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Americans’ love of new mobile technology: PRimage comment

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Over three-quarters of Americans age 43 and under now use a smartphone, according to new figures.  Growth is set to continue and, by mid – 2013, the number of consumers with smartphones will increase 53% from 99 million to 151 million. Forecasts suggest that Android users will continue to outstrip iPhone users – 48% vs. 32%.

Judy Viitanen and PRimage believe that marketers need to take note and optimize their campaigns according to consumers’ increasing obsession with mobile technology. There’s no escaping the fact that mobile will dominate content consumption in the future.

PRimage View On Work & Life ….

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

This is Judy Viitanen’s ethos …. At PRimage we always do our best to work hard and be nice to people! :)

Insights Into US Social Media – PRimage comment

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

As avid followers of the quirks and trends in the social media arena, PRimage found this recent information fascinating!

Judy Viitanen hopes you  find these  stats from Edison Research interesting … they show social media in the US is still evolving in ways you might find surprising.

1. Twitter users are 33% more likely to be Democrats

An interesting finding: 40% of Twitter users are Democrats, compared to 30% of the U.S. population overall. The percentage of Republications and Independents on Twitter mirrors the U.S. average almost precisely.

2. The “Check-in” is the phenomenon that never happened

74% of Americans are unfamiliar with the concept of checking in to a location via mobile device, and only 3% have ever checked in. Even more damning, is that 4% had checked in when surveyed in 2011. This is a 25% decrease in check in behaviors in a single year. It’s not going to rebound, which is why Foursquare’s play is to be the new Yelp.

3. Only 33% of Americans have ever followed a brand in social media

From 2010 to 2012 the percentage of Americans following any brand on a social network has gone from 16% to 33%. This is a sharp increase, but looked at from the opposite perspective, it’s shocking to me that 2/3 of Americans using social networks have never followed a brand. Companies still have substantial room for growth in connecting with customers and fans on social networks.

4. 56% of Americans have a profile on a social networking site

This is up from 52% just last year, and 48% in 2010. How high can this climb? Certainly, there are sizable chunks of the populace that will never join a social networking site, but it’s amazing to consider that significantly more Americans (12 years old and up) have a social networking profile than do not.


5. 55% of Americans 45-54 have a profile on a social networking site

It’s not just for kids any more. The biggest growth of any age cohort from 2011 to 2012 was 45-54 year olds, who now exhibit participation matching the U.S. average. The only group that is below average are 55+ Americans, and even 3 out of 10 of them are in the social networking game.

6. 22% of Americans use social networking sites several times per day

It really is a “Social Habit”. In the past year, 12 million more Americans are using social networking many times daily. How many other things do we do several times per day? It’s not a long list.

7. Huge uptick in Facebook’s influence on purchase

Last year, 68% of Americans using social networks said that none of those networks had an influence on their buying decisions. This year, just 36% said that there was no influence. Now, 47% say Facebook has the greatest impact on purchase behavior(compared to just 24% in 2011). Incidentally, Twitter ranks below “other” at 5%. If you want to drive purchase behaviors within social networks, Facebook is the one and only game to play, statistically speaking.

8. Facebook via mobile continues to be a major factor

54% of Facebook members have used the social network via a phone, and 33% use a phone as their primary way to access Facebook. This despite the fact that the Facebook mobile experience and mobile apps are mediocre, at best. Here’s hoping the Instagram guys can jump start it. If so, watch for these numbers to soar.

9. Facebook is the most addicting of the social networks

23% of Facebook’s users check their account five or more times EVERY DAY. The mean number of daily look-ins by Facebook users is 4. Are we really so interesting that we have to keep up with our friends’ inanities every 90 minutes? Evidently, yes.

10. Twitter will have an easier time making changes to its core service that Facebook does.

53% of Twitter users have been a member for less than a year, compared to just 19% for Facebook. This means that Twitter’s user base doesn’t have long-term, deep seated expectations for what Twitter is or should be. It will be interesting to see if Twitter doubles down on this advantage, and continues to hang ornaments on the functionality Christmas tree.

11. 76% of Twitter users now post status updates

This is one of the biggest behavioral changes of the past two years. In 2010, the Social Habit research found that just 47% of Twitter users actually sent tweets, with more than half the user base in listen-only mode. The overwhelming majority of new Twitter users are active tweeters, driving the overall average to 76%.

SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS BYTES – PRimage share

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Mid-week news snippets that have caught our attention ….

  • Facebook IPO May 16?

