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Introduction Welcome to Universal McCanns global research into the impact of social media. This project is an ongoing commitment by Universal McCann to measure consumer usage, attitudes and interests in adopting social media platforms and is the largest exploration of its kind. It aims to provide the facts behind the hype. The first study was published in September 2006 (Wave 1) and the second study in June 2007 (Wave 2). This report (Wave 3) brings together the latest results from Wave 3 as well as tracking the evolving trends since Wave 1. Wave 3 surveyed 17,000 internet users in 29 countries and was completed in March 2008. Since Wave 1 in September 2006 the research has created genuine insights on the patterns of usage, such as China having more bloggers than the US, emerging markets leading take up and Japan shunning photo sharing.

This latest report demonstrates the continued growth of social media, the impacts of this are huge. s The vast majority of users are producing content and there is an ongoing shift towards participation. s Media consumption is internationalising along language lines thanks to global social platforms. s Consumers are moving to on-demand media such as video clips and podcasts. s The role for advertisers and brands has never had so much potential – branded applications, content and services all offer huge potential in social media. s Emerging internet markets are leading the way in usage, closing the gap with developed countries.

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Wave 3 Wave 1 15 Countries 7500 Internet Users September 2006

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Wave 2 21 Countries 10,000 Internet Users June 2007

29 Countries 17,000 Internet Users March 2008


Wave 3 Highlights s 3 OCIALMEDIAISAGLOBALPHENOMENONHAPPENINGINALLMARKETSREGARDLESSOFWIDERECONOMIC social and cultural development. If you are online you are using social media s ! SIANMARKETSARELEADINGINTERMSOFPARTICIPATION CREATINGMORECONTENTTHANANY other region s ! LLSOCIALMEDIAPLATFORMSHAVEGROWNSIGNIlCANTLYOVERTHETHREE7AVES – Video Clips are the quickest growing platform, up from 31% penetration in Wave 1 to 83% in Wave 3 s  HAVEJOINEDA3OCIAL.ETWORK MAKINGITTHENUMBERONEPLATFORMFORCREATING and sharing content – 55% of users have uploaded photos – 22% of users have uploaded videos s 4HEWIDGETECONOMYISREAL – 23% of social network users have installed an application – 18% of bloggers have installed applications in their blog templates s "LOGSAREAMAINSTREAMMEDIAWORLD WIDEANDASACOLLECTIVERIVALANYTRADITIONALMEDIA – 73% have read a blog s 4 HEBLOGSPHEREISBECOMINGINCREASINGLYPARTICIPATORY NOWMBLOGGERSWORLD WIDE – The number one thing to blog about is personal life and family s # HINAHASTHELARGESTBLOGGINGCOMMUNITYINTHEWORLDWITHMBLOGGERS MORETHANTHE53 and Western Europe combined s 3OCIALMEDIAIMPACTSYOURBRANDSREPUTATION – 34% post opinions about products and brands on their blog – 36% think more positively about companies that have blogs

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In the past Waves there has been occasional mis-understanding about what the results represent, due to the fact that smaller less economically developed countries lead the way.

s They are the most important consumer to understand the adoption of social media who are key to growing the internet.

The reason lies in the focus of the study, which is to understand usage of social media among internet users. Emerging Internet markets tend to have a demographical profile that fits the early adopter as opposed to the mature internet markets such as Japan and the US. This can be a factor in lower levels of adoption in penetration terms.

s They make up the vast majority of social media adopters. If you’re not using the internet regularly, you’re not blogging. s Over time, all users increase the regularity of usage. Eventually everybody will be an active user, as they have been with television.

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Reading blogs: usage trends Blogging shows no signs of slowing its growing prominence in popular culture and society. Politicians, celebrities, brands and family members all seem to have one. Traditional media outlets use them to supplement their normal output. At the same time legions of micropublishers have utilised blogs to start mini media empires, from Perez Hilton to Treehugger in every niche imaginable. The result is a massive wealth of new sources of information that we continue to digest. s 'ROWTHCONTINUESATAGLOBALLEVEL – 77% Read blogs – up 11% on Wave 2 s 3ATURATIONINGROWTHINSOMEMARKETS – South Korea, China, Italy and Russia all reached their limits of growth s "LOGGINGASACOLLECTIVERIVALSTRADITIONALMEDIA – 70% weekly reach

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Blogging: the impact !SACOLLECTIVE THEBLOGOSPHERERIVALSANYMASSMEDIAIN terms of reach, time spent and wider cultural, social and political impact. There are also major shifts into participation, PIONEEREDBYTHE!SIANMARKETSANDNOWHAPPENINGEVERYWHERE even Germany. Blogging today must be embraced whether you are a marketeer, advertising professional or content producer.

