According to a new study by Weber Shanadwick, with KRC Research, the percentage of female Internet users who use social networking sites well exceeds that of men (75% vs. 63%, respectively,) and women are also more active in their use of these sites. Women are the “low-hanging fruit” of social media today and deserve closer attention from marketers, says the report. The study of Digital Women Influencers identifies segments of women who are influential in social media and provides new and unique insights about the female market as marketers and communicators evolve their strategies and plans in this new era of consumer engagement.
The overwhelming majority of North American women are on social media. Their social connectivity is far-reaching and their potential exposure to brand messages is high.
Women of Social Media enjoy their online networks nearly as much as they enjoy live social activities and, notably, slightly more than dating or spending time with their partner.
Social media helps women manage their time and relationships. One-quarter of Women of Social Media prefer to socialize online rather than in-person.
A large segment of North American women value their social networks and social media is where they like to be. Social platforms make them available to have engaging relationships with brands. Social media is more than a channel for distributing coupons and promoting sales, and should used by marketers it to build relationships, says the report.
The Women of Social Media do not limit their media usage to social, nor do they consume all their media online. These women watch TV offline five times more frequently than they watch TV online.
In an average week, The Women of Social Media personally spend time doing the following:
Marketers should not take decreased usage of a social media site that they have invested in lightly. Analysis conducted by SocialCode found that the average cost of acquiring a Facebook fan is $9.562. The percentage of North American women who have decreased or stopped their usage of one or more social networks during the past six months is:
Defectors are ages 18-24, younger than total North American women: 22% vs 14%, a vital demographic for social brand initiatives. “Chasing” these women from platform to platform costs marketers, concludes the report.
For more information from WeberShandwick, and the Digital Women Influencer study in a PDF file, please visit here.