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Tuesday generates highest engagement for social campaigns

Did you not ever want to know what the best day for a Social Media marketing campaign could be? Well, you can get some good indication with the following study…

Many Facebook campaigns go live on Fridays. However, the day that generates most user engagement for a campaign on the social network is the Tuesday, which ranked only fourth in terms of the number campaigns conducted. These are some of the findings of a recent study done by Yesmail Interactive. The results are based on a three-month study of consumer engagement with online campaigns for 20 major retails brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, or Ralph Lauren among others.

The study with the title “Using Digital Market Intelligence to Drive Multi–Channel Success” figured out the customer engagement of campaigns on the most popular social networks. In order to understand campaign engagement, it compared the relationship between “volume-based engagement” of Facebook campaigns (number of “likes” or comments a campaign generates) and “actual engagement analysis”. The finding is quite obvious, in that the lower the brand “likes”, the fewer likes and comments a brand on Facebook gets. Still, independent of the size of their fan base, some retail brands generate higher engagement levels than others through Facebook. Nevertheless, average-performing brands still performed as engagement winners, including i.e. Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer or Kenneth Cole. 

Although, we have already reported that a balanced frequency in posting status updates is important for the success of a Facebook campaign, there is no blueprint and guarantee for success. The most engaging brands had deployed between 20 and 32 campaigns per month. Compared to the five least engaging brands with 54 campaigns per month, it becomes obvious that posting less frequently is better. From a timing perspective, the best Facebook engagement was generated for campaigns launching between 10 pm and 12 am Eastern time (EST) which was also the least-used deployment time slot.

For Twitter, the research showed that most Twitter campaigns (20%) were conducted on Friday, which again is the least engaging day for such campaigns. Almost on the same engagement level performed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as those most engaging campaign days. Over 84% of all Twitter campaigns were deployed within regular work hours (between 9am and 7pm EST).

The performance of the 20 retail brands on Twitter showed big differences. Although Forever 21 came in first in terms of follower base, the brand’s campaigns showed significantly lower engagement among followers than the campaigns of brands with smaller follower bases.

The five most engaging brands did 45 to 70 Twitter campaigns per month on Twitter versus the five least engaging brands with an average number between 95 and 115 Twitter campaigns per month. It shows again that lower frequency is better than big blast promotions. If marketers want to generate high engagement, they should place their campaigns between 5 am to 6 am and 7 am to 8 am EST.

In terms of YouTube campaigns, the study found that 85% of the brands studied have a YouTube channel. Still, just 35% deployed campaigns during the research period. Some more findings indicate that on average, retailers conducted 3.5 campaigns per month during the study. The best day for interaction occurred to be Monday. Do we have to mention that this was the least likely day for campaign deployment? YouTube campaigns deployed between 2 am-3 am EST found the highest engagement rates.

The study is based on campaigns conducted from January to March, 2012 via Yesmail Market Intelligence. The selection of brands focusses on 18-35 year-olds as of their digital communication interest.

Study Gen Y: Moving communication to social networks

Many managers don’t believe that the next management generation might communicate differently from today. So, every proof we have could be beneficial to score here and it is necessary to obey the signs in every region in the world.

In India an increasing number of the Gen Y generation prefers to communicate via social networking platforms to stay connect with their peers. And they do it on mobile devices as their preferred tool for communication.

A recent survey called The GenY Survey 2011-12 by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) asked 12,000 high school students between 12-18 years in cities like i.e. Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune from July to December 2011. It finds that a “total of 88% respondents from metropolitan cities had a Facebook account while other platforms such as Orkut and India-based Apna Circle, Ibibo and Hi5 were more popular in small metros”.

The study states that 40% of the Gen Y’s have internet access on their mobile phones. However, television emerged as the least favorite gadget with not even 1% voting for it. An emerging trend is the use of tablets with almost 14% using these new devices, it quotes.

