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  • 1. ECCO Everything you need to know about social Germany media but were afraid to ask / Germany
  • 2. Contents Chapter 1: About ECCO Germany & ECCO 3 Chapter 2: Country Research 5 Chapter 3: Different Social Media Types 7 Chapter 4: Case Study Examples 10 Chapter 5: Online Social Media Tools, Tricks and Listening to the Online 12 Conversation Chapter 6: Popular Blog Tools and Blog Posts 15 Chapter 7: Other Useful Social Media Tools 17 www.wellcom.fr 2
  • 3. Chapter 1 About ECCO Germany & ECCO
  • 4. About ECCO Germany and ECCO ECCO International Public Relations is a company owned and operated by 35 of the best independent, owner-managed public relations consultancies around the globe. Through ECCO we lead and manage global and pan-European programmes for clients including InterfaceFLOR, Regus, UPS and Toshiba Tec which are proven to reduce costs by an average of 40% compared with large, multi-national consultancies. ECCO Germany Due to the federal and decentralized structure of the market ECCO International is represented in Germany by the national ECCO Deutschland network, formed by four ECCO Germany agencies: ECCO Düsseldorf/EC Public Relations, ECCO Munich/relatio PR, ECCO 00 49 211 23 94 490 Berlin/PRGS, and ECCO Hamburg/Bellmann, Gröning & Partner. Each agency covers office@ecco-network.de its respective region and a specific field of clients. ECCO Düsseldorf has a strong foothold in technology based industries with clients like Toshiba Europe, ASML or Content Management AG, leading German provider of Internet services. ECCO Munich mainly works for clients offering financial as well as human resources services such as goetzpartners, DAB Bank or HypoVereinsbank. ECCO Berlin specializes on corporate affairs, security topics and crisis communication. ECCO Hamburg focuses on consumer goods and tourism with clients like Bestfoods/Unilever, Sunsweet, Gauloises Blondes and the island of Helgoland. The ECCO Deutschland network can be found among the top 30 German PR agencies. ECCO +44 (0)20 7592 3102 www.ecco-network.com www.wellcom.fr 4
  • 5. Chapter 2 Country Research
  • 6. Country Research In Germany 68% of the population use the Internet daily1. The percentage of users claiming to have a social community profile grew from 12% in 2008 to 23% in 2009, a 51% increase in one year2. As the popularity of social networks is rising, more and more people use the Internet for their social life. In the target group of 14-29 years old 68% claim to stay in contact daily with at least one friend just over the Internet, in the group of 30 to 39 years old this are still 46%3. 97% of Internet users research information on products and services they like to buy. Doing that, 49% of the users find that comments and ratings of other users are reliable information on a product, 39% even claim that they decided several times to buy the specific product or service because of comments and ratings by other users. Nevertheless still 43% also refer to the manufacturer’s information as reliable. Contrary to the rapid development of people participating in web 2.0 communities as consumers, the percentage of Internet users contributing content is growing very slowly. According to the ACTA 2009 research the percentage of Internet users actively contributing content only rose by 1 to 2% in relation to the activity to an average of 19% from 2008. The number of people operating a homepage even fell from 14 to 13%. The only activity that could gain users significantly is commenting blogs, the percentage rose by 4% from 14 to 18%. Some other key facts about social media in Germany4: > 55% of social community users in the age of 14 to 29 have at least two profiles on different networks. > The German leading social network VZGroup has currently 15 million users, generating 428 million visits per month and 12.6 billion page impressions. > Facebook has currently only 4.3 million users in Germany, though growing fast. > In June 2009 Twitter had 1.8 Million unique audiences in Germany, though only 37.7% stayed loyal and returned to the site in July5. There are 100,000 active tweets in Germany. > 33% of the Internet users in Germany claim to read blogs, though only 4% do this regulary. > 53% of the German Internet users watch clips on video portals. 1 AGOF Internet Facts 2009/III 2 ACTA 2009 by the Allensbach Institute for opinion surveys. 3 ACTA 2009 by the Allensbach Institute for opinion surveys. 4 All figures from ACTA 2009 by the Allensbach Institute for opinion surveys. 5 The Nielsen Company, Twitter report published Aug. 2009. www.wellcom.fr 6
  • 7. Chapter 3 Different social media types
  • 8. Different social media types With regard to blogging and microblogging as well as content sharing the German market does not significantly differ from the Anglo-American market, with it’s popular services such as wordpress, flickr, delicious and so on. With regard to social networks the situation is different. One can find a very diversified market of social communities. There is studiVZ.net for students, schuelerVZ.net for pupils, meinVZ.net for a general audience, Xing.de for professionals, lokalisten.de especially for local contacts, wer-kennt- wen.de aiming the lower educated classes. All these portals are quite successful within their target group, while general communities like myspace or Facebook are less popular. For example Facebook has only 4.3 million users in Germany and myspace only around 2.6 million users. Even linkedin has only 500,000 members in Germany, while its German equivalent Xing.de counts 11 million unique users per month. Apart from these, the majority of popular social communities in Germany are operated by big publishing companies or television networks. Because of that, marketing activities on theses platforms are strictly controlled by the media planning agencies that already market other publications of these groups. A short overview about the most popular social communities in Germany: The VZGroup The VZGroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Holtzbrinck publishing group, operates three social networking platforms which work and look like Facebook. VZ stands for the German word “Verzeichnis” which means directory. The VZGroup operates communities for every stage of life, starting with schuelerVZ for pupils to studiVZ for students and ending with meinVZ for the “grown up”. The users can move their profile from one community to another by the click of a button. Facts about the three portals: StudiVZ.net was the first German social community launched in 2005 and targeting at students in the German speaking D-A-CH Region. Today studiVZ.net has 5.25 million unique users per month generating 128 million. Visits and around 3.9 billion page impressions6. MeinVZ.net was launched to extend the studiVZ.net network to non-students. Today meinVZ has 5.02 million unique users per month7 generating 103 million visits8 and 2.06 billion page impressions. As users of studiVZ and meinVZ can interact freely between each other and move their profile from one network to the other by the click of a button they can be seen as one network with around 10.3 million unique users per month. This makes them the leading German social community. www.wellcom.fr 8
  • 9. SchuelerVZ.net is targeted at pupils from age 12. Due to child welfare reasons it is not connected to the other VZ’s. SchuelerVZ.net has 4.74 million unique users per month generating 159 million visits and astonishing 6.9 billion page impressions. It is by far the most popular internet site in the age group of 14 to 19 years old, it reaches 51% of all internet users in that group. Due to the user guidelines of the VZ sites, it is not allowed to open a professional profile, but so called “landing pages” can be booked. These are sites within the community to land on from e.g. a banner on the site. The VZ Sites are marketed by iq digital media (www.iqm. de). Wer-kennt-wen.de (who knows whom) Wer-kennt-wen.de is another social networking site that allows users to connect, share photos and comments. It is not allowed to register to wer-kennt-wen with a pseudonym, following the user guidelines a real name has to be provided. Wer-kennt-wen.de offers only very limited services, e.g. they don’t offer any apps like facebook or the VZ, this makes it attractive to people not familiar with online platforms. Founded already in 2006 by two students wer-kennt-wen.de is now entirely owned by RTL Interactive, the new media subsidiary of RTL Television. During the last two years wer-kennt-wen.de had an enormous success and is now with 6.5 million unique users per month the number two among the social networks in Germany (If you consider studiVZ and meinVZ as one network). Though wer-kennt-wen.de is not designed to attract a specific group 40 % of the users are over 40 years and the majority of the user comes from rural areas in the southern part of Germany9. Lokalisten.de Lokalisten.de is a social community platform that emphasizes on local activities and tries to bring people from the same area together. Therefore the network is designed around so called “homebases”, these are about 100 different geographic areas where the users belong to depending on their place of residence. For any homebase lokalisten.de offers a local marketplace, an event calendar where users can publish events and a blog system. Lokalisten.de offer an advertising self booking system on their site, where advertising clients can choose a homebase to advertise on, upload a banner and define target keywords. Lokalisten.de is a subsidary of seven one media, the new media daughter of ProSiebenSat 1 Television and has about 3 Million unique users per month. Xing.de Xing.de is the German equivalent to linkedin, it gives users the opportunity to present themselves to potential business partners and to keep in touch with professional contacts. Today Xing.de has 11 million unique Users per month generating around 30 million visits and 335 million page impressions per month10 in Germany. In contrast linkedin Germany has only 500,000 users. Xing.de is marketed by the adconion media group (http://www. adconion.com). 6 AGOF Internet facts 2009/II 7 AGOF Internet facts 2009/III 8 IVW 9 www.focus.de/digital/internet/wer-kennt-wen-das-anti-facebook_aid_388663.html 10 Official mediadata xing.de ???? www.wellcom.fr 9
  • 10. Chapter 4 Case study examples
  • 11. Case study examples Last year, Vodafone was the first (and so far only) company in Germany to launch a big consumer campaign for their mobile Internet services targeting the web 2.0 community. They started with a press conference broadcast live on the Internet and provided users the possibility to discuss with Vodafone the products presented via twitter and facebook. This was a success as it was discussed on different blogs and despite the fear that people would only use the press conference to express their criticism about Vodafone this proved to be unfounded. At the beginning the campaign worked well in terms of interest and coveraqge genereated. It was immediately picked up by many blogs and the tweets got many followers. For long term marketing, Vodafone also launched a blog and engaged two well known bloggers as testimonials. As the bloggers started to blog about their new phone and the fact that they liked to upload photos directly to Flickr, however, immediately the users started to comment negatively because it was obvious the blogger had never uploaded a photo to flickr. Moreover, a lot of people mentioned the restrictions in Vodafone mobile contracts concerning Internet usage, highlighting the contradiction between the company’s behaviour and their slogan “empowering the generation upload”. The comments and tweets immediately spread over the Internet and were discussed in many blogs. From that time on the blog was classified by a lot of people as a typical public relations stunt. As Vodafone failed to react to the critics and went on publishing information on products through its blog. Eventually the attention tailed-off. This case shows that to get into an honest dialogue is crucial. Social media cannot be used as just another way of publishing information. To interact with the customer directly and deal with criticism publicly is the oppotunity but also runs the risk of opening a company up to the social community. If a company does not react properly – like Vodafone – the community will not be interested in taking further notice of these activities. www.wellcom.fr 11
