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drag2share: Social Media Demographics: The Surprising Identity Of Each Major Social Network

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BII social income bracketEach social media platform has cultivated a unique identity thanks to the demographics of the people who participate in the network. Some platforms are preferred by young adults, who are most active in the evening, others by high-income professionals, who are posting throughout the workday.

We explained in a recent report why many brands and businesses need platform-focused social media strategies, rather than a diluted strategy that aims to be everywhere at once.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we break down the demographics of each major social media platform to help brands and businesses decide which networks they should prioritize. Being able to identify the demographics of social media audiences at a granular level is the basis for all targeted marketing and messaging. The report also spotlights the opportunities that lie ahead for each social network, how demographics affect usage patterns, and why some platforms are better for brands than others.

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Here are some of our surprising findings:

  • Facebook still skews young, but the 45- to 54-year-old age bracket has seen 45% growth since year-end 2012. Among U.S. Internet users, 73% with incomes above $75,000 are on Facebook (compared to 17% who are on Twitter). Eight-six percent of Facebook’s users are outside the U.S.
  • Instagram: Sixty-eight percent of Instagram’s users are women.
  • Twitter has a surprisingly young user population for a large social network — 27% of 18 to 29-year-olds in the U.S. use Twitter, compared to only 16% of people in their thirties and forties.
  • LinkedIn is international and skews toward male users.
  • Google+ is the most male-oriented of the major social networks. It’s 70% male.
  • Pinterest is dominated by tablet users. And, according to Nielsen data, 84% of U.S. Pinterest users are women.
  • Tumblr is strong with teens and young adults interested in self-expression, but only 8% of U.S. Internet users with incomes above $75,000 use Tumblr.


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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 news No Comments

Airbnb’s TV ad made entirely from Vine videos | Technology | theguardian.com

Online travel community Airbnb asked its users to submit scripted shots from all over the world in the form of Vines – six-second videos – via Twitter. They used the resulting film, entitled Hollywood …

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Friday, September 20th, 2013 digital No Comments

Privacy A Growing Concern For Almost 2 in 3 Internet Users

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(By comparison, an earlier survey from TRUSTe found 69% of smartphone users saying they do not like being tracked. And on a related note, recent survey results from uSamp indicate that smartphone users are more trusting of the US government with their personal information than they are of Google, Facebook and Twitter.)

The DAA exited the TPWG (acronym alert!) to focus on its own resources. So how do consumers feel about the DAA’s AdChoices program? Awareness of the icon has steadily grown, according to the latest TRUSTe report, from 5% in 2011 to 21% this year. Moreover, 40% of respondents feel more positive about the concept of online behavioral advertising (OBA) when presented with the icon, and 44% are more positive about the individual advertiser when they see the icon on a banner ad.

Interestingly, online adults’ aided awareness of OBA appears to have dropped slightly, from 83% last year to 80% in this latest survey. Even so, the proportion of respondents wh! o believe! that personally identifiable information (PII) is attached to tracking activity has grown from 53 to 57%. These respondents are far more likely to feel that online privacy is a “really important issue” than those who don’t believe it is attached (59% vs. 37%).

This year, 36% of respondents indicated that they’re comfortable with advertisers using their web browsing history to show relevant ads as long as it is not tied to any other personally identifiable information. That figure marks a substantial increase from 29% last year.

Other Findings:

  • 68% of TRUSTe survey respondents refuse to allow companies to share their information with 3rd parties often or most of the time, down from 76% last year.
  • 52% manage their privacy choices by opting out of OBA with that level of frequency, up slightly from 50% last year.
  • 35% have stopped doing business with a company or have stopped using the company’s website due to privacy concerns.
  • More internet users this year are taking steps to protect their privacy, such as by manually deleting cookies, automatically deleting them, or using browsing privacy add-ons and features for ad-blocking or anti-tracking.
  • Internet users are most likely to hold themselves responsible for their privacy protection. However, they seem to be recognizing an increasing role in the advertising ecosystem for independent organizations.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

Restaurants Up Their Use of Social, Mobile

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Restaurants-Up-Their-Use-of-Social-Mobile/1010229

Location-based marketing sees a big increase in use

Restaurants around the world are seeing the value in digital marketing, especially programs that can increase customer loyalty and help establishments get the word out among like-minded diners.

