CANADA SOCIAL MEDIA STUDY Report
CONTENTS 53 Conclusion Segments profiles Behaviour 59 Implications 39 29 Social media 21 Social networks 15 Time spent wit...
METHODOLOGY
METHODOLOGY Objectives Cossette mandated Impact Research, its marketing research division, to gather insights on  consumer...
INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Two separate  groups  are connected by their social media  BEHAVIOUR  as: </li></ul><ul><li>Audiences...
INTRODUCTION <ul><li>We define social media allot broader than social networks. It is characterized by the mobilisation of...
INFORMATION AND CONVERSATIONS ON THE INTERNET
<ul><li>Consult information produced  by ________ to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Social med...
<ul><li>Consult information produced  in social media* to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Q10 -...
<ul><li>Consult information produced  in social media* to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Q10 -...
SHARING INFORMATION <ul><li>Growth in social media reflects the role that new media play in people’s lives, when    they w...
ONLINE CONVERSATIONS Q8-9. When you share information on the Internet, what do you talk about  most often ? What other thi...
LOOKING VS. SHARING Commercial information  is generating more online activity than any other topic.  Each week , 75% of u...
TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET
Q14. How many hours did you spend  on the Internet  last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing o...
Q14. How many hours did you spend  on the Internet  last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing o...
Q14. How many hours did you spend  on the Internet  last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing o...
Q14. How many hours did you spend  on the Internet  last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing o...
TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Men spend more time online but proportionately, women spend more time with social networks. Young...
Like the Internet, social networks are becoming a broadly accessible mass medium to connect with consumers at home, at wor...
SOCIAL NETWORKS
SOCIAL NETWORKS Canadian Internet users are most likely to be registered social network members (70%), but Americans are s...
&quot;  Facebook (not Twitter) is poised as the next Google. But social media behaviour is more than social networking. &q...
Q17. Do you belong to an  online social network  (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q19. Do you...
Half the online population logs 10 times a week as a member of Facebook. In the US, 28% log on to Myspace vs. 4% in Canada...
Seven out of ten 18-34’s log on to Facebook nearly twice per day on average. Canadian Internet users are most likely to fr...
Q27. You mentioned using Facebook, how often do you use the following  Facebook features ? > Respondents using Facebook (n...
Staying in touch becomes difficult when you have different friends in  5 different worlds . That is the case for 19% of in...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR AND SEGMENTS PROFILES
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR In social media: -  Audiences   LOOK  and  REACT   to what -  Transmitters   SHARE  and  CONTRIBUTE...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR A sizeable portion of the online population  LOOKS  ( > 57%),  REACTS  ( > 39%) and  SHARES  ( > 37...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 1 There is an audience to LOOK at citizen media. Consult news or product info that was  produc...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR When asked if citizen media is more  useful  than advertising, half of those who LOOK at this form ...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Online users who  consult news or product info produced by other citizens  are more likely than the...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 2 Online users actively CONTRIBUTE social media. Maintained a personal page / blog OR wrote a ...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Half of online users who  CONTRIBUTE  social media refer to personal blogs 9.8 times per week, and ...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 3. Online users SHARE company and brand info. Q13. Thinking about your Internet activity in th...
SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Those who  SHARE  brand info online are  very curious , following and sharing links more intensely ...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE <ul><li>Consult PRODUCT information produced  by ________ </li></ul>More proof that users wh...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE Even if they LOOK at citizen media more than the internet population, those who SHARE brand ...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE They spend more time online, nearly 30 hours per week.  75-80%  belong to social networks (2...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE 76%  of those who  CONTRIBUTE  social media or  SHARE  brand info, log on to social networks...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE We believe they are curious and refer to a greater number of information sources because the...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE Generally, they also have a  favorable   opinion  of the social networking environment… Q29....
