How do you see the growth in digital popularity?
What’s become the “norm” vs. in what ways do advertisers need catch up?
The consensus seems to be mobile applications being the future trend, as well
as the dominance of social networks (Facebook not Twitter). Mobile video, video
calling and messaging, the integration of television to mobile as well as the web.
(e.g., FloTV a mobile television platform, hulu.com, a web based television
platform) Aggregation of social networks, the ability to update once and feed to
With Social media nearly all believe that Twitter is a fad and will pass.
(see recent adage article:
Mobile phones are no longer an exception for consumers. They are the norm.
Growth in digital will be with mobile phones. Consumers are beginning to replace
the home phone with their mobile, and expect more and more from their mobile
phones, such as advanced mobile applications, better, faster, all-in-one smart
phones. Yet, consumers will not tolerate advertisements on their mobiles, so
advertisers will need to look for ways to advertise or sponsor apps, have app
promotions, and possibly advertise on TV “shows” as they become more and
more prominent on mobile phones.
Search will continue to grow in digital popularity. When a consumer is
considering a purchase, they go online to research products and website
compatibility and product information is key. If consumers cannot find what they
want when searching, they may dismiss the product and move to a competitor. A
trend will be that consumers will search from their mobile phones, so advertisers
need to ensure that their webpage is mobile compatible.
Which digital medium do clients ask for most, and which medium do you
use as a consumer?
Web-based lead generation/CMS
Social Network Presence
The consensus among interactive personnel and consumers is that mobile
applications are a key digital medium for the future. Yet, this form of marketing is
one that clients don’t seem to be asking agencies to develop as yet, despite a
growing awareness. A total of 68% of interactive directors responded that their
clients were showing more interest in venturing into mobile marketing.
Addressable media is also another area where clients seem to be as yet
unaware, but 61% of directors said that awareness was growing. They see it as
the next step in developing social media platforms, and an easier way to
measure results and create relationships. However, they do see potential issues
with data-protection and privacy.
Consumers are using digital now as a part of their life – it is no longer a new
thing, rather, it has become integrated into everyday activities. Social media is
widely used, primarily Facebook, to stay in touch with friends and family.
Facebook has allowed for mass personal information spread and creates an
“excuse” for not having face-to-face conversations. Google search has now been
integrated into Facebook, creating a web of instant people search gratification.
Because consumers spend so much time attached to a digital medium, whether it
is their mobile phone or computer, and are one social sites, marketers should
create a better social presence, whether it is targeted ad placement in Facebook,
or developing (and keeping up) a profile or fan page on Facebook or Twitter.
What do you see as emerging digital trends?
The continual updating and adding to mobile applications across different phone
platforms will continue to grow. As consumers adopt and use smart phones more
regularly, they will demand that there is an app for anything that they can
imagine, whether it is entertainment, practical use, weight loss, and much more.
Web-based television has grown in popularity the last year, and will continue to
grow. Most consumers visit youtube.com on a weekly basis and there is a desire
to have television on smart phones. Because consumers are so overwhelmingly
against direct advertising to their cell phones, advertising on web-based TV is a
way to get around this aversion. Consumers accept television advertising, so this
is a natural progression. This could be the door into mobile advertising.
Advertisers will need to think outside of the traditional box in order to market on
the upcoming digital mediums.
Opportunities for Marketers
Aggregating social sites.
Television integration to web, mobile and other platforms.
Integrating video conferencing into social sites. Consumers desire to stay in
touch via face-to-face, but still have the issue of time. Rather than meeting at
a coffee house, friends could have a virtual video coffee break together.
Less aggressive/pushy advertising – Find ways for consumers to pull
advertising from marketers. If a consumer is interested in a product, they will
research to find it. Marketers must make sure their sites are compatible with
all Internet browsers, including mobile, and optimized for search engines.
Sponsoring of apps on smart phones.
Product information “on demand” – consumer attention span is very short.
Awareness that negative information of a company’s product is readily
available online via rating systems, blogs, etc.
Companies need to make sure they are actively combating this.
