Commercial drones continue to heat up. Investment in drone companies is booming. The commercial drone market is exploding in all regions of the world. And thanks to all of you, DRONELIFE is growing too.
DRONELIFE reached a record-high social milestone recently, with over 1.5 million web-based readers worldwide as reported in February of this year. Our social media audience continues to grow, with the Facebook audience topping 120,000 for a greater than 100% growth rate from 2017 to 2018 and over 11% in the past four months. The Twitter audience reached approximately 36,000 readers, growing at more than 82% for the year and 6% for the last four months.
DRONELIFE published its first posts in 2013. Since then, we’ve grown to include an international staff of writers and a vibrant community around DRONELIFE’s advertising, branding and consulting services. We’ve now published over 5,000 articles on DRONELIFE. And if you’ve ever wondered what everyone else is reading on the site, here are the top stories from 2016 to 2018.
This article featured the amazing Drone Dance Show of Colorado – and their introduction of the Twinkle Dance Drone, and the Drone Show Coin crypto-token. If you missed it then, read it now!
This one featured South African security firm Airborne Drones. “Drone surveillance does present an easier, faster, and cheaper method of data collection [over manned helicopter flights], as well as a number of other key advantages,” an Airborne Drones spokesperson said.
Our Product Editors keep up with all of the latest apps out there – and this article covers 5 that pilots everywhere may find useful. Still a good one.
This article answers a prime question for drone operators. From March of 2017, the article is still relevant – although the products have gotten even better in the last year.
And the #1 article from the last few years is…
It’s not much of a surprise that with a huge percentage of the drone market, DJI products are of prime interest to our readers. The most read and commented on article from the last couple of years was this Comparison: Mavic Pro vs. Mavic Pro Platinum.
Who’s Reading DRONELIFE – and What’s Next?
“We’re pleased that our readership has continued to grow.” said Harry McNabb, CEO of DRONELIFE.com.
“We previously announced that we grew significantly in early 2018 and it’s nice to see that this is carrying over into the middle part of the year.” continued McNabb. “In terms of breakdown, while most of our readers are from the US, we have large and growing audiences in Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world.”
One of our next initiatives is into the EU / UK marketplaces where we are speaking and covering a number of trade shows in Europe including speaking and covering the Commercial UAV show in London, Unmanned Aviation Association in Germany, and Amsterdam Drone Week events later this year.
We’re also a Google News site, with large and growing subscription lists of drone influencers worldwide for all of our sites, DRONELIFE, JobforDrones, and DroneRacingLife.
“We’re now reaching the scale and scope where companies that are not directly in the drone space, but have intersecting audiences, are showing interest in partnering with our sites. It is hard and expensive for companies to develop their own audiences and to get the word out on their product and services, and more and more companies want to gain significant sales and share in the drone space early and we can help them to do that,” said Mr. McNabb.
We’re still working to provide a balanced and rational view of current industry issues, new technologies, and new businesses – and as we grow, we’ll be able to provide even better content for our audience. Thanks for being one of our dedicated readers, and helping us to grow with the industry.