How do men and women use social media and mobile? (Infographic)

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Based on some research from the guys at Nielsen, Pew Research and ExactTarget, the two companies Financesonline.com and Ruby Media Corporation published some interesting facts and figures that are highlighting the different usage of social media and mobile by men and women.

According to the infographic, in general women are more likely to do networking and use social media for relationship, sharing, entertainment and self-help. Men are more fact-driven and look after deals and information, and on the mobile site are more open to scan coupons and QR codes. Men are using social media predominantly for business (27%) and just (13%) for dating. Whereas women are much lower engaged in these two topics with business coming in at 22% and dating only at 7%.

The infographic makes clear that on Facebook, photos and videos (54%) and entertainment or funny posts (43%) are of interest for women, while only 39% and (35%) of men are viewing them. Women are more active in sharing on facebook as well: 50% share with multiple people (men only 42%).

Men and Women Social Media Mobile infographic

Tips & tricks on handling blogger advocates (Infographic)

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Many marketers ask themselves (and often us) how to work with social influencers or blogger advocates. How can you get them to the some word-of-mouth promotion for your brand, how to spread the word about the company, or just to help on doing some nice networking. The team from SocialChorus gives some advice with their latest infographic on blogger advocates.

According to their opinion and advice, companies and brands should watch out that the blogger advocate of interest has got at least a social reach of 2,500-25,000 contacts on Twitter and a highly engaged audience. Furthermore, they should be „interested in brands that reflect his or her audience’s interests“. From a verticals point of view, the most popular verticals for blogger advocates come from parenting, women’s lifestyle and food. To be fairly honest,

I was a bit surprised that the tech industry was just getting some 4,8% of mentions as most of these people are in the social media platforms for quite a while, and usually these people are quite engaged. Seems this is not a big vertical when it comes to spreading the message about brands.

However, each vertical can also have some subcategories which means that it could be covered but under a different vertical like i.e. consumer interest. Not surprisingly, the typical women’s lifestyle blog is around beauty, fashion, and design/DIY, while the males‘ one will focus more on auto, sports, tech or entertainment.

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To be fair, I have to say that I doubt that the number of 2.500+ contacts qualifies for some great advocate impact (maybe more for an influencer), or whether it is not more the people behind those contacts that count. Marketers should also be careful with the „engaged audience“ as sometimes people get followed as of their unique content. They get high figures in „automated response“ but they might not be the most conversational, still fully respected people.

Hey, who said blogger advocacy was easy? Any further ideas on the topic, feel free to share…

Credits: SocialChorus

Credits: SocialChorus

dmexco 2013 – Flashback in Tweets & Quotes

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dmexco 2013 Women Leadership Paneldmexco 2013 is over.

The growth trend of the digital marketing show is impressive and continues to write a promising history.
Visitors: 26.300 – increase by 16% compared to 2012
Exhibitors: 742 – means over 164 exhibitors more than 2012
International attendance: approx. 25% of visitors and of exhibitors
Satisfied visitors: More than 80% were happy with the event and exhibitor presentations

Future of Digital Marketing
1. „The era of digital marketing is over. It’s almost dead. It’s now just brand building.“ Marc Pritchard, P&G http://bit.ly/15eHlWR (Tweet by Armando Alves) – Watch Closing Keynote Day 1

Future of the Moment
2. „Twitter is a reflection of our individual and shared moments, which is why it gives all of us, including brands, the opportunity to engage and to act. In short, it allows us to be in the moment.“ (Quote by Katie Stanton) – Watch Closing Keynote Day 2

Future of Programmatic
3. „The client defines the value, not the agency. #Programmatic helps us capture the value,“ says Arun Kumar“ (Tweet by IPG Mediabrands) – Watch Programmatic vs. Problematic

Future of Content Marketing
4. „Great discussion on the role and meaning of content marketing in the Debate Hall of @dmexco“ (Tweet by Roza Tsvetkova) – Watch Content Marketing Debate

5. Future of Creativity & Innovation
„Adding value is to make the complex simple“ says Laura Desmond. I agree! #dmexco“ – (Tweet by Simon Harris) – Watch Laura Desmond!