More company transparency is needed. Make it easy for consumers to reach
you. Have an effective online customer service. Because “real” people rarely
exist on the phone today, have an online chat capability that uses real people
who can provide effective answers. Give consumers the tools to reach out
easily to the company. Have a well outlined FAQ page on your website.
Consumers depend more and more on information online about a product. If
information not readily available, consumers tend to dismiss the product.
Marketers who have a strong, easy-to-navigate web presence will drive more
traffic, and attract and keep consumers.
Advertise on video sites such as You Tube and Vimeo.
Create product usage guides and online troubleshooting on You Tube. This is
an easy medium for customer service and helps with search engine
Consumer Digital Lifestyle Survey
In October 2009, Worldwide Partners conducted research among 90 of the
network's agencies' employees (part of the WPI Global Ad Insider panel) to better
understand digital lifestyles worldwide. Half of the participants were from the US,
the rest from 16 other countries. Of the participants, 66% are under the age of 44
with a 53/47% female/male split.
Overall, the October 2009 digital lifestyle research indicates that consumers have
adopted and adapted to a digital life. They are using their mobile phones to check
their email, check their friendsʼ Facebook statuses, or tweet an update. The
Internet and e-commerce has become an integral part of life for the consumer.
New product research begins online, but final purchase is mixed between online
and traditional retail. Mobile phones are replacing landline phones. Friends
communicate with Facebook, twitter and text messages because it is faster,
easier, mass distribution, but they still desire face-to-face/phone conversations.
Still, even with the adoption of a digital life, privacy is key. If someone is not on a
social site, it is primarily due to privacy concerns. Consumers do not want to be
advertised to or interrupted on their mobile device. They do not want to receive
an SMS message about a product or service unless they specifically demand it.
Yet, when consumers want product or company information, they want it
immediately. The digital life has created an on-demand, do not disturb,
Facebook and Text Messaging are the most subscribed to digital mediums. 81%
of survey respondents have a Facebook account, and 62% send text (SMS)
messages. Twitter accounts are at 44%.
Findings show that 61% of consumers use the Internet for personal reasons
between 1-5 hours per day, with 91% using google.com as their primary search
site. And 71% of respondents rely on the Internet to do their job, with 28% using
it somewhat, and only one participant that does not rely on the Internet to perform
The web has become a go-to medium for current news and information; 93% of
consumers go online for news, 80% going daily. Half of these respondents rely
on the Internet as a primary resource for news as compared with television,
newspaper or other printed resources.
YouTube and other video sites command a 94% audience following, with 49% of
responders logging onto a video once a week or more, and 38% just go from time
to time, most likely following a link from a friend.
Digital music purchases are primarily made from time to time by 56% of the
responders; 44% do not claim to purchase music online.
A total of 40% of consumer responders watch movies and TV online and 46%
share their photos using sites like Flickr. As TV and video on demand grows in
popularity, consumers may begin to unsubscribe from cable, TV recording, and
video ordering site.
Search Engine Optimization is crucial for retailers, as 97% of consumers go
online to research products and services, and 46% use search engines
exclusively, but 36% use search engines, consumer reports, retail stores, and
user reviews combined to make a purchasing decision.
Consumers are doing research online, but still prefer to go to retail outlets to
finish the purchase process. A total of 18% of participants shop online at least
once a week, 31% once a month and 48% form time to time. Then, 58% use
Amazon, 31% use Ebay, otherwise they go to a specific retailers online site, 37%
of which have a specific product in mind, and 47% both browse and look for a
specific item. A well laid-out site path is very important.
Top social media sites are Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with 75% of users logging
in at least once a week and over half once a day. For a list of all of the sites out there,
one survey taker recommends: http://www.dandyid.org/id/phildearson
Users that have a profile have it to stay connected, do research, stay up to date
easily, connect with a local community or service, and to “follow the crowd”.
Privacy and time are the main reasons that social media is not used. Facebook is
used for social and friend networking, whereas LinkedIn is being used for
business connections. Social networking is becoming a part of doing business.
Social networking is beginning to become time consuming and maintaining
multiple accounts is becoming difficult.
