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Social Gaming: The Next Billion Dollar Industry of the Year

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http://tier10lab.com/2011/09/30/social-gaming-the-next-billion-dollar-industry-of-the-year/ -- Gaming on social networking sites is a rapidly growing pastime for internet users. Facebook’s “Farmville” …

http://tier10lab.com/2011/09/30/social-gaming-the-next-billion-dollar-industry-of-the-year/ -- Gaming on social networking sites is a rapidly growing pastime for internet users. Facebook’s “Farmville” and other popular games are becoming significant cash-cows (pun intended). The research firm eMarketer claims that almost 30% of the internet [...]

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  • 1.  Social Gaming: The Next Billion Dollar Industry of the Yearhttp://tier10lab.com/2011/09/30/social-gaming-the-next-billion-dollar-industry-of-the-year/September 30, 2011By Madeline MilaniScreen Grab of Car Town Courtesy of Everything Under the SunGaming on social networking sites is a rapidly growing pastime for internet users. Facebook’s “Farmville”and other popular games are becoming significant cash-cows (pun intended). The research firmeMarketer claims that almost 30% of the internet-using population will play at least one game on a socialnetworking site throughout the course of 2011 – a whopping 15% increase from last year.The growth of this success is attributed to branded advertisements, lead-generation offers, and theincreasing rate of money spent on virtual products. Of these three, virtual products are the mostsuccessful, making up 60% of the profit. Although less than 6% of social gamers spend actual money onthese games, this small percentage is likely to produce up to $653 million this year. The spending of realmoney on virtual products is the most profitable segment of social gaming revenue, which is highlybeneficial for companies like Honda to utilize for branding. Honda used the popular Facebook game CarTown to promote its latest vehicle, the CR-Z.  
  • 2. The popularity of social gaming presents a variety of exciting opportunities for advertisers to reach moreconsumers, as the Honda example demonstrates. By offering an in-game product for users to ‘purchase,’Honda raised awareness of their brand over a large group of people. Advertisers can also take advantageof the social gaming market by displaying ads within the game, and by setting up promotions andrewarding gamers for participating in these promotions. Getting ‘rewards’ and leveling up are majordriving incentives for users, and therefore a great chance for advertisers to obtain leads.Social gaming can also be utilized to target specific types of consumers. Social gamers are not just“nerds” – many of them are middle-aged moms, for example. Different games appeal to different people.Analyzing what games attract what type of users can help target consumers that best fit the advertiser’sproduct.Whether they are integrating their brand into the actual game, as Honda did with the CR-Z, or displayingads in the game, advertisers can take advantage of a variety of strategies to reach consumers. Socialgaming has opened up a new medium for advertisers, and it is only becoming more successful.See the attached TED Talk by Seth Priebatsch: “The Game Layer on Top of the World.” Seth speaks tohow we’re in the midst of a time when the “social layer” hovers over all we do on- and offline. He thenpoints to the next paradigm shift being the “gaming layer,” that’ll be sure to excite any hoping to market,sell, and engage with the next generation of online consumers.http://www.Tier10Lab.comhttp://www.twitter.com/Tier10Labhttp://www.facebook.com/Tier10Marketinghttp://www.Tier10Marketing.com  

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