Some more findings of the study…
– 85% use social networking sites such as Facebook
– 84% have internet access at home
– 79% own a mobile phone
– 28% value the mobile phone their favorite gadget

Spot On!
There are already 38% of respondents in metros using Facebook or Twitter to communicate. Tweeting is now being used by one in three students according to the study, though just 1% mentioned it as their preferred site. Text and chat were said to be the preferred alternatives to voice calls with 50% of respondents in metros explaining they used SMS most frequently to communicate, 45% used instant messaging. Apart from that, they also value information technology as a career option followed by engineering and medicine.

Will those who pin finally win? – Pinterest & Engagement (Infographic)

What is interesting for marketers is how engaging Pinterest could be as the emerging new social network for pics and tricks. So which gender is using the platform the most? How much time are people spending there, and how much time compared to other social networks?

Here are some answers (US perspective) according to Wall Street Journal
– Facebook stays as the most engaging platform with 405 minutes per month
– Pinterest and Tumblr come in second place with 89 minutes
– Twitter is number three with  21 minutes
– LinkedIn gets 17 minutes
– Google Plus only has 3 minutes

Please find the infographic “Pin it to Win it” from MDG Advertising as follows with some more interesting facts about some of the best performing social networks…

Study: Users „like“ brands for deals, discounts and coupons

Harald Wanetschka / pixelio.de

While Vitrue just found out how to get more “Likes” and engagement on mobiles, another new study by Nielsen/McKinsey’s NM Incite shows what the real value of “Likes” is. Although many brand marketers are working on the ROI, most companies still try to find some more value in the social engagement of consumers.

The Nielsen/McKinsey’s NM Incite global online consumers’ research states that the main reason for following or liking a brand or company on social networks is to receive discounts and special offers.
“While some may argue that consumers’ interest in discounts has faded, Nielsen data shows the desire for deals is still strong worldwide,” concluded NM Incite.

The results correspond with the study by ExactTarget and CoTweet from last year. The former study made clear that 40% of brand fans like a page predominantly for their doscounts and promotions.

The new NM Incite finds even higher figures. Almost 60% of US social media users visit social networks to receive coupons or promotions. And even more, 23% do this on a weekly basis. 45% of North American consumers had the strongest interest in using social media for deals, followed by consumers in Asia-Pacific (34%) and Latin America (33%).

Social deals hunters “Like” at home and at workplace
For most people it does not matter whether they are at home or at their workplace when using the benefits of the Social Web. A sample of ten major markets shows that nearly 40% of active Web users check coupons and rewards sites such as Groupon, Coupons.com and Living Social from home and work computers in September. However, there are respondents -under the age of 20 and 55- to-59-year-olds- who were less likely to follow brands for discounts. Here friends’ recommendations are the drivers for social engagement.

Spot On!
“Social deal hunters” are obviously also visitors of social networks and blogs. NM Incite found a strong overlap. In their test phase in September, 43% of visitors to social networks and blogs also visited a coupons or rewards site. And, 44% of Facebook’s audience and 63% of Twitter’s audience visited these deal sites. The study concludes that Facebook becomes a key source of traffic to Groupon and Living Social. Groupon’s and Living Social’s visitors came directly from Facebook. This also shows the link between deals and social networking sites, and how companies can motivate consumers to deals.

The Virtual Handshake

Marko Greitschus / pixelio.de

When I was a kid, my grandparents had a little pub. Nothing special. Nothing glamorous. Just a comfortable meeting point for friends or business partners to catch up for a drink. The best day always was the “market day”. Merchants were setting up their booths at the marketplace in the little village my grandparents were living in, early in the morning when most people were still snoring in their beds. When their job was done, they popped up at the pub around 7am when their wives took over to sell their goods.

The guests in the pub did not expect very much. A drink was their desire. A tasty sandwich was luxury to them. Competition amoung pubs was tough, even in this little village a long time ago. There were many pubs around in that coal distrinct north of Germany. The owners of the other pubs in the village changed more or less every year, some even earlier. My grandparents’ business stayed for over a decade, until they decided it was time to stop working. The guests loved their attitude, their individual touch, their personalized way of talking to them. My grandparents’ business was successful.

