We wrote a couple of weeks ago about the role of mobile in the Japanese social networking market. It is a market where consumer internet use is driven as much by mobile devices as by PCs. Japan, and other Asian markets, are known for having more established mobile internet usage than in Europe, America or elsewhere. Therefore it is great to see a report that highlights the growth and development of the the global mobile internet marketing.
Morgan Stanley’s 2010 Mobile Internet Report, published in December 2009, predicts that 2010 will be a tipping-point for mobile internet globally. Perhaps most notably it will be the year when 3G penetration is expected to increase to more than 20% globally. In Western Europe, the penetration rate will creep above 50% of all mobile connection.
This growth will drive a change in behaviour to increase the use of mobile devices in three notable areas:
- Social networking – consumers want to connect with others from their handset
- Video – consumers want to find, select and watch video from their handset
- VOIP – consumers want to chat via a mix of voice, messaging and video from their handset
The 2010 Mobile Internet Report from Morgan Stanley is full of a wealth of statistics and analysis on these issues and the mobile market more broadly. That’s why it’s Required Reading at FreshNetworks this week.
I saw a really useful set of research findings today from Universal McCann, the third wave of their research into the impact of social media. The research comes from a couple of months ago but is a fantastic digest based on a large respondent base.
The slide deck is below and is very detailed and worth going through, but I thought I’d pull out three highlights that resonate with our own experiences at FreshNetworks.
- The research highlights the power and continuing rise of the Asian social media market. China has more bloggers than the US and Western Europe combined and across the region social media growth is huge. I’ve seen this for a number of years, often investigating the Asian market (especially South Korea, China and Japan) for clients wanting to know what the next thing to hit the Western Europe might be.
- Video is the fastest growing reported area with significant growth in penetration across all regions. We see this every day – a growth in the use of video on sites and of making video portable and shareable. I know that the BBC in the UK has seen a significant rise in the viewing of video in its news site since it started embedding video rather than linking to it.
- There is a measurable impact of social media on brand reputation. The research shows that 34% of people post opinions (positive or negative) about brands and that 36% feel more positive about brands that have a blog. This is an interesting finding, our recent post on brand blogging talked about how brands might get this right, this research underlines the importance of getting it right.
The slide deck below covers the full detail of the research findings and I really think it is worth your while reading it. It’s particularly useful for looking at how different regions and countries are developing in different ways.