In another year as a co-moderator of the dmexco conference program, it was a great honor to moderate
the „Women Leadership Table“ for the second time – this year Denise Colella (Maxifier), Noelia Fernández Arroyo (Yahoo!), Anne Frisbie (InMobi) and Ashley Swartz (Furious Minds) attended. Thank you ladies, you were smart and know why analytics, mobile, social, and content seed the future of brand success.

The moderation of the panel „Realtime Branding“ (Social Media) was a great pleasure for me. Here we had Sarah Wood (Unruly), Surjit Chana (IBM), Brian Goffman (LinkedIn), Holger Luedorff (Foursquare) and Markus Spiering (Flickr/Yahoo!) at the dmexco bar table. Learnings? If there was a network with a limitation of 50 words, they would be able to manage it perfectly. Just watch the debate until the end to get their expert view on what you as a marketer should invest in to leverage social media.

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The challenges for brand marketers haven’t changed massively since 2012. Big Data is still rocking and not yet fully understood in companies in terms of how to make use of it in the future. In case they are seeing the benefit, they still need to hope for a value chain between publishers, agencies and the LUMAscape players to cope with the evolution of adtechnology – and some will still try to find an agency to manage the data for them. Marketing and cloud services might become a new opportunity to analyse and measure the data for a clever strategy between going to market with long-term „content strategy“ (community, monitoring, pull) and the short-term „campaign“ (banner, SEO, push) approach – whether in social commerce, mobile or social. The digital future will remain exciting – stay tuned.

Looking forward to the next dmexco in Cologne, September, 10. and 11., 2014 – CU there!

Target-group men: 10 Stats for better marketing

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Obviously, there is a difference when targeting men and women. Their purchase behaviour differs in many ways. Who is searching more for coupons, bargains or the latest gadets? According to a report by Microsoft, marketers should have an eye on the right mix between banner advertising, search engine optimization (SEO) or pay-per-click (PPC) tactics in order to address and find men at the right time with the right content in the right context.

Many men, especially young dads (between 25 to 40 years), are influenced by the impact of social networks, according to the report by Performics which we reported quite a while ago. Interestingly enough, 58% of them use four or more sources for their purchase decision. Utilizing social media with story-telling about products and services will make the appropriate impact on men, will give them insights on how companies and brands against their competitors.

Check the infographic published by Brian Honigman and have the 10 stats in mind for the next marketing campaign or tactics when addressing the male audience when your business wants to influence the purchase behavior of men.

PS: If you are interested to see the difference to women, you might have a look at the latest Blogher study here

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BlogHer Study: Are woman the mobile ‚Generation Now’…?

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Millennials book their flights, hotels and probably would love to buy their drinks via their mobiles. They all get information in realtime. And the rest of the world? Do they also have acces to the world’s latest buzz, deals and chatter? One of the latest studies by the media network and publisher for women BlogHer states that our dependance on mobiles is massively increasing. Women manage and engage via our mobiles in all aspects of life – not important which generation it is. And if they don’t know, how can we know…?

They released some infographic that summarizes the results of their second annual consumer electronics study from December 2012. The stats are showing that we are all the mobile generation now. The study wanted to know when women of different ages usually buy electronic gadgets, what they love most about mobiles but also if fears accompany their mobile dependence.

BlogHer Study 2012 Mobile Gen

From these findings, they define three female mobile profiles…

The Recession Millennials (18-27 years old)
Unsurprisingly, Blogher describes Millennials as mobile natives. However, money stands in their way from diving into their early adopter reputation. Main fear? Their mobiles get stolen! Still, they are 31% more likely to „use a gadget until it doesn’t work anymore.“

The Gen X Early Adopters (28-45 years old)
The power-users and consumers are coming from the Gen X age. They love their mobiles for its capabilities to „do it all.“ Standing between life and career, 25% said mobiles make them being more likely to be too distracted to focus on their family.