What was the key to their success story?

Before I answer this question, let me ask you something… When did you shake hands last time with a friend, or a business partner? Do you remember? Did you ever think about why we are shaking hands with people? Have you ever not returned a handshake? It is a common habit of introducing ourselves and of saying Goodbye. We just do it. Well, let’s say in the offline world we do it…

Those days, whenever somebody came into my grandparents’ pub, my grandma and granddad gave them a personal handshake, embedded in some small talk about the weather or last nights sports results. The conversation made people feel good, feel wanted, not just being anonymous guests. They created a living room. People started talking with them about their personal hopes, fears, issues. The handshake had broken the ice…

In our social web world of today, customer relationship management and social networking become an increasingly important factor to be maintain a successful business within a more and more challenging and competitive world.

Many relationships today begin with a virtual handshake. So you may ask: What is a virtual handshake? Today, it comes in the format of a comment on a blog post, a LIKE on a status update on a Fanpage, an introduction mail inside a social network, or an invitation to join a community (Facebook or LinkedIn or a company specific).

In the offline world, nobody would turn away and not return the handshake. However, in the online world individuals put effort in terms of writing, talking and engaging with companies and brands, making their brand passion transparent, or just opening their minds to “business” (or privat?) conversations. All of that often before having received a virtual handshake with those companies that are reaching out to them via their -often anonymous- social hubs.

By participating in a community or engaging in conversations, customers take the initiative, they state a case and describe an act of will. Companies tend to forget that this is a virtual handshake. “Hello! Here I am! Look what I am telling you…”.

Many companies and brands do not answer. They don’t reply on social networks. They don’t value the hand that is right in front of them waiting. The hand which feeds them and their business. The free opportunity to connect, collaborate, or convert. Lack of time and resources is the killer of many of their social web activities.

My grandparents never forgot to shake hands with people that came to visit their pub. This was their success story. So simple, right…?

Think about it next time you set up a group, start a community or approach someone on a social network (be it via InMail on LinkedIn or a status update on Facebook). Relationships start with a handshake – whether real or virtual. There just needs to be somebody that returns the handshake. For some this might be a change management process, for some it is just natural attitude towards customers…

The way to the real-time future of marketing mix

When you hear the term “marketing mix”, what do you think…? Pause! Think… Pause!

Does that sound familiar to you? For some of you it might. To others it blurs as they follow the hypes as new marketing topics that are shouting at them. Or did you listen to their silent tones? Isn’t it better to varify and understand the client before start creating a new marketing-mix.

Watching the latest videos on your Youtube channel, talking to “friends” on Facebook or following the latest conversations on Twitter is one thing. Drawing conclusions out of these conversations on the social web world is another. And taking actions like evaluating adwords versus email versus social network marketing or blogs versus micro-blogs) for your marketing mix afterwards is a third step.

Conclusions might also be that marketers realize that B2B people still read print preferably to online or love real face-to-face conversations. They might find out that these business decision makers think twice before they engage in conversations. Reasons might be social media guidelines or policies. Steps are needed (like social media monitoring) before you start understanding your own marketing mix could pay out (i.e. online and offline focus groups).

Other marketing opportunities have never died although social media still hypes. And there is a reason why the “marketing mix” phrase was created by Neil Borden some years ago. Not only as it is an easy to understand phrase. More as we use it in our daily business as marketers without even noticing anymore. It is in our DNA. It is a necessity. Will it ever be removed? I doubt it…

Isn’t it interesting that we never had something like “The ultimate approach to market your products and services”?

Obviously, there is none. In over 50 years nobody found one. Why that is? Well, the world is driven by human beings and their attitudes to become familiar and aware of new things is a dynamic process. Some people adapt quick, other slower. They prefer to get informed via paper. Some like online (via publisher platforms, social networks or blogs). Some still stay offline (as they are often on planes or trains). Others record TV news programs and watch them on-demand with their iPads. And then others use mobile readers or apps to stay up to date with their favorite brands.