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE …  and a  fairly positive attitude  towards what companies might want to try to accomplish o...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE For example, one in five users who SHARE brand info online have joined a sponsored group for...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online popul...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online popul...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online popul...
SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online popul...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Social media could replace e-mail as the most popular  means of sharing information. </li></ul><ul><ul...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Facebook (not Twitter) is poised as the next Google. But social media  behaviour  is more than social ...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Consumers  ARE  turning to social media for news and product information.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User ...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Consumers  DO  talk about brands online ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Last week &quot; ,  75% of Inte...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Those who share  brand info  are curious, and not at all insensitive to advertising. </li></ul><ul><ul...
CONCLUSIONS <ul><ul><li>They don’t perceive advertising as  less useful  than citizen media content.  In fact,  - They’re ...
IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>The potential pay-off of  social media  lies in the fact that  consumers turn to other consumers for ...
IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>In social media,  traditional  online advertising  is not enough . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal of ...
IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>In social media,  traditional  online advertising  is not enough . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal of ...
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This is report for a study about social media behaviour by Canadian advertising agency People from Cossette.

The goal of the research is to transcend trends and hype, avoid the brands and buzz of the moment, and focus on behaviour.

The research covered Canada, the US and the UK.

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  • In the US, approx. 25% of internet users strongly agree (8-10) that user gen news content is MORE credible than traditional news outlets, no matter whether tv (26), radio (20), magazine (19) or newspapers (24). That is consistantly and significantly higher than Canada or the UK, where traditional news outlets fair better. Canadian media outlets faired best of the three.
  • We saw there are people turning to user generated brand content. So there is an audience for those who want to share brand info online.
  • Social Media Study 2009 by People from Cossette

    1. 1. CANADA SOCIAL MEDIA STUDY Report
    2. 2. CONTENTS 53 Conclusion Segments profiles Behaviour 59 Implications 39 29 Social media 21 Social networks 15 Time spent with the Internet 8 Information and conversations on the Internet 5 Introduction 3 Methodology Page
    3. 3. METHODOLOGY
    4. 4. METHODOLOGY Objectives Cossette mandated Impact Research, its marketing research division, to gather insights on consumers who use social media . More specifically, we looked at penetration, purpose, behaviour and attitudes toward social media.. Population Internet users aged 18 years or older in Canada, the US and the UK. Sampling Simple random amongst two separate panels Data collection Online survey, self-administered questionnaire June 26th to July 17th, 2009 Margin of error Sample size : 3,227 respondents Margin of error : ± 1,7 % at 95 % confidence level (19 times out of 20) Weighting Gender , age and sub-region by geography. Total results reflect average of three geographies (ie: not weighted to population sizes) Weighting sources & sample sizes : Canada - Statistics Canada, 2006 Census, n=1,225 U.S. - U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey, n=1,001 U.K.- Office for National Statistics, 2001 Census data, n=1001
    5. 5. INTRODUCTION
    6. 6. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Two separate groups are connected by their social media BEHAVIOUR as: </li></ul><ul><li>Audiences LOOK and REACT </li></ul><ul><li>to what </li></ul><ul><li>Transmitters SHARE and CONTRIBUTE </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of online activity that depicts social media behaviour. </li></ul>Technology is changing how we communicate, profoundly. In this study, we wanted to transcend trends and hype, avoid the brands and buzz of the moment, and focus on behaviour . Maintain a personal web page or blog Share links and recommend useful content Follow links others have found interesting Look up or read what others are sharing about themselves CONTRIBUTE SHARE REACT LOOK TRANSMITTERS (MEDIA) RECEIVERS (AUDIENCE)
    7. 7. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>We define social media allot broader than social networks. It is characterized by the mobilisation of people, as citizens and consumers, who feel empowered through the discovery of technology to become transmitters themselves. The information and opinions they SHARE and CONTRIBUTE, and how others REACT to them, that is social media. </li></ul><ul><li>These new channels were grouped under: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends and colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other citizens (whom you don’t personally know). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their footprint (or influence) was compared to more traditional online outlets of information and opinion about NEWS and PRODUCTS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search engine rankings </li></ul></ul>People have always been social, talking about companies, products and services. They just never had the mechanism for doing it with any kind of scale.