The Boomer Bargain-Hunters (46-64 years old)

Boomers want gadgets, but not for every price. They love hunting for bargains – and can wait 12 months for technical gadgets. Mobiles are their heartbeat. Still, data privacy has become one of their concerns.

Our question would be if this is not very much stereotyped. Or do you agree with this picture of the typical woman at different ages?

Pinterest: First facts & findings (infographic)

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Pinterest is making the world crazy these days in 2012. Are you on it? Sure, most of the Social Media guys out there are exploring ways to make money with it. The funny thing is: You don’t need more than 16 employees to rock the Social Media sphere. That’s the actual size of the company.

A company called Lemon.ly collected some interesting data from the platform Pinterest. They found out that 10 million users are on Pinterest already, 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women, and it is obvious how the platform might have an influence on designers and marketers.

Some more findings and facts…
– 12 million monthly unique users
– 10,4 million registered users
– 9 million monthly Facebook-connected users
– 145% daily user increase in 2012

What is your perception of the platform? What is the main difference to picture and photo sharing platforms like Flickr, Picasa or Instagram? And what is the benefit using the platform from a business perspective?

82% of word of mouth conversations are face-to-face

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The word of mouth and research company Keller Fay Group and Google have collaborated to understand the effects of the Internet and Internet enabled devices on word of mouth conversations about brands – and the Google Business Youtube channel published some findings now in a video.

In the US there are 2.4 billion conversations involving brands on a day, and the question is what role do various types of media play in this process? The study -based on 3.000 responding adults- comes to the conclusion that the vast majority of word of mouth conversations still happens face-to-face (82%).

However, the internet is the leading source of information motivating conversations. TV is already number two media to trigger word of mouth conversations. Google searches directly inform 146 million brand conversations a day, says the video. Are we surprised? Well, I wasn’t…

Obviously, Google would not publish it, if search wasn’t the main initiator in conversations as the study claims. According to the study, search is also said to outperform social media when it comes to credibility and likelihood to purchase decisions.

The study video concludes to mention the importance of search which is the leading source that inspires and informs, and thus triggers word of mouth brand conversations, followed by e-commerce with 7%. Social Media and branded websites are coming in at the same level.

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The findings illustrate the importance to connect offline and online brand activities. Although search definitely has a major impact on our purchase behavior these days, and especially Google with all their opportunities and different service offerings, I would definitely stress that brand advocates also have a major impact on word of mouth conversations when using them to empower social media capabilities. The study did not use these special people as „online channels“ of course. However, think about brand advocates and how you could leverage your brand with them.

PS: The full video can be seen here…

IKEA, Facebook and photos

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The ‚mantra‘ of this blog and my vision is: connecting offline and online. I remember being at IKEA some days ago and thought about the idea to take photos of typical IKEA people.

So, there was this mid-aged couple sitting on a sofa in the middle of the big round tour paths. They did not bother about the hundreds of people passing by. I saw them and thought: How long have they been sitting there? And all of a sudden the woman takes out of her ruck-sack a thermos jug, two mugs and sandwiches. No lie! And be sure… these two were really relaxed and it seemed to be ‚living‘ the IKEA dream.

I would have loved to take a picture of them but they did not want to be ‚in the internet‘. Shame…

Why do I tell you that? IKEA started a well-thought promotion that let’s users win stuff by tagging photos of IKEA rooms on Facebook. (Agency: Forsman & Bodefors).