Seeing the social hypes in our business world from an outside perspective, I sometimes get the feeling that marketers have to refocus on where users are in their “adaption of technology evolution”. And not invest all their money in one horse race. Or to use another business anology from a tactical HR point of view: Never let the whole sales team be on the same flight.

Where is the difference in marketing?
Is there one? If all your marketing budget goes on airport billboards and then an oil crisis comes up, the invest equals zero in terms of earn out. Or if you buy just one ad in a service provider catalogue on the web but the world uses Google and cannot find the provider in the first ten results, the budget might be wasted.

Some companies think investing in Twitter or Facebook saves their brands awareness in the future but forget that these sites go down once in a while. And then the data is gone or not accessible. Lucky are those who can be approached from other access points then – be it via a phone call (at most companies I am searching hours for a phone number), at an event promoted with social media maybe, at their corporate website, or the self-hosted community that is not on the popular social networks.

The cocktail of having different access points available, and those interacting with each other, is the marketing mix of the future. Although they might have a single target or focus the are aiming at, the marketing mix should be aligned to one common strategy: Engage the client.

Spot on!
As we are automizing our marketing more and more, we always have to keep an eye open which tools and trends are coming up. As technology evolves quite quickly, human beings tend to forget that they need to adapt their marketing mix accordingly. Having said that it does not mean they have to switch their marketing mix approach immediately. Watch out for the tipping point when your power buyers, your brand vangelists, start using different technology. This is the time when the “adaption of technology evolution” happens…

The Social Globe – social networks become paid-content

The challenge for social media will remain to find ways to monetize platforms best way. Now, facing Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or any other social- or business network there is probably nothing shorter than their best practice list on monetizing social media business. Still there is banner-, text- or link advertising as the prominent revenue stream. Nobody really finds the right turn for a profitable and successful revenue model.

Now, let’s take a wild ‘think-tank’ approach… Is a business model like the ‘Pay-Per-X’ Murdoch TV business models (i.e. Sky TV) a solution? A company which ties together or combines social networks to a bundle and offers those on a paid subscription basis?

When we started silicon nearly a decade ago as a closed b2b IT community (see picture), social media and web 2.0 did not even have a name or definition. In those days we thought about offering silicon as a paid subscriber community for IT and business decision makers. Obviously the idea was to make our investors and share holders happy ‘asap’ by monetizing the business modell best way. But web days were too young for such an approach, paid content was seen as ‘boo’ and we were fighting against old media that gave ad space away for free in order to save their ‘powerful-print-publisher-position’ in the market. Paid content models were not embraced with open arms by (business) user. The appearance of an evangelist was even worse in the user’s eye. Today every adolescent knows about online communities and their use is paid for by parents. They are about to accepted spending money with their credit card for their children networking.

Surprisingly enough, most of the leading social and business networks as well as any other communities don’t want to touch the monetizing issue ‘premium-subscriber’ or ‘paid communities’. In the past as well as today it is the art of financing social- and business networks not only by revenue streams coming from the classical (banner-) advertising or cpx model because for social networks as well as for any other business counts: profit is a liability. A critical business model is, if users just love but are not willing to pay for it. Nevertheless, investors and the providers need to re-finance the business and ideally make it profitable. Altruism is nice but in our modern common era it does not exist anymore, and in business never did.

So, what if social media platforms were only offered as a subscription model? Let’s give the responsible company the title: The Social Globe. The business area of this company would be defined with the following definition…

The Social Globe is the leading pay-social-media company. The business segment of The Social Globe relies on the credo that pay-social-networks can only be successful as a broad offer of high-quality and exclusive community content. Social networks on subscription basis is the main business of The Social Globe. Furthermore, The Social Globe offers its subscribers an attractive value of business communities, corporate networks, micro-blogging services and so on with the option to subscribe to single- as well as pay-per-use services. The company carries the open networking, markets the lineup of all social networks and provides a world-class service around the planet.