Only 22% of responders write a blog. Most who donʼt find that they prefer to read
those that others write or they just donʼt have time. Those that do write, do it for
work, personal enrichment or for communities, such as forums. Of those that do
write, over half only update from time to time, with 37% updating once a week or
The primary means of communication is moving to non-verbal with 46% of
participants using text messaging, instant messaging or social sites to
communicate. Only 40% still use talking on the phone and 13% prefer to meet in
person. One responder still sends postal mail. 80% of people are happy with their
primary communications preference. As one respondent states: “I think social
networks and text messaging are convenient, but it takes away from actually
engaging in a conversation with a person.”
Landlines are becoming a thing of the past as 54% of users use a mobile phone
for a home phone, rather than having a landline. Those that do have a landline
use it for a security system, at home business, or if they live in a bad cell area.
Some home phone users have their landline as a packaged deal with cable and
Internet. Some people forget they have their landline since they are always
attached to their mobile.
Of mobile phones, 78% are for personal use, and over half of them are smart
phones, such as iPhone, Palm pre or Blackberry; 54% of these owners go online
at least once a day from their phone. The highest mean of apps is 10, with email,
Facebook, twitter, restaurant guides, weather and Google being most popular.
Consumers do not want advertising on their mobile phones. Only 14% said they
are happy to receive it. Consumers find it rude, annoying, disruptive, spam like,
and that as a paid for service (i.e. having the phone), the phone is a private
medium. Receiving advertising is not why consumers have a phone.
Mobile phones are being used for more things than just talking, texting and
Internet, but not extensively; 36% of takers uses their phone for music once a
month or more and only 26% watch videos from their phone once a month or
Phones are being used to take photos, with 87% of consumers using their phone
for picture taking. Still, only 32% of the respondents actually send the photos.
Consumers check emails on their phone, with 69% checking their email on a
daily basis. When not checking email or taking photos, mobile phones are used
fairly equally by consumers to check news, weather, directions and web
browsing, with news being the most at 56% most frequently checked.
Direct feedback questions:
What is the one thing you would tell someone designing the next
generation of mobile phones to do to make your digital life easier?
A cheaper iPhone available on more networks
A keypad that fits my fingers, if that's possible. I like to use all 10 fingers, not
just my thumbs.
Ability to personalize your phone without needing to break into it. The ability
to share files between computer and cell phone more easily.
Agree on some standards. If I switch phones or providers, I want to be able
to keep/migrate all the information that I had on my phone.
Allow copy/pasting within and between applications Facilitate cell phone
numbers and addresses to link to mapquest or GPS Add flash to photo
taking expands usage Make battery life longer Add color coding
categorization to calendar, similar to what is available
Automatic translating function
Bigger screen. With scrolling device (like a joystick?). Higher connection
Continue to make it even more user friendly. I have an iPhone and I think
it's the most user friendly... but it could improve... like more seamless
connectivity with Exchange, for example. Give us a really useful
speakerphone... one that works well for
Convergence made easy!
Create an all-in-one-phone, with a good camera and memory to save music
Create an easy to use touch-screen keyboard, to make texting easier
without having tons of buttons.
Like the iPhone – with better typing.
Do not oversize a phone: too many functionalities tend to make phones
bigger and bigger. iPhone is about the max size.
Don't know – don't have that kind of access now!
Don't know. I haven't really caught up with the current generation of mobile
Donʼt know - nothing really... may be that they should better recognize voice
so we donʼt have to write text messages anymore...
THE DIGITAL WORLD
What is the one thing you would tell someone designing the next
generation of mobile phones to do to make your digital life easier?
Easier interface like iPhone
Easier to navigate
Easily compatible with range of other devices, better user interface
Get rid of the hardware
I believe the iPhone is there. Continue to push the envelope on speed,
application and adaptation.
I think the iPhone has set the direction, so they just have to optimize it's
I would say to make sure the voice quality is clear and the monitor is easily
readable. A keyboard makes texting easier.
Include a video application so that I could see who I am talking to.
It would be good to be able to make payments with your phone in some way...
Just make it faster.
Keep adding value to friendly phones. Ex. security cameras at home that can
be seen through the mobile
Keep it simple. That makes it fun. For many tasks, buttons are cool. Use a
physical button for mute.
Keep it sleek and easy to use.