The long-awaited Facebook IPO could go live as early as May 16, according to reports on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” that Facebook will launch a road show to back its IPO either May 7 or 14, and the company’s “plan A” is to begin trading either May 16 or 17, a Wednesday and Thursday, with “plan B” moving that date back to pricing the stock Thursday, May 24, and beginning trading the following day. According to CNBC, Facebook is committed to going public before Memorial Day, Monday, May 2.

·         Spotify launches web buttons

Embeddable “play buttons” are being offered to bloggers and others by Spotify to help sign up new subscribers.

  • Smart devices attract new readers

Increased penetration of smartphones and tablets has been a bright spot for news organizations facing readership declines. Research shows that US consumers are reading news across platforms, but also suggests that they’re not yet being driven to news sites specifically by social media.

  • Adult females prime audience for American Online Video advertisers

US consumers in their prime parenting and business career years make up the greatest percentage of online video viewers. Not surprisingly, they are also the most desired target audience among US online video advertisers—but they are not the consumers most likely to view ads in full.

Is social media in your budget? “It should be!” – says PRimage

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

In her work as a PR consultant and social media strategist, that’s the advice that PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, gives to clients and associates.

Social media allows companies to interact directly with customers – and create buzz!

http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1008951&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4

Good view on life ….. PRimage like this!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Millennials Look to Digital Word-of-Mouth to Drive Purchase Process – PRimage comment

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Judy Viitanen and PRimage find this new report very interesting. It seems that younger consumers more likely to share purchase experiences with the masses. If this study is accurate, businesses may need to adjust their marketing strategy for millennials.

In a few short years, millennials—consumers currently ages 18 to 34—will account for a sizeable portion of US purchase decision-makers. Yet Bazaarvoice found these digital natives are already using and creating online content to recommend or dissuade friends, family and anonymous site-visitors from a brand, product or service.

Compared to their older counterparts, baby boomers, millennial internet users showed a greater reliance on anonymous recommendations and reviews when making purchase decisions. Bazaarvoice found 66% of boomers ages 47 to 65 turned to known parties for information and recommendations to influence their purchase decisions over user-generated content. Millennials, on the other hand, were almost equal in their reliance on friends and family (49%) vs. anonymous user-generated content from company websites (51%) to influence their buying decisions.

Bazaarvoice defined user-generated content as any on-site content created by internet users. This included reviews, comments, stories and questions. Like with traditional word-of-mouth, internet users seek out these insights to compare products, services and even brands.

The study also found millennials more likely to share their own purchasing experiences—both positive and negative—with the masses. Aside from company websites, forty-two percent of millennial internet users said they preferred to post comments on social networking sites about positive product, brand or service experiences in order to share their experience, compared to just 17% of baby boomers. And slightly more millennials (25%) preferred to share positive information on third-party sites such as CNET and Consumer Reports than did boomers (21%).

Facebook IPO Filing …. Watch this space says PRimage ….

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

All eyes are on Facebook this week as it files papers for a mega initial public offering.  Keeping in mind that it’s roughly $100 billion valuation occurred in the span of seven years, the question is: What were the moves that Facebook made as a startup that resulted in such success? One thing is for sure … the IPO filing could answer at least three intriguing questions: who actually owns FB now, how much revenue does it actually generate and how much is it worth? ….. Watch this space!

PRimage and Judy Viitanen finds this an interesting infographic on Facebook ….

Happy Habitat – It’s all about You, Your Home, Your Community!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Looking to connect with your neighbours and get the local community buzz?  Want top tips to make your house a home and make the most of your life and home living? ….. Happy Habitat can help!  Check out our Facebook page and click ‘Like’ …. and then watch this space! Happy Habitat – You, Your Home, Your Community

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Habitat/237979676239561

Social media start-ups and investment opps – Talk to PRimage!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

With the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, etc, social media is a rapidly expanding industry – and one where Judy Viitanen and PRimage do a lot of work and have interests in. It is also an area which offers great opportunities for angel investors. The decline in operational costs for running social media is an important factor for attracting angel investors, as the expenses for storage, processing power and web-based computing continue to lower.  Significantly, social media allows start-ups to actively test new products and ideas with users throughout.

Many social media start-up businesses may eventually require a large capital input, like Facebook needed to reach its current size.  But in the early stages of angel investment, most social media products just need a minor investment to get up and running. Our PRimage advice to social media entrepreneurs is to keep their business senses realistic and make sure their model is sound.

If you need good marketing messaging and PR for your social media work – or are interested in investing in entrepreneurial social media start-ups, please get in touch with Judy at PRimage – judy@primage.org