Facebook Connect could be the door opener for this kind of open marketing via The Social Globe for the users (and also solve some security issues). Whoever wants to use social networks in the future has to pay a certain mite per month and intensity of use. These subscriber packages are targeted to business or private user or as topic packages – nice portions with attractive subscription offers and reasonable offers, or as single use offers. Would the users pay one to ten EURO if the social or business network is useful for them? Probably…

If providers and investors of social media platforms want to see reasonable profits they need to make their users pay for the quality platforms they get offered – on a long-tail view, advertising and co-operations are too heavily depending on global and regional fluctuations of marketing budgets and the world-wide economic situation. If the financial situation for social media remains as it is today, a positive view of the future will be a distant prospect. XING did it right when taking 5 EURO from their premium-users – but no other social network seems to be following. OK, XING wanted money from their users from the very start… a clever move!

Nevertheless, other social networks do have to follow if they don’t want to run out of money and face a ‘internet-crash-reloaded’. A big user and interest database -and most of the social networks are nothing more and nothing less in most cases- is nice to have but somebody has to pay for the efforts the providers are offering. Otherwise these business models are worthless, or let’s say, not really of value.

The saying “Free things always hurt!” has it’s rights. The power user will be paying, the ‘normal user’ needs to be made visible that there is a surplus value in social networks. Then this user will be paying as well – or this person will not be of real value for providing the platform. And if ‘word-of-mouth’ marketing works, then friends and peers will be getting this normal user to pay who once unsubscribed as of financial reasons. As this person will not be able to follow the offline conversation if he is not part of the online community. These people will become unpopular, or not…?

Spot On!
The surplus value of a subscriber model for social media platforms is huge and the ‘funding’ as well as the ‘revenue increase’ as well. What value do 140 million users have if the business model will not be flying in the sense of incoming revenues. If The Social Globe just turns 30% of the users of this social network to paid users the providers have 40 mio. EURO more to elaborate an even more powerful platform. Ad and newsletter formats would continue to serve as additional revenue streams but not as the only and leading ones. The Social Globe could tie all together and split revenues according to traffic.

Just utopia or is ‘The Social Globe’ a viable vision?

The Social Globe: Social Media als bezahlter Abo-Dienst?

Auch wenn wir jetzt eine aussagekräftige Studie zu Erfolgsfaktoren in Social Networks haben, bleibt das Thema Monetarisierung von Social Media weiterhin ein schwieriges Businessthema. Egal ob Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, StudiVZ oder welches Social- oder Business Netzwerk auch immer – so richtig hat noch niemand den Dreh für eine erfolgreiche Monetarisierung der Social Media Modelle gefunden. Nun wollen wir mal einen ‘wilden’ Denkanstoß wagen: Ist ein Modell à la Premiere, Kabel Deutschland oder Sky TV auch für die Social Media Welt in Form einer Netzwerk-Betreiber-Gesellschaft denkbar, die Social Media Abo-Dienste bündelt und anbietet?

Als wir mit silicon.de (damals eine geschlossene B2B-IT Community – siehe Bild) vor acht Jahren an den Start gingen, hatte Social Media und Web 2.0 noch nicht einmal einen Namen. Wir haben damals über ein kostenpflichtiges Angebot für IT-Professionals und Business-Entscheider nachgedacht, um die Monetarisierung im Sinne der Shareholder anzukurbeln. Damals wäre ein solcher Vorschlag undenkbar gewesen (Evangelist hin oder her) und die technischen Voraussetzungen hätten die Maßnahmen nicht erlaubt. Heute kennt und nutzt jeder Halbwüchsige Communities und die Bezahlung für Mehrwertdienste in Kinder-Communities ist teilweise schon im Vorschulalter durch die Eltern akzeptiert.