Social Networks für Frauen, Mütter und Eltern

21.11.2008 von  
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Neue Social Networks und Online Communities für Frauen, Mütter und Eltern schießen schneller aus dem Boden als man den Überblick behalten kann. Die Zielgruppen sind finanziell potent und offen für neue Produkte. Wer z.B. aus Absatzsicht wissen will, wo sich Eltern auf Communities tummeln, sollte sich diese ausführliche Übersicht der Eltern-Plattformen mal ansehen.

Was die Zielgruppen Frauen und Mütter angeht, so finden hier mal ein paar interessante Plattformen ein wenig mehr Beachtung, die wahrlich viel Gründe und Potential für Werbeeinsätze liefern: ein Social Network für die moderne mobile Frau, zwei Communities für (auch werdende) Mütter und das neue Corporate Community des Kinderwagen-Produzenten Bugaboo. Die Auswahl beruht darauf, dass diese Plattformen teilweise neu sind, teilweise nicht IVW gelistet oder klar positioniert – aber sich dennoch großer Beliebheit erfreuen.

Neue Community Plattformen

shesconnected.com
Women and Businesswomen united – das Sex and the City Netzwerk? Nun kommt also die exklusive Plattform für die Frau und man frägt sich, ob nicht eine persönliche Präsenz auf XING, LinkedIn oder Facebook genügt? Nein, denn so die Plattform… „No other site allows women to create both a personal and professional profile. Keep one private, make the other public.“ Man(n) frägt sich automatisch: Gibt es eigentlich für Männer schon eine ‚hesconnected‘ Community, oder brauchen Männer ein geschlechtsspezifisches Social Network nicht? Für Frauen positioniert sich das Social Network als …

„…the one place where busy women can connect with others to find the tools, tips and resources to simplify everyday life on the go. Whether juggling family, career or both, now women can stay connected to who and what matters most.“

Ein aus Business- und Finanzierungs-Sichtweise sicherlich guter Ansatz ist das Shesconnected Publishers Network, welches talentierten Bloggern und der ‚publizierenden‘ Menschheit die Option bietet, Content in die Plattform einzubringen und der mobilen Frau interessante Inhalte zu offerieren. Ein cleverer Web 2.0 Ansatz: Nicht die Plattform muss für Content sorgen, sondern die Community selbst – oder eben diejenigen, die den Zugang zur Frau suchen.

bugaboofriends.com
Diesen Monat launched Bugaboo seine weltweite, lokalisierte Online Community: Bugaboo Friends – eine Community für Eltern, Großeltern, Freunde der Marke und allen mobilen ‚Kinderwagenschubsern‘. Dort sollen Geschichten ausgetauscht werden, Produkte vorgestellt und Tricks gezeigt werden, sowie Fotos und Videos von Bugaboo Begeisterten aus aller Welt hochgeladen werden. Bugaboo fordert die Mitglieder zu Bewegung auf, neue Örtlichkeiten zu erforschen und stellt selbst Tagestrips vor. Natürlich gibt es für Commmunity Mitglieder alle Neuigkeiten um das Brand und die Company zuerst. Und die Community wartet mit einem Statement auf, welches werdenden Eltern ein neues modernes und mobiles Leben aufzeigt.

“Just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring.”

Dieses Statement, die Geschichte um die Funktionalität und die Filmfeatures der Kampagne machen eine solche Online Community zu einer runden Sache – empfehlenswert für alle, die sich mit dem Gedanken tragen, eine Corporate Community Plattform zu schaffen.