    8. 8. INFORMATION AND CONVERSATIONS ON THE INTERNET
    9. 9. <ul><li>Consult information produced by ________ to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Social media is changing how people inform themselves online, first turning to friends, colleagues, family and even to other citizens they don’t personally know. Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) More people turn to social media for product information than top search rankings (52%) or companies (45%). News professionals are challenged by social media that friends, relatives and other citizens are able to produce (net score 55%)
    10. 10. <ul><li>Consult information produced in social media* to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) <ul><li>*: Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Is characterized as online information produced by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends / colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other citizens </li></ul></ul>Social media behaviour is reported in all three markets surveyed, although Americans are more active than the Canadians or British, especially concerning product information.
    11. 11. <ul><li>Consult information produced in social media* to inform themselves about: </li></ul>LOOKING FOR INFORMATION Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) * Social Media Friends / colleagues Family Other citizens Social media behaviour is particularly apparent among those under the age of 45, although a strong majority of older consumers do turn to their peers for product info.
    12. 12. SHARING INFORMATION <ul><li>Growth in social media reflects the role that new media play in people’s lives, when they want to share what’s important to them. </li></ul><ul><li>- Top first-mention is E-mail (34%), but not to the 18-24 age group to whom social networks represent the preferred mean of sharing. </li></ul>Q6-7. When you want to share information or discoveries that are important to you with your friends, what do you do? Are there any others? > All respondents (n=3,227) 78% 79% 76% 29% 8% 2% 32% ”publish” information on the Internet. 29% use social networks (+11 pts. over Fall ’08 in Canada). First Mention: 26% of 18-24 would rather share on a social ntwk. than e-mail (15%) Americans are least likely to inform in person (20%), preferring e-mail (36%) and telephone (30%).
    13. 13. ONLINE CONVERSATIONS Q8-9. When you share information on the Internet, what do you talk about most often ? What other things do you generally talk about? > (n=3,227). Leisure activities are the most discussed topic online while commercial products are a subject of conversation for: - 29% of online users; - 35% of men; - 35% of 18-24 yr. olds (50% in Canada). 45% 42% 40% 38% 35% 32% 29% 58% US & UK, Male, 18-24 UK (55%) 18-34 (62%) Women - Top first mention (19%) UK & QC (40%) US (46%) Men – Top first mention (26%)
    14. 14. LOOKING VS. SHARING Commercial information is generating more online activity than any other topic. Each week , 75% of users are engaged with company, product or brand information. 33% will share this information with other users online (48% for those aged 18 to 24). Q13. Thinking about your Internet activity in the past week , did you look for or share with others any information or opinions about …? > Respondents who used Internet in the past week (n=3,227) 30% / 41% / 23% 40% / 44% / 36% 25% / 28% / 16% 27% / 50% / 27% 16% / 32% / 12% Shared Can. / US / UK A18-24 (48%) Americans share more information online, especially concerning social and/or political issues.
    15. 15. TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET
    16. 16. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Americans spend more time online than the Canadians or the British. - They also spend twice more time (1.5 hours) using the Internet on a device other than a computer . *: Internet population
    17. 17. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=1,831) TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Internet users claim 19% of their time online is spent on social networks. This percentage shoots to: - 33% for those with 50+ “friends” or “connections”. - 32% for those who log on to social netwks. 5+ times per week. 24.2 hours per capita* per week ( 3 market average) Aug. 2009: Nielsen reports social network / blogging sites account for 17% of time spent on the internet, nearly triple SPLY figure. UK 15% *: Internet population, including social network users and non-users
    18. 18. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=1,831) TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Social networks represent one third of the Internet activity conducted on devices other than a computer, like mobile phones for example.