  • 12. Chapter 5 Online social media tools, tricks and listening to the online conversation
  • 13. Online social media tools, tricks and listening to the online conversation Due to tight data security regulations there are no specific search engines for German social media. Most of the social networks block scanning by search engines. Only Xing.de allows search engines to display their users. In Germany, the big social networks are members to the IVW e.V. (www.ivw.de) or/and AGOF e.V. (www.AGOF.de). These two associations analyze the sites of their members in regard to media data and offer professional monitoring services, as well as publishing regular statistics about the media data and rankings of their members. Further some classic media monitoring agencies like landau media (www.landaumedia.de), Nielsen media research (www.nielsen-media.de) or Webreputation (www.webreputation.de) offer professional paid monitoring services for web 2.0. For Blogs there is also the localized version of Google Alerts and www.blog-sucher.de. Not a search engine but also a very useful site for the Blogosphere is www.deutscheblogcharts. de, it lists the most popular blogs. Apart from that, the services provided below also work with German keywords, so that they might be helpful as well. / General Tools we recommend you look at are: Google Alerts can help you track what is being said and receive streaming or batched reports. Set a comprehensive alert to monitor across various media – news, blogs, web, videos and groups MonitorThis enables you to scan up to 20 different search engines at any one time Samepoint tracks conversations across multiple sources Social Mention (and Social Mention Alerts) pulls content from across 80+ social media properties directly. You can also set up daily Social Mention Alerts to track what is being said about your brand on a daily basis whostalkin.com is similar to Social Mention and enables you to track over 60 of the Internet’s most popular social media platforms As well as monitoring what is being said about your brand, you should also track what is being said about key competitors and topics specific to your business. / Platform-specific Tools include: BoardTracker is a search engine, message-tracking and instant alerts tool for forums www.wellcom.fr 13
  • 14. Ego Surf helps you keep track of where your blog is mentioned not only within Google but also within Yahoo, MSN, delicious and Technorati. It keeps a historical track of your ranking too so that you can track changes over a period of time Friendfeed Search is a conversation tracker for Friendfeed Google Blog Search (and Google Blog Alerts) Google’s index of blog posts, allows you to see who is blogging about your brand and what they’re saying. With Google Blog Alerts you can set up daily, weekly or as-it-happens alerts for any time someone mentions your brand online Technorati allows you to search the blogosphere. You should search for your brand on Technorati and subscribe to RSS alerts so that when someone blogs about you, you find out Monitter provides real-time monitoring of the Twittersphere TweetScan (and Twitter Email Alerts) enables you to see what is being said about your brand on Twitter. It includes the option to set up Twitter Email Alerts Tweetbeep is a kind of Google Alerts for Twitter that will show you who is tweeting about your brand and related topics. The key is to make your search as specific as you can, you can even narrow it down to a specific place, otherwise you may get more alerts than you bargained for Twitrratr allows you to see the tone of voice of what is being said about you – and how much of it is positive, negative, neutral Twitter Search allows you to see what people are saying about your brand or on a particular topic www.wellcom.fr 14
  • 15. Chapter 6 Popular blog tools and blog posts
  • 16. Popular blog tools and blog posts Wordpress is the tool of choice in Germany for blogging. Another popular service is www.blog.de as a blogging tool with the ability to connect like in social communities. To get into the German blogosphere www.deutscheblogcharts.de is very useful. The site gives a good overview about the blogs read in the German blogosphere and ranks them on the basis of RSS subscriptions and linking. If you look at the ranking on blogcharts you will find in the top 10 blogs covering a wide variety of topics. Nevertheless, blogs concerning the media industry and technology/ Internet form the majority. > Some blogs with the highest ranking in their field: netzpolitik.org A blog that deals with politics concerning the digital lifestyle like data security and copyright conflicts. stylespion.de A blog about design and clothing trends stefan-niggemeyer.de A “behind the scenes” blog about the media industry written by a journalist. nerdcore.de A technology blog that discusses new technologies. www.wellcom.fr 16
  • 17. Chapter 7 Other useful social media tools
  • 18. Other useful social media tools > Google Analytics www.google.com/analytics/ The webstatistic tool of choice. > Delicious.com The most popular link sharing service supported by most sites in Germany. Linksharing is a way of saving bookmarks and allows users to manage their bookmarks online and share them with friends. Searching for your brand, product or event in this way can be a real eye-opener – it is a good way to see how and in what relation others are talking about you > Bit.ly Bit.ly is a link shortening and tracking tool that is commonly used in Germany. www.wellcom.fr 18
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