Keep them simple
Less distracting advertising, larger type fonts
Longer battery life
Make all of the applications work seamlessly together. Make the visual
display more web and video friendly so people can actually do more with their
phones (watch movies, upload photos, participate online and get directions).
Make the buttons easy to push
Make all the software user friendly so the most tech savvy and 1st timers can
all use your product with ease.
Make it cheaper
Make it faster, more reliable and with a good camera
Make it faster.
Make sure its compact and lightweight -easy to use
Make the phones faster.
Make the phones not so shiny :)
Make them all have the digital plan so you can access emails, news and
weather away from your desk ... but make those plan affordable.
Make voice recognition a standard feature
More intuitive GPS interface. Add cut/paste functionality.
More intuitive. Faster web browser.
More quick keys to scroll through unnecessary space. Some websites don't
translate well onto my phone, so it would be nice if they all would.
More user friendly, easier to see screen
Much more of a standard OS or platform.
None. I love my iPhone. Itʼs perfect!
Nothing in particular
Prolong battery time and life.
Quicker to find contact nos.
Same phone and fares for landline and mobile phone.
Seamless integration across different platforms and types of devices
Simplify. Less is more. Make cool phones for people with aging eyes - bigger
screen? Bigger type? Boomers are getting old!
Smaller size, more battery life, better synchronization with other mobile
The closer to a computer the better, I would like to get rid of my computer
The iPhone is fine. It could be faster and have a better quality camera in it,
but as a platform it's just perfect. It's more about the right apps that still have
to be developed.
These things need better quality Bluetooth - the earpiece, although top of the
line, is not clear or loud enough
To control home electric devices
To design a simple to be used mobile Phone for my aging parents.
Voice activated dialing, add a flash to the camera, let me lock the phone and
unlock with one keystroke
Voice activated in everyway. If I want to send an SMS, I do not need to key in
my text, I just 'say' it
Voice instructions from how to get from one point to the other or explanations
on how to prepare a meal, etc.
With a touch screen phone--I am constantly clicking things with my face. Very
What digital trends do you see starting to emerge?
Social media as a rule rather than exception convergence – lines blurring
between traditional media and digital media digital technologies becoming
more and more accessible regardless of age, class etc digital content
overload – too much content.
Banking, bill payment, retail shopping
Blogging and micro-blogging from mobile devices
Combining all products into one
E-Government … the chance to establish digital direct democracy is a huge
Everything is through the phone
Facebook on the way... everywhere and anytime.
For mobile phone – I am the wrong person to ask. From the newsletters I get
from digital experts, the trend is that everything is going mobile.
Gravitation to Wi-Fi hotspots for charging; automatic download Using phone
as voice identifier for security Integrating Kindle technology for longer written
pieces or audio books
Growing importance of social media (Facebook, twitter etc.)
I believe significant amounts of quality news and information content will
begin to disappear as the underlying media (newspapers, etc.) fail. That will
lead to more pay for content, which will narrow audiences significantly--
perhaps contributing to a digital world.
I see smart phones continuing to emerge, as well as additional social
In school, for example, they tend to work on computers more and more. The
students don't use books anymore.
iPhone initiated the entertainment trend, which I see would be strong
developed and followed by others too
It is controlling you now. You're not going to be controlling it, even if you think
Mobile as the premium communication medium. Less internet on desktop and
more on mobile, m-business, mobile as a payment tool, mobile as the new
enabler of our life.
Mobile permission marketing should be on the rise. It is only up to marketers
to start asking for the permission and creating truly valuable offers/incentives
for customers to receive mobile advertisements. Sponsored television/video
channels brought to
Mobile phone on wrist
Mobile. It is headed to one device.
More advertising spent online
More iPhone apps Huge storage capacity for music, photo and video Add on
More online apps for mobile phones.
More people in older generations are actively engaging in social networking
sites. This is mostly to catch up with old friends and keep in touch with current
More sharing of information via social sites. Using social sites to generate
interest in causes and spread information.
More things being trends
No boundary, No land line
None – I am too old
One phone, rather than home, mobile and office. Technology has provided a
lot of new ways to communicate, but now we need to work to converge those
so we don't have 3 vmail boxes, etc.