    19. 19. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=1,831) TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Social networks represent 41% of US Internet activity on devices other than a computer, like mobile phones for example. Americans are also more likely to be surfing social networking sites at work or at school.
    20. 20. TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET Men spend more time online but proportionately, women spend more time with social networks. Younger Internet users (18-24) report spending 32% of their time on social networks. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=1,831)
    21. 21. Like the Internet, social networks are becoming a broadly accessible mass medium to connect with consumers at home, at work and on the go. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week whether surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? > All respondents (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who used Internet in the past week and who belong to an online social network (n=1,831) Used the Internet in the past week Used social networks in the past week TIME SPENT WITH INTERNET UK & Men 44% Ages 25-34 30% 20% Ages 18-34 32%
    22. 22. SOCIAL NETWORKS
    23. 23. SOCIAL NETWORKS Canadian Internet users are most likely to be registered social network members (70%), but Americans are spending the most time (9.3 hours). Younger consumers are active in more networks (avg. 2.6), which is also the case for men (2.4) when compared to women (2.0). Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q17. Do you belong to an online social network (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=1,831) 2.1 2.6 2.0 2.6 2.5 2.1 2.0 1.7 Avg. number of ntwks. subscribed to:
    24. 24. &quot; Facebook (not Twitter) is poised as the next Google. But social media behaviour is more than social networking. &quot; All respondents Canada/US/UK. (n=3,227) Two thirds of visits to social networks occurs on Facebook FULL DETAILS SOCIAL NETWORKS 58% of internet users visit a social networking site on average 13 times per week. Usage rate is highest in Canada, where Facebook completely dominates 9% 8% 3% ↓ Twitter 72% 48% ↓ 79% Facebook 11.4 16.4 12.2 Frequency 54% 56% 61% Weekly Use UK US CAN
    25. 25. Q17. Do you belong to an online social network (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q19. Do you belong to the following social networks? Q20. How many times did you log on to your _________ account in the past week (n=variable) Average frequency per week 10.1 4.7 6.0 5.4 5.6 2.8 2.7 1.7 US (36%) SOCIAL NETWORKS 58% of internet users visit a social network on avg. 13 times/wk. <ul><li>65% of respondents are registered users of an online social network . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- They have 113 connections on average and 22% have 150+. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- 18-24 yr. olds average 224 friends. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook leads with one quarter of respondents using it daily (44% of 18-34 yr. olds). </li></ul>
    26. 26. Half the online population logs 10 times a week as a member of Facebook. In the US, 28% log on to Myspace vs. 4% in Canada and 5% in the UK. Twitter is more popular in US as well (14% weekly) vs. UK (8%) and Canada (5%). Q17. Do you belong to an online social network (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q19. Do you belong to the following social networks? Q20. How many times did you log on to your _________ account in the past week (n=variable) SOCIAL NETWORKS
    27. 27. Seven out of ten 18-34’s log on to Facebook nearly twice per day on average. Canadian Internet users are most likely to frequent Facebook . Q17. Do you belong to an online social network (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q19. Do you belong to the following social networks? Q20. How many times did you log on to your _________ account in the past week (n=variable) SOCIAL NETWORKS With 45% of online users logging in weekly, Facebook is 60% more popular in the US than Myspace at 28%.