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s In the open and transparent age of social media blogs are an essential tool for reputation management and consumers have come to expect them. All companies and brands should consider employing them to create open and honest dialogue. Any blog that is spins the truth will be found out. In a world of social media honesty is the only policy.

The role for advertising is going to be more s The collective might of the blogosphere means that today it is an obvious platform important in the future as for advertising. Only a few blogs have the size to attract advertisers alone so affiliate it becomes essential programs and advertising networks are the way forward to reach a mass audience. to provide free Things to watch access to s Bloggers value advertisements, not only for the money in the world of blogging: they can bring, but the credibility they lend to sites. their site. The role for advertising is going to be more important in the future as it becomes essential to provide free access to sites, web services and content. Everything is becoming ad supported.

s Increasingly blogs are incorporating widgets. Branded widgets are a huge opportunity and will be adopted if they provide a clear benefit for the blogger. s The blogosphere is now so large it is an accurate barometer of consumer opinion. All brands should be using it as a means to measure consumer opinion, track response to marketing initiatives and as a forum for research.

Micro Blogging: Blogging in 140 characters or less. Sounds inane, but surprisingly addictive. Check out Twitter.com and Jaiku.com Perfect for the mobile age.

Political Influence: All the candidates in the US presidential race are blogging. Barack Obama is even on Twitter. Political blogs are having more impact, check out the Daily Kos and the Drudge report. Fake Blogs: The real pretend thoughts of the rich and famous. Check out Steve Jobs (www.fakesteve.blogspot.com) or a whole network from Hillary Clinton to Gordon Ramsay at Newsgroper (www.newsgroper.com). Blogging Fame: Bloggers are finding fame and crossing over into professional media. Perez Hilton (celebrity news), Robert Scoble (ex Microsoft blogger) and Michael Harrington of TechCrunch are all examples.


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micro-sites but most of all make it engaging. s Widgets are clearly going to be very important to brands. They should deliver a true benefit to users, avoid overt branding and be relevant to the user if they are to be successful. Equally as important is securing successful distribution by working with the platforms, using it as a message in advertising and making it available on as many social networks as possible.

s Large Social Networks have near unlimited inventory. For advertisers to cut-through they need to be relevant and ideally work inside the network, by bringing users to branded pages, applications or connecting them with content.

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s Branded pages in social networks need purpose to create engagement. Just putting a brand on a page serves little purpose. Create content, use it to replace or compliment campaign

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Things to watch in the world of social networking: Niche Social Networks: In the face of the all encompassing mega social networks a raft of more niche and sometimes exclusive networks are emerging. Check out dogster. com, for you guessed it, dog owners or dopplr.com for frequent business travellers. DIY Social Networks: White label social network systems that you can customise are driving the emergence of a wealth of ultra niche networks. See ning.com or onesite.com for examples. Reputation Management: Slowly users are realising the implications of having every drunken photo online for the world to see. Personal brand management is going to be a big deal in the next few years. Tools to report and manage your reputation are coming online; Wink.com or peekyou.com for personal search and reputa.com and reputationdefender.com for more sophisticated management systems. Social Network Aggregators: An emerging area in 2008 as the need to pull all your social network profiles into one place becomes a pressing one. Try ex.plode.us and profilefly.com.


Sharing Content – uploading photos: Photo sharing is the number one way to share content thanks to the proliferation of digital cameras and the continuing ease of sharing that comes with technology innovation. The platforms to share have also expanded with photo sharing becoming central to social networks.

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Consuming content: RSS 2332EALLY3IMPLE3YNDICATION is a key technology in social media. It connects users to content and moves content into a variety of platforms. However in Waves 1 and 2 it had stubbornly refused to gain popularity despite its crucial role in changing the way we access information and use social media platforms, The issues were lack of consumer awareness and low knowledge about what it does. Wave 3 seems to have heralded a tipping point in adoption.