Open applications and droids
People less communicate live
People more and more are starting to engage with experiential websites.
Augmented reality is just the tip of the iceberg. The generations starting that
now are the ones consuming more used to play all sorts of video games when
younger and they are used to it.
People search for what they want, avoid commercials by using their DVR for
TW viewing, place themselves on no-call lists, etc... Therefore, we take a
“don't call us - we'll call you” attitude, but we expect to be able to find what we
want, whenever we want.
Phones are turning into cameras and computers.
Smart phones and having Internet access on cell phones. Also having
wireless in most public venues.
Social media overload
Text advertising. More visual text messages somehow.
The all inclusive device-- organize all aspects of your life from work to home…
smaller & faster devices
The cell phone is the new computer.
The mobile phone will replace the pc as the centre of all connectivity.
The use of mobile applications is growing and now every client wants to
create a mobile application.
Consumers want information and they want it right away. So many websites
are being reconfigured to take this in to account and have mobile sites.
The world is coming together – in one device, all in one: phone, internet, e-
mail, photo and video camera, MP3 player, TV, radio, agenda and – rather
new in my country – a device for personal identification. e.g. in trains where
you just show your ticket.
There are significant rivals to the iPhone, which is a good thing.
Touch screen. 3D IMAGING.
Transactions via phone.
True integration of smart phones with TV....interfacing with DVR
programming; this is reinforcing symbiotic behavior.
Use of mobile advertising and offering digital publications, rather than print.
User generated content.
Using cell phones to do everything from using as a phone to sending and
receiving emails and checking directions and making dinner reservations.
Using social spaces as a targeted and potential market space
Voiceover communications, news feeds, etc.
Web presence comprised of Facebook, You tube etc, more capable handsets.
WiMax will hopefully see vastly improved mobile broadband speeds and a
whole generation of new services
Digital advertising and client awareness is growing
Social Media and Mobile Apps is leading
Facebook – YouTube is popular with all demographics, Twitter has yet to take
off in some regions and is considered a passing fad
Development & progress in Mobile apps seems to be the new exciting
technology, followed by online television
Addressable media is still considered quite new and has not quite taken off
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How much of an impact has the recession had on digital spend & growth
this year in your market?
Global APR EMEA LAR NAR
No Impact 17% 40% 0% 12%
Little Impact 49% 20% 57% 100% 56%
Big Impact 34% 40% 43% 31%
What are your top predictions in communication for the next 12 months?
Overwhelming majority predict increase in digital spending and a move away
from Traditional. Even in conservative markets. Increase in focus on social
What digital development or tool excites you most?
iPhone, mobile applications, social media & online television
What emerging digital development or tool excites you most?
iPhone, mobile apps/VOIP, social media platforms, video platform (online
Which digital medium do you use for your clients most often and why?
Global APR EMEA LAR NAR
Twitter 11% 0% 0% 7%
Facebook 21% 0% 29% 100% 14%
YouTube 18% 20% 29% 29%
Blogs 11% 20% 0% 14%
Webisodes 0% 0% 0%
Branded 13% 20% 29% 7%
Other 26% 40% 14% 29%
Personalized social media
Social tracking tools
Which digital medium do your clients most frequently request and why?
Web-based lead generation/CMS
Banner Ads/Pop up Ads
Social Network presence
Which digital medium do you think is most popular with following
consumers, (such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs etc.) and why?
Consumer Digital Medium
Teens • Mobile
• Facebook (local versions i.e. Bebo, IRC galleria,
• Online Gaming
Young Adults • Facebook
• Video/Music sharing sites
Middle Aged Adults • Facebook
• Video on demand
Senior Citizens • Display advertising
• Traditional Sites
Please list the top 5 most visited/popular websites in your market (social
network or other)
APR EMEA LAR NAR
Naver Facebook YouTube Facebook
Daum Yahoo Facebook LinkedIn
Cyworld Live.com (Local news sites) Google
MSN MSN Yahoo
Google YouTube MSN
Yahoo Twitter Craigslist
YouTube Google Ebay
Friendster (Local news sites MySpace
Sanook.com – depending on Local news sites
Kapook.com the country)
What digital platforms or interfaces do you think will exist in five years time
that don't exist now? (the Twitters & Facebooks of the future)
Platforms to share and create music
Mobile applications that connect users in real time with each other
Mobile video with live feeds
Online enterprise software
One site combining all social networks
First generation biological interface
Television integration to web, mobile and other platforms
What is your prediction for the longevity of current tools, such as Twitter or
Facebook will prevail.