    28. 28. Q27. You mentioned using Facebook, how often do you use the following Facebook features ? > Respondents using Facebook (n=,1675) SOCIAL NETWORKS The most popular Facebook functions 1 make it easier to stay in touch, which reflects the first two reasons given for using social networks: - Staying in touch with friends: 50% (18-34 skew) - Staying in touch with family: 14% (45+ and female skews) Americans seem to make the most of what Facebook has to offer. Canadians use least. Number of features / wk. by avg. user 1. US : 5.1 18-34: 5.2 2. UK: 4.1 55+: 2.1 3. CAN: 3.3 vfffvfffff 1 US 30% daily CAN 10% daily ↓
    29. 29. Staying in touch becomes difficult when you have different friends in 5 different worlds . That is the case for 19% of internet users and 40% of those aged 18-24 . Q33. How many “ separate worlds ” would you say you have, meaning that you have different friends in different places for different activities? > All respondents (n=1225) US (19%) US (16%) CAN (13%) Men (25%) US (19%) Interestingly16% of 35-44 keep in touch with high-school friends SOCIAL NETWORKS 25% to 35% of 18-24’s have « different worlds » in any one of these 5 contexts.
    30. 30. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR AND SEGMENTS PROFILES
    31. 31. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR In social media: - Audiences LOOK and REACT to what - Transmitters SHARE and CONTRIBUTE . Share links and recommend useful content Rate things (ex: five star system) Read blogs or personal web pages Write a review about products or services Share things about yourself Comment on others' personal pages or blogs Look up or read what others are sharing about themselves Maintain a personal web page or blog Upload photos/video to share with others Follow links others have found interesting Look at photos/videos others have uploaded CONTRIBUTE SHARE REACT LOOK TRANSMITTERS (MEDIA) RECEIVERS (AUDIENCE)
    32. 32. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR A sizeable portion of the online population LOOKS ( > 57%), REACTS ( > 39%) and SHARES ( > 37%) social media content on a weekly basis. Nearly one in five Internet users CONTRIBUTES to social media by writing reviews and one in seven by maintaining a personal page or blog . Q15 & Q16. In the past week, how often did you do the following? (n=3,227) LOOK REACT SHARE CONTRIBUTE
    33. 33. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 1 There is an audience to LOOK at citizen media. Consult news or product info that was produced by « other citizens ». Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) 39% / 27% / 17% 18-34 / 35-54 / 55+ 24% / 30% / 31% Can. / US / UK
    34. 34. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR When asked if citizen media is more useful than advertising, half of those who LOOK at this form of content tend to agree that it is. Q12. Using a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you agree with the following? Considering products and services, information that is produced by other citizens more useful than advertising in __________. (n=3,227) Q 12. Considering products and services, information that is produced by other citizens is more useful than: (Strongly agre: 8-10 on 10 pt. scale) Look at Citizen media
    35. 35. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Online users who consult news or product info produced by other citizens are more likely than the internet population to CONTRIBUTE content t hemselves . Three out of five follow and share links they find interesting, although they share them less frequently than other users. Q15 & Q16. In the past week, how often did you do the following? (n=3,227) Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) General online population (A18+) LOOK at Citizen media
    36. 36. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 2 Online users actively CONTRIBUTE social media. Maintained a personal page / blog OR wrote a product review. 44% / 30% / 22% 18-34 / 35-54 / 55+ Last week Q15 & Q16. In the past week, how often did you do the following? (n=3,227) 28% / 36% / 32% Can. / US / UK
    37. 37. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Half of online users who CONTRIBUTE social media refer to personal blogs 9.8 times per week, and leave comments on these pages nearly as often. They’re also more likely to follow and share links they find useful on a daily basis. Q15 & Q16. In the past week, how often did you do the following? (n=3,227) General online population (A18+) CONTRIBUTE blog or review
    38. 38. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR FACT 3. Online users SHARE company and brand info. Q13. Thinking about your Internet activity in the past week , did you look for or share with others any information or opinions about …? (n=3,227) 20% / 29% / 18% Can. / US / UK Last week Shared information / opinion specifically about a company or brand with other users. 30% / 21% / 14% 18-34 / 35-54 / 55+
    39. 39. SOCIAL MEDIA BEHAVIOUR Those who SHARE brand info online are very curious , following and sharing links more intensely than most other Internet users. One third of them (35%) write actual product reviews, whereas 25% can spread information via the personal page or blog they attend to 1.4 times/day. Q13. Thinking about your Internet activity in the past week , did you look for or share with others any information or opinions about …? (n=3,227) Q15 & Q16. In the past week, how often did you do the following? (n=3,227) General online population (A18+) SHARE brand info
    40. 40. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE
    41. 41. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE <ul><li>Consult PRODUCT information produced by ________ </li></ul>More proof that users who CONTRIBUTE or SHARE social media are curious: they gather information the traditional way 1 ON TOP of being themselves heavy users of user generated content like blogs 2 . Q10 - Considering news and current affairs , do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) Q11 - Considering products and services , and excluding advertising, do you ever consult information that is produced by _________? (n=3,227) 2 1
