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December  20,  2012 / By Taylor Blog

Highlights from Nielsen’s State of Social 2012 Report
Overview: Nielson has released its State of Social 2012 report, where findings indicate consumers in the US (and globally) are “accessing the web more frequently and for longer periods, using smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and smart TVs,” as reported by Venture Beat. The only category that dropped for social media usage was personal computers, with 4 percent fewer Americans owning PCs that are connected to the Internet. Other key highlights from the study include:

  • Facebook still leads total time logged among social platforms: Total time on the Internet is up 21 percent, with 17 percent of that being spent on Facebook. The social network’s app audience increased by 88 percent and its mobile web audience increased by 85 percent in 2012
  • Second screen continues to rise globally among Gen Y: Nearly 25 percent of 18-34 year olds in the US use social media to talk about the TV shows they’re watching, compared to 47 percent in Asia-Pacific countries and 63 percent in the Middle East and Africa
  • Pinterest remains a “massive force” among women: Despite growth flattening in early 2012, women logged 2.1 billion minutes on Pinterest in 2012, accounting for over 70% of its Web and mobile audience

Opportunities for Brands: As consumers continue to connect more through mobile, they are gravitating toward on-demand access and experiences. As a result, they are expecting more immediacy across the board. While an infrastructure that lends itself to deliver speedy responses is core to any social engagement strategy, there are a lot of opportunities to be seized by simply listening and delivering an experience in real-time.

Additionally, with second (and third) screen on the rise, brands have more connection opportunities to consumers during television programming outside of traditional ad spots. Tools like Shazam and Viggle allow a brand to take a TV spot to a mobile experience through audio tagging. By transforming a one-way ad experience to interactive, brands can see a much higher return on engagement without a significant increase in spending.

The full report can be accessed here.

More Related News

  • New Corp. announced that it is folding The Daily, its tablet-focused newspaper which launched less than two years ago. The digital publication is ending its run on December 15th, following a heavy investment from News Corp. and criticism from media after its launch. CEO Robert Murdoch called The Daily “a bold experiment in digital publishing,” although the newspaper didn’t resonate well with readers. The Daily’s current staff will be folded into the company’s New York Post newspaper.
  • Finnish mobile startup Jolla, that is said to be the first real alternative to iPhone and Android, is launching a different new mobile operating system (OS) called Sailfish, which is aimed to highly resemble Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. The company, which is headquartered in Hong Kong and Helsinki, says it planning to grow a new mobile “ecosystem,” particularly in China, where the smartphone market is rapidly on the rise. They’ll be doing this by partnering with D. Phone, which is a major mobile chain retailer in China.
  • Following Business Insider’s IGNITION: Future of Digital conference, which took place November 27-28 in New York, the BI Intelligence team put together a summary on the current trends in digital media. Some findings include an analysis of the mobile development and insight into the future of tablets and smartphones, specifically looking closely into sales and growth.

Dell is going beyond its PC business by launching a new platform that provides social media strategy to brands. The company plans to launch social “listening” and strategy services to a number of clients as a trial basis, including names such as the American Red Cross, Kraft Foods and Caterpillar. This came about after the company noticed more customers requesting ways to grow their social efforts.

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