Dennoch machen die meisten führenden Social- und Business Networks sowie Communities noch keine Anstalten über eine Abo-Monetarisierung nachzudenken. Die Kunst und die Kür für Social- und als Business Netzwerk Plattform damals wie heute ist, sich als Businessmodelle erfolgreich nicht nur über ‘Werbe Revenue-Streams’ zu finanzieren. Denn auch für Social Media gilt: Profitabilität ist die Pflicht. Was die User nur gut aber nicht bezahlenswert finden, muss sich dennoch für Investoren und die Betreiber refinanzieren- und idealerweise ‘profitabilisieren. Nästenliebe gibt es in der modernen Zeitrechnung der Wirtschaft nicht mehr, und gab es früher auch nicht.

Was wäre also, wenn man die Social Media Plattformen als Abo-Dienst anbieten würde? Nennen wir die verantwortliche Firma mal: The Social Globe. Das Geschäftsfeld des Unternehmens würde sich dann vielleicht so lesen…

“The Social Globe ist das führende Pay-Social Media-Unternehmen. Das Geschäftsmodell von The Social Globe beruht auf der Überzeugung, daß Pay-Social Networks nur als breit gefächertes Angebot aus hochwertigen und exklusiven Communityinhalten erfolgreich ist. Social Networks zum Abonnieren ist dabei das Kerngeschäft von The Social Globe. Zusätzlich bietet das Unternehmen seinen Abonnenten attraktive Business-Communities, Social Communities, Corporate Networks, Micro-Blogging Dienste mit der Option zur Einzelbestellung im Pay-per-Use-Verfahren auf Abruf an. Das Unternehmen betreibt die offene Vernetzung, vermarktet die Palette aller Social Networks und sorgt für einen umfassenden Service rund um die Welt von Social Media.”

Facebook Connect liefert die Vorlage für die offene Vermarktung durch The Social Globe an die Kunden. Wer zukünftig die Plattformen nutzen will, zahlt einen Obolus pro Plattform und Nutzungsintensität. Diese Abo-Pakete sind für Businessuser und Privatpersonen ausgerichtet oder eben als Kombipaket – schön portioniert mit attraktive Abonnements zu sinnvollen Angeboten oder eben als Einzelangebot nutzbar. Für ein bis zu zehn EUR pro Plattform im Monat zahlen die User bestimmt, wenn das Social- oder Business Network für den User einen wahren Nutzen hat. Oder nicht…?

Wollen die Anbieter und Investoren von Social Media Plattformen irgendwann mal mit einem vernünftigen Gewinn dastehen, müssen sie den User an das Bezahlen gewöhnen – nur Werbung und Kooperationen ist langfristig immer wieder zu starken Schwankungen der globalen sowie regionalen Marketingbudget-Zuteilung in Unternehmen und der generellen Wirtschaftslage ausgesetzt. Eine positive Zukunftsaussicht bleibt so für Communitybetreiber in weiter Ferne. XING hat es richtig vorgemacht, aber irgendwie zieht keiner nach. OK, XING hat es von Anfang an gemacht, ein weiser Schachzug…!

Andere Social Media Anbieter müssen dennoch nachziehen, wenn das Geld irgendwann nicht ausgehen soll. Eine große User- und Interessen-Datenbank -und mehr ist eine Social Media Plattform heute in den meisten Fällen nicht- ist schön, aber es muss auch jemand dafür zahlen wollen, sonst ist sie wertlos bzw. nur bedingt wertvoll.

Der Satz ‘Was nichts kostet, ist nichts Wert’ hat schon sein Berechtigung. Der Poweruser wird zahlen, dem ‘normalen Nutzer’ muss der Mehrwert nahegebracht werden. Dann zahlt auch dieser… und sonst ist er auch nichts wert für die Plattform. Und wenn ‘Word-Of-Mouth’ Marketing funktioniert, werden die Freunde, Bekannten oder Peers denjenigen schon zum Zahlen bewegen, der mal aus den Networks ausgetreten ist aus finanziellem Grund. Denn irgendwann wird derjenige in der Offline-Community nicht mehr mitreden können.

