French-speaking Canadians living in Quebec are overall less likely than other Canadians to participate in social media, according to a survey conducted by CEFRIO.  It is probable that a lack of French content on social networks is to blame.  This information can benefit Canadian businesses that include Quebec in their geographical target market.

Social network participation in QuebecFrench Social Networking in Quebec

Quebecers on YouTube
English 77.5%
French 64.5%

Quebecers on Facebook
English 67.0%
French 65.7%

Quebecers on Google+
English 37.8%
French 34.3%

Quebecers on LinkedIn
English 24.3%
French 12.8%

Quebecers on Twitter
English 10.0%
French 12.1%

Quebecers on Pinterest
English 9.4%
French 12.0%

Using Social Media to Engage French-Speaking Quebec

  • Focus on the networks most popular with French-speaking Quebecers
  • Provide French translations of posts on social networks
  • Consider creating a French version of your website
  • Offer bilingual online customer service
  • Once your French-friendly practices are in place, advertise on Quebec websites/blogs or use French banners on any Canadian site that has a French version.

You can hire a translator or go with a reputable translation software.

French-speaking Quebecers are accustomed to living in a society that caters to their language requirements.  It isn’t reasonable to expect the same level of consideration from the rest of Canada when English is the official language.  However, it is a perfectly reasonable expectation if you want them to purchase your products and services.

Need some guidance? Here are a few expert resources to help you learn more about using social media for business success:

  • Free LinkedIn training is available at LinkedU: How to Create a Massive LinkedIn Referral Network with THE Most Influential Players in Your Market.
  • To really dig into Facebook marketing, check out Canadian social media queen, Mari Smith. She’s always on top of the latest social network marketing tactics and her courses can’t be beat.
  • Pinterest has surpassed search engines for traffic generation for many businesses, but it has to be done right for maximum benefits. You can check out a free video and/or take the Power of Pinning course to get started.
  • The book Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Amazing on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and More, was revised and expanded in 2015 and is perfect for social media novices.
  • Powerful tools like Wishpond (Canadian company) make it super easy to have social contests and offer coupons via social media. They have both free and paid options.

Comment on Canadians Internet BusinessHave you enjoyed business success with francophone Quebec?  Please share your experience in the comments below.

Sources:
CEFRIO
eMarketer

You may also be interested in reading:
Social Media Strategy: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
Canadian Social Media Statistics
The Elusive ROI of Social Media [Infographic]

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6 Responses to "French Social Networking in Quebec (Statistics & Tips)"

  1. Paul PhD  August 10, 2013

    That’s the first time I’ve seen statistics like this for PQ. It’s a unique market in a lot of ways and we need something to base our plan on.

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  2. Andre R.  August 1, 2013

    I bet you’ll find most of the buying is done within Quebec too because there’s more sites that have both languages. Of course it’s a good idea but it can be a big undertaking.

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  3. Nanouk  July 31, 2013

    I guess I always thought most of them knew english too but you’ve given me a lot to think about.

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  4. Abbylee  July 31, 2013

    I’m certain the lack of french communication is to blame, or maybe they just have a life outside of the internet unlike most other people. On the other hand I’m surprised they don’t know enough english to use other sites.

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  5. lanaS  July 31, 2013

    Very handy to know, merci!

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  6. Mannie  July 30, 2013

    I’d love to hear more about marketing to francophones!

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