Community Plattformen für Mütter

mamacommunity.de
Die Community für die Mama – eine von vielen neben der offensichtlich marktführenden Plattform netmoms.de (Oktober 2008: 18 Mio. PIs). Auf mamacommunity wird alles besprochen, was rund um Schwangerschaft, Baby, Kinder, Familie, Schwanger werden und Geburt geht. Die eigene Bezeichnung ‚Die Online-Community für Mütter, Schwangere & Co.‘ klingt irgendwie herrlich – denn was oder wer ist ‚Co.‘ (Papa?). Der Mitteilungswille und Kommunikationsaustausch unter Frauen ist bekannt – unter Mütter ist er immens … und im Wachstum. Da macht es anscheinend auch nichts aus, dass die Plattform gar nicht groß auf eine Beschreibung oder Positionierung setzt (außer die paar Google Metas) – eine ‚Über uns‘ Seite fehlt gänzlich, ist für die Mütter aber wohl nicht wichtig. Es wurden inzwischen über 1 Mio. Beiträge (!) geschrieben. Für Frauen zählt anscheinend, dass gesprochen, diskutiert und mitgeteilt wird – eben der Grundgedanke einer Community. Was die Vermarktung der Seite betrifft, so sucht man Angaben hierzu gänzlich – auch wenn sich Banner auf der Seite finden.

mamiweb.de
Im Mai 2007 gestartet hat mamiweb.de inzwischen über 175.000 Mitglieder. So zitiert Perspektive-Mittelstand einen der Mitbegründer: „Mamiweb ist der Konkurrenz mittlerweile meilenweit voraus“, so Dr. Gerhard Öllinger, Geschäftsführer der Mamiweb GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. „Unser Angebot an Mütter und Schwangere ist so beliebt und bekannt, dass sich fast jede Minute ein neues Mitglied bei unserem kostenlosen Netzwerk registriert!“. Auf dieser Seite wird wahrlich an alles gedacht und erklärt. Natürlich auch Fotoaustausch, Regionaltipps und verschiedene Gruppen finden sich auf der Community-Plattform. Bei so viel Informationen und Austauschmöglichkeiten fägt man sich, ob ein Blog noch Not tut – nach Einsicht bietet dieser aber wahrlich hilfreiche Tipps für Mama und Papa. Vermarktet wird die Seite von GUJ Electronic Sales und so finden sich auch zahlreiche Banner auf der Seite.

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Es ist faszinierend, wie unterschiedlich man Eltern, Mamas oder Frauen in unserer Web 2.0 Welt adressieren kann – mannigfaltig nach Geschlecht, nach Vorlieben, nach Selbstdarstellung oder Produktvorlieben. Für jede unterschiedliche Lebenssituatione kann man ein neues Gesicht aufsetzen. Wenn wir alle zwischen unseren Blogs, XING, LinkedIn, Social-, Privat-Interessen Networks oder -Communities hin- und herwandern, bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass wir da noch Zeit haben werden, reale Zwischenmenschlichkeit zu pflegen, unsere Kinder zu wickeln oder im Handel uns den begehrlichen Produkten der Zukunft und des handfesten Lifestyles zu widmen. Sonst haben wir bald SecondLife zur Realität gemacht… oder nicht?

Das Alter ist für die ‚werberelevante‘ Zielgruppe unerheblich

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Eine Studie des Marktforschers Dieter K. Müller belegt jetzt, dass die alt hergebrachte ‚werberelevante‘ Zielgruppe der 14-49-jährigen als überholt gilt.

Der Forschungsdirektor der ARD Werbung Sales&Services spricht damit etwas aus, womit schon lange zahlreiche Kenner der Branche gerechnet haben. Dennoch hieße das nicht, dass man jetzt die 50 plus Gesellschaft in den Fokus nehmen soll, bloß weil die die stärksten und kaufkräftigsten Konsumenten abbilden.

Das zunehmende Alter der Menschheit siegt über die alte Definition der Werbewirtschaft. In meinen Augen sollte sich die avisierte Zielgruppe am Leserinteresse, Leserverhalten, dem Berufsstand oder an finanziellen Investment Vorlieben festmachen.

Ist es prinzipiell nicht so: Man kann 50-70 Jahre alt sein und immernoch Spass am Shoppen haben. Zumindest bekommt man den Eindruck, wenn man offenen Auges durch die Stadt geht. Das war übrigens 1990 schon so…

Die Studie ist kostenlos hier abrufbar.