In a survey, Hospitality Technology asked US executives overseeing restaurants around the world about a variety of social and loyalty marketing tactics, and found that every single one of these tactics had seen an increase in use among restaurants between 2012 and 2013. Nearly nine out of 10 restaurants used social media outreach this year—the most common tactic by a wide margin—up from 77% in 2012.

Unsurprisingly, the greatest percentage of social-savvy restaurants used Facebook (94%) this year, followed by Twitter (77%) and Yelp (53%). Nearly half also used YouTube. foursquare, used by 42% of restaurants, seemed like it could be leveraged more widely, given its role as a way for users to broadcast their latest check-ins, most often at stores and restaurants. Pinterest saw among the biggest bumps in usage, rising from 17% in 2012 to 28% in 2013.

Among the more general marketing strategies, restaurants also increased their use of daily deals and loyalty programs. And location-based marketing made among the biggest leaps. Sixteen percent of restaurants used the tactic last year, and this year that figure rose to 27%.

Mobile is giving location-based marketing a major boost, and it has a special value for restaurants, offering opportunities to reach mobile users as they’re scouring the streets—and their locati! on-enabled apps—for their next meal.

Both mobile sites and apps saw increased usage among restaurants this year: More than half of respondents had a mobile site, and nearly one out of three had a mobile app.

Menus topped the list as the most common feature available on restaurant apps. A restaurant search feature with location-based GPS was also used by 65% of restaurants with apps—presumably mostly chain restaurants that would have locations in many different places.

Offering nutritional information, integrating with users’ social media sites and ordering food via restaurant apps were also popular mobile app features.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: The Three Main Sources Of Twitter’s ~ $600 Million Revenue

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Twitter is going public soon, so it’s worth knowing how the micro-blogging site makes money.

It is an advertising-based business. Twitter also sells data. It will generate about $583 million this year. Twitter is expected to generate a little less than $1 billion in 2014, according to eMarketer.

Most of Twitter’s revenue comes from three types of ads, although it plans to have a more robust advertising offering next year.

The New York Times’ Vindu Goel gives a good rundown of those three money-making ad products:

  • Promoted tweets: Advertisers pay to have brief messages show up in users’ stream of Twitter messages. They can use keyword targeting to reach specific users. Advertisers can also use a little bit of demographic targeting, although Twitter doesn’t know as much about its users as Facebook does.  Twitter gets paid when users engage with the promoted tweets (when they favorite, comment on, or retweet the ad).
  • Promoted trends: Twitter lists which topics are being talked about most on its platform. The trends vary by location, so Twitter’s list of topics in the US might not be the same as the list in England, for example. Advertisers can pay to have a topic of their choice listed too. A promoted trend costs roughly $200,000 for a day of exposure on all US Twitt! er accou nts, the New York Times reports.
  • Promoted accounts: If a brand wants more Twitter followers, it can pay to have its account recommended to Twitter users.


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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Twitter’s IPO Will Reveal How Many Fake Or Inactive Users It Has

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When Twitter files its S-1 papers for its IPO, it will answer a simple question that has been a bit of a mystery for observers and fans of the company: How many users are on Twitter?

It’s a simple question without a simple answer right now.

The company recently wrote a blog post saying it had 200 million users. All Things D believes it has 240 million users. Venture Beat says it has 1 billion users. And where do the 40 million users of Vine, Twitter’s mini-video sharing app, fit in?

Part of the confusion here is that these reports are likely mixing up different technical terms for users. There is a difference between the total number of registered user accounts on Twitter — the entire Twitter universe — and the more meaningful numbers of monthly active users and daily active users.

But even so, Twitter executives will be anxious about the public and investor reaction to its S-1 when it gives some solid historic numbers about its user base.

The biggest, most difficult problem for Twitter is its notorious population of fake or abusive user accounts. Fake ac! counts a re set up by companies who sell new followers to advertisers who want to build large follower populations quickly. They tend to consist of “empty” accounts or bots which are mostly inactive, or programmed to auto-retweet other accounts. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has made his anger clear at “bulk” follower providers.

Back in April, Twitter’s fake user population was estimated at 20 million accounts out of a total of 500 million. But Twitter spokesperson Jim Prosser also said at the time that 40% of Twitter accounts appear to be inactive because many people set up their accounts simply to “listen” to other people, rather than tweet themselves.