Spot On!
Der Mehrwert eines ‘bezahlten Abo-Dienstes’ für die Social Media Plattformanbieter wäre immens und die Finanzierung der Plattform sowie die Umsatzsteigerung ebenso. Und was nützen 140 Mio User, die die Kuh nicht zum Fliegen bringen? Zahlt The Social Globe nur einen EURO pro User an eine Social Media Plattform aus, so wären das bei 30% Powerusern über 40 Mio. EURO Mehrumsatz. Banner- und Newsletterformate würden weiterhin als klassische Umsatzquelle dienen und ebenso vermarktet werden durch The Social Globe.

Alles Utopie oder ist die Vision ‘The Social Globe’ denkbar?

News Update – Best of the Day

– Die Telekom hat große Pläne im Internet nach Angaben von Ralf Bauer, Senior Vice President Portal der Deutschen Telekom. Gemäß des Sponsorings der Fussball-Bundesliga will man auch im Internet stärker am Ball bleiben. fussball.de soll die führende ‘Kicker’-Seite in Deutschland werden. Die Vergleichswerte: kicker.de 170 Mio. Page Impressions (laut IVW-Online) – fussball.de 114 Mio. Page Impressions (laut Vermarkter Interactive Media). Das nennt man ein Challenge! Kachelmann soll es übrigens mit seinem Meteomedia AG als Wetterdienst bringen und ein noch nicht benanntes Frauen Web-Magazin wird gelauncht.

– Sind Social Networks auch zukünftig reine Kommunikationstools zu sehen? Werbefreie Zonen wie die Inbox? Laut einer IDC Studie ist dies vorerst zu befürchten. In den USA nutzen 75% der User mindestens einmal in der Woche und 57% täglich Social Networks. Dort verweilen dann 61% pro Session rund 30 Minuten. Eine lange Zeit…, in der aber nur 57% auf die Werbeelemente klicken – im Vergleich zu 79% aller Internet Konsumenten. Sieht so aus, als ob Social Networks sich langsam neue Monetarisierungsideen überlegen müssen, wie Sie Geld machen wollen. Ideen gibt es hier (für Facebook und Myspace) und hier (Twitter) ja schon. Sonst muß man weiterhin live zusehen, wie Mitarbeiter bei Twitter entlassen werden…

– Wikis in Unternehmen bündeln und fassen Firmenwissen an zentraler Stelle allen dafür vorgesehenen Mitarbeitern zugänglich zusammen. Sie vereinfachen die Arbeitsprozesse, die auf Projektmanagement und Collaboration basieren – intern wie extern. Alexandra Graßler wurde zum Thema Wikis in Unternehmen informiert und verweist auf einen interessanten Artikel.

News Update – Best of the Day

– Xing kennt jeder Businessmensch – den Xing-Knigge inzwischen auch schon viele. SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AG kennen vermutlich wenige – ein Produkt kennt jeder: Tempo. Der Tempo-Knigge wiederum ist neu. Wer hätte gedacht, dass Tempo sein eigenes Web bekommt…?

– Wer hätte das gedacht – CNBC-Analystin Julia Boorstin gibt neun interessante Vorhersagen ab, so z.B. dass Internet-TV im nächsten Jahr den Durchbruch im Massenmarkt schafft und Social Networks mit Mitgliedern Umsätze schreibt.

– Vor kurzem war die Zielgruppe Kinder/Vorschulkinder im Fokus meiner Betrachtung hinsichtlich der Monetarisierung von Internet-Plattformen für Kinder. Jetzt bringt VIACOM Brand Solutions eine Studie in Zusammenarbeit mit Rich Harvest mit dem Titel ‘Generation NICK Jr.’, welche die Lebens- und Konsumwelt der Vorschulkinder beleuchtet. Unbedingt lesenwert, wer diese Zielgruppe verstehen will: Papa, Mama, Oma, Opa, Onkel, Tanten…. – die Studie werde ich demnächst Eltern in Zusammenhang mit meinem Beitrag in einem Kindergarten vortragen. Alleine die Übersicht einer Landkarte als Zusammenfassung ist hervorragend …. (To be continued).