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Huge growth from Wave 2 to Wave 3 15% to 38% worldwide BRIC markets lead Russia, Brazil and China lead the way, all 50% plus adoption Huge variations in adoption Hungary 15% > Russia 57% Still lags relative to other social computing technologies

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The trend in Wave 3 is the continued shift to uploading and sharing rich multi-media content and as with blogging, there is a big movement towards participation. We can also see real changes in how people consumer content; they are now watching on demand in greater numbers than ever. This represents a real shift in media consumption from passive to personal control. !STHEINTERNETBECOMESMORECENTRALTOLIVING room media consumption, it will impact the way we consume television. In the short term it is commanding more of our time, fuelling duel MEDIACONSUMPTIONINHOMELAPTOPWITHTHE46 ON ANDCHANGINGOURRELATIONSHIPWITHMEDIATO one of being in control. Power to the people - Social Media Tracker Wave 3


Consuming content: the impact

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s The environment is now perfect for creating and distributing branded content. Consumers expect to see and are happy to share it if the content is good. Brands are part of the modern fabric of society and have as much legitimacy as consumers to create and share content. s In the future web distributed content could potentially become another revenue stream for existing content producers and brands as video sites begin to cut the advertising revenue with uploaders. s Consumers are creating content in unprecedented numbers, brands who have far more resource should be to. s User generated content is now firmly part of the media spectrum. This is an opportunity for media companies to supplement their professional content with user content. It is also an opportunity for advertising to inspire consumers to create with branded elements. s The role for advertising will move away from the interruptive model towards less interruptive formats such as pre rolls, sponsorship and branded content which help consumers access new content.

It’s not all about You Tube: Dailymotion: A European youtube rival (dailymotion.com) -3.6IDEOMicrosoft rival. (video.msn.com) Metacafe: Pay the contributor based on pageviews (metacafe.com) Metatube: Searches every video site in one hit (metavideo.com) -YSPACE46 Social Network giant diversifies (vids.myspace.com) Chinese versions: Tudou.com, 56.com, pomoho.com Japanese versions: Watchme.tv, peevee.tv, cliplife.jp South Koreans number 1: Pandora.tv


Final word Create The key technologies that underpin the social media revolution continue their assent. Social media is established everywhere there is an internet connection and it has to be considered for all advertisers, marketers and content producers as a core part of their communications. Social media has impacted every aspect of the internet and transformed the role it plays in our lives. The social orientated internet is a massive opportunity for brands, advertisers and marketers if embraced properly. It enables a much more positive relationship with consumers where true benefits are created.

s The future of marketing is about acting how you want to be perceived rather than talking about it. Social media gives you this possibility by creating experience. s Create branded content to be distributed across the global social media platforms. Consumers are doing it; well resourced brands have no excuse. s Develop widgets, applications, services and platforms that create a genuine consumer benefit and drives engagement. Provide consumers with tools to manage their personal brands online. s Be inventive in connecting with consumers. Integrate it with offline communications and use social media as link or as a story to communicate.

The social orientated internet is a massive opportunity for brands, advertisers and marketers if embraced properly. Power to the people - Social Media Tracker Wave 3


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Participate

Connect

s Move away from siloed brand sites: In a world of interlinked platforms and content, the stand alone brand site is not as engaging.

s Use social media to create a dialogue with consumers.

s Think global; consumers are. Media consumption and social interaction are moving international, constrained by language not borders. Global brand identities, multi market campaigns and international structures are all essential.

s Exist inside Social Networks: Create profiles, develop networks to distribute content and employ advertising and sponsorship to drive engagement with consumers.

s Embrace social platforms as part of your communications mix; blogging platforms, social networks, video and photo sharing sites are where consumers spend most time and where the greatest opportunities for engagement exist.

Use social media to create a dialogue with consumers.

s Track opinions in the blogosphere.

s Allow consumers to interact with your brand: User generated advertising, branded blogs and ongoing feedback are expected.

Think global; consumers are.


Moving Forward Wave 3 of this social media tracker is part of an ongoing global research programme that focuses on the impacts of digital media and technology. In parallel to the tracker in-depth studies are carried out to look at particular digital media topics. The last in-depth study “Anytime, Anyplace� looked at mobile phones and portable technology, in particular demands for content services and the role of advertising.

The next major in-depth due to be released in mid 2008 will investigate word of mouth in the online age. It will focus on how the wealth of consumer and peer to peer opinion we are now exposed to impacts on how we form opinions on brands, products and services. Wave 4 of the social media tracker is scheduled for late 2008 and should include a number of new social media innovations and a larger geographical coverage.

Any questions or comments please contact tom.smith@universalmccann.com

...an ongoing global research programme that focuses on the impacts of digital media and technology. Power to the people - Social Media Tracker Wave 3


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Wave.3 - Power to the people social media tracker  

Power to the people social media tracker by Universal McCann - Next Thing Now (March 2008)

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