    42. 42. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE Even if they LOOK at citizen media more than the internet population, those who SHARE brand info don’t necessarily see advertising as less useful. These curious consumers turn to many sources to form a trusted opinion. Q12. Using a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you agree with the following? Considering products and services, information that is produced by other citizens more useful than advertising in __________. (n=3,227) Q 12. Considering products and services, information that is produced by other citizens is more useful than: (Strongly agre: 8-10 on 10 pt. scale)
    43. 43. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE They spend more time online, nearly 30 hours per week. 75-80% belong to social networks (2.6 avg.), where they spend more time as well. Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? (n=3,227) Q17. Do you belong to an online social network (e.g.: Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, other) n=3,227 Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who belong to an online social network (n=790)
    44. 44. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE 76% of those who CONTRIBUTE social media or SHARE brand info, log on to social networks weekly (vs. 62% of internet population). Specifically, they’ll more likely go online at work or use an alternate device . 3.2h Q14. How many hours did you spend on the Internet last week whether surfing, sending e-mails, chatting, gaming online or doing other activities? > All respondents (n=3,227) Q18. You mentioned spending the following amount(s) of time online last week doing different activities, how many of these hours are spent using online social networks ? > Respondents who used Internet in the past week and who belong to an online social network (n=790)
    45. 45. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE We believe they are curious and refer to a greater number of information sources because they are early adopters . And they also believe they’re influencing the consumption choices of those around them. Q29. Total sample (n=3,227)
    46. 46. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE Generally, they also have a favorable opinion of the social networking environment… Q29. Total sample (n=3,227)
    47. 47. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE … and a fairly positive attitude towards what companies might want to try to accomplish online. Q29. Total sample (n=3,227)
    48. 48. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE For example, one in five users who SHARE brand info online have joined a sponsored group for both a product and/or a company. In all, 44% of social networkers have joined at least one sponsored group or fan page, averaging 9 groups per user. Q25. Are you, or have you been, a member of a sponsored online group (or fan page) for…? > Social networkers (n=1,898) Q26. Approximately, how many such groups have you joined? > Social networkers using fan pages (n=773)
    49. 49. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online population
    50. 50. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online population
    51. 51. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online population
    52. 52. SOCIAL MEDIA SEGMENTS PROFILE ▲ : Statistically significant based on composition of test group vs. balance of online population
    53. 53. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Social media could replace e-mail as the most popular means of sharing information. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly a third of the Internet population (30%) claims to be publishing information they want to share with others concerning a wide array of subjects (4.3 per user) that range from leisure activities and outings to feelings and politics or religion. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gen Y (18-24’s) prefers social networks (26%) to e-mail (15%) for sharing information that’s important to them. And you need to be at least 35 years old to clearly choose e-mail. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Messaging is the Facebook feature that members used most (66%). Nearly one in five (18%) use it daily. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two thirds of 18-34 members use Facebook to announce events. More than a quarter (29%) will RSVP at least once per week. </li></ul></ul>
    54. 54. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Facebook (not Twitter) is poised as the next Google. But social media behaviour is more than social networking. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>58% of internet users visit a social network site 13 times per week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2/3 of those visits are at Facebook and <7% to Twitter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2:1 ratio of You Tube accounts to Twitter accounts… in three countries surveyed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUT… also consider that: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19% leave comments on news sites and 45% take time to read them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>29% read blogs or personal web pages 8.5 times per week. … AND they leave a comment 72% of the time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>39% follow links 6.9 times per week, to content others have found interesting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>32% rate things 4.4 times per week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>58% answer simple polling questions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>53% consider the opinion that others left online about products or services. </li></ul></ul>
    55. 55. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Consumers ARE turning to social media for news and product information. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User generated news content is consulted by 55% of the online population and is challenging professional journalism (56%) as a source of information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More people claim to consult product info that is produced by other consumers (66%) than top results in a search engine query (52%), or even what companies produce themselves (45%). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users of citizen media (internet content produced by people whom you don’t personally know) are twice as likely (80%) as non-users (42%) to consider the opinion that others have posted online regarding products or services. </li></ul></ul>
