Psychographics identifies the "who." It defines customers, or potential customers, according tos interests, activities and opinions, rather than demographics such as 20-to-30 year-old males living in Los Angeles for five or more years.
There's been debate across the industry on whether psychographic can produce better results than demographics or geographics. Evidently there's no debate for Meebo, a social platform connecting people across the Web. The company bought the online ad measurement and targeting company Mindset Media for an undisclosed sum to support features in its ad-supported toolbars for companies such as Mediaweek.com, TVGuide.com, and others. The deal, announced, Tuesday extends a relationship that had already been in place.
It's interesting a social toolbar maker would purchase a psychographic ad targeting company, when so much about the person using the platform can be learned from technology already built into the toolbar through expandable ads, Twitter and Facebook access, and a direct connection to YouTube. The platform also is compatible with AIM, Windows Live Message and Yahoo Messenger. This nifty demonstration provides insight.
Mindset, which focuses on consumer packaged goods marketing, will expand Meebo's customer base in brand advertising for PC and mobile.
Further development of Web check-ins located in the tool bar will come next. In December the company closed a $27.5 million Series D round of funding led by Khosla Ventures. Existing investors Sequoia Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Time Warner and JAFCO also participated.
A press release on the company's Web site states that "the funds will support the acceleration of Meebo's growth and further development of Meebo's Web check-ins, which enable Web visitors to check in to their favorite sites and share online discoveries with friends or people with similar interests."