.
    • Gen Z, in particular, finds TikTok handy for music discovery (59%) and recipes (44%), lifestyle (47%), fashion/beauty (44%).
  • TikTok as a News Source. Today, many people view TikTok as a primary news source, and many users trust what they see. For example, 74% of all TikTok users report visiting the platform to learn about the latest news, and 35% claim it’s their primary or only news source. 
    • Gen Z’s numbers skew even more heavily toward TikTok as a primary platform for news consumption. 82% of Gen Z users use the platform for news, but to break this down even further:
    • 39% use sources in addition to TikTok
    • 27% say it’s their primary news source
    • 16% only get news from TikTok

“The findings from the TikTok report are a great lens into the activities and engagement on the social media platform. For performance marketers, if you want to be on TikTok, you need to understand what it’s like to be a consumer,” said Jennifer Sudo, Managing Partner, M&C Saatchi Performance. “Don't just create videos, insert some generic hashtags, and put them out there — use the search box and look for keywords people use. Within the next few years, TikTok will be an even bigger and more important channel than it is now, so brands must get on the platform now and understand how its users engage with content.”


M&C Saatchi Performance polled 1,000 TikTok users throughout the United States in November 2022 using Pollfish, a third-party market research platform. Pollfish uses Organic Sampling, a sampling methodology built on a new delivery framework called Random Device Engagement (RDE) via 120+ natively integrated partner apps. In addition, samples were evaluated for statistical significance in comparing results from different demographics.

To download the full report, visit www.mcsaatchiperformance.com/reports/tiktok-report-2023

About M&C Saatchi Performance
M&C Saatchi Performance is a leading global performance marketing agency, delivering profitable growth for brands through full-funnel performance marketing. The agency delivers world-class performance marketing services to help brands grow in the digital economy across all channels. With specialists across display, paid search, paid social, programmatic, streaming T.V., Influencers, and more, the M&C Saatchi Performance teams plan and buy media, optimizing against every action the user takes at every stage of their journey. The teams take the time to understand the brand, their objectives, and their customers to deliver improved performance and a clear return on advertising spend. With a tailored mix of tech and talent, clients get a bespoke set of performance marketing strategies underpinned by data insights.

Founded in 2006 as a mobile digital agency, today, M&C Saatchi Performance has more than 279 team members Globally and in the U.S. have team members across the country, including; Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, and San Francisco. For more information, visit mcsaatchiperformance.com and also on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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