Monday, October 25, 2010

Device Owners More Comfortable With Mobile Advertising

The corporate and affluent set use social media, but rules change when time is a more precious commodity than money. Embedded links make case studies, white papers come to life.

Late last week, the research firm Nielsen Company, released a summary version of its survey of more than 5,000 consumers who already own a tablet computer, eReader, netbook, media player or smartphone.

When it comes to advertising, 57 percent of iPad owners -- and 59 percents of connected devices users generally -- show a willingness to accept advertising in return for free access. That said, acceptance of ads should not be mistaken for engagement with ads. Almost half of iPad owners (48%) and 44 percent of connected device owners expressed a neutral attitude toward seeing ads on their gadgets. Neutral meaning that like broadcast television users, they “don’t particularly enjoy” seeing the ads, but will still tolerate them to get the content free of charge.

Neilsen researchers said iPad owners indicated a greater likelihood to engage with ads they find interesting than iPhone users or connected device owners as a whole. And it's not necessarily because of splashier ads on the tablet. For example, 40 percent of iPad users said they are more likely to click on ads that are simple text ads compared to 25 percent of iPhone and all connected device users. At the same time, 46 percent of iPad owners said they enjoy ads with interactive features versus 26 percent of iPhone users and 27 percent of overall connected device owners.
We tend to agree with Online Media Daily who weighed in: “Perhaps in part because of the novelty, iPad users just appear to be more into ads now. That translates into higher conversions. After viewing an ad, iPad users are also more likely to make a purchase either via a PC or in a physical store.”

The Affluent Like Social Media, Too

A new survey from SEI Networks found that seven out of ten people with net worth of $5 million or more are on Facebook or a similar social media site. That proportion is significantly higher than the population at large, with 61 percent of U.S. adults using social networks according to Pew Research Center.

Among the 70 percent who reported using social networks, half said they use Facebook, 37 percent said they visit YouTube, and 35 percent use LinkedIn. Researchers said the high proportion of wealth people using social media is especially noteworthy because these individuals tend to skew older than the general population, defying the conventional wisdom that older adults don't use social media as much as younger people.

Should high-end and B2B advertisers plunge into social media?

Yes and no. First of all, we think the usage of social networking may be directionally accurate, but among affluent decision makers (both at home and at their jobs) our experience is that LinkedIn (professional networking site) is probably getting much higher regular usage than Facebook and Youtube for important information exchange instead of entertainment. As SEI points out, the high penetration of social networks among the pretty rich doesn't necessarily translate into frequent use, simply because these affluent individuals often don't have the time, according to SEI. Less than one in five (17.4%) of respondents said they use social media on a daily basis, compared to 38% of the population at large. Separately, new research from Spectrem Group showed that the most popular careers among individuals heading households worth $5 million or more are senior corporate executives, business owners and physicians or dentists -- occupations which don't leave much time for idle Facebook surfing.

Digital agency Whitehorse says in a recent report that 42 percent of B2B marketers now have people working at least part time on social media activities. But, executive buy in is still lagging behind (36 percent of B2B marketers in the Whitehorse survey says there’s still “low executive interest.”

3 emerging trends in corporate use of social media

Jesse Stenchek’s Smart Blog on Social Media had a nice piece today on three emerging trends in corporate social media: reaching out to customers, remembering who’s in charge and no single department controls social media.

Embedded links make case studies, white papers come to life. Just keep em short.

Surprise findings from an Eccola Media survey of 500 B2B decision makers and influencers found that white papers and a case studies are still attracting their attention. The decrease in consumption of written content in digital form was replaced by an increase in downloading and printing of written content. By including links to media files in your thought leadership content, there’s a 93 percent chance that buyers click through and 80 percent of the time, influencers will say the media files favorably increased the value of that content.

What’s the optimal length for a white paper these days? You guessed it, six pages, not 20 and always include an executive summary. We also recommend including “key take-ways” at the begging of each chapter or section. What’s the biggest impediment to white paper adoption. “Poor writing,” according to Eccola who advises marketers to leave the technical writing to the writers, not the techies. Amen to that.


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