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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

ROI Rankings: Facebook Deemed More Important Than Twitter and LinkedIn, Less Than Google

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After Facebook, Twitter (average rating of 3.04) was deemed the next-most important for ROI, followed by LinkedIn (3.38), Yahoo (4.23), and AOL (5.6).

Respondents – a mix of marketers of clients (26%), ad agency employees (30%), and media company employees and consultants (44%) – appear to be satisfied with the support provided by Facebook for their advertising efforts. Almost half believe that Facebook’s support for advertisers has improved to some degree over the past 6 months, compared to only 1 in 10 who believe it has to some extent deteriorated. Additionally, roughly three-quarters are very (10.5%) or somewhat (65.2%) satisfied with the data and analytic tracking they receive from Facebook.

Given improving ROI and support, it’s not surprising that advertisers will be increasing their efforts: over the next year, a majority expect to significantly (11.2%) or moderately (44.5%) increase their Facebook advertising budget.

Interestingly, although Facebook is deriving an increasing share of ad revenues from mobile, advertisers don’t see much separation between the RO! I of mobi! le and desktop ads, with a plurality (38%) rating them about the same. Slightly more than one-third feel that mobile ROI is much (7.7%) or somewhat (27.4%) greater, while 26.9% feel the same way about desktop ROI.

There’s more consensus when it comes to Facebook Exchange, used by about 1 in 5 respondents. Of those, two-thirds said it has been somewhat effective for their campaigns, with another 1 in 5 calling it very effective.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 news No Comments

ROI Rankings: Facebook Deemed More Important Than Twitter and LinkedIn, Less Than Google

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/roi-rankings-facebook-deemed-more-important-than-twitter-and-linkedin-less-than-google-36695/

Asked to rank 5 key online advertising platforms by importance in terms of ROI, respondents to a survey conducted by Ad Age and RBC Capital Markets put Google on top, giving it an average rating of 2.1 on a 6-point scale of importance, where 1 is the most important. Google edged out Facebook (average rating of […]

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Monday, September 16th, 2013 news No Comments

Agencies Use Content, Case Studies to Generate Leads – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Agencies-Use-Content-Case-Studies-Generate-Leads/1010213

LinkedIn leads as best social network for recruiting new business

For agencies targeting new business opportunities, the best tactics are a mix of traditional and new media—with a heavy emphasis on digital. According to a July 2013 survey of US agency executives from RSW/US, a business development firm, client case studies and content marketing posted on the agency website were the top two promotional tactics used to generate leads, cited by 62.6% of respondents each. The agency blog was also seen as effective, even slightly more so than social media outreach. And half of respondents cited press releases and publicity as a useful means of getting the names of potential new clients.

Email lead capture programs were seen as effective for generating leads by just 29.7% of agency execs, while advertising was even less popular.

Unsurprisingly, when rating the most important social platform for generating new business, LinkedIn was No. 1, cited by 46.2% of respondents, followed by a company blog, with a 24.1% share of total responses. Facebook and Twitter were tied for a lesser 13.8% of respondents.

But when ranking networks independently, rather than against each other, based on their effectiveness for driving new business, LinkedIn’s lead substantially diminished. Asked by RSW/US in April 2013 about social platform use vs. effectiveness for generating new business, LinkedIn and Facebook were tied by both measures. Twenty-one percent used each network to get leads, and 19% of users rated each as effective—defined as deserving a seven to 10 on a scale of 10. Twitter also showed a comparable amount of value. Twenty p! ercent used the microblog, and 17% of agency execs considered it effective.

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Friday, September 13th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: RTB Or Real-Time Bidding Is The Future Of Digital And Mobile Advertising

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BII_RTB_CTRsReal-time bidding is a kind of automated or programmatic buying of advertising placements.

It is to digital advertising what high-frequency trading is to Wall Street. It involves computerized, algorithm-driven trading that allows for quick buying of ad impressions according to pre-set parameters. Recently, Twitter is the latest tech company to enter the RTB race with this month’s acquisition of MoPub, an ad exchange with a real-time bidding platform.

On the desktop, programmatic or automated buying of display ads has already made huge inroads. Its advocates say that it has led to a more transparent and efficient digital ad market. But it is in mobile where programmatic buying may make the most difference. That’s because smartphones are advertising platforms that we carry in our pockets, and with RTB that means marketers can reach us in real-time, and target potential customers according to location and context.


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Friday, September 13th, 2013 news No Comments

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