Twitter is a fad
YouTube will prevail.
Will evolve based on advances in technology, consumer trends
How have the demographics of social media users changed and where do
you think it's going?
Not just for kids anymore – has become mainstream, across all ages, income
Do you think your clients understand and use digital media as effectively
as they need to?
Global APR EMEA LAR NAR
Yes 16% 40% 14% 12%
No 84% 60% 86% 100% 88%
Have you found your clients to be more, the same or less interested in
venturing into mobile apps, from a year ago?
Global APR EMEA LAR NAR
More 68% 80% 86% 69%
The Same 26% 20% 14% 100% 25%
Less 0% 0% 0% 0%
No Interest 6% 0% 0% 6%
If more interest, why?
Because everyone has a mobile phone
Mobile apps and WPA sites allow for content accessibility anywhere.
Mobile devices are ubiquitous
If less/no interest, why?
Cost of iPhones in certain countries – prohibits universal adoption
Recession has made clients less open to taking risks – sticking with safer
How involved are your clients in addressable media?
Global APR EMEA LAR NAR
Very 14% 0% 14% 19%
Just starting 61% 80% 57% 100% 50%
Not at all 25% 20% 29% 31%
Please explain why your clients are more involved in addressable media.
Because you can measure the results and create relationships
Next step in developing social media platforms
Focused targeting of the consumer
Potential to reach more consumers
It’s an emerging trend
It’s more direct
Please explain why your clients are not involved in addressable media.
Data-protection, sensitive issue
Clients belief that frequency models of broadcast are better than 1:1
What will the successful agency of the future look like?
Multimedia communicators, oriented to results, business partner
Fully integrated digital and advertising experts working collaboratively to
reach the target audience regardless of media
30% creative, 30% consulting, 30% digital media (including tech guys!) 10%
Do anything and everything a client needs from traditional print or TV work to
creating iPhone apps. Agencies don't have a choice.
It will still be following the consumer - wherever the consumer is.
Completely full-service, able to create traditional advertising as well as
interactive, social, addressable and mobile.
It will not look anything like the agencies of today. We need a business model
built around ideas, not executions and we need to be much more transparent
to our clients and consumers. The mysteries of creativity just won't cut it much
Organized around client insights rather than disciplines.
True hybrid of traditional-RM and digital
Strong interactive capabilities coupled with traditional media
As real-time communications insight and engagement services.
Getting over 10% income from digital media
It will be completely online and office-less
To get more billing from digital media such as DMB, online ads.
Knowledge-based experts across various disciplines but especially in digital
media. Will have to deliver combined traditional/digital/experiential advertising
solutions as a matter of course.
A 2 headed goat. With a lobby.
Agile, with digital at the core, passionate individuals that live in the space and
evolve with the trends, able to react quickly ready to test and test again, doing
what works, and less of what doesn't
The agency would have a greater responsibility of managing the overall
communication strategy and defining the solution, while execution of the
program at a tactical level may be handed off to preferred partners.
One who embraces digital and personalization of direct channels. Probably 2
types of agencies. One that is offering planning and strategy and uses the
'Hollywood' model to outsource production based on specialized skills
needed, and one who is a craft skills specialist for high production values
Fully integrated and versatile in various ATL, BTL and digital options,
planning activities through "channel", not segregated by doing TV or Print or
BTL or DM or Digital
One that is more creative, strategic in coming up customized solutions.
No silos, fully integrated with key experts, and many generalists.
Success will depend on having specialist production friends. It will be
financially difficult to keep the required staff on the payroll to deliver in all
channels, particularly digital.
An agency that can flexibly work across multiple outlets with multiple partners
to fit the needs of their clients.
Like the Concept Farm actually. Ideas reign. Client partnerships. Efficient