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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.

Smartphone Stats

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Facebook, iOS, & app marketplace – PRimage comment

Monday, June 11th, 2012

As keen observers of mobile trends, PRimage has noted some interesting new data which points to the important role that both iOS and Facebook are playing in the app marketplace.

  • Facebook is playing an important role in app discovery and reportedly drove people to the Apple App Store 83 million times in May.
  • FB reports that seven of the top 10 grossing iOS apps and six of the top 10 Android apps had integrated with Facebook as of May. Facebook does not appear to be making money from these apps. This move appears to be about having reach and relevance into the mobile app world, not about driving revenue in the short-term.
  • The Facebook App Center began rolling out to people in the U.S. earlier this month, with more than 600 apps and is the latest example of how Facebook is trying to boost its mobile offerings. At launch, the App Center features mobile and web apps, such as Draw Something and Pinterest. It also lets users browse the apps their friends use and provides personalized recommendations.
  • The mobile integration includes making the App Center available in the Facebook iOS and Android apps. Users can also send apps they find on their computer to their mobile device using the “Send to Mobile” feature.
  • New data also shows that seven out of 10 apps built are for iOS – and that Apple continues to gain further support from developers, with iOS having a 69 percent share of new project starts in apps for the first quarter of 2012 while Android had a 31 percent share.
  • Apple has been the clear leader in terms of apps for a while, with developers choosing to invest their budgets in iOS apps first. However, FB is also clearly beginning to play a bigger role in app discovery, driving integrations with iOS and Android.
  • It seems that a key point of differentiation between iOS and Android for developers is how much more money they are likely to generate on the former. It is useful for us to note that for every $1 a developer earns on iOS, it will earn about $0.24 on Android.
  • While iOS offers developers a compelling proposition, the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem drives complexity and costs for developers.
  • Latest stats show that the iPad commanded 88 percent of worldwide user sessions between January and March of this year while the Samsung Galaxy Tab had a 9 percent share and the Kindle Fire 3 percent.
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II had an 18 percent share of worldwide app user sessions in May, all the others had shares less than 10 percent. This means that each additional device a developer supports will deliver only a small increase in distribution coverage.
  • Stats show that the majority of consumers are running on an Android operating system that is three to four iterations old.

PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, believes that from this data it is clear that iOS should be the lead platform for developers; and that while developers can’t ignore Android, it should be their second platform. She is part of a startup app development company in the US, and is a firm believer that developers should also integrate Facebook’s Open Graph to have access to its single sign-on feature and get a bump in free, organic traffic from Facebook.

Watch this space for more comments, as the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference starts today in San Francisco, Google’s I/O conference kicks off on June 27, also in San Francisco.

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%.

Facebook Facts & IPO – PRimage like!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Yesterday Facebook released amendments to their S-1 filing document. Ahead of its public offering Facebook has placed a  $77bn valuation on itself – and has revealed that it is to pay $550m for a batch of Microsoft payment formerly owned by AOL.

Facebook expects to raise $5 billion in its IPO, which may value the company at close to $100 billion. The company will trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “FB.” The company now employs 3,539 people full time

Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team reviewed the latest S-1 document and found the following insights and stats very interesting.  We hope you do too!

Here are some key stats from the amendment:

  • Monthly active users now total 901 million (up from 680 million a year ago).
  • Daily active users are up to 526 million (up from 372 million last year).
  • Monthly mobile users now total 488 million.
  • 300 million photos are uploaded to the site each day.
  • 3.2 billion Likes and Comments are posted daily.
  • 125 billion friendships are forged per day.
  • Facebook will pay $300 million in cash, plus 23 million shares of common stock for photo-sharing app Instagram.
  • If the Instagram deal falls through, Facebook will pay $200 million.
  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.058 billion, up from $731 last year.
  • Net income dropped to $205 million for the quarter, down from $233 last year.

Facebook History & Milestones

Facebook’s Floatation – PRimage ponders ‘will it be an investors dream?’

Friday, April 20th, 2012

As a social media strategist, Judy Viitanen is a keen advocate of Facebook and its ‘Platform Power’!  With 800+ million users worldwide and 4 billion items shared every day, Facebook is the undisputed titan of the social network sites.

Rumours suggest its highly-anticipated flotation is expected to happen on May 17.  Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team will watch with interest … We wonder if it will prove to be an investors dream. Is the $100bn valuation likely?  Facebook’s estimated revenues last year were $4.3bn – with $3.8bn coming from advertising and $470 from Facebook Credits.

Watch this space ……

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.

Low-down on mobile local ad spend – PRimage like this!

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The BIA Kelsey forecast is that U.S. mobile advertising to grow from $790 million in 2010 to $4 billion in 2015.

Social networks rocking all over the world in 2012! PRimage comment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

New forecasts suggest that 1 out of every 5 people in the world will logon to a social network at least once a month. Those 1.43bn social network users represent an increase of 19.2% over last year. Think that’s something? By 2014, the forecast is that it will be 1 in 4. America is way out in front, but since almost everyone in America already has a Facebook account, other countries have a chance of catching up.

Check out India with nearly 50% of the US number. And Brazil with their 45.4 million Facebook users.

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 ….