    56. 56. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Consumers DO talk about brands online ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Last week &quot; , 75% of Internet users actively engaged with online information about a product, a brand or a company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% shared such information (or their opinion) with others online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gen Y (48%) is 60% more likely to be spreading the word on brands, which reinforces how members of this group consciously use brands to serve their social status, both on and offline. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Americans (41%) share this type of information more than Canadian (30%) or UK (23%) online users. </li></ul></ul>
    57. 57. CONCLUSIONS <ul><li>Those who share brand info are curious, and not at all insensitive to advertising. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That’s because half of them strongly agree that: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- I enjoy keeping informed about new products (55%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- People I know expect good advice from me about products (51%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So, they diligently dig deeper, referring to more online sources like top search query results (54%), companies (57%), friends/colleagues (61%), family (57%) and citizen media bloggers (35%). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They spend more time online and their social media behaviour is intense. So they’re more likely to access the internet from places outside the home. </li></ul></ul>
    58. 58. CONCLUSIONS <ul><ul><li>They don’t perceive advertising as less useful than citizen media content. In fact, - They’re twice as likely to join a sponsored online group for a product (20%) or a company (19%). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One third strongly agrees they’d use a system that allows them to rate and improve ads . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One quarter that “social nets are a good place to dialogue with companies ”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And 21% that “advertising can be entertaining if integrated in social networks”. </li></ul></ul>Those who share brand info are curious, and not at all insensitive to advertising.
    59. 59. IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>The potential pay-off of social media lies in the fact that consumers turn to other consumers for information about companies and brands . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two thirds of the online population refers to what is being shared by 22% of internet users. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you’re targeting Gen Y : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>78% refer to other consumers. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>32% share company / brand info. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who share brand information are among the heaviest users of social media and should be at the heart of the strategy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where online do they go to get their information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they more likely to SHARE or CONTRIBUTE? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As they share, they will filter and appropriate their brand vision . </li></ul></ul>
    60. 60. IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>In social media, traditional online advertising is not enough . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal of advertising in social media is to influence how people who share information regard your brand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tap into the long tail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage social networks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated, short and inviting formats – user initiated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure &quot; sharing &quot; your content is easy and enviable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate the filtering and appropriation of your message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to customers and engage in conversations about your brand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor brand mentions; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intervene, comment, reply; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Track social footprint. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    61. 61. IMPLICATIONS <ul><li>In social media, traditional online advertising is not enough . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The goal of advertising in social media is to influence how people who share information regard your brand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tap into the long tail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage social networks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated, short and inviting formats – user initiated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure “ contributing ” an “ sharing ” your content is easy and enviable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consumers will spread personal views about a brand but not propaganda. Facilitate the filtering and appropriation of your brand message. Set boundaries but yield control. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to customers and engage in conversations about your brand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor brand mentions; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intervene, comment, reply; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Track social footprint. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    62. 62. LUC-ANDRÉ CORMIER VP RESEARCH MONTREAL 514.282.4688 [email_address]

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